Menu Monday

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Monday – Chicken Salad, chips

Tuesday – Chili and Cornbread

Wednesday – Supper at church

Thursday – Beans & Sausage (in crockpot) and Cornbread

Friday – Lasagna, cut green beans and Mayo rolls

Saturday – Grilled Chicken Sandwiches and FF

Sunday – Taco Soup (in crockpot)

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New recipe added

I’ve added a new recipe to my recipe page. I’ve been asked for a while to post my cornbread recipe, so I did.

Menu Monday (a day late)

Here is our menus for the week of Feb. 10th – Feb. 16th

Monday – Pork Loin in gravy, mashed potatoes, peas

Tuesday – Spaghetti

Wednesday – eat at church

Thursday – BBQ Chicken, rice, and green beans

Friday – Tacos

Saturday – Grilled chicken sandwiches

Sunday – Taco Soup in crockpot

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This year it seems as if Thanksgiving has just snuck up on me. I’m just not ready! I’ve had the flu for almost two weeks, but I’m better and ready to tackle the cooking. I’m so glad we are not having our family Thanksgiving until Saturday Our menu is below with the cook beside it:

Smoked Turkey (Jim)
Smoked Ham (Jim)
Dressing (Mom – with me doing the cornbread)
Deviled Eggs (me)
Broccoli & Raisin salad (me)
Green Bean Casserole (Rebekah)
Fried Sweet Potatoes (mom)
Butter Beans (mom)
Rolls (me)
4 layered Dessert (mom)

We will have 9 people here on Saturday which is a small number for us. With the illnesses and other health problems lately, its probably better that this is a light year for us. I’m excited to be together with my family. I’m even starting to get excited about Christmas. I’m hoping to get my tree up by Dec. 10th. That’s my goal right now.

We also have some fun things to look forward to in the coming month. We have two parades to attend, a tree lighting, and our church’s Christmas musical. Our family also goes to look at lights at least once every year. Mom and I haven’t done any decorating yet, but I know we will begin that now that I’m better.

I’ve been surfing the internet looking for some Christmas crafts to do, and I found a good site. It’s Handimania. They’ve got some great and fun crafts. I also found a couple of good ones on youtube. One was LilyShop, and the other was ModernMom. I loved the Christmas Tree craft made of just construction paper and wrapping paper. They are cone shaped, but very cool. If you like to craft you might enjoy them.

I love Christmas time. The lights, the presents, the family being together, and especially knowing that this is our time to celebrate our Savior’s birth makes this a very special time.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving and will have a blessed Christmas.

Menu Plan Monday ~ I know its Tuesday

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This week is going to be a little odd. American Family Radio is having their Spring Share-a-thon, so we will be there two nights this week.

Monday – last night we had Dirty Rice.

Tuesday – We will be a Share-a-thon.

Wednesday – Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread

Thursday – Share-a-thon

Friday – Another crazy day – Abby is leaving to go on a mission trip to Jackson, MS and Jim and I are leaving for our Asheville trip.

Next week we will still be in Asheville, so I won’t post another Menu Plan Monday until April 29th.

Hope everyone has a great week.

Training, homeschooling and our first egg!

My training is going well. I started this past Thursday and I’ve walked almost everyday. One thing I have learned is that the training schedule looks easy ON PAPER, but doing it is totally different. The first day was easy, I walked for 15 min. Easy peazy!! The next day Jim and I walked a mile and a half. We decided to walk together and mark out a 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile and a mile. I had a contraption with a wheel on the end that would count the feet. The thing worked great until we got past the first 1/4 mile, then it kept locking up. I would have to stop and either go backwards or bang it on the ground. So I’m not real sure how accurate our measurements are. But we got to the 1/2 mile and put down the first stake. Then we trudged on the the 3/4 mile and I was just about done, but Jim pushed me on. At the 1 mile mark, we were about 200 feet from the bridge that goes over the river. So we put the stake down and walked on to the river. It was so beautiful! We stayed there for a couple of minutes and looked at the water and the creek that goes into the river right there. But now we had to walk back. I knew I’d never make, so we called my mom and she had my dad come and meet us at the road that we crossed just after we put down the 1/2 mile stake. I think we walked 1 1/2 miles in all. Yesterday my mom and I walked to the 1/2 mile mark and back. Like I said my training is going pretty good. Today I’m planning on doing the exercise glider for at least 15 min.

