Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
This is Ava, Isaiah and Lila doing Learn to Read by Starfall. It is an excellent beginning phonics teaching tool. All my adoptive kids including the older ones started with this program and these 3 are just doing it during quiet time after swimming. Here is a link to it and it is free http://www.starfall.com/ It is very easy to use and if the child can click the mouse it can be self learning. We are planning our next school year now....We are thinking of returning to a style we taught last in 2005- unit teaching. It is where we come up with things of interest and each week or two all of our subjects are done with that unit. It requires way more on my part to plan but it by far has been the most fun and interesting way to home school. I will share what we do and any things of interest like field trips, crafts and how we incorporate the academic subjects into the unit so stay tuned.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
4 cups , fresh, chopped, peeled tomatoes ( yellow and red ones together )
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. ground cummin
garlic- ( I use the minced garlic in oil)
salt and pepper to taste or if you like it more spicy add whatever spice your family likes
Combine and let it set at least an hour
1 lb hamburger
1 tbsp. chili powder or I use taco seasoning
1 can mushroom soup with a can of beef broth added ( I mix boullion and water )
1/4 cup water
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can ( 15 oz. ) kidney beans rinsed and drained
3/4 uncooked instant rice
1/2 cup shredded cheese
Cook the hamburger with the season ( taco or chili).
Stir the soup , water, boullion tomatoes and beans into the meat. Cover and cook for 10 minutes
Stir the rice into the meat mixture, cover and remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Top with cheese...Eat with the chips and salsa .
For dessert we had cherries and a blueberry jubilee- Easy , easy to make and so delicious with vanilla ice cream.
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 can of cherry pie fruit or any other friut ( I made blueberry too tonite)
1 can crushed pineapple
1 stick of butter
Dump the cake mix dry into the 9 by 11 cake pan. Dump the cherry fruit pie can on top . Dump the crushed pineapple on top of that. Cut the butter into little pieces over top the pineapple.
Bake 25 minutes until done.
This was a surprise that I bought and funny I forgot...then when the girls were picking the garden they asked me about these round things....they are called lemon cucumbers. They don't taste like lemon just are round like them and taste yummy. The kids are allowed to eat as many as they want because we have so many of them :) That does not happen to often in our family of 29- with 23 kiddos home and mom and dad.
Anna has been the official waterer and picker with Olivia this year in our garden...and they have been picking lots in our garden as you can see....And we are eating some yummy fresh veggies this summer. So many that we share and make lots of delicious summer foods. They picked 100 cukes in one day and so we made dill pickles- they taste just like the store bought ones or better. That nite we put up 20 quarts of pickles...We will make more tonite with at least that many cukes :) Our tomatoes are just coming in and today I made this fresh salsa that we will eat tonite for dinner. I have made lots of things with egg plants and now I have bowls of sweet peppers to put up for cooking later ( probably I will freeze them) Anyway we are certainly enjoying our garden this year......I guess the fertilizing we did this spring helped :)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
We are still learing how to do their hair. We have gone on some good sites and I have talked to a friend and my daughter. Their hair is getting longer and so we tried something with Lila's hair. Actually Leah is. I don't do hair well but Leah is good. So she has offered to do their hair. This was her first attempt on Lila's hair and she did pretty good. She is still a cutie pie.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The kids were in the pool for hours today but when Daddy offered that they could swim tonite after dark...they all got in their swim suits and jumped right in. Honestly, it is so hot here that unless you are in a pool - being outside even at nite it is hot.