12 Olympic Meals – Greece

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wow finding what I wanted to serve without ordering take out was harder than I thought it would be

we had Gyro, but trying to find the right meat was a challenge… and in the end I had to improvise

so this was the essence of a Greek Gyro and not even close to the real thing

we had:

pita bread with chicken & Tzatziki sauce

stuffed grape leaves (bought from a local market)

hummus (also store bought but with the right ingredients this is not hard to make)

artichoke and feta fritters (bought at  a local market)

 

even though this meal was kind of a fail on my part the kids are really enjoying the fun of celebrating other countries during the olympics

 

 

12 Olympic meals – France

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For our France meal I considered serving the meal that the mom served to the foreign exchange student in the 1985 movie Better Off Dead

“Two dollars, I want my two dollars”

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“In honor of our special guest, I’ve created dinner mon dieu — including Frahnch fries … Frahnch dressing … and Frahnch bread.”

but instead we had: Quiche and French Baguette

Quiche is really easy to make.  It is one of those meals that I can actually make without looking at a recipe.

Quiche

  • refrigerated or frozen pie crust (deep dish)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or even milk)
  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 1 cup frozen spinach

follow the instructions on the pie crust that you are using.  for frozen you may need to poke the crust all around with a fork and bake for 10-12 minutes empty.

cook the bacon, drain and break into pieces.  also cook the spinach and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.  place the bacon, spinach and Swiss cheese in layers in the pie crust.  while the bacon and spinach cool.  whisk together the 6 eggs and heavy cream.  pour the egg mix over the top of the bacon, cheese and spinach.  place the pie on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or when the eggs have set all the way through the pie.

my girls love Quiche and with the basic beginning of pie crust, eggs and heavy cream (or even milk) you can add in other combinations of meats, cheeses and veggies

 

 

An Olympic party

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We had a big night planned for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.

We planned to watch the ceremonies while eating Fish & Chips (a popular meal in London) and holding our paper Olympic torches.

but then… a big storm blew through our town

The storm knocked down this tree and knocked out our power 😦

so our Olympic party started the day after the opening ceremonies 🙂

we ate Fish & Chips

There really couldn’t be and easier meal.

I used frozen Beer Batter Fish and Frozen Steak Fries.  I baked both.

We made our paper torches

These were so easy to make.

we used:

  • construction paper; black, orange & red
  • tape
  • scissors

you just rolled the black paper into a cone, and taped it shut and cut out the flames with the orange and red paper and use tape again to put the flames into the cone.

so even though we got off to a rough start we are still planning on have tons of fun watching the Olympics.

next up, we are planning 12 different menus each one representing a different country.

we chose 12 because it is 2012 😉

  1. England
  2. France
  3. Mexico
  4. Spain
  5. Greece
  6. Poland
  7. Thailand
  8. Denmark
  9. Germany
  10. Samoa
  11. Italy
  12. USA

of course all of these dishes will be simple, budget friendly and in no way “authentic”… they are just meant to be a fun and creative way to celebrate the Olympics.

Make Cloud Sand – Summer Bucket List

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This was such an easy activity. It only required 2 ingredients, and those are ones you most likely have in your house already.

I would say that this activity would be most enjoyed by a the preschool age group but my older two played for about 45 minutes to an hour.

all you need is

flour and baby oil

we used 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil

then mix together with your hands

once it is mixed together the “cloud sand” can be formed into shapes

my girls had fun with this craft and it would make for  a nice rainy day activity

Visit a Roadside Attraction – Summer Bucket List

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I love the website Roadside America it is a guide full of crazy offbeat roadside attractions.  I love the craziness so much that I also have their iPhone app so that I can look up roadside attractions whenever we are on the road (for a long haul or a short trip)

some of the attractions are just plain crazy and some are crazy fun

good thing for me my family humors me and participates in my stops along our way.

our most recent stop was to:

Thomas Haywood’s Self Kicking Machine

the machine was originally built for Mr Haywood about 60-70 years ago.  It has had a couple of homes and restorations.  But currently it resides outside a roadside antique shop in Eastern North Carolina.

This particular attraction was weird, odd, strange and full of laughs.

I highly recommend checking out some fun roadside attractions, who couldn’t stand adding a little fun and humor into their lives.

We are a sports family

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We are a sports family! So that makes me a sports mom. Although I like to think of myself as a talent manager, that sounds more official.

This life of youth sports is a choice that we have made. And is not the life for everyone. There are many that would argue that we are over-scheduled and to be extreme robbing our kids of their childhood. However, I say we all make choices about how to raise our children, and ways to spend our family time. The life of youth sports is the choice that we have made.

This choice is many things. Lots of which seem negative. This choice is time consuming, making it one of the reasons that I am currently a stay at home mom. It is hectic, stressful and financially demanding but to-date I don’t regret this life.

We have three daughters. At the time of this post here is what the activities look like.
Our oldest who is 12 plays:
School football

School Volleyball

Club/ travel soccer

Club/ travel Volleyball

Travel Sand/ Outdoor Volleyball

Our middle daughter who is 9 plays:
Travel/ club: soccer


And is hoping to start recreation or travel volleyball soon

Our youngest who is 4 is just beginning to tryout sports and has done:
Dance/ tumbling

Recreation Soccer

Recreation T-ball

We are not in it for the fame and fortune that sports will bring, because we are realistic.

But let’s hope if any or all of them achieve fame they will remember dear old mom and reward her with a shiny new convertible like the one I gave up back when the first baby car seat entered our life.

Joking aside if they never achieve greatness… That they have achieved really pretty good is a positive for their future in the real world. There is so much to say about the benefits of girls who participate in sports; health, empowerment, etc.  If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of women and girls in sports or ways to support sports for girls check out The Women’s Sports Foundation.
It is my hope that their participation in sport forever encourages them to be their best in all that they do, and to never settle for average. I hope that they steer toward male dominated careers (ie, math, science & technology) with their heads held high knowing that they have the skills and abilities to compete.

I do hope to use this blog to chronicle our experience in the world of competitive youth sports and college sports recruiting. I am not an expert, a former athlete or a coach, I am just a mom trying to make my way through this process.