Monday, December 30, 2013

Menu Plan Monday, December 30th to January 5th

 
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I love New Year's.  It's one of my favorite holidays.  It's the time of year when I reset our life, and try to get organized.  I am looking forward to 2014 and am unbelievably excited to be posting my first Menu Plan Monday post for the new year, although I guess you could technically say it is my last Menu Plan Monday post of 2013, but I like to look forward, not behind me so I am going with it is my first Menu Plan Monday post of 2013! 
 
So here's what I have planned for us this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday - Eating Out
Yeah, I know it is a bad way to start off the week but we have too many errands to run and it will result in eating out. 
 
Tuesday aka New Year's Eve
Brunch - Smoked Sausage, Eggs, Hashbrowns
Dinner - Slow Cooker Ribs, Loaded Smashed Potatoes (recipe coming soon), Homemade Chicken Wings (using chicken breasts instead of wings)
 
Wednesday aka New Year's Day
Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Hot Turkey Melts (easy recipe coming soon)
 
Thursday
Breakfast - Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit
Dinner -  Gingered Chicken Pot Stickers (recipe coming soon), Steamed White Rice
 
Friday
Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Eating Out
Dinner - Salmon with Seafood Stuffing, Wild Rice
 
Saturday
Brunch - Omelets
Dinner - Eating Out
 
Sunday
Breakfast - Cereal
Dinner - Honey and Thyme Brined Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Yummy Dinner Roll Recipe
 

The Five Most Popular Posts of 2013

2013 was a crazy year for me and unfortunately I didn't get to blog as much as I would have liked.  However, the posts that did make it to the blog in 2013 proved to be quite popular.  Here is a look back at the five most popular blog posts to The Modern Day Mom for 2013.
 
 
 
Posted on January 1st of last year our Detailed House Cleaning Schedule was by far our most popular post of 2013.  It has been pinned countless times and I have gotten quite a few emails on this post!
 
 
 
Our second most popular post of the year was the Valentine's Day Treats to Make.  This post was a round-up of our favorite Valentine's Day Treat ideas and was popular throughout the month of February and beyond!
 
 
 
 
Our Maple Apple Crisp Recipe was tied with our Valentine's Day Treats to Make post but it received far more Pins on Pinterest.  This simple recipe is easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious!  It was one of my favorite on the fly recipes of the year!
 
 
 
Our Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls Recipe was our fourth most popular post.  These Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls make a healthy main dish for dinner, are budget friendly, and are easier to think than you might think!
 
 
 
Our Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes recipe was our fifth most popular post and was a huge hit on Pinterest! These pancakes are easy to make and the post includes freezing instructions.
 
Our Most Popular Post of All Time
 
Although it was written waaaaay back in 2009 I thought it would be fun to include our most popular post of all time.  It is back before the days of Pinterest and it doesn't have any pictures.  I have had multiple people contact me saying I need to edit the post to include pictures so that it can be pinned and updating the post with pictures is on my to-do list for 2014.  So our most popular post of all time is our Bread Machine French Bread Recipe.  If you are looking for a simple and delicious bread machine recipe you really need to check this post out!
 
 
 
 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Menu Plan Monday, November 11th to 18th

 
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This school year has really gotten to me.  Not only am I homeschooling my three children, teaching classes at the local homeschool co-op and working, I am also going to college full time.  I have let my Menu Plans slide and I have missed them.  They really keep me on track and not having one to follow leaves me with that 5:00 horror of what am I going to fix for dinner.  So I am going to make it a point to make a Menu Plan each week.
 
Here's what I have on the menu for this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
Lunch:  Ravioli
Dinner:  Teriyaki Salmon with Wild Rice
 
Tuesday
Lunch:  Chicken Noodle Soup
Dinner:  Crab Cakes, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans
 
Wednesday
Brunch:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, hashbrowns
 
Thursday
Lunch:  Vegetable Soup
Dinner:  Baked Parmesan Chicken, mashed potatoes, lima beans
 
Friday
Lunch:  Loaded Baked Potatoes
Dinner:  Eating Out
 
Saturday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns
Dinner:  Eating Out
 
Sunday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, hashbrowns
Dinner:  Steaks, baked potatoes, green beans

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Waking Up Early When You Are a Late Riser




