Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
As part of our Theme Weeks, each class had to pick an Olympic event to follow over the past two weeks. My class of little ones learned about Curling.
Here is an art project we did: decorating curling stones or curling rocks.
I found two different clip arts from Microsoft and put them onto 9x12 paper for the students to choose. They cut two out--so we could stuff them with newspaper and make them look more real (by making them a little 3D!) Before we stuffed them, we talked about incorporating a theme into our artwork. Some kids really got it, others just liked decorating their stones!
Here are a few close up (ones that are a single theme):
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
But I did want to share this with you:
Here is a link you should check out. I stumbled upon it as I was doing an activity with my students in school before Valentine's day. We had decorated hearts with strips of material and buttons to make it look a little "quilt-ish" (and to fulfil an art descriptor about the use of layering techniques). We glued these hearts to a card. Then I had students write a Valentine's Day card to God because He is the one we should love the most. In previous years when I have done an activity about writing love letters to God, I've read 1 Corinthians 13 from the Bible, but also had a copy of 1 Corinthians 13 for children. I have no idea where I originally got it from--I think a Children's Study Bible, you know, one of those shiny, thicker pages in the middle by the pictures and all? Well, that is what I have used in past years. This year of course, this wasn't handy and I didn't have the time to go searching through binders or files or boxes for it, so I turned to the Internet.
I never found what I was looking for (but the activity went fine anyway--my kiddos came up with some beautiful letters to God!), but I did stumble upon this blog and was impressed with this particular post. Maybe because I am stuck in a week of too much to do (or the past two weeks of too much to do!), or maybe just because I am a mom. . . I thought it might be something worth sharing with you. Hopefully you will be encouraged by this little version of 1 Corinthians 13 as I was.
And here is the regular 1 Corinthians 13. . .just because.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I gave up ownership rights to this baby of mine. . .
for this new baby . . .
. . .just so we could fit all my babies inside.
Yep, I just reached soccer mom status.
I've been resisting it for so long. . .
but the day has arrived!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
First, I have to tell you about last week. . .DON'T try the cheeseburger buns from my last MP post! I do not recommend them! The convenience of the crock pot was the only good thing about them! The "filling" tasted like no-name Hamburger Helper minus any spices the no-name version may have and minus the pasta. It was blah. The kids ate it just fine, but ketchup was still a staple addition (my hubby even added salsa after to change it to more or a taco meat-type deal).
I am trying a *new* CP recipe this week. . .and it is all ready to go as I type. The sauce tastes better right now, and the reviews are decent, so, I'm feeling better about it already. Hopefully I'll have good things to report on it this week!
Monday-Bacon & Cheese Chicken (CP), potatoes, salad or in wraps
Tuesday-Beef Skewers, noodles, mixed veggies
Wednesday- Vegetable Soup (a CP recipe) and/or Grilled Cheese
Thursday- I'm not around. . .Student-led Conferences will take up my evening. So it is left-overs or Mac 'n Cheese.
Friday(OAMC)- Chicken Enchilada Casserole (in freezer already)
Saturday's Snack- Cheese-Sausage Bites (see below)
Sunday-pancakes and ham or omelets
Here are my pancakes for the kiddos from today. . .Happy Valentine's Day! (They were kinda disappointed when my creativity ran out and it was back to plain ole circles. Oh well!)
Saturday's Snack. . .These "Appies" or snacks are ones my mom makes--usually at our Christmas, or anytime she is hosting a get-together or snackies. The recipe comes originally from North York General Hospital of Willowdale, ON. It's easy to make and pretty yummy!
3 c. biscuit mix
1 lb. sausage meat (ie: pork sausage or you can use Italian, that is pretty good, too. Squeeze it out of its sleeves--the "ew" part of it all!)
1 lb shredded cheese (sharp is recommended, but medium is fine--about 1-2 c. depending on your preference)
*Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Combine with hands. Roll into bite sized balls. Place on cookie sheet. Bake in 400F oven for about 12 minutes or until done. Makes about 6 dozen. Cheese-Sausage Bites freeze well and just need to be reheated in order to eat.
*My kids dip it in ketchup (surprise, surprise!) but they taste good with sweet and sour or plum dipping sauces.
We have a entry-way display case at school full of "inukshuks" created by one of the grade levels. The PAC of our school also came in and created this wonderful bulletin board and display in the entry of our school. I thought it was very creative, so I took some pictures to share with you all! (Some of the photos and ideas came from the VANOC and "Paint the Town Red" websites.)
