Thursday, September 3, 2009


Along comes fall and everything changes. Kids go back to school or start the homeschooling year or as in my case, both. In the summer I try to get all my cleaning, grocery shopping and other errands out of the way in one day. Impossible to do during the school year. So, time to set up some new schedules. We'll see how it goes!

House routine

M -Launder sheets and towels. Water plants. Clean 2 bathrooms. Dust, sweep, wash floors etc... on main floor. Collect garbage. Put out recycling.

T -Take out garbage. clean kitchen. cooking and baking projects.

W-Do groceries, get gas and run other errands. Clean upstairs.

S -Kids clean bedrooms and rec room. Vacuum basement and change kitty litter.

Workout routine

M -functional fitness exercises, long walk/hike

T -ff exercises, strength training, short walk

W-ff, walk/jog

Th-ff, strenth training, short walk

F -ff, walk/jog

Sa-ff, strength training

Nathan homeschool routine

M -grammar, spelling, math, canadian history, art

T -grammar, spelling, math, canadian history, cooking, french

W -grammar, spelling, math, american history

Th-grammar, spelling, amth, french, creative writing, science

F -poetry, literature, creative writing, science

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Christmas Eve

We had a wonderful Christmas. The first for our new family. On Christmas Eve we hosted a buffet dinner including grandparents, my brother with his family and the Chef's sister.

The spread... Not shown is the delicious New England Clam Chowder that the Chef made.

The kids got there first.

The new crew.

Menu for the week-Jan.14 to Jan.20

Here's to another week. More fun and games involving way too much driving since the bus strike is still going on. There are 6 kids in this house going to 4 different schools who all need rides twice a day. The schools range from one end of the city to the other. Then there is the oldest who has appointments and meetings anywhere from 4 to 7 times a week.

With the increased traffic because there are so many more cars on the road, I'm looking forward for this strike to be over in more ways than one.


Th -fried eggs and toast

F -cereal

M -bacon and cinnamon toast

T -muffins and hot chocolate

W -bagel and boiled egg


same as last week


W -egg rolls and vegetable fried rice

Th -burgers, coleslaw and oven fries

F -baked fish, green salad and potato salad

Sa -easy thai supper

S -roast beef, green beans, roasted potatoes

M -chicken with cranberry sauce, mashed white beans and sugar snap peas

T -lentil soup and homeade bread


W -lemon cakes

S -german chocolate cake

T -chocolate chip cookies and ice cream


Zuchini and pineapple muffin

chocolate chip cookies

***There were some changes in last weeks menu plan, as usual. You know what they say about best laid plans!

On friday we ended up having fried perch, hash browns and coleslaw, courtesy of my Mom. (Thanks Mom) For baking I made peanut butter chocolate chip muffins instead of banana and I made my Granny's oatmeal cookies not chocolate chip.
For more menu plans, check out OrgJunkie.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Menu for the week -Jan.7 to Jan 13


-fried eggs and toast, juice
-cinnamon toast, bacon, tea
-cherry coffecake
-smoothie and bagel
-oatmeal, juice
-muffin, hot chocolat


kids choose from:
1. cold cut sandwich or cold cut, cheese and crackers or cheese/tuna/egg salad sandwich or soup/leftovers in thermos.
2. jello, pudding, yogurt or fruit
3. granola bar or chewy bar or rice krispie square or cookie


W -chili and garlic bread, carrrots and celery sticks and dessert
Th -smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes, broccoli
F -eggs with cheese,onions and peppers and oven fries
Sa -thai supper with ground beef
Su -chicken pot pie, salad and dessert
M -salmon with maple cream sauce, roasted potatoes, peas
T -turkey noodle soup with bread


apple crisp
ice cream


chocolate chip cookies
banana muffins

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Where I've been

It's been a long, long time.

This is some of what I've been doing:

We've moved here.

And cleaned up 3 years of neglect in the yard,

And put in a huge vegetable garden and many flower gardens.

To get ready for the big event in August. The chef and I got married in the yard with 70 guests in attendance.

But now I'm back!!!!!!