First Day of CC Cycle 3 2018-2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

On September 14th 2017, we had out first day of CC for the 2017-2018 year! 
This is our 4th year in CC, my 2nd year Directing, and our 1st time repeating Cycle 3! 


Claire's Apprentice class lead by Mrs. Agnew


Kenley's Journeymen class lead by Mrs. Compton

At home we always take our chalkboard pictures...

My twirly girl! 

During Morning Assembly I use a trifold white board like the tutors use to post our Scripture Passage Memory Work, Bible Memory Work, Family Presentation Schedule, and lots of Announcements...

Lots of announcements for the first day of CC...

Mrs. Compton brought me the sweetest gift on our first day! How cute is this mug?! I love it! The cookies were also so adorable! The paper cookie even had a note written to me on it! 

Recent Winning Recipes at the Ronk house!

Friday, May 4, 2018

I have been trying a bunch of new recipes lately and I wanted to share a few of our most recent favorites! I have been mostly following the Trim Healthy Mama plan. To simplify the plan a bit, so that you know what I am talking about, when on the THM plan you don't consume sugar and you separate your high fat low carb meals from your high carb low fat meals. What I love about this program is that I can still eat carbs! I just have to eat them strategically. This plan was created by Christians and I really appreciate how they talk about God throughout the program and how He created food for us to enjoy as well as for our nourishment! If you are interested in Trim Healthy Mama I highly recommend that you read their books The Trim Healthy Mama Plan, The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, and their newest book Trim Healthy Table

These Crispy Parmesan Chicken Wings were fantastic! This recipe calls for dry brining the chicken wings with baking powder! I have never heard of that before and I can't wait to experiment with other sauce flavors! They fit in as a THM S. 

This Trim Healthy Mama S Pound Cake is fantastic! I served it with fresh whipped cream and strawberries at my last Tutor Meeting and everyone loved it! It was especially good the next day for Breakfast! Brian liked it too... which was a bummer because I definitely didn't want to share! ;)

Trim Healthy Mama has introduced me to quite a few new to me ingredients one of those is Baobab powder! I have been loving this Baobab Water in the afternoons! It's lightly citrusy and tastes very refreshing! 

I have been making these Cream Cheese Chicken Nuggets for lunches and they are so easy and delicious! I even took them to CC one day and ate them cold. I let another mom sample them and she made me write the recipe down for her right away! They are great dipped in Whole Sisters Dump Ranch, Frank's Red Hot, or just eaten plain! I usually serve them with raw veggies! 


These Orange Ground Chicken Rice Bowls make a fantastic E meal. Our whole family loves this dish. This dish cooks up super quick which makes it a perfect weeknight meal! To make it a little bit easier I use the frozen microwavable rice packs from Trader Joes! This one is also great as leftovers for CC lunches! 

Okay, this Trim Train Taco Soup recipe has some ingredients that you might not have tried in a soup before. BUT trust me and try this one! My whole family loved this soup! It tastes like a regular taco soup but has lots of gut healing ingredients. This makes a huge vat of soup and freezes great! This is also a THM Fuel Pull so you can either top it with cheese and sour cream to make it and S or some blue corn chips and greek yogurt to make it an E or just enjoy it plain as a FP! 

Lastly, these Trim Healthy Mama E Pancakes were a huge hit when I made Breakfast for dinner the other night! Once again everyone loved them! They taste light and fluffy like regular flour pancakes but contain no flour. All of the ingredients are thrown in the blender and then poured onto the griddle so there is minimal clean-up! 

Have you tried any new recipes lately that were winners? Searching Pinterest for recipes can be fun but its also hard to tell which recipes just have great pictures and which recipes will actually taste good! 

Check out my THM S Pinterest Board and my THM E board for even more inspiration! 