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
That is the only thing going through my head right now.
Don't you want to try some too?
These are the "after" ones. After consulting a few friends on paint colours, we settled on "Stone Fence" (Behr 720F)-a grey tone that was still kind of blue. I find that I am always choosing a blue that turns out to be too bright on the wall. This was almost a denim/grey colour, and I was actually happy about it. We already had the comforter, so I sewed some new curtains for his room to match. I still need to do some tie-back loops because I made the curtains using some heavier materials and with casing enclosures at the top. That will be done in the next week.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Tuesday- Tuscan Chicken Sandwiches (CP), buns, salad
Wednesday- Ham in a Maple Glaze, Mashed Potatoes, and carrots and/or peas
Thursday (CP)- Cheeseburger buns (this one is a new one to try this week. It just looked pretty good, so we will see if it actually is good!) and a salad
Friday (OAMC)- Left-overs or Noodles and Sausage (still haven't gotten around to making this!), corn
Saturday's Snack-Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Sunday (BFS)-Pancakes and bacon (want to use the rest of the bacon next week). . .I might even make them into heart shapes! (See this link for a special Valentine's pancake treat!)
*For Saturday's Snack. . .haven't tried them yet, but if you go over to the link, they look so-o-o good!!! I'm a fan of coconut and chocolate chips, but the rest of the family isn't so much. So, there could just be more for me! :) Here is another link with a beautiful batch of these cookies! (Beautiful work, Koralee!) Happy Valentine's Day as you peer on over there!
*And I thought I would post about the hubby's b-day dinner. Shall, I admit to you that it was birthday meal #4 for him? What a spoiled guy!
We made the ribs from this post. Here is a lovely photo of them right off the grill:
And here is a lovely photo of the rest of the dinner. I also made Creamy Mashed Potatoes (I add about 1/2 t. of mustard and some salt to the recipe), Committee Salad, and garlic bread.
Monday, February 1, 2010
now the hubby had repainted 2 wonderful coats of this darker brownish colour rather than sticking with the lighter one. :) Good thing (for all of us!) I'm not too picky about the hue of this future baby's room!
Next painting project is E's new room. . . we will see what happens with that!
Here is the MP for this week:
Monday-Waikiki Meatballs, rice, salad
Tuesday-Fajitas (Chicken) Slow-Cooker recipe--not sure if I'll use it, though. I like the veggies grilled-crisp better)
Wednesday (Soup and Sandwich)- Potato Soup, garlic bread
Thursday (CP)-Zesty BBQ Chicken, buns, salad
Friday (OAMC)-Noodle & Sausage Casserole, carrots. . .or left-overs.
Saturday's Snack-not sure yet
Sunday (BFS)- French Toast, Ham
So, not quite so much for links this time around. A few reasons for it. . . I've posted most of them in the past (If not this past week-like the Potato Soup again! (We had gross Pea Soup from a can--never doing that again. The hubby can eat that on his own!)-- then more in the deeper past I am sure). . .and I haven't found a good Noodle and Sausage kind of recipe yet. So if you have any recommendations, I am willing to give it a try! I keep posting that in hopes of finding something that will tempt me to make it, but instead we have left-overs on those days. :)
As well, no motivation for a snack or goodies this week. . .hmmm. . .we'll have to see if I get around to updating that. For now I am dilemma-ing over if I like M&M's better or Cadbury Mini Eggs. So, while testing those two out frequently, I'm not sure if I really need any other snacks!
But now to report on a good meal. . .I made the Salmon that I though I might try in my last MP post this past weekend and it was simply amazing! I know, fish or salmon isn't always a bit hit--and I can't say I LOVE it either. That is why I need to find a really good recipe! This one was!!!
I picked it out simply for the mix of flavours, then checked with my hubby to see what he thought. He agreed that we could try it. So, we did. (We even invited some long lost friends over to give it a try with us--that is how confident I was that it would taste good! Lucky for me it DID! Otherwise I might just have to report some lost friendships!)
Here is a marinating photo along with the rub you put on it. The recipe asks for you to marinate it first, which we did, but then I figured, why not keep marinating it longer? That is what we did.
Here is a sideways (sorry! forgot to fix that first!) picture of it right off the grill. Yep, we had company and I still took a quick picture before it was devoured this time! How geeky am I! But do you see that "eagerly-anticipating" look of two hands on a plate ready to be served in the background? A true action shot!