Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall Food- Squash Quesadilla

We went outside today and I didn't start sweating in the first ten minutes. I think fall might be here, but I don't want to get my hopes up, tomorrow will probably feel like 100 degrees again.

Anyways, with the new season comes new food. Today we tried a fall version of the cheese quesadilla, always a favorite in our house.

I started with frozen, cubed butternut squash. After defrosting I let it drain on a paper towel.
I then layed some shredded cheese, the squash, spinach and more cheese in between two tortillas. I think kale instead of spinach would be a great try also. I warmed it in a dry pan until the cheese melted.

Let me say yum! The kids kind of flipped on me when they figured out there was squash in there. They tried to pick out as much as they could. I think it was really great! I might say this is more of an adult quesadilla though.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's a Monks Life!

We have been reading through the book, Story of the World this year. If you have never seen or heard about this book I would totally suggest checking it out of the library.
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaiss...
There are 4 volumes that cover the history of the world. I bought volume one last year since it went with the history we were memorizing with Classical Conversations, but never got into it. I went ahead and ordered volume two for this year and we have been working our way through it and loving it. I ordered the activity book to go with it, which is not the cheapest thing out there. However, I think it's worth it. We have just finished reading about monks, monasteries, scriptoriums and how they would make books. To go with this, the activity book has an illuminated letter to color that we did.
 I also looked up illuminated letters on the internet to give the kids other ideas of what they looked like. Here's a few examples to get you started.

We also had a monk's dinner that evening. The activity book had a recipe for this soup and recomended bread, cheese and apple slices to go with it. The kids enjoyed tasting a simple meal that a monk would eat. In all honesty, the simpler the meal, the more likely the kids will eat it anyways.
I can't believe how much I am learning each day!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Our Baby Turned One!

Our Baby Turned One!

Our littlest one turned one recently. Boy was this a bitter sweet moment in time. Our last kid has passed by her littlest stage. We were trying to figure out how to celebrate this moment in time. We also have our third born's birthday a week after Little One. We decided to do a dual birthday party. How fun and intimidating. Originally Little Guy wanted a Thomas the Train party and I just couldn't figure out what to do for the girl side of that party. He mentioned a Mickey Mouse Party and we went with it. So here is our version of a Mickey and Minnie party.

 Our Sweet Little One in her Minnie Mouse outfit. She is looking mighty happy to be one!
 Here's Little Guy in his Mickey getup. We had a hot digity dog bar for lunch. We offered hot dogs and everything we could think of to pair with them. We had coleslaw, chili, sauerkraut, onions, relish and the typical condiments.
 Here is our Minnie Cake complete with figurine.
 Here is our Mickey Cake with it's little figurine. Of course we had plush animals to match up.
 Here is Little One with her smash cake. She actually ended up consuming a lot more cake then I would have expected.
We did red plastic tablecloths for most of the tables. I used black polka dotted wrapping paper as table runners. We hung polka dotted balloons from the ceiling, in both red and black.
 So hubby made a race track for entertainment. We brought all sorts of cars, monster trucks and super monster trucks for them to race. It was a hit! It turned into more of a hit when this happened.
 This was an unintended activity! Usually those are the most fun. The kids were supposed to do toilet paper bowling, but figured out that spreading around the toilet paper was much more fun.

We had a Pluto's Lost Dog Bone Hunt. After scattering dog bones outside, the kids got to hunt for them and then turn them in for ring pops.

We would never have been able to pull this off without the help of family and friends. We are so blessed to have all these people in our lives. Thank you! We love and cherish you!