Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Meal Plan

Ok so I must admit I love the monthly meal plans!!!  Its a bit of work at first but it was so awesome to not have to think too hard about meals this past month.  I simply bought ingredients as they were on sale for the meals I had planned and made them as I craved them.  I know what some of you are thinking...well what if I don't feel like Taco's on Taco night; so don't have tacos. The point of the month of meals is that you have ingredients on hand to make most of your meals so switch it up that is what I did with some of the meals this past month.


Here is my Oct meal plan.  I tried to fix it up so you could make some things out but the circles are the meals that I am transferring to next month cause I never got to make them.  We either ate leftovers or were invited out.  The arrows show some meals that I moved probably because I didn't feel like eating it that night or I just moved things around.  I love having a few meals to help fill in Novembers meal plan.

But before I share with you Novembers plan I want to share the answer you have all been waiting for.  How much did this month worth of meals cost me.  Lets not forget that I usually always have a well stocked pantry but our total expenses for these meals, plus snacks (cookies, granola bars,whoopie pies), and a batch of red pepper jelly cost me a grand total $308.36.  Thats right I am so happy with the total.  I also wanted to show you the break down of one of our meals.

Take our Chinese Buffet night (which was a HUGE hit )

In our buffet we had 

Rice ($ 0.86)
Egg Rolls ($2.50)
Veggies ($1.99)

The total of our buffet was $10.85.  And since 4 of us ate that is $2.71/person.  Can you believe you can make a meal like this at home for that cheap.  I am telling you when you take time and plan your meals and you use the portions according to Canada's food guide you can feed your family affordably.  The reason the chicken was so cheap to make was I bought a large pack of it on sale for $7.50.  I split it into two different freezer packs to enjoy at 2 different meals so that made the cost of just the chicken $3.75 which is less then $1.00/person at meal time.   The egg rolls were also purchased on sale 14 for $4.99.  I divided them into 2 different bags of 7 to enjoy at 2 meals.  The bag of veggies was the whole bag (since we LOVE veggies) of Asian Style veggies.   This meal was the favorite for the month.  For the first time Eben asked for MORE....I could hardly believe my ears when he asked for seconds and then 3rds.  

If you enjoyed the Oct meal plan please comment and let me know which meal (or meals) you made and enjoyed or didn't enjoy. 

Here we go onto November

1.  Chicken Dinner (my kids love this recipe)

2.  Taco Cups

3. Women's Night Out at Church!
5. Stromboli 

6.  Pork Fajitas
7.  Sweet and sour sausages with mashed potatoes

9.  PRC Movie night (left overs)
10.  Baked Beans and Mac & Cheese
11. Cheesy bread sticks
12.  Roast Beef Supper
13. Free Night
14.  Beef and Barley Soup
16.  Homeschool Trip 


20. Free Night
21. Pancakes and Bacon
22.  Spaghetti
23.  Pizza
25. Free Night
26. Roasted Chicken Dinner
27. Family supper
29.  French Toast  
30. Free Night

This month I left some Free nights because last month we had leftovers and a few meals we didn't end up making.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ginger Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


All I can say is YUMMY!!!!  This is a new favorite fall treat in our house and the recipe came from a craving of mine.  I can't believe I didn't really think about making these before but maybe since I have found this AWESOME pumpkin cream cheese recipe over at Barns and Noodles I knew what it could be paired with to make the ultimate whoopie pie. 

First I started with my favorite ginger snap recipe


3/4 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. Cream together margarine and sugar in a medium bowl. Beat in egg and molasses.
2. Combine dry ingredients together in small bowl (flour, ginger, cinnamon, soda and salt)
3. Add dry ingredients to wt and mix throughly its good to use your hands.
4. Roll into 1 " balls and roll in sugar.
5. Place on cookie sheet and gently press down with hands.
6. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

Next I used this recipe to make the pumpkin cream cheese

8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 tablespoons brown sugar

Beat the cream cheese until softened. Then, add the remaining ingredients and beat until well combined. Refrigerate covered until chilled (about 1 hour)

Once the cookies are cooled and the cream cheese has chilled I spread a thick layer of pumpkin cream cheese onto a ginger snap cookie and then topped with another cookie.  They are best served right away but if you happen to have any left over you can keep them in an air tight container in the fridge. 