One of the joys of homeschooling is the fact that it doesn’t have to run on the same timeframe as public schools.  However, I have learned that the later in the day we start our school day, the less it seems we get done, and the grumpier my kids are.  I don’t like getting up early in the morning to start school.  I use to work third shift and getting up at 7 AM is extremely hard for me.  After talking with many other moms who homeschool I have found that I am not the only one who finds getting up early so hard.  After some work I have managed to get used to getting up early each day.  Here are some tips to help you make the adjustment from sleeping in each morning to getting up early.
Start Small
If you are use to getting up at 10 AM, try getting up at 9:30 AM for a few days, then move it up to 9 AM for a few days, then after a few days of getting up at 9 AM try getting up at 8:30 AM for a few days.  Keep moving the time up until you reach the time that you want to get up each day.
Go to Bed Earlier
You can’t expect getting up at 6:30 AM to be easy if you are staying awake until midnight. By making it a point to go to bed earlier will allow you to get enough sleep so that your body won’t keep fighting your desire to wake up earlier in the morning.
Move Your Alarm
When you set your alarm move it to the other side of the room from where you are sleeping.  By moving your alarm to the other side of the room you will force yourself to have to get up out of bed to turn it off.  Once you are up don’t lay back down, instead jump in the shower to wake yourself up completely. 
Let the Sunshine In
If your room is dark and cave-like you are going to want to hide out in it all day.  If you live in an area where it is okay you can leave the window coverings from your windows open at night so that the sun will shine in each morning.  However, if leaving your window coverings open overnight is not possible you can purchase window coverings that will allow the sunlight to stream in through them in the morning.
Get a New Alarm Clock
If you live in the North part of the country where it is dark and dreary in the morning letting the sunshine in is not always possible.  You might consider getting a new alarm clock that offers a sunrise feature.  With the sunrise feature the alarm will mimic the glow of the sunrise in the morning.
Also if you like to hit the snooze button on your alarm in the morning consider buying one that does not have a snooze button.
Don’t Sleep in on Weekends
Getting up early every single day of the week will help your body adjust to your new sleep schedule.  Sleeping in just one day can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule so be sure to avoid the temptation to sleep in on the weekend.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Back to School Menu Plan Monday - August 12th to 18th


 
 
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I am dragging my heels in here screaming, "I am not ready for school to be back in session!"  Obviously no one seems to really care as we are all headed back to school anyhow but I want to go on record as saying I AM NOT READY FOR IT!!!  You would think that as homeschoolers we could extend our summer a few more weeks and prolong the start of our school year but that just can't happen.  We belong to a co-op where my children take their core classes and since today is the first day of co-op it means school is officially back in session for us.  My college classes start back next week so I have a week to allow us to get back into the hang of things before I head back to school as well.  Since we are back in school that means easy breakfasts and lunches for us, as well as some nights where my slow cooker will be my saving grace.
 
Here's what I have planned for us this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
Breakfast on the go:  Apple Cinnamon Muffin
Lunch at co-op:  Poached Chicken, Pasta N Peas (served cold), Homemade Apple Sauce (recipe to come soon)
After co-op snack:  Snickerdoodle Cookies for the kiddos while momma gets an apple
Dinner:  Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes
 
Tuesday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal
Dinner:  Kelsey's Favorite Stuffed Green Peppers, Mashed Potatoes, Corn on the Cob
 
Wednesday
Breakfast:  Cereal
Lunch:  Loaded Baked Potatoes
Dinner:  BBQ Pork Chops, Macaroni and Cheese, My Grandmother's Green Beans
 
Thursday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal
Lunch:  Fish Sandwiches, French fries (not as healthy as I like but we have a doctor's appointment in the afternoon and it beats fast food) 
Dinner:  Tarragon Chicken in a Crockpot (a favorite that we haven't had in a LONG time), Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans
 
Friday
Breakfast:  Cereal
Lunch:  Soup, Peanut Butter Sandwiches
 
Saturday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church
 
Sunday
Brunch:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Toast
Dinner:  Salmon Croquettes, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Starting to Homeschool When Dad Isn't On Board


One of the biggest obstacles that face many moms who have decided to homeschool their kids is getting dad on board.  It is a question that is constantly repeated on homeschool support boards, “What do I do when my husband doesn’t want me homeschooling our children?”  This question is always met with a variety of answers such as “pray for a change in your husband’s heart” or “just do it anyhow”.  If you are a mom who is trying to get your husband on board with homeschooling these are not the types of answers that you want to hear.  You want to hear real advice, with real steps that you can put it into action. 


