Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February Meal Plan Part 2

Feb 11th - 18th
Sunday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Chicken fries, tater tots and fruit
Dinner - Sandwiches, veggies and dip


Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Turkey and veggie soup
Dinner - Shredded beef sandwiches and veggies


Tuesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Mac and cheese and broccoli
Dinner - Cheesy, ham eggs and fruit

Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Sandwiches, string cheese and fruit
Dinner - Cheesy beef burgers, home made fries and veggies


Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Spaghetti and meatsauce
Dinner - Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Mac and cheese and broccoli
Dinner - Chicken tacos, rice and beans


Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Chicken fries, tater tots and veggies/dip
Dinner - Skillet lasagna and salad


Feb 19th - 25th
Sunday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Turkey wrap ups and veggies/dip
Dinner - Creamy tomato pasta and salad


Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Tuna sandwiches and veggies and dip
Dinner - Beef and noodles and veggies


Tuesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Creamy spinach tortellini
Dinner - Meatball subs and veggies

Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Sandwiches and veggies/dip
Dinner - Cheeseburger casserole and veggies


Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Meatball sub casserole and veggies

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Cheesy pasta and salad

Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Pizza and salad
Dinner - Spaghetti and meat sauce, garlic toast and salad

Feb 26th - 28th
Sunday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Pancakes and fruit
Dinner - Tacos, rice and refried beans


Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Sandwiches and veggies/dip
Dinner - Meatloaf, potatoes and corn

Tuesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or cereal and fruit
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Chicken, potatoes and veggies

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Meal plan - Feb part 1

Feb. 1st - 4th
Wednesday -
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Gone
Snack - Ice cream bard

Thursday -
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch - French toast and fruit
Dinner - Ham, veggies and potatoes
Snack - Hot chocolate and cookies

Friday -
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch -  Mac and cheese with tuna and broccoli
Dinner - Cheesy ham and eggs, toast and fruit
Snack - Ice cream

Saturday -
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch -  Tomato soup ( making mine with frozen garden tomatoes ) and cheesy garlic bread
Dinner - Cheesy ham pasta bake and veggies
Snack - Popcorn

Feb. 5th - 11th

Sunday -
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Super Bowl Party
Snack -  Super Bowl Party

Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch - Tuna or PBJ sandwiches and carrots/dip
Dinner - Au gratin potatoes and veggies
Snack -  Apple slices

Tuesday
Breakfast -Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Ham and bean soup and dinner rolls
Snack - Birthday cake

Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch - Spaghetti and meat sauce
Dinner - Meatloaf, potatoes and veggies
Snack - Popcorn

Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch - Tuna sandwiches and PBJ  and fruit
Dinner - Mac and cheese with tuna and broccoli
Snack - Popcorn

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Chicken cordon blue grilled cheese sandwiches and veggies
Snack - Valentine cookie exchange

Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt, cereal or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch -  Ham and cheese sandwiches and veggies
Dinner - Cassandra's birthday party!
Snack - Hot chocolate and birthday cake

Friday, January 20, 2017

My thoughts for today

This is likely the only political post you see from me. I am not one that posts on these topics because personally, I just do not like to talk politics. This is not directed at any one person, so please don't feel singled out. This is just me, expressing my feelings during the turmoil we all seem to be facing.

I have friends on both sides and I hope that you know I love you all but so many things I see today ( again from both sides ) are just making me feel so disheartened.

If you are unhappy about the election results, you are allowed those feelings. You are allowed to voice them the way you please as long as you are not wishing ill on others, wanting to see people die or things of that nature. I can not even count the number of comments that came cross different news stories that I was reading were people were actually wishing death on the new President or Vice President. I am disgusted by this, these men have families, these men are people.

You want to protest, peacefully, have at it. You have that right but the moment you start destroying things, you are no longer a protester, you are a vandal and deserve to be punished for your actions. Throwing bricks at windows, throwing bricks at police officers. It is just disgusting behavior.

Those on both sides that are posting things on social media and saying things that no one should say about another person, you really should stop. You are only hurting people. You claim you love all your friends, regardless of who they voted for, then prove it by watching your words. The things you post can and do hurt others and this is not okay.

