Summer Family Adventures: Week 3

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Summer Family Adventures

Week 3

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  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. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link

Here are our week 3 goals:

Monday: Exploring Science – 

Tuesday: Life Skill- Cleaning Bathrooms, our kids will practice the art of cleaning. Here is our bathroom checklist.

Wednesday: Money Math- We will practice counting coins and may even take a trip to the dollar store.

Thursday: Sports Day This week the kids are taking swimming lessons.

Friday: Art/Science-  Drawing Dragons and creating fire

Family Adventure

Beach Trip

We sure enjoy our family beach trips to our local Gulf Shores!!

Meal Plan Monday

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Over the weekend we enjoyed some wonderful family time in Louisiana.  What’s better then enjoying some snuggles with babies, play time with cousins and visits with siblings? We wanted to squeeze every bit of time with the family so our meal plan didn’t get written up until today.  Here is our meal plan for this week.

Our house is now empty as we prepare for our move. Consequently we planned easy and simple meals keeping back our Instapot and our camping gear to hold us over for the next few weeks.    With that in mind, here are our one-pot meals to fill our family’s tummies. We meal plan using the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. For more about this healthy eating, click on the websites, Trim Healthy Mama.

Monday: Low Carb Alfredo Chicken (S) Delicious but minus all the carbs this healthy option will be a favorite for my husband and I.

Tuesday: Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes– with low carb tortillas in place of hamburger buns. (S) I’m excited to try this new recipe!

Wednesday:Low Carb Stromboli (S) With the now famous cream cheese and mozzarella bread, I know this is going to be a favorite meal this week.

Thursday: Leftovers or eggs for dinner (S or E)

Friday: Low-carb pizza (S)

Saturday: Hillbilly Chicken (S) Like the bacon wrapped  chicken from a couple weeks ago, this is a similar find with a creative yummy twist.

Sunday: Butternut Squash Bean Enchilada Casserole (E) My sister-in-law pointed me in the direction of this tasty meal. We are excited to try this casserole.

Summer Family Adventures:Week 2

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Summer Family Adventures

Week 2

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  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. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link

Here are our week 2 goals:

Monday: Life-Skill Preparing and Packing for a trip – Our kids will learn why lists are important as they sketch their own and help us pack for the move. Family Trip Packing List

Tuesday: Exploring Science Discover a local beach and learn about the creatures who call that habitat home.

Wednesday: Music Break– Practice on the ukulele and guitars, begin to learn the basics of reading music.

Thursday: Sports Day This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.

Friday: Cooking with Math. Measuring out Trail Mix for our Road Trip.

Family Adventure

Road Trip

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On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week and meet the newest family member a sweet little boy.  The kids are sure excited to have some cousin playtime and we can’t wait to see my brother and sister-in-law!

Our Weekly Menu

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Another trip is planned for our little crew and this week we are headed to see family. We are all excited to meet our newest nephew and have some cousin playtime!  In addition, this week had to be easy & quick meals since we have packers coming to load up our house-hold goods.  A fun and action packed week, it will surely be one to remember. Needed a couple recipes to add to your weekly men, see our choices and a few recipes below. For our full menu, click on this link.  Click here to learn more about the Trim Healthy Plan.

Monday: Pan Seared Chicken with Mango Salsa (E)

Tuesday: Tacos with low carb tortillas (S)

Wednesday: Spaghetti with spaghetti squash (FP)

Thursday; Beach Chili (E)

Friday: Traveling Choose S or E

Saturday: Traveling Choose S or E

Sunday: Low Carb Pizza

Pan Seared Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

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For the Chicken

  • 1 pound chicken
  • 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 petter, a tsp. of nutritional yeast, a varsity of Italian Spices to your mix and blend into a meal.
  2. Dip chicken first into the egg whites and dredge through the tortillas mixture to coat on each side.
  3. Spray a large skillet with coconut oil and place over medium heat. Cover, and continue cooking 3-5 minutes, turn over over and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Cover 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.

Lavender Blueberry Pie Filling
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup xylitol
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup baking blend
  • 1 tsp gelatin
  • 1 tsp. dried lavender

Combine all above ingredients and toss to coat blueberries.  Place into a prepared pie crust, cover and bake at 375 degree for 35 minutes. Uncover bake for an additional 10 minutes.  For a pie crust, consider using a low carb option from Trim Healthy Mama.

 

Family Adventure #1

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Family Adventure #1

Blueberry Farm 

Nestled against the backdrop of rural Florida, Baker is home to numerous fruit farms. Strawberry season has just ended it’s spring fling. Now, juicy blueberries and plump blackberries are making their debut. What’s better then a bowl full of juicy berries, a warm blueberry pie or a decadent berry loaded muffin? So, for our first family adventure, we traveled to an Organic U-Pick Blueberry Farm.  Hosted by a lovely local couple, this hidden gem is worth the short drive.

