Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekly Menu - The unofficial start of summer

It's here - Memorial Day weekend!  The unofficial start of summer.  Some  years, we've spent it cooling off at the beach; some years, we've spent it watching movies on a rainy day; there've been years with family and friends; and years of doing nothing!  This year is the year of painting.  We are going to paint our living room. . . .finally! So, here's the food plan

Friday: Tacos - I didn't make them earlier this week so we'll end the week with Tacos after Fit club

Saturday - We are going to paint; my mom is coming over and volunteered (for real) to work in my flower beds.  She's also bringing dinner - Sloppy Joes :-)

Sunday - Again, painting!  My mom is "cooking" for us again - I think we are doing KFC

Monday - Memorial Day!  We are taking the day off!!!  BBQ Port Chops on the grill, Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes in the crock pot, Mac and Cheese and Applesauce.  We'll have Cupcakes and Maybe some Strawberry shortcake too :-)

Tuesday - This is my "clean out the fridge/freezer week!  I have a whole chicken in the freezer so I'm going to cook that in the crock, make pasta, potatoes or beans and a veggie.

Wednesday - Assuming Darryl has practice, the boys and I will have dinner with my mom at her camper - who knows, we might even get our first swim of the season in depending on the weather.  Plus I haven't been able to spend much time over there yet due to rainy, cool weather and I enjoy the place :-)

Thursday - The boys have a baseball game so it will probably be corn dogs and Fries before the game.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Weekly Menu



My mom moved into her camper this past week and we had some close to 90 days so our menu kinda took a hit.  With that in mind there are some carry over meals from last week.

Friday: Steaks on the grill, crash potatoes, Rolls and veggie

Saturday: Either a campfire with Brats and Hot Dogs OR Ham and Cheese Pockets - all depends on the weather and weather we can do a campfire!

Sunday:  Chicken and Noodles, Rolls and Salad

Monday: The boys have a game so dinner has to be fast and easy.  I think we will have tacos

Tuesday: Pizza Sliders and Salad

Wednesday:  Darryl usually has practice so we will eat out

Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Green Beans, and Garlic Bread

Now, I know that sometimes we will eat at my mom's camper and sometimes at home but for me it is easier to just plan meals.  Some of these meals can easily  transported or moved to another week.  :-)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekly Menu

The official start of Summer is just a short time away.  The weather keeps playing tricks on us - this past Saturday we sat at the baseball field freezing but by Wednesday evening, it was hot hot and humid sitting at the game!

Here's the plan for the coming week.

Friday - The boys have Fit Club and I'm heading to a crop so a roast is going in the crock pot and there are Bob Evans mashed potatoes to go along with it - something easy for Darryl to do (He will also have an optoin to grab something instead since I need the leftover roast for Saturday anyway!)

Saturday - Easy French Dip sandwiches and Daddy Fries

Sunday - Mother's Day!  I acutally considered just getting KFC for dinner so there was no clean up on my part HA!  BUT the boys want me to make sure I get to have my favorites so instead Darryl's cooking steaks on the grill, I'm going to throw potatoes in the crock pot and we will have salad and rolls too.

Monday - The boys have a game so we keep things easy - Mac and Cheese and Corn dogs.

Tuesday - Ham and Cheese Pockets, crash potatoes, and salad

Wednesday - Chicken and Noodles, and Salad or veggie

Thursday - Easy Cheesy Chicken Enciladas, Rice, Beans, and Chips and Cheese.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Weekly Menu

It's been busy over here.  Normally, we are early dinner eaters - sometimes between 5:00 and 5:30 but due to all of the stuff going on I don't think we ate dinner before about 6:45 on any given night!  Geesh! This coming week isn't much better!

Friday - Tonight the boys have Fitcamp so we will eat dinner afterwards.  A Roasted chicken, Rice (cheater . .. Uncle Ben's 90 second bags of rice . .. not very good! HA!) and green beans.

Saturday - Can you say baseball?  Today is opening day!  We will have Tacos for dinner after a super busy and long day.

Sunday - I have a concert today so it makes for another busy day.  We will have pizza after church (homemade) and I'm really not sure what we will do have the concert yet.

Monday - Ham and Cheese Quiche, Fruit and Asparagus

Tuesday - Pork Chops, Mac and Cheese, some frozen veggies and rolls

Wednesday - We will eat out before another baseball game.

