Summer Family Adventures Week 2

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Summer Family Adventures

Week 2

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link

Here are our week 2 goals:

Monday: Math & Money – Building on our life skill discovery last week, we will price and shop for $ store finds with money earned from their chore chart last week learning about tax and estimation.

Tuesday: Life Skill Discovery Beat the Heat and Be a Hero! I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) 2 Minute Home Fire Drill, Create an ICE Card (Learn your phone number, parents names-not just Mom and Dad plus address, Be a Hero Online Games for Kids , Disaster Checklist for Parents ,

Wednesday: Exploring Science–The Weymouth Nature Center and picnic lunch not only has a variety of trails to hike but it has a room designated for kids to explore and discover science with puzzles, games, puppets and a large screen microscope and it’s FREE!!

Thursday: Sports Day Tabata Kids! Why not squeeze a little workout in with our kids!!

Friday: Art Class-  Painting on Ice Beat the Summer Heat with this COOL project!

 

Weekend Project: Fishing!!

 

Our Weekly Menu with Pan Seared Chicken and Mango Salsa

Needed a couple recipes to add to your weekly men, see our choices and a few recipes below. For our full menu, click on this link.  Click here to learn more about the Trim Healthy Plan.

Monday: Pan Seared Chicken with Mango Salsa (E) Full of a little sweet a little savory flavor, this is a perfect meal for a hot summer night. See recipe below

Tuesday: Tacos Salad (E) It’s Taco Tuesday, mine as well join in!!

Wednesday: Hillbilly Chicken (S) Like the bacon wrapped  chicken from a couple weeks ago, this is a similar find with a creative yummy twist.

Thursday: Lazy Lasagna (S) Page 140 in the book Trim Healthy Mama

Friday: Low Carb Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Saturday: Whole Roasted Chicken (FP) This is one of our favorite InstaPot recipes and it’s been a while since we added it to our recipe.  What do we do with our extra bones? Chicken Stock of course!

Sunday: Ground Turkey Spaghetti with Sugar Free Sauce with Spaghetti Squash (FP)

Treats and Sweets

Marshmallows (FP) Page 389 We’ve gotten into using Gelatin and really love these gummies. They are so easy and quick to make!

Mango Creamsicles Page (S) 368 for a little sweet on a hot summer day

Chocolate Gluccie Puddings Page (FP) Page 351

Pan Seared Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

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For the Chicken

  • 1 pound chicken
  • 1/2 cup Egg whites
  • 2 low carb tortillas
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Italian Spices
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • Coconut Oil Spray
  1. Into a blender, place two low-carb tortillas, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of salt and petter, a tsp. of nutritional yeast, a varsity of Italian Spices to your mix and blend into a meal.
  2. Dip chicken first into the egg whites and dredge through the tortillas mixture to coat on each side.
  3. Spray a large skillet with coconut oil and place over medium heat. Cover, and continue cooking 3-5 minutes, turn over over and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Cover with mango salsa and serve warm 
Strawberry Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mango cut into cubes
  • 1 cup strawberries cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 can diced Rotel tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup corn cooked or raw
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped

Combine all above ingredients, mix and place onto of prepared chicken.  Feeling spicy, add a jalapeno or two.

Week 1 Adventures

Week 1 Adventures

Monday: Life Skill- shopping List. Going grocery shopping with children is always a challenge.  This week I’ll have the kids create a shopping list for our weekly menu. They will be in charge of their list crossing and checking off each item.

Tuesday: Art ClassAberdeen Beads and Brushes hosts a Weekly Toddler Art lesson for $5.00.  Time to get and create!

Wednesday: Exploring Science make parchment paperClick this link to see a video of how we created our paper.  It was a quick, easy and fun craft that took no more then 15 minuets.

Thursday: Sports Day 7 minute Superhero Workout  My kids are in love with this workout!  Maybe add on a family bike ride?!

Friday: Cooking with Math. Summer Ice Cream!  If you are looking for a terrific resource projects with easy steps for grades pk-2, check out “On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills“. We will be using this resource throughout the summer.

Family Adventure!

If you’re in the Southern Pines/Aberdeen/ Pinehurst area join us for Hanging with Hero in Downtown Aberdeen. We will be there supporting the local chapter of  The Green Beret Foundation.

Summer Adventures Week 1

Summer Family Adventures

July 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our July Summer Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

These are our June Goals:

  • Gone Fishing
  • Hero Day 
  • Dreaming of Vacation
  • 4th of July Celebration

Each month we will have a different themed adventure map. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog  This month, I created a beach scene that will later be used for a fun game board and reading chart.

Daily Challenge

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Daily we ask the kids to:

Our Weekly Menu’s Start to Summer!

