Summer Family Adventures Week 9


Summer Family Adventures

August 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our August Summer Activities.  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.


Week 9 Adventures!

Monday: Art Class3D Art.  From our collection of recycled goodies and boxes we will create 3 Dimensional Art

Tuesday: Life Skill Discovery with cooperative teamwork; each child will choose a game to play as we work as a family to avoid disagreements and problem solve.

Wednesday: Sports Day– Time to get out and rides our bikes/scooters around the neighborhood.

Thursday: Money and Time On the Hour. Using chalk and boxes, we will create large analog clocks and use our bodies to practice time on the hour. Skip Counting by 5s and 10s will be our money work for the girls.

Friday: Exploring Science. An adventure awaits at Jim’s Gems and Gold where our three will mine for gold and treasure.

Family Adventure


Horseback Riding 

Last summer, on our road-trip through South Dakota,  we traveled to see family in the Black Hills. A highlight of that adventure was horseback riding at their ranch. So, when asked what they wanted to do this summer, our  kids requested a horseback ride. Currently, I’m researching affordable options in the Sandhills of North Carolina area. Pictures of our adventure hopefully to come soon!

Our Weekly Menu

Our Weekly Menu


How is already August? Time has swiftly passed with our move and exciting summer adventures.  With a couple weeks left, before school starts, we have some fun plans in store for our family. With more friends to meet and places to visit, adventure lurks around the corner.

Now onto this weeks menu! I follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison.  I encourage you to check out their website, books and various social media platforms.


Monday: AirFryer Mahi Mahi Tacos (E or S) * See Recipe Below

Tuesday: Cheesy Meatball Soup (S) Saw this recipe on Pinterest and I had to add to our menu this week.

Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner (S)- with breakfast sandwiches on  Low Carb Bagels

Thursday: Chicken Marsala with Dream-Field Pasta (E) Pull out the Instapot, this recipe looks delicious!

Friday: Family Pizza Night (S) with Fathead Pizza Crust (S).  This crust looks promising on our quest for the perfect THM option.

Saturday: Pot Roast (s or c/o, if you add the carrots) My husband requested a pot roast on the menu this week.

Sunday:  Savory Crustless Quiche (S)  Another breakfast for dinner option, you could add a low carb THM crust, too.


For My Sweet Tooth:


Chocolate Breakfast Cookies (S) Who doesn’t love cookies for breakfast or chocolate, yum?

1 minute Low Carb Brownie (S) I think I’m craving chocolate.

Insta-Pot Chocolate Zucchini Cake (S) Yes, more chocolate! We will see which one is our favorite chocolate recipe!


Air Fry-ed Mahi Mahi Tacos (E)


For the Fish:

  • 3- 4fillets of Mahi Mahi
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 lime
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup baking blend

For the Taco:

  • low carb tortillas
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Tablespoon of lime
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed black beans
  • 1 bag of baby kale
  • sugar-free salsa


  1. Preheat airfryer to 390 degrees. Cut Mahi Mahi into fork sized pieces and add to a bowl. Blend onion powder, paprika, the juice of half a lime, salt and pepper. Marinade for 20 mins.
  2. Coat the Mahi Mahi and coat with baking blend. Place fish into airfyer and cook for 15 minutes. If you airfryer is smaller, you may have to do in shifts.
  3. Combine greek yogurt with a Tablespoon of lime and some salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  4. You may choose to toast or broil your low-carb tortillas in the oven to warm them.
  5. Assemble your tacos with fish, beans, yogurt blend, kale and salsa.

Adventures in Reading

August Home Reading


Get your August Home Reading Here. With the theme, “Adventure in Reading”, make reading fun and meaningful with these educational activity calendars. Fun for all elementary learners, there are three calendars in this set. Pre-K & Kindergarten, enjoy coloring in the adventure themed picture for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy a good book and complete 20 activities then color August 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 August Reading Here and head back to school ready to learn.

Letters to Authors

Life Skill Discovery Writing a Letter


Our oldest decided, after reading the first couple of Harry Potter Books, to write a letter to J.K. Rowling.  So we asked each of our kids to choose their favorite author.

We all have our favorite authors, our children are no exception.  Gravitating towards stories that mirror their interests and, for the older kids, are on their personal reading level, kids love to follow a familiar story-teller. The excitement that comes from reading your own books, gaining fluency through familiar print and a sense of clarity when comprehension is mastered gives you ownership. Here are the authors our children elected to write:

My 8 year old: J. K. Rowling author of the Harry Potter Series


Our 6 year old: Mo Williams author of comical Piggie, Elephant and Pigeon Books


The 3 year old: Sharri Duskey Rinker author of the cleaver Construction Site Books


As each child wrote their letter we required the following elements:

  • Date-honestly we forgot this element, Oops
  • Greeting
  • Body of the Letter – with something they liked about their books, a question and a drawing
  • Closing
  • Our return address- just in case an author feels inclined to write back.

This time, we didn’t make a template or use lined paper, I just let them write on blank printer paper.  Click Here for a Letter format

Next, I located the address for each author, many are already posted online however, I had to write a personal email to Ms. Rinker’s business manager. We received a response with in a day! Finally, the kids addressed, sealed and stamped their envelope. Their favorite part was posting their mail, waving goodbye and wishing good luck for their letter’s journey.



