30 March 2015

What's For Dinner {Mar 30th} and some *Raddish* Greek Burgers!

Ah.  Meal planning.

My housekeeping salvation.

Last week went so smoothly (you know, after two straight weeks of chaos), it was lovely!  Here's hoping for another great week.

But first, I have to tell you about Raddish Kids!  I found their booth in the vendor hall at the Teach Them Diligently convention I recently attended.  It is an awesome *cooking club* for parents and kids!  I picked up one of their freebie recipes at the convention and we tried it last week.  We made their Greek Turkey Burgers--only with beef instead of turkey because I didn't look carefully into the freezer before grocery shopping.  Oops.  Oh well, we loved these with beef probably even better than turkey.  And get this: these burgers tasted just like a yummy gyro!  I love those things!

Anyway, you can subscribe to these cooking kits and they will arrive at your house every month with three of the recipe guides and all kinds of other cool stuff that your kiddos will have so much fun with they won't even notice that is *educational* ;)

Here is the recipe guide that we tried:

Greek Burgers
(tzatziki sauce)
1 cucumber
1 small Greek yogurt
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
Grate the cucumber; pat dry.  Then add the remaining 
sauce ingredients, mixing well.  Set aside and make your burgers.
1 lb. ground turkey or beef
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup feta cheese
In a medium mixing bowl combine the ground meat with the
salt, pepper, oregano, onion powder, and feta cheese.  Mix well, 
using your hands.  Divide the meat evenly into 4 section 
and form into patties.  
You can cook these patties for about 15 minutes in a skillet 
or you  can grill them like we did (yum!).  
Make your burgers with buns, lettuce, tomato, red onion 
and the tzatziki sauce and enjoy!  

Here's what's cooking this week:

Monday:  Shepherd's Pie with salad

Tuesday:  Garlic-Lime Chicken on the grill with baked potatoes and a veggie

Wednesday:  Taco Cups

Thursday:  Cheesey Stuffed Pasta Shells  (with half going into the freezer for later!)with salad and garlic bread

Friday:  Tuna Cornbread Cakes, twice baked potatoes and salad

Saturday:  {leftovers/snacks}

Sunday:  {Happy Easter!!}  We're having a brunch at my parents' after church.  Our menu is: baked ham, quiche, hashbrown casserole, biscuits, fruit, and mini waffles

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie

27 March 2015

End of the Week Wrap-up {week 27}

So I just realized how badly I have slacked this year on the weekly wrap-ups :/  Kind of feel bad about that. 

Okay.  I'm over it.  

This just hasn't been the year of the weekly wrap-up, I guess.

But there's always now and I thought I'd jump back in there.

Part of the reason I haven't been motivated to post our weekly wraps has been that so many of our weeks have been really hard this year.  You may remember my post last fall about how our 9-yr-old son, Mr. B, has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.  We are still learning how that is effecting us as a family, how we can better help him succeed, and how to handle the daily challenges.  And there are many daily challenges.  Often in the evenings I am just emotionally wrung out (this explains my lack of blogging in recent months).  

I am very hopeful that we are learning new and better ways to help our son learn and grow in areas where he really struggles.  Focusing on school work is currently a huge issue at our house.  I have tried what feels like everything under the sun, primarily in the way of natural products and behavior modification.    We recently made the (very big for us) decision to try medication.  We are just at the beginning stages of seeing if it helps, but I am hopeful.  

As for what's been happening in our homeschool lately...

We started the month off with a weekend trip to Arkansas, then headed back home to celebrate Vince's birthday.  He was awesome and chose some super fun things to do on his special day (birthdays are school holidays here, btw).  

We went to the science museum in Nashville.

Next we went to a trampoline park.

Then along came our biggest snowstorm of the year (and hopefully the last!) so we cozied up at home for a few days.  

The Princess participated in her first-ever speech contest with our local 4-H chapter and did a great job!

We made a model of a lung for that chapter of our human anatomy study.

We attended a local international festival.  Mr. B was especially excited to visit the Japanese booth--he loves origami!

Our homeschool group enjoyed a special history program presented by a member of the local chapter of the Sons of the Revolutionary War.  

The Princess turned 12 and we had a blast celebrating her!!

And just yesterday we enjoyed a tour of the offices and production area of our local newspaper.  It was so interesting!

It has definitely been a busy month!!  In fact the first three months of this year have really flown by.  I am trying to figure out ways of slowing down the rest of the year~any ideas?!

We are plugging along with our studies with the end of the year looking much closer :)  We've made it far enough along in the year to know what's working well for us and where we would like to make some changes for next year.  Last week I attended Teach Them Diligently in Nashville and was able to get a head-start on preparing for next year.  You can read more about that here.  And I'll be blogging soon about some of those changes we'll be making.

And now we're looking at the end of March.  Whaaaa???  So much to do before our school year wraps up.

What have you been up to lately?

25 March 2015

Reflections on *Teach Them Diligently*

This past weekend my husband and I were privileged to attend the Teach Them Diligently homeschool convention in Nashville.  I have to say, I was pretty excited about going!  And my hubby was generous enough to come along, keeping me company while also enjoying some workshops himself.  

