Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Questions about Home Schooling Preschooler's

*** First I was asked by an anonymous commenter to share our recipe for embueltos. Will do real soon but would rather know who wants recipe. I have no real reason just curios I guess.
Maybe I just want to know who's gonna be trying Grandma's embueltos?***

Since Josiah is not in school & I don't want him to fall behind I have been doing school with him. (can't remember if I already posted that)

Well we painted today!!! YUP!! I was brave or CRAZY!!! Yeah more like crazy!! L.O.L!!!

We sat on our front sidewalk and finger painted and that turned into a WONDERFUL GAME OF "paint chase", he said.

WE laughed and giggled and sang and ran around our front yard.
(wish I could post pic's - WE looked very colorful!!!)

SO The actual school part is going really well.
schedule is pretty much as follows:
wake up
sit on couch to watch Curios George on PBS (while I make b-fast)
eat b-fast together.
Josiah plays alone for about 20 minutes
WE do laundry & house chores together
then we have "MOMMY'S PLAY SCHOOL"
usually we start with a song & prayer
then go over our bible verse
story time counting time
singing & marching time
Then we head outside for play time either a walk or an activity (today was paint & paint chase)
Then we come inside at about 11:00- 11:30
He does self play for about 10-20 minutes
I fix lunch serve it & we eat together
then he takes a nap.

He is being super super clingy to me from the time he wakes up - if daddy doesn't give him UNDIVIDED attention then he is way more clingy to me.
I'm sorta spinning silly about this. Is it MY fault? Am I giving him too much attention?
I mean isn't he supposed do be able to play or entertain himself a little more than that?
Or is this a typical 2 -3 year old?

Grandma Chickens Embueltos

First of all I am honored to share this recipe!!

Second and Most importantly - You all need to know why we called my grandma Grandma Chicken. Her & My Grandpa had chickens & ducks. Grandpa once told a story that the chickens were Grandpas and the ducks were his. From then on everyone called him

"Grandpa Pato" (duck) and called Grandma, "Grandma Chicken". MY MOMS PARENTS!

Grandma Chickens Embueltos

*Grandma NEVER used conventional measurements - she used her fingers and the palms of her hands & thats how mom & I cook too!! SO here it goes

Things You will need

A Large Skillet or Frying Pan

Ground Beef

Corn Tortillas

1 Block Long Horn Yellow Cheese



Cooking Oil

1-2 cans of tomatoe sauce

Cumin Powder [cheater version] * Grandma ground it fresh in her molcajete (hand rock grinder)

Garlic powder[cheater version]*

California Chile Powder

White Onion chopped finely [ I never use onion I'm allergic Grandma always made a special batch for me & Tia Carmen without onion]

All Purpose Flour or [Wondera Powder - I CHEAT SOMETIMES] Grandma NEVER cheated!!!


  1. Shred cheese.

  2. Warm up some cooking oil in a skillet (about a 1/4 cup) depending on how many you will make.

  3. Dip each tortilla in skillet for about 30 seconds on each side - not letting them get hard.

  4. When you take out each tortilla lay it on a paper towel covered plate - to drain greese.

  5. The greese should have finished by now.

  6. If not drain it out from skillet.

  7. Place however much ground beef you will need 1 lb. feeds approx. 6 people [but I make mine real meaty plus I hardly ever cook small portions]

  8. brown the meat

  9. add salt, pepper, garlic cumin.

  10. cook well, until meat is practically dry.

  11. If small amount of oil remains in skillet tilt skillet to one side slightly in that small amount of oil add flour or wondera[2-3 tablespoons fry that till white substance turns light golden brown] If no oil left in pan pour about 1-2 tablespoons in and tilt and do the same as above.

  12. immediately after browing flour pour in 1 can of tomatoe sauce

  13. Quickly add 1 1/2 cups of hot water.

  14. then pour in about 1-2 tablespoons of California Chile powder [new mexico chile is much to spicey and sometimes gives a bitter/sourish twist]

  15. sample taste the sauce for consistancy & spices. (should NOT be too thick & NOT runny)

  16. if it seems like it needs more water or spices add it now

  17. turn flame to simmer

  18. If sauce needs more thickness - take 1 cup of cold water and mix in about a spoonful of flour or wondera. Mix it very well, making sure you disolve ALL the lumps. Then pour that cup into the skillet.

  19. Once sauce is just right turn off flame by now it should have simmered for about a good 15-20 minutes with everything added.

  20. Take 1 tortilla at a time and dip it into skillet full of sauce & meat.

  21. place tortilla on a plate, glass cassarole dish or cookie sheet[you can microwave or bake in oven *YOU CAN GUESS BY NOW WHICH I DO... the cheater version, Grandma didn't have microwaves!!!* YOU CAN PLACE ABOUT 6-8 embueltos ona large dinner plate and microwave

  22. With a holey spoon fill tortilla with meat & a small amount of cheese (onions * I don't)

  23. Repeat this step for as many tortillas or meat as you have.

  24. Then pour more cheese on top(onions * I don't)

  25. NOW take all remaining sauce which by now should have VERY VERY LITTLE MEAT and Pour all over the tray or plate of embueltos.

  26. Microwave plate or dish for about 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

I make a side of spanish rice and a side of beans to go with it.