Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
My sister and I both loved being homeschooled. Now, I’m not naïve; I do realize that homeschooling is not for everyone. Just in our case, it worked out quite well!
We would do our schoolwork in the mornings (usually), and then have the whole afternoon for fun stuff. I remember learning fractions by helping my mom double or half recipes. I remember my mom countless times telling me to look up a word in the dictionary to figure out how to spell it or what it meant. (By the way, that fostered a lifelong love of the dictionary and using words correctly, even though it drove me crazy at the time!)
A normal week would look like this:
Sunday – church
Monday – homeschool band (when we were a little older)
Tuesday – swimming lessons, in season
Wednesday – evening church
Thursday – co-op with other homeschooled families
Friday and Saturday were let free for impromptu playtimes with friends or special trips downtown or whatnot. You can see that we didn’t suffer from social deprivation in any way!
I loved the days when we’d be going somewhere in the morning, like band or co-op, and we'd pull up to a stoplight next to a school bus full of kids. We would always laugh because they would look at us like, “Why aren’t you in school?” And we were in school!
Homeschooling taught me how to really learn. When I started public school in 9th grade, my natural sciences teacher would keep saying to the students, “You all learned this in 6th grade; why don’t you remember any of it?!” I sat in my seat and thought to myself, “I never learned this specific information before, yet I’m acing (literally) every test!”
Homeschooling gave me a love for learning as well. Even today, I love to study new subjects or go more in depth in my favorite subjects (music, theology, ancient languages, science, etc.).
(I could talk about this forever and ever, so I’d better call it quits here, since I need to finish up making dinner.)
If you are considering homeschooling with your children, I would heartily recommend it!
Monday, August 25, 2008
I'm the youngest of two girls. My older sister is two years, eight days, and a few minutes older than me. I grew up in the Minneapolis area (Minnesota), and actually didn't mind the snow.
Now, one of my cousin (who was just visiting last weekend) has a memory like an elephant. She can tell you vivid details from each year of life. She'll say something like, "I loved playing kickball in second grade, but I didn't like it as much in third grade.." I don't have as specific of memories, and I really don't have as good of a timeline in my head.
My sister and I were homeschooled until highschool; I think that's why the grades all run together in my memory. I really loved being homeschooled. I think it's a great way to go! I could go on and on about it, but I won't do that right here and now. (I may do it some point, though.)
When I was young, I enjoyed reading and playing make believe with my sister. We had so much fun pretending to live on a farm and ride horses. We'd also pretended to be on space ships, and built forts, and played with dolls and Lincoln logs and legos. Oh, what fun we had!
Because we were homeschooled, we did a ton of fun stuff! We were in a homeschool band, went on field trips with other homeschooling families, went to the nature center, and had a weekly co-op meeting. We made wonderful friends, many of whom are still our good friends today.
I was blessed to have such a good childhood. I'll tell you more about my older childhood years later this week.
Let me know if you have a specific question about me that you'd like me to answer!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Prepare the rice pasta as directed on the package. Will that is cooking, melt the butter in a sauce pan or stock pot. Once it's completely melted, add the rice flour little by little while whisking to create a roux.
Then whisk in the milk. Once it's blended with the roux, add the seasonings. Then add the cheese and stir constantly until it's melted.
When the pasta is fully cooked, add it to the cheese sauce, and there you go!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Here's the deal that I got today at CVS that definitely helped stretch our food/consumables budget this week.
CVS vitamin E oil - 0.78 (on clearance)
What I Got
2 Oral-B Indicator toothbrushes - 3.98
Revlon mascara - 6.49
Advil Children's - 5.79
Advil PM - 5.29
CVS sunblock - 1.99
Hefty ultra-flex garbage bags - 6.49
Coupons I Used
2.00 off CVS skincare product
1.00 off 2 Oral-B toothbrushes
1.00 off Revlon
1.00 off Advil PM (CVS store coupon)
2 - 2.00 off Advil products (manu. coupon)
19.97 in Extra Care Bucks
How Much I Spent and Got Back
I spent $2.25 out of pocket and got $12.79 in ECBs back.
I normally wouldn't be able to get garbage bags for $2.25, let alone all that other fun stuff, too!
I usually go to Money Saving Mom to find CVS deals, but I put this one together all by myself! (I'm beaming with pride!)
Monday, August 18, 2008
Put all ingredients in a rice cooker and cook just as you would when cooking rice.
