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Birds Nests for the ER sound.

Birds Nests

1. Melt:        1/4 cup chunky peanut butter

(If using natural peanut butter add 1 Tbsp. Butter)

3/4 cup chocolate chips

2. Stir in:      2 cups chow mein noodles

3. Drop big spoonfuls onto wax paper.

4. Make a hole in the middle with a spoon.

5. Put 2 or 3 jelly beans in each nest.

6. Cool and enjoy!

Fun for Easter and for learning the ER sound. (Easter, bird, butter, stir)

Ranch Dressing- Simple and Tasty

Ranch Dressing

  •  1 tsp. dry parsley
  •  ½  tsp. garlic powder
  •  1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ½  tsp. instant minced onion
  •  1 tsp. pepper
  • pinch of oregano

Mix spices with 2 cups of buttermilk.  Then add 1½ – 2 cups of mayonnaise. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 min. (Will keep refrigerated for several weeks.)

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Strawberry Tart (Fun to make with the AR sound.)

       Strawberry Tart

Crust: (no shortening)  (can us gluten-free flour)

  • 1/3 c. whole wheat flour or unbleached flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c. unbleached flour
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 3 tbsp. milk or water

Mix flours and salt together. Mix milk and oil in a separate bowl. Add oil mixture to flour mixture and mix with a fork until mixed.  Mix as little as possible.  Roll out between wax paper. Take off wax paper on one side.  Line muffin cups, tart pans. custard cups or a pie pan with crust, then take off the wax paper.  Poke crust with a fork, then bake at 475 for 10-15 minutes.

Filling:

Wash and cut strawberries and fill pastry crust.

Cook:     

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1  1/4 cups raspberry juice
  •  4 t. cornstarch

Mix cornstarch with 1/4 c. cold juice. Bring the rest of the juice and sugar to a boil. Stir in cornstarch mixture. Cook on low for about 2 minutes or until clear and starts to thicken.  Spoon over fruit making sure to cover all the fruit.

Optional Topping:

  • 1 c. whipping cream
  • 1 T. vanilla instant pudding
  • 2-4 T. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 t. vanilla

Whip cream in a glass or metal bowl.  When the whip cream forms soft peaks, add pudding, sugar and vanilla.  Whip just until mixed.  Serve on cooled tarts.

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

  • Mash 5 bananas and set aside.
  • Mix 3/4 c. butter, 2/3 c. brown sugar and  2/3 cup applesauce.
  • Mix and add 3 eggs. 
  • Mix and add 3 c. flour, 1 t. salt, 1 t. soda
  • Mix in mashed bananas.
  • Fill greased muffin pans.
  • Cook at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with butter.

Makes 24 muffins.

This is fun to make with children.  Have them help read the recipe.

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Oodles of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles  (2 kinds)        20150310_161410

Fast Noodles  (Can be made with gluten-free noodles.)  Children love this.

  1. Cook 1/2 lb. curly or other noodles for half of the time on the package.
  2. Save 1/2 cup of the water and drain off the rest. Put the noodles and 1/2 c. water back in the pan.
  3. Add 1 cup of frozen petite peas, a little salt, and 1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon paste or granules.  (Better than Bouillon  is a great bouillon.)
  4. Cook on low with a lid for about 5-6 minutes, then take it off the burner and leave it for 10 or more minutes.
  5. Eat and enjoy!
  6. Fun to do when learning the OO sound like in MOON.

Homemade Noodles

  • Beat 1 egg.
  • Add: 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 T. milk.
  • Stir in 1 cup of flour.      (dough will be stiff)
  • Roll dough thin on a floured board.
  • Let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Heat to boiling:  4 cups water
  • Then add: 4 t. bouillon paste or granules, 2 t. minced onions, and 2/3 cups peas and carrots.
  • Add noodles to broth.
  • Cook on low boil for 15 minutes.  Enjoy!
  • Fun to cook when learning the Long OO sound.

Have a Routine.

Routine is one of the keys to successful discipline.

As many are home schooling for the first time, you will have great success when you set a routine.  Everything will go smoother with a routine.

  • It is good to have a routine or schedule.  It will help your day run smoother.

  • Whether it is in a classroom or at home, children handle everything better if they know the routine (Bed time, reading time, homework time, etc.).

