Our Weekly Menu

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This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.

Menu

Monday: Sweet Potato Chili (E) Looking for meal full of flavor and a fun twist on chili, check out this fun link.

Tuesday: Chicken Cordon Blue Casserole (s), Quick & easy, this recipe will be a welcome treat!

Wednesday: Grilled Steak Fajitas (S) Steak if a favorite food in this house, the kids are going to love our meal tonight.

Thursday: Sweet Onion Teriyaki Stir-fry with Brown Rice (E) I’ve been searching for some creative fun E meals that add a lot of flavor.

Friday: Breakfast for Dinner (S or E) 

Saturday: Buffalo Bacon Jalapeno Poppers (S) Bacon wrapped peppers and cheese, YUM!  for the kids we will use regular peppers.

Sunday: Lazy Spinach Artichoke Chicken (S) We love artichoke and spinach dip, why not dress up chicken with the same flavorful taste!

For my Sweet Tooth

Raspberry Cheesecake Bites, just take a look at this blog and you’ll see why this tasty morsel is going on the menu this week!

 

Gorilla Bread:  Yummy, sticky and gooey, this treat is sure to be a win.

Summer Family Adventures

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Summer Family Adventures

August 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our August Summer Activities.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Week 11 Adventures!

Monday: Cooking with math-This week I’m hosting a Bon Cook online event.  So, I have goal to cook a sweetie daily. My kids love to help me cook so they will be measuring and blending ingredients.

Tuesday: Life Skill Discovery- Building Home Plant Terrariums– We will post pictures and directions once we have made our creations.

Wednesday: Art Class- Edible Paint Projects- I’m creating a new recipe so I’ll post once we try and love!

Thursday: Exploring Science– Last week we found a local place to explore and discover science. The Weymouth Nature Center not only has a variety of trails to hike but it has a room designated for kids to explore and discover science with puzzles, games, puppets and a large screen microscope. We will be headed back there this week.

Friday: Sports Day  7 minute Superhero Workout  My kids are in love with this workout!  Plus, my youngest received a bike for this birthday. The family has enjoyed a family bike ride daily

Family Adventure

Family Jam Session- Musical Fun!

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Our Weekly Menu

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This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.

Menu

Monday: Chicken Fingers (E/S/FP) I combine baking blend, parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast and a variety of spices to coat the chicken.

Tuesday: Spicy Bacon Chicken Casserole (S) For my kids, I’ll leave out the chicken to serve separate. They are not huge fans of casserole.

Wednesday: Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels (S) with Red Lobster Biscuits (S)

Thursday: Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken with kale chips cooked in the insta-pot (E)

Friday: Family Pizza Night (S) with Triple Meat Pizza (S).

Saturday: Stuffed Breakfast Biscuits (S)

Sunday: Jalapeno Popper Dip (S) with THM bagels For the little ones, I’ll leave out the jalapenos adding later for the adults.

For my Sweet Tooth

This week I’m hosting a Bon Cook online event.  So, I have goal to cook a sweetie daily to demonstrate how easy these dishes are to use and clean.

Blueberry CheeseCake Delight, cheese cake topped with berries, my girls will vote for this dessert first.

Pressure Cooker Chocolate Pots, warm, gooey chocolate is the perfect way to end the evening.

Frosted Peppermint Pie, On these hot summer days, icebox sweets are the way to to!

Fruity Summer Delight, Toped with fruit, this sweet dessert looks delicious.

Root beer Chocolate Cake * See Recipe Below

 

Root Beer Chocolate Cake

INGREDIENTS

CAKE:

  • 3 cups Baking Blend
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Xilitol
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 4 large eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can of Zevia Ginger Root Beer

PECAN FROSTING:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sweetener Swerve Confectioners
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans

Baking the Cake:

  1. Stir together the dry ingredients: baking blend, cocoa, sweetener, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  2. Mix together root beer, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla.
  3. Add to the dry ingredients and beat with an electric blender until well combined. The batter will be fizzy at first.
  4. Pour mixture into greased pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean

Preparing the Frosting:

  1. Combine whipping cream, sweetener, egg yolk, vanilla and butter in a saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat. When it starts to boil, sprinkle in xanthan gum.
  3. Continue heating until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in and pecans.
  5. Spread mixture over cooled cake.

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Pie Crust

Pie Crust

(Low Carb, Sugar-Free, THM S)

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We made a delicious quiche (recipe to follow) this weekend and my daughter loves pie crust.  So, I came up with this quick recipe to try.  It was a huge hit.  This is my first Low Carb, Sugar-Free Pie Crust to roll out without breaking into pieces and it’s light and flakey. Added bonus, the scraps make a easy cookie. With the extra crust, I sprinkled cinnamon and a bit of xylitol on to the rolled out dough and cooked it for 10 minutes at 375.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Mix baking blend, salt and xantham gum together in a medium bowl.
  3. Cut butter into baking blend until meal forms.
  4. In a measuring cup, crack egg and add 1 tablespoon ACV then fill to the 1 cup mark with almond milk.
  5. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry and blend until a ball is formed.
  6. Place onto parchment paper. Cover with a second layer and roll out to form a crust. If the dough is sticky, you may wish to sprinkle more baking blend.
  7. Peal the top layer of parchment paper from the crust. Flip into pie dish then peal the second layer of parchment paper.
  8.  Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Summer Family Adventures Week 10

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Summer Family Adventures

August 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our August Summer Activities.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Week 10 Adventures!

