Isn’t that a great word? Discombobulated? But, back to the topic
I came up with a great idea. I created my online cookbook on pinterest. I realized the other week I do most of my recipe planning as I sit at the kitchen table and scroll through pinterest for recipe ideas. But my recipes for busy Moms board is filled with ideas I want to try and some ideas I’ve tried, but I don’t want to scroll through 300 recipes (and oh so many desserts) every week.
I’ve started pinning my favorite recipes to it, but many of them I don’t have a pin for because they’re handwritten notecards, so I’m rectifying that. First up: Crock pot chicken parmesan.
Crock pot Chicken Parmesan
Ingredients: 1 envelope French onion soup, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1.5 cups of milk, 1 cup dry white wine (or apple cider), 1 cup rice, 6 chicken breasts, 2 tablespoons butter, 2/3 cup grated parmesan
My substitutions this time because I was out: apple cider for the wine (I almost always do this, I rarely remember to buy the wine), ranch mix (homemade ranch mix from here), oh and I doubled the entire sauce mixture for extra “rice stuffing”
For those who don’t use canned ingredients (which I’m slowly moving away from, and oh my is it delicious): I substituted homemade cream of mushroom soup (we make this about every 2 months).
- Mix together French onion soup, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, milk, whine, and rice.
- Put the chicken breasts into the slow cooker and pour the soup/rice mixture over it.
- Cut up the butter into small pieces and put on top of this mess. Then sprinkle a very generous handful of cheese on top.
- Cook in the slow cooker for 8 hours.
- Eat this delicious Chicken Parmesan and say “yum, yum, yum.”
Expect a few more recipes from me from time to time as I slowly go, “Hey, I need a recipe for this to pin.”
Our school week
All About Reading level 4 came in (AAR4, both affiliate links), and I’ve spent most of their reading lessons and random bits here and there prepping for the lessons. The boys are excited to have reading lessons again, because it means more games for them. We did some cooking to create a Roman Road from Phyllis’ post here, and the kids loved that dessert/school activity.
We continued our Roman themed activities with a mosaic they made out of candy. I guess this is also the hype my kids up on sugar week. Which seems to of ironically coincided with the “week of massive rain and headaches.”
In our Bible lessons we learned about Jeremiah, and the boys quite “nicely” took pictures of me teaching the lesson, but they also got a few silly pictures of themselves playing dead. Oh so helpful as always.
Games played this week:
- Destination USA
- LEGO Robo Champ (affiliate link, though Amazon’s price seems high right now)
- and then we discovered several of our Lego Games were missing pieces, so the boys were set to cleaning the game area
Books read this week (affiliate links):
- Ella Enchanted
- several Batman junior novelizations that I didn’t keep track of because it changed each day
- Princess is really into Critter Club books
- Duck in the Fridge (which someone sent to me for review without telling me, and the kids think it’s hilarious)
General life catching up
This past week has been hard for me because I’ve been extra tired with all of the pressure changes giving me headaches and I think the stress Jeff is feeling from work is rubbing off on me, so I’ve been somewhat snappish, and the kids have all been tired because several weeks of running hard has caught up to them and they are tired tired tired.
The boys headed off last Friday for a birthday party sleepover, and so Princess got to see her cousins alone and entertain them as we all watched “Moms Night Out” (affiliate link, and it’s hilarious you NEED to watch it). Later that week Princess and I had a Mommmy/daughter date and saw “Dolphin Tale 2” (in theaters now, and great for any ocean lovers).
The boys were quite the hams when they had access to my camera, and so I’ve got about 20 more pictures like the two I included in the collage, and it’s quite silly.
Meanwhile we tried the baking soda/dawn dish soap/vinegar bath for poor Mac and he liked it even less than the other baths. He still smelled like a skunk, but with this being his FOURTH bath in as many days it seems to of decreased. I don’t know if that’s because that bath worked, or enough washings and soap have helped decrease the smell. Either way his fur is the softest and fluffiest it’s been in weeks.**
Oh, and Mac also found a possum in our backyard and tried to make friends with him, that one didn’t go well either. He’s been oblivious to the many many toads we see on all of our nightly walks, unless they leap right in front of his face. Then he startles and goes back to ignoring them.
And the final picture is Princess starting American Girl doll club. Each month they talk about a different doll. They started off with Kaya and Princess feels for Kaya because she too has twin brothers. Next month we’ll be teaching the Caroline lesson.
And I think that’s that for our week. It never seems particularly full until I start writing about the week, and then it’s so full I can’t really talk about all of it. Next week for sure I’ll be writing about Jeremiah, but most of the rest of this will be expounded upon some point later on.
linked up to: Collage Friday
** I did finish the dress I made to destress at about 11:15 Saturday night. I still have to do some hand finishing on the lining, because I decided to fully line it. The lining went together in less than half of the time of the dress because I didn’t have to match color gradations. And I have found my new project: armor knight hoodie.