Last week was crazy busy. One of my good friends, Kim, and her kids came over and helped me rearrange some stuff in our house. Kim has a knack for organizing and optimizing space. We switched our craft/playroom with Anthony’s (12 year old) room to give him more space for his bunk beds. I am very pleased with the way it turned out. So is Anthony.
Then my sweet friend Tiffany, who I have been friends with since the 6th grade, visited us Friday night with her three littlest kids. (Her three older kids were at youth group at church.) I made the Panko Mustard Salmon and a super creamy and fattening pasta while she was here. OUT OF THIS WORLD! Here is a quick look at it.
This week we also start back our homeschool routine. We use the Sonlight curriculum and Anthony will begin 6th grade this week. This year he will focus on the Eastern Hemisphere and how God’s word needs to reach the entire world and not just the United States. Lots of History and Biblical learning.
There will also be a great deal of classical reading- chapter books as read alouds as a family as well as reading independently.
We will also focus on Health, Medicine and Human Anatomy during Science.
I am a wee bit nervous, but excited to learn along the way as well. Overall this curriculum goes into more detail than I ever learned as a child. Especially when it comes to World History.
On to my weekly meal plan this week with real easy recipes to make dinnertime smooth. That is what I need for a busy back to school schedule. What about you?
Weekly Meal Plan
Crockpot Stuffed Meatloaf– meatloaf stuffed with mashed potatoes. This is a recipe my mother-in-law shared with me and I am going to try it in the crockpot (she cooked it in the oven). The key ingredient is V8 juice. Served with steamed veggies and a dinner salad. <<—— Carry over from last week. Going in the crockpot today!
Basil Feta Chicken in the Crockpot– we LOVE this!!! My house smells so good when this is cooking. I am doubling the garbanzo beans to stretch it out a bit. I am serving it with couscous and rolls.
Breakfast Burritos– these are so awesome and so easy. I made these while we were visiting my in-laws last weekend and they were so delish! Perfect for breakfast or dinner! I will share the recipe once I make them this week.
Leftover Buffet– use ’em up!
Also, my brother, who has been working out of state since May, is coming into town this weekend. So excited to see him. We are going to have a family get together and all spend some time catching up. I am taking two dips to the get together. I think I’ll embark on a 7 layer dip, maybe? Have not decided yet. Maybe my Crockpot Artichoke Dip?
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