  • Most children feel more comfortable with an established routine.

  • When the routine has to be changed, it will go smoother if they are told in advance the routine will be changed.

  • Children need to learn to handle last-minute changes but it is good to practice that in a controlled situation, not when you need it to happen now.

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes  HPIM1517

This is a way to get vegetables in your family.  This recipe is just a guide.  Add any vegetables that need using.

  • Brown 1 lb of ground beef or turkey.
  • Blend or  chop in the blender or food processor 2 cups of vegetables.  Any will do but this is a good mix to start with: 1 onion, 2 celery, 1-2 big carrots, 1 pepper any color.   Add this to the cooked meat.
  • Add 1 cup catsup.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons mustard.
  • Cook down until it thickens.
  • Add a little salt and pepper to taste.  It doesn’t take much because the vegetables are so flavorful.
  • Serve over bread or on buns with cheese and raw vegetables.
  • It is yummy and easy.

This can be made into large batches and feed a crowd.

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Stir-Fry- Ten Minute Meal

Stir-Fry  (Ninth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

Cook rice, linguine, or angel hair pasta with salt, while the stir-fry is cooking.  When it is cooked drain and add a little olive oil.

Stir-Fry

  • Cut 1 or 2 chicken breasts or thighs into medium-size pieces. (Can use pork, or beef.)
  • Start browning chicken in olive oil in a large frying pan.
  • Add about  ½  of an onion, chopped and cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 1-2 min.
  • Add 2 or 3 thinly sliced carrots, cover and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  • Then add broccoli,  sliced zucchini and/or any other veggies, cover and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  • Add seasoning to taste.
  • After about 2 minutes add 1 cup of cold chicken broth or water mixed with 2 T. of corn starch and 1 T. soy sauce.  Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens.  (1 or 2 minutes) If it doesn’t thicken add a little more corn starch mixed with a little cold water.
  • Serve on drained pasta or rice and dinner is ready.

Note:  It is also good served without pasta or rice.

Fresh Air Cookies

Fresh Air Cookies      HPIM1518 

(Fun to make when teaching the AIR sound.  This is fun to eat outside in the fresh air.)

1. Mix:

  • 2 cubes Butter
  • 3 cups Brown Sugar

2. Mix in:

  • ½ cup Applesauce
  • 2 teas. Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs

3. Combine and mix in:

  • 3 cups Flour (part whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teas. Baking Soda
  • ½ teas. Salt

4. Mix in on low:

  •  2 cups regular Oatmeal
  •  ½ -12 oz bag of Chocolate Chips

5. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

7. Eat outside in the Fresh Air.

Apples

Apples

Objective:  Help children discover and learn about apples.
Preparation:
  • Find drawings or pictures of apples and apple trees from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Gather the following materials; Apples, Knife, Paper, Paint: red; yellow and green, Paper plate. 
  • Decide on a book to read.     Suggested books: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall ,The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons,Ten Apples Up On Top! By Theo LeSieg.,
Lesson:
  • Read a book. 
  • Discuss apples while showing apples, pictures and/or books.  Apples are a fruit, plant, have seeds.
  • Discuss the changes through the seasons in apple trees.  Can be discussed with seasons
  • Fruits are a healthy food. 
  • It is fun to cut an apple in half horizontally to show the children the star pattern created by the core and seeds.  Use this apple to do the apple stamping in the activity below.

Discussion Questions:

  • What color are apples?  Red, yellow, green or a combination of colors.
  • How do they grow?  On apple trees.
  • How do they taste?  Sweet, crunchy, juicy.
  • What can we make with apples?  applesauce, apple juice, apple pie, apple cake, etc.

Activity: Apple Stamping  (It is fun to use red, yellow and green paint and make a stamping of each color.  Keep an apple in each color of paint and don’t mix colors.  Use paint shirts.  Do with one child at a time.)  

  • Cut your apple in half( for an apple-shaped stamp cut the apple vertically – cutting it horizontally makes a circular shaped stamp.)
  • Pour paint onto a pie tin or plastic plate.
  • Dip your apple into the paint.
  • Stamp your apples on the paper.  If the apples are carefully stamped, the star may be visible.  
  • Set aside to dry.

Making Applesauce is a fun activity with children.  Applesauce blog to be posted soon.

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