These are prefect paired with a delicious cinnamon coffee and of course your favorite girl friends! 

Turkey pumpkins

I know Thanks giving here in Canada has come and gone already but I still want to share a really cute project that we did.  My awesome cousin sent me this link and asked if it would be a project we would like to get together and do with the kids (since we are both homeschooling).   Right away I said yes because I LOVED them.  Each year for our Peterson thanksgiving meal Micah's aunt does this to a pumpkin with a set that she purchased at a Farmers market so when I say that we could make our own this year for our Thanksgiving center piece I was all for it. 


We (3 homeschoolin mamas) met early one Monday morning to start our craft project.  We had 4 school age kids, 3 little ones and 1 baby.  It was a little crazy but VERY FUN. 

The project it self was pretty cheap. All you need is a large pumpkin (orange or white) and 7 wooden spoons.  We bought packs of wood spoons at the dollar store so 2 packs/pumpkin I think. 

We started off by painting up the wooden spoons.  We painted 6 bright colors for the tail feathers and 1 brown for the turkey body.  When we finished painting them we laid them outside on my cooling racks to dry in the sun. 

As you can see from this picture we let the little ones paint mini pumpkins!  

The next step was to make the turkey faces; for this part all the kids (especially the boys) were ready to head outside.   I can't believe I didn't get any pictures but for the turkey neck we used red felt and free handed it.  Also for the beak I just cut triangles out of yellow felt.  Then using the hot glue gun I put two googly eyes, a beak and a neck on each brown spoon. 

Then came the fun stage using the electric drill.  I thought I would test it out first before I gave everyone  a turn. So I marked with a marker where I would drill the holes then drilled away. 

Everyone got to have a turn with the drill.  Here I am with batman who often does school with me! hehe

When the holes were all done we pushed the spoons in.  And Ta-da our beautiful pumpkin turkey. 

Everyones was a little different since they all painted their spoons different colors.

On of the moms has her 2 little ones pumpkins placed in their entry way.  Its such a cute way to add color and theme to our fall decorations. 

We used ours at the end of our Thanksgiving buffet line!  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Turkey Math

Here is a game that we LOVE to play and what a good month to play it in since we celebrated Thanksgiving at the beginning of the month and of course we can bring it out again at Christmas for that turkey supper :) 

I printed off the game from File folder fun and cut all the pieces out.  Then I glued the turkeys into a file folder.  We then look at the each feather and decided which turkey it goes in.  

Its a great game for early math and of course I really love the website cause there are so many fun little games there.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

feed me sight words


I am finding that playing games is such a great way to teach and learn!!!  We are having so much fun "doing" school this year.  There are so many resources and ideas on line its hard not to have fun during school time.  This is one activity that both kids love playing.  We call it feed the critter!  

I used this one eyed monster from Eben's monster bash this summer.  I decided not to throw it out after seeing this pin on pinterest cause I knew I could use it for something just like this post. 

For this game I use these little ice cream scoops that I printed off from this site.  We usually start off by putting all the scoops in alphabetical order to make it easier to find them when he is given a word to spell.  Once the letters are in order I say one of his spelling words for that week.  He then lays it out in front of our critter.  Then he says the words, spells the word and says it again before tossing the scoops into the critter. 

I find playing little games like this throughout the week really help with remembering how to spell and sound out the words.

Monday, October 15, 2012

School Wall

Welcome to our school wall!!!  So when I decided to homeschool I was looking on pinterest (bad idea) for homeschooling in a small space.  Instead of finding good ideas for that I found pin after pin of homeschool ROOMS!!  Since we don't have any extra rooms I decided to make a school wall.

So my next trip to the Dollar store I picked up these clip boards.  Then during a nap/quiet time I painted them. 

While they were drying I really wanted to have a banner to go along the wall cause like I read tonight a banner is happiness on string! hehe  I had a bunch of flash cards that I picked up at a local second hand shop but they needed something to go behind them.

What was I going to use???  Of course coffee fliters were the prefect size...but I didn't want white ones so I dipped them each into a bowl of water that I had put a bit of blue food coloring in.

To dry them I put them into a muffin tin and set them in the sun.

That night the kids and their amazing daddy helped me out by hanging up the clip boards.

