Monday, September 27, 2010

Creative Memories - What's New!

First, I don't know why this flipped - but Nancy O'Dell has joined with Creative Memories and has created her first line - the Hummingbird Collection.  There are some beautiful coordinating things in this set!

This bag is part of the Hummingbird Collection.  It holds all of the components plus it looks great as an everyday tote

There is a new cutting system that is out as well.  I'm pretty excited about this and I know they will add to it too!

I want two of these bags - one for my laptop and one for my latest projects!

There are some great new Christmas collections out this fall as well as a new Christmas album too! 

Of course there is also some great fall/Halloween papers and stickers as well

Lots of great digital stuff out - Calendars, Cards, and "papers"

I know this is blurry but this is an up close look at the album in the Hummingbird Series.  I really like this and am hoping I can get a couple of them for my 2011 pictures :-)

These things can be found on the Creative Memories Website starting in October.  Feel free to check it out here.  You can also check out the specials and "while supplies last" or clearance sections to get some great deals!  If you place an order, please choose me as your consultant :-) 

Chicken Parmesan

Meals have not gone well the last few days.  Not because they didn't turn out but because I seem to be missing ingredients.  I did find the missing cheese that I couldn't find yesterday but knew I bought . . . lets just say it's not so pretty.  So tonight for dinner, I went on the fly and came up with this - Chicken Parmesan.  I have never made it, never been a big fan of it, but I had chicken and I had spaghetti stuff.  I must say, that turned out F A N T A S T I C!  I could make it again tomorrow!!!   It is actually two recipes combined :-)

Here ya go!
Step 1:
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
One egg
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 tablespoon oil

Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and basil in one shallow bowl.  Put the egg in another bowl and whisk.  Heat up the oil and butter in a pan on medium high heat.   Flatten chicken to 1/4 inch thick.  Dredge through egg and than place in the bread crumbs, covering completely.  Place chicken in oil/butter and heat 3-5 minutes on each side.

Step 2:
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 cups cooked spaghetti

Place the chicken breasts in a 9 x 13 pan.  Pour the spaghetti sauce over the chicken.  Cover with both cheeses.  Cook at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.   Cook spaghetti as directed and place in serving bowl.  Place chicken on top of noodles and add sauce.

So it isn't the prettiest looking dish but it sure was good!

Enjoy :-)

Lesson Plans - 18 months weeks 3 and 4

I was reading another blog the other day and loved - I mean LOVED - how she posted her "Mommy School" plan.  As I read her ideas she is doing with her son (and I'm going to copy them ALL to use with my boys) it dawned on me that someone might actually use all of the ideas that I have been working on to teach my little guys.  I mentioned this curriculum before and it is so great for the 0-2 year old age group.  I plan on actually using it with Josh until the end of the year, since I started late, and am thinking I may try to incorporate this fantastic new idea I just found starting in January.  Why did I pick 18 months to start?  Honestly?  The arts and crafts began in weeks 1 and 2 of the 18 month lessons so I picked up there for that reason. :-) 

So, with my current "Mommy School" we work in two week increments. Maybe you'll use all of this or maybe you'll use none of it :-)  In this post, I'll also give my time frame when I try to do the activities.  I will also do two different posts - one for each of my boys. 

18 Months - lesson 12, weeks 3 and 4 (there are some activities that are the same and carry through both weeks and some things that are done week one and some things that are done week 2)
Week 3:
Literature - "The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
              I try to read the story Daily - usually in the morning
Bible - Proverbs 18:10 - "The Name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run to it and are safe"
            I print this out and post it above the changing table.  Than we review it each time we change diapers
Nursery Rhyme - Wynken, Blynken and Nod (find the lyrics here)
            I print this and post it on cardstock.  I keep it near the dining room table so that we can review it daily at meal times
Speech and Vocabulary - Explaining (at bath time) I am washing your nose, ears, etc.
           Obviously, we do this at bath time
Indoor Games - Somersaults - Help your toddler carefully learn how to do somersaults.  Put a soft quilt on the floor and some cushions for extra comfort.
           I try to do this specific activity 2-3 times a week indoors.  I make sure that Darryl knows the weekly plan so he can do some of these things during their regular play time in the evening too.
Music - 30 Scripture Songs, Little People Sing-Along Favorites, and Hymns - 16 Classic Hymns for Children
          In order to keep our TV watching down, I incorporated CD's into our day.  For each two week period I pick out 3 children's CD's and 2 "adult" CD's (meaning MY music!) Than I put the CD player on and let it play through all 5 throughout the day.  I change out the 2 CD's that are mine more often so I don't go insane listening to the same music - which is the same reason I add the two grown-up cd's . . .so I don't go insane listening to kids stuff.
Children's Songs - If Your Happy and You know it
        This is the thing I tend to miss - but I try to sing this throughout the week just whenever
Foreign Languages - Spanish - Green
       I do not speak Spanish but Darryl does some so this is his job :-)  We try to review our flashcard at dinner at night. 
Exercise - Painting with water - use a sand bucket and fill it half full with water; use small regular paintbrushes and "paint" on a dry sidewalk
       The outdoor exercise I try to do 2-3 times a week.  We often go outside more times than that but to keep it from getting boring, I don't do the same activity every day.  Also - some weeks, we take "field trips" in place of the exercise plan or outdoor games (see week 2) and go to a park or the play stuff at the mall.
Arts and Crafts - Red, Yellow and Blue Masterpiece: Cut shapes out of red, yellow and blue construction paper.  Help your toddler glue the shapes on paper and use crayons to add the final touches.
          I try to do the craft once or twice in the first week.
Film Fridays - Duke and the Great Pie War - Veggie Tales
        Because we don't watch a lot of TV during the week, I've made Friday mornings "Film Friday".  We watch a video every Friday morning as a special treat.
Week 4: (some things are the same)
Literature: The Beginner's Bible - Noah and the Ark
Bible: Same Verse
Poetry: " Cradle Song" from Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne.  (I couldn't find this on-line so I borrowed the poetry book from the library and copied the poems - all the poems for the 2nd year come from the collection of Winnie the Pooh Poems.)
         We review the poem at meals times
Sign Language: Teach the sign for Baby (find instructions here)
         I try to use the sign whenever I say the word "Baby"
Outdoor Games: Bowling.  Either use a bowling set or use a bouncy ball and milk jugs/cartons
        Again, I try to do this 2-3 times while we are outside
Musical Exploration - Rhythm Sticks - introduce the concept of rhythm.  Let your toddler use sticks and tap along with music (I just use it with my CD's)
         This is one that I don't always get to - but with music playing all day we do a lot of dancing :-)
Puppetry - Wooden Spoon Puppets - make wooden spoon puppets and than teach your toddler how to stand or crouch behind a chair and hold his puppet up for others to see
        We try to work on this 2-3 times a week
Nature Study - Go for a walk and point out the birds and/or other small animals
        The boys like to go for wagon rides, so I try to do this at least once a week
Film Fridays:  The Praise baby Collection - Sleepytime Lullabies.

If you want to see more on this curriculum please check out the following website:   This is where I got all of my plans/ideas.  I did make changes and left some things out but it is a great starting point.