Claire's 7th Mystery Birthday Party

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Since the day after her Space themed 6th Birthday Party, Claire has been asking for a "Mystery" Party. She was always adamant about the theme but vague in what she actually wanted the mystery to entail. We finally decided on a scavenger hunt to find the treat bags, a few mystery flavored foods, and question mark decor. We had hoped to be moved into our new house in time for Claire's Birthday and Christmas but it didn't quite work out so Auntie Amy saved the day and let us host Claire's party at her house! 

The mystery Oreos turned out to be Fruity Pebble flavor and they were delicious.  

The girls decorated these ? picks from Hobby Lobby with sequins to make them look a little bit more festive and less like the gender reveal party they were intended for! 

Magnifying glasses were scattered about for decor and clue solving...

While we waited for all of the guests to arrive I had these party hats from Hobby Lobby and our favorite Mr. Sketch markers out..

Here is a list of all of our scavenger hunt clues... 

Clue #1 (toy truck in the playroom)
I wish you luck! Your first clue is hidden under a toy truck!

Clue #2 (the boys bedroom)
Work together and you can’t lose, go to the place where the boys snooze!

Clue #3 (TV room)
Go where you can watch shows, cartoons, and movies too, check right next to this for the clue I left you!

Clue #4 (Bathroom) 
You will need these lights to see, your next clue is hidden in the place where you go pee!
(There was a pile of blacklight pens for them to take with them to search for the next clue) 

(This clue was written in invisible ink, the children had to use the blacklight pens to read it)
Clue #5 (Lego Room)  
The next clue is tricky, its in a room that’s filled with toys used to build!

Clue #6 (Under the kitchen table, this clue was printed backwards and there was a box of spy glasses under the table so they could read the backwards clue) 
Your next clue will be a treat, look under where we sit to eat!

Clue #7 (Bethy's room)
A good nights sleep is best, look where Bethy takes her rest!

Clue #8 (Playroom book shelf)
This ones easy, just take a look, you will find your next clue next to a book!

Clue #9 (Kitchen soap dispenser) 
The hunts almost over, but no need to mope, the next clue is hidden under the kitchen soap!

Clue #10 (Fridge) 
Keeping food cold is important you see, this is the place where the milk may be!

Clue #11 (Claire had the clue in her pocket)
Brrrr… It was cold in there! Go sing Happy Birthday to Claire!

Clue #12 (A Key Lockbox)
Up from 8, Down from 9, Down from 9, Up from 3

Clue #13 (Under a couch cushion) 
The next clue is hidden where it’s comfy indeed; a place to relax, watch tv, or read!

Clue #14 (Pantry) 
The hunt is almost over, but before you relax, check the place where we store the snacks!

Clue #15 (Fireplace) 
Is that all the clues? Oh no its not! Try a place where it gets hot!

Clue #16 (Oven) 
This is your last clue! Go and look in the spot where we bake a lot!

Somehow I missed getting a picture of the treat bags but they were filled with tiny magnifying glasses, tattoos, mystery flavor Airheads, mystery flavor Push Pops, and mystery flavor Ring Pops (We bought any thing that was mystery flavor! haha). The kids also got to take home the blacklight pens and spyglasses

 Happy 7th Birthday CLo!! 

Sensory Art Class #13 Favorites!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

For our last Sensory Art Class we did a Favorites theme! 
AKA use up all of Miss Keri's supplies ;)

At this table we had Koolaid Watercolors resist bookmarks, watercoloring leftover paper leaves, drip painting, seashell painting, snowflake drip painting.. 

Spin Art of course! 

Sensory Snow with a T-Rex skeleton thrown in for good measure...

 At the Play doh station I set out supplies to make colorful play doh birds. 
I set out lots of colors of play doh, google eyes, sequins, and feathers...

We had a second play doh table with our Play doh color wheel charts...

 The Water bead pool...

I absolutely loved leading this Sensory Art class but in the end it just took away too much time from actually doing school with the girls so I decided not to continue it after this session. We sure had a lot of fun though! Who knows maybe I will have to bring back Craftivity Camp! :)