Man, I can’t believe I had yet another birthday. A year older, but perhaps not a year wiser. And, it was yet another COVID birthday, celebrated by my closest family and many good wishes on social media.
Social media platforms are great at reminding your followers about important dates, assuming that you have shared these anniversary dates. Most people send messages as they get reminded, which is awesome, but true friends know when your birthday is without a reminder from Facebook.
The birthday greetings that mean the most to me are direct messages on Facebook, text messages to my phone or actual calls. Calls to my phone or through the wondrous internet platforms.
It warms an older man’s heart to get recognized on the day by friends and acquaintances, but when the family celebrates you, it really puts my heart in overdrive. We laugh, eat well, and make the birthday last the entire week.
School is almost over. A chaotic school year, to say the least, and not as productive as we would’ve liked. While our kids adjusted well, I still believe they have missed out on good learning this year. Not because the teachers didn’t try, but virtual learning for kids is not optimal. They need social interactions, instant help from teachers when they have questions, and play with their friends.
I’m very proud of how well all our kids have responded to the strange school year, virtual learning, wearing masks while in public, and still excelling academically.
- The youngest offspring has turned into a white hacker and computer wiz, thoroughly enjoying the technical challenges – perhaps too much time spent on games
- middle dude suddenly needed to work independently, no longer relying on his aid to help with his various learning methods. His workspace took up 20% of the family room; with all his learning tools lined up,
- the oldest Viking maiden impresses with her grades and excels in AP classes. She thrives in this environment and has impressed teachers. So much that she received a scholarship grant, and she’s only starting Senior year after the summer. Bloody marvelous!
Time to talk about food
I continue experimenting with recipes to make dishes more supportive of my daughter’s dietary requirements—less bread, no pasta, and generally more healthy eating.
As a result, I’ve added the ‘Snacks & Lunches for my Queen and Princess.’ I know they can make their own lunches, but I’ll give them a few hints and support.
We must have a balanced diet and flavors that will rock your taste buds. Kids need to taste all kinds of ingredients, and we avoid remade or processed foods. Lean beef, chicken, seafood, and plenty of vegetables are a good balance for all of us.
|Monday||Italian themed sliders; roast beef, chicken, olives, and mozzarella||Veggie sticks||Salmon with cherry tomato, feta, olives, and orzo|
|Tuesday||Deep pan pizza||Fruit cups||Pita Night; grilled chicken, spinach, tzatziki, tomato, and cucumber|
|Wednesday||Stuffed croissant; ham, cheese, and egg salad||Granola bars||Chicken with Shallots and Cherry tomatoes, in a deep cast iron pan|
|Thursday||Deep pan pizza||Fruit cups||Chicken Ruby curry, w/ jasmine rice|
|Friday||Chicken Cesar Salad||Crackers||Spicy noodles w/ pork, scallion & Bok Choy|
|Snacks & Lunches for my Queen and princess||Egg roll in a bowl|
|Fried eggs, avocado & chicken sausages|
|Avocado n Shrimp Salad|
One day, I might get so organized that I will link the meals below to my recipes. We can only live in hope!
Have a fantastic week, my friends. I hope you enjoy these meal plans. It is so much easier to make food in advance, although you need to invest several hours during the weekend to prepare the meals.
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