Thursday - It's grocery shopping day and I haven't planned anything as of yet!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Weekly Menu

Last week, I decided to check out Aldi one more time since so many people rave about it.  I am just not impressed.  I actually went specifically to get some cheese spread that my mother-in-law had served on Easter but figured I'd walk the aisles and see what I could mark off my list.  Well, not much.  The prices on the things on my list were either the same or just pennies less; nothing worth making my normal shopping a two store trip.  So, I guess I will stick to Meijer for now :-)

About a year ago, I came across a blog called Pocket Change Gourmet which really helped me focus better on meal planning.  I used it most of the summer last year but by fall was ready to get back into some of our favorite recipes.  Now with summer coming, I'm going back to this same resource to help give me inspiration so I can stop cooking the same thing over and over again!

This week involves some fun for my birthday!

Friday - The kids are heading to my mom's house so the celebration continues HA!  We may go to our favorite Mexican place or I may pick somewhere different but either way, I'm not cooking!

Saturday-Sunday - Darryl has a fun weekend planned so all that matters for this post is I'm not cooking!

Monday - Cheesy Ham Quiche, Banana Bread, and roasted Asparagus

Tuesday - Quick and  Easy Cheeseburger Pies, French Fries and Salad

Wednesday - BBQ Meatballs and Mac and Cheese

Thursday - Kung Pao Chicken, Fried Rice and Broccoli

This week is filled with baseball -- photos and then practice - all gearing up for their first game a week from Saturday.  I tried to pick some easy and quick meals.  (Who am I kidding - my kids will end up eating Frozen Waffles, Chicken Nuggets and Corn Dogs/Hot Dogs most nights  . . .some day I hope they enjoy eating more food!)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekly Menu - It's been awhile

I keep thinking I will get back to writing more on my blog but right now in this "season" I find that my writing time is limited.  Even when I have ideas, I can't seem to get them from my brain to the blog!

We have been eating ;-)  I feel like we've been eating out a lot though.  I'm trying to cut back on it and plan better.

Here's the plan for the coming week:

Friday (Today): We had "dinner" at church.  Tonight is the AWANA fair at church which includes food but, I've learned from past years that my kids don't want to take time to eat when they can play games and earn tickets.  So I made sure that we had Lunchables, fruit and cheese and crackers before we went to the fair.

Saturday:  Pork Chops on the grill, baked potatoes, and Garlic Bread

Sunday:  Ham, Cheesey potatoes, green beans and rolls

Monday:  Chicken pasta and garlic bread

Tuesday:  Ham and Scallopped potatoes and asparagus

Wednesday:  Chicken in the crock pot, roasted veggies and pea salad

Thursday:  It's my BIRTHDAY!  My plan as of this moment is to have Darryl bring home Tacos from our favorite place!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekly Menu

This coming week brings some good things.  I get to go scrapbooking, the kids go to Nana's, and Darryl gets some alone time!  It also means no cooking for me!  Shoot, I didn't even sign up to bring food to the crop - instead, I signed up to bring all of the paper products!

Friday - I'll be at the crop by dinner.  I have leftovers for Darryl (Pulled Pork BBQ, Bean Soup) or he can go out!

Saturday - Darryl gets to enjoy a whole day home!  I think he is very excited to have a day of nothing.  Again, there are leftovers or he can go out!

Sunday - I'm returning today so Darryl and I are planning to meet for Dinner :-)

Monday - Darryl often works late and I have choir practice so we will fend for ourselves.

Tuesday - Dinner out (or brought in by the big D)

Wednesday - the Kids return!  As is normal on AWANA nights, we'll grab dinner out.

Thurday - You mean I have to cook?? Uuuggg!  Lets keep it simple and just have spaghetti, stuffed meatballs and garlic bread!

See how simple this week is?? I love it!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly Menu

I forgot to post last week, and considering the fact that is the only post I do consistently, I try not to miss it.  And, to top it off, I made some really good meals last week!  I tried a Stromboli Recipe and a Taco Pie recipe both of which were great.

Here's the plan for the coming week:

Friday - I did not have time to put our annual St. Patrick's Day feast so we had Pulled Pork BBQ and homemade fries.

