Our Weekly Menu

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Our Weekly Menu

Can you believe tomorrow is already May!  Happy May Day all! Our menu for the first week this month is ready. For our full menu for this week. This upcoming weekend we are enjoying a staycation so we will be eating out. Both of us will work on sticking close to an E or S food group. For more on S or E, check out the Trim Healthy Mama webpage or their book found on their website or Amazon.

Monday: Spaghetti with Dream Field or Low carb Pasta.  The sauce will be made in the Instapot.

Tuesday:Insta Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken  In order to blend into our Trim Healthy Lifestyle, I will substitute glucosamine for the thickener and use Braggs Liquid Amino Acids for the soy sauce

Wednesday: Crispy Fish on page 81 of Necessary Food by Briana Thomas’ Kitchen

Thursday: Homemade Pizza

Friday: Staycation, meal out Choose S or E

Saturday: Stacation, meal out choose S or E

Sunday: General Tso’s InstaPot Shredded Chicken In order to blend into our Trim Healthy Lifestyle, I will substitute glucosamine for the thickener and use Braggs Liquid Amino Acids for the soy sauce.  I’ll also replace the sugar with xylitol.

Something SweetStrawberry Coconut Bake (S), It’s strawberry season here in Florida and this recipe looks like an amazing snack/breakfast!

Another Sweet Treat for this week

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.

 

May Home Reading

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May Home Reading

Reading helps you Bloom

Get your May Home Reading here.  With the theme, “Reading Helps you Bloom”, 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 flower themed picture for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy a good book and complete 20 activities then color May 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 May Home Reading here.

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Our Weekly Menu

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Our Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle Menu is ready for the last week in April.  Quite a few of the recipes use my favorite cooking tool, the Instapot.  Not only does it speed up the time of dinner and desserts but I use a lot less pans/pots making cleanup a breeze.   New to Trim Healthy Mama? Consider exploring the website , check out the Trim Healthy Mama book or order the helpful Cookbook!

For our full menu, click here.

Monday: Trim Mac Salad (S) page 181 from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Tuesday: Lasagna in the Instapot  (S)- to make this fit into my Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle I’m going to use the direction from this blog however I’ll use the Lazy Lasagna recipe from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook (page 140)

Wednesday: Crispy Fish (E) Page 178 from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Thursday: BBQ Honey Pork Chops (S) from Must Have Mom

Friday: From Scratch Pizza (C/O) from Gwen’s Nest 

Saturday: Taco Soup (S) from Fit Mom Journey

Sunday: Crockpot Steak Bites (S) from Stock

Something Sweet: Chocolate Chip Cookies (S) by Briana Thomas

It's Hydration Time!

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Last night I tuned in LIVE to watch the launch of Rodan+Fields newest product, Hydration!  Check out some of the benefits behind this product:

💦 200% more hydration on the FIRST try.
💦 30% Glycerin bound to Hyaluronic Acid.
💦 SELF ADJUSTING to YOUR skin type.  
💦 BOOSTS your regimens results.
💦 EVERY PC Regimen order in May/June gets a 3 day sample of this magic!! 

To say I’m excited by the newest product is an understatement.  I’m thrilled to get my hands on this serum!!!! The enthusiasm continued as today some of the local Rodan+Fields ladies celebrated with our own little launch lunch!  Excitement over the newest product, Hydration, buzzed as we chatted about the amazing LIVE launch and the anticipation of trying the serum ourselves. Thanks to each of you wonderful ladies for helping making my RF life so fun and vibrate!!

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My own Hydration Serum is ordered, I can’t wait to see for myself the benefits!! Yay to #RFHydrationNation!

Magic Word Art

Magic Word Art!!

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This engaging activity was a joy to put together.  After designing a couple of spring themed pictures, I was considering ways to incorporate spelling and word practice.  With the help of my white crayon, inspiration hit.  I wrote their words and letters on the the printed spring themed papers.  I then handed each of our kids a “blank” paper and asked them to paint.  The pure delight of each child was evident as they revealed letter, words and creative designs.  For an art and literacy center, use this fun technique to practice a variety of skills.  Here are few that we used:

Inchworm: My preschooler identified upper and lower case letters while my Kindergartner worked on her sight words.  My 2nd grader worked on her spelling words.

