Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lego Winner!

The Lego Winner is Cynthia Rogers
Thank you all for donating!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cooking For Many

I get asked a lot how we afford to feed our family :)

I made Cheesy Chicken Casserole this afternoon.  The amount I made will serve us meals three times.  So for ease of math, I am calling it 33 servings.  Now, yes, the little ones will eat less than the big ones, and such, but I'm not going into that level of detail or analysis ;)

It's partially organic.  No processed soups.  The kids eat it up with great pleasure!
This Cheesy Chicken Casserole cost us $0.75 per serving.
Here is the cost breakdown.
Chicken 2.0  $    4.99  $    9.98
Cheese 0.5  $  13.49  $    6.75
Rice 2.0  $    1.00  $    2.00
Mixed Veggies 1.0  $    5.89  $    5.89
Total  $  24.62
Servings  33.0  
$    0.75
I deboned the chicken and put the bones into the crockpot to make bone broth.  Bone broth is good stuff!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Emergency Vet Trip Without a Cat Carrier

With nine kids and no helper?

What's a mama to do?

Two laundry baskets and a half dozen bungees will do the trick!

DIY cat carrier!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Morgan's Wonderland

We visited Morgan's Wonderland over the weekend.  Fun!

This room was in the sensory building and the screens detected your shadows. 

A Pond with pooling water

The butterflies would land on your shoulder.

Bucking broncos

We rode the train a few times!

And rode the Merri-Go-Round at least a half dozen times!




 Water is always an attraction or my crew.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Ninjago - Fundraiser!!!!!

We are having a Ninjago flash  giveaway fundraiser.

We are hoping to have our dossier presented to the government next week and hoping to travel soon thereafter.  So we need to raise travel funds.  This is the first of our upcoming fundraisers.

This fundraiser is limited to 25 entries.  Entries are $10.00 each.

LEGO Ninjago Temple of Light 70505
  • Includes 5 minifigures with weapons: Lloyd (golden ninja), Lord Garmadon, Sensei Wu, scout and swordsman.
  • Features the golden mech, opening sides, 4 elemental blade holders, trapdoor, weapons rack, gong and a ladder.
  • Control the golden mech!
  • Weapons include 4 elemental blades, spear, ninja sword, crossbow with quiver, Lord Garmadon's staff and Sensei Wu's golden staff.
  • Golden mech features poseable limbs, adjustable hat, cockpit with space for a minifigure and a large golden sword.

  • You can enter here.  Each entry is a ten dollar donation and donations are not tax deductible.


    Monday, July 15, 2013

    My Father''s World - Adventures Quilt

    We have been working hard to finish up our remembrance quilt for this year.
    We are using My Father's World - Adventures in US History.
    We used the Cricut to cut the state shapes.
    Before cutting fabric on the Cricut, I always apply Heat N Bon Ultra to the back of the fabric.  This does two things 1) allows the fabric to stick easier to the Cricut mat and 2) turns the fabric into an iron-on applique.
    So we cut and cut and cut and cut.
    Then ironed and ironed and ironed.
    We ended up with the New Elgland states running off the fabric and we forgot to cut Hawaii and North Carolina.
    But for the most part our cut and applique process is finished.  We actually did not have enough fabric and Heat N Bond left to finish the states.  So a trip to Hobby Lobby and an Amazon order is need to finish up tat process.
    Paper template

    Preparing a Cricut mats with the fabric

    Cricut mat ready to cut

    Cut states going into each kid's project box.


    Stages of applique