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Clockwise from top: Salad, Fried Rice, Cantelope and Strawberries with cinnamon.

 This has become a staple meal in our house (and it is one of my easier meals)…I have pretty much perfected the way we like the fried rice (I will add my recipe below). It is an adaptation from the way I was taught to make it by a friend.

As I do use eggs and milk in this recipe, it is vegetarian; however, if you choose to omit the scrambled eggs, it would be a vegan meal.

Fried Rice

Ingredients:
6 eggs
¼ to ½ cup Milk (I haven’t tried with a milk substitute)
½ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. To ½ t. pepper
4 Tbl. Margarine

6 servings of instant white rice, cooked (You can use whatever rice you want…I just like the speed/texture of the instant white rice.)

½ to 1 C. filtered water
½ bag of frozen petite baby peas*
¼ bag julienned carrots, cut a bit smaller*

3 green onions, sliced small

To taste: curry powder, soy sauce, salt, pepper

Directions:
In a medium pot, cook instant rice according to directions.
In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, salt and pepper, stir well. In a large pot, put in the margarine and allow to melt. Add the egg mixture and cook until done. Clean out the mixing bowl. When the eggs are done, return them to the mixing bowl until needed. Rinse out the pot. In the now rinsed pot, put in ¼ C. filtered water and frozen peas, cook on medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add carrots (and more water if needed) and cook through about 3 to 5 minutes. Adjust heat to low. Add rice to mixture (continue to add water as needed…you don’t want the mixture to stick to the pot). Add curry powder and soy sauce…there will be a lot added…just keep tasting it until it reaches your desired flavor. Add salt and pepper if you feel it needs it. Add in the cooked egg, stir to combine. You can either add the green onion and stir or you can just add it as a topping once the fried rice is on your plate.

* You can adjust amount of veges to your taste.

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Vegan Dinner for September 28, 2010

Clockwise from top: Fresh Pineapple, Mango and (Unsweetened) Coconut Mix, Salad, Rice Island Casserole* and Celery with Peanut Butter.

Maddie liked the Casserole a lot…Kyle and I thought it was okay.  We all LOVED the fruit mix!!!

* Recipe from the book: Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson

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Zuppa Toscana

2 Cans Vegetable Broth, divided 
1/2 C. TVP
1/4 to 1/2 t. Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tbl. Liquid Smoke

1 T. EVOO
1 onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic, minced (I used the garlic in the glass jar)

8.5 Cups Water
1 Vegetable Bullion Cube
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 potatoes diced (I used golden)
1/2 cup vegan creamer or half and half/soy milk (I used regular heavy cream…making it vegetarian)
Spices (to taste): garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, salt and pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 C. dry white wine (optional)
2 cups kale, chopped

Directions:

Open one of the vege broth cans and measure 1/2 Cup…put into small pot…add the Liquid Smoke and bring to a boil.  Add TVP, stir and remove from the heat.  Cover until ready to use.

Saute onion over medium heat until translucent; add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add broth, water and spices and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium high and add potatoes and cook until fork tender.

In a pan, add oil, wine and kale, cook until just barely wilted.

Reduce heat to medium low and add TVP and kale and cook until heated through.  Make any adjustments with spices at this time.

Just before serving, add the cream and allow it to heat through. 

Great with a green salad and some crusty bread, or as a meal on its own!

Serves 4 to 6

This is a vegetarianized version of Olive Garden’s a sausage and potato soup.

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Science and Art merge in this magnificent medium…enjoy the wonder of micro-photography….

“Reality’s building blocks are too tiny to see, so modern scientists pursue the invisible. The Nikon Small World Competition — which celebrates the most beautiful and mesmerizing microphotography — allows the rest of us to look on in wonder.

This year, the grand prize went to an expressionistic rendering of diatoms (oceanic algae): The single-celled creatures look like glow sticks waving in the darkness. The rear legs of water boatmen — barely visible insects that lurk in ponds and streams — are equally beautiful. (An intense zoom reveals the thorny hairs that allow them to swim against strong currents.) Then there’s the so-called brainbow, which scientists created by genetically engineering neurons to emit nearly 90 different shades of fluorescent light. (The results have given researchers an unprecedented window into the highways and byways of the cortex.) These pictures may look like art, but they’re actually avant-garde science.” – – VSL

http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/gallery.php?grouping=year&year=2008&imagepos=1

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This morning, Boo and I were honored to meet, Cheryl Harness, author and illustrator.  Ms. Harness has written and illustrated many US History Picture books, such as: Ghosts of the White House; Ghosts of the Civil War; Young Teddy Roosevelt; Young Abe Lincoln; The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-But-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony.

