Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Skating

A rare pic of me. Sassy had her birthday party at the skating rink, and I actually went out there and skated a couple of times around.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Food on Friday - Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese
Ingredients:
8 oz pkg elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
1 C sour cream
4 C shredded sharp cheese
1 egg slightly beaten
1 1/2 C small curd cottage cheese
3/4 tsp salt
garlic salt to taste
pepper to taste
paprika

Combine cottage cheese, sour cream, egg, salt, garlic salt, pepper, and cheese. Add macaroni and stir until coated. Transfer to a greased 2 1/2 quart dish. Bake at 350 30-40 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy Birthday, Sassy!

Sassy turns 6 today! I can't seem to wrap my mind around the fact that my BABY is SIX! It just doesn't seem possible. She was just born yesterday, right?

I like to joke that God gave her to us last for a reason. She is definitely full of energy! She knows how to make us laugh and has a very big personality. We can usually rely on her to give us several "new" words - like how she wants to play "hoggy" (hockey) and "the cross" (lacrosse) - or new lyrics to songs - like "Allelu to the prison king." She loves her toys, especially ones that are given to her by others as gifts; she treasures those. She also loves to play soccer. She definitely seems to have some God-given talent on the soccer field, and she doesn't think twice about taking on the boys.

She also likes to play basketball and softball. She is quite a little athlete.

Yesterday, she had a skating party with a few friends. She took some time out to take a couple of pictures with Robb and me.






Friday, October 18, 2013

Food on Friday: Cheeseburger Casserole

Happy Friday!

Cheeseburger Casserole
Ingredients:
2lbs ground beef, browned and drained
1 (16oz) package egg noodles, cooked and drained
1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 small carton sour cream
1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

Combine ground beef, seasonings, and tomato sauce. In a separate bowl, mix softened cream cheese sour cream, and noodles. Layer half of the cream cheese mixture in the bottom of the casserole dish. Cover with half of the meat sauce. Top with half of the shredded cheese. Add an additional layer of each, ending with cheese on top. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Finalist

The Boy played in a soccer tournament this past weekend. His team played well and ended up in the championship game. They ended the weekend as "finalists," which according to The Boy means "not quite good enough to be the winner." They lost 1-0 in the championship game. Overall, though, it was a great weekend.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Food on Friday - One Pot Spaghetti

Earlier this week, I was trying to figure out what to cook. I had already thawed some ground beef, but when I went to make dinner, I found that I didn't have all of the ingredients for what I wanted to make. So I had to move on to plan B - throw a bunch of things into a pot and hope for the best. This was the birth of One Pot Spaghetti. It turned out really tasty!

One Pot Spaghetti
Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 can (29 oz) tomato sauce
2 C water
1 (8 oz) pkg uncooked spaghetti noodles

Brown ground beef in dutch oven and drain excess fat. Add seasonings. Stir in tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil. Add spaghetti. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Ready for Kick Off

Soccer Girl's team played in a tournament this past weekend. They didn't fare very well, but she had fun. She's the one in the royal blue headband. This was right before kick off in the first game of the weekend.

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Alphabet Art - Apples


This year, I had planned to teach an Alphabet Art class at our homeschool co-op. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately - haha!), there was another really awesome class offered for 4k-5k for that same time slot, and not enough children signed up for mine. So I'm teaching something different this year, which is fine.

Sassy Pants, however, was devastated that I wasn't going to teach Alphabet Art because she had really wanted to take that class and do the art projects I had planned. So I decided we should do the projects together this year - just her and me.

We're going to work our way through the alphabet, doing art projects for each letter.

Torn-Paper Apples

Supplies:
red construction paper
paper plate
brown or black pipe cleaner
glue

Tear construction paper into small pieces. Glue onto the paper plate, overlapping pieces. Add pipe cleaner for a stem.

She also decorated the inside of the letter "a" with apples.



Thursday, October 3, 2013

Food on Friday - Tater Tot Casserole


Last week I shared how I was in the mood for comfort food. This fall weather tends to bring that desire out. So another comfort food this week - Tater Tot Casserole.


Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 c chopped onions
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup
1 can corn, peas, or green beans, well drained
1 bag frozen tater tots

Brown ground beef with chopped onions. Drain well. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in soup and veggies. Put in casserole or small roaster. Cover with a layer of tater tots. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Studying

Soccer Girl never does her school work sitting at a table. She's always leaned over a book, while sitting on the floor.

Conversations in History

The 3 older girls have a journal as part of their school work each day. Some days, we write conversations back and forth to each other. It's a great way for me to learn what's going on in their lives that they feel more comfortable writing about than talking about.

Other days, I give them a prompt and ask them to write about it. Today I gave them this prompt:
If you could talk to anyone from history, who would it be? What would you talk about?

Here are their responses:

Ballerina - Abraham Lincoln. I would want to know what he would have done if he hadn't been killed.

Soccer Girl - Abraham Lincoln. I would talk to him about how he changed the Civil War.

Little Red - George Washington to talk about being the President.

I got to thinking about who I would choose. I think I would like to sit down with one of the Founding Fathers, probably either Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson, to see what they think about the current state of the United States.

Now I want to hear from you -
If you could talk to anyone from history, who would it be? What would you talk about?


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