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Saturday, April 25, 2015

2015-16 Curriculum Choices

It’s that time of year again when we homeschool moms start assessing our current curriculum choices to see if any changes need to be made for the upcoming school year. We aren’t making too many changes, but there are a few. Here’s our curriculum line up for the upcoming school year.

Caleb, Seventh Grade
Bible — God’s Great Covenant New Testament 1
Spelling —
Sequential Spelling 3
English —
Winston Grammar Basic
Writing —
real-world writing skills (letters, thank-you notes, outlines, simple essays, etc)
Math —
Teaching Textbooks 7
History —
mom-created war curriculum using lapbook and notebooking components, videos, books, etc.
Science —
God’s Design for Life Chemistry and Ecology
Vocabulary —
Vocabulary Cartoons
Reading —
Book vs Movie (read book, watch the movie, complete a comparison activity)

Micah, Second Grade

Bible —
Finding God’s Promises
Spelling —
CLP Building Spelling Skills
English —
Handwriting —
BJUP Handwriting 2
Writing —
WriteShop Primary A & B
Math —
CLE Sunrise Math 2
History —
Abeka Our America
Science —
Abeka Enjoying God’s World
Reading —
reading books of various genres

I’m pretty excited about the upcoming year, and I hope the boys will be as well. I know Caleb is excited about his history and science as we’re doing exactly what he asked to do. What about you…have you decided what you’re using for next year? Feel free to comment and share…I’d love to see your plans!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Frikadellen — THM modified

So, one of the favorite dishes in our house is Frikadellen. If you’re not familiar with the dish, it’s basically a German hamburger patty of sorts. Before I started Trim Healthy Mama, I would use traditional store-bought bread crumbs as a filler and to roll the patties in once formed. However, those are now out with THM. I had to find an alternative that would be on plan. After posting my question on the THM Beginners Facebook group (I highly recommend this group if you’re new to THM), I got several suggestions. I decided to toast up a Joseph’s Pita and use a bit of oatmeal. Once the pita was toasted, I put it in the Ninja. I added a bit of oatmeal, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Then I blended it until it was a fine ground powder.

Here’s my THM modified version of Frikadellen:
1 pound ground beef
1-2 Joseph’s Pitas toasted and ground (you need about 1/4-1/2 cup)
1/2 small onion diced and sauteed or dried onion flakes (rehydrated)
1/4 cup almond milk (or other plan approved flavorless milk)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and form into small patties…any shape will work. Then, saute the patties on both sides in coconut oil and butter. Once they’re brown on both sides, transfer them into a dish and bake for 20-30 minutes until done.

Traditionally, I would roll the patties into additional bread crumbs before sauteeing them; however, I was a little afraid to do that since I hadn’t ever used a Joseph’s pita as bread crumbs. It didn’t affect the outcome at all.

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Let me know if you try this dish. It’s one of our favorites.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Week One in Review

If you are my friend on Facebook, then you know that I started Trim Healthy Mama last week.  If you’re not familiar with Trim Healthy Mama, then let me give you a brief explanation.  The main idea of this lifestyle change is that you don’t want to mix your fuel sources when you sit down to eat.  If you’re going to eat a meal high in fats, then you need to limit your carbs.  If you’re wanting to eat a meal high in carbs, then you want to limit your fats.  There are also times when you want to limit carbs and fats and just stick to protein…this type of meal allows your body to burn all that extra adipose tissue it’s accumulated over time.  However, regardless of which meal type you choose, you ALWAYS include protein…protein is key to every meal.  All of this information is given in the book in much greater detail, and you’ll notice that there are names for these meals…Satisfying (S), Energizing (E), Fuel Pull (FP), Crossover, and S Helper.  You also want to cut out all white sugar and white processed flour.  The sisters who wrote THM recommend Stevia as a sugar substitute, but there are many on the plan who have chosen other alternative sugars…as long as you stick to an on-plan recommendation, then you won’t sabotage your efforts.  I, myself, chose Stevia and a blend of Stevia/Erythritol to use as my sugar alternative.

I’ll admit that I’ve had many, many friends join the THM lifestyle well before I did.  I was just always scared that it would be way too complicated for me to understand.  I’m wishing I had started sooner because it’s really not that tough.  Once you understand the premise, then it’s easier to watch what goes into each meal.  It’s also not hard to implement this plan at family meal times either.  The book comes with so many recipes…some better than others as always is the case with a plethora of recipes.  For our family, the only thing I’ve really done at this point is make sure the boys still have a carb source at their meals, even if I’m not having one.  This means I may have to make up a small batch of pasta or rice for them, but it’s really not that hard.