We drove up to their home and then knocked on their front door to announce we had arrived. They loaned us buckets for berries, gave us quick instructions and we headed off on our adventure.  Thankfully we were there by 9:00am because when the sun starts cooking and the humidity gets heavy in Florida, the kids (and parents) wilt fast.  Our kids held on for a little bit looking for the largest and juiciest berries.  Then as they scampered off to play in the shade, my husband and I continued to fill our pails.

Berries were plentiful, large and sun-kissed. We quickly filled our buckets. After about half an hour, we had picked 6 pounds of berries from only a couple of bushes. We headed back to their house, paid $1.50 (cash only) per pound and received a bonus gift; a page of their favorite recipes.  Keep track of your visits – each trip you receive a new selection of delicious blueberry recipes to try.  What’s more fun thn a trip to the berry farm where you are treated like family?  We will be back! Now for some blueberry pie!

For current information, such as inclement weather at The U-Pick blueberry farm, check out their Facebook Page.

What to Bring:
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Cash or Check
  • Strap or sling for the bucket (frees up both hands for berry picking)
Family Rating for the U-Pick Blueberry Farm
  • My eight year old’s review, “Great trip, we picked some blueberries as blue as the sky!”
  • My six year old’s review, “Fun trip, berries are fun being picked off a bush, except watch out for spiders and wasps”.
  • My three year old’s review, “Good trip, blueberries were delicious”.

Summer Family Adventures

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Summer Family Adventures

June 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  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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Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer

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Summer Goals:

Each month we will have a different themed adventure map illustrated by my husband. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog  This month, he crated a silly snake that will later be used for a fun game board.

This week's daily challenge

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Daily we ask the kids to:

Week 1 Adventures

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Monday: Science Experiment- make parchment paper. Click this link to see a video of how we created our paper.  It was a quick, easy and fun craft that took no more then 15 minuets.

Tuesday: Writing- from yesterday’s paper making the kids created stories and scrolls.

Wednesday: Art Class– a local artist and friend hosts an class for kids Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  We are headed over to the Chill in the morning , where she’s teaching, to paint.

Thursday: Sports Day This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.  Today is also the oldest birthday!

Friday: Cooking with Math. We will be baking a cake for her birthday party with the kids help.  However if you are looking for a terrific resource projects with easy steps for grades pk-2, check out “On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills“. We will be using this resource throughout the summer.

Family Adventure

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Blueberries and blackberries are ready to be picked.  We hope to fill a couple buckets of fresh fruit.  We may also make a quick stop at the local beach to enjoy the beach, before we move.

 

Elements & Dragons

Elements & Dragons Birthday Party

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Elements and dragons, that’s the newest trend for our eight year old girl. On Friday she has a couple friends over to play games and celebrate. With dragons on my mind, I was able to come up with some adorable post card invitations  and a couple creative games for the kids to play.

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Dragon's Quest

Blending elements and dragons, I created an adventure map with clues to locate the dragon’s treasure. Each path lead to a new element themed riddle.  Each clue we sealed with a small bit of wax and a pressed a seal.

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This little dragon seal was an affordable find on Amazon. For the paper, I saved time and purchased an inexpensive packet from Amazon. If you wish to create the appearance of old manuscript. Try using this method and check our video to see the kids in action.

  1. Soak your paper in 2 tablespoons coffee, tea or chocolate and 2 cups of water  in a 9X11 baking dish. You can paint with a brush to ensure the stain blends to the paper or just allow it to soak for 5-10 mins.
  2. Remove the paper and place onto a paper towel blotting the excess water.
  3. Set the oven to 200 degrees. Cook the paper for 5-10mins. Or use a blow dryer on each side to dry.
  4. For extra aging, tear the edges before placing in the oven or afterwards burn a couple holes in the paper.
Elements Story Teller

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A couple posts ago, I wrote about our date night story teller.  For Sophia’s party I created a fun dragon/element version.   The activities on this particular version are related to literacy and story elements. While one flap requests you to describe what’s inside a dragon’s egg another asks to how to capture a dragon.  There are also a couple of movement prompts.  Download here, have fun and enjoy this Elements Fortune Teller.

  • To play ask your friend to pick an element. Spell that element or word moving the teller back and forth.

 

  • Next, have them pick a number. Do the activity and then count that number again moving the teller back and forth for the number picked. Finally have them choose a triangle to open and read the activity.  Repeat as often as you want.

Adventure Map Clues

Adventure Map

Invite

Elements Fortune Teller