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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My Daybook - August 24, 2010

Outside my windows... I took this picture of the moon right after I got out of bed this morning.

I am listening to... classical music playing on The Baby's mobile through the baby monitor.

I am thinking... that I am allergic to something in the air here.

I am thankful for... our new community and our new friends.

I am hoping and praying... for a peaceful school year.

From the kitchen... the breakfast, lunch, and snack menus for the school year are done! I also completed a master grocery shopping list for all of the items on these menus and a food pyramid worksheet for each child to begin our nutrition study when school starts. (I also made one for me!) We are focusing on adding more whole grains and more vegetables to our menu.
Monday Breakfast: broccoli, green onion, and cheese fritata, whole wheat toast with fruit preserves, milk
Monday Snack: whole grain crackers with hummus, grapes
Monday Lunch: soft tacos (whole wheat tortillas, beef, refried beans, cheese, spinach, and tomatoes), milk

Tuesday Breakfast: whole wheat zucchini-carrot muffins with raisins and walnuts, hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, bananas, milk
Tuesday Snack: mini rice cakes with peanut butter and apple slices
Tuesday Lunch: whole wheat macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and frozen mixed vegetables, milk

Wednesday Breakfast: scrambled eggs with hashbrowns, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, and red pepper in a whole wheat tortilla, orange pieces, milk
Wednesday Snack: yogurt with granola and nuts
Wednesday Lunch: breaded chicken tenderloins, rotini with pesto, broccoli, milk

Thursday Breakfast: whole wheat English muffins with egg, Canadian bacon, and cheese, vegetable juice
Thursday Snack: mini wheat bagels, celery with peanut butter and raisins
Thursday Lunch: hobo soup (tomato base with ground beef and mixed vegetables), whole wheat crackers, milk

Friday Breakfast: pumpkin oatmeal with raisins and sunflower seeds, milk
Friday Snack: dried fruit, nuts, popcorn, and m&ms
Friday Lunch: tuna and cream cheese on wheat bread, pickles, carrots, celery, milk

Saturday Breakfast: the kids make their own from a list of approved choices
Saturday Snack: the kids choose from a list of approved choices
Saturday Lunch: leftovers

Sunday Breakfast: buckwheat and flax seed pancakes with fruit, hashbrowns with onions and peppers, sausage, ham, or bacon, milk and juice
Sunday Snack and Lunch: to be determined according to our plans
From the schoolroom... the books have been ordered and the master schedule made. Everyone is looking forward to the fall routine. (And I do mean everyone -- the kids are asking if we can start school earlier than I had planned!)

I am creating... our school supply shopping list and our lesson plans for the first two weeks of school.

I am reading... Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West and Bold Journey: West with Lewis and Clark.

Noticing that ... the longer I live in the country the more appealing it becomes. It is so refreshing to awaken to the sounds of cows and crickets rather than sirens and drunk college kids.

Around the house...
it's time to get the school room organized.

One of my favorite things... order and routine.

Pondering these words ... (To all you mommies with little ones, preparing for a new school year, this is definitely worth the time it takes to read it -- a new perspective for a new year! And a reminder I can't live without.)

A few plans for the rest of the week: Continue working on preparations for the new school year. Coffeecake with new friends Thursday morning. Mass and muffins with the local Catholic homeschoolers Friday morning. Young Adults gathering Saturday night.

Some picture-thoughts I am sharing: with my Gramma on our trip to Minnesota last weekend.

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  1. OK, Michelle, your breakfasts are amazing!! I want to live with you!

    Thanks for the ideas, we are going to try the scrambled eggs in a soft taco , but my kiddos would never eat the veggies in them....I would though, they sound delicious!

    We might try them today for lunch!

  2. Jamie,

    Do your kiddos like salsa? It's great with scrambled eggs and cheese and sausage in a tortilla, and it's a great way to sneak veggies into breakfast!

  3. Wow! What an impressive list for foods! Did you seriously plan the ENTIRE school year menu? Wow. I can't stop saying "wow."

    Thanks as always for the inspiration!

    PS I am jealous of your new country life. I like the city life, but the kids are moving back into the neighborhood already. Sigh.

  4. "Impressive list for foods!" ?

    Will you homeschool me too, please?

  5. Karen,

    The ENTIRE school year menu consists in what you read -- we have the same thing every Monday for breakfast, every Tuesday for snack, every Wednesday for lunch, etc. That way, all I have to plan is the suppers. The less I have to think once the school year begins, the better!

    PS Good luck with your new neighbors! Have they moved in yet?

    PPS I wish I would have known what a great food junkie you are -- we could have canned and preserved together and the kids could have kept Greta and Finn happy! Bummer.

  6. M,
    I wish we could have canned and preserved together! So many "wishes" now that you've moved away. I look forward to a reunion. I'm so glad you have a blog so I can keep tabs on all your adventures!

    We have not officially met the new neighbors. One woman moved stuff in a few weeks ago. Then nothing. Then a cranky dude did a lot of repairs and yard work for Kathy. Now the woman is back. We will see!


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