Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lunch Prep: Week of February 27, 2017


I have been wanting to prep some different lunches for me to take to school.  I stumbled upon Sweet Peas and Saffron and Gimme Delicious Food after looking over my lunch ideas pins from Pinterest.  Therefore, I chose to make a simple recipe inspired by Gimme Delicious Food with roasted chicken, zucchini, tomatoes, and onion served with basmati rice for this week.  Ashlyn loves to help in the kitchen.  She helped me this afternoon by shaking the olive oil and basic seasoning onto the zucchini and tomatoes.  Roasted all of it for about twenty minutes in the oven at 450 degrees.



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Orange Juice

Ashlyn had been so excited to wear pajamas to school on Friday because she earned a card for receiving enough "fuzzies" for the prize.  We forgot to bring her backpack to school on Thursday, therefore she left the card in her pencil box so we would not lose it.  I was able to confirm she indeed earned the card by emailing her teacher.

I came home from school yesterday and asked Jeff where was Ashlyn.  It turned out she was in her room.  When she came out of her room, she was in a dress, but she went to school in pajamas.  At first I thought Jeff was upset because she wore her pajamas to school even though she did not bring home the card.  She went quickly back in her room crying after a statement from Jeff.  He was upset with her for lying about why she changed from her pajamas to the dress at school instead of telling him the truth.

I went to her room to find out what was going on and it turned out she had an accident at school.  She was extremely upset with herself and I am sure she was disappointed with herself too.  Ashlyn then explained one of her friends kept telling everyone what had happened which embarrassed her even more, while crying.  I reminded her she needed to let her friend know that it upset her and hurt her feelings.  We discussed how the reason she had clothes in her backpack was for this reason along with other of her friends in Kindergarten.

I am also reminded how much Ashlyn is like me when I was her age.  When she is hungry and tired, she is extremely cranky, emotional, and irrational!  I am thankful my grandmother would encourage my mom, and my mom encouraged me to drink orange juice during these times when emotions are a little out of control.  The orange juice always seems to help perk any of us.  As an adult now, I know it could be a slight placebo, but I am pretty sure the additional Vitamin D has something to do with helping to calm and balance the emotions.

Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 27, 2017


Last week, the favorite meal was Ginger Stir Fry with Snappy Asparagus served with Jasmine Rice from Hello Fresh.  Over the last two months, I have averaged receiving the Hello Fresh kits twice per month.  This has added variety to our dinners without the hassle of figuring out what to cook.  Both of my kids get so excited when I pull out a box from Hello Fresh to start cooking.  I absolutely love how enthusiastic Ashlyn is in wanting to help cook the dinners.  Jakob is normally working on Boy Scouts and other homework, but absolutely loves the dinners too!  I also take advantage of Wal-Mart's online grocery shopping by adding additional produce to select menus without the hassle!  It is such a time saver for me.



Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of February 27, 2017


Monday, 2/27: Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries and Baked Squash
Tuesday, 2/28: Dining Out
Wednesday, 3/1: Hot Dogs, Chips, and Fruit


Friday, 3/3: Dining Out


Sunday, 3/5: Butter-Basted Sirloin Steak, Baked Potatoes, and Green Beans

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 20, 2017


This past week, we had a few Hello Fresh recipes to finish up.  My favorite from last week's Hello Fresh dinners was "When Steak Met Potatoes with Peppercorn Sauce."  Jeff and I are stingy with steaks and typically cook chicken nuggets for the kiddos.  This will obviously change as they get older.  I adapted the kale portion of the recipe and cooked kale chips instead because I already knew Jeff and the kids love!  I was impressed with the freshness of the kale because I was concerned since this Hello Fresh kit had been in the refrigerator for a week.  The kale was fresh and crisp as I had just purchased it!




Sugar-sweet pork chops with mixed-root veggies was also a hit last week with the kids.  Ashlyn loves helping in the kitchen and she helped by mixing the veggies with olive oil and a few spices.  The pork chops were the main hit with this recipe.  They were tender and melted in your mouth.  The mixed-root veggies seemed too crunchy, in my opinion, but maybe I should have bumped up the temperature of my oven.  I cooked them per the directions at 400 degrees Farenheit, but it was on convention versus bake.  I have not roasted carrots or parsnip before only potatoes, zucchini, and squash.



