Classic literature is a foundational element of any good homeschooling regimen. However, many elementary school students are not prepared to devour the classics in their entirety. That is precisely why I was thrilled to discover the “Classic Starts” series published by Sterling Publishing Company. This is an excellent product at an excellent price. I love these books because they have exposed my children to some wonderful literature without tapping into their reading frustration levels. I highly recommend this series. Continue reading Classic Starts (Classic Literature for Kids)
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I distinctly recall the very first time I tried tabbouleh. It was in Morocco.
Okay… it was in Epcot’s Morocco. It was way back when we had only two little ones to cart around Disney. We had stopped at one of the little sidewalk restaurants for a little respite from the sun and to have a little snack. At the time I had never even heard of the word tabbouleh. The entry on the menu board piqued my interest, and I just had to sample the salad with such an unusual name. As soon as that first spoonful crossed my lips, I was instantly grateful. The bright, flavorful mixture of herbs, grains, and citrus was intriguing. What a fresh new taste!
I have had many tabbouleh variations since then, and they have all been good. However, I recently decided to create a tabbouleh that even my kids would like. This is what I came up with.
- 1 cup whole grain quick-cooking whole wheat bulgur
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 pound cooked chicken breast, chopped
- 1 pound pineapple, diced
- 8 oz strawberries, diced
- 1/2 cucumber, seeded, peeled, and diced
- 1 shallot, finely minced
- 1 0z. mint, cut into thin ribbons
- 1/4 cup garlic rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- 2 TBSP honey
- 1 TBSP Sugar in the Raw
- 1/2 cup Goat Cheese
- Pour boiling water over bulgur and let sit at least one hour.
- In a large bowl or serving platter l, toss the chicken, pineapple, strawberries, cucumber, shallots, and mint together.
- In a separate container, whisk the vinegar, lime juice, teriyaki sauce, honey, and sugar together until mixed well.
- Pour over bulgur mixture and stir until evenly distributed.
- Garnish with goat cheese and strawberry slices if desired.
- There you have it. Simple. Fresh. Healthy. And the kids loved it!
- 3 large onions, cut into very thin slices
- 1 stick butter
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped OR 1 oz dried mushrooms (reconstituted according to package directions, chopped)
- 10 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 16 ounces raw chicken breast, thinly sliced
- 1 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp Sugar in the Raw
- 8 oz Marsala cooking wine
- 16 oz heavy whipping cream
- 16 ounces whole wheat pasta (prepared according to package directions)
- 2 ounces Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup of fresh basil, sliced into thin ribbons
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (optional)
2012 was our first year participating in the Crown Athletics Cross Country team. We were thoroughly impressed with the coaches, the runners, the parents, and the entire experience. My oldest daughter ran last year but our plan is for all four of our older kids to participate in the 2013 season. The head Coach (Howard Brummel) ended the season by requesting that all of the kids log their running hours during the off-season so they will be prepared for a successful 2013 season (and so they can stay healthy and fit through the winter). To help my kids meet this goal we have decided to start running together as a family. Continue reading Crown Athletics Cross Country – Mileage Tracker