P31 Wannabe

Summer School–Week 5 June 23, 2012

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 9:20 pm

We spent today relaxing as a family to celebrate a late Father’s Day. Haddie had a grand time in her new pool from Aldi.




After our morning gym trip, we had the cousins over for lunch and play time. I guess you could say, Haddie worked on her social skills and probably did some PE in the process.





Haddie practiced typing again (at her request). I had her first practice typing her name (nickname and full), and some small words (mom, dad, cat, dog, God, I, a, the). Afterwards I let her free-type, aka type combos that could be mistaken for a drunken cursing session. She’s pretty good with using the delete, return, space bar and caps without a second thought.

When we read the library books before bedtime, I went slowly and had her “read” some of the small words she had practiced typing (a, I, the). She wasn’t a fan after the first few attempts but I tried to stick with it for at least one of the books.

Made a library trip and loaded up on lots more books. Haddie also turned in her reading log and got to pick out a prize for reading 10 more books (well, listening to me read the books. My 3-yr old is not that much of a genius…yet).

Haddie had her last swim lesson then got to enjoy playing with Grandpa for the day. They played in the sandbox with the hose. Then we made Snake bubbles (thanks pinterest! rainbow snake bubbles )




After the sock fell off Haddie’s bottle, we discovered that the cut off bottles also made good big bubbles:


Later that afternoon she spent some time coloring with grandpa (art class, right?):


Before nap we read this nonfiction book:


The book talked about pottery and the process of making clay pots. I remembered some of the pinterest crafts I’d seen for homemade baking clay. So that’s what we attempted after dinner.




The pot idea didn’t work too well as the clay was a bit too flimsy and sticky for that. But I let Haddie use the cookie cutters to make some dough shapes and made holes in them to hand when they dry. We also made a couple small bowls (mine is the heart and Haddie made the fish). We also made some flat circles to be cookies and some donuts. I plan to let her paint them in a few days once they dry and thought it would be neat for her to be able to use the clay food in her play kitchen.


Here’s the link to the recipe i used for the dough: Salt Dough


Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 8:45 pm

When I saw this pic on pinterest I knew I had to make this recipe:


Strawberry Upside Down Cake

My dad came over this weekend and since his favorite cake is a pineapple upside down, I figured I’d give the strawberry one a try.

The cake was pretty easy to make. It was weird to mash strawberries though. I’m used to mashing potatoes or bananas, but not strawberries. I didn’t have any strawberry jello, so I ended up using the peach kind I had. I didn’t really taste the peach, but I sure it would have been even more strawberry-y and darker red with the right jello.

Here’s what the bottom looked like after baking (about 35 min of baking). The marshmallows made it expand a bit more than a regular cake.


Here’s the cake flipped:


It doesn’t look as beautiful as the recipe’s picture but it was super yummy and way worth splurging on my diet!


Beef and Zucchini Skillet June 22, 2012

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 11:29 am

I found this recipe on pinterest and it interested me because you use zucchini in place of noodles. I’ve been trying to cut out carbs as much as possible and eat more veggies so this fit the bill perfectly. I tried to use my food processor to shreds the zucchini like it called for. My zucchini didn’t shred as nicely and noodle-ly as the pic on this recipe, but it was still really good. Seth was a fan too. I also threw in some yellow squash because I didn’t have enough zucchini and it still turned out well.

Beef and Zucchini Skillet


Fiesta Chicken Salad

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 11:25 am

I found this recipe on the Happy Housewife Blog and decided to give it a try. I had some other moms over for lunch and we all enjoyed this recipe. I had a lot leftover (I doubled the recipe) and continued to enjoy it for a couple days afterwards. For the left overs I just spread it on single romaine leaves to eat as a wrap of sorts. Seth also ate it on bread for a sandwich.

I used light sour cream and low fat cream cheese and couldn’t taste any difference. It was delish and I’m sure I’ll make it again!

Fiesta Chicken Salad


Ham, Cheese & Potato Casserole

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 11:20 am

I made a baked spiral ham for Father’s day lunch and needed another meal to use the leftover ham in. So I searched online and found this recipe:

Ham, Potato & Cheese Casserole

This recipe was supposed to be a bit healthier than some of the alternatives and it was yummy. I used skim milk instead of the evaporated it called for and I left out the peppers.


