Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Why am I the Busiest Mom?

I guess I need to explain why I am so busy. I am the mother of three children who don't say no to anything. They play rec ball, school ball, travel ball, (in two sports), music, attend church, and then add the friend factor. My husband is the head football and basketball coach at the middle school where he teaches, as well as the athletic director. Then there is me. I am an early childhood education teacher at a high school. I teach 11th and 12th graders how to work in the child care industry. I am also the director of the onsite preschool. This is the learning lab for my high school students. I am the county program contact for More at Four, a state wide program that targets at risk preschoolers. I am the contact for a grant our county received called a "Ready Schools Grant" that is working to make sure all schools are ready for all children. It works to make sure the school meets the child where they are, a kind of closing the gap you could say. I also am a co-advisor for a student organization called FCCLA (Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America.).
These things keep us very busy, but...we always make time for family each and every day!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Gone Bust!

Well, this weekend was designated as my big cooking weekend for OAMC. Well...I started feeling bad on Saturday and just couldn't get motivated to get all of it done. At 3:00am on Sunday I woke up deathly sick. I can't think about even smelling food now let alone eating what few meals I did get prepared on Saturday.
I have been knitting. I watched Martha Stewart's knitting program and they had a blanket made from knitted squares. I decided that would be a great idea. You could always take it with you and you can mix and match the squares like a quilt so you could be working on many different projects at one time. You have to remember to use similar sized yarns, the same size needles, count your rows, and always cast on the same number of stitches. This is a great project for novice knitters like me!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What's for Lunch

I am always looking for easy, but wholesome ideas for my kids lunches. They also need to to be economical. They love snack cakes such as Little Debbie, but they are expensive and are full of perservatives. I found a great recipe for brownies that is easy, makes a huge pan, and freezes well. Here is the recipe:
2c plain flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 sticks margarine
1/3 cup cocoa
1c chopped nuts (optional)
Mix flour, sugar and eggs together. Melt margarine and cocoa. Add the first mixture. Add nuts if desired. Pour into a greased 9x13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Do not over bake.
Your kids will love these!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Delicious Orange Ginger Chicken

Last night's meal was wonderful. We enjoyed orange ginger chicken that I marinated and froze the first part of the month. I placed it in the fridge the night before to defrost. All I had to do was cook the chicken and add a couple of sides. I have included some pictures for you to see how simple, but nutritious and attrative this meal was.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring is in the air

It is that glorious time of year when the birds start singing and bats start swinging. Kaleb is right in the thick of his middle school baseball season. He and Gray are both playing travel ball again this year, one team together and Gray will play with a team his age as well. EmmaLee is playing travel softball again. She had her first practice this week. Kaleb got his first win this week. They beat their rival school, Harris Middle School. Go Bowman!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

OAMC "Once a Month Cooking"

I recently became very interested in OAMC. I have very little time in the evening to prepare a meal from scratch. It seemed we were always pulling through the drive thru of some fast food resturant. I felt very guilty, giving my background is in Family and Consumer Science. So I did some research on OAMC and hit the ground running. I compiled my recipes, made my list and did the "big shop". I spent about $220 for a family of five and that made 23 meals. I marked my calandar with days I knew we would have to eat out because of late ballgames and we are usually out of town on the weekends so we are forced to eat out. I was very proud of myself, I got all of the meals cooked and a couple of lunches and still manged to make it to three basketball games. I am working on next months menus now. I hope to add a few more lunches and maybe some breakfasts. I would love to have some new recipes to add to my collection. So if you would like to share, please do.