Blanket Time – May 2013 Week 4

What is Blanket Time? Find a description in the first post here.

Want to see other Blanket Time and Activity plans? Find an index here.

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Next Week’s Blanket Time & Activity Plan

Theme: Germs & Health

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MONDAY

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TUESDAY

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WEDNESDAY

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THURSDAY

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FRIDAY

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Extra Activities:

Toddler Activities – Transportation

Our activities last week centered around the theme of Transportation (Pamm’s House toddler curriculum). And yes, he did these activities in his diaper. It was just that kind of a morning. 🙂

1. Played with the Hot Wheels track and cars.  We put tracks together or at different heights to see the effects.  B loved this!

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2. We gathered all cars/trucks/tractors (anything with wheels) and put them into one bucket.  B dumped it out immediately after. 🙂

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3. I don’t have pictures for this, but we read several transportation themed book and did a transportation themed puzzle.  Also, this is B’s favorite video lately.  He loves “fia-twucks”.

Blanket Time – May 2013 Week 3

B and I are adding a new element to our morning routine starting this week.  I’m calling it Blanket Time.

In daycare, they typically call it Circle Time.  But….it wouldn’t be that much of a circle with just Little B and I here, so we’re changing the name but keeping the concept.

Blanket Time will take around 15 minutes (or however long B is interested) and be on a blanket in his room after we finish getting ready in the morning.

It will consist of four general parts and still continue with the themes from Pamm’s House

  • Good Morning song…and probably some dancing 😉
  • Bible story

  • Song/Poem/Book time

Ideas from Pamm’s House – Toddler Curriculum

  • Video Time

Ideas from All In One Homeschool

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Next Week’s Blanket Time & Activity Plan

Theme: Body Parts

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MONDAY

  • Good Morning Song
  • Bible Story: Jesus Loves Me p.195
  • Song/Poem/Book: Me Complete
  • Video

Other Activity: Outing

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TUESDAY

Other Activity: Outing

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WEDNESDAY

  • Good Morning Song
  • Bible Story: I’ll Help You pg. 184
  • Song/Poem/Book: Five Sense Praise
  • Video

Other Activity: Cut out body parts from a magazine, glue to a box.  Roll box like dice and name the part that lands face up.

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THURSDAY

  • Good Morning Song
  • Bible Story: Helping a Friend pg. 163
  • Song/Poem/Book: Hokey Pokey
  • Video

Other Activity: Read a book about moving body

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FRIDAY

  • Good Morning Song
  • Bible Story: One Said Thank You pg. 195
  • Song/Poem/Book: Toe Knee Chest Nut
  • Video

Other Activity: Grocery Shopping

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Extra Activities:

  • Veggie Tales: Are You My Neighbor?
  • Tear off strips of masking tape and have B put them on the body part that I name
  • Measuring Magic pg. 133 (The Toddler’s Busy Book)

Tiramisu Napoletana

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This is my new favorite dessert!

I made this recipe for this month’s Facebook Cookbook Club’s theme – Italian dishes.  I was so excited for this theme because of my love for all things Italian – well, most things. 😉
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In the summer of 2006, I was blessed with the chance to intern at a University in Naples, Italy.  While I was there I took a cooking class where we made this Tiramisu recipe.  I remember thinking how the chef made everything look so simple – simple ingredients, simple methods.  Well, when I got the cookbook from the class and opened it up back in the US, it didn’t look quite as simple.  The measurements were all in grams (what?!?) and espresso is tricky to locate in American grocery stores let alone make in this foreign coffee maker I now owned (see above).

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Well, finally in 2013, I decided it was time I tackle this recipe.  Thanks to google and a scale, I was able to make quick work of converting and measuring out the ingredients.  When the recipe was all said and done, the only thing that didn’t feel “simple” was the part where I had to brew espresso in my little espresso maker 6 times in order to have enough for the recipe….need a bigger espresso maker!  Does anyone know if you can use the keurig for espresso? If so, I’m an idiot.

Here’s a photo of the sponge cake…it blows my mind that it just used eggs, flour, and sugar! See…so simple.

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Brandon tried some of the espresso in the little cups I brought back from Italy.  He was very dainty about it. 🙂

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Assembling the layers of sponge cake and cream filling…

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YUM…we totally had passive aggressive discussions about who got the last piece.

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TIRAMISU NAPOLETANA

(Adapted from Mami Camilla’s La Cucina Napoletana cookbook by Chef Longo Biagio)

 Active Work Time 45 minutes; Total Prep Time 1 hour, 30 minutes (Serves 8)

 SPONGE CAKE

  • 5 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups (500 grams) white sugar
  • 4 cups (500 grams) flour, plus extra
  • Butter
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
  2. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar together on high speed 20 minutes or until creamy and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add flour to mixture, continuing to beat, until batter is completely mixed.
  4. Butter and flour 9×13 pan (or 10” round pan or 2 small round pans). Pour batter into pan.
  5. Bake 40 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes.
  6. Turn out of pan.  Using a large knife, cut cake into two layers.  Then, cut cake into smaller rectangular pieces.

FILLING

  • 1 cup (250 grams) whipping cream
  • 1 cup (250 grams) mascarpone cheese
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 4 ½ tsp. (25 grams) vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. San Marzano liqueur – I used a coffee liqueur bc I couldn’t find San Marzano
  1. Using electric mixer, beat cream on high speed until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar on high speed until well blended.
  3. Add mascarpone cheese and whipped cream; continue to blend.
  4. Add vanilla and liqueur; mix well.

