I really thought taking 7 kids on a Saturday (sans husband) to a garage sale that was almost over was going to end up in a bust, but BOY was I wrong. I scored some MAJOR deals and was happy to support a local women’s charity. I got 48 pieces of clothing for TEN dollars, y’all! TEN BUCKS! At that price it makes the clothing work out to be less than $0.21 a piece. Below is a video on what everything I picked up.
Mike and I honeymooned in Jamaica and it was amazing.
And, YES, the jerk chicken!
But finding something even remotely close in the states was a bust. While there is food truck in our area that serves amazing Caribbean cuisine it is pricey for all 9 of us to eat. Not to mention having to go 30 minutes to go get it. (Because it takes 20-30 minutes to get ANYWHERE when you live out here!) So here is my favorite go-to Jamaican jerk recipe complete with rice and “peas”. I say “peas” and not just peas because traditionally that is what the dish is called but the “peas” are what we Americans call kidney beans. I prefer black beans so that is what I use, but I am sure you could use whatever bean you’d like in this dish.
What you’ll need:
Dry Rubbed Chicken:
5 lbs of chicken (whatever variety you’d like – wings, drums, breasts)
1-1/2 T salt
1 T. garlic powder
2 t. sugar
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. dried thyme leaves
1 t. black pepper
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t0 2 t. ground cayenne pepper (depending how hot you like your jerk)
Mix together spices and sprinkle evenly over all sides of the chicken pieces. Grill as normal until done.
Caribbean Rice and “Peas” (made in this rice cooker)
1-1/2 c. white rice (not the instant kind)
1 can of coconut milk (look in the Asian/International aisle)
3 green onions, cut up
1 yellow onion, diced
1 whole poblano pepper (you may use 1-3 jalapenos if you prefer it spicier)
2 t. dried thyme leaves
1/2 t. ground allspice
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 t. black pepper
1-1/2 t. salt (in the video below I cut the salt and only added 1 t.)
1 t. brown sugar
1 can of cooked beans (kidney or black)
(see video for rice directions)
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Review of Aroma Rice Cooker:
I had a little credit at my local consignment shop and decided to pick up a couple of things for baby Cypress. Here is the price break down on what I spent:
Rock Star – $1.00
Orange striped – $1.00
Illini football – $2.00
Pirate – $1.00
Little Man with a Big Plan – $4.00
Older chicks – $1.00
Jean – $3.00
Blue/orange plaid – $3.00
Aqua/black plaid – $3.00
Car – $2.00
Boats – $3.00
Blue sleepsack – $3.00
White/sports – $1.00
Blue baseball/#27 – 2.00
One piece outfits:
Carters blue/navy striped – $4.00
Brown/orange striped – $2.00
GRAND TOTAL: $36.00
Ever want to be a fly on the wall for a day of homeschooling in a large family? Well, it is your lucky day! The below attached video is a time lapse of our morning homeschool for our growing family of 9 (almost 10) with children aged 13, 10, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1, and I am due with #8 in August. I hope you enjoy!
Our weekly grocery haul:
Detailed Price Breakdown:
Weekly Dinner Menu:
Dinner 1: Salmon fillets, roasted asparagus (from the garden), rice and salad
Dinner 2: Eating out to celebrate my dad’s birthday
Dinner 3: Jamaican jerk chicken, Jamaican rice and peas and salad
Dinner 4: Bacon cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato and onion, baked beans, salad and corn
Dinner 5: Fettuccine Alfredo with peas and salad
Dinner 6: Subs with meat, cheese, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, banana pepper, bell pepper and mayo, yogurt and fruit and probably some crackers
Dinner 7: (our one meal Sunday): Chili with cornbread or grilled cheese and salad
Above is a short explanation of our Blue Ribbon Point system. It is used to reinforce positive behavior in our homeschool, but it would be easy to adapt to a family that does not homeschool as well. Feel free to download the printable below and use them in your own home/homeschool!
BLUE RIBBON PRINTABLE
I simply printed these out on cardstock on my inkjet printer and laminated them with my laminator. After cutting them apart I store them in a pencil box like this.
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FOOD HAUL DISCLAIMER
(for my videos and any other channels that you watch)
Please remember in this (and other) food hauls that each family’s diet and lifestyle is unique. Please be understanding that what is best for one family (dairy free, gluten free, non-GMO, organic, vegetarian, etc) is not always best for every family. Also note that the contents of each haul may not be the ONLY thing that particular family is eating. A lot of people buy fresh produce at farmers markets, grow it in their own garden or take from a stock pile of canned food in their pantries to supplement their purchased items. For some reason food choices and diets have become sacred ground on the internet and opinions are cast out like deadly judgement stones. We are all trying to do what is best for our individual families with what we have. Please be graceful and kind in the comments to one another.
This was my haul from Walmart last night. I purchased a lot of non-food items that drove the price up a little bit, but I also didn’t have to purchase too many veggies and meat which probably negated that. We had several meals worth of meat and veggies here at home so this was a scant week in those areas.
And the price breakdown in the receipt below.
So Mike made the comment that my loyal YouTube subscribers probably thought that I had a “make believe” husband since we seemed never to be around in any videos. Well, that prompted me to put him on the spot and do my very first husband-focused vlog. Enjoy meeting my husband!
Last month we took the kids to Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. Although I suffered several my-kids-are-going-to-fall-off-a-cliff heart attacks on the Garden of the Gods hike it was a blast. Here are some highlights.
Setting up camp
Garden of the Gods
Ferne Clyff State Park:
Cave In Rock State Park:
Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in a large family home? Well, here is your chance! Now that the GoPro set up is here and I am playing around with it a bit more to figure it all out I thought I would try to post more regular “Day In The Life” vlogs. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in seeing on a more regular basis and how often (weekly, monthly, here and there?). I absolutely love doing them because they are so fun to look back on. Life is such a blur sometimes with 7 curtain crawlers that it’s nice to freeze some moments in this very precious and fleeting time.