Sunday, August 3, 2014

One Pot Shrimp and Basil Pasta

I'm pretty sure I could eat pasta everyday. Oh, and shrimp. I also hate doing dishes. So, this is my kind of recipe! Pasta and shrimp in one pot, so only one pot to wash!

One-Pot Shrimp and Basil Pasta


12 ounces dry spaghetti
1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, sliced 
1 tsp dried oregano
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tsp salt
1 Tbl olive oil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 (6oz) package baby spinach (I didn't have any on hand)
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

Step 1 

Combine first 10 ingredients in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat for about 12 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, for another 12-15 minutes, stirring often, until pasta is al dente.

Step 2

Remove from heat. Stir in spinach and shrimp. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Stir before serving, top with parmesan cheese.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Chore Store

I posted the other day on my Facebook page that my children were fighting over who got to sweep the kitchen. I received lots of comments asking how I made my kids love chores so much. Well, here's my secret. 

The Chore Store

Every few months, I hit the Dollar Tree and stock up on toys, puzzles, snacks, and stationary. I fill a pretty basket with the goodies and display it on the homeschool shelf.

My girls are 5 and almost 4 years old. They don't have the longest attention span when it comes to saving up chore points for a toy. So, the turn around rate is pretty short. They get a new toy every 4 days on average. 15 chores fills their chore card with stickers and gets them one prize from the basket.

Their chores include:

Brushing their hair.
Making their bed first thing in the morning.
Bringing their dishes to the sink after every meal.
Doing their homeschool lesson.
Cleaning the living room and their bedroom at the end of the day.
I sometimes grant an extra chore credit (like I did the day June offered to sweep the kitchen).

It only counts when they offer or do the chore without a reminder from me, so sometimes they don't get credit. I want them to learn to do their chores without constant nagging from me. Waiting until I have to remind them doesn't happen very much anymore with this rule in place.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Post Office Pretend-Play (KID CRAFT)

A fun and easy kid activity!

Post Office Pretend-Play

You will need:

Stickers to use as stamps
Address labels or a rubber stamp

Let the kids write letters (or pretend to write letters) and fold and stuff each envelope.

Show them how to address each letter in the middle of the envelope and where to place the return address and stamp.

Once they are done writing letters, they can take turns delivering the mail.

This keeps my kids busy for quite awhile.

What else would you include in the supplies for this post office pretend-play? Packages and scales? Pretend bills and checks? Have fun with it!