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Welcome back to 10 Days of Large Family Homeschooling
One thing I have found to be challenging as a large family homeschool mom is feeding 3 meals a day plus snacks day in and day out to a rather large and diverse group of people. At any given time, I have teenagers, toddlers, and babies – all with different palates and needs.
Many of you already know breakfast is not my forte. I like to eat it, I hate to cook it. I’ve never been real awake in the mornings. I can remember as a youngster never feeling as if I had fully awakened until about 10:30 am. I always wondered why teachers thought math needed to be taught first thing in the morning when I was so very tired. I am most on top of my game starting late morning and again at about 4:00 pm. I try to have things on hand that can easily become breakfast, but rare is the occasion that I actually cook a hot breakfast.
*GASP* Now, you know my secret!
So, now that you know, here’s a list of breakfast ideas – Roberts family style!
- toast with peanut butter
- hard boiled eggs
- breakfast cookies
- baked oatmeal
- pancakes with real maple syrup
- fried eggs
Next is lunch. By this point, we have been going strong with school and I almost hate to stop for nourishment! Lunch happens here between 12 and 1 pm – or whenever there is a natural lull in our school day. Occasionally, Daddy joins us, but most often, it is me and the 6 children. We typically have a light lunch rather than something heavy for two reasons:
- Our big meal is at night.
- It is better and simpler to make something that takes less preparation when in the middle of a school day.
Here are some of our favorite lunch ideas:
- pizza or lunch loaf using homemade quick and easy pizza dough
- bagel sandwiches
- taco salad
- cheese slices, crackers, & fruit
- egg salad
Our school day is usually finished around 2:30, but this is not a good time to go outside since our road becomes quite busy at that time of day due to the high school down the road. So, at about 3:00 pm we have a snack and then head outside.
- cheese & crackers
- foldover peanut butter sandwich
- veggie sticks
- cookies – yes, cookies ;)
After we have played outside for a while, I head inside (usually with a helper) to prepare for supper/dinner.
We eat supper between 6 and 7 pm due to Daddy’s schedule. This is typically our biggest meal of the day since Daddy is home. This is also the meal I am most creative with. I like to go through cookbooks and my index box full of recipes I’ve been collecting for over half my life and pull interesting recipes I would like to try or family favorites.
Some recent meals have been:
Now, we all know you can’t feed your crew without either buying or growing your own food (or a mix of both), so here are a few of my favorite shopping posts:
Once a Month Shopping Series (how we shop once a month and save!)
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- Affording Kids Series
- Mega-size family recipes from A Baker’s Dozen
- Large Family Cooking blog
- MOMYS cookbook – My favorite large family cookbook – only 2 in stock at the time of this writing!
Find all the Large Family Recipes here!