Apr 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Reminiscing This Time Two Years Ago

Stacy

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Skinny Peanut Butter Chocolate (low carb, clean eating, Trim Healthy Mama S)


  •  4 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1-2 tbsp organic cocoa
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • splash of vanilla extract
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.  
  2. If your coconut oil is at a solid, heat gently to make stirring easier.  
  3. Put 2 lightly salted almonds in each well of an ice cube tray and poured the heated skinny chocolate on top.
  4. P.S. This recipe makes 8 large cubes and each cube is 90 cals, 9 grams fat, 2 grams protein, and 1 carb. A majorly delicious (S) .
NOTE:  This does not call for sweetener.   The peanut butter makes it sweet enough for me.  However, if you do use sweetener, I would grind it first.  Otherwise the chocolate is gritty. 

Easter Party Ideas

Here are some ideas for a kids party for Easter.  I will probably use a few of these just make our Easter morning fun for the kids.

Creative Easter Handouts for Kids or just a fun home project Easter Birthday party goodies
http://familygo-round.blogspot.ca/2013/01/creative-easter-handouts-for-kids-or.html





Peeps on a stick at a Easter Party
http://catchmyparty.com/photos/1038216

Easter basket craft, great party favor.
http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/holidays/easter/easy-easter-treats

chick and bunny juice boxes for kid's Easter party
http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/1b/82/38/1b823852758c5a69c199a3ee61cb8ef2.jpg

http://scrappinwithmybug-scrappinwithmybug.blogspot.ca/2012/04/easter-party-today.html

Ways to Make Fruits and Veggies Fun at Your Next Kid's Party

Bunny Games and Activities
http://b-inspiredmama.com/2014/04/bunny-games-activities-for-kids/

8 Easter Treats for Kids
http://www.messforless.net/2013/03/8-easter-treats-for-kids-food-fun-friday.html

Easter Crafts, Decorating Ideas
http://jennsblahblahblog.com/twelve-easter-crafts-decorating-ideas-and-diy-fun/

Easter Display Arrangement
http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/2012/04/totally-tulip-tastic-display-arrangment.html

Easy Marshmallow Easter Pops
http://orgjunkie.com/2013/03/easy-marshmallow-easter-pops.html

Bunny fruit bow
http://www.watermelon.org/carvings/Rabbit-23.aspx

 Easter Egg garland
http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2011/03/diy-paint-chip-easter-garland.html

50 things to put in plastic Easter Eggs besides Candy
http://www.savingsmania.com/savings-tips/2013/3/1/50-non-candy-easter-treats.html

Jelly Bean Bracelets: Perfect Party Favor 
http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/2887/jellybean-bracelets

Bunny Cake Idea 1
http://www.junkyardclubhouse.com/2007/04/07/bakers-coconut-easter-bunny-cut-up-cake/

Bunny Cake Idea 2
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melgarza/2355504895/in/faves-11481571@N02/

Printable Bunny Banner
http://www.simplysprouteducate.com/2013/03/easter-is-on-its-way-get-ready-with.html

Peeps on a Straw
http://theautocrathaley.blogspot.ca/2011/03/easter-bunny-peep-on-straw.html

Edible Decorations for Easter Meal
http://www.lushome.com/edible-decorations-easter-meal-kids-25-creative-presentation-food-design-ideas/102507

 Bunny and chicken Easter party hats.
http://www.oneperfectdayblog.net/holidays/

Carrot Patch Pudding Cups
http://blog.kidzui.com/2012/04/homemade-easter-treats-for-kids/

Egg Spoon Race and other Easter Games
http://www.squidoo.com/easter-egg-games


Apr 15, 2014

Letting Go

I have always been a relaxed type of parent.  I am not afraid of a few bumps and bruises on the way to learning and fun.  I like kids to have a little freedom to explore and have fun, within an easy distance to me that is.  Now I will admit that when it comes to people saying and doing things to my kids, my momma bear tends to come out, but other than that we have a very relaxed house. 

But I can feel that with every fibre of my being, I will be over-protective of Little Prince.  Because of his autism and because of his lack of speech, I don't feel he understands things, so I know it will be a struggle for me to learn to let him learn the way his sisters did.  I want to cocoon him in my arms in a safe haven of love and protection.  I think that this will be something that I will have to learn. 


Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore (low carb, low fat, clean eating, THM E)


  • 4 - 8 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 10 oz pkg of sliced fresh mushrooms
  • dried oregano
  • thyme
  • sweetener of choice
  • black pepper, and sea salt to taste
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 29 oz can of tomato sauce (or canned crushed tomatoes)
  • cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper to taste
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  1. Place your chicken into your slow cooker.
  2. Throw in onion.
  3. Smash and chop garlic cloves
  4. Add mushrooms
  5. Add a few hefty pinches of dried oregano and thyme.
  6. Add a few pinches of sweetener or honey
  7. Add few good pinches or several cracks of black pepper, and sea salt to taste
  8. Add tomato paste
  9. Add tomato sauce
  10. Add cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper to taste
  11. Stir and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 (ish).
  12. Halfway through cooking time, chop and add green and red peppers.
  13. You want meat tender, cooked, and falling off the bone or falling apart if boneless, break meat apart, and stir.
Wonderful served over thinly sliced and sauteed cabbage along with a sprinkle of parm or part skim mozzerella.

