Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jr. Ranger Program- National Parks

If you didn't already know your National Park system offers a great free program for kids ages 4 and up. For us our 5yo and 10 yo did the program  at all three places we went this summer.

 The St. Louis Arch, Mammoth Cave National Park, and both the Lincoln Birthplace and Boyhood home at Knob creek( they share a book). Our 13 and 14 yo boys did the program at St. Louis but not the others, I wish they had but they were a bit done with mom's need to see historical sites.

All you need to do is when you arrive at a park is head to the information desk and ask them do they take part in the the Jr. Ranger program if so they will ask you how many books you need.

In the book are many activities and each age level has to complete a different number of activities, during your visit to the site.

Kat and Nolan working on book at St. Louis

 I find that this makes the site more interesting to the kids, they are looking for and understanding things that they might have first passed over.They also learn to ask the rangers for information that they can not find.

After they are done they head back to a ranger who will look at their book, ask them questions about things they wrote in the book and then swear them in as Jr. Rangers, in which they promise to explore, learn, and protect.

Then they receive a small plastic park ranger badge with the park name on it. My 5yo was so very proud to receive these badges at the different parks that he would run up to ranger to tell them he was a Jr.Ranger.

It is a great program to help make your visits to National Parks more meaningful, and it also has the goal of teaching today's children about the importance of exploring, learning, and protecting their past.

So the next time you are at a national park with your children, ask about the Jr. Ranger program.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Menu Plan Monday- Camp Menu

This menu really is for next week when we head out to camp with our family, we do have a propane stove and fridge in the cabin plus a grill and the fire pit. We will be feeding each day between 9-14 kids and 6-9 adults depending on who is at camp that day. Three cabins and lots of family make for a great week.

We made lunch easy as we never know if we will be at the cabin or off having fun at lunch time.

There will be fruit and veggies out all day for the kids to eat, plus lots of cool snacks like marshmallows, smores, trial mix, and so on.


 Breakfast and Lunch at home

Dinner- Hamburgers, corn on the cob, baked beans


Breakfast- Pancakes and sausage, juice

Lunch- sandwiches

Dinner- Grilled  BBQ chicken, salt potatoes, green beans


Breakfast- French Toast

Lunch- sandwiches

Dinner- Taco's - ground beef, lettuce, tomato, taco sauce, hard and soft shells ( ground beef  pre-cooked at home. frozen, warm in crock pot)


Breakfast- Biscuit eggs sandwich, w/ sausage and cheese

Lunch- Sandwich

Dinner- Spaghetti and meatballs, w/ salad and garlic bread ( meatballs and sauce done in crock pots)


Breakfast- Eggs w/ hash browns


Dinner- Chicken and Biscuits , ( chicken in crock pot)


Breakfast- Pancakes

Lunch- sandwich

Dinner- Chicken speides, corn, salt potatoes


Breakfast- Leftovers/ Cereal

Lunch- Sandwhices

Dinner- Spider dogs ( aka Hot dogs), pasta salad, chips


breakfast- cereal

Lunch- Dinner- on the road home

This menu is also posted at Menu Plan Monday

Monday, July 11, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 7-11- Summer menu Plan

Time to get back in the saddle with meal planning, over the last two weeks we have packed up and returned home from OK City, unpacked at home and have tried to get back to normal life.

I have finished up our three week dinner plan for Summer, for  a winter menu I try to do 4 weeks, but 3 is enough for summer as there are more interruptions to the meal plan . Like this month we are going camping for a week, and I am going to my mom's for a week. This menu is for July, August, and September, switching to a winter menu in October to April. This week we are on week 2.

Week 1

Sunday- Taco's
Monday- Chicken Alfredo
Tuesday- Hamburger Helper or ground beef, egg noodles, brown gravy
Wed- Chicken Spedies, w/ baked potato, and salad ( grill meal, w/ potatoes in crock pot)
Thursday- Bratwurst w/ saurgart, Chicken sausage w/ rice ( grill meal )
Friday- Chicken ( flatted and grilled) served topped with ham and Swiss on a roll w/ lettuce and tomato. Pasta Salad ( grill meal)
Saturday- Beef Strogaff w/ egg noddles ( crock pot meal )

Week 2

Sunday- Taco's
Monday- Tortilli w/white sauce
Tuesday- Sloppy Joes w/ french fries
Wed- Grilled chicken w/ buttered noodles ( grill meal)
Thursday- Polish sausage w/ quiona and corn
Friday- Chicken Sand which ( grilled) w/ mac salad ( grill meal)
Saturday- Cube steak w/ salt potatoes

Week 3

Sunday- taco's
Monday- Ravioli
Tuesday- Hamburgers, chips
Wed- Teriyi chicken w/ rice
Thursday- Italian Sausage ( hot dogs for some), w/ potatoes
Friday- Chicken w/ potatoe salad
Saturday- Steak w/ quiona and corn

Lunch menu for summer when the kids are out of school is a hot meal, unless we are out and about. FM is a meal from the freezer, CP is crock pot

Week one

Sunday- waffle brunch after church
Monday- Grilled Cheese
Tuesday- Mac and Cheese ( CP)
Wed- Potato soup ( FM and CP)
Thursday- french bread pizza (FM)
Friday- Meatballs and pasta ( CP)
Saturday- Leftovers

Week Two

Sunday- waffle brunch
Monday- Grilled tuna
Tuesday- Mac and cheese ( CP)
Wednesday- Chicken Noodle soup ( CP)
Thursday- Calzones w/ dip
Friday- Meatballs and pasta ( CP)
Saturday- Leftovers

Each meal for Lunches and Dinners also has a veggie tray with in season veggies, and a fruit tray with in season fruits.

I also try to do dessert in the summer as the husband likes them and the kids are more active

Sunday- creme pie
Monday- Jello
Tuesday- Ice Cream, Shortcake w/ berries
Wed- Cobber or crisp
Thursday- Brownies, cake
Friday- Fruit smoothie
Saturday- pudding, cookies

This menu plan is linked up at menu-plan-monday