2016 Meal Plans

December 25-31 Meal Plan

December 18 – 24, 2016 meal plan

December 11-17, 2016 meal plan

December 4-10, 2016 meal plan

November 27 – December 3, 2016 meal plan

December 18 – 24, 2016 meal plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Eggs (made your favorite way), grits (we love bacon grits), toast

Lunch:

PB & J w/fruit

Dinner:

Goulash, cheddar muffins

Snacks:

Muffins


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Skillet Chicken, Baked Eggplant, salad

Snacks:

Sopapillas


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, buttered bread

Snacks:

Peanut butter crackers


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

egg salad sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Root Beer Slow Cooker Pork, French Fries, slaw

Snacks:

Pizzelles


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Red & White Pasta, Salad, Cheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread

Snacks:

Popcorn


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches

Dinner:

Fish w/Honey Mustard Sauce, baked sweet potato, salad

Snacks:

Homemade Cookies


Saturday

Breakfast:

Strawberry Strudels, yogurt

Lunch:

Pepperoni pockets, salad

Dinner:

Breakfast for Dinner (make your favorite breakfast meal and change things up a bit)

Snacks:

Birthday Cake for Jesus (this is a new tradition here at our house)

Pearl Harbor Day 12/7

What Kids Need to Know About Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor Day Activities on Pinterest

Pearl Harbor for Kids (Educational Videos for Students)

Free Pearl Harbor Rememberance Day Mini Activity Unit

St. Nicholas Day 2016

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This was our first year celebrating St. Nicholas Day here at our house. I am hoping to keep this new tradition and continue to build on it as we go through the years. Below are some of the ways that we celebrated today:

The night before, after our Advent Study, we set out our stockings. Many traditions involve setting out shoes, but we chose to use our stockings because Momma didn’t want to put the shoes on the table. The kids also made some chocolate chip cookies with DD17. Then they left a glass of milk and a plate of cookies for St. Nick to snack on.

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Sometime after the kids went to bed St. Nick made a visit by our house.

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They each received a book, a coloring book, a small toy, and a few candies. (Santa picked all of these up at the Dollar Tree.) The kids were eager to check their stockings first thing. He even left a few items for Grandpa, DD17, DS21, and Momma.

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After everyone’s curiosity was satisfied we had a special breakfast…. Santa Pancakes!

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We happened to be having some really heavy rains today so Momma cancelled school due to the internet being really slow. Good thing Momma had some other activities planned out. (You can find a list of activities HERE.)

We read the Santa Who? book. We also had some coloring sheets and activities that I had printed from my St. Nicholas board on Pinterest. We also watched a few videos about Christmas.

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We also put up our Christmas tree! This was probably one of the most exciting things about the day for the kids. (We also watched a video about how the Christmas tree became to be a symbol of Christmas.)

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All in all it was a really good day. I think this will help us to keep the focus that Jesus is the reason for Christmas while also answering the numerous questions that arise about Santa Claus. It also honors the work that St. Nicholas did.

Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner?

I would have loved to invite Santa for dinner but I didn’t know anyone who would be available on such short notice. (I do have a Santa outfit in the building that we use for our Polar Express parties.) If you decide to start this tradition in your own house then do whatever you want to make it special to your family.

Merry Christmas!

Santa Pancakes

December 6th is St. Nicholas Day. It happened to fall on a Tuesday which is normally our French Toast day but the kids loved this extra special treat. Below are the instructions for how I assembled these today. These did take a little extra time but the look on their faces was well worth it!

These would also work well for Christmas morning! Continue reading “Santa Pancakes”

December Holidays

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. Have fun and maybe make up your own personal family holiday or tradition for the month! Continue reading “December Holidays”

Advent Studies (Updated)

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Updated 12/5/18 I know Advent has already began but its never to late to learn about the true meaning of Christmas and to prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord. Check out this old post with updated links for ideas on how to bring the joy of Christmas into your home this holiday season!

