Sunday, March 28, 2010

This Week's Menu

We are not starting out with the ants my 6 year old is collecting with his bug vacuum for his ant farm! He's having a blast outside right now thought eating watermelon and seeing if watermelon rind does, in fast, attract ants. Meanwhile, we have about 12 ants in the ant farm, and if ants could hop, they'd be hoppin' mad right now! I had one of these gel ant farms in my classroom a few years ago, and the kids loved it! We'll see how this one goes.

So, this week's menu is...

Sunday...roasted brisket

Monday: shells and cheese from my freezer, makes my life super easy, just add salad!

Tuesday: enchiladas

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Dinner out with my Team in Training group

Friday: homemade pizza after tball

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Birthday Lunch

One of his birthday presents was a new laptop lunchbox. I love the new ones because they have patterns. I got my son the alien one and I got myself the new flower one.

For his first lunch in his new and improved lunchbox, here's what I did...

I made a turkey and cheese sandwich on a bed of lettuce and some snap peas. He has carrot arms and legs.

There's also watermelon and some Persian cookies from the celebration of Persian New Year in my classroom last week.

He loved it and thought it was very cool!

Robot Birthday Party

My son turned 6 on Monday. Saturday was his birthday party. I used some great resources on the web and here's how the day ended up...
First, here's my little guy. I can't believe he's 6! He was so excited about his party.

This was the door sign as the kids came to the house

This is the birthday banner I made for him

When the kids came in, I had duplo legos set out for them to build robots and a bean bag toss (which they loved!)

Each child got to take home these for party favors. Inside was a wooden robot to color, a coloring sheet, some stickers and robot tattoos.

I had this sign posted at the snack table. I lined plastic containers with foil and put snacks in there. I had snap peas, Trader Joe's cheese snacks and some cork screw snacks I found there too.

And last but not least, cake pictures. The cake was a bit of a fiasco. I was working on it quite late on Friday night and when I started frosting it, The chocolate cake began to crumble. My wonderful husband said it looked like cookies and cream! I wasn't sure, but my son loved it and told me that he always wants me to make his cakes, never to buy them. I'm so glad he liked it.

I had so much fun putting together this party. When I was putting him to bed that night, I asked him if he could choose, would he pick a party at the jump house place or a mommy party. He said he liked going to his friends' parties there, but his parties are mommy parties and he likes them that way! That's the greatest compliment a mom could get.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St. Patty's Day lunch

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I was creative with lunch for tomorrow. It wasn't a huge creative night, but I thought I'd share! I love the laptop lunch box, its so fun to pack lunches. Here's what I did...

It has celery, green grapes, and kiwi cut in the shape of clovers. The sandwich is marble rye with corned beef from tonight and swiss cheese.

I cut green construction paper and wrote a note with gold marker. It says Happy St. Patrick's Day. Love, Mommy I drew a shamrock and a leprechaun hat on the note.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pizza Recipes

I've been forgoing our normal pizza take-out over the last month for homemade pizza dough and our own toppings. Its yummy, fresh from the oven, easy, and healthier than getting it at the store. For just a little extra prep and a little forethought, you can do it too! This recipe comes out of a cookbook I've had for about 10 years! Its called Pizza by James McNair. You can still get it at Amazon.

I make either the regular pizza crust or the whole wheat. Both recipes are delicious and enjoyed by everyone in my house.

Basic Pizza Dough-
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 c warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast
3 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c olive oil

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough-
Everything above, but exchange 2 c of all purpose flour for 2 c whole-wheat flour

Dissolve sugar in water and mix in yeast. Allow yeast and water to sit for 5 minutes. mixture should be light beige with a film on the top when its ready. I use my kitchen aid with the paddle attachment. You can also use your hands. Mix flour, olive oil, yeast mixture, salt and olive oil (except 1/4 c of flour) together. Dough should be soft, but not sticky. If its still sticky, add the last 1/4 c of flour. If its not very soft, add a little more water (1 tbsp at a time)

Add a little more olive oil to the bowl and place the dough in the bowl. Turn to coat dough with a layer of oil. Lightly cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 45 min-1 1/2 hours.

Cover with your favorite toppings and bake at 500 for 10 minutes. I always preheat the pizza stone with the oven and put the pizza in using a pizza peel dusted with cornmeal.

Easy pizza sauce recipe:
1 can tomato sauce
2 tbsp fresh herbs (I use basil, rosemary, and oregano from my garden)

Simmer in a sauce pan on low for about 20-30 minutes until it thickens.

Menu week of 3/15

Hi Readers,
Things have been a little crazy around here the last couple weeks! I didn't have time to do a menu plan last week, although we had some yummy food last week. I made raspberry glazed drumsticks and shells and cheese, all quite yummy! I made an extra batch of the shells and cheese for probably next week.

My son's birthday party is next weekend, so I will do a special birthday party post after the fact to show off decorations and party fun!

This week's menu plan:

Monday: Turkey Thigh and Hominy chili from Not Your Mother's Show Cooker Cookbook

Tuesday: Corned Beef and Cabbage

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Basil Tortellini soup

Friday: homemade pizza

That's my week!