Busy getting our schedule ready

Saturday, August 21, 2010 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

I am busy getting our schedule together for homeschooling my now grade 1 daughter. How exciting is that. Below I posted the curriculum I am going to be using and I have starting using it and so far we are loving it all.

At the same time I am doing my homeschool schedule I am doing my daycare schedule as well. I want to get things all ready so we can just keep going with theme after theme for the daycare kids.

Happy learning going to post it all once I get it done here.

Tooth Fairy is coming to visit!!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010 AnnMarie Brown 1 Comments

Well today it finally happened. My miss mew finally lost her first tooth at the age of 6. It has been loose for a few weeks but she would not let anyone touch it at all. Being so careful not to disturb it. And low and behold today while eating a banana it fell out! She is just so excited and of course the first thing she asked for was a tooth fairy pillow to put her tooth in so what mommy can resist their child when asking for a tooth fairy pillow. So I pull out some felt, fire up the sewing machine and away I went on creating a tooth fairy pillow for my daughter.

The finished tooth fairy pillow ready to hang on her bedroom door handle.
The tooth goes into the mouth of the pillow.

The tooth fairy will drop the money in the back of the pillow.

The tooth all packaged up ready to go into the mouth of the pillow.

The tooth in the mouth of the pillow ready to hang on the door handle.

Thanks for visiting!!!

FASD.... my life...

Sunday, August 15, 2010 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

Over 6 years ago one of my the most incredible little girls came into my life. She would change my life forever. She would teach me to not take anything for granted because she was going to have to work twice as hard to attain things in her life. She would teach my to love unconditionally with all my heart. She would bring new and wonderful people into my life who knew what is was like to have adopted a child with FASD. Even though none of our children were a like as the alcohol effects our children in different ways we shared so many things in common. We all love our children more than you can know and we all want the best for our children. We want to educate the world on FASD so more children don't have to suffer and we want to teach others how to deal with our FASD child for they are truly special in so many ways. To learn more about FASD and what it is and what my daughter lives with every day of her life please watch the video below.

If you have met me and my family some of you might not even realize what our precious "Miss Mew" has and has to deal with every day of her life. Choices that were made before she was born will impact her life every day. We are choosing to rise about it. We are choosing to deal with it and help her in any way she can so that she can be a productive member of society. FASD awareness day is coming on September 9th of every year is national FASD Awareness day. Please if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant do not drink. The risk is not worth it. Your child deserves so much more.

If you did drink while you were pregnant and you are seeing things in your child that could be FASD please admit what you have done and seek out the proper treatment for your child to give them a brighter future to give them a chance.

Much Love!

How does a family of 6 get 5 plus meals out of a 9kg Turkey

Sunday, August 15, 2010 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

We were gifted a 9kg turkey a while ago.. and decided to cook in on Thursday of this last week. We were able to get quite a few meals out of this turkey and for a family of our size that says a lot. Below is the breakdown of meals we got out of it.

Thursday Dinner: Hot turkey dinner with fixings
Friday Lunch: Turkey Wraps with salad
Friday Dinner: Cold Turkey Sandwiches, jellos, coleslaw, cucumbers
Saturday Lunch: Turkey Wraps
Sunday Dinner: Turkey Pot Pie, Garden Salad, sliced cucumbers and carrots

Mind you know the turkey is all gone... I wish I would have taken pictures of the different meals.. next time... but if you are resourceful enough you can really make a meal stretch... in there also my son enjoyed some turkey sandwiches as snacks here and there.

Zucchini Bread

Friday, August 13, 2010 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

My Very yummy Zucchini Bread!!!!!

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup Apple Sauce
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini

1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

**Do not drain zucchini**

Crumb Topping: 1/2 c. regular oats, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/4 c. flour, 1/4 t. cinnamon, 1/4 c. Butter can be added about 20 minutes into cook time.

Catching up....

Friday, August 13, 2010 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

I made this for a boy at our church that got hurt to help cheer
him up and let him know that we were thinking of him.

Miss Mew... with her soccer medal... she was so happy to get a medal!

Grade 1 Curriculum .... all ready to go!!!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

for Math:
  • Counting with Numbers (Rod & Staff)
  • Learning numbers with Spunky (the Donkey)
  • MEP (free online)
for Language Arts: Pathway Readers and accompanying workbooks
  • First Steps w workbook
  • Days go by w workbook
  • More days go by w workbook

for Phonics:
  • Learning Through Sounds book 1
  • Learning through sounds book 2
  • Before we Read
  • Climbing to Good English
for Spelling:
  • 1st Spelling Book
for Penmanship:
  • Pentime Manuscript book 2
for Seatwork Extras if needed:
  • Everywhere we go (Rod & Staff)
Also in my possession I have:

Complete Canadian Curriculum for grade 1
  • Math
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Science
for History:
  • http://www.lessonpathways.com/
  • maps & globes
  • continents
  • oceans
  • rivers, lakes & mountains
  • Native americans
  • Journey to a New World
  • Colonies
  • around the world
  • Africa
  • USA & Canada
  • Pocahontas
  • The Calendar
  • King Tut & the Nile
  • Seven wonders of the world
  • so much more
for Science:
I also plan on incorporating some of the CM books again this year... it just works really well for us and how we homeschool.

Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle

Monday, August 02, 2010 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

Made this for our dinner party with friends last night.... it was so good and refreshing!

Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle

2-1/2 cups cold milk
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding, or any other flavor
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
4 cups mixed fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries), divided
42 NILLA Wafers
Make It

BEAT milk and pudding mixes in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Stir in 1-1/2 cups COOL WHIP. Reserve 1/4 cup berries for garnish.

ARRANGE 21 wafers on bottom and up side of 2-1/2-qt. bowl; top with layers of 1/3 of the pudding mixture and half each of the berries and remaining pudding mixture. Top with layers of remaining wafers, berries, pudding mixture and COOL WHIP. Garnish with reserved berries.


Banana Walnut Bread

Monday, August 02, 2010 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

How I wish I had some bananas at the house to make this... I think a trip out to Briwood might be in order for today so that I can make some banana bread.

1 3/4 C. flour
2/3 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup mashed ripe (this is usually 2 or 3 bananas)
1/3 cup margarine
2 tablespoons milk
2 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts (divided into 2 (1/2 C.) portions (OPTIONAL)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt), stir together to combine. In another medium size bowl combine margarine and sugar, with a mixer cream the margarine, and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in mashed bananas, eggs, milk and mix well. Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix until the flour is just mixed in, then add in the remaining flour and 1/2 cup walnuts, blend together until everything is mixed together. Do not over stir.

Pour batter into a greased 8×4 inch loaf pan. Then top the batter with the remaining chopped walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.