Thursday, May 29, 2008

I'm rolling ideas around in my head about how to keep the kids occupied this summer. I'm thinking that we should have a theme for each week. We can walk to the library and pick out books. After lunch we can read books on each theme before nap time. We could also do a few activities throughout the week. Not every thing would be based on the theme, just as a jumping off point. I need theme ideas. I have a few and I am trying to covertly pull ideas out of the kids., but i need more. Help me!

Sorting dishes

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

We don't have a dishwasher, and no room to put one in without a major kitchen overhaul. That is not likely to happen this decade so I am washing dishes by hand. This week I was instructing Mallory in the fine art of dish washing and taught her to sort the dishes. I always thought that this was just a weird thing I did until I started to teach her. It did not dawn on me until then that this is something that my mom taught me. Before doing the dishes I always sort them.

Stack the glasses, all the silverware in a mug or measuring cup, plates together, then bowls and cookware.

I also wash the dishes in order. This way the messiest dishes are done last and they stack easily into the dish drainer.

This quick step also has the uncanny ability to make the chore seem more manageable. What often looks like a humongous pile of dishes can be sorted into just a couple neat stacks and then tackled one by one.

It works for me! Thanks mom.

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Last Night's Creation

Friday, May 23, 2008

Last night I needed a quick, easy dessert for 6 children and a sick husband. #1 requirement was that I had to have all the ingredients on hand. No way was I running to the store. I could have gone the super easy route and handed out the Popsicles I had, but it was a touch chilly so I wanted something warm. I settled on banana chocolate chip cupcakes.

1 box yellow cake according to directions.
1 small box banana pudding.
Mix together, pour into 24 cupcakes.
Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top.
Bake according to directions.

Cool enough to be handled by small children.
Ignore the holly cupcake wrappers; they came out of the cupboard first.

Now, I'm not a fan of banana flavoring but the kids kept begging for more and Kevin said they were like a little slice of heaven. That may have been the fever talking but I'll take it anyways.

Menu May 19-25

Monday, May 19, 2008

Monday- I don't know, Heaven help me it has to be ready in 2ish hours. I think there are some pork chops in the freezer. I thought I would get to Winco this morning, but didn't. And miracle of miracles the kids are sleeping. We'll muddle through.

Tuesday- Tacos

Wednesday Stuffed Peppers

Thursday Chef Salad

Friday BBQ Pockets

Saturday Pizza for the Moving crew (aka Kevin, Dad and anybody else they round up) at my brother's.

Back on track (May 12-18)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Between busy end of the year stuff, quick trips out of town and sick kids I have just been jotting down my menus on scratch paper and flying by the seat of my pants a lot. It may be Thursday, but I really need to plan the rest of the week.

Tonight: Grilled chicken, salad, maybe bread sticks

Friday: Date night!

Saturday: Grilled shrimp This looks really good.

Sunday: Waffles w/ strawberries and bacon