Flower Power: Using the heart flower petals, I wrote each letter for my 2nd grader to practice blending her spelling words.  On the vase, I placed the spelling pattern to help identify the words and decorated with a few embellishments.

Fireflies: For my kindergartner, I place sight words on the wings and thorax of this little critter.

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Our Weekly Menu

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Happy Easter All!  We are off to brunch but I just wanted to share our menu for this upcoming week!  Enjoy and if you have questions, please comment below! For our full menu, click here

Monday: Roasted Fish with Sweet Potatoes Fries in the Air Fryer . (E) To adapt to an E for Trim Healthy Mama,  only light spray the sweet potatoes  with coconut oil or omit this step.  Our fries turn out nicely without the extra oil.

Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie Page 137 In the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook (S).  A family favorite, this hearty meal is worth the time. We are going to try and adapt in the Instapot for a shorter cooking time.

Wednesday :Smothered Burritos with Low Carb Tortillas(S) from Pressure Cooking Today .  This is a quick, easy and delicious recipe.

Thursday: Hot Dogs with THM Crescent RollsLow Carb Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents from My Fling with Food  (S).  We are going to use the crescent rolls from this blog and wrap around our Hebrew National Hot Dogs!

Friday: Family Pizza Night (C/O) Check out this yummy recipe from Gwens-Nest for a pizza crust idea.

Saturday: Whole Roasted Chicken (S) from Cooking with Curls .  Last time we created this recipe, the chicken melted off the bone and tasted just like a rotisserie chicken.

Sunday: Bean Tacos (E) Our middle daughter’s birthday choice is simple and easy tacos.  To make this an E, I use beans, quinoa, a bit a mozzarella cheese and low carb tortillas.  For extra fun flavor consider adding strawberries and Feta Cheese.

Good Fortune Eggs

More "Egg"cellent Activities

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Check out today’s Easter Egg activities:

  1. Good Fortune Eggs

  2. Money Matching Eggs

  3. Golden Egg Treasure Hunt

Good Fortune Eggs

This morning, as the girls prepped for school, they also pitched in to help clean.  The oldest grabbed the dust rag and started cleaning off the blinds.  She may have used a bit to much water, creating a soppy mess; however her heart was sure in the right place.  Our other daughter swept the floor clearing the floor of dust. All the kids were so cheerful and helpful, it started me pondering a fun incentive. As I got to work on my projects today, I came up with extra chore eggs. My husband suggested I add a little advice of each egg hence the Good Fortune Egg idea was hatched. Each egg, on the outside is labeled, Thank you, Wow or Good job.  Inside the egg is a positive phrase with a small amount of change as a thank you for a job well done.   Here are some of the sayings we used:

  • It’s the sweet things you do that make us smile.
  • Aren’t you sweet! Thank you honey!
  • Daddy and I are so proud of your work.
  • That’s what we call perseverance!
  • Good belief in yourself! You did it!!
  • Than you for your help! You are an “egg”cellent (excellent worker).
  • Thank you for always saying please and thank you. You are “egg”tra special.
  • We love spending time you with you. You are “egg”tra (extra) sweet.
  • You are sweet to help! Thank you!
  • You really made us smile today! Thank you!

To download our full list of positive phrases, egg praise. You could even use this idea without the extra money. Just a positive praise would be a lovely reward.

Easter Store Match

For a fun math game, consider creating a matching game.  My middle daughter loves collecting recyclable goods for her play kitchen. I found twelve containers and labeled them with a variety of change amounts.   Then, I took an empty egg carton, placed twelve plastic eggs with the matching coins.  The recycled items and plastic eggs were placed into a “center” bag for her to pick up and practice her math skills. This fun activity could be used in all sorts of math matching activities.

  • Matching shapes
  • Matching numbers to objects (manipulatives)
  • Matching capital to lower case letters
  • Matching larger amounts of money for older students.
  • Matching time
  • Matching fractions

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Treasure Hunt

Find the Golden Egg!

