Working with Word Choice

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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.

April Home Reading

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Get your April Home Reading here.  With the theme, “Reading Helps You Grow Inch by Inch”, make reading fun and meaningful with these educational activity calendars. Fun for all elementary learners, there are four calendars in this set. Pre-K & Kindergarten, enjoy coloring in the inch worm and garden themed pictures for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy a good book and complete 20 activities then color April Home Reading Page! Grades 3-5 enjoy a calendar filled with fun activities from art to athletic and simple to engaging, complete 20 tasks for 20 days read. Have fun and share your work.  Download a digital copy of April Home Reading Here.

 

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Our Trim Healthy Mama

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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

 

Our Trim Healthy Mama Menu

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One of my husband’s birthday gifts early March was an Instapot.  This last week we played with pressure cooker and loved the results. This week we decided to explore more recipes and have some fun with dinners. Have a favorite Trim Healthy Mama  recipe to use in the Instapot? Please share, I’m excited to try more easy to cook meals in this fun and handy tool.  Here is our Menu for this week in March. This week with the kids back in school, I hope to update the blog with a couple new and creative educational ideas!

Monday:Smothered Burritos with Low Carb Tortillas (S) from Pressure Cooking Today 

Tuesday: Meatloaf  (S)from Anointed with Oil of Joy

Wednesday: Whole Roasted Chicken (E) from Cooking with Curls 

Thursday:Cottage Cheese Casserole (S) from a Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved (S)

Friday: Low Carb Pizza C/O

Saturday: Orange Chicken (S) from ReBooted Mom 

Sunday: Mongolian Beef  (S) from Instapot Eats

Yummy Treat for the Week: Guilt Free Chocolate Pudding (S) from This Pilgrim Life

Our Trim Healthy Mama Menu

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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.

Our Trim Healthy Menu

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Our weekend was packed with painting and other house-hold chores so I’m just now getting to our menu for the upcoming week.  A huge shout-out to our amazing neighbors who have helped us all weekend.  A surprise is coming their way soon!!

This week I used a many of the recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.  You can find the cookbook on Amazon, the Trim Healthy Mama website or sometimes in Sams Club.  To see our full menu, click here.

Monday: Crockpot Fajitas  (S) from A Healthy Life For Me 

Tuesday: Cheeseburger Pie (S) page 149 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Wednesday: Eggroll in a Bowl (S or E) page 63 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with our own added additions such as water chestnuts, baby corn and sprouts.

Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner (E)- my husbands choice for his birthday!

Friday: Low Carb Pizza

Saturday: Butter Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole (S) page 56 of Necessary Foods.

Sunday: Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili (E) from My Recipe Magic is a family favorite.

 

For Desserts this week:

Berry Crunch Bars page 392 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Skinny Peppermint Patties  page 380 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook