Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Turkey Dinner

 Psalm 118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving day. Now that it just around the corner I am making my lists again. I am a list person. They work very well for me whenever trying to plan anything.This time it was a list of food items that I will be serving for Thanksgiving dinner. I am still perfecting my lists and adding things to the grocery list as they come to mind. The dinner list includes:
 Main Course:
 mashed potatoes
 rolls or bread
 green beans
 cranberry relish
 relish tray
 turkey cheese ball
 mixed nuts
 Then I did the breakdown of how much I am going to need. This year I am planning to serve up to 15 guests, so my list went like this:
  25 people (extra food is always better than not enough)
 25 lbs turkey (whole)
 6 lbs. potatoes
 6 lbs yams
 4 loaves bread or 3 1/2 dozen rolls
 4 lbs green beans
 4 heads of lettuce
 8 cups gravy
 *undetermined amount of cranberry relish and stuffing
 *3 pies
 For appetizers my goal is to have around 120 pieces total. A relish tray will cover most of that and the turkey cheese ball with crackers and nuts on the side, will cover the rest. My next list I made is a list of groceries I will need to buy on my special Thanksgiving shopping trip. It looks similar to my list above only a little more broken down to include all necessary items to prepare the food accordingly.  It also includes:
Paper plates
Storage bags
Serving spoons
Foil dishes (for easy clean up)

Have fun planning YOUR special dinner and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Home school

I am back to homeschooling the kids. This is the third week since taking a long break before and after the baby was born. The kids enjoy school very much. I try to include all the kiddos in some parts of our learning. We all read the bible together, practice our weekly memory verse, practice sitting quietly while reading (looking) at books, daily. A few times a week I will include Silas in the lesson I will be teaching the girls. Mostly it is just review for Guinevere and the lesson is for Glory. But the more times that they can hear something the more likely they will retain it long term. Guinevere is now in first grade and Glory is starting kindergarten. The hardest part of my lesson plans is trying to do them consistently every day with a new baby. The baby always needs tending to when I am in the middle of writing on the board or when I am teaching the kids a lesson. Of course! I am enjoying teaching my girls. They are so different. They both have strengths and areas to improve upon. I feel majorly blessed to be able to teach my own children. I can pick whatever I want for them to learn. And I can expand on areas they are needing help with. They are a great bunch of kids. Even the smaller ones are learning many things daily. I really enjoy teaching the Bible to my kids. They love to hear the stories over and over. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.