Those that are celebrating the election. If you are being cruel in your words, name calling the other side and being hateful, you need to take a long hard look in the mirror because what you are doing is nothing more than petty behavior that does nothing to make your side look better. We are all Americans, we are all people and we all should be lifting each other up. We all need to help our fellow man. People on all sides, if you truly want a great America, it does not start in the White House, it starts with you, in your heart. The way we treat each other makes all the difference.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Meal plan 1/16 - 1/31

I took a break from meal planning, the Christmas season and the following weeks are busy here and I just decided to take a break. I am ready to get back into the swing of it.

1/16 - 1/22

Monday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Mac and cheese with broccoli, apple slices
Dinner - Cheese pizza
Snack - Nutter butter cupcakes

Tuesday -
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Alfredo and broccoli
Dinner - Skillet lasagna and cauliflower rice
Snack - Pretzels

Wednesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - PBJ or PB and honey sandwiches, half an apple and a kiwi
Dinner - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Snack - Peach pie

Thursday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Pancakes and apple slices
Dinner - Salsa chicken tacos, refried beans and rice
Snack - Popcorn

Friday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Ravoli
Dinner - Beef tips over rice and veggies
Snack - Pumpkin muffins

Saturday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Chicken and cheese quesadillas and carrots and dip
Dinner - Skillet lasagna and salad
Snack - Apple slices

Sunday -
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Chili
Snack - Carrots and dip

1/23 - 1/29

Monday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Left overs or PBJ sandwiches and fruit
Dinner - Shredded chicken sandwiches, baked potatoes and veggies
Snack - Honey toast

Tuesday -
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Alfredo and broccoli
Dinner - Baked chicken legs, baked potatoes and veggies
Snack - Apple sauce

Wednesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch -  Mac and cheese with tuna, broccoli
Dinner - Crock pot pork roast, veggies and potatoes
Snack - Peach pie

Thursday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Shredded pork sandwiches, baked potatoes and veggies
Snack -  Cookies

Friday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch -  PBJ or PB and honey sandwiches and apple slices
Dinner - Roasted turkey, potatoes and veggies
Snack - Apple sauce

Saturday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Turkey and veggie soup or left overs
Dinner - Creamed turkey biscuits and veggies
Snack - Carrots and dip

Sunday -
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Pizza
Dinner - Turkey tetrazzini, salad and home made bread
Snack - Carrots and dip

1/30 - 1/31
Monday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Left overs or PBJ sandwiches and fruit
Dinner - Spaggetti and meatsauce
Snack - Honey toast

Tuesday -
Breakfast - Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt
Lunch - Alfredo and broccoli
Dinner - Meatload, mashed potatoes and veggies
Snack - Apple sauce

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nutterbutter Cupcakes



Monday brought us a lovely little ice storm and when you are stuck inside, there is nothing better than home made cupcakes. A couple days before hand I found a recipe for nutter butter cupcakes and Chris really wanted me to make them. Unfortunately, the first attempt was a failed one, due to a recipe that just made no sense.

I really wanted to make these so I decided to make up my own recipe and let me tell you, these were one of the most delicious cupcakes I have ever had!

                                                 


Ingredients -
1/2 a cup of softened salted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbs cinnamon
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 plus 2 tbs milk
4 crushed nutter butters

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream your butter, vanilla, yogurt, sugar and 2 tbs milk.

In a separate bowl mix flour, cinnamon, crushed nutterbutters and baking powder.

Mix flour mixture and milk alternatively into the butter mixture. Do not over mix.

Pour into molds ( about 3/4 full ) and bake for around 30 minutes.

Let cool completely before frosting.


Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1 cup creamy peanutbutter ( we used peanut butter with honey, highly recommended )
3 cups powdered sugar
4 tbs milk

Mix peanut butter, 1 tbs milk and softened butter until well mixed.

Slowly add powdered sugar, adding the other three tbs of milk as needed.

Mix for at least 4 -5 minutes to get the fluffiest texture.

                                              

Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top the cup cake with a nutter butter cookie.

Enjoy!!

Serves around 12



Friday, January 13, 2017

Home Schooling in the Raw - After a break

I know that many families are like us and are just getting back into a normal routine after the holidays. We took a two week break for Christmas and Monday was our first day back to school.
This week was rough, my kids were not wanting to settle back into their school routine and every day we had one issue or another with getting them to get their work done. The worst offender was my five year old. Amelia was not ready for her winter break to be over. She was not wanting to sit and do her work and all week long it seemed like I was having to tell her the same things over and over again.