I want to say that this is not a diet…it’s a lifestyle change.  There have been so many success stories, and I hope to be another.  It’s just a matter of being mindful of the fuels you put into your mouth and limiting your sugar.

Now that I’ve given you a synopsis of the program, I’ll share my week one meals.  If there’s no picture, then that means it was simply  repeat of a previous meal.

Week One Meals
Day One
Breakfast — egg white scramble, Ezekiel bread with Polaner spread (E)
Lunch — chicken salad in Joseph’s pita; sliced cucumber and peppers w/Ranch; raspberries (S)
Snack — Big Boy smoothie with 1/4 cup chopped pecans (S) **
Dinner — crockpot chicken tacos — I served the meat over lettuce and added regular toppings (S)

Day Two
Breakfast — 2 THM pancakes smeared with 1/3 fat cream cheese and Polaner spread; egg white scramble (E)
Lunch — same as day one (S)
Snack —
Oikos 000 Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup chopped pecans added (S)
Dinner — Grilled chicken sausage; steamed cauliflower; spinach casserole (S) **

Day Three
Breakfast —
2 fried eggs; 3 pieces bacon; ricotta cheese w/raspberries (S)
Lunch —
same as days one and two, but I added ricotta cheese w/raspberries (S)
Snack —
000 yogurt w/chopped pecans (S)
Dinner —
Grilled salmon burger (without a bun) smeared with mayo; salad w/cucumber, sunflower seeds, goat cheese, and Ranch (S)

Day Four
Breakfast —
2 THM pancakes smeared with cream cheese and Polaner spread; 000 vanilla yogurt w/raspberries (E)
Lunch —
 4 chicken veggie roll-ups [deli meat smeared with cream cheese with cucumber and peppers rolled up] with a salad (S)
Snack —
1/2 cup ricotta cheese w/raspberries and pecans (S)
Dinner —German frikadellen; steamed vegetables; salad (S) 

Day Five
Breakfast —
almond flour blueberry muffins w/4 pieces bacon (S) **
Lunch —
leftover frikadellen with steamed broccoli (S)
Snack —
cottage berry whip w/chopped pecans folded in (S)
Dinner —
Grilled salmon burger with salad (S)


Day Six
Breakfast —
3 THM pancakes with cream cheese and Polaner spread (E)
Lunch —
2 boiled eggs; 2 turkey/cream cheese/veggie roll-ups; ricotta cheese w/raspberries (S)
Snack —
smoothie (FP)
Dinner —
coconut crusted chicken tenders; sautéed green beans; steamed broccoli and cauliflower (S) **


Day Seven
Breakfast — 3 THM pancakes smeared with cream cheese and Polaner spread (E)
Lunch —
1 sourdough wasa cracker smeared with 1 laughing cow cheese wedge w/cucumber and two pieces of turkey added on top; 3 boiled eggs (S)
Snack —
smoothie (FP)
Dinner — 2 fried eggs over a bed of spinach w/mushrooms and bacon (S)


**These recipes were flops…they were not liked**

So, as you can see, I was not eating small meals.  This is not about starvation or denying yourself of certain food groups.  It’s a well-rounded plan where you can partake of ALL the food groups…you just need to be mindful of what’s going into your mouth while you’re eating. You also want to look at your sugar content in foods…it’s important that sugar not be an added ingredient when looking at the ingredients list on labels.

I weighed in this morning, and I lost 5.2 lbs during my first week.  That’s enough of a success for me to continue on this lifestyle path.  I will add in exercise at some point, but for now, I’m focusing on getting the meal types down.  If you should decide you want to try Trim Healthy Mama and wish to order any products, I’d love it if you’d consider purchasing through my affiliate link.  I will receive a small commission, but it does not affect your purchase.

