One of my favorite tools as a writer is my thesaurus. Stress with finding the right word melts away with this oh so helpful tool. So when I heard my 2nd grade girl was struggling with written expression, I couldn’t wait to introduce her to my “pen pal”. There are plenty of online thesaurus sites where you can easily type in your word and instantly you have a wealth of synonyms at your fingertips. However, I want my daughter familiar with using guide words and locating her word match.
For a little fun afternoon project, I located my children’s thesaurus, found a stash of emoticon stickers and used a set of blank books from the Target dollar bin. My plan, after introducing her to the thesaurus, was to have her create her own reference book that matched her voice and gave her preferred word choices.
Here is what we created, so far. She has more that she wants to do including pictures and adding more words to to her personal creative word booklet. However, this is fun start to her journey into creative expression.
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It’s menu time and with family coming to visit this upcoming weekend, choosing some creative Trim Healthy Mama crowd favorites, is a must. What are some of your favorite meals to feed a crew?
Last weeks top-family rated in the Instapot was Orange Chicken, Whole Roasted Chicken, Smothered Burritos and the Chocolate Pudding Cake. We are loving the ease and simplicity of our Instapot! With that in mind, many of our meals are again Instapot recipies. For this week’s full Menu, Click Here.
Monday: Cottage Cheese Casserole (S)- With so many yummy leftovers, we didn’t get a chance to make this meal from last week. I’m excited to try this cheesy, easy recipe!
Tuesday: BBQ Ribs (S)- to keep this THM, I will have to substitute the apple juice. Instead I may go with a Zevia or Bai flavored water drink.
Wednesday: Skinny Lasagna Rolls from tablerpartyoftwo.com – Thanks to my good friend for providing this one. I am going to try and use the Instapot for this meal and incorporate Dream-Field Pasta for the noodles.
Thursday: Chicken Marsala with Spaghetti Squash (E) from Mama Instincts
Friday: Low Carb Pizza
Saturday: Pulled Pork made with Zevia Root Beer from Pressure Cooking Today– Thanks to my sweet neighbor and friend for sending this recipe my way. I’m excited to try this yummy meal.
Sunday: Turkey Chili
Busy times in our house this last week has led to a lack of posts on the blog. Hopefully this upcoming week, during spring break, I’ll have time to create and post. Because we know it will be a busy week of painting our house and spring cleaning, I have chosen a variety of easy Menu to create in the crockpot. Enjoy and if it’s spring break for you, too, enjoy!
Monday:Wicked White Chili (page 37 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook).(E)
Tuesday:slow cooker spinach artichoke dip (S)
Wednesday: Chicken Curry (S) from Blogger: A Slice with JoyWednesday:
Thursday: Chicken Nuggets from a Mom on Time Out (S)
Friday: Low Carb Pizza
Saturday: Grilled Fish with Sweet Potatoes. (E) To keep the kids happy, I usually bread their fish but my husband and I like to grill our fish with a side of sweet potatoes.
Sunday: Hummingbird Pancakes. (E). Who doesn’t love a breakfast choice for dinner. Here is what I came up with for a Southern Favorite Cake turned pancake:
Hummingbird Pancakes (E)
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup baking blend
- 4 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups egg whites
- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 1 cup very ripe mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup drained crushed pineapple
- 1 cup almond milk
Pour oats into the blender and mix until powered form. Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend well until a smooth texture. Lightly coat a non stick griddle with coconut oil spray and set heat to low/low-medium heat. Pour pancake size amounts onto the griddle and cook until brown. Flip and repeat.