Welcome to this week’s edition of My Week on Wednesday… where I take a few minutes to share some of the things I did, and learned throughout the week. And some of the blogs I visited and articles I read.
The kids are on February Break this week…
The weather has been much better and we were able to get outside and play. This magnificent oak tree is at the playground!
We read Harold and the Purple Crayon… and then the kids wrote their own story on a roll of butcher paper… The Boy and the Green Crayon and The Pixie and the Scarlet Crayon.
We’ve colored a lot.
We’ve done puzzles. This map puzzle, by the way, happens to be a tricky way to learn US Geography, too! There’s a world map puzzle too; maybe we’ll get it for Spring Break!
We’ve watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and tomorrow we are going to watch Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and compare and contrast them. If I’d thought further ahead, we could have done the book, too. I didn’t. But, hey, there’s always Spring Break… or Summer! 😉
(I know I sound like I’m really on top of things over here; it’s a lie. But I haven’t resorted to having wine for lunch, so I think we’re doing well!)
Last week I made ice cream for the Pixie’s birthday party… and it has left me with ice cream on the brain. And, of course, I love chocolate and I love Mexican spices… so I have to try this Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream recipe from Homemade Mommy.
Speaking of the Pixie’s birthday… this week I also had to bring in a snack for her classroom party. And being me, I decided on fruit rather than some store-bought, chemical-laden crap. Duh.
I cut up pineapple, grapes, and strawberries, and put them in jelly jars, and added blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries (and forgot to take a picture) and brought them to school. The Pixie went around with a little beribboned basket to collect all the two-piece lids… and all of the kids were excited to have the fruit and three of them said they liked the fruit better than cupcakes!!! So it was a Real Food win… or possibly just a Polite Children win. Either way, it was a win!
Even better, all of the kids were pretty excited to put the little jars back in their box for me to take home and wash… and started going off about how exciting it was to recycle and not throw stuff in the garbage! Yay! 🙂
This week I found three dishes I want to try: Chicken and Rice Dinner from the Elliot Homestead–comfort food all around; Menestra de lenteja (Ecuadorian Lentil Stew)–because I am totally keen on dishes from around the world, and also lentils; and Moroccan Style Home Fries–because I adore potatoes, and also Middle Eastern food.
I also need to try Homemade Fish & Chips from the Montana Homesteader. My husband and I used to get dark beer and take-out fish fry every Friday during Lent… and the fish was always so terribly disappointing–and just plain terrible for you. I cannot wait until Lent to try this; I’ve already bought the beer!
My Pepperup Potion was featured on Simple Life Sunday.
This week, because of the kids being home, I never actually got around to writing an article… but I did revive an older article to share… Like “Insulin for Diabetes” … Or Not? where I read and reviewed Anatomy of an Epidemic which, among other things asks the question: Are the very drugs we are taking to combat mental illness actually making us sicker? It was a pretty disturbing book to read (not to mention article to write) but I think I learned a lot. I encourage you all to check it out.
Now… the kids are in bed… there is wine to be had… and I think my husband and I are going to settle in and watch and episode or two of Star Trek because we are complete and total nerds… and like it that way! 😉
Have a great week!
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