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I’m not sure if I have explained about the place where we walk. We live right next to where there used to be railroad tracks. There is now a walking track, where the railroad tracks used to be. Its paved and very nice. The bridge I talked about is very high over the river and about a mile from the house. We had rode bikes down there months ago, the bridge “floor” had been rebuilt, but there was no rails. I couldn’t go across because it made me so dizzy without the rails. Now there are rails and it is so pretty. We walked on the bridge and Jim has even decided we need to put a Geocache there. So as soon as the trail is officially opened, we are going to do that. If you don’t know what geocaching is check out this website: Geocaching.

Homeschooling is going pretty good also. Abby and I signed up for a postcard swap. The rule is you can swap with five families a month. So we got with five families and exchanged addresses. We have received four of the five postcards. We got cards from West Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, and Alaska. We are still waiting on one from England. We have decided to do it again this next month and we are going to try and get a postcard from every state. I’ve even printed out a map of the US on four sheets of paper, so it is pretty big. We are going to mark each state as we get a postcard from it. I’ll make a picture of the map as soon as I get it up. I just printed it today.
Here are the four we have received:

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They are from left to right: Hawaii, Texas, Alaska, and West Virginia.

Abby is doing good, but we are still struggling with multiplication facts, and long division. I know it just takes practice, but its tedious. She is still writing like crazy. Her assignment this week is to write a fairy tale. She told me she had a great idea, and was already writing away.

We were all excited yesterday, we got our first egg from the chickens! It was kind of small, but we were still really excited. In fact we were all shouting, and mom took a picture of it. I know we are easily entertained.

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Until next time!

Normal Life!?!

Since we have been home from Nashville, life has gotten back to normal.  Whatever that means.  This past Sunday, Jim, Abby and I went to the Hayseed Cowboy Church.  Jim shared his adventures in Peru and showed many pictures.  It was so fun to watch his enthusiasm and compassion for the people of Peru.

We also finally finished the chicken coop and got my chickens.  Jim and I went on Saturday and picked them up.  Abby and Jaime have decided we needed to name them.  So their names are: Nugget, Salad, Sandwich, Dumpling, KFC and Popeye.  They are all hens so I didn’t like Popeye.  But they thought it was funny. I can’t really tell them apart except for two of them.  Here are a couple of pictures of the chicken coop and the chickens.

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My son made the coop for me. We are afraid the nests are too small for the chickens, so we might have to make them bigger. I love that we can just open up the top of the nesting boxes to get the eggs. He also made the door on the side to allow me to clean the coop out.

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These chickens are Rhode Island Reds. They are supposed to be great layers! Here’s hoping.

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Abby has claimed this chicken as her own. It is the ugliest of them all and she has named her KFC. I’m not sure why she likes this one so much, except it will allow her to pick her up.

Monday night we had our monthly Keepers at Home club meeting. I had the lesson this month so we made Albums out of paper bags. Here are couple of pictures of Abby’s album.

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This is her cover. She decided her album would be about her and her family.

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She got some old and new pictures to show her family and herself. I think she did a great job!

We usually have around 10 or 12 girls, but all the classes were short. It was probably because it’s Spring Break. The girls really enjoyed making the albums and did a great job. I forgot about taking pictures until the very end, so I only got pictures of the last two girls.

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School is going well so far this week. We are studying birds in Science using Apologia “Flying Creatures”. So yesterday we did an experiement to show the force birds feel when using their wings and tail feathers to slow down and stop. Here are a couple of pictures of the girls doing the experiment.

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We had a lot of fun running around outside. I thought I took a picture of Abby also, but it turned out as a video of about 2 seconds.

I guess that’s all for my “normal life”, I’m just not sure how truly normal it is.

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