We had a great time watching and listening to how Ms. Harness goes through the process of writing and illustrating her stories, as she brought wonderful step-by-step visual aides.

After the presentation, we were delighted that she not only autographed Boo’s Ghosts of The White House book, but, she posed for photos, as well.

Thank You, again, Ms. Harness!! 🙂

 

 

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“Plato insisted that the most beautiful things were invisible — that perfect forms are too perfect to see. Well, Plato would have loved the Wellcome Image competition, which limits itself tophotographs of subjects that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

This year’s winners are an eclectic bunch: Here’s a carpet of concave blood cells. There’s a collection of Vitamin C crystals (they look like seashells). And — the most memorable images — terrifying photographs of bodily decay. The photo of a prostate tumor captures metastasizing cells as they consume neighboring tissue. The breast-cancer cell looks like a shard of stained glass, and a ruptured capillary leaks blood like a broken pipe. The photographs are so beautiful, it’s easy to forget that each one is a tragic portrait — a vision of the body falling slowly apart.” – – VSL

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/en/wia/gallery.html

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My Hubby’s side “thing” is mowing lawns.  Last year, he took the kids with him and was teaching them the ropes.  Boo was 8 and pretty small – – so he didn’t put her on the rider he bought last year.  (In order to make it stop, you had to push – – HARD – – into the clutch and move this other switch.)  This year, he bought a John Deere that stops when you let off the pedal….SO much easier!! 

Hubby decided it was time to teach Boo the ropes and let her drive the rider alone. 

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Monday
History-Read “The Black Douglas” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Covetous Man” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “The Covetous Man” from Aesop’s Fables; Read No Mirrors in My Nana’s House; Read Chapters 14 and 15 from Shiloh.
Quiz-Took the quiz for Shiloh from www.BookAdventure.com
Math-Miquon Math Worksheet Pgs. E-1 through E-6
Poetry-Read XXXIII – The Swing from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Tuesday
History-Read “Other Wise Men of Gotham” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The One-Eyed Doe” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “The One-Eyed Doe” from Aesop’s Fables
Math-Miquon Math Worksheet Pgs. D-4, E-7 through E-12
Poetry-Read XXXV – Looking-Glass River and XXXIV – Time to Rise from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Art-Finished the Flag on Canvas project at the Homeschool Group
Music/P.E.-Music in Motion at the Homeschool group
Science-Hand-on Owl lesson with Worksheet at the Homeschool Group

Wednesday
History-Read “The Miller of the Dee” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Cock and the Fox” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “The Cock and the Fox” from Aesop’s Fables; Read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; Read Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.
Quiz-Took the quiz for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge from www.BookAdventure.com
Math-Miquon Math Worksheet Pgs. E-13 through E16 and Boardwork (Elements)
Science-Discuss Scientific Method
Movie-Watched Shiloh

Thursday
History-Read “Sir Philip Sidney” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Hare and the Tortoise” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “The Hare and the Tortoise” from Aesop’s Fables; Read Sam and the Lucky Money; Ouch!; Thank You, Mr. Falker and Guji Guji
Math-Miquon Math Worksheet Pgs. E17 through E-25
Poetry-Read XXXVII – From a Railway Carriage and XXXVI – Fairy Bread from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Personal/Silent Reading-Read Camera Book: The Very Strong Man; The Missing Piece and BSK: Frankenstein Doesn’t Slam Hockey Pucks
Quiz-Took the quiz for BSK: Frankenstein Doesn’t Slam Hockey Pucks from www.BookAdventure.com

 

A Sneak Peak into our Week…..

 

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Monday
Monday was super-busy. I planned a little in advance (which I normally don’t do….LOL) for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday “celebration” at www.bookadventure.com; where they were giving an extra 50 points for reading a Dr. Seuss book, PLUS double points on all books being tested. (At first, I just thought the double points was for the first book tested – – so, I added a couple more an extra book that was scheduled for Tuesday.)

Brownie Patch-Make Dough Shapes
Geography-Locate country on globe and www.googlemaps.com for postcard being sent out.
History/SS-Read “The White Ship” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold and Dr. Seuss Worksheet.
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Wolf and the Kid” from Aesop’s Fables and Copy Work for the postcard.
Literature-Read “How the Whale got His Throat” from Just So Stories; “The Wolf and the Kid” from Aesop’s Fables; Brave Irene; Knots on a Counting Rope; Horton Hatches the Egg; and Shiloh Chapters 5 and 6.
Book Quiz-“How the Whale got His Throat” from Just So Stories; Brave Irene; Knots on a Counting Rope and Horton Hatches the Egg.
Math-Properties of 10 (Board Work) and Miquon Pages A-19 to A-24.
Poetry-Read XXIX – The Sun’s Travels from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Science-Read and completed worksheet about Whales.

