Will bullet points suffice? As always, this will not be an exhaustive list by any means. Just a few highlights from the day.
- Slept in until 9. Oh, glorious day!
- Kaitlyn cleaned, mowed and edged the front yard.
- Started school at the dining table with a popcorn snack while studying for Sunday school: What Wondrous Love Is This (alto for us girls, while Perry leads bass), Heidelberg Catechism, Conversion of St. Augustine in A.D. 387, II Kings 7.
- Sold most of the weight equipment I bought Saturday and listed yesterday to a Craigslist buyer today for a tidy profit.
- Younger ones did reading lessons while big girls worked on our church’s newsletter, The Homeschool Times. Kaitlyn is the Editor-in-Chief, and Lydia and Megan have regular columns.
- Kaitlyn and Lydia prepared and froze another 30# of mashed potatoes.
- The little ones helped me thoroughly clean the inside of the van.
- I met another Craigslist buyer at a nearby burger joint to sell more weight equipment.
- Since I was already out, I ran into the grocery store for some bananas. See? Just bananas…and a few other items.
Tonight we had one of our more exotic, adventurous dinners: a Thai inspired stew, roughly based upon a recipe from Taste of Home magazine. It’s a favorite in our house, and I really should serve it more often.
It’s such a favorite, in fact, that Rachael gave me a huge hug when she heard what I was making. A second demonstration of how much they love it: Perry and I told them to go ahead and eat without us while we ran an errand, and we came home to find it gone. Not to fear: we had The Book of Free to fall back upon. Lenny’s Sub Shop to the rescue!
Satay-Style Pork Stew
- 2-3 lbs. boneless pork, cut into thin strips
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 lbs. parsnips, potatoes or other root vegetables, peeled and sliced
- 2 sweet red peppers, thinly sliced
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar or other vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot (or 1 tsp. ground ginger)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- hot cooked rice
- 4 green onions, chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts (optional)
Stovetop instructions: Saute pork and onion in a few tablespoons of oil until onion is translucent and pork is done. Add remaining ingredients down to line, and simmer 20-30 minutes until vegetables and pork are tender. Stir in peanut butter. Serve over rice. Top with green onions and chopped peanuts if desired.
Slow Cooker instructions: In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine everything down to line. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until pork is tender. Skim fat if nessecary; stir in peanut butter. Serve over rice; top with onions and peanuts if desired.
- Day 1: Neighborhood Night Out
- Day 2: In which the city hauls away our neighborhood’s tree trimmings
- Day 3: Impromptu date night
- Day 4: Pizza night
- Day 5: A nice relaxing weekend
- Day 6: The Sabbath
- Day 7: Monday says it all