Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2018-2019): Our oldest child, EL, finished her formal education in May 2017. She remains at home due to her special needs, and continues to learn with us when she is able. JJ is in 10th grade this year. We intend to homeschool him through High School, and are using a variety of different curriculum choices to complete this goal.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012


It is a goal of mine to be more consistent in teaching the kids how to cook and clean up in the kitchen. I haven't made a specific plan yet, but here is one lesson I had with Road Runner over the Summer, giving her some one-on-one time to teach her how to make an easy, healthy, and delicious Crusty Tilapia recipe.

The first thing we did was look at the recipe to see what we would need.

4-5 frozen Tilapia filets, thawed
1/4 cup buttermilk (or Fat Free Half & Half)
1 cup Panko Japanese Style bread crumbs
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried ground mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 TB grated Parmesan cheese

Spray the bottom of a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Pour buttermilk into shallow dish. In another dish, combine breadcrumbs and other ingredients. Dip fish into milk, then into breadcrumbs. Place in prepared baking dish. Spray tops of fish generously with cooking spray. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Next, we laid out all the items we would need to make the dish:  measuring spoons, measuring cup, thawed Tilapia, spices, bread crumbs, milk, and two containers.

We opened the individual pieces of Tilapia.

We dipped the fish into the milk, then into the bread crumb mixture. (Note: It is sometimes necessary to actually pick up the breadcrumb mixture with your fingers and press it onto the fish, so the fish is nicely coated with it.)

We placed the fish into a greased baking dish, and sprayed the tops of the fish with cooking spray.

Baked at 450 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes and served warm with our side dishes. (I don't remember what our sides were, but it is usually something like buttered noodles, baked potatoes, french fries, or macaroni and cheese. Then, we also add a vegetable like green beans.)

Road Runner did a great job helping to prepare this dish, and the meal was delicious!

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