Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Our breakfast menu hasn't changed dramatically over the last couple years. It seems that when I do try something new, the outcry makes the effort not worth it. While we do have some variation within each day, the general plan remains the same which makes for easy shopping.
Monday - Muffins, sometimes from scratch, more often from this "cheatin' recipe"
Tuesday - Hot cooked rice with milk and sugar, granola for the non-rice eaters
Wednesday - Hot cereal, rotation of Coco Wheats, Oatmeal, and Malto-Meal
Thursday - Cheap cereal (Aldi brand Cheerios, rice crispies, or cornflakes), granola
Friday - Toast, English Muffins or Bagels
Saturday - Pancakes (from this mix) or Coffee Cake
Sunday - 1 box of Sugar cereal, granola
The children drink one glass of diluted juice for breakfast. We often have eggnog or Orange Julius. They always have the option of making eggs or oatmeal if they don't like what's offered since those are always in abundance around here.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
The vast majority of lunches are prepared by oldest daughter, Emelie (13). During the school year this frees me up to continue working with one of the other children. Now that it's summer, I'm usually trying to get some project wrapped up while Em makes lunch. Although now I tend to wander in and help her when I can, mostly to spend some time with her.
In the past I would plan one lunch for each day of the week to be repeated each week. That made planning for the big grocery trip quick and easy.
Over the last few months I've been trying to prepare enough dinner to have leftovers for lunch. This has benefited both the pocketbook and the ease of preparation. We still stock some lunches ingredients for when the leftover bank is low.
Here are some of our lunch "stand-bys:"
- Parmy Pasta (cooked pasta, buttered and sprinkled with Parmesan, jarred spaghetti sauce on the side)
- Mac & Cheese, Frozen Pizza
- PB&J or PB& Honey
- Black Beans with Cheese, Sour Cream, and Tortilla Chips (this is always a HUGE hit)
- Hot dogs (when we're completely desperate)
- Baked potato platter (micro bake potatoes, chop them up and top them on a platter so each can take as much or little as they want)
- Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Spoiler Sandwiches (spread bread with peanut butter, top with chocolate chips and marshmallows, grill like grilled cheese)
- Cheese & Crackers (but this gets too pricey for everyone to feel "full")
We drink kool-aid or Lemonade prepared by Ted (11) or Caleb (7) that is sweetened with Stevia. We try to have either fresh or canned fruit at every lunch. A big bowl of popcorn is usually present, too!
Mexican Corn Dip
2 cans fiesta corn, drained
1 can black olives
1 can green chilies
1 C mayonnaise
2 C Mexican cheese (I used cheddar)
Mix ingredients together and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips.
This dip is so good you'll have to use a lot of self control to keep from eating it before your guests arrive!
Maple Baked Beans
2 cans (16 oz. each) pork & beans
1/2 C ketchup
1/2 C maple syrup
dash ground cinnamon
Combine ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 15-20 minutes or until mixture reaches desired thickness, stirring every 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
This recipe is great because it doesn't heat up the kitchen. I used 3 cans of beans and adjusted everything else up. This quantity filled a 9 x 13 pan.
What a great weekend of fun and fellowship! Between having friends over for dinner and Bible study Sunday evening, we've been able to cook for 20 people this weekend in addition to our 10. It's been a family affair, and I love the memories we're making of working in the kitchen together.
This week for dinner we'll have:
Monday - Red Bean Veggie Soup, Fresh Bread
Tuesday (4-H)- Flavorful Swedish Meatballs, Egg Noodles, Rice, Broccoli
Wednesday (4-H)- Bean Burritos
Thursday - Colorful Chicken & Rice
Friday - Bible Study or Worship in the Park
Saturday - Baked Bean Cornbread, Hot Dogs, Salad
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Bryan picked up some new hearing protection which Caleb and Jacob tried out by banging on the piano.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Hunter tries out the "Kermit" seat. We've since put him in the trailer with Brigitta and put Heidi up front to help stear.
Jacob ditched the training wheels this past weekend.
Cozy quarters in the caboose!
