Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Double Digit Number Recognition Practice

Mercedes has been counting to 100 with her 100 chart for about a year now. But she still struggled with being able to give the correct name for 2 digit numbers. So I created this little game to help her practice. 

I used a table on Microsoft Word to make squares with the numbers 1-100.

Laminated them with clear contact paper.

Cut them out and mixed them up.

Made a little bingo-like card with squares Mercedes can fill with random numbers.

She then says what each number is and removes the little number cards one at a time until the red card is empty. Once the red card is empty I reward her with  piece of candy. :)

We do this a couple times a week and she can now easily recognize her numbers 1-100!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Thanksgiving (2015)

This is the first year I have attempted a real, traditional Thanksgiving dinner for my family. It was such a fun day, and I would never have been able to pull it off without my husband's help, both in the kitchen and keeping the girl entertained for me. 

For breakfast we had pumpkin pie french toast.

We made loaded caramel apples for brunch. 

For lunch, we ate ham and cheese salad with pineapples on the side. It was a nice, healthy, light meal to prep us for dinner!

Ben was incredibly proud of his turkey. It was super flavorful and delicious! 

The girls thought the turkey was AMAZING! Extra awesome since Mercedes is super picky and is practically a vegetarian. 

Our gluten free Thanksgiving dinner turned out so good! We had turkey, mashed potatoes, gluten free McCormick gravy, gluten free stuffing from Aldi and gluten free green bean casserole made with fried onions from Aldi. It was so delicious, and for someone who has had Celiac Disease for 11 years it made me feel so normal to eat the gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, all the things I normally miss out on every year!

My family was very happy with all of this delicious goodness!

Ben and I decided the girls had enough sugar snacking on loaded caramel apples all day, but we definitely feasted on some Pumpkin Lust Cake and wine after they went to sleep!

The girls also made Thank You Trees.

This was Emerald's list of things she is thankful for.

And this is Mercedes' list. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rainbow Pizza

Mercedes and Emerald got this idea from a Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood episode. They asked me for weeks to let them make a rainbow pizza so we finally did, and it was so fun and really tasty! After putting together a gluten free pizza crust from Aldi, we topped the raw dough with pizza sauce, chicken and cheese. Then we decorated our rainbow! We used tomatoes for red, carrots for orange, yellow peppers for yellow free, spinach for green, purple sweet potatoes and black olives for blue, and purple onions for purple. We also sprinkled spinach at the bottom of our rainbow to look like grass. 

We baked this at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. It was incredibly popular with my 3 year old and picky, picky 5 year old. Win!

For further instructions, check out our rainbow pizza baking tutorial video