Family Fun Friday ~ Mother-Daughter Book Club

Most of my Family Fun Friday posts have focused on things I’m doing with my homeschooled kiddos, and I think it’s time to show you some fun I have with my public-schooled child as well!

We are really lucky to have a fabulous library in the next town over that hosts Mother-Daughter Book Club once a month. This is the second year we’ve participated in it, and we always have a blast. The ladies who run this group are so creative, nice, and fun! This group is such a great way to get some one-on-one time with my oldest child.

This week was our monthly meet-up.

We read About Average by Andrew Clements. Anna and I really enjoyed the book, but we haven’t read any of his other books yet. Some of the people at the meeting who had read his other books said they were a little disappointed with About Average, but we still enjoyed it.

If you’re curious about the book, it’s about a girl who feels like she does a lot of things semi-well, but nothing really well or really poorly. She’s an unfortunate victim of mean-girl bullying which is a bit distributing. I’m actually shocked by how young it seems that girls in school get mean. This seems to be a sad fact of life. Anyway, a series of events enable the book’s heroine to prove that she does have quite redeeming features after all.

The two women who run our book club decided the girls should have a talent show to showcase some of their own talents.

I was surprised when Anna volunteered to go first! Last year, she didn’t even want to talk at Mother-Daughter Book Club. But this year, she is participating with everyone. And she did a great job playing on the piano for a while. She really does seem to have a bit of talent and I sure hope she will continue her piano lessons.

We also built Jenga type structures out of wafer cookies. Anna’s structure was pretty impressive.

I did get blamed though, when hers finally toppled over. I guess the click from my camera was all it took?!

Overall, I have been so impressed with this library! Everything’s free and it’s all wonderful. Mother-Daughter Book Club is an activity that Anna and I really look forward to each month. It’s so nice to have some dedicated time with just her. I know she appreciates it, and I do to! Sometimes it’s hard to give kids in a many-kid family the individual attention they deserve, and I am very thankful for this great group!

Do you have activities like this as your local library? How do you show your children they are special?

Weekly Menu / Freezer Cooking Plan ~ 11/5

One of MY favorite bloggers is Jessica from Good, Cheap Eats and Life as Mom. I love the recipes she shares – they’re both easy to make and fabulously delicious. When her new cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook, was released earlier this fall, I pre-ordered it. It’s the first cookbook I’ve bought in a long time and the first book ever that I have pre-ordered. I’ve finally had a chance to look through it these last few days and my weekly menu this week is inspired by her cookbook.

The last two months I made a monthly meal plan. The first month I stuck to it really well, but last month failed miserably. So I’m back to a weekly plan for now…

Breakfasts ~

  • Breakfast Casserole that’s not Mushy
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes (extra pancake mix for the fridge)
  • Nutella French Toast w Berries
  • Toast with Egg & Sausage
  • Fruit & Cinnamon Rolls
  • Yogurt Parfaits

You can find links to many of my breakfast recipes on my Favorite Breakfasts Pinterest Board

Lunches ~

  • Bean Burritos {extra beans for the freezer}
  • Nachos
  • PB & J Sandwiches
  • Left overs
  • Zesty Italian Melts {extra for the freezer}

Dinners ~

  • Canadian Bacon & Mushroom Calzones {Pizza dough from my freezer}
  • Baked Manicotti with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Thyme {From Jessica’s cookbook. I picked a bunch of green tomatoes that turned red! So I get to make one last batch of my fabulous Roasted Tomato Sauce.}
  • Split Pea Soup with Bacon & Thyme {from Jessica’s cookbook}
  • Ham Casserole from my Freezer Meal Exchange Group
  • Greek Chicken – my own recipe creation…
  • Chicken Fajitas on homemade tortillas {dough from my freezer}
  • Broccoli Gratin with Tarragon and Buttered Bread Crumbs {from Jessica’s cookbook}

While I haven’t actually made any of the recipes from this cookbook yet, I have made dozens of the recipes she shares on her blog. I’ll share one of these recipes with you after I make the dish. Do you see one that you’d like me to share? And do you have a favorite cookbook you’d like to share with me??

Linking up: MPM; Mostly Homemade Mondays;