Over the last two months, I have averaged receiving the Hello Fresh kits about every other week.  This has added variety to our dinners without the hassle of figuring out what to cook.  Both of my kids get so excited when I pull out a box from Hello Fresh to start cooking.  I absolutely love how enthusiastic Ashlyn is in wanting to help cook the dinners.  Jakob is normally working on Boy Scouts and other homework, but absolutely loves the dinners too!  I also take advantage of Wal-Mart's online grocery shopping by adding additional produce to select menus without the hassle!  It is such a time saver for me.

Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of February 20, 2017


Monday, 2/20: Ginger Beef Stir Fry with Snappy Asparagus


Tuesday, 2/21: Hot Dogs and Chips
Wednesday, 2/22: Leftovers
Thursday, 2/23: Leftovers
Friday, 2/24: Melty Monterey Jack Burger with Red Onion Jam and Zucchini Fries


Saturday, 2/25: Dining Out - Fellowship with Church
Sunday, 2/26: Balsamic Chicken Rustico with Provencal Roasted Roots Veggies


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 13, 2017


Menu planning sure helps me feel relaxed throughout the week.  Knowing we have the ingredients for the meals helps the chaos in the evening and in turn helps our overall budget.

My last Hello Fresh box arrived on Saturday, February 4th.  The menu included the following:
  • Mustard-Breaded Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
  • Sugar-Sweet Pork Chops with Mixed Root Veggies
  • When Steak Met Potatoes with Peppercorn Sauce
We cooked the Mustard-Breaded Chicken Thighs last Monday and it all turned out well.  The meal was quite simple to prepare.  The chicken breaded in a traditional way.  I was unaware with the brussels sprouts to place them cut side down on my baking stone which helped dramatically on roasting them.  After the fact I realized I probably kept the brussels sprouts in longer than I needed with ensuring the chicken was cooked all the way through.  The sweet potatoes cooked in a way I have never done before.  The last recipe which required sweet potatoes, Jeff started early in the toaster oven.  This method mentioned to wet a paper towel, wrap around the sweet potatoes, and microwave for ten minutes.  After the ten minutes, the sweet potatoes appeared done.  Since the chicken was still cooking, the recipe steps mentioned to place the sweet potatoes in the oven to keep warm.  






This upcoming week we will cook the other two recipes from my kit.  We had an odd week on last week's menu.  Jakob celebrated his 12th birthday last Saturday, February 4th.  Grandparents came to visit and we went to Babe's Chicken for lunch before a few of Jakob's friends came over to the house.  Friends arrived around 2PM and for dinner I ordered pizza.  I had a buy one get one codes and used points and purchased four pizzas and cheese bread for Ashlyn for about $33.  Since I had four preteen boys at the house I was expecting them to be hungry.  Right when the pizza arrived, one of the boys was picked up.  Long story short, we had right at three full pizzas remaining and chicken leftover from Saturday.  Talk about rearranging the refrigerator to make all the food fit!  We are also finishing up the cake from last week!


On Saturday, February 18th, my next Hello Fresh kit will arrive!  The menu includes the following recipes:
  • Balsamic Chicken Rustico with Provencal Roasted Roots Veggies
  • Ginger Beef Stir-Fry with Snappy Asparagus
  • Melty Monterey Jack Burger with Red Onion Jam and Zucchini Fries
Hello Fresh has sure simplified creating our menu and added variety to our dinner plates.  I also take advantage of Wal-Mart's online grocery shopping by adding additional produce to select menus without the hassle!  It is also such a time-saver for me.

Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of February 13, 2017


Monday, 2/13: Overnight Lasagna
Tuesday, 2/14: Sausage with Rice and Green Beans
Wednesday, 2/15: Sugar-Sweet Pork Chops with Mixed Root Veggies
Thursday, 2/16: Leftover Buffet
Friday, 2/17: Dining Out
Saturday, 2/18: Sandwiches
Sunday, 2/19: Hello Fresh Menu

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jakob's Sixth Grade Report Card - 1st Semester

It sure is hard to believe Jakob started middle school already and half the year is already completed!  Jakob has been involved in a variety of school activities and clubs including student council, mathematics and calculator UIL, and has been enjoying the after school art club.  He finished his first semester of middle school with the following report card.

Subject
1st Nine Weeks
2nd Nine Weeks
Semester 1
Contemporary World Societies
94
96
95
Math
96
92
94
Orchestra
98
97
98
English
88
91
90
Reading
90
84
87
PE
100
100
100
Science
89
96
93

8/18/2016 - School Picture
8/22/2016 - First Day of School

Jakob had an active first semester.  He attended his first school dance on September 30, 2016.  In November, he used money he received from his Meme to purchase new books from the school book fair.  He was quite happy with his purchase!  Sixth graders also attended a field trip to the University of North Texas on November 17, 2016.

9/30/2016 - Sixth Grade Dance

11/1/2016 - Jakob used money from Meme to purchase new books from book fair.
11/17/2016 - Sixth grade Field Trip to the University of North Texas

Orchestra is one of his favorite subjects.  He started orchestra in fifth grade where they practiced twice a week.  Now in sixth grade, they practice daily.  Jakob normally stays after school to practice his instrument in practice club.  They even had a Halloween party for the orchestra students where they were allowed to dress up in costumes.  Jeff convinced him to wear the state-puff marshmallow man costume from Ghostbusters which was a hit for him!  His first orchestra concert was on November 10, 2016 where we listened to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders play their instruments.  It sure is amazing to see and hear how our talented students.

10/28/2016 - Orchestra Halloween Party
11/10/2016 - Jakob all dressed up before his first sixth grade orchestra concert.
11/10/2016 - Jakob and Caleb after their first sixth grade orchestra concert.

Jakob bridged to Boy Scouts Troop 366 during his fifth grade year.  He is still active and went on four camp outs during his first semester of sixth grade. 

Eagle Rock Loop - September 9-11, 2016
26.8 Mile (Jakob's group of boys ended up hiking over 28 miles due to taking a wrong turn and getting lost.)
9/9/2016 - Boy Scout 26 Mile Hiking Campout

Biking / Caving Campout - October 7-9, 2016
Colorado Bend State Park, Bend, TX 76284

10/7/2016 - Boy Scout Biking and Caving Campout

Wilderness Survival Campout - November 12-13, 2016

11/13/2016 - Jakob and Jacob survived their Boy Scout Wilderness Survival Campout.

Cold Weather Campout - December 9-11, 2016
Oklahoma Wildlife Refuge

12/8/2016 - All packed for cold weather campout.

12/9/2016 - All set for the cold weather campout.
Jakob made Tenderfoot rank on November 8, 2016.

11/8/2016 - Jakob made Tenderfoot rank in Boy Scouts!

On Thanksgiving, my family and I ran in the Abilene Turkey Trot.  There were over 1300 people who either walked or ran the 5K that morning.  Ashlyn cheered us all on from the sidelines along with Lana and Gregg, my mother and father-in-law.  Jeff's goal was to finish under thirty minutes and my goal was to finish under 45 minutes.  We both beat our goals with Jeff finishing in 26:08.1 and I finished in 36:55.  When the race begin, the boys took off ahead of me.  I caught up to Jakob and was able to help challenge him to run a little more and he actually finished before me with a time of 36:38.6.  We were proud of him because he had only done a little training prior to running this 5K.  Roland did not give up and finished in 54:38.

11/24/2016 - Abilene Turkey Trot


Jakob received a 2x2 and a 3x3 rubik's cube for Christmas and solved them both after watching videos to learn the algorithms.  He received the 2x2 from his Uncle Randy, Aunt, Nikki, and his cousin Sophie.  The 3x3 rubik's cube was from Meme and Papa in Killeen.

12/30/2016

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