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Weekly Wrap up: Done

In my life this week…

The teacher that oversees us will be here in Saturday morning. Philip still has a little to do but it is mostly done. I can almost relax.

We decided to conduct an unannounced fire drill. Philip was sleeping in, the alarm clock was going off and he wasn’t waking. With his hearing loss we had been told that he would be able to hear the fire alarm but I needed to know for sure. So I activated the smoke detector. He could hear it and woke up which was good. He also thought it was a real fire which I am sorry for but it was the only way to test. We had a couple of minor issues that we resolved. Philip didn’t know how to get the screen out of his window.

My mom is here next week for a visit. I haven’t seen her since my brother and I went down. I don’t know what she will be up for but I know she will probably push herself too hard.

In our homeschool this week…

We are done. It went down to the wire yet again. The only thing that we did out of the ordinary this week was to have Philip write a final exam in Math. He had not completed the book but we had skipped through and covered all the topics. So we used the exam at the end of the book and had him write it as a real exam. He got 87% and most of the errors were simple math errors. So good, we are comfortable to let him move on. He starts middle school in the new year so it starts to get tight if you want to get all the courses in high school. The bad, we need him to memorize the multiplication tables. We are going with outright bribery. Beating dad’s time is worth $25, beating mom’s is another $25.


Grilled Three Cheese and Apple
Grilled Three Cheese and Apple

I got creative in the kitchen this week. I was going to have an apple with cheese for lunch but I really wanted a grilled cheese since we had some extra swiss cheese. I decided to combine the two. So I fried up some apple rings, just enough to warm them an put some brown on them but not enough to cook them through. I then put them in between layers of cheese in my sandwich; Cheddar, Motzerella and Swiss. Fried on low to give all the cheese time to melt without burning the bread. Delicious and I stuffed a whole apple in there.

Favorite Thing…

I’m done…

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Almond Orange Cinnamon Biscotti

I used to make this recipe all the time back in university and somehow it ended up being put aside for years. Then recently a recipe for chocolate chip biscotti ended up on my Facebook and I remember this recipe. It took me a while to find particularly since it was actually two recipes that I had modified and merged together.

Almond Orange Cinnamon Biscotti
Almond Orange Cinnamon Biscotti

Almond Orange Cinnamon Biscotti
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: Italian
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup toasted slivered almonds
  1. Set oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Beat in eggs, vanilla and orange zest.
  4. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat to combine.
  6. Add the toasted almond slivers and beat until just conbined.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or butter the sheet.
  8. Form into two logs about ¾ of an inch thick and as wide as you like your biscotti. I got for betweeen 3 and 4 inches. The wider it is the lest pieces you get in the end.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes.
  10. Take out and let cool enough for you to cut, 10-15 minutes.
  11. Cut into slices about ½ inch thick.
  12. Place slices cut side down on the cookie sheet.
  13. Bake 12 minutes. Turn over and bake another 12 minutes.

It is funny how our memories work. For me this recipe takes me back to my university days and the people there that particularly liked this recipe. For me this will always go with a large mug of hot chocolate and a cold winter night. This isn’t on my Favorite Six Christmas Cookies from last year but it should be.

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In my life this week…

I started doing a decluttering challenge for lent called 40 bags in 40 days. So far I have only missed two days which for me is pretty good. So far the tally is 3 1/2 bins of recycling, 2 bags of garbage, 1 box of electronic recycling, and 1 1/2 boxes for the thrift store.

I am thankful that no one else got the bug from last week. Both Margaret and Philip seemed to have missed it.

My wife plays the flute and my daughter sings in a local Irish band. My son does Irish Dance. Over the St Patrick’s Day period they are all out and about doing events. Both group put on shows at the local senior homes as well as some other venues. We will all be at one at our old church so I will take pictures then. It is only our old church because we moved in to town and go to a closer church now. It will be good to visit with every one from our old parish again.

I’m Cleaning…

Dresser Before
Dresser Before

I am starting to feel like I am on top of things again at least upstairs. Don’t ask me about the basement. That is the kids domain. My big task for this week was my dresser. As you can see not all of the clothes make it inside. The inside was a unsorted disaster with clothes that didn’t fit anymore and worn out/damaged clothes. I filled 3/4 of a box to go to the thrift store and a small garbage can. Everything now fits in the drawers.

Dresser After
Dresser After

In our homeschool this week…

Philip's Weekly To Do
Philip’s Weekly To Do

We got back on to our weekly system with the board being due at the end of the day Friday or it is are homework due Monday. Margaret should make it. Philip… He’s done a bit of everything but finished very little. He has read a lot but as usual getting it down on paper is a challenge.

Margaret's Weekly To Do
Margaret’s Weekly To Do

I got a email back and Margaret is signed up for an eight week painting course. They will due four watercolor and three acrylic. She is already looking forward to it. It is going to mean some rearranging of our schedule due to conflicts but it will be worth it.

I’m cooking…

Chicken Spinach Mushrooms in Cream Sauce over Spaghetti
Chicken Spinach Mushrooms in Cream Sauce over Spaghetti

We tried a recipe that I found on Pinterest called “Man Pleasing Chicken”. I agree that it was but it is also wife pleasing as she reserved the two leftover servings for her lunches. I wrote a review of the recipe: Man Pleasing Chicken Pinterest Recipe Review

I’m praying for.

I am still praying for Ethan. It has been a rough week for him but Friday is the last day. He is a boy who I ended up following online from the start of his journey. He has the same cancer that Philip had.

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