Meals for the Week
- Chicken sandwiches with french fries
- Turkey-ham, mac-n-cheese, mixed veggies
- Rigatoni-D (pasta with chicken, mushrooms, & onions in a marsala-cream sauce)
- Ham, broccoli, and cheese casserole – my favorite childhood dish
- Steak, crab legs, shrimp with saffron rice and turnip greens
- Pizza and movie night
Couple of notes: The Rigatoni- D is our favorite dish at Maggiano’s restaurant. We came across the recipe for it from a local news program while living in NC and now it’s a regular in our kitchen. I did the same thing with Alice Springs Chicken from Outback. Finding these recipes gives us our favorites eating-out meals without spending money at the restaurants and surprisingly uses stuff that we already have in our pantry and fridge.
Steak, crab legs, and shrimp must be crazy expensive, right?! Nope, not when your husband was inspired by one of his blogs to check out various coupon sites. He saved a whopping $45 in coupons on this entire meal and got it for less than one would usually pay just for the steak. I’m not usually a coupon person since I get most of our food through co-op and I find that most coupons are for processed food that we try not to eat too often, but if he can get real seafood and steak from the butcher and still save $45, I need to look into this!
Around the House
Still nesting. Random overwhelming urges to clean things, like the walls or the utility closet doors.
I think I need to make a responsibility chart for the family and the kids. Jackson is asking to feed the dog and I think both boys would benefit from a chart instead of hearing mama ask them if they have done such and such.
Eye Towards Rhythm
We’re keeping up with the circle time adventure. Looking forward to starting lessons with Alex next week. I think Alex is looking forward to it too. He asked to practice his cursive and math this week.
We added a new element this week, three more little people. I’m looking after my dear friend’s children on Fridays while she works. The two youngest fit right into circle time and seemed to enjoy it. The oldest was in kindergarden at the school next door until 11. I’ll need to be better about having an activity planned for all in the afternoon and definitely a formal snack. Six kids play hard together and have monster appetites!
Finished the little pink sweater.
I cast on the Mason-Dixon baby kimono in a baby blue cotton yarn today. Hoping it will knit up quickly so I can start working on a hat for Iz and some birthday presents for Jackson.
Alex knit two more rows on his project and discovered that he was adding a stitch to each new row. We discussed why this was happening and I think he won’t have the problem anymore. I did the same thing when I first learnt o knit almost 5 years ago, lol! His coaster is turning into a washcloth, we think. He also let me know that he’d like to learn to purl, which is great since that’s the next thing in my lesson plans to teach him in handwork! I love it when things work out like that!
On my mind
Budget: With big midwife bills due, student loans, and a couple of other unexpected other expenses, we’re doing a complete overhaul. The thermostat got turned way up, any extra spending has been halted until further notice, and even minivan shopping has been put on hold until we figure a few things out. Fun stuff friends!
Medicine Cabinet stock-up: With all the talk about the flu and the vaccine, what do you have stocked in your medicine cabinet as the cold flu season come upon us? I’m looking more at preventative for the kids especially, but also a few remedies and feel better type things too. Do you give your kids a multivitamin or other supplements?
For the Weekend
We pick up milk at the farm this weekend, so that will likely be the focus on Saturday.
Hoping the books that I ordered come today so I can throw myself into last minute HS planning!