Sunday, February 23, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Saturday Pancakes, Bacon, Milk
Sun-Fri  Continental Breakfast (HM Instant Oatmeal, cereal, muffins or bagels, crockpot casserole or boiled eggs, crockpot baked oatmeal, fruit, milk, juice)

Saturday Potluck Leftovers!
  • 1: Crockpot Stroganoff, Egg Noodles, Peas, brownies
  • 2: Roast Chicken (save 1c and make broth), Carrots, Potato, dump cake
Mon-Fri: Sandwiches, Snack, Fruit/Veg


  1. Lentil Sloppy Joes (double and freeze), oven fries, relish tray
  2. Spaghetti (sauce in freezer), Salad, Garlic Toast
  3. Ma Nelson's Hamburger Soup (brown 10# of meat freeze 9), Bread, Relish Tray
  4. Chicken and Dumplings, Bread, Relish Tray
  5. Tatertot Casserole (make 2 or 3 and freeze), Canned Corn, Applesauce
  6. Chicken Nuggets, Fries, Pineapple
  7. Papa Murphys, Relish Tray
  8. Homemade Pizza, Relish Tray
  9. Crockpot Debt Kickin Beans and Rice, broccoli, fruit salad
  10. Crockpot Lentil Rice casserole (from freezer), broccoli, fruit salad
  11. Christina’s easy Lasagna(make sauce and freeze 2 portions), salad, garlic toast
  12. Snack Supper- Chip and Dip Night (lays and ranch dip)
  13. Snack Supper- Mexican Night (rotel cheese dip and tortilla chips)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Joy Homeschool Books of the Week

Rainbow's Pick:
Mountain Wedding by Faye Gibbons

 This book is about two families. Both families' children are constantly quarreling. The parents decide to get married, and the wedding is crazy. It takes a swarm of bees and a run-away wagon to get the both the parents and the kiddos to say "I do". I like this book because it reminds me of my family! 


Batman's Pick:
The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull
It was a cool story that told about Dr. Suess' childhood. The most interesting part was learning about how he wrote most of his books.

Robin's Pick:
McGillycuddy Could! by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Migillycuddy Could! is a about a Kangaroo going to a farm and not being able to do what a Cow, a Roosters,  a Hen, a Sheep and a Duck can do. McGillycuddy learns that he can help the duckling be safe from the fox. I like this book because its really funny.

Superman's Pick:
Even Steven and Odd Todd by Kathryn Cristaldi
I liked learning about Even and Odd numbers in this book.  In this book your intruduced to a super organized Even Steven and a more laid back Odd Todd and how they are so very different. It was a very fun way to introduce Even and Odd numbers!

Pinkie Pie's Pick:
Pinkie Pie really enjoyed searching for letter "K" sounds in this book. She loved all the letter shaped houses. Vixthemom thought this book was really sweet and loved the mother saying "That's okay, we all make mistakes"

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Feeding 9 on a Dime: Soup

"We are making Boy Soup Mom!"

How to make soup in 3 easy steps 

Or How to Use up Your Leftovers Like a Pro


Simmer your Veggies:  
First drizzle your soup pot with olive oil, butter or coconut oil and saute 2 to 3 cups of veggies for  a few minutes. I like to use Garlic, Onions, Carrots, Celery to start adding potato, squash, zucchini and peppers for different flavors. This is a good time to scour the fridge for leftover veg to toss into the pot

Add your Protien:

Next add a cup or two of any type of cooked protein you enjoy! Ground Beef, diced roast, cooked chicken, bacon, cooked beans are all wonderful additions! Another great way to use up the fridge leftovers! One steak can become a meal for 9 when diced into a soup! I have even crumbled a slice of meat loaf into a soup!

Add your Broth:

Then add 3-6 cups of broth with 3to 6 cups of water and seasonings like Salt, Pepper, Bullion, Cayenne pepper, Italian seasonings, cumin and whatever sounds good! Broth is easy to make yourself with a crock pot, chicken or beef bones, garlic, carrots, celery, onion and a little salt. Just simmer for 8-10 on low. Box, can or bullion broth is fine as well. Tomato sauce or diced tomato can be added at this time.

Add your Starch:

Finally add your starch and cook through! Pasta, Rice, Potato, Barely, and Quinoa are some great options to thicken up a soup! Simmer for at least 20 min to allow the flavors to meld together nicely. During the last 5-10 minutes you can add Kale, Spinach or other greens if you like.

Always serve with a hot crusty loaf of bread and a nice spread of real butter!