The Coming Week Including Our Menu Plan for August 21, 2016




So much to say so much to do!

It’s the last week before Back to Homeschool in our house and we’re trying to use our time wisely.

Last week we took a one day train trip back to our stomping grounds of Seattle. Oh so much has changed in er, um…20+ years. Sweet Peanut LOVED the train ride (have to get her out more) and we loved the look back. Seattle2

We headed up to the Space Needle stupidly thinking we could get in for lunch. Yes, it’s been a while. The line was down the block! We opted for bridge view and decided to walk around down by the water and up to the Pike Place Market (another mistake).  Who are all these people??!!!Seattle

From our view atop the Space Needle I was able to point out to the Sweet Peanut where I went to college (UW),  and some other Seattle landmarks. My family had to keep shaking me out of it as I exclaimed what happened to the rides!? There used to be amusement rides at the Seattle Center.Seattle4

During our waterfront Ivar’s lunch, which was blessedly nice and quiet, we were able to watch the ferries I rode daily for about 3 years.


We finished off at Uwajimaya (which was secretly my only must stop on the quick trip) where I loaded up on roasted green tea and these amazing breakfast cereal drinks I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF!

These are my new thing and I’m trying to figure out how to make them not so sweet and of course soy-free. The one I picked up was an almond/walnut mix which also had yam, barley flakes, and some sweetener stuff in it. I’m a bit upset I didn’t buy more but you know how it is if you’re unsure if you’ll like something. Well the one I picked up is sweet and smells like almond cookies. My daughter LOVES it. I’ve been mixing into my morning tea for an added 4 grams of protein. Once I started digging I’ve found that Amazon is full of this stuff. So I’m on a hunt for the perfect blend (that I can read) for me or mixing up my own.

This nice lady has a DIY recipe. She drank it as a child in Korea so read her post and you can find out more about it because I still have a hard time explaining it except for the fact that I really love the idea.

So that was the highlight of last week.


At the Dining Table

Hey for a 3 more days you can purchase the Kid’s Make Real Food ecourse! This past summer a neighbor and I started using this ecourse with our girls.  So they can learn to be Chefs!

It’s been a lot of fun. We actually use all three grade/age levels and watch a few lessons before diving in to cook.

So far the girls have learned…

  • How to crack eggs
  • Measuring
  • Spreading and a quick snack to make
  • Cutting onion and peppers
  • Chopping garlic and it’s health benefits
  •  Sauteeing
  • Mixing up salad dressings
  • Making a stir fry

Anyway Katie only opens the cart to purchase the curriculum a few times a year and this is one of those times. It’s a full cooking curriculum and even we moms are learning a few things.

Kid’s Cook Real Food eCourse cart closes Wed. August 24th.

Here’s my menu for the week.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: THM Orange Chicken

Tuesday: Soup and Sandwiches

Wednesday: Ground Turkey Burgers

Thursday: Skillet Sausage Meal

Friday: Ground Turkey Quesdaillas

What’s on your menu?

    • Read some Menu Planning articles for tips on planning your weekly menu
    • Need delicious easy recipes for your family? Simplified Dinners is your template for fresh easy recipes every day.


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