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Last year I created an adventure race for my daughters spy party.  Ever since then treasure hunts are requested for every celebration.  Using the same format from last year’s race, I have come up with an interactive Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. Each clue created has activity that is either a mind puzzle or an athletic event.  The clues are placed in plastic eggs and pre-dispersed according to the destination. To create golden eggs, I found chalk eggs at Target in the $1.00 bin and used spray paint turn them into gold.

 

Here are the clues I wrote.

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Clues 1 & 2

Clue 1: Sweet Little Peeps, don’t fall asleep. Run along until you hear the beep.

  • The clue in the Car.

Clue 2: You put me together to carefully find the next clue you must piece together with your mind. To find the right path just relax in a bath.

  • The clue is in a bathtub
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Clues 3 & 4

Clue Three: Now it’s time for a training of sorts. Head out to the “obstacle course”. Hop onto the logs but don’t fall into the bogs. Balance well my friends, you don’t want to wiggle and end into the bottomless pit of vipers you see. Now climb to the top of the bars to free the clues you seek but don’t make a peep. Silent as a ninja but quick don’t sleep.

  • The next clue is outdoor near our pull-up bars and pretend obstacle course.

Clue Four: Now thing my dear team, what is half of one? Where would you find a fraction of fun? What is 1/2 of 4? What is 1/2 of 2? What is 1/2 of 12?  Add those numbers together and what do you get? Now find the clue in the numbers you drew.

  • The numbers connect to display our house number.  The next clue will be in our mailbox.
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clues 5 & 6

Clue Five: Directional Challenge: X marks the Spot. Look at this map you will clearly see where the next clue for the treasure surely be.

  • The map is a picture of our living room. The clue is hidden in the treasure box on top of a cabinet.

Clue Six: Careful with this clue you wouldn’t want to brew up trouble. Measure your steps well; you wouldn’t want to scare the morning bear.

  • The next clue is by the coffee pot.
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Clues 7 & 8

Clue Seven: Training Time Count Down to 1:

  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • 9 sit-ups
  • 8 burpees
  • 7 long jumps
  • 6 spider walks
  • 5 push ups
  • 4 jogs in place
  • 3 star jumps
  • 2 frog hops
  • 1 min. of plank. After you are done, your next clue will be given to you.

Clue Eight: Decipher the Code

  • The next clue will be near the piano keyboard
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Clues 9 & 10

Clue Nine: Time to Show off your bunny skills. Grab a bag and hop, hop, hop. Your team must jump from start to stop. To the side of the house, quite as a mouse. Your final clue awaits, just race to the finishing gate.

  • This activity is a race with Walmart fabric bags hopping along the side of the house.

Clue TEN: unscramble the letters of this final clue, to uncover the mystery you seek. You have completed your task. Now is’t time to bask. But please be aware, you’ll need to share!!

  • The letters unscramble to form the words: guitar case where they will find their Golden Eggs

To download our clues, click here: Easter Treasure Hunt

 

 

Easter Egg Literacy

"Egg"tra Fun Learning

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Spring has arrived and with it creative Easter projects. Check out today’s Easter Egg activities.

Spelling Pratice

Write the words on the outside of each egg.  Inside each Egg container, place a fun and quick spelling “treat”. Some ideas might include:

  • Shoot, swing, kick for each letter as you spell.
  • Start each letter, grow louder until you reach the end of the word.
  • Spell your word with a pirate voice.
  • Spell your word like an opera singer.
  • Spell your word with a little baby voice.
  • Spell your word in a squeaky mouse voice.
  • Spell your word in a lions roar.
  • Spell your word in a robot voice.
  • Do a jumping jack for each letter you use in the word.
  • Spell your word with a farmer voice.
  • Spell your word like royalty with a British accent.
  • Hunt for your word in a book.
  • Sparkle write your letters to spell your word.
  • Write your letter with an expo marker on the mirror.
  • Pretend you are a bunny and hop for every letter you spell.
  • Challenge: For one minute you have to spell everything you say. Have someone guess what you are trying to communicate.

For extra fun, create an egg hunt, scattering the eggs about the room.

Sight Word Pratice

Write each sight word on the outside of an egg.  You may want to split the word by common endings.  Doing so allowed my daughter to line up her letters to read the full word. Inside each egg provide a sentence containing that specific word. Have them locate and highlight the word to practice words in print.  The sentences I included were questions or funny phrases to keep my kindergartner entertained.  Like the spelling practice, I hid her eggs about the room, which she loved.  Today, on the go, she packed her eggs into an egg carton.  She’s been carrying her sight words ever since.

