Tortilla Soup "a la leftovers": I loosely followed a tortilla soup recipe (broth, diced cooked chicken, a handful of tomatoes from the freezer, sauteed then pureed onions, peppers, and a few tomatoes from the freezer in the puree, spices). Then I dumped in all of the leftovers from the refrigerator (yes, even the bit of spaghetti! It had grass-fed ground beef in it that I wasn't about to waste!). I put some crumbled organic tortilla chips (to avoid gmo corn although they weren't treated with lime) in a bowl, served the soup on top, and garnished with shredded low-pasteurized swiss cheese and a dallop of Daisy sour cream (not organic but only has cultured cream in its ingredients).
Tortilla Casserole: I (again) loosely followed a recipe that included making a mixture of cooked ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, shredded cheese, and a bit of milk to make it soupy. Normally I would use homemade cream of mushroom soup but I had bought the only commercial one I could find that I could eat to keep at my mom's this summer when we were in and out of her house a lot. I have to admit that it sure was convenient to grab a box! Grease the bottom of a 9x12 casserole dish (I may have used butter but I can't remember). Layer 6 tortillas on the bottom (I use either homemade tortillas or sprouted tortillas). Spoon 1/2 of the mixture over all of it; repeat. Finish off with some more shredded cheese. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes. The dc really liked it. I would like to try it again with sprouted corn tortillas.
What I learned: Freezing tomatoes is easy at both freezing and cooking time! I had just quartered some farmer's market tomatoes and tossed them in a gallon bag to freeze. I made sure to lay it flat so they would not freeze together so much. At cooking time I got out what I needed and the peels just came right off by pulling it gently with my fingers - so easy!
Rice Krispie Treat Grotto for St. Bernadette: Okay... I *finally* uploaded this photo that goes with this post! It tells how I made the krispie treats, why I picked organic puffed rice, and how I made homemade marshmallows. Sequences!
Here are some resources that I've been using to make materials for our Texas studies:
We started with the dinosaurs :). I made 3-part cards and she uses them to place on the large felt map. I also made a paper copy of it for her to make a booklet for her lapbook. I selectively printed a few pages from this free activity/coloring book with great info:
Outline map of ecoregions:
Same map in color:
Nice map of major cities:
Different tribal maps (I really wanted to focus on the moment in time when Europeans first came; although things shifted and changed with some disappearing and others moving in from different directions. I thought that a pinpoint in time would help dd have a focus; then we can branch out to how it was different later as we study more):
Labeled and unlabel map of major rivers:
Labeled/unlabeled and colored/uncolored maps of the regions:
Really cool site with lots of info:
Excellent resource on different tribes:
More info on specific tribes and a good map:
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept activity/coloring book:
Different maps of regions of TX (colored and uncolored):
Free curriculum for grades 4 and 7 that could be a stand-alone or supplement. For me it's a supplement. They are both parallel curr. so it would be easy to use for multi-age/grade groups or homeschooling. Some parts need more depth (such as distinct tribes):