Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hamburger Cabbage Stir- Fry

Hamburger Cabbage Stir-Fry
Over the past three weeks, I've started cooking, baking and eating "cleaner" and healthier! I'm helping our family make a gradual lifestyle change so that our plan sticks and isn't just a phase. Indeed, we love "Paula Deen" kind of recipes, so it's been a challenge but we are all embracing it!

Sadly, I'm the one in our family working hardest at "cleaning" up my lifestyle and I've lost the least pounds (4). Josiah has lost 12 and Rob has lost 9 pounds. Now mind you, I didn't start this plan with the intention of dropping a huge amount of weight (although I have it to lose), I just wanted to feel better and healthier, but you know how it head thinks, "If I'm eating this many fruits and vegetables, I should be dropping pounds!"

Click on the recipe name (Hamburger Cabbage Stir-Fry) for a printer friendly copy of this recipe that we gave a HEALTHY TWO THUMBS UP! If you have any recipes or other ideas on "cleaning up," I'd love to hear them!

That's all the BUZZ in our house!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Make Learning POP!

I always strive to keep learning fresh and fun!  So, this week we mixed up our spelling review time with a POP! However, this fun activity could also be used for other basic test review (Bible, Science, Social Studies, etc..).  

Supply List: 

  • small latex balloons  (Suggestion: Use different colors for different kids or different lists (if you plan to use this in the classroom)
  • small pieces of paper (one for each spelling word or review question)
  • sharp object to POP the balloons (Suggestion:  sharp pencil, safety pin, needle, etc...) 
  • black Sharpie marker to number the balloons
  • master list (of the words or questions that will correspond with the clue inside the balloon)
  • Optional:  some small candies like Smarties, Skittles, or M & M s (if you want to reward your kiddos for getting the word or question right-- popping the balloon was good enough for Josiah!)


I wrote each of Josiah's spelling words on a small slip of scrap paper, folded it, and squeezed them into a balloon.  Then we both blew up the balloons, since we both had a lot of hot air to waste!!! 

Remember to number your balloons to correspond with your "master list" so that you know which words are inside. The video reveals the comedic mistake we made doing this!

We hope our idea and video inspires you to creatively mix up your homeschooling or classroom learning during what might be some long, cold, and "boring" days in January.   It only takes a bit of pre-planning, but very little, if you recruit your kiddos to help blow up the balloons.  

Extending Ideas: 
  • Chore List 
  • Brain Breaks
  • Play Date Activities
  • Blizzard Blowout Activities
  • Bible Verse Review 
  • throw darts at the balloons (Josiah's idea-- not mine, ha, ha)