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This is what we woke up to this morning.

Needless to say we will be hunkering down and doing some hibernating today.

So far we are keeping cozy with hot coffee, oatmeal with summer blueberries and a couple games of bananagrams.    

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There are some other shenanigans going on in the house as well like drone flying, bedroom basketball games and everyone's fair share of screen time, whether that is movies or internet surfing.    What do you do. 

We are fortunate that we have all our needs met and we are warm and safe during this arctic blast.    With above zero temperatures in the forecast for the weekend it seems like there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Stay warm!


Meal Plan Monday

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I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

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On the family agenda this week:  parent-teacher conferences & a ski meet.

Our weeknight family meal plan - January 28 - February 1.

Monday:  Lasagna Soup  (from Alaska from Scratch)  **read my interview with Maya Wilson HERE

need:  lasagna noodles, Italian sausage, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella

Tuesday:  Sheet Pan Baked Parmesan Pork Chops

need:   baby potatoes, thick cut pork chops, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs & asparagus

Wednesday:  Chicken Enchiladas

need:  cooked chicken, tortillas, enchilada sauce, rice

Thursday:  Crock Pot Venison Chili & Cornbread Muffins

need:   ground venison, chili beans, canned tomatoes, sour cream, cornbread

Friday:   Chicken Tender Ceasar Wraps

need:  tortillas, frozen chicken tenders, romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, 

Weekday Lunches:   Calzones!!   I have been making a big batch (18+) calzones on weekends for school lunches and second suppers for my growing children (and husband).   I originally thought they would make it through the week.   They have been gone by Tuesday.   Calzones are working for our family.   I am finding making a double batch of pizza dough, rolling out balls of dough, filling and baking them into calzones is a satisfying and cost effective way to feed my family.   I am going to be experimenting (and sharing) the variations I create from week to week in this space as well.

dough:  I double THIS RECIPE and make it using the dough setting in THIS BREADMAKER.

Calzones of the week:   BBQ Chicken   - filling:   cooked chicken, bbq sauce, provolone, red onion 

Have great week friends!

 


Weekending

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Around here - 4I just have to say it again.   It has been COLD, and the forecast calls for continued cold temps.      One report said - coldest EVER......nice.

I did get out a little bit, but I also was indoors for a good chunk of the past week, especially when factoring in all of the downtime I had recovering from being sick.   I am starting to get a little bit of cabin fever.

Saturday I went a little crazy with cooking and baking (cookies, bagels, calzones, a cake and cupcakes).  

I also took my knitting project off the needles (and finished a couple of books (Becoming and Where the Crawdad Sings.)

We will see what the weather brings this week, if we will be home with a school cancelation or if we will trudge through a full week of school in the cold.

I am looking for some good book recommendations or suggestions for easy knitting projects.   Shoot me an email or post a comment if you would be so inclined to share some ideas.

Have a good week!

 


Cold Snap

 

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It is COLD outside.

But we're not letting that keep us indoors all day. 

I am finally feeling better and enjoyed a bundled-up hike today.   We all got outside, whether that was skiing, sledding, hiking or snowshoeing. 

It is just the way we roll in our neck of the woods.

Stay warm friends!


Friday Fave - Bee's Wrap

Happy Friday!

As I am getting in the habit of blogging more frequently, I thought it would be fun to add a Friday series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Here's what I am digging this week:

Bees Wrap-Sustainable Food Storage

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Bee’s Wrap was founded in 2012 by Vermonter Sarah Kaeck, a mother of three who has been, by turns, an avid gardener, milker of goats, keeper of chickens, and seamstress. Bee’s Wrap started with a question facing many families and home cooks: How could we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store our food?

What she discovered is a lost tradition made new again. By infusing organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, she created a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative to plastic wrap.

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I had been eyeing up this product for several years and recently purchased the clover print 3 pack.    I love the smell of the beeswax, which is something I loved about my beekeeping experiences.   Just the smell of the bee's wraps make me happy.   So, in my book, if a food wrap can make me happy - that is a win!  

Find out more on their website:  www.beeswrap.com

 


Around Here....

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This mama has been out of commission.  Monday I got hit hard with a sore throat, fever, aches and exhaustion that overtook me through today.    