***I apologize for the layout of this post.  Blogger isn't cooperating very well, and the blog app on my Mac didn't want to upload images.  Go figure.***

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Menu Post February 15-21, 2015

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — YOYO
Monday — Italian Meatballs w/Gravy, Noodles, Veggies
Tuesday — Crockpot BBQ Pork Chops, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Corn
Wednesday —Burgers
Thursday —Homemade Pizza
Friday —YOYO
Saturday —Frikadellen, Pasta, Veggies

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Menu Plan February 8-14, 2015

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday —Roasted chicken, rice, veggies
Monday —Spaghetti, Garlic Cheddar Biscuits, Salad
Tuesday —Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Wednesday —YOYO
Thursday —Italian Meatballs, Noodles, Veggies
Friday —Homemade Pizza
Saturday —YOYO

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Menu Plan February 1-7, 2015

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — Homemade Hamburger Helper, Salad
Monday — Sautéed Pasta, Salad
Tuesday — YOYO
Wednesday — Crockpot Pork Chops, Pasta, Veggies
Thursday — Chimichangas
Friday — YOYO
Saturday — Parmesan Chicken over Salad

What’s on your menu this week? 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Menu Plan January 25-31, 2015

Well, even though I plan out our meals, sometimes life happens and things don’t go as planned.  It’s also very hard to get motivated to start dinner when your husband isn’t home to join you most nights of the week.  However, I still have to make a game plan…even if I don’t always stick to it.  LOL.

So, no, we are not eating the same meals every week…it’s just that some haven’t actually been prepared even though they’ve been on the menu for several weeks.

Here’s what’s cooking this week...

Sunday —Meatloaf, Pasta, Veggies
Monday —Ham Steaks, Sweet Potato Souffle, Veggies
Tuesday —Mahi Mahi, Rice, Veggies
Wednesday —Stuffed Shells, Salad
Thursday —YOYO
Friday —YOYO
Saturday —Kielbasa, Pasta Veggies

What’s on your menu this week?  Do you always stick to your menus or do you deviate?  

I will add though…one nice thing about this month is that because I’ve deviated so much I’ve only had to make ONE major trip to Walmart and Sam’s.  Now, I have stopped at Publix (thankful we have one in our neighborhood that’s less than 5 minutes away) almost weekly, but I can handle that.  LOL!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Menu Plan January 18-24, 2015

Well, since we’re already into the week, I’ll just share our menu plan for the remaining days of this week...

Tuesday — crockpot port chops, rice, veggies
Wednesday — meatloaf, pasta, veggies
Thursday — ham steaks, sweet potato souffle, veggies
Friday — YOYO
Saturday — breakfast for dinner

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?   

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Menu Plan January 11-17, 2015

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — Tacos
Monday — Frikadellen, Pasta, Veggies
Tuesday — Grilled Tilapia, Rice, Veggies
Wednesday — Parmesan Chicken over Salad
Thursday — Noodles and Eggs
Friday — YOYO
Saturday — Neighborhood Holiday Party

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?  It’s a week of favorites here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Goals for 2015

Well, with the approach of a New Year, everyone is thinking about their resolutions or goals.  While I don’t typically set them, I thought it would be a nice change to type up my thoughts on what I’d like to change for the upcoming year.  So, here are my goals...

Find a church and get involved —We have been in Port Saint Lucie since May, and with Brian’s work schedule, it’s been tough to try to get settled into a church.  Admittedly, we haven’t even visited any.  This doesn’t mean the thought hasn’t crossed our minds a lot, because it surely has.  However, we plan to change that this year.  We are hoping to visit a church this Sunday.

Get healthier —I will focus on making better eating choices and getting more active.  It’s not that we eat a bunch of crap as it is, but there’s always room for improvement.  And it’s always a good idea to be active…whether it be walking, biking, swimming, playing outside with the boys, or other activities.

Make more digital scrapbooks — Now that all of our pictures are organized, it’s time to start putting them into digital scrapbooks/photo books.  I made and ordered one for each boy’s first year of life, and I’ve composed one for our first two years of marriage.  My goal is to do my best to get current.

Play with my children more — Yes, I play with them now, but I want to play with them more.  We’ve got tons of board games, so it’s time to put them to good use and spend time together.  This also includes outside…they like to throw footballs, frisbee, kick the soccer ball, etc…and there’s no reason I can’t join in with them.  

Do a better job with housework —This one is tough…I do a decent job with the laundry and dishes, but it’s hard to stay on top of everything else.  Cleaning isn’t fun, but it has to be done.  However, I don’t want this to interfere with the previous goal…I think it’s more important to spend time with my children than to have a spotless house.  However, that doesn’t mean my house can’t be presentable on a daily basis.  If I stay on top of it, then it most definitely will.