This made enough for dinner for Tim and I with leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
Thanks to Sister Rae for introducing me to lentils. They're not as scary as I thought they'd be. They're a cheap and tasty source of protein.
- Monday - Rice and Lentil Hotdish
- Tuesday - Chicken Stir Fry
- Wednesday - Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Thursday - Gluten Free Pizza
- Friday - Leftovers
On Saturday my Sis and Cousins are coming to stay with us through Sunday. Boy, will Tim be out-numbered or what?!! We haven't set the menu for their visit yet, but I think we'll be going to HuHot for lunch after church.
Check out OrgJunkie's Menu roundup for other great menu ideas!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Here's what I put into my soup:
1/2 pound stew beef
I also put in a few cubes of Herb Ox beef bouillon. I was reading the ingredients and *thought* it looked gluten free, then turned it around and there it was in big, bold letters: "GLUTEN FREE."
My in-laws are visiting for the weekend, so I'll stop in on Sunday to give you a weekend food update.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
1 can of gluten free refried beans
1 packet Ortega taco seasoning (it's gluten free)
1 cup sour cream
1 medium onion, diced
black olives, lettuce, green onions, tomatoes, just about whatever you want
Since I was making this for dinner, I heated the beans up first. If I'm taking it somewhere, I just leave them cold.
Mix half of the seasoning packet into the beans. Spread out the beans on a platter or pizza pan. If the beans are warm, add the cheese next.
Mix the other half of the seasoning packet into the sour cream, and layer that on the beans.
Next, throw all of the veggies and stuff on top. Finish it off with salsa.
Serve with chips or toasted tortillas!
(Aren't those roses pretty? Tim got me three for our three year anniversary. He's the best! )
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I had checked with the specific hotel that I wanted in advance to be sure they had rooms. I also typed out my address, email, phone #, and check card # into a Word doc. I refreshed the promo page right at 8pm and copied and pasted my info into the form.
Apparently I was one of the first 800 to complete registration. I'm "Super" excited for a little getaway trip!
Thanks to MoneySavingMom for alerting me to this great deal.
Monday, August 11, 2008
- Tuesday - Macaroni and Cheese
- Wednesday - Beef Stew
- Thursday - Beef Stroganoff
- Friday - Pancakes and Bacon
- Saturday lunch - Chicken on the grill
- Saturday dinner - Eat out (perhaps Montage since they have a gluten free menu!)
- Sunday lunch - Chicken Peanut Stir Fry
- Sunday dinner - Sanwiches
- Monday - Rice and Lentil hotdish
Check out more menus here.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I'm in the back middle, and going clockwise from me we have Blondin, Tini, Bevo, and Rexi (my sis). Those are all nicknames, rest assured. My family is weird, but not that weird.
(I love you guys!)
When I make my bread, I measure out two sets of dry ingredients and use one immediately and keep one for the next time I'm baking. It really saves time since there are so many different ingredients in gluten free bread.
And, you only have to wash your measuring cups once! Yeah!
Friday, August 8, 2008
It had turkey bacon, eggs, cheddar cheese, Carl Buddig corned beef, onions, and carrots on it! It was filling, healthy, and delicious! And, naturally gluten free!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
- Monday - Eggs and sweet potato hashbrowns (yummm!)
- Tuesday - Salad
- Wednesday - Eat out, our 3rd anniversary!
- Thursday - Goulash
- Friday - Sandwiches on the road
- Saturday - At a wedding
- Sunday dinner - Spaghetti
- Sunday supper - Taco dip
We're going to Tim's cousin's wedding this weekend. Luckily for me, Tim's Grandma has Celiac, so I'm pretty sure that there will be something for me to eat. Since the Matriarch of the family has to eat gluten free, I'm always guaranteed to have something to eat at family gatherings.
Check out some more meals here.
Monday, August 4, 2008
And for some reason, I just want to be back at camp.
I really had a very nice vacation last week. The weather was great. I enjoyed many hours of fun with family and friends. We played Hand and Foot, Settlers of Catan, and made lots of music (piano, singing, percussion).
The chef at the camp was well versed in gluten free cooking, so I got to just go through the buffet line and say that I needed a gluten free meal, and it was always there! He made a great bread, although it fell apart a bit. It was nice to not have to think about it at all.
I'll put up our menu for this week later. We're going to be travelling to a wedding this weekend, so this will be a short week.
It really is good to be back. Now if only I could wear shorts, a tee-shirt, and flipflops to work!