Friday, March 21, 2014

Teriyaki Turkey Wraps

You know those days, when you do wake up early just so you can get ahead of things and by the end of the still haven't accomplish all of your to do's. There is just not enough time in a day. There are manageable days..and there are crazy hectic days. When you also have young ones at know how time can slip through your hands. They come first..after all..they are not young forever.

So if you have one of those crazy hectic days, but dread the thought of fast food..this recipe is, filling and delicious. Buying ground turkey and ground beef in bulk and pre cooking them saves you time as well. I just brown the ground meats , let it cool and put them in freezer Ziploc bags in portions.


For the Homemade Teriyaki Sauce 

1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp cold water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

For the Turkey Wraps

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup water chestnuts
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4-1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 cloves garlic
lettuce - for the wrap ( you can also use whole wheat tortilla wraps)
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
chopped peanuts ( optional)


In a small saucepan over low heat , combine all the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce. Let it simmer, stirring frequently until sauce thickens and bubbles. You will only need a few of these maybe about 1/4 cup..keep the left overs in the fridge for Baked Chicken Teriyaki next time.

Prepare all the veggies you need for the wrap.

Brown your ground turkey , until it is no longer pink. Drain.

  Heat sesame oil and vegetable oil in a pan. Saute your onion. Add in celery , garlic and carrots . Saute for about 2 minutes. Mix in your browned ground turkey , and about 1/4 cup of your teriyaki sauce.
Let all the flavors blend in.
Slightly let it cool.

Serve it with lettuce or a whole wheat tortilla wrap.

Drizzle with a tablespoon of teriyaki sauce on top and some chopped peanuts .

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Letter of the Week : Dd

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 To save money , local library is a good option. You can also use whatever books you may have in your home library to supplement with the lesson. 

 From the library...


From our home library...

Start out by saying the letter out loud. Teaching her the phonetic sound of the letter. Next is the line tracing and letter tracing
(both  upper case and lower case letter D ) in  standard form.

I downloaded the free line tracing here :

You can find the Dinosaur theme tracing sheets here : Confessions of a Homeschooler ( please read her terms with printing her free printables , it is for personal use only and it can not be use for monetary purposes).

Why practice your child's tracing skills? 
To teach our young ones to write ,  pre writing skills are necessary. It helps develop their fine motor skill,  the correct way to hold a pencil and how to use a good, firm grip.  Tracing enhances development of hand/eye coordination. 


We did a dinosaur number sequencing activity.

We used our  LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set , so she could hear and practice the phonetic sound of the letter D again. Kids loves buttons right? Any buttons that produces sound and music is fun for them.

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To practice her fine motor skills, we did a cut and paste activity. I wrote both upper and lower case D on a clean sheet of paper. Then , I cut small strips of old magazines for her to cut into small squares . She then paste all the small square pieces of paper on to the paper forming a collage of letter D. Make sure to use a Child-Safe Scissor Set.

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Find things around your house  or cut some pictures of objects that starts with the letter D . I read each of the words and pointed out the object while reading it to her. I made her repeat the word after me.  
Since she loves doing games . I shuffled all the words and asked her to match it with the object. She got it all right and gave her a sticker for a prize.

To print these magnet page for D is for duck : Making Learning Fun

We've been using these glass beads from the dollar store, We also count while we put the glass bead on each slot. If your child would enjoy magnet pieces instead , use   Officeship 100 Pieces Power Magnets, 3/4 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors and a cookie sheet ( from a dollar store would work perfect).

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To print this  free letter Dd tracing worksheet ( D 'Nealian) : First-School Preschool and Crafts

To print this  free letter Dd tracing worksheet :  Toddler-net Tracing Worksheet


COLOR BY ACTIVITY , or just giving little kids pages to color is a fun way to also practice their fine motor skills. It allows them to be creative and I think it greatly helps with enhancing their focus or attention span with a given task.

Print the color by letters here for free : Coloring. ws by DLTK

CONNECT THE DOTS ACTIVITY, teaches them number sequencing. They will have fun on seeing how the pictures on the page comes together.

Print the connect the dots activity here for free : Coloring. ws by DLTK

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