I have some other things that I plan on working on; however, I’m not willing to share those with the general public.  I may check in from time to time throughout the year to give an update.  Hopefully they will all be positive.  

Did you make any resolutions or goals for 2015?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Menu Plan January 4-10, 2015

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — Easy Chicken Casserole, Veggies
Monday — Burgers, Tater Tots
Tuesday — Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Rice, Veggies
Wednesday — Parmesan Chicken over Salad
Thursday — YOYO
Friday — YOYO
Saturday — Ground Beef Stroganoff over Rice, Veggies

What’s on YOUR menu this week?  I’m hoping to really do my best with sticking to our menus this year.  We will see how it goes...


Monday, December 29, 2014

Menu Plan December 28-January 3, 2015

I'm so over Christmas leftovers, and I think the boys are, too. So, here's what's cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — YOYO
Monday — Cowboy Casserole, Salad
Tuesday — Ham Casserole, Veggies
Wednesday — Honey Garlic Chicken, Rice, Veggies
Thursday — Taco Soup
Friday — YOYO
Saturday — YOYO 

What’s cooking at your house this week?  Have you used up all of your Christmas leftovers?  We have some ham left, but that’s it.  I’ll re-purpose it for the ham casserole to be served tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Weeks 17 and 18 of Learning 2014-15

Well, it’s been a bit since I’ve updated our schooling.  We finished up our necessary schooling on Saturday…just in time to have a week off for Christmas.  Here’s how the past two weeks went...
Micah, First Grade
Bible — Micah’s lessons were on Catechism questions 1-10, and we read Isaiah 40:28 and 2 Samuel 7:22 to accompany his lessons.

LLATL —Micah worked on the sight words “good, they, like, night, jump, up, down.”  He also worked on the numbers 0-9, compound words, plurals, and sequencing.  He read another book for his program as well.  We also read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
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Math — This week Micah worked on counting backward by 2’s; reading a number line with a scale of 1’s with 10’s labeled; need for standard units of measure; counting by 2’s to 24; reading odd numbers on a number line; identifying 1/2 of a group; reading number words; and counting dimes and nickels.
History — This week Micah learned about “Christ Builds His Church."
Science — This week Micah learned about arachnids, crustaceans, myriapods, mollusks, cnidarians, echinoderms, sponges, and worms.
Caleb, Sixth Grade
Bible —
Caleb’s lessons was on Israel’s Idolatry, and we read Exodus 32-34 to accompany his lesson.
Math — Caleb worked on long division; long division with remainders; zeros in the quotient; dividing by two digits; multiplying with three or more digits; hours, minutes, and seconds; longer periods of time; and do I multiply or divide.
Reading — Caleb finished reading Little Pear by Eleanor Francis Lattimore.  He also completed a comprehension and vocabulary quiz over the story.
Geography — This week Caleb learned facts about our great state of Florida.  We are taking the time to spend more time on Florida and learn as much as we can.  This week his lesson focused on some of Florida’s geographical features.
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Writing — Caleb had to complete his writing assignment which was a final poem on the parts of speech he’s learned thus far.  We then spent some time playing review games.
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Science — Caleb read the same information as Micah.
I’m glad to have a week off from lessons, and I’m sure the boys share my feelings.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Menu Plan December 21-27, 2014

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — meatloaf, pasta, veggies
Monday — spaghetti, biscuits
Tuesday —  sautéed chicken, pasta, veggies
Wednesday —breakfast for dinner
Thursday —  Christmas leftovers (ham, turkey, dressing, gravy, broccoli casserole, sweet potato souffle, rolls, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, cheesecake bites)
Friday —  YOYO
Saturday —  YOYO

It’ll just be the four of us for Christmas, so it’ll be a very low-key family day.  Brian only gets that day off, so we will be sure to spend as much quality time together as we can.  I’ll be cooking our traditional feast with a few new additions.  Are you hosting Christmas?  What’s on the menu?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Menu Plan December 14-20, 2014

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday —Italian Meatballs, Noodles, Gravy, Veggies
Monday —Lawnmower Taco Casserole
Tuesday —Chicken Pot Pie, Salad
Wednesday —Parmesan Chicken over Salad
Thursday —YOYO
Friday —YOYO
Saturday —Beef Taquitos, Corn

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?