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(Her video says: “Goodbye, I hope you make it to Mo Williams.”)



Summer Family Adventures Week 8


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.


Week 5 Adventures!

Monday: Art Class. Handprint Art.  From our Collection of Art, Cooking & Life Skills of On my Own Cards, the kids will follow the directions to create Handprint Hedgehogs.

Tuesday: Cooking with Math Time to make healthy cookies!. I’ll let the kids choose from one our sweet tooth picks on this weeks menu.

Wednesday: Sports Day– Since our move, we are on the quest to find a new martial arts school for our oldest and the other two would like to also try.  Today they will all get a workout at the gym.

Thursday: Life Skill Discovery Writing a Letter.  Our oldest decided, after reading the first couple of Harry Potter Books, to write a letter to J.K. Rowling.  So we asked each of our kids to choose their favorite author to write to and we will turn it into a fun life skill project. Check out this week’s posting on which authors were chosen.

Friday: Exploring Science. Exploring Science, we may head up to the local city and try out one the science museums today.

Family Adventure


Blues Cafe or Museum!  

With our recent move, and all the crazy that goes with a transition, sticking to our activity schedule was a challenge.  So, we have some catching up to do on our Summer Wish List. This week we are going to try and head to a local museum and head to the Blue Cafe for our family adventures.

Our Weekly Menu


Our Weekly Menu

We made it! We have moved into our new home and finally have internet.  Oh the simple joy of feeling connected.  It’s crazy to realized how much has changed; internet is now used for everything from registering the girls for their new school to a digital phone book.  When internet is at your fingertips and works great it’s a blessing, however with slow phone connections and having to track down basic cafe internet to get simple tasks accomplished, it can be a major frustration.  However one blessing, with no internet, the kids have sure enjoyed opening the box of board games, books and toys. They have thoroughly enjoyed playing for hours exploring their new home.

Now onto this weeks menu!  I have it all planned out and sure have missed the ease of having recipes and my weekly menu at my fingertips.  While I have stuck to my healthy eating the best I could while moving, I am excited to really get back into my lifestyle of both healthy eating and exercise.  Last week I tried a Crossfit gym with a friend that I enjoyed and I now with internet, my Sweatflix app where I can access workout videos on demand is available.  With least 5 days of workouts scheduled and my menu uploaded, I am ready for this weeks challenge!


Monday: AirFryer Eggplant Parmesan (S or E, depending on cheese choice) * See Recipe Below with THM Just Like Red Lobster Biscuits 

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken (E). This recipe sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it over some long-grain rice or another ancient grain cooked up in the insta-pot.

Wednesday: Bagel Dogs (S) An alternative to hot-dog buns, this delicious recipe is a crowd pleaser.

Thursday: Spaghetti Night with DreamField Pasta or Low Carb Noodles and Sugar-Free Sauce (E).

Friday: Family Pizza Night with a Low Carb option (S).


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

Sunday: Whole Roasted Chicken in the Instapot!

For My Sweet Tooth:

Frosted Raspberry Lemonade (FP) Summertime heat getting to you? Try this refreshing frosted drink!

Green-Tea Energies Bites (S), I’ll be substituting Baking Blend for Almond Flour and using a sugar-free option instead of the maple syrup.

Coconut Treat Squares (S) Low Carb and Sugar-Free, these squares are wonderful delicious and simple to create.


AirFryer Eggplant Parmesan


  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup baking blend
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 jar sugar-free pizza sauce
  • Your choice of cheese, shredded


  1. Spread the sliced eggplant in a single layer onto paper towels. Generously salt the eggplant and let it sit for 15 minutes. Flip the eggplant, salt the other side, and let sit for another 15 minutes.  Then rinse the eggplant with water and pat dry with clean paper towels. (This process will draw out the excess moisture)
  2. Combine the baking blend, parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, and onion powder in a shallow dish.  In a separate dish, beat the eggs with the Tbsp water.
  3. Dip the eggplant slices in the egg and then the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the baking blend mixture onto the eggplant to evenly coat both sides.
  4. Set your Airfryer to 390 F. Place 4-5 slices of breaded eggplant into the fryer and set the fryer to cook for 8 minutes. (11 minutes for the first batch so that the fryer can warm up.)
  5.  Spoon pizza sauce onto each slice and top with shredded cheese.  Place the fried eggplant into the oven to broil for 2 mins or until golden brown on top.

*adapted to THM format from: Frosted Fingers and The Two Bite Club

Summer Family Adventures Week 5


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.


Week 5 Adventures!

Monday: Life Skill Discovery. Learning the art of camping, we will teach the kids the basics of cooking and enjoying nature.

Tuesday: Exploring Science- Our last day camping and what’s not to love about exploring science in the environment around.

Wednesday: 4th of July Fun– 4th of July made have been Tuesday but we are continuing the fun working on some Americana Red, White and Blue projects.

Thursday: Sports Day Swimming, hiking enjoying nature, it’s time to get outdoors and have some fun!

Friday: Art Class. We are excited to be staying with a family of artists this week!  I’ll have to see what creative genius they have cooked up!

Family Adventure


Hiking!  The weather is beautiful and adventure is around every corner.  We are off to find some good hiking and maybe fishing!