Favorite Books for Little Boys

My 1st Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen of my favorite books for little boys.

  1. Make Way for Ducklings
    by Robert McCloskey
  2. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  3. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  4. Caps for Sale
    by Esphyr Slobodkina
  5. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    by Virginia Lee Burton
  6. Billy And Blaze: A Boy And His Horse
    by C.W. Anderson
  7. Days with Frog and Toad
    by Arnold Lobel
  8. Big Dog… Little Dog (A Bedtime Story)
    by P.D. Eastman
  9. Gus and Button
    by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
  10. A Tree Is Nice
    by Janice May Udry
  11. The Big Snow
    by Berta Hader and Elmer Hader
  12. Green Eggs and Ham
    by Dr. Seuss
  13. Little Bear
    by Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak

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Tree Tops

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Leftover Vegetable Tip

My last post has got me thinking about veggies. When we serve vegetables at our house (usually at dinner) we always seem to have a tablespoon leftover. I use to force ask one of my kids to finish it off, but it was hard to make it fair with six kids.

Then one day a friend of mine (who lives in the country and doesn’t waste anything) brought me some soup. It was the best soup I had ever tasted, even my non soup loving kids loved it. I asked her what she used for the broth.

That is when I learned her secret… after every meal, she takes any leftover vegetables and their juice, and dumps it into a container in her freezer. When the container is full she makes soup. To this mixture she adds beef, potatoes, basic spices and any other soup type leftovers she has in her kitchen. She told me she has never made the same soup twice because her frozen container always has a different mixture of leftovers in it, but it is always delicious. So next time you are tempted to dump that last spoonful of veggies down the disposal, freeze it for later. It will save you time and money.

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Organized Pantry- Taken Care Of!!!

One of the keys to utilizing my pantry this month is to actually be able to find the food. In our last house we had a closet pantry, but in this house I have cupboards. Since moving in, I haven’t been able to develop a system to keep my pantry organized. My plan is to organize it today before I go to the store tonight.

Update- Thanks to the efforts of an 11 and 13 yo the pantry is finished! One of the many benefits of having your kids help you with a job like this is that they see the five boxes of pasta. So on the third spaghetti night of the week they are less likely to complain. The quicker the spaghetti goes, the sooner other items can be purchased. I also discovered that I will never need to buy powdered sugar again, I think we found ten pounds!

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My next goal will be to make an inventory sheet for my dry foods so I stop buying the same things over and over again just because I can’t find them!

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Menu Plan Monday

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My menu, the items from my pantry are in italics.

Monday

Breakfast- Oatmeal , English Muffins

Lunch- Muffins, Fruit, Cheese

Dinner- Tacos (and all the fixins)

Tuesday

Breakfast- Pancakes

Lunch- Sandwiches (pb&j or meat and cheese), Apples, Carrot sticks

Dinner- Bowtie Pasta w/ asiago cream sauce, french bread, salad

Wednesday

Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch- Soup & Grilled Cheese, Smoothies

Dinner- Burgers and Dogs, Sweet Potato Fries, Veggie

Thursday

Breakfast- French Toast

Lunch- Sandwiches (pb&j or meat and cheese), Apples, Carrot sticks

Dinner- Salmon Turnovers, Salad, Corn

Friday-

Breakfast- Pancakes

Lunch- Open Face Tacos, Apples, Carrots, Bananas

Dinner- Steak, Rice, Veggies

Saturday we are having friends in from out of town and Sunday we will be eating at a friend’s house after church so I am not sure what our menu will be for those days. I am also planning on cooking up a large pot of white beans and a batch of cornbread for my husband to take with him to work. Hopefully next week my menu will be more exciting. I shop tomorrow night and I would like to spend under $100.

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91 Cents

That was my total out of pocket expense for my CVS trip this afternoon. I also earned $19 in ECB’s. When I went to the register with my stack of coupons the cashier ( teenage boy) kind of rolled his eyes. But after he finished with the coupons he looked very surprised at my $0.91 total. His eyes grew even larger as he looked at the amount of ECB’s printing on my receipt. My loot is pictured below.

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