 
Pray
Yes, I did say that praying for your husband to have a change of heart wasn’t the answer you were looking for but if you are a Christian then praying should be your first step.  Pray for guidance, pray for your husband to have a change of heart, pray for your children, pray, pray, and pray some more.

Find out Your Husband’s Reservations about Homeschooling
In a calm manner, not in an argumentative one, talk to your husband about homeschooling, find out why he doesn’t want you to homeschool, and find out what his reservations are.  Don’t try to change his mind at this point, listen to what he says, really listen, and don’t respond.  Once you have heard him out sit down by yourself and try to address his concerns.  If he is concerned about your children being around other children, join a local homeschool support group that offers activities, put your child in a scout troop, or have them join a sports team.  If he is concerned about you being accountable, find an online academy that you can use that will help you to be accountable.   After you have addressed each of his concerns, sit down with him and tell him how you can help to alleviate these concerns.

Have Him Talk to Fathers of Homeschooling Families
Another way to help set your husband at ease about homeschooling is to have him talk to fathers of families who are homeschooling.  Set up a family play date at your house for some local homeschooling families or put him in contact with the father of another homeschooling family.  This will give him the chance to see what a father’s point of view is when it comes to homeschooling. 

Agree to a Trial Period
See if your husband will agree to a trial period for you to try homeschooling.  The trial period could be a school semester or a full school year.  Try homeschooling for the trial period, and take it from there.  Allowing him to see homeschooling in action in your home may give him a different perspective on homeschooling your children.

Homeschool Over the Summer
Several families use the summer as a trial homeschool period.  This allows mom to have a chance to try homeschooling without having to take the kids out of public school. 
 
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Garden Stir Fry Recipe

 
My garden has been in overdrive producing an abundance of yummy vegetables.  I have been turning those yummy vegetables into some great meals and this is one of my favorite ones.  It is easy to make and can be easily tweaked to use what you have on hand.  I had mushrooms in my refrigerator the day that I made this meal but have left the mushrooms out the last couple of times.  I also served it over noodles here but have served it without as well for a side dish. 
 
Here's the super simple recipe:
 
1-2 cups Tomatoes - any type, cut cherry tomatoes in half and dice full size tomatoes
1/2 onion diced
1 cup diced mushrooms
2-3 cups diced squash
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
 
1.  Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet.
2.  Add in vegetables and cook until they are tender.
3.  Serve hot over pasta for a full meal or serve by itself as a side dish.
 
 
 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Menu Plan Monday, July 29th to August 4th



 
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So two weeks ago I mentioned it was extremely hot around here, well the past few days the weather has cooled off and we are experiencing out of the ordinary mild weather.  In fact it was 54 here this morning and they are calling for temperatures dropping into the 40's.  This is crazy weather for July!  Anyways, the cooler weather means that cooking isn't so unbearable right now.
 
Here is what we have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit, Toast
Dinner:  Rosemary Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans
 
Tuesday
Dinner:  Country Fried Steaks, Mashed Potatoes, My Grandmother's Green Beans
 
Wednesday
Lunch:  Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls, Steamed White Rice
Dinner:  Ham Sandwiches, Chips
 
Thursday
Lunch:  Soup
Dinner:  Chicken Stuffed Poblano Pepper, Baked Potatoes
 
Friday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Toast
Dinner:  Taco Salad
 
Saturday
Lunch:  Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwiches, Grilled Bacon Wrapped Cabbage, Macaroni and Cheese
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church
 
Sunday
Lunch:  Baked Tilapia, Wild Rice
 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Menu Plan Monday, July 15th to 21st



 
 
This week is a bit different for me I will only be cooking for four since Little Man is at camp this week.  It is his first time ever going to camp and I am sure he will have a blast. 
 
 
It is also extremely HOT around here this week.  The temperatures were in the upper 90's but the heat index made it feel like it was in the 100's.  We don't eat a lot when it is so hot outside, and I really don't want to heat up the house too much when it is this hot so our menu this week will be reflecting that. 
 
