These are a few of the Practical Life opportunities in which our children were involved this weekend as a natural part of "eclectic living" :).
1 - Middle dd is making feed bag bags to sell to help with our 4-H activities. Here is an excellent tutorial. I just need the nylon straps so we don't have to make the straps from the bags. I've already washed and dried the bags for her.
2 - Youngest dd is making dog leashes from old jeans that I have stashed away. She plans on selling these also if we can make several.
This has some really, really cute ideas for recycling jeans:
3 - We did a lot of cleaning in the garage and weeded most of the front beds yesterday. Oldest dd spent some time organizing her 4-H papers, college promos that she's been getting in the mail, etc.
4 - Menu planning. We sat together and brainstormed dinners, lunches, and snacks (in that order) for this week. We also listed things to get from the store [1 lb ground chicken sausage (from Fran's Fryers, less than $4/lb); Organic Pasta Sauce
; organic potatoes; and cucumber]. We'll divide both the beef and sausage into thirds to get 6 meals out of them. The biggest help for me, though, is brainstorming prep work ["Prep Tasks" that they can help me with beforehand to keep the meals moving along]. I printed out our previous brainstorm list to use for narrowing things down this week. You can it here.
Here is our Prep Task list for this week:
Cook beef and chicken sausage
Cook beans - soak/cook
Make almond or peanut butter
Make granola bars
Menu for the Week (created by the children):
- Chicken and Rice with Spinach (the spinach is what's left after making the Shamrock Peppermint Milkshake for St. Patrick's Day)
- Tacos (1/3 lb beef, sour cream, lettuce)
- Bean and Cheese Melts (for when we need a healthy fast meal!)
- Spaghetti (1/3 lb beef)
- Homemade Pizza (1/3 lb chicken sausage)
- Chili (mostly beans with 1/3 lb beef)
- Potato Soup (1/3 lb chicken sausage)
- Lumpias (egg rolls)(rice, meat, cheese)
- Bean and cheese melts/tacos
- Egg Salad Sandwiches
Sides: oranges, carrots, cucumber, raisins
- Cereal (I splurged and got a box of organic Cascadian Farms fruit and nut cereal
which is only 1 meal/snack with a tiny bit left over)
- Crackers with peanut or almond butter
- Homemade granola bars
- Trail mix
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Pumpkin muffins (maybe)
- Crackers with cream cheese
This real food menu by my children is part of Real Food Wednesday.
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