8.28.2012

Roasted Cauliflower


Cooking is one of my favorite things to do and I haven't posted much about food in a long time. I recently made this roasted cauliflower and it was so good I had to share, I just love cauliflower!

Here is the super easy recipe

Ingredients:
One head of cauliflower
Olive Oil
Herbs (fresh or dry)
Parmesan Cheese
Salt
Pepper

Recipe:
1. Preheat oven to 450
2. Toss your cauliflower with a drizzle of olive oil on a baking sheet
3. Roast cauliflower for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes
4. Sprinkle with herbs (I used an Italian blend) roast for 5 more minutes
5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese 
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Voila! Enjoy!!

8.16.2012

Project 365: Day 228

Photo by Charlotte: Mermaid

8.15.2012

Project 365: Day 227

Photo by Charlotte: Self Portrait

8.14.2012

Where We Learn

We're getting prepared to start our first official year of homeschooling after Labor Day. We've been working hard to get our house in order, putting everything in its place to help keep us organized throughout the year. We don't have a super awesome amazing school room but we are lucky enough to have several areas in our house that are comfortable for learning, here is where we learn.

The Living Room
Our super comfy couch, perfect for snuggling up to read or watch a movie
Our (not as full as I'd like) bookcases. They're still awaiting our curriculum books
A horrible example of organization, the computer desk...

The Girls' Room
Where we do circle time in the morning
A little nook for doing puzzles, worksheets, etc. 
In the closet, storage for books puzzles, worksheets

The Kitchen
The kitchen table is great for working together. Our art table in the background is a great place for getting messy
Our arts and crafts supply closet, the girls have access to pretty much anything

We can't wait to get our first year underway!! We're so happy we have several places in our house for learning all the time, sometimes together and sometimes alone. We also have a great backyard for laying out a blanket and several parks that are great for bringing books, exploring and exercising.

If you like seeing where we learn and want to see more, check out iHomeschool Network's Not Back-to-School Blog Hop! There are literally hundreds of great, impressive school rooms for your viewing pleasure.

Not Back to School Blog Hop

Project 365: Day 226

Painting Nature

8.13.2012

August: 2012 Goals Review

For a while I was updating you all on how I was doing with my resolutions for 2012. I fell off the blogging wagon and now I'm back on, ready to update you again and make some changes.

So how have I been doing?

Visit more state parks: This one is in the easy section for a reason, because it's freakin' easy! We have been frequenting a few state parks but none on the list because we moved. Now we only live close enough to Lake Norman and Morrow Mountain and I'm pretty sure we'll make it to those by the end of the year. The other parks on the list are now obsolete so I'm replacing them with:

*Chimney Rock
*Gorges State Park
*Grandfather Mountain
*Lake James
*Mount Mitchell

All of these parks are within 2 hours of us, so nice easy drives and plenty of time to enjoy the parks. I just love living in North Carolina!


Get Charlotte involved in some sort of social setting: Char is on a waiting list for a Girl Scout troop this fall, we've joined a homeschool co-op that has a lot of children her age, and dance class is planned for fall. I think this one is covered for the year!

Explore more of Greensboro: This one is not going to happen now that we've moved so let's just change it to "Explore more of Charlotte"

Improve my photography: This one I've completely failed at, so far. I haven't read any books, done any photo shoots lately, I've gotten really lazy. *sigh*

Expand Dilly-Dali Art: I'm excited about this one. I'm in the process of creating a series for homeschoolers, planning on teaching a co-op class, and possibly being a contributor for a larger blog.

Set aside time for activities: I've already posted about our schedule spinner, it's been working wonders! We are a little less strict with it since it's summer but once school starts in September it will be doing its job perfectly once more! 

Maintaining a proper diet: For this goal we decided to watch our carb intake. It's really been working great for us. Reading food labels has really been eye opening as far as added sugar. There is sugar in everything!!! Now that we've been on the low carb diet for awhile it's hard to cheat, mostly because you feel absolutely horrible when you do, bloated, lethargic, and gross.

Eliminate internet distractions: Urm, this one is a work in progress...

So there you have it! I think I've been doing great so far!! I'm on track to finishing quite a few of my resolutions for 2012!

Project 365: Day 225

Canoers

8.10.2012

Project 365: Day 222

Banana Joker tells Knock-Knock jokes

8.09.2012

8.08.2012