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GiveAway: Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse

www.randomhouse.comooh, I got a goodie today. Oh yes, indeed! Today I got a copy of Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse by Kay and Liv Hansen, and I am already drooling over Matt’s upside down cakes. Itty Bitty pineapple, pear or plum upside down cakes, ya’ll!!! Too cute by half, and calorie friendly, to boot! Umm, well, as calorie friendly as butter and brown sugar can get.

In addition to Matt’s wee cakes, there are coffee chocolate chip muffins, coffee pecan pound cakes, and itty bitty cheesecakes, too! And spiders and lady bugs! And flowers! And even tiny Christmas trees! Ya’ll!! DaBaby just said “oooh, Christmas”!!! Ok, yes, you caught me. I wrote this entry as I was looking through the book for the first time.

I’ll be looking for some mini cake pans the next time I go shopping, and in the meantime I can make some decadent cupcakes. Yeah, there are incredibly intricate and detailed cupcakes in here, too. In fact, the whole cookbook gave me a Alice in Wonderland feeling. You oughta see the bee! And the flowers. This is seriously the absolutely cutest cookbook I own. Hands-down. The good news is that it can also be the cutest cookbook you own. That’s right: we’re having another giveaway. I told you to be looking for it, right?

Ok, here’s the drill. For one entry, leave a comment. For two entries, blog about the contest, linking back to this post. Comments are moderated on this blog, so if your comment doesn’t show up right away, just check back in a bit. The contest will start when I hit publish and end at midnight Sunday the 10th of March, EST. I’ll announce the winner on Monday the 11th.

Best Left Over Taco Salad Ever

Last night, we had a roast for supper, and there was just a bit left, not enough to serve again in that form, but too much to throw out, so I shredded it while it was still warm and easy to separate the fat. I decided I would make burritos for the family tonight, and man, did they ever turn out well. Or at least that’s what they all said ;) I didn’t have a burrito, because I didn’t want to spend 173 calories on a tortilla. I had mine on a bed of salad, and it was fantabulous. Here’s the recipe!

2-3 cups shredded cooked chuck roast
3-4 cups cooked rice (also leftover)
1 large can of tomatoes
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 large can refried beans
Shredded cheese
Salad greens and/or tortillas

Heat the beef and tomatoes in a skillet and add the taco seasoning. Mix in the beans and the rice, and continue to cook until heated through. Spoon the mixture onto the tortillas and sprinkle with cheese, then roll. Or serve it on salad and sprinkle with cheese.

Super quick, super fast, and because it’s mostly leftovers, super cheap.

Musical Interludes and Memory

We are doing several musical type things this year. I have ordered hymnals for us, and we’ll be working on a new hymn every 3 week period. This time, it will be Jesus Paid it All. Eventually (after “the rules” etc, we can also use hymns as copywork.)

I’ve ordered the Homeschooler’s Folksong Collection and we’ll be listening to the first cd once a week on Tuesdays. This won’t necessarily be a focus, but it will be in the background.

Our composer for this period Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and we’ll be reading his biography on our special day and listening to the cd below on Thursdays. Again, it will most likely just be in the background.

That’s all the music we’ll be doing, but after we sing the hymn each day, we will work on out memory work. Because I once again have very young students, we’ll work on the basics: alphabet, days of the week, months of the year, Psalm 23. Whatever we don’t master will carry over to the next 15 day period. Additionally, LLATL occasionally assigns memory work, and students who get that will work on that independently (unless I think it’s good for all of us).

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