Aug 25, 2015

My New School Year Resolution - Get Organized

Jan. 1st usually has the market cornered on resolutions for most people, but not me.  Not this year.  No, this year, I'm getting a jump on the New Year's resolution by making a New School Year Resolution.  That resolution is to get and keep my "stuff" (with regards to kids, and house) together.

My big kids started middle school this year.  

It's a big deal.  

Up until now, they had the same teachers for the same subjects even if they weren't in the same classes.  I only had to deal with 5 teachers for them, plus one for my little guy.  But, this year, they have exactly one teacher in common.  With 5 classes, that should be 9 teachers right?  


Their school offers electives that last 9 weeks, 18 weeks, or the entire year.  Counting elective courses, my big kids have 16 teachers between the 2 of them.  That's a lot to keep up with. 

But wait, there's more!  Their schedule rotates from week to week.  For example: week 1 - classes go in order 1,2,3,4,5 week 2  -the order changes to 5,4,3,2,1 week 3 - it's 2,1,3,5,4 week 4 - they go 4,5,3,1,2.  The next week it starts over at 1.  Pretty odd isn't it.  
If I just wing this thing, I'll have lost my sanity by Thanksgiving, so a new system of organization is called for. 

I've already got a start on things and will be sharing loads of ideas and printables in the very near future so be sure to check back soon.  

Apr 10, 2015

F.F.F Strawberry,Pear, & Rhubarb Pie

I LOVE Strawberry Rhubarb pie!  So when I saw some beautiful fresh Rhubarb in the produce section right beside strawberries on sale, I knew pie would be on the menu.

This pie is a step away from the traditional strawberry and rhubarb version.  It adds pears, fresh ginger, nutmeg, lemon zest and a pinch or two of cinnamon.  The result is amazing as long as you like strawberry and rhubarb pies.  Lucky for me, my daughter is the only other person in the house with any interest in this magically tart and sweet combination, so we had it all to ourselves.

Strawberry Pear & Rhubarb Pie
2 large stalks of Rhubarb with strings removed and chopped
1 lb Strawberries chopped
2 Pears chopped I used Asian Pears
Zest of one Lemon
1/4-1/2 tsp freshly grated Nutmeg I love nutmeg so I go for the full 1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp. freshly grated Ginger
1/4 -1/2 tsp cinnamon
Sugar to taste depending on the sweetness of your fruit. I used  3/4 C
Thickener of your choice.  I used 11/2 Tbs. corn starch and 1 Tbs. tapioca flour because it was what I had on hand
1 or 2 pie crust  I went with a store bought gluten free crust single crust to save calories over the traditional double crust version.  However, any crust recipe will do and a double crust could be used.

Prep ingredients and pie crust.  Mix first 9 ingredients well but gently.  Pour into prepared pie crust.

Bake at 350 degrees til crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Let cool and enjoy as is or add a dollop of whipped cream.  This pie is also excellent with a scoop of ice cream on top if you can wait til it cools, or on bottom with the pie as a gooey topping if you can't wait.