The convention was held at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland hotel although we didn't stay overnight there.  Since we live just an hour from Nashville we commuted instead.  The first couple of days we left the kiddos with the grands, but decided to take them with us on the last day since we wouldn't be there the entire day.  

If you've never been to TTD, or any homeschool convention for that matter, I would highly recommend going!  Until this convention I had only attended a couple of other state level conventions.  TTD has done an amazing job of putting together a well-thought-out, God-honoring event that they are bringing to 4 different cities in the US this year.  The atmosphere of this convention and it's attendees was so refreshing.    

I was super pumped to see so many familiar faces from favorite blogs, websites, and books as speakers for this event.  While it's impossible to attend every single session (my husband and I often would go to different sessions to make the most of our time!), you can always get the recordings ...or simply choose the ones that seem the best suited to your needs and interests.  I thoroughly enjoyed each workshop session I attended and was able to have nuggets of wisdom to take home with me.  The workshops were well-planned and included powerpoint presentations and some handouts as well.  You can take a peek at the session schedule here.  

Some of my favorite workshops were:

I can assure you that I will be reviewing my notes a lot in the near future!  

And, of course, I had an amazing time browsing the vendor hall ...off and on for three whole days!!  Bliss!!  My poor husband could hardly drag me away.  It's just always so helpful to be able to look at curriculum up close and be able to ask questions about it.  I definitely found some new things for our upcoming year that I'm excited about!

The only real disappointment of the weekend was that James Dobson didn't make it.  Apparently he was snowed in where he lives with all flights cancelled.  So that was a bummer.  

But it just meant more time in the vendor hall for me! ;)

If you've never been to Nashville and visited the Gaylord Opryland hotel, you really must!  Even if you're not staying overnight.  They have the most gorgeous conservatory areas!  Plus there are shops and restaurants, too (I recommend the gelato!).  Below are a few pics that we snapped while showing the kiddos around.

So ...all that to say ...if you get an opportunity to attend a Teach Them Diligently convention this year you should totally go for it!  

24 March 2015

Time, Please Slow Down!

Happy 12th Birthday to our Princess!!

(isn't this an awesome hat/card that my sister got her?!)

Yesterday our oldest turned 12.  
It's hard to believe how quickly time flies by.
It seems like just yesterday I was getting her nursery ready 
and buying all of those tiny clothes.

She has grown into a lovely young woman and we are SO proud of her!!
She is a joy to have for a daughter.

We had a great day together.  
First, we had some lunch and played games 
...and acted silly at Chuck E. Cheese.  
Then we went to see the new Cinderella movie (wonderful!).
We squeezed in a bit of shopping (birthday $$, you know!) 
and finally, we met up with my family for a birthday dinner at Olive Garden.

And posed for a few funny shots after dinner :)

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!!

22 March 2015

What's For Dinner {March 23rd}

OK, here we go ...getting back on track.  My life is in desperate need of some boring, ol' routine.  So far the first three months of this year have  f-l-o-w-n  by!!

Life, please slow down.

Thank you.

Anybody else feel this way, too?

Well, I'm beginning the start back to some routine by posting my dinner plans for the week here on the blog again.  While I do still meal plan even if I don't post about it, I find that posting it brings me so much more accountability.

I'm happy to say that we are planning to use the grill this week for the first time this spring.  Yes, spring is actually here even though it seems to be staying mostly hidden where we live so far.  I am so ready for sunshine and warmer temps!


...here's what cooking this week:

Monday: going out to celebrate The Princess' birthday!  {Olive Garden}

Tuesday:  {grill} Greek Turkey Burgers with Fried Potatoes

Wednesday: {slow cooker} Sloppy Joes with Potato Chips

Thursday:  Beef Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

Friday:  Goulash with Salad and Garlic Bread

Saturday:  Stromboli

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

23 February 2015

What's For Dinner {Feb 23rd}

What a week this past week has been!  We've had 'Snowmeggedon' here in Western Kentucky!  About a foot of snow total, plus some ice.  That means we've been inside.  A lot.

And that means lots of cooking.  And cleaning up the kitchen.  :)

Why is it when you truly need to cook and don't have other options, that's when you least want to do it?  I have felt like that a lot this past week...ha.  Mostly because I was tired of being at home constantly.  We did have some good meals though!  And I tried several new recipes: homemade granola bars, roasted cauliflower soup, and even homemade dog biscuits for our dog!

So I'm looking forward to getting out more this week but I have some yummy meals planned, too.

Here's what's cooking this week: 

Monday:  Cajun Turkey Breast (slow cooker), Red Beans & Rice, Crispy Brussels Sprouts w/Bacon & Garlic

Tuesday:  Fajita Stuffed Peppers (Vince & me), Grilled Ham & Cheeses (for the kiddos)

Wednesday:  BBQ Turkey Sandwiches

Thursday:  Pinto Beans (slow cooker), Fried Potatoes, Cornbread

Friday:  {out}

Saturday:  {out}

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

18 February 2015

Snapshots of a Snow Day

Here's a quick look at our last couple of days.  
We've been enjoying a beautiful snow!
It's an unusually big one for Kentucky and we are loving it:)

How about you?  Do you have snow where you live?