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TIPsy Tuesday is back!!!

Welcome back to TIPsy Tuesday!! As most bloggers know, Mr. Linky just isn't the same and doesn't always cooperate. I have been forced okay so I chose to look for an alternative. Lucky, a wonderful guy named Brent chose to create McLinky. Finally there is an alternative that and the fact that my internet seems to be fixed so I can assuredly bring back TIPsy Tuesday!! Doin' another happy dance! Now on to today's tip...

Did you know that, during the summer, children can forget many skills they learned in school, a trend called the “summer slide.” According to the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, two-thirds of the summer slide can be directly linked to a child's summer learning opportunities. Or should I say lack of learning opportunities. Research has shown that if you don't keep your child's brain working during the summer, he or she could lose, on average, 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and as much as a year's reading level.

My tip for you today is to take every possible opportunity to teach your child during the summer. And throughout the year for that matter. When our children were babies and toddlers, we did everything we could to teach them. Their mind is like a sponge. Sometimes, when children head off to school, parents tend to stop teaching their kids and put that sole responsibility on the teacher.

Teaching our children is NOT solely the teacher's responsibility. As a parent, it is our responsibility to provide our children with every learning opportunity, reinforce what they are learning in school, and take the time to teach them one-on-one at home.

I know this might sound like a huge responsibilty...raising a child IS a huge responsibility!! Teaching them, however, can be easy. Teaching our children how to do chores and basic life skills will help teach them basic academic math and reading.

Take a look at your everyday life... you can find at least one teaching opportunity.
Take that opportunity and teach your child during the summer. Let's diminish the summer slide!!

Today you can either link a wonderful tip OR you could link a teaching opportunity!

Menu Plan Monday for Week 29 with Grilled Ham Glaze Recipe.

Happy Menu Plan Monday!! This morning I am doing the happy dance!!! For the past few days the internet has been hit and miss here. One second I have it, I try to do something, and then it's gone. While I know my computer is screwy and problematic right now, this is Embarq's problem. It seems that I'm not the only person experiencing this malfunction (with Embarq in Pa). That said...I apologize for not getting all of my grill recipes on this past week. I will be sharing them this week...if I have the internet. Now on to my menu...

: Grilled Shrimp w/ Chow Mein Noodles in Black Bean Sauce & Sugar Snap Pea Stir-fry veggies.

Dinner: Quick and Easy Individual Meatloaves with noodles and carrots.
Dinner: Beef Stroganoff
Dinner: Pasta Night.
Dinner: Sweet and Sour Chicken
Dinner: Left Over's Day
Dinner: EATING OUT!!

Last week I grilled Pineapple Ham Steaks. I had one of those moments...I went to the cupboard and found that I didn't have any pineapple. NONE...which is a very rare occasion in my home. I always have at least one can of pineapple! This was moments before I was to put the ham on the grill... What was I going to put on the ham steaks?? Thinking cap on, I did find pineapple juice. So, I decided to make my own sauce/glaze whatever it should be called.
My husband tends to give me those looks when I 'create' supper. I'm sure you know the look I'm meaning! He's a simple meat and potatos man and so is my father, who also happened to be there for supper. I like my food to have some flavor and can be a very hard compromise.
So, I whipped up this concoction with a bit of hesitation. To my delight, EVERYONE loved it. My dad even complimented me on the taste...and my dad does NOT compliment food or cooking. Since it went over soo well, I thought I would share it with everyone.

Casey's Grilled Ham Glaze

  • 1/2 cup applesauce (I used smooth, but chunky would probably be good too!)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple (I poured the juice into a different container and got the 'thick juice' that settles on the bottom.Pureed pineapple would work great too!)
  • 1/4 tsp ginger paste (Since this was my first time using paste, I kept tasting the sauce until it tasted right. I normally use ground ginger and for that it would probably be about 1/8 tsp.)
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • 2 Dashes of Allspice

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Brush on the glaze every time you turn the ham.
  3. Cook until done and enjoy. :)

Grilled Cabbage Recipe

Grilled Cabbage

  • 1 head cabbage, cored and cut into wedges
  • Pepper (as per your taste)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine(roughly), cut into pieces
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  2. Place individual cabbage wedges on a sheet of aluminum foil. Top with black pepper, and a pat of butter. (OPTIONAL: Add onion slices, bell pepper slices, and/or garlic) Fold edges of foil together to seal, then wrap entire package again with another sheet of foil.
  3. Repeat for each wedge.
  4. Cook on hot grill for about 30 minutes. (Turn about every 10 minutes.)

My husband loves adding vinegar once the cabbage is cooked. I hope you enjoy trying this grilled veggie recipe!

Menu Plan Monday Grill Style. Week 28.

The beautiful weather has inspired me to grill this week. Thankfully most of this week is to be sunny and finally warm. Although I am proficient at grilling meats, I'm learning to grill veggies as well. Throughout this week, I will be sharing some recipes for grilled vegetables. Now for my menu plan...

: Teriyaki Grilled Chicken w/ Toasted Peanut Couscous and Grilled Cauliflower

Dinner: Grilled Pineapple Ham Steaks w/ Parmesan Potato Packets & Grilled Cabbage
Dinner: Grilled Shrimp w/ Chow Mein Noodles in Black Bean Sauce & Sugar Snap Pea Stir-fry veggies.
Dinner: Pasta Night.
Dinner: Mexican Skillet Meal
Dinner: Left Over's Day
Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

If you have any great grill recipes, please share them in a comment. Or leave a link to your recipe! I need more inspiration and exciting recipes!!! Thanks.

A Funny Story...with a good moral!

Since my computer and my browser are not cooperating I can't get my 'real' posts to post or even get into copy them and post them a different way, I thought I would share this funny story a dear friend sent to me. If you need a good on!

To Be 6 A gain...

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday.

'I'd like to be six again', she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day!

He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park.
Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.

He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's.. What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, 'Well Dear, what was it like being six again?'

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. 'I meant my dress size, you retard!!!!'

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.

...but we love 'em anyway!

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