Saturday - We went out to dinner and movie as a family :-)

Sunday - We finally had our annual St. Patrick's Day feast - Stuffed Cabbage, Crash Potatoes, Green Beans and mac and Cheese

Monday - Cola Chicken, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and fried rice

Tuesday - Enchiladas, salad, chips and salsa

Wednesday - Out before AWANA

Thursday - As I'm sitting here on Sunday night writing this post late and cannot remember what I planned for Thursday . . . .maybe chicken??  I have no idea. HA!

Thats it!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Weekly Menu

This past week didn't go exactly as planned.  Nothing major just Darryl working several really late days which makes me not want to cook dinner :-)  It's ok, it just allows me to shift some meals again and saves on the coming weeks shopping.

So, here's the plan for the coming week:

Friday - Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Corn

Saturday - I have nothing planned so we will probably get pizza.

Sunday - Swiss Steak, Buttered Noodles, Butternut Squash, Bavarian Inn Macaroni Salad and Rolls

Monday - Scalloped Potatoes, Pork Chops and Mac and Cheese

Tuesday - Double Crunch Orange Chicken and Fried Rice

Wednesday - It's Awana Night!

Thursday - Sloppy Joes and Baked Beans


Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekly Menu

We ended up with a slightly busy week which always impacts my meal plan so you will notice a few "carry over" meals from last week showing up in this weeks menu.

Friday - Crockpot Beef and Noodles (one of those carry overs!)

Saturday - We have a family birthday party today so I don't have to cook :-) Well, techinally I do.  I'm taking Salad Bar fixin's, and a couple of snacks.

Sunday - After church, the boys and I will grab something since Darryl will be working; and have meatball soup after he gets home

Monday - Homemade Chicken Alfredo Pizza.  This is an old favorite that we haven't had in a long time! (This is kind of a carry over - I had planned to make chicken alfredo last week but have turned it into pizza instead.)

Tuesday - Amish Baked Chicken, Buttered Noodles, and green beans

Wednesday - It's Awana Night!

Thursday - Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Corn and Rolls


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Expectations

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I learned something this Valentine's Day.  Something about expectations.    :-)   My husband surprised me with Flowers (on the counter with a card at 3:30 in the morning); I planned some fun themed food including Heart Pancakes; made a great dinner and everyone got some little gifts.  Seems perfect right?

Expectations set by kids are sometimes hard to achieve.

I learned today that my kids expect a celebration for a Holiday.  Not just some food and a gift but to really celebrate.  I had to think about where this came from and realized it came from me.

Image result for Holiday funIn past years, I did a lot more planning and put together lots of fun things like crafts, snacks, I ordered fun t-shirts and spent time making it out to be fun all day long.  Somewhere along the way I lost that desire; that ability to put things together.  It's a mix of being too busy, still trying to dig through the surprises of grief, and homeschooling that have nixed my creative planning excitement.  Oh, don't worry, I have Pinterest boards aplenty with ideas enough to last years but I have struggled with getting them off the boards into creation.

Image result for St. Patrick's DayIn reality, St. Patricks Day is one of the most fun holidays for me to prep for so I've decided to use this is my saving grace.  I'm going to start some planning now.  We have fun things we always do (like hide Rolo Candies which the boys are still convinced the Leprechaun hides!) but I want to make it more of a day of celebration.  No "real" school, just learning activities related to the day.

Image result for ExpectationsOn a broader scale though, aren't we all guilty of setting expectations and then feeling let down when they don't happen?  I've struggled with that for my whole life. I think it comes from being a planner.  I plan and plan and plan but then when my plan doesn't work just right, I get the let down of that unmet expectation.  I've gotten better with this through the years thankfully.  I'm so thankful that Jesus isn't an expectation He just . .. is.  He is always near; He's always thinking of me; He has my best interest in mind.  I'm slowly learning to put my plans in His hands and trust him with the result - or maybe I'm really trusting Him to plan for me and I just accept what comes.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekly Menu

This past week threw me a curve ball because I ended up with the stomach flu on Sunday (Yes, Superbowl Sunday) so it changed the menu for the week.  Not so much that we didn't eat what I planned for Superbowl Sunday, but rather we ate it throughout the week.

So, here's the plan for the coming week and hopefully everyone stays healthy.

Friday - I'm making the last of my Superbowl Recipes - a Taco Pizza (Kinda like a veggie pizza) and Broccoli Dip.  Both are new recipes so I hope they are good!   I also have some chicken drummies that I will probably cook just as something I know we love!