As I mentioned on the Holidays page I am attempting to do an Advent study here at our house. Sometimes I get so many ideas going in my head that I just can’t seem to get them in order in time to use them. This year I have went ahead and began ordering a few books and researching a few ideas on Pinterest. (I set a reminder on my  Cozi Calendar to research Advent. Yes, if I hadn’t I probably would have forgotten. Sad but true.) Continue reading “Advent Studies (Updated)”

St. Nicholas Day (12/6)

December 6th

This is the day we have decided to put up our Christmas tree also. I will try to incorporate this into our lessons for the day.

When is St. Nicholas Day?

Books:

Santa Who? (This book has some wonderful illustrations and helps teach children about how Santa came to be a symbol of Christmas.)

The Saint Who Became Santa Claus

Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend

The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale, with Bonus Cookie Recipe and Pattern for St. Nicholas Christmas Cookies (15th Anniversary Edition)

 

Crafts and Activities: (Links will take you to other sites.)

Easy Peasy Saint Nicholas Crafts for Catholic Family Activities for St. Nicholas’ Day

Family Activities for St. Nicholas’ Day

Word Search

St. Nicholas Day on Pinterest

Christmas Crafts 2018

 

Foods/Snacks:

A Recipe for Saint Nicholas Cookies

Santa Pancakes

Gifts:

I like to give coloring books and other small ‘stocking stuffers‘ for the kids.

Color & Cut Christmas Decorations Activity Book

St. Nicholas Pin

St. Nicholas”Be Giving” Mug

St. Nicholas Figure

St. Nicholas Figure

 

Videos:

Welcome to the What’s in the Bible? Video Archive

Story of Saint Nicholas – Part -1 | English | Story of Saints For Kids

Story of Saint Nicholas – Part -2 | English | Story of Saints For Kids

Who Is St. Nicholas? – JellyTelly Christmas 5 Minute Family Devotional

The History of Santa Claus: St. Nicholas and the Origin of Santa – FreeSchool

 

See also:

St. Nicholas Day 2016

Deluxe Santa Suit

Oriental Trading

Wooden shoes on Amazon

Christmas Stockings on Amazon

December 4-10, 2016 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Mexican Egg Bake

Lunch:

PB & J w/fruit

Dinner:

Land Your Man Beans, mac n cheese

Snacks:

Overnight Coffee Cake


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Chicken Mexicana, rice, salad

Snacks:

Fruit


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Ramen noodles w/grilled cheese

Dinner:

Mexican Tortilla Skillet, Rice, Beans

Snacks:

Boiled Eggs


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Philly cheese steak sandwiches, salad, chips or french fries

Snacks:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Hot dogs w/veggies

Dinner:

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole , veggies or salad

Snacks:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J w/fruit

Dinner:

Briarpatch Casserole, Salad, 7 Up biscuits

Snacks:

Fruit


Saturday

Breakfast:

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast, orange juice

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Spaghetti, Salad, Cheddar Muffins

Snacks:

Peanut butter crackers

Meal Planning

I will try my best to update our current meal plans on this page. You can feel free to use these as a guideline to create your own meal plans.

January 1-7, 2017 Meal Plan

January 8-14, 2017 Meal Plan

January 15-21, 2017 Meal Plan (Pantry Challenge Week)

January 22-28, 2017 Meal Plan

January 29-February 4, 2017 Meal Plan

February 5- 11, 2017 Meal Plan

February 12- 18, 2017 Meal Plan (Pantry Challenge Week)

February 19- 25, 2017 Meal Plan

February 26 – March 4, 2017 Meal Plan

March 5 – 11, 2017 Meal Plan

March 12- 18, 2017 Meal Plan

March 19 – 25, 2017 Meal Plan

March 26 – April 1, 2017 Meal Plan

April 2 – April 8, 2017 Meal Plan

April 9 -15, 2017 Meal Plan

April 16-22, 2017 Meal Plan

April 23-29, 2017 Meal Plan

April 30 – May 6, 2017 Meal Plan

May 7 – 13, 2017 Meal Plan (Pantry Challenge Week)

2016 Meal Plans

Christmas Ideas and Activities

I will try my best to keep updating this post with the resources that we have found and used. I will also try to post any lesson plans and/or activities that we do as well. Continue reading “Christmas Ideas and Activities”