Archive for November, 2013

Week In The Life (“A Penny Saved…”)

November 24, 2013

One of Papa and my goals is to be debt free, with the exception of our mortgage that too will be paid off early though, by next year. We both work very hard, Papa more physically of course, to find ways of cutting back. I just knew there was a cheaper way than spending $6 on 1 gluten and dairy free pizza, toppings being extra, especially when I already have a kick butt pizza sauce recipe and I was right.

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So I purchased some gluten free brown rice tortillas, vegan mozzarella cheese, 1 6oz can black olives (that I slice myself), 1 4oz can mushrooms, 8oz sliced ham lunchmeat that I cut in squares, and pulled a jar of my homemade pizza sauce from the freezer and got right to work.

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Being I had one left from another package, I needed to taste test you know, I made 7 gluten and dairy free tortilla pizzas with toppings for under $20. I put the other 6 on baking sheets out in our deep freezer for about an hour and used the wax paper and package the tortillas came in to stack the frozen pizzas (3 in each package) then put those in freezer bags to have on hand.

I baked the 7th one at 425 for about 8 minutes.

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The results were thumbs up from everyone. You could do these with regular tortillas, which I make homemade as well, or pita bread.

This wasn’t the only vegan recipe to get 2 thumbs way up(okay being the pizzas had ham I know they were not vegan but they easily could be).

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How about flourless fudgy peanut butter chocolate chip brownies? Oh man were they good! I used 1/3 cup coconut sugar instead of honey.

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2013/10/fudgy-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-brownies-flourless-gluten-free-vegan/

I also used our soup bones to make beef broth.

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http://theelliotthomestead.com/2011/12/homemade-beef-broth/

I let them simmer overnight on the stove for 24 hours. I use the meat from the bones to make a big pot of beef and noodles. For me I take about a cup of broth using cornstarch to make a gravy to toss the beef in and eat over mashed potatoes, very good.

Learning this week? Well there was a new poem

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and words of the week.

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There is always Minecraft,

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(they learned how to make fireworks)

Fan fiction, Scibblenauts, Freaky Forms,

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(Miss Sky)

drawings,

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(Little Sis)

and games.

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While helping Miss Sky with her mathematics Little Sis played Jumpstart

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and learned odd and even. Miss Sky finished Junie B. Jones Turkeys we have loved and Eaten.

I guess all that is left to say is peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (“And The First White Snows”)

November 17, 2013

It has been a very eventful week around these here parts.

The start of the week was beautiful, beautiful temps and full of sunshine. Saturday we awoke to a water leak outside our neighbor’s front yard. We found out 4 days later, yes the water just poured out into the street for 4 days but I guess that is normal procedure, that it was a broken seal. The girls enjoyed watching the water company fix the leak.

Then the temps dropped and we had our first snow and our first real fires in the woodstove. Until temps drop into the 30s we have flash fires. We light a fire to quick heat up our home once in the morning and once in the evening only to let it burn out. This helps save on our electric bill as well as conserve wood. Our woodstove saves us about $200 a year.

We started the week out with a new poem by Clyde Watson that fit perfectly.

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Little Sis has been practicing her cursive,

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1,2, and 5 multiplication tables, and reading Violet Mackerel aloud (which Little Sis really loves, cute, cute story).

Miss Sky is working on double digit multiplication (She has adding and subtracting decimals and negative numbers down so we are reviewing multiplication and long division) and started reading Junie B. Jones Turkey’s We Have Loved and Eaten since I finished reading Ramona age 8(both being another big hit).

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More Rat-a-tat-cat? Oh yeah

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and our family movie of the week was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

From the kitchen this week, Gingerbread Chex mix.

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http://www.chex.com/recipes/RecipeView.aspx?RecipeId=53904&CategoryId=342

To make gluten and dairy free I used corn Chex instead of wheat and Earth Balance instead of butter. Chex mix has been my new favorite gluten free treats and this one is really good.

Peace for the journey.

Week In The Life (I Smell A Rat)

November 10, 2013

Well here we are another couple of weeks have come and gone.

Wasting no time there was Halloween

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and my black swans.

Another birthday, new stories with me starting Ramona Quimby age 8 and Little Sis starting the Violet Mackeral series. Oh and of course games.

Some old favorites

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and a new one.

Rat-a-tat Cat.

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We really, really like this game and have played it *several* times already this week.

Our family enjoys card games over board games because they don’t take up a whole lot of room if you are short on storage space like ourselves, they are speedy quick to pull out for a round of play while waiting on dinner (sometimes we just play one round if time is short), they fit perfect in backpacks when on outings and in need of a break or have time to kill, they hold short attention spans, and being honest my 21st century girls find board games like Sorry, well…. boring.

Where was I? Oh yes, walks to the park to bask in all of November’s sunshine before winter.

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Always Minecraft building and drawing

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(Miss Sky)

and Little Sis is practicing her multiplication tables.

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http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/tabletrees.html

Between the birthdays and Halloween candy there really hasn’t been anything new baking in the kitchen this week but I do have some interesting holiday ideas up my sleeve. 🙂

Peace for the journey.

Happy Birthday My Little Sunshine

November 10, 2013

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8 years ago you came into this world and brightened up my life. Your smile and sweet spirit brightens up even my darkest of days. Thank you for accompanying me on the journey.

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