Sunday, 21 December 2014

Meal Plan, December Week 4

Guess what! Guess what! Guess what! My husband is on holiday from work! He's off until 5 January! Even though we will be spending each and every single day until then working on our house, I'm still excited to be seeing him more frequently, eating meals, and drinking coffee together. 

We'll be working on the roof of our house these next few weeks. There's nothing like working on construction to bond a husband and wife -.- It should mean some major progress on the house though which is seriously needed. I'm really starting to get quite annoyed with how slowly things are moving so I am also hoping this time will get me to a more positive place about it all. This entire experience has been a true test of our patience and mine is really wearing thin. Sadly, there's still a lot of work left to do. 

The really positive aspect of it though is that we will have a very customized house in the end. We'll even have something really not Dutch in the end - a large laundry room and fairly large bedrooms! Plus a whole lot of land for playing, building tree houses in the chestnut tree, and a separate space for my fruit and veg garden which will happen next summer. So this long process 

Back to food? Because we will be at the house all the time, I have no idea how well I'll be able to stick to the meal plan. We do have a caravan there with a functioning kitchen and a mini oven so this should be feasible, but really depends on how I'm feeling at the moment. We'll see how it goes, but for now, here's my idea of what we'll be eating: 


Healthy Meal Plan 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Tree Counters II

I know, I know, Christmas evvverrrything! This is really going to be the last Christmas related tot-school post I'll be sharing this year! I promise, but...

I have a confession to make. I kind of love putting together my son's trays. Like a lot. And you know what else is equally as fun? Finding (inexpensive) manipulatives that fit perfectly with whatever it is that we are working on! Like these: 


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Adorable clothes pins that were advertised for displaying Christmas cards. For less than a euro (about 1 USD), I picked up an entire pack and had to repurpose them for our shelves! So I came up with: 


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A few more Christmas themed shelves

I know, I know, it's almost Christmas! Just a few days left! I hope you're all having a lovely time preparing (not too much stress and all). I have been slacking a bit on showing you guys everything on our shelves lately. This week, I put up the last of our holiday themed works together. I have to admit though that I am really, really, reaaaally glad that the holidays are almost done so that I can get some new themes together. I'm getting a bit bored. My son isn't too bored with it yet, but I know I wouldn't be able to get another week's worth of fun holiday works set up. 

So, for those of you who's kids are home from school now, or if you're looking for a few last minute quiet activities for your preschoolers, this post is for you! I tried to keep these mostly Montessori (as per usual), but end up just going with the supplies/items/ideas that come to me in the moment. These were all easy to set up and a few were Christmas themed busy bag items from last year! 



Christmas activities for toddlers and preschoolers


Fine motor


A very simple fine motor work, but Mr. Toddler just loves clothes pins! It's a simple work to set up with items you probably already have! It's Christmas-y because of the bucket. Seeee: 

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Mulled wine recipe {From France}

Have I ever mentioned that time I 'lived' in France to you? Probably not, but I did kind of. For about half a year. It was a ridiculous experience in good food, okay, amazing food, delicious wines, and fantastic cheese type of way. 

I rented a horrible flat with a friend, and our landlord also had a small restaurant nearby. I guess he took pity on us, two young women that were barely twenty with limited cooking skills. So he occasionally shared cooking tips, let us sample some of his amazing wines, and spoke French to us like French people do (which was fine because I actually speak it but needed to work on my accent. It was helpful not condescending. Just to be clear). 

I look back at that time fondly, also because perhaps a few too many evenings were spent enjoying some amazing mulled wine. Obviously, I had to learn to make it perfectly for fear of upsetting the landlord. Okay, not really, but I definitely did want to learn about wines and food from him. And this was the result of that: 

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Today, I am sharing this very simple recipe for a fantastic mulled wine that I learned to make from my restaurant-owning-landlord during my stay in northern France.

This drink is so warming, comforting, and so fragrant! While I don't have alcoholic drinks too frequently, this is definitely a fall/winter favourite of mine. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

WIAW: upcoming recipes, healthy meals and deliciousness

This week, I've definitely been loving getting into the kitchen again. I've been thinking up many new recipes, and actually getting excited about sharing them. My mini food rut was over after I purchased a new notebook for stashing recipe ideas. For some reason, a new notebook always gets me excited to get creative and have something to fill up the blank pages with. I'm a geek for office supplies. As in sticky notes and new pens get me totally excited. 


Speaking of pens, have you seen this {Ellen on pens for ladies}? Like, really? Reaaaallly??? By the way, I have no idea when this was actually aired because a) the Netherlands has limited tv shows that are worth watching except for Australian masterchef and b) I rarely watch tv. We watch so little television that I'm contemplating not getting one once we move. We have netflix so we're not that weird, right? Yea, probably is weird. 

Enough random chit chat, let's talk food! Err, look at food? Yes, that. I have photos, see:  


Breakfast 


While I wish I can say this was breakfast


Easy, healthy recipes: herb loaded omelette #paleo #WIAW


Instead I had this, but swap the nose for an egg: 

Christmas Tree Number Cards

I mentioned last week that I'm thinking about my husband and I are forgoing gifts this holiday season. Not bothering with presents has certainly opened up some more time for other fun things (like working on our house), but really also actually fun thing things like holiday filled activities to do with our toddler as well as holiday themed trays for our shelves. 

Mr. Toddler is still going back and forth between asking to review letters and asking to work on numbers, so I'm constantly thinking about new ways to get some counting practice on our shelves. 

Given Mr. Toddler's obsession with playdough, I've also been trying to work it into our trays where I can. I came up with a very simple Christmas Tree Ornament counting activity! 

Free printable available at the end of this post!  

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CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS:

Counting cards