Poetry Project

For a little Easter gift this year, my three children wrote poems to their teachers. For this project, I typed up a templates for a variety of poems. One the outside of each egg I placed an Easter topic word.  They choose the topic they wanted to write about and opened up the egg to fill out their poem.   I coached my three year old and assisted the five year old.  The seven year worked to design her own poem.  We then typed, printed, decorated and glued the poems on the back of a adorable bunny plaque.  Today they gifted their sweet projects to their teachers.  Here are the words and styles of poetry I used:

  • Easter: Acrostic Poem
  • Chocolate Bunny: 5 Senses Poem
  • Spring/April: Subject Poem
  • Easter Egg Poem: 5 W Poem (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
  • Bunny: Cinquin Poem
  • Jelly Bean: 5 Senses Poem
  • Flowers: ABC Poem (Each letter is a new line until you reach your subject letter)
  • Chick: Diamante Poem
  • Free Choice: Haiku Poem

Stayed Tuned: Tomorrow I will be working on the next two Easter Egg projects : Shopping for Eggs (Learning through Math) & Treasure Hunt (Scavenger and Spy Style Easter Egg Hunt)!!!

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Our Weekly Menu with Strawberry Recipes

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This past week family visited and we didn’t fully stick with our menu. With that in mind, many of my recipes rolled over to this week’s menu. So, for tonight we enjoyed last week’s menu item, Mexican Quinoa Tacos. I ended up cooking them in the instapot for 10 minutes, which sped up the dinner process considerably.  We also added ground turkey flavored with the extra red enchilada sauce (I purchased a 28oz and the recipe called for 14oz). It was a delicious energizing meal that everyone enjoyed. For more information about energizing meals and the plan I follow, Trim Healthy Mama, click here. 

Yesterday we traveled to our local strawberry farm were we picked delicious red ripened strawberries. With a surplus of juicy berries, I created a few new recipes so delicious I added them again this week.  This morning we made strawberry pancakes (See the recipe below) and Strawberry Syrup (also posted below).  They were all gobbled up before I thought to snap a picture. I’ll make sure to post a picture later this week, when we recreate. Finally, this evening we made strawberry salsa that was also delicious!  Hopefully more strawberry recipes and meals are to come! For now, here is this week’s line up.  For our full menu, click here.

Monday: Low Carb Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents from My Fling with Food 

Tuesday:Mexican Quinoa Tacos (E) from Chelseas Messy Apron

Wednesday: Curry Chicken  (S) from Paint the Kitchen Red 

Thursday : Instant Pot Crack Chicken  (S) Adventures of a Nurse 

Friday: Pizza Night Movie Night

Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner (E) Strawberry Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup (See Below)

Sunday: Easter Dinner (S) Baked Ham with Glaze and non starchy veggies

Strawberry 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 strawberries
  • 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.

Strawberry Syrup (FP):

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries smashed
  • 1 cup blended strawberries
  • 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 Trim Healthy Mama Menu

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Family is visiting this week so I came up with some creative menu options for our guests. With our new favorite toy, the Instapot, taking center stage meal prep and cooking just became a whole lot easier.  If you are new to Trim Healthy Mama, I follow the plan developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison. For the past three years I have been “on plan” and watched our lives change for the better.  I love the freedom this eating style gives me and enjoy trying new foods/recipes.  Click here to see our full menu for our week.

Monday: Leftover Crockpot Chili (E)- We made an extra large amount of chili so our meal is easy for a busy Monday night.

Tuesday: Chicken Carbonara (S) from The New Lighter Life

Wednesday: Eggroll in a Bowl (S)

Thursday: Mexican Quinoa Tacos (E) from Chelseas Messy Apron

Friday: Out to Dinner

Saturday: Curry Chicken  (S) from Paint the Kitchen Red 

Sunday: Instant Pot Crack Chicken  (S) Adventures of a Nurse 

Our special treat this week: Low Carb Maple Bacon Crack from Joy Filled Eats