So here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
Lunch:  Soup
Dinner:  Garden Stir Fry
 
Tuesday
Lunch:  Soup and Sandwiches
Dinner:  Pizza using the Flatbread Pizza Dough from this recipe
 
Wednesday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit
Dinner:  Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls, White Rice
 
Thursday
Lunch:  BBQ Pork Chops, Pressure Cooker Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes
Dinner:  Ham Sandwiches, Chips
 
Friday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Toast
Dinner: Family Cookout
 
Saturday
Lunch:  Quiche
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church
 
Sunday
Lunch:  Soup and Sandwiches
Dinner:  Salmon Croquettes, Macaroni and Cheese, Corn on the Cob
 
 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Menu Plan Monday, July 8th to 14th

 
 
 
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This week is going to be a low key week at home for us.  They are calling for rain most of the week, YUCK! I am soo tired of rain, and am ready for it to be over.  The good thing is my vegetable plants are loving the rain.
 
I did get some recipe posts up this week, even though I didn't get all of the ones done that I had planned on.  I did get the recipes for my Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie and Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls up.  I do have a few recipes that will be going up on the blog from this week's menu soon.
 
On Thursday afternoon my daughter found a forgotten about bag of mixed berries in the freezer that contained strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.  I used my Razzleberry Pie recipe to make a pie using it.  I just thawed out the bag of mixed berries and used them in place of the fresh berries called for in the recipe.   
 
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
Breakfast:  Mini Ham and Egg Cups
Dinner:  Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms (New Recipe), Baked Potatoes 
 
 
Tuesday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Toast, Grapes
 
Wednesday
Breakfast:  Biscuits and Gravy
Dinner:  Greek Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, My Grandmother's Green Beans
 
Thursday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns
Dinner:  Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Cabbage
 
Friday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Toast, Fresh Fruit
Dinner:  Ness's Stuffed Green Peppers, Mashed Potatoes
 
Saturday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church
 
Sunday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns
Dinner:  Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls, White Rice

Friday, June 28, 2013

Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls

 
 
 
 
Baked Egg Rolls are one of our favorite summer meals, they are easy to make, light, and are a perfect summer meal.  We usually pair them with steamed white rice from our rice cooker.  Sometimes we make them with shrimp, sometimes with pork, and other times we use chicken.  Whichever meat we use we make them the same way.    Here I am going to show you how I make them with shrimp. 
 
 
We use Salad Shrimp in our egg rolls, they are small and inexpensive.  This bag is $1.59 at Kroger, but Wal-Mart and Meijers also sell them inexpensively.

 
We also use Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps, we don't generally use the whole pack and they refrigerate well.  I usually keep the unused ones in a Ziploc bag.

 
The first thing you will want to do is make the filling for your egg rolls.  In a large stir-fry pan mix together 3 cups of finely shredded cabbage (I like using Napa cabbage but we also use regular cabbage if that is all we have on hand, 1 cup finely diced carrots, 1/2 cup bean sprouts, 1 package of salad shrimp, and 4 tablespoons of Oyster Sauce.  I then sauté the entire filling on the stove until vegetables are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
 
Once the filling is ready it is time to start filling your egg rolls.  This filling should make 10 to 12 egg rolls.  You will want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees at this time.

 
Lay out your egg roll wrap in a diamond shape with the bottom point facing you.  In the center of the wrap spread out about 2 tablespoons of the egg roll filling.

 
Fold up the bottom half of the egg roll wrapper over top of the filling.

 
Next, fold in the sides of the egg roll wrapper.

 
Finally, roll over the top of the egg roll wrapper and place egg rolls on a greased baking sheet.  When all egg rolls are wrapped and on the baking sheet use a pastry brush to lightly coat egg rolls with olive oil.  Now you are ready to bake the egg rolls in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie

 
Pot Pie is one of the easiest ways to use up extra turkey or chicken.  When I have leftover chicken or turkey I will usually freeze it until I am ready to make the pot pie and then on the day I plan to make it I will thaw it out.  I have also been known to make up the filling for the pot pie and freeze it, then on the day I want to make my pot pie I will pull it out, then top it with either a homemade or frozen pie crust.  This recipe calls for a mayo based pie crust, which is simple to make but any pie crust will do.  I make my turkey and chicken pot pie using the same recipe, the only difference is the type of meat I use. 
 
Filling Ingredients:
 
3 cups chopped potatoes
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 cup chopped carrots
2 to 3 cups chopped turkey or chicken
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 cup white wine
1/3 cup flower
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
 
1.  Prepare all vegetables for filling.
 
 
2.  Add the diced vegetables and chicken or turkey into a bowl.

 
3. In a saucepan whisk together the ingredients for the gravy - chicken broth, milk, white wine, flour, and cornstarch.  Heat over medium heat until mixture thickens.

