Saturday, February 27, 2016

Meal Plan

M: eggs and toast (B), roast beef sandwiches (D)
T: peanut butter and banana bagels (B), roast chicken and vegetables (D)
W: cranberry apple baked oatmeal (B), crock pot beef tips (D)
T: breakfast bowls (B), honey glazed chicken (D)
F: cereal (B), fish of some sort (D)

Hearing Test Update

Results of the 3rd hearing test are in. Charlie does have the ability to hear. She just will not have full functional hearing as long as her palette is open (it is seriously a huge hole folks). Tubes will be put in during her second surgery which should help alleviate some of the hearing loss she is currently dealing with. A 4th test will be done then to assess if there has been any permanent damage from the near constant presence of fluid in her ears due to the palette issues. So in a nut shell: she is fine. Perhaps she might have minor hearing issues but we can't assess that until after her palette has been repaired.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

: Meal Plan

I finally got around to doing a real inventory of the freezers and getting them organized again. Surprise, surprise, we are almost out of ground beef and the pork chops are gone. Seems we run out of those first every year. Anyway, I've been trying to search for a few new recipes each week from different cooking blogs but this week I have decided to just stick to what I know we like to keep things simple.

M: egg sandwiches, sliced oranges (B), chicken cordon bleu casserole (D)
T: yogurt, granola, fruit (B), stuffed pepper soup (D)
W: baked oatmeal (B), black bean and corn chicken taco bake (D)
T: eggs and toast, oj (B), pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw (D)
F: cereal (B), south of the border skillet, salad (D)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Meal Plan

All new recipes this week are being pulled from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures. This site is a wonderful one to check out if you are looking for ideas for allergy friendly (gluten free, dairy free) cooking.

M: bagels, fruit (B), slow cooked roast beef sandwiches (D)
T: apple cinnamon baked oatmeal (B), taco pasta (D)
W: eggs (B), easy chicken pot pie (D)
T: pancake sausage muffins, fruit (B), easy crock pot spaghetti sauce, pasta, salad (D)
F: yogurt and granola (B), bean and cheese enchiladas (D)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dear God, I Don't Get It

We all have those times when we feel like God is not answering our prayers. This can be a hard thing for adults to understand but getting a child to understand why prayers appear to go unanswered can be a struggle. The book Dear God, I Don't Get It by Patti Maguire Armstrong helps children understand just this question.

Dear God, I Don't Get It is the first in a series of books about the Ajax family. In this book you meet brothers Aaron, Luke, and Tyler.  As the story opens, the family learns that they must move. This is something that feels like the end of the world to 12-year-old  Aaron Ajax. He prays to God to please find a way for the family to stay where they are but his prayers are not answered in the way Aaron expects.

This book helps broach an often misunderstood concept in a way young minds can easily grasp.  Adults are often heard saying that prayer works but they fail to understand exactly how prayer works. Many children often grow up with the mistaken notion that all you have to do is pray and God will grant your every desire. Failing to understand that God often answers our prayers with a no because He has something else in mind for us can cause many people to question their beliefs. By the end of the book, Aaron begins to understand that God's answers are not always our own.

This book does a wonderful job at weaving faith into the lives of the characters without being preachy or pushy. It successfully walks that fine line without beating the point home with a morality stick. This helps to keep the story interesting without turning you off.

I recommend sharing this book for kids in the 8 to 12 age range. The entire series promises to provide an easy way to tackle some of the tough topics in life with your children.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Meal Plan

All new recipes for this week are being pulled from the Budget Bytes website. If you are looking for interesting meal ideas while sticking to a limited budget, be sure to check this site out. Or check out her book from the library (because visiting the library is much better for the budget than buying the book).

M: cranberry apple baked oatmeal (B), leftovers/sandwiches with fruit (L), saucy southwest shredded beef over rice, salad (D)
T: cereal (B), sandwiches (L), pancakes, strawberries, sausage (D)
W: oatmeal (B), grilled cheese or salad (L), golden rice bowls (D)
T: country breakfast bowls (B), leftovers (L), bbq chicken (D)
F: cereal (B), tuna melts (B), sundried tomato and spinach mac and cheese (D)