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. It’s our last week of school and all three kids wanted each a choose dinner this week as the school year concludes.  This week we have an epic Rodan+Fields party at the house! We can’t wait to host, celebrate and entertain friends!

Menu

Monday: Speedy Salmon and Broccoli (FP) We found this delicious recipe last summer.  Fresh, easy and delicious this recipe is the perfect end to a warm and toasty day.

Tuesday: Pizza Chili,  Deli Meat, VegetableTray and Fruit Tray (S/E) This Tuesday night I have a Rodan+Fields BINGO. Time for a little THM Cooking! * See Below for our recipe

Wednesday: BBQ Pork Chops (S) Our kids love the flavor of fatty meat.  This simple recipe will be an easy end to a day full of adventure!

Thursday: Whole Roasted Chicken (FP) This is one of our favorite InstaPot recipes and it’s been a while since we added it to our recipe.  What do we do with our extra bones? Chicken Stock of course!

Friday: Low Carb Cauliflower Carb Pizza

Saturday: Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole (E) We will sub low carb tortillas to fit this delicious recipe into our energizing (healthy carb) meal.

Sunday: Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes (S) Full of flavor this recipe will be a fun end to our week of summer break!

For My Sweet Tooth

Strawberry Frozen Kefir  

Chocolate Cream Pie

 

Insta-Pot Pizza Chili
  • 2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 cans RoTel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 2 cans of the following beans (Black, any kind of White & Kidney)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons chili powder (depending on how spicy you like your chili)
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin 
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken stock low sodium
  • 3 ounce can of tomato paste.
  • 2 cans of sugar-free pizza sauce

Press Sauté button and add butter and onion and ground turkey. Once the onion and turkey has been cooked, turn off Sauté mood and add the rest of the ingredients. Close lid and pressure cook on chili at High Pressure for 30 minutes, followed by Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.

Our Weekly Menu on the Last week of School!

 

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. It’s our last week of school and all three kids wanted each a choose dinner this week as the school year concludes.  It’s also our oldest’s birthday this Friday and she choose a chocolate pie for her treat with cake for her friends this Saturday.

Menu

Monday: Low Carb Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents (S) We found this delicious recipe last summer.  Easy, quick and delicious consider adding this to your menu plan.

Tuesday: Spaghetti (E) Made with Dreamfield Pasta or Spaghetti Squash for noodles and ground turkey with low sugar sauce.

Wednesday: Hot Dogs with a Side Salad (S) 

Thursday: Eggroll in a Bowl (S) It’s been a while since we this meal made it to the dinner table.  Easy, delicious and quick, this is a crowd pleasing meal for the whole family. Found on page 63 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with our own added additions such as water chestnuts and sprouts.

Friday: Low Carb Cauliflower Carb Pizza

Saturday: Bacon Crusted Chicken Bacon and Chicken!  Yumm!  This is going to be a crowd pleasing meal.

Sunday: Italian Meatball Casserole from one of my favorite bloggers, Briana Thomas, this satisfying recipe looks like pizza in a dish.

For My Sweet Tooth

Strawberry Frozen Kefir  

Chocolate Cream Pie for the Birthday Girl

End of Year Teacher Gifts

Summer is so close, with only two weeks of school left, it’s time to start crafting.  This year’s end of year craft is silhouette designs on clipboards.  Useful, pratical and fun, this teacher gift is designed and crafted by our little ones.

Supplies:

  • Clipboards
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Stickers, Silhouette or Cricket images
  • Modge Podge (I used a glitter base)

Steps

1.  Have the kids paint the clipboard, coving the entire surface. Allow to dry while working on the next steps.

2.  Have them choose their stickers or silhouette or solid image. Make sure the clipboard are dry and apply the sicker to the surface.

3.  Paint Modge Podge on as a top coat to seal.

4. Sign the back with a letter or name for the teacher.

 

Our Weekly Menu

We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. Interested to know more about the difference between Trim Healthy Mama and Keto?  THM’s Facebook page did a breakdown to help educate.  

Our Weekly Menu

Monday: Jalapeno Onion Burgers (S) page 178 of the Trim Healthy Mama CookbookTrim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Tuesday: Creamless Creamy Chicken (FP) page 78 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Wednesday: Low Carb Crustless Taco Pie (S) from Simply So Healthy

Thursday: Spaghetti with low carb noodles or zucchini zoodles (E or FP)

Friday: with THM Crescent Rolls (S) Low Carb Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescentsfrom My Fling with Food  (S) as the pizza crust.  The quest for the perfect Trim Healthy Mama  pizza crust continues.

Saturday:Hot Dogs with Zucchini Fries (S)

Sunday: Blackberry Pancakes, Breakfast for Dinner (E) * See recipe below.

For my Sweet Tooth: 

Skinny Peppermint Patties  page 380 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Sticky Buns(S) These look Amazing! I can’t wait to make them tomorrow!

