Sunday, May 15, 2016

Frontier Girls

The older three girls have been enjoying Frontier Girls again this year. They just finished up the Fun With Science badge.  During the first meeting, we made a cloud, a rainbow, and floated an egg in water. The second meeting was spent on a few other fun projects.
Oreos were used to make the phases of the moon. This required taking the time to actually teach the girls how to properly open an Oreo so that the filling was all on one side. A skill they came home and taught Seamus.
Everyone made their own models of the solar system. This was Ellie's creation. 
We also made solar ovens. These are not very fancy ovens by any stretch, perfect for melting marshmallows or making nachos, nothing too terribly fancy.
SAMS Club actually donated the pizza boxes to us which was rather amazing.
Now we just wait for a warm sunny day when we can use the oven. Given that we had snow and hail today, I'm thinking we might be waiting a little while.

Meal Plan

M: chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal (B), hot dogs (D)
T: English muffins, yogurt, fruit (B), cheesy chicken bacon tator tot casserole (D)
W: eggs, toast (B), tuna casserole (D)
T: breakfast casserole (B), enchiladas (D)
F: cereal (B), mac and cheese (D)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Meal Plan, I Think

Trying to come up with a meal plan when you have no real clue what your life is going to look like during the week is, um, not so easy. But I'll give it a try anyway. There will be hot dogs because the kids brought home bags and bags of hot dog buns from the parish grounds clean up. And eggs since Liam discovered 24 eggs in the barn this morning. When asked if he'd been looking for them all week his answer was no. Thank goodness we only have 4 hens old enough to lay right now or that would have been a big mess. Then again, 24 eggs is barely enough for one meal.

M: yogurt, granola, fruit (B), hot dogs and bratwurst (D)
T: crockpot breakfast casserole (B), sloppy joes (D)
W: eggs, cinnamon raisin bread (B), spaghetti (D)
T: cereal, fruit (B), maple dijon chicken over rice (D)
F: oatmeal (B), something meatless, still thinking it over (D)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Meal Plan

S: waffles (B), ham (D)
M: eggs, toast (B), BBQ chicken (D)
T: waffles (B), pulled pork (D)
W: oatmeal, fruit (B), spaghetti, salad (D)
T: cereal/waffles (B), shredded beef sandwiches (D)
F: eggs, toast (B), macaroni and cheese (D)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Meal Plan

M: eggs, toast (bread in freezer) (B), creamy salsa chicken over rice (D)
T: peanut butter chocolate baked oatmeal (B), beefy baked ravioli (D)
W: eggs, fruit (B), crock pot sweet n sour pork (D)
T: yogurt, granola (B), honey glazed chicken (D)
F: cereal (B), bean and cheese enchiladas (D)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Meal Plan

M: eggs (B), beef stew (D)
T: oatmeal (B), cheesy chicken and rice casserole (D)
W: Abby's birthday
T: cereal (B), pulled pork sandwiches (D)
F: English muffins (B), tuna casserole (D)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Busy Weekend

Have you tried out the Home Depot Kids Workshops yet? If not, you are missing out on a wonderful FREE resource to share with your kids. Particularly if you have any crafty kids or kids who want to always be the one helping out with any projects at home.

This month I took 7 of the kids with me. Liam still loves to get a hammer in his hands any chance he can and Katie likes to come along to help with Seamus (because she is too big to do a project on her own she says). We made butterfly nesting boxes and as soon as the snow melts, we'll search for 6 places in the yard to hang them up. Maybe plant a few extra butterfly attracting plants.

The rules may vary by store but at our store you just show up. No signing up needed. This is great because we can go when it works with our schedule and not go when we are too busy. But check your local store because some do have sign up requirements.

We also finally got around to making our Pascal Candle. We took a super easy route this year because last year I ordered the pascal candle making kit from Illuminated Ink. Then I got to feeling rather sick and the project never got done. In fact, the 2015 pascal candle making kit is still somewhere in the house. So this year I lowered my standards and we finished the project. I call that a win.

Plain white tall candle (available at Aldi's or the Dollar Store), pascal candle print out from a creative person online. Project complete. We even managed to remember to take it with us on Sunday to get it blessed by Fr.