I am back again with more kid friendly meal ideas.
What a cheesy lunch! Grilled cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread, broccoli with ranch dip, and mega cheesy Goldfish PUFFS.
Kickin the chicken for dinner! Baked breaded boneless chicken breast with ramon noodles and fried zucchini and squash.
It's fiesta time! No, not really, but it is breakfast time. How about a sausage, egg and cheese breakfast burrito! ;)
Stake your claim on this lunch! Cheese steak panini with chex mix and grapes.
Going bananas over this semi healthy dessert. Sliced bananas topped with a scoop of whipped cream, sliced almonds and a drizzle of caramel and chocolate syrup.
Hot diggity dog, it's supper time! Hot dogs, steak fries and carrot sticks for supper.
Dinner at the movies. It's popcorn, pizza Friday!
I can't believe it is September already. We have completed 16 days of school!
My first born son, Zachary David Mikula turns 24 today, September 6th. Happy Birthday Zack-man! We always have a great time with him when we get the chance to visit and he ALWAYS makes us laugh. He has this way of saying something simple in such a crazy, loud way that he always gets a laugh out of Linn, Aaron and I.
The dude can swim really well and let me tell you, don't ever challenge him to see who can hold their breath the longest under water. A lesson learned for Aaron. It is scary how long he can hold his breath! You have to beg him to come up for air.
He is engaged to a beautiful young lady, Leighann and they have an absolutely adorable little son that will melt any heart, Zack Jr. I can't get enough of that little junior dude.
Speaking of birthdays, I got a special birthday package in the mail this week from my lovely daughter Linn. She is so sweet, but she doesn't listen to me very well. I told her NOT to buy me anything else because she spent a fortune buying me new makeup when I was home for a few weeks. She has such a giving heart.
I turned my cupcake holder into a sticker holder for school. I love stickers. They add a flare of color to a boring worksheet that sends an encouraging message, "GREAT JOB", "KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK", "LOOKIN' GOOD". Sydney's teacher will quite often tell the students to put a star or smiley beside a section of math problems if they got them all right. So I keep a lot of smileys and stars for Syd.
After finding out from my Aunt Marcie that my Grandma Kies made pizzas using hamburger buns, I had to try it out for myself. I don't know if she rolled the bun flat or not but I went ahead and did that. I added the sauce, cheese and pepperoni for the kids but made a surprisingly awesome veggie pizza for myself. The secret ingredient that made the veggie pizza out of this world was the addition of feta cheese sprinkled on top. I baked them in a 400 degree oven for ten minutes. The kids loved them and they were easy to make. That veggie pizza was really good! I am definitely making hamburger bun pizzas again! Thanks grandma!
The flowers in our backyard are still blooming like crazy.
I don't know what in the world all this stuff is but I guess I'm supposed to use it to clean the house! Yep, it's Saturday cleaning day! The one day of the week that I wish we lived in a one room, bungalow. I better get to gettin'!
Stay tuned for Weekly Review Part 2 - the reveal of the Clintster breakfast, a video or two of the kids and maybe even a pic of the Georgia dome, who knows what will happen. :D
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Time for another weekly update! :)
A quick frugal decorating idea...repurpose scraps of felt and use them to protect the surfaces of dressers, nightstands, end tables, etc. This was left over felt from an Indian wigwam project we did last Spring and is now being used as a decorative protector on Syd's nightstand.
"Syd the Science kid." This week in Science, she is learning about sounds - a sound is made by something that vibrates, sound vibrations traveling through the air are called sound waves, and sound can be carried through the air, water and solids. She is learning about the ear, how it is designed and the three main parts of the ear.
We did an experiment to prove that sound vibrations really travel, using a tin-can telephone. We each took a can (the two were tied together with string), walked away from each other (gently pulling the string tighter). We each took a turn speaking into the can so the other could listen, and we could hear the sound vibrations traveling through the string. She loves to do hands on activities.
Another hands on activity for the week was her art project. This was a leaf print project. She had to color the tree vertically because a tree grows vertically. She was to color the branches in the direction they grow and then press firmly with a crayon to draw texture lines on the bark. We gathered some leaves off a tree in our backyard and she took a leaf (vein side up) and placed it under copy paper to color over the leaf. She was supposed to start by using primary colors (red, yellow, blue) to color the leaves and then go back and color the same leaves with a different primary color to "mix" the colors, smudge them together and see what colors were created. Finally, cut out the leaves and glue them on or under the tree.
Aaron completed his first Geography project this week. Only half of it is pictured below. There was a total of four pages to the project. The purpose of them is to give practice in locating political and geographic features and to review the facts that were presented in the study. His first study of the Western Hemisphere was to learn more about important Geographic features in North and South America. Now as I am looking at the photo below, I realize that I didn't even bother to turn the globe to North and South America. I was only using it as a prop in the photo, but should have thought to use it PROP-ERLY! Looks like getting an "A" is out of the question for me. :D
Another sample of a day's worth of healthy meals...spinach omelet for breakfast made with one whole egg and two egg whites...chicken salad for lunch that I premade the night before (chop up your favorite veggies, crack open a can of chicken - drain it of course - add it on top of your salad, toss with your favorite low calorie dressing...turkey cheeseburger salad for supper (more salad and veggies, add feta cheese and cooked turkey burger. It was a super salad kind of day. :) It ended with 1/2 cup of plain, low-fat, greek, yogurt, 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and 1/8 cup of almonds.
Look who's wishing for a winter wonderland and got into the winter gloves/hats box! Isn't going to happen, it's in the mid 90's silly kids! :D
On Friday, August 22nd, I celebrated my 37th birthday. YEAH RIGHT, try 43 on for size!! :D It was my turn to pick out what color I wanted for the plates and decorations AND what kind of cake I wanted. Of course I picked chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing, topped off with peanut butter cups. This was Linn's idea from two years back and I loved it so much that I decided to do a repeat. Sydney wanted to mix the cake batter, but ditched me soon after when it was time to pour the batter into the cupcake liners. :D That's ok, the fun part for me was spreading on all that peanut butter goodness and adding on the scrumptious topping.
Today, August 23rd is our twin grandsons' birthday. Happy Sixth Birthday Ethan and Dylan! I made two special cupcakes in their honor.
Here's to frugal decorating, school projects, healthy meals and happy birthdays!
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