 
4. Pour gravy over vegetables and meat, then stir together thoroughly coating everything with gravy.

 
5.  Pour entire mixture into an 11x14 cake pan.
 
Crust
 
2 Cups Milk
2 Cups Mayo
2 Cups Flour
 
6.  Mix all crust ingredients together and then pour over top of pot pie filling.
 
7.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Menu Plan Monday, June 24th to 30th

 
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It was soo nice to be back to my menu plan last week.  The week went by much smoother with it and we actually stuck to it for once!  The only exception was on Sunday night when we missed the Chicken Pot Pie, which was moved to tonight's supper.  I have several items on this week's menu plan that I am working on recipes for, so be on the lookout for new recipes on the blog.  I am also going to be updating my post from my Bread Machine French Bread, which was written before the days of Pinterest.  It is one of my most popular posts and I am constantly getting asked for pictures to make it easier to pin.  Speaking of Pinterest, if you don't already follow me on Pinterest please do, I have a ton of recipe boards there, as well as craft ideas, and party/holiday planning boards.  You can find my Pinterest boards here.
 
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Toast, Grapes
Dinner:  Turkey Pot Pie
 
Tuesday
Breakfast:  Turkey Sausage with Fried Potatoes
Dinner:  Shrimp Egg Rolls (recipe coming this week), White Rice
 
Wednesday
Breakfast: Oatmeal, Cooked Apples 
 
Thursday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Toast
Dinner:  Chicken and Dumplings (recipe coming soon)
 
Friday
Dinner:  Greek Pork Chops (recipe coming soon), Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Corn
 
Saturday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Toast
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church
 
Sunday

 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Beat Summer Boredom With Free Kid's Movies


Summer is here and boredom has set in for many kids.  One way to beat the summer boredom is to take advantage of the free or cheap children’s movies that many movie theaters offer during the summer. 
Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express

The Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express is one of the cheap summer children’s movie programs.  On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings Regal Cinemas will have kid’s movies for just $1 admission.  The movies on schedule for this year include The Three Stooges, Ice Age Continental Drift, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days, Parental Guidance, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked, Monte Carlo, Rio, Coraline, ParaNorman, The Lorax, Yogi Bear, Big Miracle, Journey 2:  The Mysterious Island, Racing Stripes, Happy Feet Too, African Cats, and Chimpanzee. 


Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

The Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse is another of the cheap summer children’s movie programs with $1 admission to each show or $5 admission to all ten shows in the program.  Each theater has different movies and showtimes throughout the summer.  To find a Cinemark theater near you or to find out more about the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse you can visit the Cinemark website.

Malco Theaters Summer Film Fest

The Malco Theaters Summer Film Fest runs throughout June and July with admission at just $2.  Movies scheduled for the 2013 summer are Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age:  Continental Drift, Horton Hears a Who, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2:  Roderick Rules, Space Chimps, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Alvin and the Chipmunks:  The Squeakel, and Alvin and the Chipmunks:  Chipwrecked.  


Classic Cinemas Wednesday Morning Movie Series

Running from June 12th to August 7th Classic Cinemas will host their annual summer Wednesday Morning Movie Series on Wednesday mornings at 9 AM with admission being $1.  This summer’s movies will include Madagascar 3:  Europe’s Most Wanted, Hotel Transylvania, Ice Age:  Continental Drift, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days, Rise of the Guardians, Hotel for Dogs, Muppets From Space, and Escape From Planet Earth.  You can learn more about Classic Cinemas Wednesday Morning Movie Series by visiting the Classic Cinemas website.

Clearview Cinemas

Clearview Cinemas will be offering free kids movies this summer starting July 10th and 11th on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM.  The seven week movie series will feature the movies Hotel Transylvania, The Pirates, The Lorax, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Madagascar 3, Journey 2, and Escape from Planet Earth.  To learn more about the Clearview Cinemas free summer kids movie program you can visit their website.

Marquee Cinemas

Also offering free kids movies this summer is Marquee Cinemas.  The dates and times of the free kids movies as well as what movies will be showing vary from theater to theater.  To find out more about the free kids summer movies from Marquee Cinemas you can visit their website.

