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Box It Up

Published August 23, 2016 by lynn k scott

School is in full swing, at least in our little corner of the world it is.  Since organization is the name of this school year game, I’ve purchased a little box to help make lunches more fun and convenient this year.

I stumbled across this little box known as a Bento Box.  If you’re familiar with Japanese culture at all, I’m sure you have heard of this compartmental box for meals.  This one happens to be plastic.  While, I personally, prefer glass, we are talking about a 10-year old and taking lunch to school.  I need the container to survive after all.

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As you can see there are a plethora of combinations that could be utilized.  My daughter goes through phases of what she feels like eating.  Sometimes she wants a sandwich, other times just sandwich meat, sometimes just a bit of this and that. Prior to the week beginning, I cut up different fruits, if needed, so I can refill her container each night.  This has been such a time saver!

Whether she feels like being vegetarian for the day or carnivorous, there are spaces to satisfy her appetite.  This week she is focusing on salami slices, fruit and she’s adding grape tomatoes.  One of the pics shows how hard-boiled eggs can be substituted as the protein, instead of meat slices.  Another option would be to make a garden salad or add a pasta salad by removing the compartments.  It works for young and older kids, or even adults taking their lunches to work.

When all has been decided upon, simple snap on the lid, another bonus (it stays closed), and set it in the fridge until the morning.

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 Then add to a reusable lunch bag, a small ice pack to keep it all cool and in a blink of an eye, lunch is ready to go to school with your little one.

I wish waking them up and getting them dressed was that easy!

If you like this particular bento box, you can find it here.

 

 

 

A Week’s Meal Plan

Published July 19, 2016 by lynn k scott

I am a working mother, wife, and an all around domestic goddess.  Ok, that last title is normally reserved for the weekend routine, but hey, I like the way it sounds, and quite frankly, I rock that title!

Being the only cook in the family, I am the one to come up with dinner ideas, making sure they are gluten-free and that my family, who are just a tad stuck in their dinner ways, will actually consume what is made.

I popped into the grocery store last night after work.  Ok, so I drove there and walked in, but “popped” sounds so much cuter, not to mention fun.  I wasn’t planning on spending much, and only went a tad over what I anticipated (go me!).

My daughter was with me, and as we were walking up and down the aisles, she said, “hey Mom…how about breakfast for dinner”.  Seeing as I would be starting dinner around 6:00 p.m., I thought that was a great idea.  So we had eggs, hashbrowns, bacon and toast.  Easy-peasy and I could crash early, seeing how I started my day at 3:00 a.m.

Then I caught a few sales and decided to buy the rest of the week’s meals

  • Monday:  Eggs and Bacon
  • Tuesday:  Tacos and Spanish Rice
  • Wednesday:  Grilled Pork Chops and Baked Potatoes with sauteed green beans and carrots
  • Thursday:  Baked chicken wings; half will be coated in wing sauce.  Served with rice.
  • Friday:  Grilled Tri-Tip and Scalloped Potatoes and corn on the cob.

Now all of these meals are homemade.  I don’t buy premade dishes, for the most part, esp. not at dinner.  As we will be home before 5 on Friday, I saved the longest prep dish for that day.  The homemade scalloped potatoes take a couple hours to prep and cook, but are so worth it.

It’s also nice to know how to plan different aspects my week, knowing how long dinner will take to make and clean up.  I am so pleased with myself, I need to make this a habit instead of a just picking a few meals for the week and winging the rest of the dinners we will need.

Mom in the Early Morning

Published February 21, 2015 by lynn k scott

I am the first to admit, I’m not a morning person.  I even get a bit irritable when my dogs insist that 4:30 a.m. is an appropriate time to start the day.  During the week, I don’t need to leave the comfort of my bed until 5:30 a.m. and on the weekend, technically not until well after the sun has been up and its warm rays have set to work raising the outside temperature.

Yet, I seem to be following in my mother’s footsteps.  I’m the first one up every day, typically have the most to do, figuring out schedules, planning my days, making sure everything gets accomplished.  I think it’s safe to assume, many parents are doing exactly the same as me.

I’ve resigned myself to trying to take advantage of my early mornings.  Typically, cleaning is out of the question, unless it’s wiping something down with an essential oil blend or sweeping.  I want to keep the house as quiet as possible after all.  I’m definitely not ready to deal with family, esp. before my coffee has fully reached my brain and kicked in.

While I do have a Facebook account, I’ve scaled way back on my usage and obsession with it.  Now, I primarily utilize it for local sale boards and connecting with homeschool resources.  My schedule being what it is, I don’t have the ability to join a homeschool co-op.  Yet, the internet has allowed me to connect to some really great blogs that offer helpful information, provide validation or allows me to share my experiences with other homeschooling moms.

So this morning, after I finally got the dogs all settled after their morning routine, I sat down for a few minutes and read a couple homeschooling blogs.  Found some really great articles that validated a few of the decisions I’ve made in regards to how I’ve been teaching my daughter.  It may seem odd, but just knowing someone else isn’t giving weekly spelling tests is uplifting.  I won’t go into the details of the article, yet, a simple connection can really mean a lot.

I love homeschooling my daughter even if it can bring me to the point of exhaustion and second-guessing myself at times. I fully believe I have made the right decision for her education.  Every day, I find reasons that validate my decision and it really makes me feel good that I had the belief in myself to say, “you can do this”.  While it’s not the right decision for everyone, and I meet people who can’t fathom the idea of not sending my child to school for 6+ hours a day, there are many of us who know we, as parents, are more than capable of being in charge of our child(ren)’s education.

So after my little online reading, I took a few moments to review my Kindle downloads.  I love downloading free e-books. The only drawback is I forget how many I have downloaded and then forget to actually read them.  I have some books on homeschooling, some on being frugal (a hobby of mine) and some on using essential oils (another hobby).  I went through some crockpot recipes and made a shopping list.

My daughter and I will stop at a couple of stores after we come back from our walk in the park today.  Another advantage to homeschooling is we can use the weekends to our advantage.  Today is a field trip to the park.  My daughter asked to bring her sketch pad to draw things that she finds interesting.  We will be combining physical education, art, and science in just a few short hours.

This has just been one version of my early morning alone time.  No two days are exactly the same.  Sometimes, the early morning routine is dependent upon what I accomplish the night before.  Either way, this is my time and I am trying to make the most of it.

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