Free Easter Chick Worksheets and Printables



Easter Chick Printable Drawing Lesson
http://www.hellokids.com/c_15330/drawing-for-kids/drawing-lessons-for-kids/how-to-draw-holidays/how-to-draw-easter/how-to-draw-an-easter-chick

Chick Jokes Bookmarks
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chick-jokes-bookmarks

Easter Chick Printing Practice
http://twistynoodle.com/easter-chick-worksheet/

Lots of free Easter Worksheets!!

http://www.lilbunnyhops.com/holidays_easter_free_worksheets.html

Easter Chick Worksheet
http://www.under5s.co.uk/shpchk.html

Color-by-code worksheets
http://mrsehleskindergartenconnections.blogspot.ca/2013/03/bunny-color-by-number-freebie.html

Easter Puzzle
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/easter-coordinates-puzzles

dot to dot number sheets
https://www.kinderplans.com/blog/2012/03/21/easter-activities-worksheets/




 Easter Math
http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/subtraction-visual-learners/






Apr 14, 2014

Therapy

Well Little Prince had his therapists visit today.  He was in no mood to participate and just wandered around playing and making us laugh.  But it was nice to sit and chat with the therapist while we discussed his progress and future plans.  She did say she was going to get me a letter which would help me with the plans I am making for the future!  So that was exciting!

I told her how he had said two new words and then refused to say any words at all for the last five days.  We also talked about how he used to wave bye bye and clap his hands, but he hasn't done that since he was about a year old.  She said that is actually a sign of autism.  The way he learns new skills and then loses them.  It was a nice visit.

I have been feeling lonely, longing for adult conversation, isolated and missing the city the last couple of days, so having someone sit and chat and make me laugh and just let me act like an adult made me feel a lot better.


She is also going to talk to someone about having Princess Magpie do an ADOS test.  I talked about her today about the way she is so OCD and some of the things she does, and how she has an INCREDIBLE memory.  I told her that as long as she was home with me, I wasn't really concerned about getting a diagnosis, but she said she was going to see if she could get a test done on her any way because it may come in handy in the future.

Mexican-style Hamburgers (low carb, low fat, clean eating, Trim Healthy Mama S)



  • 2 lbs. extra lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 can of tomatoes with green chiles
  • shredded reduced fat cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • fat free sour cream
  1. Mix seasoning with ground beef and form patties. 
  2. Brown on both sides. 
  3. Add can of tomatoes. Simmer until beef patties are cooked through. 
  4. Turn off heat and sprinkle with cheese. Serve with lettuce and sour cream.
We love Mexican food and these disappeared! Yummy!

Fun and Easy Easter Chick Crafts

Here are some fun and easy Easter Basket Chick ideas that I have found to try with my kids in homeschool. 

Beady Babies (Easter Craft Idea)
http://spoonful.com/crafts/beady-babies

candy holder bunnies are made with toilet paper rolls
http://www.livinglocurto.com/2010/03/simple-easter-paper-crafts/#sthash.uEGtzViz.dpbs

Hard boiled egg chicks
http://www.ivillage.com/easter-recipes-kids-make/6-a-524067

Footprint chicks 
http://www.kinderart.com/seasons/easter5.shtml

More Footprint Chicks
http://lynnaemccoy.com/spring-easter-toddler-craft-footprint-painting/

Paper Cup Easter Bunny and Chicken:
http://parentinghealthybabies.com/20-do-it-yourself-easter-crafts-for-kids/

Easter Chick Cookies
http://www.diamondsfordessert.com/2012/04/easter-chick-cookies.html

Paper Plate Chick
http://www.katiesnestingspot.com/2009/04/easter-art-paper-plate-chick.html

pom pom chicks
http://inspireimaginationthroughcreation.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/our-very-easy-pom-pom-chicks.html

Handprint Chicks
http://momvstheboys.com/2010/03/thats-one-cute-chick/

 Easy Easter Chicks
http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2013/03/15/easterchicks/

Easter Craft for Kids: Fluffy Chicks
http://www.mamapeapod.com/2013/03/easter-craft-for-kids-fluffy-chicks.html

easter egg carton chicks
http://paperplateandplane.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/easter-egg-carton-chicks/

Paper Plate Easter Chick
http://www.simpleasthatblog.com/2012/03/baby-chick-easter-craft.html

Wooden Spoon Chick Puppet
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/wooden-spoon-chick-puppet