Monday was met with much groaning. None of the Walters' kids were real excited to get their work done. Kairi and Amelia did seem to really enjoy the new science lessons we have started ( you can find what we are doing on my blog, it is a unit study on the animals of Iowa ) and Alex and Destiny are enjoying the books they started. Alex is ready James and the Giant Peach and Destiny is reading Peter Pan. We did manage to get school done at a decent hour, I did expect it would take longer since they were still not on schedule. The week rolled on, it seemed like each day got a little better and was met with less grumbling than the day before.

Break times are a lot of fun but each time we break, I am reminded why we do not take the whole summer off! It is hard to get back on track.

I am thankful that is Friday! We made it through the week, all the required work is done and here is to hoping our next week is better, I think they are finally readjusted to their school schedule.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Animals of Iowa - Unit Study





For grades K - 5th. You can easily adjust this this study to your students learning level.
This is a 35 week study, you can make it shorter or longer by simply doing more of less work each week.
Most weeks will have an extra credit portion, it is an optional way to add more to the study, perfect for adding in more for your older students.

Supplies needed -
Trapper
Notebook
Pencils
Crayons
Printer and supplies for printing worksheets and color pages



Week 1 -
Read from this site.

Watch this video.

Read from this site.
Older students can write two or three facts from this site.

Do this worksheet.

Color this page.



Extra credit -
 Have your student go through the list and write in their notebook any of the animals they have seen in real life ( not at a zoo ).

Have your student pick one or two of the creatures on the list from above and do a study on them. Have them write a paper on what they learn.


Week 2 - 
Read from this site. 

Read from this site.
Older students can write two or three facts from this site.

Watch this video.

Color this page.

Do this worksheet.


Extra credit - Have your student write a page on bats.

Week 3 - Spend time on this site.

Print this list and have your student mark what birds they have seen in the wild.

Make a bird feeder out of a pine cone, bird seed and peanut butter! Watch your feeder and talk about what birds come.

Have your student pick one or two birds from the list and watch videos about them.
Older students can write two or three facts they learn in these videos.


Have your student pick one or two birds and print color pages of them. Be sure they are colored correctly.

Extra credit -
Build a bird house or make more feeders to attract birds to your yard ( More information here - https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/education/nature-in-iowa/animals-in-iowa/backyard-bird-habitat/ )

Learn about bird watching.


Week 4 -Read from this site.

Watch this video. 

Color this page.

Read from this site.
Older students can write a short paper on what happened to the Bison.

If you are able, visit a farm or prairie that has bison. Talk about what you see, take pictures and enjoy learning about Bison!

Extra credit - 
Have your student write about why what happened to the Bison was wrong.


Week 5 - 
Read from this site

Color an elk picture.

Read from this site.
Older students can write two or three facts from this site in their notebooks.

Visit a farm or park that have elk. Talk about what you see.

Extra Credit - 
Have your student write a paper on why they think Elk left Iowa.

Week 6 - 
Read from this site. 

Read from this site ( this is optional, some kids may not like learning about these bugs as they can be scary to some. )

Spent time on this site. Look at the many different kinds of bugs in Iowa. Help your student write a list of at least ten bugs they have seen in their yards.

Extra credit - 
Have your student pick an Iowan bug to write a a paper on.

Week 7 - 10 
Have your student pick three different bugs to study more on from the sites above.
Watch videos on them, write facts and color some pages.

Extra credit -
Have your student pick a dangerous Iowan bug and write a paper on it

Week 11 -
Review week.
Spent this week reviewing some of what you have learned so far.

Week 12 - 
Read from this site

Spend the rest of the week on this site. This site is huge and full of facts, pictures, reading and more.
Have older students write 5 -10 facts from this site in the notebook.

Have younger students color a picture of a few mammals in their notebooks.

Extra Credit - 

Have your student write a list of all the Iowan mammals they have seen,

Week 13 - 16
Have your student pick one ( each week ) Iowa mammal and spend the week studying it.
Watch videos, color pictures, write a paper or whatever you decide.

