July has got to be the busiest year of the year for us! Between birthdays (we have a ton of them), swim meets each Wednesday, camps, vacation and visitors, it can be hard to stop and catch our breath. Its a good busy and I don’t mind, but I do have to stop and take the time to plan or it can get ugly!
On the menu this week:
The new recipe for this week is Foil Packet Chicken with Snow Peas and Carrots from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. We are really trying to eat leaner and be a little creative in the process, so I think the kids will like this recipe.
The kids were introduced to Edamame this week and in order to get them to try them, I just told them they were like giant Sugar Snap Peas. We steamed them up and sprinkled a little sea salt on them and much to my surprise, they were a hit. One serving of edamame equals 1/2 cup shelled and contains 120 calories, 5g fat, 8g carbs and 10g of protein making them a super healthy snack or side dish.
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On the chore side of the planning, I have to say that the “Wheel of Fortune” day or Mom’s Choice option was a great addition. The kids moaned and groaned when it was their day but they cooperated. Basically I used that day as the one where I looked around at what jobs had been overlooked or desperately needed to be done based on the individual child’s strengths. And this week my son turns 15 so he gets a freebie day to celebrate.
Looking for the chore chart template for your own house? Here is the link to my summer chore chart template.
So, what’s on your menu? Have a great week!