Coconut Macaroons (S) Three Ingredients but so yummy, I’m excited to try this recipe.

Blackberry Pancakes (E)

Ingredients

  • 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 blended blackberries
  • almond milk or water, if needed, to thin the pancake batter

Instructions

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.

Blackberry Syrup (FP):

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blackberries smashed
  • 1 cup blended blackberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons Xylitol
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. of xanthan gum or glucomannan
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan except xanthan gum  Bring to a boil, then simmer.  While whisking, add xanthan gum.  Continue to simmer until sauce thickens.

 

 

Our Weekly Menu with Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.  This upcoming week brings us to Memorial Weekend.  What special plans do you have for the holiday?  We had a quick trip to the beach a couple hours away for a relaxing get-away.  In addition, I have a few extra dessert items posted.  My babies will be in the kitchen helping me bake some extra treats to have on hand. For our full menu, Click Here. Click here for more information on and about Trim Healthy Mama.

Monday: Nachos with Blue Chips (E). Made with yummy beans and low carb cheese this is a crowd favorite for our little family.

Tuesday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken (S) Page 50 of Necessary Food by Briana Thomas 

Wednesday: Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash (S) -Sub baking Blend for flour

Thursday: Breaded Fish E (Page 178) of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Friday: THM Pizza Casserole (S)

Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner-Stuffed French Toast – See below

Sunday: Armadillo Eggs (S) from Home Sick Texan One of our family favorites with a little different recipe. We didn’t get a chance to make this yummy meal on Saturday so I put it back on the menu for the start of the week.

Our Yummy Snacks and Treats this Week

Sticky Buns(S) These look Amazing! I can’t wait to make them tomorrow!

Coconut Macaroons (S) Three Ingredients but so yummy, I’m excited to try this recipe.

Cookie Dough Dip

Coconut Squares (Made with Coconut Condensed Milk)

 

THM Strawberry Stuffed French Toast (E)

Ingredients

    • 4 tablespoons berry Triple Zero Yogurt 
    • 1/3 cup egg whites
    • 1/4 cup almond milk
    • 4 tablespoons low carb tortilla crumbs or almond flour
    • 1 tablespoon xilitol 
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
    • 8 strawberries hulled and sliced
    • 8 slices sprouted grain bread or low carb tortillas

Instructions

  1. In a shallow dish whisk the egg whites and almond milk together.
  2. In another shallow bowl, combine 2 tablespoons low carb tortillas or almond flour crumbs, 1/2 tablespoon xilitol and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  3. spray non-stick frying pan with coconut oil. To assemble the French Toast, spread a slice of bread with 1 tablespoon Triple Zero Yogurt. Top with two sliced strawberries and cover with a second slice of bread. Dip first in the egg white mixture and then with  crumbs. Fry over medium-high heat until golden brown.
  4. Continue the same way with the other slices of bread.
  5. Serve warm with additional strawberries.

Our Weekly Menu from a 4 year old

And now for our 4 year old, oh boy! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.  You’ve heard from our almost 9 year old and our 7 year old now it’s time for the youngest member.  Trying to get ideas out of our little boy was more challenging then expected.  For the most part he just wanted cheese sticks, sunbutter, noodles and hotdogs.  We had to show him pictures to jog some ideas.

Menu

Monday: Bangin’ Ranch Drums (S) page 162 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with Cauli rice page 225

Tuesday: Quiche Bites (S) with a Kale Salad

WednesdayHot Dogs with Lettuce Wraps (S) Our little ones want Hot Dog buns to but stay with THM, my husband and I use Romain Lettuce as buns.

Thursday: Chicken Buggers with Sweet Potatoes

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 310of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: BBQ Cheddar Bacon Meatloaf with brussle spouts!

Sunday: Trim Mac Salad page (S) page 181 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Sweet Treats

Tummy Spa Ice Cream page 361 in the Book Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Gorilla Bread:  This recipe was as huge hit! I even had couple with my breakfast the next morning.

Sugar Free Cinnamon Donuts * See Below!!

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts (S)

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 c baking blend
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ c natural sweetener
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ c greek yogurt
  • ¼ c nut milk (coconut or almond)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T oil
Cinnamon “Sugar” Mixture
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Mix dry ingredients, sugar and cinnamon
  2. Mix in yogurt, milk, egg and oil
  3. Stir well
  4. Fill greased muffin pans ⅔ full
  5. Bake @375 for 15 minutes
  6. Remove immediately from pan and roll in melted butter
  7. Combine cinnamon & natural sugar (Sweet Blend)
  8. Roll donuts in cinnamon mixture

Or look check out the Basic Donut on page 268 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook for a different recipe on THM donuts.