Showing posts from July, 2011

Steak Pasta Salad

One of my favorite summer recipes this steak pasta salad is a full meal and has a bit of a bite in the salad dressing - we make it at least once a month during summer!
Marinate Flank or Flap Steak in either Salt & Pepper or McCormick Steak Seasoning
Cook, Drain, & Cool Pasta (you need about 2 cups)
Wash and chop half a head of lettuce.
Slice Roma or Cherry Tomatoes (I used about a cup chopped or two whole tomatoes)
Add tomatoes to salad greens!
Mix Dressing: 1/2 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp oregano, 2 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Add some cooked and cooled corn (`-2 cups) to your salad.
Grill your steak.  3-5 Minutes on each side over medium high heat.
Add pasta to the salad.
Chop Steak into bite size pieces.
Add steak to your salad.
Add dressing and toss to coat.
Serve with garlic bread and eat until your button bursts (or maybe that is just me)! What's your favorite summer meal?!?

Ocean Animals Theme Learning

Continuing along with our beach theme from last week we took to exploring some different ocean animals this week!
We started by reading Rainbow Fish and creating Rainbow Fish We talked a lot about sharing and not hoarding things for ourselves and also about how sometimes we have to sacrifice to make other's happy.
Then we read Swimmy (I Love this book) and recreated their teamwork! We talked about working together to accomplish goals and such!

Sorry our Octopi are sideways I am having issues switching htem! We colored and decoarte octopi using beads as "suckers" we also watched some National Geographic videos to learn some fun facts!
We recreated jelly fish using coffee filters and yarn then watched some online streaming of jelly fish!
Happy Thursday!

Grocery Deals July 27 - August 2


White Peaches or Nectarines @ .88/lb = Excellent PriceBoneless Skinless Chicken Breasts @ 1.99/lb = Good PriceGeneral Mills Cereals (select ones) @ 1.99 = Good Price (coupons)Duncan Hines Cake Mix @ 1.25 = Good Price (coupons)Corn on the Cob @ .50 = Good PriceWhole Seedless Watermelon @ .39/lb = Good PriceBUY 10 SAVE 5:Colgate Toothpaste @ .99 = Excellent Price (coupons)Hillshire Farms Sausage @ 2.99 = Good Price (coupons)Honey Maid Graham Crackers @ 2.49 = Good Price (coupons)Arrowhead Water @ .50 = Good PriceStater Brothers: Cantaloupes @ 1.00 each = Excellent PriceYellow Peaches @ .89/lb  = Excellent PriceYellow Nectarines @ .99/lb = Excellent PricePlums @ 1.50/lb = Good PriceWhole Foster Farms Chickens @ .79/lb = Stock Up PriceMinute Maid Drinks @ .99 = Great PriceBroccoli @ .99/lb = Excellent PriceTina's Burritos @ .25 = Good PriceTide Detergent @ 11.97  = Good Price (coupons)BUY 6 SAVE 3:Kellogs Cereal @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price (coupons)Eggo Waffles/Pancakes @ 1.49 =…

Produce Galore!

The cantaloupes are ripening quicklywe picked six this week! Let me tell you a secret: Home Grown Cantaloupe Tastes Nothing Like Store Bought This Stuff Tastes Like Heaven.  I have eaten three myself...
1st Cantaloupe @ 2.14 lbs
Cantaloupe @ 1.84
Two more @ 2.69 lbs
Awesome Carrots @ .664 lbs
.69 lbs of Sweet Corn But it is dry when we cook it....
.05 lbs of Basil
.617 lbs of veggies
Anaheim Chilis & More at .289 lbs
Tomatillos @ .445 lbs
.086 lbs of cherry tomatoes
.422 lbs
1.992 lbs of Zucchini

3.001 lbs
.195 lbs of Tomatillos
What a ton of produce!
Week's Weight:  15.116 lbs of Produce! Total Weight: 50.92 lbs

Meal Plan July 24-30th

Breakfast: Zucchini Bread, Cantaloupe, Bacon Lunch: Bologna Sandwiches, Chips, Blueberries, Carrots Dinner: Japanese Pork Chops, White Rice, Broccoli Snacks: Trail Mix
Breakfast: Raisin Bran Lunch: Quesadillas, Goldfish, Zucchini Dinner: BBQ Chicken, Corn, Baked Beans Snacks: Granola Bars
Tuesday: Breakfast: Granola Bars, Cantaloupe Lunch: Black Bean Burritos, Corn, Blueberries Dinner: Fettuccine Alfredo Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread Snacks: Trail Mix
Breakfast: Bagels & Cream Cheese, Blueberries Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Raisins, Carrots & Ranch Dinner: Steak & Shrimp Fajitas, Chips & Salsa, Rice Snacks: Granola Bars
Breakfast: Waffles, Cantaloupe, Sausage Lunch: Costco Pizza! Dinner: Zippy Pork Chops, Wild Rice, Grilled Zucchini Snacks: Trail Mix, Peaches
Friday: Breakfast: Pancakes, Peaches, Sausage Lunch: Egg Salad Sandwiches, Chips, Blueberries Dinner: Sausage Spaghetti, Salad Snacks: Trail Mix, Granola Bars
Saturday: Breakfast: Breakfast Burritos, Fr…



This year the Hubs and I are traveling to Pennsylvania for his graduation from Penn State's MBA program and after much deliberation we have decided to leave the little ones behind.  With that being said we still wanted to spend some quality family time together and thus decided to have a 4 day "staycation"!  Our 4 days started out with a trip to Newport Beach - this being Little C's first time at the beach since before she was walking it was quite the new adventure!  Both girls loved the sand and eventually the water but most of all the people!  We met some lovely people from Canada and Colorado and had a ton of fun all day!

Big C buried in sand!
Daddy's Myan Ruins castle!
Little C loved the sand - and had it everywhere!
Sand angels!
Didn't wait two seconds before digging in!
Next we visited the La Habra Children's museum. We also went art supply shopping at Target and tried to get daddy a suit and shoes at the Brea Mall.
OCTA Bus at the La Habra Children's Mu…

Theme Learning - Beach Theme!

We started off by reading some great books!
Then we made a beach picture issuing cricut cutouts, markers, construction paper, and cotton balls.
We also went to the beach as a field trip!
And made treasure boxes for our shells - using popsicle sticks and shells!
Happy Learning!