Muvico Theaters

Starting June 11th and going through August 15th Muvico Theaters will be offering free kids movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 AM.  Included in this summer’s free kids movies lineup at Muvico Theaters are Despicable Me, The Lorax, Madagascar 3, Clifford’s Really Big Movie, Rise of the Guardians, Happy Feet Too, How to Train Your Dragon, Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.


 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Freezing Strawberries

 
 
 
 
 
It is strawberry season and I couldn’t be more excited.  I love fresh strawberries and try to stock up on fresh strawberries when they are in season locally so that I can enjoy them all winter long while avoiding the ones from the supermarket.  During strawberry season strawberries can be found at roadside stands, u-pick farms, and farmers markets for rock bottom prices.  They are easy to preserve, so there is no reason not to stock up on them.  Freezing strawberries is simple, and in fact will probably be the easiest fruit or vegetable you will preserve all summer.  Here is how you freeze strawberries for use all year long.
The first step in freezing strawberries is to choose the strawberries that you want to preserve.  Strawberries are very delicate and can go bad quickly so it is important to freeze them right away while they are at their freshest point.  You will want to use strawberries that are perfect with no blemishes or mushiness, save the ones that are a little bruised or just not perfect for use in other recipes.  After you have chosen the strawberries that you will be freezing it is time to move on to the next step, rinsing the strawberries.  You will want to gently wash and dry the strawberries, paying close attention so as not to soak the berries in the water too long as it will result in a loss of the flavor.
After you have cleaned the strawberries now it is time to remove the stem and hull the berries.  At this point you will also need to determine if you want to freeze them whole or slice them, or you can always do a little bit of both.  If you decide to slice the strawberries now is the time to do so. 
Next is another important decision, do you want to freeze them with sugar on them or not.  Freezing the strawberries without sugar will allow them to be stored in the freezer without freezer burn for several months but freezing them with sugar on them will extend the storage life of your strawberries.  Strawberries frozen in sugar will last longer as the sugar helps to prevent freezer burn, and also helps to preserve their color.  If you choose to freeze your strawberries in sugar now is the time to cover them in a light dusting of sugar.
Now your strawberries are ready to go into the freezer.  Now you will want to place your strawberries flat on a baking sheet, being careful that they do not touch one another, and place them in the freezer.  Allow the strawberries to stay on the freezer pan until they are frozen solid.  Once the strawberries have frozen solid you will want to remove them from the baking sheet to either a freezer bag or freezer container.  Be sure to label your container and place it in the freezer.  After you have placed your container in the freezer you are done.
 
 
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Menu Plan Monday (On Tuesday), June 17th to 23rd

 
 
 
 
 
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It's been a busy end of the school year for us.  On May 19th we had my son's birthday, on May 21st we had our last day of homeschool co-op, on the 22nd we had our end of the year program for our homeschool co-op and on May 23rd my husband went into the hospital for a multi-level spinal fusion.  I knew his surgery would keep me away from the blog for a while but he ended up with a post-surgery infection after he was released from the hospital and had to be readmitted.  So needless to say a menu plan has not been on my mind lately.  Now that we are at home things seem to be falling back into a routine, and I am missing my menu plan, so I am thrilled to be taking the time to plan one out for this week.  If you don't menu plan you really should take the time to do it, it makes my life so much easier and makes grocery shopping a cinch.
 
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
 
Breakfast:  Breakfast Pork Chops, Scrambled Eggs, Toast
 
Tuesday
 
Lunch:  Crab Cakes using Imitation Crab Meat, Sautéed Kale (from my garden!!!)
Dinner:  Spaghetti with Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce, Frozen Garlic Bread (given to me by a friend during hubby's hospital stay)
 
Wednesday
 
Breakfast:  Baked Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit
Dinner:  Slow Cooker Classic Pot Roast (not a typical summer meal but I am trying to clean out my freezer and have a pot roast I need to get rid of)
 
Thursday
 
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns
Dinner:  Taco Bell Copycat Bean Burritos, but I will be making my own refried beans instead of canned ones using this recipe, Easy Slow Cooker Refried Beans
 
Friday
 
Dinner:  Busy Day Pork Chop Recipes, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
 
Saturday
 
Breakfast:  Cereal
Dinner:  Shrimp Egg Rolls (recipe to be posted next week), Rice
 
Sunday
 
Dinner:  Turkey Pot Pie (using a mixture of recipes will post my completed recipe next week)