What a wonderful summery weekend we just enjoyed! This is my favorite time of year – warm days and cool nights. We start swim lessons this week for five swimmers from Brigitta to Ted.
Emelie is teaming up with our friends’ oldest daughters to watch Heidi and Hunter as well as their two little ones. As a bonus, the girls plan to have lunch ready when we drag through the door. Two 13-year-olds and one 11-year-old preparing lunch for 19 people! They even planned the lunches and provided the moms with shopping lists. Makes me a little teary to see good organization in the younger generation!
And in the midst of everything, this is what the Stumpfs will be enjoying this week:
Monday – Ham & Bean Stew (crockpot), Cornbread
Tuesday (Dad Night Meeting, 4-H) – Hot Chili Cheese Dip, Fritos, Fruit
Wednesday – Turkey Ranch Wraps with Homemade Tortillas (Family Favorite!)
Thursday – Ham & Noodle Casserole, Broccoli
Friday – Bible Study: we’re serving Tacos!
Saturday – Cheese Enchiladas, Black Beans, Salad
Let me know if you’d like a recipe!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Diapers, wipes, and all his various creams are at the ready. Things stored in tubs are a wonderful canvas for my label-maker!
Bryan installed this shelf to double as a clothing rack. He is so patient with my organizational rampages.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Three weeks ago I started crocheting an afghan after being inspired bya free pattern from Knit and Crochet Today. Tuesday afternoon, I finished this fun project for the girls’ room. I haven’t done much else these last few weeks, but it was so much fun that I’ve already purchased the yarn to make another one!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
We recently purchased a new Spanish computer program for Emelie (13) and Teddy (11). It was time since our Rosetta Stone software was the oldest version and we’d misplaced the second disc years ago.
I came across Tell Me More through the Homeschool Buyers Coop. It seemed like a good value, so we decided to go for it. So far, Emelie is loving it. She says every time she works on it how she likes it so much more than Rosetta Stone.
I purchased the older version to save $$. The newer version has different buying options. Check out a demo here.
Here are the highlights:
Covers reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, and culture (RS focuses on the first 4). "Culture" even includes geography.
The most powerful speech recognition technology available, allowing you to improve your pronunciation
Most extensive offer on the market with 950 hours of Spanish learning
4 levels included: Complete Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. (RS is one level for a comparable price)
Learn Spanish in an interactive and engaging way with more than 5,000 exercises and 37 types of activities (RS exercises are all the same)
Headset included - my children say they feel like airplane pilots
Easy to track the student's progress.
Easy to install. I was even able to network the database.
While it is pricey, I love an educational program that the children are enjoying during their summer free time.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Beef ‘n Bean Torta
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 can (15 oz.) pinto or black beans, drained
1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
1 can (2.25 oz.) sliced black olives, drained
1 ½ tea. Chili powder
½ tea. Salt
1/8 tea. Pepper
4 flour tortillas (8 inches)
1 C (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
Salsa, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, cilantro
Stumpf Notes: We tripled this recipe (heavier on the beans, lighter on the meat). I baked them in round cake pans at 350 for about 30 minutes. To please the more particular eaters, I pureed the tomatoes and chilies so no offending chunks were present.
Waffle Fry Nachos
1 pkg (22 oz.) frozen waffle fries
10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
3 green onions, sliced
1 can (6 oz.) sliced black olives
1 medium tomatoes, chopped
2/3 C salsa
1 ½ C shredded cheddar
1 ½ C shredded Montery Jack
Stumpf Notes: I couldn’t find Waffle Fries as Super Wal-Mart. I’ll look at a regular grocery store when I get the chance! (Bryan was gone that night so we ended up eating frozen pizza while watching a movie.)
Monday (Lainie night meeting) – Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
Tuesday (Bryan night meeting) – Taco Salad
Wednesday (4-H/Bryan night meeting) – Franks n’ Beans, Corn Pudding
Thursday (Bryan night meeting) – Sandwich Braid
Friday (Lainie night meeting) – Sour Cream Beef & Beans
Saturday – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Breadsticks, Salad
Let me know if you’d like any recipes!