Category Archives: Meal Planning

Gluten Free/Grain Free Recipes

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Hidden sources of gluten

How to Bake Grain-free with Coconut Flour

Best gluten-free pumpkin muffins recipe

Gluten Free Instant Pot Mac & Cheese Recipe

Gluten-Free Snacks

Grain-free Cauli Mac and Cheese

Grain-free Cranberry Christmas Cake

Grain free pumpkin or squash pancakes

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National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

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National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is the day we celebrate our love for this tasty treat! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on August 2nd.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Also check out:

Homeschool: August on Pinterest

Ice Cream Sandwich for kids on YouTube

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a favorite around here. Did you know that August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Be sure to share a link to your favorite recipe in the comments below.

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 12 oz packages of chocolate chips
  • 1-2 c. chopped nuts, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Cream together the butter, sugars, and vanilla.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well.

Gradually add in the flour mixture.

Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by Tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheetI love these pans!

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool 2 minutes and remove from pan.

Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk!

 

August Holidays

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I will try to update this list with some fun activities as well. Feel free to click the links to find out more about the origins and meanings behind these special days. I plan to incorporate a few of these into our normal homeschool routine to add a little fun and excitement to our days. I’ll update this page with ideas we’ve found as we go through the month. Have fun and maybe make up your own personal family holiday or tradition for the month!

This month is also known as:

  • Admit You’re Happy Month
  • Family Fun Month
    • Check out these books here and here for some fun frugal family fun ideas. 
  • Dog Days of Summer – July 3 – August 11
  • International Clown Week – always August 1-7
  • National Catfish Month
  • National Eye Exam Month
  • National Golf Month
    • Take the family to the local putt putt course
  • Peach Month
  • Water Quality Month
    • Check your water quality with one of these kits 
  • National Picnic Month
    • Plan the perfect picnic with one of these baskets

And the different weeks are recognized as:

(These links will be updated as we get closer to the actual holidays.) Continue reading August Holidays

Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut is one of my favorite flavors and I’ve been severely deprived lately. That changed over the 4th of July week though when I made this delicious pie. I didn’t pay attention and made too much filling … Oops! This recipe should be just enough for an 8 or 9 inch pie though.

I have been ‘cheating’ and using the store bought pie crusts from the dairy section but nobody has complained yet. You could also use a graham cracker crust or one of the vanilla crumb crusts I’ve seen at some stores.  Continue reading Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional
  • Directions:

  • Line two baking pans with wax paper.
  • Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.
  • Stir in the peanut until smooth.
  • Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

A Look Back On The Past Week And A Peek Ahead To This Week

I honestly don’t even know what all we did last week. It seemed to have went by in such a blur. I do know that I had put out a few different posts and here are the links in case you missed them:

I hate how I sit down to write a quick little post and my internet acts up and makes it take foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…………………

But anyways let’s get back to what all we did last week…

We did get more packages from UPS and Fed Ex… the drivers pretty much know me by name and recognize me when I am out and about now… I guess that’s a good thing? Continue reading A Look Back On The Past Week And A Peek Ahead To This Week

Favorite Lemon Meringue Pie

I love a lemon meringue pie when it is just a tad bit tart. The contrast between the sweet meringue and the tart lemon is so good. I’ve been promising to post my recipe for over a year now and today is the day.

I have been ‘cheating’ and using the store bought pie crusts from the dairy section but nobody has complained yet. You could also use a graham cracker crust or one of the vanilla crumb crusts I’ve seen at some stores.  Continue reading Favorite Lemon Meringue Pie

A Completely Honest Review Of Our First Hello Fresh Box!

We were so very excited to try out Hello Fresh. If you haven’t heard of them they offer a subscription plan where you choose your plan and your meals. They will deliver the meals, fresh from the farm to your home, and they provide a tracking service so you will know when to expect the package. You even have the option to skip a week or two, if needed.

You will need the basic kitchen utensils plus a few things like, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, and sugar. Other than those ingredients they pretty much provide everything right in the cute little bags they deliver.

The first meal I made was the Lobster Ravioli with Chorizo in a Sherry Cream Sauce with Honey-Roasted Carrots, which was a Premium meal. Seems so fancy, doesn’t it? Continue reading A Completely Honest Review Of Our First Hello Fresh Box!

Weekend Wrap Up: June 9, 2018

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So this week has been really good. We’ve made a lot of progress as far as finally getting the house organized and getting our routines simplified. I feel like I can finally breathe. It has never taken me so long to get unpacked and organized after a move before. Just a word of caution to anyone trying to downsize…. it’s probably gonna be a lot harder than what you think!

We have had quite an exciting week that has been packed full of all kinds of planned and unplanned surprises. Keep reading for a brief summary of what we’ve been up to. Continue reading Weekend Wrap Up: June 9, 2018

30+ Days of Quick and Easy Back To School Breakfast Ideas

I know we aren’t quite ready for back to school yet but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be thinking about it. It will sneak up on us quickly and I’m the type of person who likes to have a plan. We have somewhat lazy/laid back mornings here since we homeschool but I remember how crazy and chaotic school mornings could be.

I learned really quickly that we needed a breakfast plan so I’ll share our simple ideas with you. I asked my older kids at the time what their favorite breakfasts were and started from there. Anything hard was put on the schedule for the weekends and the easy stuff was rotated through the weekdays. Maybe these can help make your back to school mornings a little bit less stressful. Continue reading 30+ Days of Quick and Easy Back To School Breakfast Ideas

Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake

I haven’t made this in a while and although I was pretty sure of the ingredients I dug the recipe out of my old recipe box. Nothing says summer like this fresh cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream!

This is so much better than strawberry shortcake in my opinion. I would love to have this set of bowls to serve it in. This is always a hit when I take it to get togethers.

Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 round cake layers, baked (I like to use yellow but white cake would work as well.)
  • 3-4 c. strawberries, sliced
  • 2 packs strawberry jello, prepared according to directions
  • 2 packs vanilla pudding, prepared according to directions
  • 2 packs cool whip
  • 2-3 strawberries for garnish, optional

Directions:

Place one baked cake layer in a large bowl.

Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake.

Pour half of the jello over the cake.

Top with half of the strawberries.

Spread half of the pudding over top.

Top with one pack of cool whip.

Repeat layers.

Cover with plastic wrap.

Chill 1-2 hours.

Enjoy!