Extra credit -
Have your student write a paper on the mammal they picked.

Week 17 -
Have your student pick one Iowa mammal and spend the week studying it.
Watch videos, color pictures, write a paper or whatever you decide.

Extra credit -
Have your student write a paper on the mammal they picked.

Week 18 -
Read from this site.

Look at the lizard gallery of this site.  Pick one lizard and do more studying on it.
Older students should write a paper or facts about their lizard of choice. Younger students should watch videos or be read more information on the lizard of their choice.

Extra credit -
Have your student write about an experience they had actually seeing or touching a lizard from Iowa. This can include in the wild, at a zoo or an event.

Week 19 - Read from this site.

Color this page. ( make sure it is colored correctly )

Watch this video.

Read from this site.
Older students should write at least three facts from this site in their notebook.


Extra credit - 
Spend time learning about all the other butterflies of Iowa. This may have been touched on when we did insects earlier but many students will enjoy the extra learning time focusing on just the butterflies in Iowa.

Week 20  - Read from this site.

Color this picture.

Watch this video.

Have older students pick one of the owls native to Iowa and write about it. Have younger students pick one and watch a video or maybe color some pictures.

Extra credit - 
Pick another  Iowan owl to study.

Week 21 -
Read from this site.
Older students should write 2 -5 facts in their notebooks

Watch this video.

Color a picture. Make sure they are colored correctly.

Extra credit - 
Learn about the Golden Eagle. Write a paper, read the linked site and watch videos.

Week 22 -
Read from this site.
( Skip the Eagle since this has been covered already. )

Have your student go bird watching! Write a list of the different birds of prey they see while out. You can spread this out over several days this week. It may help to find a list that you can print or even take pictures while doing this activity.

Extra credit - 

Have your student write a paper on one of the many birds of prey Iowa has.

Week 23 -
Review week.
Spent this week reviewing some of what you have learned so far.

Week 24 -
Read from this site. 

Read from this site.

If the weather allows, go visit a lake. Have your student write about what they see. If you are a fishing family, spend the day fishing.

If you have somewhere local that you can visit, go to a native to Iowa aquarium. The Science Center in Des Moines have many local fish on display, along with other animals.  Bass pro in Des Moines also have a tank you can visit.

Extra credit -
Have your student write a paper on a fish on their choice.

Week 25 - 29
Have your student pick one fish ( each week ) of their choice that is native to Iowa. Spend the week studying that fish. Read about it, watch videos and color pictures.

Week 30 - 
Read from this site.

Color this picture.  Make sure it is colored correctly.

Read from the snake section of this site.
Have older students pick 1 or 2 snakes from the list to write about.

Watch this video 
( This is not an Iowa video but a safety video, we do have dangerous snakes in Iowa!  )

Many children are afraid of snakes. Spend some time talking about why spiders are very useful.
Have older students write a list of five reasons why snakes are important.

Extra credit - 
Have your student write a paper and spend time studying a dangerous snake if Iowa.

Extra credit - 
Have your student spend some time studying all the snakes in Iowa. We have a lot of them. Have them pick one or two to study.


Week 31 - Read from this site.

Many children are afraid of spiders. Spend some time talking about why spiders are very useful.
Have older students write a list of five reasons why spiders are important.

Read from this site. Have older students write 2 -4 facts from this page in their notebooks.

Optional study - Have your student spend some time studying the brown recluse. Learn about how this spider can be dangerous and the best way to avoid a bite!

Extra credit - Have your student pick an Iowan spider and write a paper on it.

Week 32 - 
Review week.
Spent this week reviewing some of what you have learned so far.

Week 33 - 
Read from this site. 

We have already learned about the bison and elk. Spend the rest of the week reading on black bear and lynx.
Have older students write 2 -3 facts about each animal in their notebooks.

Color this picture. Make sure it is colored correctly.

Watch this video.

Watch this video.

Extra credit -

Have your student write a short paper on the black bear and the lynx.

Week 34 and 35 

Spend the next two weeks learning about extinct animals from Iowa.
Have your students research each one from the list above. Have older students write down why they went extinct.
Research each one with your students. Find videos, color pages and other websites to read from.

Extra credit -
Have your student pick an animal from the list to write a paper on.