Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Failed Science & Meal Plans

I love science! There are so many things to learn. I have a slight obsession with science books. 
The thing is I detest doing things over. We get one shot to get it right around here. I think that is why I don't knit or crochet because often, one must remove stitches then put them back in ~ really not my kinda thing. 
We are studying about ancient Egypt and how they preserved mummies. So, we tried one of the experiments where you take three pieces of toast and burn one, put antiseptic cream on another, then leave one alone and see what happens. Then unfortunate thing is we left it for 3 weeks and only the antiseptic one showed a slight bit of mold. 
How scary is that!? Our regular bread did not mold. Why won't it mold when you 'need' it to, but when you really just need to make some sandwiches the whole loaf has specks of mold throughout? 

Learning about the Pyramids we discovered that there are pyramid shaped crystals throughout nature and that they are the most stable structure around. We had a 'fail-proof' way to make crystals. We managed to fail to make them. This is not the first time we have tried to make crystals and it's not the first time we failed.  Not sure we will try again,  unless it shows up somewhere in our studies again, OR if someone really does know how to make them.  

On another note, I am completely sold on planning meals and shopping accordingly. It just seems so daunting to take the time to plan and equally daunting to not have a plan. 
I had not been grocery shopping for over 3 weeks because I had no plan, and did not want to go and buy food and still have nothing to prepare. So Here is what I currently have planned: 

Layered Tuna Casserole
Ravioli Soup
Sloppy Joe's
Coq Au Vin
Bacon and Cheese Chicken
Spaghetti and Garlic Bread
Mozzarella Meatballs
Orange Chicken and Rice
Home made Pizza
Beef Barley Soup
Pad Thai

I feel pretty good that I have some yummy recipe choices and everything to make the main meal, with the exception of the fresh veggies I  need for  meals that are not this week. 
Hope the ideas help and you are inspired to make your life easier by planning a bit ahead. 


Ali said...

Would love your recipe for layered tuna casserole...I have missed making a tuna casserole for a few years and it sounds pretty yummy about now.

Carolynn said...

Sure Thing!
12 oz Tuna
3 cups egg noodles
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped green onions
2/3 cup sour cream
2 tsp mustard
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 tsp thyme1/4 tsp salt
1 zucchini
1/2 cup grated mozza cheese
1 chopped tomato
Cook noodles, combine other ingred. layer into greased 2 qt dish with noodles, wet stuff, cheese, veggies, top with cheese and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes!
Enjoy!! Blessings to you.

Chris said...

Carolynn - My understanding is the salt must be iodine-free (calcium silicate should NOT be present because that keeps clumping from occurring) Sea Salt. The evaporation process needs to be very, very slow for best results. Hope this helps. Chris