Week in Review

Meals for the week

  • Chicken burritos
  • Braised chicken with carrots and rice
  • Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, potatoes au gratin, corn on the cob
  • Apple pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled cheese eggs, fresh fruit
  • Turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, broccoli
  • Chicken sausage and mushroom calzones
  • Thanksgiving sandwiches, fresh fruit

Eye Towards Rhythm

Circle time was re-established!  We sang the “Good Morning” song, “Where is Thumb-kin,” and the “ABC” song.  We marched counting by ones and talked about the day, season, and weather. We then read from my favorite childhood  book, The Grosset Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, which includes poetry from Robert Louis Stevenson, The Three Little Kittens, The House That Jack Built, and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, along with popular nursery rhymes.  It’s the same book that my mom read to me, minus the back cover.  This book has seen better days and is well used and adored!

We had a couple of activities this week.  I was able to spend time in the kitchen baking one-on-one with each child, which was wonderful!  Jackson helped me to make the dough for monkey bread.  Alex did the dipping of dough balls and helped to make some chocolate chip cookies.  Izzy helped with dinner each night by taking her seat on the counter in the corner next to the sink.  She loves to smell the various cooking herbs and spices while I chop, stir, cook, and wash.

We also painted twice this week.  While awaiting our watercolor order for school, I bought each child a cheapo set of watercolor cake paints that they’ve been enjoying.

The kids also helped with various chores around the house.  Izzy helped with the sweeping of the kitchen by being on dustpan patrol.  Jackson helped clean out the leaves in the toy shed.  And Alex mopped the entryway for me in addition to his regular jobs.

Handwork

I’ve been working on a hat for Christmas and Alex asked to knit something alongside me.  I wasn’t planning on incorporating handwork back into our days for another week or two, but since opportunity presented itself…

I casted on 20 stitches of white cotton yarn and passed it to Alex, who decided to knit up a coaster for daddy’s new bedside table (a Goodwill find for only $9!)  He’s worked on it in the evenings after dinner a few days this past week and is making excellent progress.

Around the House

I’ve been trying to complete a few bigger projects, de-clutter, and get organized.  I’m still trying to stick to my daily room cleaning schedule, but some days go better than others:

Monday – Kitchen – swept, mopped, sink and counters got a thorough scrub.

Tuesday – Bathrooms – James re-caulked the toilet, mopped, and normal weekly clean.

Wednesday – Bedrooms – I cleaned out our closet and Izzy’s armoire!  Boys’ closet still needs done.

Thursday – Open (This will be our homeschooling co-op day, which takes up most of the day.) – I worked outside on the toy shed.

Friday – Living room and playroom – Hoping to work on de-cluttering a bit.

For the Weekend

It’s finally going to start feeling like summertime around here and heat up into the 90s!  We’ll probably spend some time splashing in the kiddie pool.  Maybe a trip to the splash park will be order too?

We can’t put off looking for a minivan much longer with the baby due to arrive in as early as 8 weeks, so I’m hoping we start our search.  Even if we only look at one vehicle, it’s a start. 😉

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Peach Wine

Wine

Remember those peaches from last summer?  I got a little happy learning how to can and kept stocking up on fruit.  I did it first with peaches and we made some peach jam and peach wine.

Well, almost an entire year later, after many months of fermenting, settling, and a wee bit of filtering, it made its way into bottle yesterday!  Yippee!

I had a wee taste and it’s good!  It’s a bit on the strong side, estimated around 12% alcohol, which is high for your standard wine.  The flavor is sweet, floral, and fruity.  I also tasted a bit of honey, though none whatsoever was used during the wine making process.

James got a total of 22 bottles and took 6 of them with him to a work conference today.

I’m looking forward to enjoying more than a mere taste of the wine and partaking in a glass or two come November!


Co-op Pick-Up

Produce in June

This is our small weekly summer produce share for the week.  We also picked up a bottle of Trader’s Point yogurt, our monthly local Amish butter, our local raw cheese order, and our Frontier order – all from our co-op.

I know I’ve said this before, but I adore our co-op!  Shopping from home with mainly local organic farms at wholesale prices and picking it up just a few miles away is so wonderful!

Happy Birthday!

James 33 Birthday

Another birthday celebration here yesterday, this time for one special papa!  I helped Izzy make the cake in the morning.  Alex did the base layer of frosting and….

Cake decorating Izzy Boys cake decorating

All three kids got a bag of colored frosting and went to town decorating the perfect birthday cake!

33 Birthday Cake

I think James liked it!  Even though he had to work, I think he had a darn good day and will be enjoying all of his new camping stuff very soon!


Three Little Monkeys

I took a break from bread-making these past few months.  It was one responsibility that I could give up in order to have more of myself to give to my family in other ways, but yesterday, I felt called back to it… in the form of monkey bread.  If you’ve never had monkey bread, you’re really missing out and need to try it!  It’s a basic bread dough that you cut into small pieces and dip into melted butter and vanilla and then into a cinnamon-sugar-pecan mixture and throw into a tube-shaped pan.  After it’s baked, you can just pinch the bite-size pieces off from the “loaf” and you have all that yummy goodness all at once!

Monkey bread is also the perfect task for my little monkeys.  Each one had a job that they took very seriously, and it took a little bit of effort in assigning the right task to the right child.  Izzy was all about swishing the dough in the butter and didn’t at all mind have her fingers completely saturated in the stuff (surprisingly, there was no way Jack was going to put his fingers in that.)

Monkey Bread

Alex thoroughly coated each dough ball with the cinnamon-sugar-nut mixture and did so with great concentration.

And dear Jackson discovered his calling by tossing each coated piece into the pan with great finesse.

While going to get my camera, I overheard sharing of dreams of the three kids wanting to open up their own bakery together to make monkeybread and other sweet treats to share with the world.

I would have taken pictures of the finished product, but it was too darn good to let sit around.  We devoured the entire thing within minutes of taking it out of the oven.  So much for breakfast this morning, but at least now, we have memories and dreams that can live on a bit longer.