Friday, July 29, 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?!?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ocean Animals Theme Learning

Continuing along with our beach theme from last week we
took to exploring some different ocean animals this week!

The Rainbow Fish
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.

Swimmy (Knopf Children's Paperbacks)
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!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Grocery Deals July 27 - August 2


  • White Peaches or Nectarines @ .88/lb = Excellent Price
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts @ 1.99/lb = Good Price
  • General Mills Cereals (select ones) @ 1.99 = Good Price (coupons)
  • Duncan Hines Cake Mix @ 1.25 = Good Price (coupons)
  • Corn on the Cob @ .50 = Good Price
  • Whole Seedless Watermelon @ .39/lb = Good Price
  • BUY 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 Price
Stater Brothers:
  • Cantaloupes @ 1.00 each = Excellent Price
  • Yellow Peaches @ .89/lb  = Excellent Price
  • Yellow Nectarines @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Plums @ 1.50/lb = Good Price
  • Whole Foster Farms Chickens @ .79/lb = Stock Up Price
  • Minute Maid Drinks @ .99 = Great Price
  • Broccoli @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Tina's Burritos @ .25 = Good Price
  • Tide Detergent @ 11.97  = Good Price (coupons)
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3:
  • Kellogs Cereal @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Eggo Waffles/Pancakes @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price
  • Mothers Cookies @ 1.99 = Good Price
  • Cheez Its @ 1.99 = Good Price

  • Organic Red Grapes @ 2.00/lb = Good Price
  • Organic Avocado @ 1.50 each = Okay Price
  • Organic Peaches or Nectarines @ 2.00/lb = Good Price
  • Blueberries @ 2.50 for 18 oz = Great Price
  • Ground Beef @ 50% off = Stock Up Price
  • Yellow Nectarines @ .88/lb = Excellent Price 
  • Van De Kamps Breads @ 1.00 = Great Price
  • Ralphs Frozen Veggies @ 1.00 = Good Price
  • Oscar Meyer Bologna or Salami @ 1.00 = Excellent Price
  • 4 General Mills Cereals/Nature Valley Bars @$10 get two gallons milk free STOCK UP COUPONS
  • Frito Lay snacks @ 1.00 = Good Price
  • Farmer John Breakfast Sausage @ 1.00 = Excellent Price (coupons)
  • Crest Toothpaste @ 1.00 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Pillsbury Brownie or Cake Mix @ 1.00 = Excellent price (coupons)
  • Seedless Grapes @ 1.99/lb = Good Price
  • Cucumbers @ .59 each = Great Price

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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

Monday, July 25, 2011

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

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

Breakfast: Pancakes, Peaches, Sausage
Lunch: Egg Salad Sandwiches, Chips, Blueberries
Dinner: Sausage Spaghetti, Salad
Snacks: Trail Mix, Granola Bars

Breakfast: Breakfast Burritos, Fruit
Lunch: Hot Dogs, Grapes
Dinner: BBQ
Snacks: Goldfish Crackers & Craisins

Friday, July 22, 2011


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 Museum

Southern Pacific Caboose at the La Habra Children's Museum

Then we played at home some, went to church and out to lunch. 

Sliding with her cup!

Sliding head first just to give mommy a heart attack.

We also visited Uncle Tom and Aunt Tamae to do some swimming!
The girls loved the pool until Little C insisted she could do it on her own.
Once her head went under she refused to swim again...until later.

Enjoying the pool and the friends!

Lastly we spent a day seeing the new Winnie the Pooh Movie (it was great and Little C did fairly well - I won't be taking her back anytime soon but since the movie was only 1 hour it was great), painting bird houses, making our shell treasure boxes and relaxing.

We did a lot of eating out (my rule was as little cooking and cleaning as necessary)
and are sooooo ready to get back on schedule with our more balanced and less fatty meals!

What vacations are you taking?
If you aren't what would you do if you could?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Theme Learning - Beach Theme!

To the Beach!Lottie's New Beach Towel (Lottie's World)Beach Day
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!