Friday, March 2, 2012

Free Day at the Children's Museum!

Our local children's museum had a free day last week. Of course we went! Traffic getting there simply crawled. We circled all the way around to the top of the parking garage before finding a spot. But it was worth it!

This was our first time visiting the museum in our new area. Yes, it's definitely nice enough I should buy an annual pass. We'll be returning there in the near future. I also have some other children's and nature museums I want to visit, within a 3 hr drive.

That doesn't look nearly as busy as it actually was. Here we are waiting to get in one exhibit (a traveling one). Waited 40 minutes to get to this point. When we got to the front of the line heard the man at the end of the line warn newcomers the wait was now longer than an hour!

Two activities from that particular exhibit. A conveyor belt, and a build your own bug.

Loved the trains.

Fabulous water clock

Playing on a dinosaur "nest"


Ceiling made of glass bottles, vases, etc in many colors. Revolving seat to watch.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Finally Outside Again!

After we've all been struggling with an illness, T got to play outside today- finally!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Reminder to followers about Friend Connect and March 1st

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Meals for Colds

The whole family is struggling with colds. We were stuck indoors all weekend, despite a beautiful blue sky begging for us to go outside. Not wanting to spread our germs around we stayed home from church, listening to sermons online instead.

Despite warmer weather sickness in the house is a perfect opportunity for soups this week. Taking part in Org Junkie's Menu Plan Mondays has inspired me to keep on top of menu planning every week (even if I forget to post my plans). Yesterday we didn't have soup. So without further ado, our meals for this week:

Sunday: Chickpea and Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Monday: Vegetable soup and leftovers from Sunday.

Tuesday:  Egg Drop Soup and a Stir-fry, if I'm up to it.

Wednesday: Classic chicken noodle soup

Thursday: Curried Lentil Soup *I'll include the recipe as it's a favorite!*

Friday: Lentil Tacos (we've got to have a change, right!?)

Curried Lentil Soup

2 T olive oil
2 carrots, peeled & finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T curry powder
5 c broth
1 1/2 c dried lentils
  1.5 - 2 c tomato puree
1/2 lb mixed greens (love combining kale and spinach)
salt & pepper

In a large pot heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, celery & onion. Sauté until just getting tender. Add the garlic & curry powder. Cook while stirring for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add 1 cup of the broth & scrap the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add remaining broth and lentils. Place a cover on the pot leaving it slightly ajar & bring to a boil. Reduce the heat & simmer for 30 minutes stirring from time to time.

Check to see if the lentils are done. When they are tender add the tomato & greens. Simmer for about 10 more minutes. Salt & pepper as needed.