While I have been awake I have been resting and fueling my body with hot tea with raw honey and chicken noodle soup.

Today I went in to the doctor today to rule out influenza, worried mostly about the possibility of infecting my young students and family.     After FOUR days of rest I am finally able to sit up and participate in life a bit.  

Relieved that the influenza test came back negative,  I plan to give it a go in kindergarten tomorrow (braving forecasted -35 to -45 below zero windchills).    It has been a challenge lesson planning and being a mom while sick.  I am ready to get back into the routine.

Going through  experiences like this make me truly experience health.

Stay well friends!


Meal Plan Monday

IMG_3063I set aside some pretzel knots from the (4x) batch I made this weekend to have with our soup on Monday (recipe link below)

I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

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Our weeknight family meal plan - Jan 21-25.

Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup with Soft Pretzel Knots

need:  cooked chicken, dried parsley, chicken stock, noodles, carrots, celery

Tuesday:   Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas with Spanish Rice

need:   steak, peppers, red onions, cilantro, avacados, spanish rice mix

Wednesday:   Crock Pot Porketta Sandwiches

need:   porketta & brioche buns

Thursday:  Power Bowls (with fajita and porketta leftovers)

need:  leftovers & brown rice

Friday:   Burgers & Salad

need:  frozen burgers, canned relish and pickles, buns, lettuce/salad mix


Around Here

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We are waking up to cold temperatures.   But, we are keeping warm indoors with hot coffee and a roaring wood stove.    Our typical outdoor activities (skiing and snowboarding) will be hampered today forcing us to slow down, just a bit.   Which, we all need once in a while.

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Over the last few months we have been having so much fun skiing and snowboarding as a family.   Our teenage daughter is getting busier with races and training schedules, so when we at "The Ridge" it has mostly been with our three boys. I am hanging on to this fun stage of parenting where they enjoy spending a full day on the slopes with their mom.

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We have been loving our sauna.   It is becoming a typical pattern to come home from school and work and retreat to our sauna after dinner and housework and homework is complete.   We are finding this such a valued addition to our homestead, one that is contributing to both our family's health and happiness.

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?

 


Friday Fave - Yoga With Adriene

Happy Friday Friends!

Cheers to week 2 of this Friday series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Here's what I am digging this week:

Yoga With Adriene

Yoga-with-adriene-libraryAdriene Mishler is an actress, writer, international yoga teacher and entrepreneur from Austin, Texas. On a mission to get the tools of yoga into schools and homes, Adriene hosts the YouTube channel Yoga With Adriene, an online community of over 4 million subscribers. Yoga With Adriene provides high quality practices on yoga and mindfulness at no cost to inspire people of all ages, shapes and sizes across the globe.

Adriene combines studies of traditional yoga with developmental movement, storytelling and mindfulness. Her approach to regular self care embodies a playfulness, wisdom and humor that encourages all personalities to the mat. With a professional theatre background Adriene works in television, voiceover, film and dance and is a regular contributor for magazines and blogs. She has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in Health and Fitness two years in a row and travels to host classes and workshops in yoga, meditation and self care all across the globe.

Dedicate-sidebar-1I use Adriene's videos as much as I can for a home yoga practice.   I highly recommend the content she creates!   I am currently enjoying practices from her free "Dedicate" series.   

Check out her YouTube channel with tons of free videos HERE.

Twitter: @yogawithadriene

Instagram: @adrienelouise

Facebook: Yoga With Adriene


Be the Change

"the time is always right to do what is right "
-Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and with hope for good I share some of own little peaceful activism with links to some of my writings and school projects: 

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Be a Force for Goodness - (My January School Days Column in Minnesota Parent Magazine)

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Sharing Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy with Young Children - (a post I wrote for mothering.com)

Images4 Smart Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision Now and in the Future - (a post I wrote for mothering.com)

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Click the image above or click here if you want to check out the activity I created and am facilitating in my kindergarten classroom.   I posted it free on teacherspayteachers.com if you would like to try it yourself or share with a teacher you know.

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M is for Martin  I completed this project with my kindergarten students earlier this week inspired by a post on New Creation Preschool.

 

Be inspired - be the change you want to see in the world!