The Joys of Homeschooling

Time together, time with mom, time with Burger King, time with Air1, time in world history, all at the SAME TIME!

No worries, I won’t for get to socialize them with peers later this afternoon, after they get to spend time at the lake, a trip to Bass Pro to look at tents for the Holy Days of Sukkot. (Which is something we are learning about Biblically as well as historically)

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Gluten Free, Kosher Quiche…

Gluten free, Kosher Quiche. Voila!

I used Gluten Free Corn Torillia chips, turkey bacon and Italian Chicken sausage with NO casings for my meat portion. I made my crust by crushing the chips, adding butter and a dusting of instant potato flakes (exact steps as in a gramcracker crust)

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Then, of course for Gramma, I have a traditional crust quiche.

 

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Good Sunday Morning to all!

Frugal Foodie!

I generally shop once a month, on or near the 24th of the month, then I may pick up fresh produce items everyday or so to add to my planned meals. I typically feed six people per meal. This months items cost me $635. Just slightly greater than $100 per person for a month of meals. Two years ago, we would spend $100 A DAY on food, either dinning out or convenient foods from the grocery store. People ask me all of the time “how do you do it?” Simple, I meal plan, buy in bulk, turn off the television a nd use that time prepping, read cooking blogs, and watch YouTube videos to learn food skills. Now, on top of saving money cooking at home, I’m actually making even more money blogging about my adventures in cooking/baking. Switch up your life, eat food you KNOW is fresh, made with clean hands. Stop paying for rent, utilities, wages, insurance and someone else’s profit every time you eat out. Cook at home, eat well, live well and pay off your own mortgage, and feel the joy of accomplishment. It’s a good life! You never know, it may even make you famous!

Here are some super tasty, super cheap meals from this week.

Brianna asked for a bag of regular potato chips, $4.99 for 9 ounces. Crazy! So, I wanted to show her how to make potato chips for pennies.

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Next meal, was kosher Beef short rib prepared Japanese style, wasbi mashed potatoes and Sriracha green beans with fried onions and a creamy Sriracha sauce.  This dinner cost me about $4 a serving. No Gluten, No Dairy.

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Yesterday, was a creamy Alfredo/Veggie pasta with chicken breast medallions.

 

 

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Then of course desserts!

 

this is is a sugar free ice cream/mousse made from soy milk, eggs, corn starch and Splenda. Low sugar white and traditional semi sweet chocolate chips melted on top.

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Sugar free apple, Splenda and cinnamon tart. Ice cream, well, sorry to tell ya, it has sugar.

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Left over bread dough, rolled, cut and fried made for a perfect treat to go with chilled apple cider.

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Take your kids to work day. EVERYDAY!

LifeSchooling at the Barelski Academy of Awesomeness!

Homeschooling is anything but “Home” most of the time in my family.

Pictured here are my youngest kids doing their Course work studies at my T.E.A.M. Center while I am seeing clients. I have a great, friendly little spot for them to work in.

We often open up this center as a resource for other homeschoolers we are friends with as well for group projects and activities.

While the children are here, they can also participate in some play therapy with my clients, they learn many skills by observing me and increase their vocabulary as they are exposed to my professional jargon.

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There are so many great and rewarding benefits to homeschooling. It’s not easy, and you must be creative. Yet, It’s so worth it!

It’s All Greek to Me!

This Finnish/Irish/English girl woke up this morning feeling “Greek” so on the menu today I have seeing clients, making Feta and Spinach Bread and hand mixed Gyro burgers. Oh, yeah, I also homeschooled my kids. Here, you can take a look!

I get to do this at “Work” it’s so good to be me!

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Then got home and took my leftover feta and spinach.

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Added it to my bread dough.

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Shaped into buns.

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Baked the bread.

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While LifeSchooling my kids

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Then put together the Gyro Burgers.

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This is homemade Tzatziki Sauce.

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Tada!

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Oh, oh, almond cake for dessert!

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It it was a good day!

Switched Up Soup and a Sandwich

All I can think about is cool weather comfort food. I know this is completely ridiculous since it’s still in the 100’s here in Phoenix.

I’ve had been practicing making cinnamon buns, so today I thought to my self, “Self, why not a savory roll?” So, here is what I came up with.

Chunky Veggie Soup and Twisted Turkey and Spinach.

Basic Bread Machine dough recipe, blended cream cheese with herbs, sliced turkey breast, fresh spinach, and Roma tomatoes all rooked up and baked.

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Soup is two cans of stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, dried beans, fresh mushrooms, fresh spinach and a few bay leaves.
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The final product was a new twist on soup and a salad.

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