Stuffed Peppers–Slow Cooker

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes,Slow Cooker — Lacey @ 11:15 am

This was another pinterest inspired meal, of course. I love bell peppers and I’m always on the look out for new healthy low-carb recipes to try. This one was pretty easy and turned out good. Seth isn’t a big fan of bell peppers, but he said they weren’t too peppery-flavored after they were cooked. Although he didn’t eat all his pepper.

The peppers were cooked to tender. They weren’t too squishy but were tender enough to easily cut with a fork. I think next time I make it I’ll use multicolored peppers because I like the flavor of those better than the green ones. I also left out the cauliflower because I didnt have any. So I just added some extra carrots. Seth also said it needed some more flavor or spices. But overall it was good and it filled me up with just one pepper. Oh and I used ground beef instead of the pork the recipe calls for.

Crockpot stuffed peppers


Summer School–Week 4 June 15, 2012

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 3:25 pm

Honestly, I’ve been slacking on doing any kind of organized school activities with Haddie this last week to two weeks. I’ve been trying to get to the gym everyday during the week and that typically takes up 1+ hours a day. Plus, then there’s trying to keep the house clean, cooking meals and life in general that keeps getting in the way. I also had an extra toddler for three days this week and worked on cleaning out the office some to start making room for our future family additions. Having the extra kiddo surely taught Haddie more life skills, like sharing, cooperation, learning not to tattle, helping, etc.





Sometimes I get overwhelmed thinking about how in the world I’ll be organized enough and find time to officially school her once she reaches kindergarten age. And what about after we adopt?? How will I throw 1-2 more kid(s)’ schooling in the mix? But, then I read the blogs of parents with 5 billion kids and how they successfully educate all their kids, plus cook homemade meals, and keep their house clean. And I figure, somehow, I will be able to manage the small scale of my own house. And especially since I got God on my side. Ok, I digress.

During the past couple weeks we’ve gone to the library weekly and gotten a whole stack of books. By the way, did you know that the limit per library card is 50 books?! Don’t think we’ll ever reach that limit, although when I’m carrying the bag of books out, it sure feels like 50!

We still read two books before every nap time. And we’ve been keeping Haddie’s reading logs for the library. So far she’s completed 4 logs (10 books each). So, she’s gotten 4 little prizes and 4 entries into the grand prize box. There are 20 grand prize gift cards to Ron Jon’s. Haddie’s been enjoying her newest two prizes: animal print slap bracelets! Now I’ve been able to introduce her to one of coolest things from my childhood. Lol.

Haddie’s currently obsessed with coloring and drawing with multiple mediums (crayons, markers, pencils and crayons Kadoodles). I figure thats preschool activity worthy, right?

Today she wanted to play on the computer so I pulled up a word doc and let her practice typing. She now knows what the space bar, return, delete and caps lock keys are. I had her type her full name (with help spelling the middle and last names). Then I let her free style it. (btw, she did her own hair…just to clarify. Lol)


We also did an impromptu lesson on truffles. Ok, do you know what truffles are? Besides the chocolate kind, that is!

I first heard about them from a recent episode of Bones. From how they talked about them, I figured they must be some type of mushroom. I didn’t think much else about it. But then Haddie grabbed this book at the library:


So, I decided it was time to get some more info on these truffles. I turned to my trusty friends google and Wikipedia.

Truffles are for sure mushroom type underground growths. The interesting thing is that they can only be found by pigs or dogs that are trained to sniff them out.

Pretty classy, huh?

Truffles are actually quite expensive and mainly grow in Europe. There are two types: white and black. And honestly, they don’t look too appetizing to me…



I’d much rather have this kind of truffles anyday…


And tomorrow we’ll end up the school week with swim lessons 🙂


Summer School-Week 3

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 3:20 pm

Monday— Today was the first day of Haddie’s Princess Dance camp. She’s been looking forward to this week for quite a while. She decided to wear her new leotard we found at the thrift store yesterday. (don’t worry, we washed it first! Lol)


She had a blast at dance camp. They read a princess story, danced, played princess themed games, and made princess crowns.

