Thursday, November 15, 2007

Volunteering Opportunities for Your Kids

When we moved to Las Vegas I was abit concerned about what type of volunteer opportunities would be available to our teen. There is no local chapter of Teen Korps here. Would there be a one-stop site or would I be searching through variety of resources?

Well, I was delighted to find that there are many volunteer opportunities. And yes, one does have to do some research. I started with the public library. Our local branch library has teen volunteer positions and even a Teen Advisory Group. Marcus is enjoying his time there so much that he increased his hours.

Recently, I found out about the Leaders of the Future, a FREE teen program that offers work skills, leadership training activities, community and socal activities through the county recreation centers. I stop by the center, spoke with the manager and was very impressed. Once I mentioned it to Marcus he wanted to immediately start working on his application for the Spring term.

And don't forget that many non-profit organizations are in need, especially in our present economy. Even if there's no opportunities perhaps they would welcome your teen's help in the office. In exchange, they would be accurring some job skills and volunteer credits.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Day Off Working in Our Home Office

It's nice having an actual home office in one's home. Now, we just need to finish decorating.

Have a Happy Hump Day!

Monday, November 12, 2007

One Dish Chicken with Vegetables

Since our family is now following a low fat diet doesn't mean that we are forgoing flavor. Here's a comfort chicken and vegetable recipe that you'll find they'll enjoy. Experiment with the variety of vegetables. Originally the recipe didn't call for sweet potatoes but my family loves them.

While chicken thighs are not as low fat as chicken breasts, they are perfect for the Dutch oven. Be sure to choose skinless chicken thighs and trim any excess fat before cooking. Make sure to clean your vegetables before assembling your dish. Clean your cutting board, knife and hands before chopping your next vegetables.

1 medium white onion, chopped
1 acorn squash, chopped
1 handful of green beans, ends trimmed
1 8-ounce pack sliced mushrooms
1 sweet potato, chopped
2 medium red potatoes cut into chunks
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
crushed black pepper and salt
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1 small sprig rosemary or equivalent of dried rosemary

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat bottom, sides, and top of lid of a large Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Place vegetables in the pot. Trim chicken thighs of excess fat and cut into pieces. Add chicken to the pot, followed by herbs, kosher salt and pepper. Cook for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Monday Menu Plan - November 12

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all the veterans who have provided unselfish service to this beautiful country.

Today is the monthly auction so the whole family will be working. People will be able to view the units, after the lock is cut and the auction tag is cut, than the auctioneer will start the bidding. My husband says there are no big surprises, just some washer-dryer combos in 2 units and office supplies and equipment in another but please keep in mind the law prohibts us from entering the unit. We can only view from the doorway.

The Boys and Girls Club coach has observed Marcus playing with some of the kids and suggested that he join the team. He also mentioned to us that he would like to do some volunteer work there.

This week's menu is courtesy of Taste of Home's Easy Cooking For Diabetics magazine.

Flavorable Tilipia, Mixed Veggies

Tomato Meat loaf, Mashed Red Potatoes and Veggies

Pork with Veggie Pitas and Green Leaf Salad

Ham and Potato Cassorole

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie for dessert

Garlic Lover's Chicken, Veggies

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