Tuesday
History/SS-Read “Three Men of Gotham” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold.
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Young Mouse, the Cock and the Cat” from Aesop’s Fables.
Literature-Read “The Young Mouse, the Cock and the Cat” from Aesop’s Fables
Math-Miquon Pages C-1 to C-4
Poetry-Read XXX – The Lamplighter from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Homeschool Group-Paint on Canvas (Flag); Music/P.E.-Action Songs (at least 45 minutes)

Wednesday
Brownie Patch/Math-Finish requirements for Numbers and Shapes Patch
History/SS-Listened to “King John and the Abbot” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Vain Jackdaw” from
Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read/Listened to “The Vain Jackdaw” from Aesop’s Fables; A Bad Case of Stripes; Me and My Cat; Recycle! and Shiloh Chapters 7 to 10
Book Quiz-Leprechauns Don’t Play Basketball and A Bad Case of Stripes
Math-Number Line (Board Work) and Miquon Pages C-5to C-10
Poetry-Read XXXI – My Bed is a Boat from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Thursday
Brownie Patch/Math-Math Fun
History/SS-Read “The Story of Robin Hood” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “Belling the Cat” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “Belling the Cat” from Aesop’s Fables; Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch and Shiloh Chapters 11-13
Math-Subtraction with Block Proof and Miquon Pages C-111, C-11a and D-1 to D-4
Poetry-Read XXXII – The Moon from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Here is our week in Pictures…..

 

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Monday
I had a dental appointment (just a cleaning….thank goodness!! : ) So, we just used this as our “day off” – – but, we did manage to get in some art and Brownie stuff done.
Art/Brownies-Assemble and Decorate the “Hobbies” Lapbook. Stamp Stencils. Painting Polygons.
Math-Discussed Polygons.
Personal Reading-Took a quiz for BSK: Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots
 

Tuesday
History-Read “The Last of the Romans” from An Island Story
Literature-Read “The Fox and the Lion” from Aesop’s Fables
Language Arts-Did copy work for “The Fox and the Lion” from Aesop’s Fables and wrote a Thank You note to Aunt Melissa.
Math-Played with Cuisenaire Rods
Poetry-Read XXV – The Wind from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Homeschool Group-Art: Color Wheel and Worksheet. Sang songs with LOTS of activity and sigh language. Cleaned a Gourd.

Wednesday
History-Read “King Alfred and the Cakes” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Literature-Read “The Leopard and the Fox” from Aesop’s Fables
Language Arts-Did copy work for “The Leopard and the Fox” from Aesop’s Fables and wrote a Thank You note to Uncle Edwin.
Math-Played with Cuisenaire Rods, did the “Half-Of” Game, Worksheet Pgs. A-1 to A-6, and made an Origami Butterfly.
Poetry-XXVI – Keepsake Mill from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Art-”Stained Glass” Butterfly
Geography-Sent and Received postcards from www.postcrossing.com
Science-Read about Insects – – and copied the Butterfly Venn Diagram

Thursday
History-Read “King Canute on the Seashore” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Literature-Read “Minerva’s Olive” from Aesop’s Fables; Listened to Stellaluna; Listened to Chapter 1 and 2 from Shiloh.
Language Arts-Did copy work for “Minerva’s Olive” from Aesop’s Fables, Deciduous Definition Quiz, took quiz for Stellaluna at www.BookAdventure.com and wrote a Thank You note to Aunt Katharina.
Math-Played with Cuisenaire Rods, Make Math sentences “True:” then, prove it!, Worksheet Pgs. A-7 to A-12.
Poetry-XXVII – Good and Bad Children from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Geography-Sent and Received postcards from www.postcrossing.com
Science-Read about Plants – – and Re-potted a plant
Personal Reading-Took a quiz for Chocolate Fever

Friday
Art/Brownies-Assemble and Decorate the “Careers” Lapbook
History-Read “The Sons of William the Conqueror” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Literature-Read “The Countryman and the Snake” from Aesop’s Fables; Listened to The Polar Express; Listened to Chapter 3 and 4 from Shiloh Read A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Language Arts-Did copy work for “The Countryman and the Snake” from Aesop’s Fables, Careers Worksheets: Autobiography and Future Jobs, took quiz for The Polar Express, and wrote a Thank You note to Grandma and Grandpa.
Math-Played with Cuisenaire Rods, Worksheet Pgs. A-13 ro A-18.
Poetry-XXVIII – Foreign Children from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Science-Unit One Exam and Leap Year Info and Quiz Worksheet

Our Week in Pictures….

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