Monday: Sports Day  7 minute Superhero Workout We are going to try a new app I just heard about that takes kids on missions while they exercise.

Tuesday: Eating Fractions During snack time, we will divide yummy foods and learn about fractions in a real-world setting.

Wednesday: Exploring Science– We will explore science in our own backyard with this scavenger hunt. Scavenger Hunt

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Thursday: Life Skill Discovery Drawing a birthday notes and thank you cards. Our youngest has his birthday this week and gifts have already arrived.  Starting early, I want my kids to show they are thankful treats by sending thank you cards.

Friday: Art Class Painting with Ice Cubes.  I’m creating a new recipe so once we try it and love it, I’ll feature it on the blog.

Family Adventure

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Water Day  

Today we will grab our swimsuits, Buckets, Water Guns and Water Balloons and enjoy a water day! Looking for a way to bring water to your own party, check out Home Depot’s Blog on  PVC Pipe Sprinklers and games.

Our Weekly Menu

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This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.

Menu

Monday: Parmesan Crusted Tilapia airfyed with Mango Salsa (E) * See Recipe Below

Tuesday: Turkey Chili (E)

Wednesday: Trim Mac Salad (S) Page 181 from The Trim Healthy Cookbook

Thursday: Sugar-Free Spaghetti with Dream-Field Pasta (E)

Friday: Family Pizza Night (S) with Triple Meat Pizza (S).  This crust looks promising on our quest for the perfect THM option.

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Saturday: Cheeseburger Pie (S) page 149 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Sunday: Eggroll in a Bowl (S or E) page 63 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with our own added additions such as water chestnuts, baby corn and sprouts.

For my Sweet Tooth

Snickers Pie (We have a peanut allergy in the house so I used pecans instead of peanuts and the results was amazing!)

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Lemon Cream Bars (Not over sweet but with a light crust and a lemon flavor, this recipe is perfect for a tea-party with my kids.)

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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
  • 4-5 Tilapia Filets
  • 1/2 cup Egg whites
  • 2 low carb tortillas
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Italian Spices
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • Coconut Oil Spray
  1. Into a blender, place two low-carb tortillas, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, a tsp. of nutritional yeast, a varsity of Italian Spices to your mix and blend into a meal.
  2. Dip fish first into the egg whites and dredge through the tortillas mixture to coat on each side.
  3. Preheat airfryer to 390 degrees. Cut tilapia into fork sized pieces and add to a bowl. Blend onion powder, paprika, the juice of half a lime, salt and pepper. Marinade for 20 mins.
  4. Coat the Tilapia and coat with baking blend. Place fish into airfyer and cook for 15 minutes. If you airfryer is smaller, you may have to do in shifts.
  5. Serve with mango salsa and serve warm 
Strawberry Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mango cut into cubes
  • 1 cup strawberries cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 can diced Rotel tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup corn cooked or raw
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped

Combine all above ingredients, mix and place onto of prepared chicken.  Feeling spicy, add a jalapeno or two.

Family Adventures- Horseback Riding

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Family Adventures- Horseback Riding 

Last summer, on our road-trip through South Dakota,  we traveled to see family in the Black Hills. A highlight of that adventure was horseback riding at their ranch. So, when asked what they wanted to do this summer, our  kids requested a horseback ride. After researching affordable options in the Sandhills of North Carolina area, we found a wonderful location.

Beverly at Moore Equine Events was welcoming and so very patient with our children.  As she walked the kids through each step of the process, she kindly yet efficiently worked with each of their levels to groom, saddle and ride the pony. Throughout each ones time on the horse, she kept a continuous stream of conversation to ensure they were comfortable and at ease. Our kids sure enjoyed themselves as they learned how to be respectful, listen and follow directions.

Moore Equine Events caters to school events, birthday parties, pony rides and so much more.  Just check out their website for all they offer. We sure enjoyed our time at the farm.  If you are searching for a good location for horse riding lesson, I would highly recommend contacting Beverly to set up your visit.  Read below to hear how the kids enjoyed their adventure.  We will be back!

What to Bring:
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray in the evening
  • wear appropriate clothing and foot attire (we made this mistake with our shoes).
  • Cash or Check
Family Rating for Moore Equine Events
  • My eight year old’s review, “That was so much fun!  I got to ride by myself and I learned how to groom a pony”.
  • My six year old’s review, “I love riding the pony and brushing him”.
  • My three year old’s review, “I rode a pony”!