We have always firmly believed we needed to involve our kids in the daily chores and runnings of the household. And from a very young age, they loved to be a helper and pitch in.
Set the table. Unload the dishwasher. Make their beds. Fold laundry.
Kids are CAPABLE!
I wrote a whole blog post about this on the 4 little Fergusons blog years ago if this topic interests you.
Cleaning House (With LOTS Of Help)
Recently, as everyone in our family reached the age of 8 and above, we have started including meal planning, shopping and preparing of one meal a week, per each child.
This is one of the perks of homeschool! T-I-M-E to do just that.
With home ec being skipped and more kids than ever leaving the nest without a clue about basic budgets, grocery trips and meal prep, we are more determined than ever, to include those things in our daily teachings.
Here is what we are making this go around, plus a couple momma threw in on the back.
Avery wanted to go first with her homemade Tomato soup and grilled cheese. It was super cold and I didn't blame her a bit! Dale and I had a class that night, so no photo of her making it.
You will LOVE this recipe from my momma!
Paxton was next with some AWESOME stir fry! He gets daddy's help, but really does so well staying on task and helping out. I was home that day, so lots of photos to share! ;)
You can find the recipe for this Asian Honey Sesame Chicken and Quick Lo Mein here.
Cold days call for COOKIES......Avery and Pax and I made a triple batch of gooey chocolate chip.
UH OH, we have no milk.
NO worries, we just used EGG -NOG in the recipe instead.
Ty read our school chapter book to us while we baked.....we called it HOME EC! :)
After Destiny's potato and starchy noodle dry casserole, I always give her a hard time about the weird dishes she picks. She can handle my teasing, but I really had to eat crow this time.......
AND a bowl of delicious dinner she made! LOL! :)
Looking at the recipe, I thought it would be absolutely dry and flavorless. NOPE!
Check it out: Tex Mex Pasta
(We don't do much with cream of soups anymore, but we did find a nice organic one in the natural section. )
I require a veggie too, so we picked a Mexican salad to go with the Mexican pasta. SO YUMMY! I don't usually buy bagged salad, but this chopped one? DIVINE!
One night we got home super late from a function but still needed to throw dinner together, thank goodness for this family favorite and staple at our house!!!!
It is a must try on your next menu! :) Ty and Daddy had it put together in 20 minutes!
Creamy Hamburger Casserole
We usually serve it with regular mixed veggies, but this time my shopper grabbed the kind with LIMA BEANS IN IT.
Now you know I am a good eater, and I love to eat anything, but I draw the line at LIMA BEANS.
I was flashing back to my elementary school days when I used to hide them in the milk carton so I could go back for seconds! Shh, don't tell!
Last 2 are from this Momma, so no cooking pics, except from the blog. Go check these out! You will love BOTH!
The BEST Italian Beef Sandwiches, served with Lawry's season salt dusted tator tots and carrot sticks on the side.
Peppered Beef Snow Peas over Turmeric Rice - such a flavorful stir fry. Corn starch helps the flavor REALLY coat the steak like chinese take out does.
Recipe calls for a brown rice bake, have at it. I just did it on the stove this go around, and added turmeric, garlic and turmeric, lemongrass and ginger doTERRA essential oil to the chicken broth before I boiled it. SUPER flavorful!
That's a wrap folks, on another addition of My 4 Chefs: Kids in the Kitchen!
Did you find something you want to make? Inspired to try something new this menu?
Leave us a comment, I will read them to the kids!
Hugs, T and the 4 Fergusons :)