Saturday - Ham and Cheddar Quiche, Asparagus, Homemade Applesauce and Scones

Sunday - Velvetta Cheeseburger Mac

Monday - Stuffed Shells with Cheese, Parmesan Roasted Carrots and Breadsticks

Tuesday - Asian Sesame Sliders and Corn and Broccoli Rice Casserole

Wednesday - AWANA night so the boys and I grab something out

Thursday - Dill Shrimp and Pasta


Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekly Menu

Menu planning and grocery shopping are going way to well lately so I'm excepting to get bored with it all soon HA!  That's what usually happens and then I change things up for a bit.  I figure that summer is coming an that always changes things so maybe I can hold out and keep things this way for a bit.

Here's the plan for the coming week:

Friday - My mom is here :-)  So she and the boys are going to have a date and Darryl and I are meeting for a dinner date.

Saturday - I'm going scrapbooking for the day.  My mom will be here and she is making Homemade Bean Soup - something she and Darryl both like but I do not!!

Sunday - It's Superbowl!  We are getting treated to lunch by my mom - which is so nice because otherwise I feel like I cook all day on Superbowl Sunday.  Instead, we can enjoy a nice easy lunch and then come home and enjoy our Superbowl food around dinner time.  The plan is to have Chili for Chili Dogs and Sloppy Joes - which can be eaten on its own or on a hot dog instead.  I have a couple new recipes I want to try - one is for a Taco Pizza - it's the same concept as a Veggie Pizza but with taco meat instead.  Also a hot broccoli cheese dip.  The other things will be cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, fruit and dip and then Peanut Butter Goodies and Floats for Dessert.  It sounds like a lot more than it is PLUS I'm planning leftovers for dinner on Monday.  (And the Chili was for dinner on Thursday so it is actually already leftovers!

Now, for the rest of the week I have an "either/or" plan and it goes like this:

On Monday, we'll either have Leftovers or Quiche

On Tuesday we'll either have Quiche or Pork Chops and Fried Rice

On Wednesday - the boys and I eat out before AWANA

On Thursday, we'll have either Pork Chops and Rice, Leftovers, OR Meatball Soup and Bread

Anytime we have a "big" event (Like Superbowl) I try to shop the Fridge/Freezer for the rest of the week and I have 95% of the items needed to make any of my either/or meals.

Also, I find it hard to believe that January flew by.  Maybe it was the warm weather followed by dark, rainy days . . .but here it is the beginning of February already.




Saturday, January 28, 2017

Week in a Review

I missed the week in a review last week so this weeks will include a little from the last few weeks.

Last week, we wrapped up school.  We had odds and ends to do like a few journals, an art project, and some writing assignments.  My goal was to finish by Wednesday so I could spend Thursday prepping for Friday School.  That's exactly what happened - on Thursday I spent most of the day working on my class information for the class I'm teaching at Friday School.

Friday, we returned to our Co-Op (Last Semester we went on Thursday).  This semester we are staying the entire day.  The first three hours are spent in classes.  The boys are taking Mechanical Science, A Logic Thinking class, and then Josh is taking french and Nate is taking the class I'm teaching on Maps.



 The boys are also taking Tae Kwon Do again and are doing great. (Excuse their excessively long hair - they have since got haircuts!!)
This week, we started second semester and I created a new schedule.  I laid out their classes daily in a way that works better for us.  We focus on Language Arts in the morning along with their Live Lessons.  In the afternoon we work on the other subjects.  Our days seem to run much smoother and I feel like there is more teaching going on and less "lets get this done as fast as we can".

Josh and Nate (especially Josh) have been a little remorse about the complete and utter lack of snow this winter.  On Thursday, we started to get some flakes so Josh went outside in his coat and sat in the snow.  His excitement grew on Friday when we actually got enough snow that it stuck a little ;-)

On Monday this past week, the boys didn't have school due to teacher in service (yes, even with on-line school their "live" teachers have to wrap up grades) and, because it was the end of the semester, access to the lessons was blocked until Tuesday so I took the boys for much needed haircuts and then we went to the closest McDonald's with a playland and spent a few hours there.  It was a nice break from being home all of the time.