ASSEMBLY

  • Sponge Cake
  • 2 cups brewed coffee, black – I used espresso
  • Cream filling
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  1. Spread a thin layer of cream filling.
  2. Soak cake pieces in coffee until saturated, but still hold together.
  3. Put down a cake layer.  Top with 1/3 of remaining cream filling. Repeat until three layers have been used.  Top final layer with remaining cream.
  4. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.  Sprinkle with cocoa powder before serving.

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Next Week’s Meal Plan

Breakfast

  1. Smoothies
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Cereal + Yogurt x2
  4. Blueberry Banana Pancakes (from freezer) x2

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie
  3. Grilled Cheese, salad or veggie
  4. PB & J Sandwich, salad or veggie

Dinner

  1. World’s Best Lasagna, salad or veggie x2 (make recipe into two 8×8 dishes; put one in freezer)
  2. Kraft FreshTake Chicken, salad or veggie
  3. Chicken Sausages, salad or veggie x2
  4. Grand’s Pepperoni Pizza Bake (substitute sausage from freezer), salad or veggie (didn’t make this last week)

Snacks/Drinks

  1. Yogurt
  2. Cheese cubes
  3. Other snacks already on hand
  4. Fruits/Veggies

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Oranges
  2. Grapefruit
  3. Apples

Dessert

  1. Chewy M&M Cookies (already made – dough in freezer)
  2. Pumpkin Scones (for Lancaster County Cookbook Club)

Grilled Cheese & Avacado Sandwich

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I’ve been enjoying this stint as a sneaky mom.  🙂

Last week, I slipped an avocado into B’s grilled cheese.  He gobbled up the first half, then must have seen the “green stuff” in the second half and became the wiser.  Oh, well…I was just glad to see him eat and honestly, I didn’t mind eating these leftovers one bit.

GRILLED CHEESE & AVACADO SANDWICH

  • 1/4 of an avacado
  • Slice of White American cheese
  • 2 slices bread
  • Butter

Enjoy!

 

 

Next Week’s Meal Plan

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Breakfast

  1. Oatmeal, glass of milk x2
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Cereal + Yogurt x2
  4. Egg Whites for the Husband

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie

Dinner

  1. Taco Bake (from freezer), salad or veggie x2 (didn’t make this last week)
  2. BLT Pizzas, salad or veggie (didn’t make this last week)
  3. Chicken Sausages, salad or veggie x2
  4. Chicken Parmesan Bake, salad or veggie (didn’t make this last week)

Snacks/Drinks

  1. Yogurt
  2. Cheese cubes
  3. Other snacks already on hand
  4. Fruits/Veggies
  5. Easy Salsa Recipe (making it again with leftover ingredients – so yummy!)

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Zucchini
  2. Apples

Dessert

  1. Chewy M&M Cookies (already made – dough in freezer)
  2. Tiramisu (for Facebook Cookbook Club)

Sneaky Smoothies for Toddlers

Does anyone have a toddler that loves vegetables? If so, what is your secret?!? My little guy is not a fan at all.

Green beans – no way.

Carrots – yeah right.

Sweet potatoes – okay, maybe…but probably not.

What I’ve been doing lately to get his veggies in him is sneaking them into a smoothie.  Hehehe. 😉

Just like when I made his baby food, I pureed some veggies and froze them in ice cube trays (about 1 oz. each).  Wholesomebabyfood.com is a great resource for how to prepare all the different types of veggies, fruits, grains, and proteins for babes/kids.

I had these cubes of butternut squash in the freezer, so I used a few of them.  I’ve used pureed cubes of broccoli or green beans before too…Little B never knew! 🙂

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Next, I stuck all the frozen items (squash cubes, blueberries, a banana) in our Magic Bullet container and microwaved them for about 30 second to soften them up a bit.  I didn’t want everything too frozen for the sake of our little blender…it’s not the most powerful blender on the block, that’s for sure!

Then, I added some yogurt, stuck the cap on, and blended her up.

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This is the result.  You’d never guess there were veggies in there!

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Then, give it to your toddler to enjoy! The semi-frozen state of the smoothie is great for teething toddlers!  Little B got a little too excited and dropped the cup on the floor.

“Uh-oh,” he says.

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So we put it into a bowl and gave him a spoon. Apparently, he likes it!  🙂 {As I reread this, I’m realizing it sounds like we gave him smoothie off the floor. haha! Don’t worry, we only gave him what was left in the cup…I feel like I should clarify that. 🙂 }

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As you can see, we’re not afraid of messes at this house.

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Sneaky Smoothie Recipe

  • 3 ice cubes (about 3 oz. or 1/3 cup) of pureed veggies (we used butternut squash)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (we get the big bag from Costco)
  • 1 small frozen ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (we used Stonyfield Banilla flavor)

Microwave frozen ingredients for about 30 seconds to soften up a bit.  Add the frozen ingredients and yogurt to a blender.  Blend. Serve. Enjoy!

Next Week’s Meal Plan

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Breakfast

  1. Oatmeal x3, glass of milk
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Breakfast Smoothies x 2, milk
  4. Egg Whites for the Husband

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie
  3. Ham & Cheese Quesadillas (for Kids Cooking Club)

Dinner

  1. Taco Bake (from freezer), salad or veggie x2
  2. BLT Pizzas, salad or veggie
  3. Meatball Subs, salad or veggie
  4. Chicken Parmesan Bake, salad or veggie

Snacks/Drinks

  1. Yogurt
  2. Other snacks already on hand
  3. Fruits/Veggies
  4. Easy Salsa Recipe (take to dinner with friends)
  5. Cowboy Caviar (take to dinner with friends)
  6. Chips (take to dinner with friends)

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Romaine Lettuce
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Watermelon
  4. Strawberries

Dessert

  1. Chewy M&M Cookies