I love how Micah hung them on a little bit of a slant.  Also before we put them on the wall we used scrapbooking stickers and put A B C on the metal part. 

When the coffee fliters were dry I folded down the top of each one and glued the flash card onto it.  I used the fold over to place on the string.  And hung it over the clip boards.

 Now that school is in full swing the clip boards hold lots of different things.  One holds his first spelling test.  Another holds character cards that we do and the last one has a worksheet that he did from each day that he is super proud of to show daddy when he gets home.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bible memory verses


I love love love these bible verse cards.  Since we just started Kindergarden they are working great since we are doing a new letter each week.  

I originally found these on pinterest and you can hop over here to download your own copy.  Once I had them all printed off in color I really want to laminate them to keep them protected but I don't have a laminator. Maybe that will be something I need to invest in but I was so happy to find these on one of my shopping trips to the local Dollarama. 

They are self laminating sheets!!!  I was super excited cause they were just the size I needed.    They were super easy to use you insert the paper, close it shut and squeeze all the air pockets out. 

So now we have all the cards laminated and each week we read over the verse and make up some actions to go with them. 

 The kids are very good at remembering the verses.  On Friday I ask them to recite the ones that we have done and for each one they get right they are rewarded a chocolate chip.  

Thank you Homeschool Creations for an awesome tool to help us hide God's word into our heart!!! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

school games

Don't you just LOVE thrift shopping and finding deals that you don't even think about!!  That is what happened my last trip to Value Village before school started.  I had taken my niece there to get some new (to her) school clothes and happen to find some great steals for homeschooling.  I picked up (along with many other things) these 3 fun games that Eben LOVES playing. 

The Leap Frog go fish game was $2.99 and had all the pieces for it in the box.  I love how it comes with the round circles that you use to hold your cards with.  These 4 things were worth the $2.99 so he can hold cards better in his hand. 

Pony Phonics can be played two different ways.  The way that we have been playing is learning the short sounds of the vowels   First you start by spinning the spinner and then you move through the game by moving your pony onto words that have the same sound. 

 Alphabet Bingo also has two ways to play.  The way we have been playing is spinning the spinner and whatever letter you land on you have to cover up that letter on your Bingo card if you have it.  The first one to get 3 in a row wins.

The other way to play this game is using the other side of the card there are pictures and you have to fill in the words by using the letters that come up on the spinner.  Its fun to play to but I have to have the words spelt out for Eben so he remembers how to spell them.  I know a couple more times of playing and he will be able to do it himself. 

I love using games to teach him since he really loves to play games.  Sometimes we play for fun but other times I use them as rewards if he finishes up his writing work. 

These games were worth the $5 I paid for them.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Meal Plan

So this month I am trying to meal plan for the whole month!  I know it sounds so crazy but I want to make a list of meals to enjoy and then watch for sales so I can get the best deals and see how much it actually cost us to eat for this month.

So here is my list of meals for the month.  Of course not all meals will be made cause something always comes up or there is leftovers but at least I can have the supplies on hand just incase.

1. Spaghetti, Meat balls and Cheese buns
2. BBQ chicken pizza and salad
3. Slow cooker beef stew and cheese biscuits

4. Wok in the pork and egg rolls

5. Macaroni, hamburger and tomato
6. Baby Shower
7. Thanksgiving meal.  Turkey with all the fixings
8. Thanksgiving meal #2.
9. Hot Turkey and Fries
10. Baked potato soup with crusty bread

11. Turkey Enchiladas over rice
12. Pierogi casserole

13. Turkey soup and homemade buns

14. Pizza muffins

15. Pork chops with mashed potatoes
16. Crock pot lasagna and garlic bread
17.  Stromboli

18. Chicken lo-mein and egg rolls

19.  Taco Cups

20.  Spring Rolls

21. Corn dog Muffins

22.  Pork meatballs and mashed

26. Chowder, sausage and biscuits

27. Party

30. Tostada:  Here is a chicken recipe.  I will do bean. 
31. Take out; Pizza

There you have it my meal plan for the whole month.  I am hoping to stick to it as best as possible. You will probably notice that on Sunday we don't usually have a big meal and enjoy appetizer type foods to enjoy while watching a family movie together.  I also try to have a soup once a week in the fall/winter time.   I hope you enjoy and get a few new ideas for your own meal plan this month.

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