Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Night Owl wowed us with his food from Panama. He made Red Snapper, Beef Empamadas and Fried Plantains. The Plaintains were the only thing left to take a picture of. Needless to say we aren't plaintain eaters here, but Beany gave them a try!
Friday, July 17, 2009
THEN, they put a whole bunch of random ingredients into a bowl. For each category they had to draw an ingredient and use that in their recipe. For pizza, Night Owl picked chocolate and Social Butterfly picked shrimp. So one night we had a shrimp alfredo pizza that was DELICIOUS, and of course Night Owl's idea for a chocolate dessert pizza with a sugar cookie crust was a big hit too!
One of Night Owl's biggest challenges was for his "burger" category. He picked apples as his ingredient. Nobody was looking forward to this meal. But, he surprised us all. Since "Burgers" doesn't necessarily mean beef, he used ground turkey. He diced and cooked some apples that he mixed up into the ground turkey and then made them into patties. He served them with bacon on top and melted "Applewood Cheddar" (his favorite cheese). They were great and we were all amazed! Here he is with his famous burger: (Yes, he's had a hair cut since this was taken!)
Social Butterfly's challenge was to make Pie with corn as her ingredient. She found a recipe for Shepherd's Pie that had corn and won her daddy's heart. (This is one of his favorites that I rarely cook!)
The kids had so much fun with this they decided to do a "Phase 2". This time they wrote various country names on slips of paper and put them into a bowl. The rule here is that you have to cook a whole meal from that country. The really fun thing is that Dad just had to get involved with this one! So, Social Butterfly will be cooking food from New Zealand tonight. Tomorrow night, Night Owl will be cooking food from Panama, and on Sunday, dinner will be cooked by Dad and the food from Columbia. This could be REALLY interesting!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
7:00 - Everybody up to pray with Dad and Night Owl before they leave for the day.
7:15-8:00 - Morning chores, breakfast, personal prayer times for everyone (except Mom who took care of that in the hours before everyone else woke up.)
Jetter making his bed when he was 4.
8:00 - "Morning Meeting". This will be our "Religion and Art Block". I think this is the most important time of our day, and depending on how it goes, it sort of sets the tone for the rest of the day. Because of this, I put a high priority on what we do and how it's done. I'm planning a separate post on "Starting and Ending Our Day" in which I'll describe what goes on during this "launch" as well as the "wrap up" of our day's itinerary.
2:00 - Chores for everyone. Chores are a regular part of our day out of necessity. As homeschool moms know, and non-homeschool moms can imagine, being home all day with the kids, cooking 3 meals and snacks, playing inside during inclement weather, etc. can all lead to a messy house. It's important that a time be set aside for everyone to pitch in. We've fallen into some bad habits this summer. Basically the kids haven't been doing their chores and mom has let them get away with it :( . So, we'll be starting this part of our schedule before the beginning of the school year. Hopefully by then everyone will know their chores and doing them will be just part of the routine.
Jetter and Social Butterfly doing dishes.
3:00 - Tea Time. This is essentially an ending to our school day. It is a snack time for the kids, who don't actually drink tea, and a time to relax and listen to literature that I will read to them. I
4:00 - Quiet Time. This will be a time of resting, but mostly a time of quiet reading. Social Butterfly will have A LOT of reading to do this year. The boys need to develope the habit of quiet reading time as well.