Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Homeschooling and Lunches

Tonight, along with our nightly bible story (Story of Abraham - Genesis 12), we read this book:

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
This is a cuuuuute book.  Tomorrow night, we will practice dropping different items into a metal bowl to hear the sounds they make.  We will also talk about the color blue and, of course, we will be eating blueberries!  Have I mentioned how much I am enjoying these lessons with Juli??  Abby benefits from this too, because she sits in on the lessons.  They are below Abby's grade level, but she is enjoying the reading portion - who doesn't like to hear stories?? - and I am loving the time with them.  They are going to be grown before I know it and these are the times that build a strong foundation for the later, harder years that are ahead of us.

I know that this is old school, but every night, I am reading a little of this book to Abby right before bed:

What Your 1st Grader Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch
Abby is still eating good lunches.  Sometimes, it is hard to make them unique, but she is liking them.  Here are a few she has had recently.

Day 22
Ghost Peeps - a favorite of hers
Motts Pear applesauce
Rice cracker mix
Krinkle Sticks
Deli chicken
Apple cinnamon rice cakes
Tropical Orange Fruitables juice
Colby/Jack cheese stick
Pretzel sticks with cheese sauce for dipping
Chewy chocolate chip granola bar
Raspberry Buddy Fruits Pure Fruit Bites

Day 23

Rice cracker mix
Harvest candy corn
Krinkle Sticks
Pear applesauce
Chocolate and vanilla swirl pudding
Honey baked ham and muenster cheese croissant
Mange fruit strip
Yogurt covered pretzels
Sugar snap peas with ranch for dipping

We are still going strong on the whole foods plan, too.  Here have been some of our recent menus

 Day 10:

B: Granola cereal with blueberries and milk
L: Organic peanut butter and fruit spread sandwich with pretzel sticks
D: Scrambled eggs, bacon and toast with butter

Day 11:

B: Granola cereal with blueberries and milk
L: Hummus and mozzarella cheese in a whole wheat pita with a carrot and an apple on the side
D: Whole wheat pizza (I made the dough) with marinara, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and black olives

Day 12:

B: Plain oatmeal flavored with honey, raisins and milk
L: We went out to eat for lunch - I split a California BLT and sweet potato fries with Dan and the girls each had a corn dog.
D: We had sauteed cod, steamed sugar snap peas and baked potatoes

Day 13:

B: Homemade whole wheat crepes with maple syrup and cantaloupe on the side
L: Hard boiled eggs, sesame whole grain crackers, homemade taztaki sauce (a Greek yogurt sauce), carrots and cucumbers for dipping and raisins on the side
D: Roasted veggies that had been marinated in homemade teriyaki sauce (yellow squash, onions, green bell peppers, mushrooms and zucchini) and quinoa that had been cooked in organic chicken stock

Day 14:

B: Granola cereal with strawberries and milk
L: I ate at Target - rice krispie treat - not my finest moment but it was sooooo good.
D: Quesadillas in corn tortillas with mozzarella cheese, leftover roasted veggies and black beans and steamed broccoli

The restaurant where we ate on Day 12 was 545 North Bar and Grill.  The service was great and the food was great, too.  The owner was sitting at the bar when we walked in - he was watching the game with his patrons.  Very nice and laid back at the same time.  I would recommend it.  The California BLT is to. die. for.  It is a BLT served on Texas toast with shrimp and avocado.  People - don't doubt me on this one!

545 North Bar and Grill

Have a wonderful night.


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