Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Wrap-Up ~ Grain-Free Lunch and Summer Fun

One of our children is nearly done with her one week adventure at camp.  We are giving each of our children one week of camp this summer.  It is one of my husband's regrets that he never got to go to any kind of camp, so I have had my eye out for the right experience.  This first child did well in day camp.  My biggest challenge was coming up with grain-free lunches.  (Our whole family is gluten free 90% of the time to support Tom Sawyer's diet). 

I'm cooking ~ Here are the lunches I came up with for week one.
Bacon slice, cheese slice, grain-free banana bread, cucumbers, dried pineapple and a Simply Fruit roll up (its dusted with corn so don't give to a child with a corn allergy).
Strawberries, fresh pineapple, yogurt, potato chips, peanuts and cheese sticks.
Peanuts, dried pineapple, cucumbers, cheese stick and grain free banana bread.
Watermelon, cheese and ham roll ups, pickles with no high fructose corn syrup, dried pineapple, Simply Fruit roll up and peanuts.
Yogurt, tropical dried fruit, cheese, pickles, and watermelon.
We are going ~Those of us that were not at camp busied ourselves with the $1 movies, tree climbing, library programs and lots of Lego play.  We attended the summer kick off pajama party at the library.  The kids especially enjoyed the playing with the hula hoops and the theremin.  They spent a long time doing both activities.

Fun in the sun ~ Our peaches are almost ripe.  As usual, at least 1/4 of the tree is infested with bugs/fungus.  That is what we get with an organic (neglected tree).  However, we love the fresh organic peaches we do get.  The kids have been in the tree eating peaches all week.  They are still a little hard, but the kids don't care.

I'm reading ~ The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading (finished) and Great Books About Things Kids Love (finished) and I have started Scarlett.

Projects I am doing ~ I organized my desk, helped dear husband get the area beneath the deck cleaned out and maintained the garden this week.

I am joining Homegrown Learners and Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. I wished my family and I could hang out with you guys for a day or even a week. You all have such fun around there.

    You are doing such a good job at feeding your kids in such a yummy way! No I am just asking not telling... have you all looked into soaking, fermenting, and sprouting grain. I have been reading so much about people who thought they couldn't have grain but really it is the phytic acid coating the grains have that need to be broken down to be digestible. If you want I can come back and leave links for you or better yet I need to write a post and give the links there for others to see what I have been learning. It is soooo exciting and I am seeing a HUGE difference in my own health. I started wondering if I couldn't have wheat myself. But really it is how it is prepared that makes a difference. It is how they prepared grains just a hundred years ago and people just got caught up in quick convenience that changed things.

    I was sooooooo amazed at your peach tree! You are so blessed. There are so many! I can't imagine them eating all before some turned ripe. [o;

    Praying you all keep enjoying your summer.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  2. Great pictures! And those peaches are enough to make my mouth water. :-)

  3. The kickoff party at the library looks like so much fun! We have been doing a lot of Lego play around here, too...

    Looks like a fun week - thanks for linking! :-)

  4. Great week Dawn! What kind of buckets/containers are the lunches in? Those are adorable!! Love all the pictures too. Kids look like they were having a blast. Love the one where they are eating peaches. Looks like a picture in a magazine advertising 'Peaches" :)

  5. Nice comment, Dawn -- thanks! Every year I feel jerked back and forth between school the "normal" way and just unschooling. That test question pushes me back in the unschooling direction. :) If only I were brave enough.

    It seems many families are going to grain-free, or at least wheat-free diets for their kids. These are some great combinations! Apparently we aren't neighbors -- no peach trees around here! I'm envious! :)