Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tuesday and Wednesday

Someone asked if we were able to get school done in the midst of all our celebrating. Yes.....Illness, however, has thrown us off this week. I simply don't have heart to make a sick child do school....and since the younger ones do school together this presented a problem.
Arielle and I decided to spend Monday and Tuesday working on her writing. She is still trying to skip ahead, and I can't keep her busy with the current assignments. Math and LA are the two areas that she has to catch up before she can officially skip ahead. Not that any of this matters in the REAL world.  I mean there is no reason she can't do 4th grade math and 8th grade history/lit, but she wants to be able to say she's in 6th grade next year.
Today, Nolan was able to join us, and we decided to move ahead with our "books" and continue to work in our hands-on projects as we other words we're still doing hands on projects from China and the Mayans....but we're starting Greece anyway. LOL
Arielle, Zander, Stacia and I made it to the gym today. I also did 20 minutes of a video here at home. I forgot yesterday and so did 95 minutes today....I'm not sure that is EXACTLY what they meant by 40 minutes most days of the week. ::snort::
Just the same ol' life....nothing totally new and fascinating, but it's my life, and I love it. LOL
Ah, the younger four children do NOT like Arthur Loops! ::snort::
I tried a pecan encrusted chicken salad at Carinos the other night and tried to recreate it here tonight. It was GOOD, Heather.

SHOCKING Discovery

Every once in a while, Mike still shocks me. I was rushing around last night, grabbing all I needed to head out for Bible Study....when I was stopped DEAD in my TRACKS.
There on my coffee table was a cat. Mike dislikes cats. He's said we'll never have a cat in our home, BUT there on my coffee table was a cat - a preserved biology specimen. The cat is quite fascinating. All his inner parts are labeled. If you can just get over the shock of seeing him, he's quite educational.
Betsy, one of my Bible Study ladies, teaches Biology. What a great thing for the kids to see in "real" life....because you KNOW I've managed to graduate 3 children with NEVER dissecting a worm, a frog, an eyeball, or a pig..... It took me months to work up to making fish prints and that only became "ok" when Mike pointed out we'd caught lots of fish and cleaned them and this was no different.
Mike had the kids close their eyes and come into the living room for a SURPRISE...I'm only posting photos that don't show vivid details.
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The looks on those faces are - priceless...

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Variations on Oatmeal

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Jared discovered that he really liked the ease and taste of these on vacation. I've been meaning to come up with a recipe. I asked on Support4HomeSchool and wa la - several recipes which I combined and tweaked. In place of Rapadura brown sugar may be used.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal packets
· 6 cups quick-cooking oats, divided
· 1 cup rapadura (added ½ C maple sugar - too sweet)
· 1 ½ tsp sea salt
· 1 tsp cinnamon
In a blender, grind 2 cups of oats into powder. Add to 4 cups oats.
Stir in rapadura, sea salt, and cinnamon; mix well. Divide into 16 small Ziploc bags (or place all in airtight container and use as much as needed each time). To serve, add ½ cup boiling water to ¼ C oatmeal mix. or microwave until it explodes. Let stand 2 min (good time to clean microwave). Packets = ¼ C oats, 2 T oat mixture, 1/8 tsp salt – I just mixed it all up.

Variations: (assuming above recipe has no sugar or cinnamon)
Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 Tbsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp. chopped dried apples.

Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Oatmeal - To each packet add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar & 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Oatmeal w/Raisins & Brown Sugar - To each packet add 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. raisins.

Health Nut Oatmeal - To each packet add 2 Tbsp. any kind of wheat germ

Fruit & Cream Oatmeal - To each packet add 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer and 2 Tbsp. dried fruit

Fun Fruit Oatmeal - To each packet, add 6 or 7 pieces of 'fruit snack' type dehydrated fruit.

Confetti Oatmeal - To each packet, add 1 tsp. decorative cake/cookie sprinkles.

S'More Oatmeal - add 6 miniature marshmallows and 1 Tbsp. Milk Chocolate Chips to each packet.

Cookies n Cream Oatmeal - add 1 crushed Oreo cookie and 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer to each packet.

Exploding Oatmeal - add 1 tsp. sugar, and 1/2 tsp. 'Pop Rocks' candy to each packet. This one is fun for celebration days, such as birthdays.

Bart-man Oatmeal - add 2 Tbsp. 'Butterfinger B.B's' candies to each packet.