Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Not your average wish list

This is not a list of things I want but instead a list of things I want to get done around here.

Not in any particular order
1. Paint my bathroom
2. clear off the top of the dryer
3. declutter every room of the house
4. do regular meal planning
5. organize the den
6. finish stripping living room floor
7. get craft items out of entryway
8. Install dining room light/fan.
9. train the girls to wash up breakfast dishes  and sort and put away their laundry daily.
10. eat or juice more of what grows in my garden
11. Create a place to entertain in the back yard
12. Get caught up on mending
13 finish a quilt or two
14. Patch holes in walls in various rooms of the house
15. frame and hang some children's artwork
16. clean off front porch
17 finish planing for homeschool year
18 organize and cull in attic

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I am thinking about what Claire and Emily should take for lunches during summer school. Emily has been so picky lately she suddenly doesn't even want to eat yogurt, applesauce, cheerios, bananas, English muffins etc. I think I need to focus more on veggies. Today she ate a pretty good lunch. And even before lunch she had some sauerkraut and home made pickles.This post is to brainstorm ideas for what to send for lunch:
green beans
cucumbers carrots
grated cheese or sliced
Cesar salad
pea soup

Beans and tortilla chips
roast beef
cabbage salad
pea soup
lentil soup
cous cous salad
teriaki chicken

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Current Recipies

I made two things this week which Claire likes so have decided to share them here.
Bulgar wheat salad
I soaked 2/3 cup bulgar in hot water 15 mins (I also added grated carrot, several tablespoons dried barberries (commonly found in Persian food) and 1 tsp curry powder before pouring boiling water over everything.
later I added
a handful of raisins
a splash of cider vinegar
juice of 1/2 lime
several tablespoons of olive oil
Notes: Next time I might add some diced apples or grapes or leftover chicken chunks

Yum Stew
with olive oil I sauteed
1 medium onion
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
1 tsp fresh minced ginger
2 c finely chopped napa cabbage
1 c cauliflower chopped
1 potato diced
a handful of chopped arugula and kale
1/2 c chopped summer sausage. (Emily thought this was spicy but ate it up)
1 c broth

Saturday, November 24, 2012

pics posted at other blog

check out what I've been up to
new photos at artimom.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My mind is all a jumble these days. It is hard to keep up with everything now that we have started out home schooling school year. I want to take this opportunity on this Thursday free afternoon to make some lists and un-do the jumble. (Some of this jumble is also so to taking allergy medication. UGH!)
Things to do on future Thursdays:
tidy/ organize/ purge
make a checklist of materials we have
make a checklist of goals and ways to meet them for various school subjects
search for age appropriate story problems online.
read Charlotte Mason books
assemble last Ikea cabinet and organize contents.
Get all homeschool materials together in one place.
Compile a list of nature study locations and invite people to meet us there.
Prep craft and lesson for CBS

Order some things on Amazon or find free equivalents:
Spanish CD ROM or spanish apps to help us keep on top of learning Spanish.
Hymn CD that all of us can enjoy.
School house rock Math cd?
Poetry CD/book combo
Drop stuff off at the thrift store

1. be able to correctly form capital letters A-Z
2. be able to correctly form small letters a-z
3. be able to correctly form numerals 0-9
4. be able to copy any sentence with spaces between words and punctuation.

1. tracing with dry erase markers and books.
2. writing letters to family and friends
3. copy a sentence from poetry or scripture
4. increase pencil control by tracing pictures
5. Make a picture using only diagonal lines
6. Rainbow name
7. sand tray writing
8. tape a paper to the wall or easel for writing.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Tips to myself: 1. Have children help cook they can harvest veggies from the garden, cut soft veggies with plastic knives, put things in the pot etc. 2. Spend some one on one time with each child having them help with a few cleaning tasks. 3. Learn good habits on e at a time and teach good habits focusing on one at a time. It is never too late to improve. 4. take time out to swing, play and read to children frequently throughout the day... especially when you thing you are doing something "important" 5. Spend some time doing things that require concentration ....organizing and sorting and tidying while children are sleeping... a little each evening. 6. Form an after breakfast routine... This is my worst time of day (Second only to the 3:30-7:30 block.) I am fuzzy headed and if I have a set list of things that I do everyday and that the kids so everyday things will go more smoothly...I guess I should make up a late afternoon routine/pre-bedtime routine too. We have our bedtime routine in place we need to know what is supposed to habitually happen before that. Some days we are away at class or playgroup till 6 or 6:30 so I haven't developed much of a routine for when we are here.