After dance camp, we came home and played the new yahtzee jr princess game we found at the thrift store yesterday. Then we relaxed and watched Mulan. She’s been obsessed with the Mulan book we got from the library so we borrowed the movie from her cousins. The first time we read it, I was surprised about the references to praying to their ancestors. Well, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. There are a lot of weird and sometimes sketchy things introduced in Disney movies/books. So, we talked about what ancestors are (dead family members) and the only person we should ever pray to (God!).

Today, we read a the Disney Hercules book that we picked up at the thrift store too (sensing a theme yet?). I don’t know if I have ever actually seen the movie. But I had never read the book. There were a lot of dark characters in it (Hades, Pain, Panic, etc). And whenever we read stories or watch movies that have these types of characters in them, Haddie immediately says “I don’t like them, they’re scary.” And obviously, the book is about Greek gods. Why, I didn’t even think about this, I don’t know. I’m not trying to completely sensor my 3-yr old’s world, but she does act out a lot of the stories we read and movies she watches. So, I wouldn’t be happy if she runs around saying she’s a god. So, anyways, while reading the book today, we talked again about how there’s only 1 God, not a lot of gods. And since I’m not a big fan of reading this book over and over again, and she didn’t like the dark scary characters, the book has found a new home…in my trashcan. Maybe you think I’m overreacting? Oh well. When she gets older I won’t hesitate to do a lesson on Greek mythology and such. But right now, she doesn’t need it for entertainment purposes. Ok, end rant.

Tuesday–Today was Haddie’s 2nd day of Princess Dance Camp. She coordinated with her friend and they both wore their outfits from the recital.


After we got home from dance, we ate lunch then practiced our Spanish online. We did the recognizing and listening flashcards for the Lesson 1.1-Greetings. So far she’s really gotten them down. She’s going around saying all kinds of expressions, “Mommy, estoy triste (sad)” or “estoy confundida (confused).” I can tell the words are making their way into her regular vocabulary because she uses them in her play, making up songs and just jibbering. I’m learning a lot, too! There are a few words from the first lesson that she still gets hung up on, so we moved onto the next lesson, which is personal descriptions. We watched the video and then I made simple flash cards.

Wednesday–Day 3 of princess camp. (I’m writing this now a week later and I can’t remember anything else we did!)


Thursday–day 4 of princess camp.


She insisted on having that one front strand of hair down and kept saying, “they won’t recognize me with my hair like this!”

Friday–last day of princess camp.


And on Saturday she pulled out all the stops during dress up:



Lemon Bars with Coconut Crust June 5, 2012

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 3:40 pm

I found this recipe on Pinterest, of course. I’ve never made lemon bars before and they’re not something that usually makes me too excited. But I liked the idea of the coconut crust. So I decided to give it a go.

Lemon Bars with coconut crust

I made it to bring to our church potluck, but I was disappointed to see only one gone afterwards. I guess they just didn’t look as appetizing as the chocolate desserts.

The bars were good even though I’m not a big fan of lemon. I did have a few compliments when I brought them to our young adult group. However, I still have half a pan of them left that I’m going to have to throw away now. But overall, this dessert was good and will be especially popular with lemon fans.

Also the recipe calls for toasted coconut. I had never made that, so I found easy directions online:
How to toast coconut


Yahtzee Jr Princess Scoreboard June 4, 2012

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 11:42 am

I found a few great deals at the new SPCA thrift store here in town.  One of them was a Yahtzee Jr Princess Edition for only $1.  I looked on the back of the box to see what was included in the game to make sure it had all the pieces.  But I pretty much just checked to make sure all 5 dice were there.  And they were, so I didn’t look at the rest of the required pieces.  Well, once I got home and started reading the directions, I found that we were missing the scoreboard and its quite important to the game.  So, I hunted around online to see if anyone had a printable one.  I came up empty handed.  I couldn’t even find a site that offered a replacement one for sale, not even from the manufacturers.  So, I decided to create my own.  I thought I might as well share it in case there is someone who ends up in the same situation.  So, here it is.

Princess Yahtzee Jr. Scoreboard