Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Walnut Acre Daily - Easy Sausage Pizza, Apple Pizza Pie and More

Words to Live By

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Homeschool and Independent Learning

This morning Calla, Lauren and Michael reviewed the memory verse and we sang His L-O-V-E. Then we watched the following videos - Jesus Loves Me Children's Song, I Am Pizza, Toddler Math - Addition For Kids, and the Letter N Song.

Yesterday the kids were not in the mood to do worksheets and coloring pages and today they could hardly get enough. They colored the Nn and Mm coloring pages and talked about the sounds the letters make and what words begin with those sounds. They colored the coloring sheet that goes with our song this week. We all worked together on the math sheets. They enjoyed coloring pictures of pizza (it looks to me like some is burnt), and colored a picture to go with our memory verse.

This evening I read spent some time reading with Austin and Amanda. We read some more of No Woman So Fair by Gilbert Morris and Proverbs 13.

Books We Enjoyed Today

The first two books are the books I read with CJ and Michael at bedtime this evening. The third book is the book I am reading with Austin and Amanda and the last one is the book I am reading myself.

In the Kitchen

We continued our pizza fun for National Pizza Week by trying the following two recipes for dinner this evening.

Easy Sausage Pizza

1 lb ground sausage
1 12 inch pre-baked pizza crust 
1 cup pizza sauce
1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 green pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped

Brown sausage.
Spread sauce over crust, spread with one cup cheese.
Sprinkle sausage, peppers and onion over cheese. 
Top with remaining cheese.
Bake according to crust package instructions or until cheese is melted.

Apple Pizza Pie

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 (21 ounce) cans apple pie filling
 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Cream together butter or margarine and confectioners' sugar. Add 1 cup flour and mix just until dough forms a ball. Spread into a 12 inch pizza pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove  and spread with apple pie filling.

Mix together the cheese, 3/4 cup flour, brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples pie filling. Bake for an additional 25 - 30 minutes. 

These two pizzas along with a salad made a very good dinner. I also made a sausage pizza without the peppers and onions for those who don't like veggies on their pizza.

Around the House

I cleaned the kitchen after breakfast this morning and did some laundry.

Austin cleaned up the kitchen after lunch and dinner, and did the daily cleaning in the living room, playroom and upstairs bathroom.

Amanda did the daily cleaning in the mudroom and downstairs bathroom and did some laundry.

Outdoor Fun

Today was warmer then it has been for awhile and the kids went outside for a little. 

We Are Going

I was planning to take Austin to the Antique Mall and Amanda to the pet store this afternoon and let the little ones enjoy the outing as well. Then when when Doug came home from work he was going to stay with the younger ones while I took Amanda to volunteer at the SPCA. But out plans changed a little when Michael woke up this morning with a stomach bug. We stayed home this afternoon and then when Doug came home from work he took Austin and Amanda to do the things they wanted to do. 

Amanda bought two Fancy Rats and named them Jasmine and Lucy. She's had Fancy Rats as pets before and really enjoyed them. After the last ones died she took a break from them for awhile and then decided she wants some more. She already had the cage and over the weekend she set it up and had it all ready for them.

Today's Quote

Thank God every morning when you get up, that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know. ~ Charles Kingsley

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  1. Not a fan of rats. My hubby got one 9 years ago, against my wishes. Wouldn't you know the silly thing was pregnant with 11 babies? Ugh! So, there I was with 12 rats in my house. No thank you. (Though, I will admit the babies looked sort of cute...until they grew bigger.) I think we sold them to the pet store or got a credit.

  2. I love pizza! Any kind of pizza! Looks like a wonderful meal.

  3. Thanks for sharing about your homeschool day. Your days are full and wonderful so enjoy them while your children are still living at home.

    Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this week.

  4. My kids love homemade pizza! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  5. I love reading about your homeschool day! What a joy to still be able to homeschool! (Mine have graduated). That apple pizza looks yummy, by the way.

    We used to have rats as pets, and they all died of cancer or something (they got big tumors). It was hard. But they make good little pets! Thanks so much for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!