As you may notice, getting a picture a day did not happen!  I'm going to try for that again next week ;-)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Weekly Menu

I planned a great menu last week including breakfast and lunch (for me) so I wasn't just grabbing junk.  Well, I made the first breakfast - some kind of microwave apple pancake and almost threw up HA!  The texture was soooo nasty!  So, I enjoyed frozen waffles instead :-)  We had lots of leftovers this week so I just used those at lunch.  Then I planned one dinner - an Italian Meatball Soup . . .and it was a joke HA!  It was really like Meatballs in water with a few veggies so I made spaghetti and just drained the meatballs out of the soup.  Blah!  That's what I get for trying new recipes.

This coming week I'm sticking to more of what we already love.

Friday - We are going to clean up the leftovers from the week and I'll probably throw some stray weet potatoes and potatoes in the crock pot too.  Even though I went to the store yesterday, I still have some "odds and ends" from last week to use up.

Saturday - I'm not cooking :-)

Sunday - Chicken Scaloppini, Amish Butter Noodles, and Green Beans.

Monday - BBQ Cups, Crash Potatoes, and some type of veggie

Tuesday - Pork Chops and Scallopped potatoes and roasted cabbage

Wednesday - The boys and I always grab something before AWANA

Thursday - Chili.  (I want left overs to use on Superbowl Sunday!)

That's all!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Weekly Menu

I made it through another week!  I did go to the store on Monday night but it was just for a gallon of milk and that's to be expected so that's ok!  Not much else to say so here's the plan for the coming week:

Saturday:  Chicken Parmesan Bundles, Spaghetti and Salad

Sunday:  Darryl has a concert so we will eat out after that for lunch; Later for Dinner we will have pulled pork sandwhiches and fries

Monday: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Sweet Potatoes, and Salad

Tuesday:  Enchiladas, Rice, and Salad

Wednesday;  The boys and I always get a pizza before AWANA.

Thursday:  Crock Pot Italian Meatball Soup and Garlic Sticks

Friday: Chicken Stir Fry

It's a pretty quiet week :-)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Week In Review

This past week included fun and school!


The boys spent a few days with their Grandpa and Grandma at the beginning of the week.  The weather wasn't great but it warmed up enough for some sledding at one point.  Nate decided to try on the dogs winter coat - fits him pretty well :-)


 For Nate's birthday, he received a science kit which he has enjoyed very much.  A week or so ago, he made the volcano but hasn't had a chance to actually make it erupt.  There was an ice day on Thursday which gave a great excuse to get messy.  (And it tied in with science lessons that both boys were in the middle of too!)
 We spent Friday working on school work.  One of Nate's projects was to create a sculpture out of clay so we all worked together and created.  We are working on wrapping up the end of the semester.  My goal is to be done with all school work on Tuesday and then wrap up journal writing on Wednesday. Then the boys will get a break once again for a few days.
 Play time always happens in this house and on Friday afternoon these guys came out.  Power Rangers is a big thing in this house and the army guys have become the bad guys for the rangers.
 A big part of week was .  .snow and ice.  Two snow days this week (for the littles I watch) so usually I give the boys snow days too - it's easier and gives them all time to play.
The boys have some awesome Lego sets.  As they get older, the sets get more complicated so working on the floor is no longer a good option since it takes days to complete projects.  After taking the tree down, this corner opened up a great opportunity to set up a Lego station.  They each have a table with the perfect building spot.  We set up some bright lights for them and it's great to see them stop by their spot and work on Legos for a bit.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekly Menu

First of all, I had success last week.  I did not run back and forth to the store!  It was so nice (for real) to not be running to the store every night.  This week I went on Wednesday since I only had one kid with me that day and I'm glad I did.  I had dental work done on Thursday morning and because he froze my entire head, I was wiped out.  (He did repair work on repair work a dentist did 20 years ago on a stain from my braces so my entire nasal cavity ended up frozen UUGG!) Anyway, I feel like I shopped well and I have the food we need to last until I shop next week.  The best thing?  We have this awesome Dairy Store that opened called Mooville where we get our milk now AND they have a drive through.  So, when I need Darryl to grab a gallon of milk, he doesn't even have to get out of the vehicle!!

Friday - Homemade pizza and chips

Saturday - I have two options on the menu.  We will either eat out/bring it home or I planned steaks, sweet potatoes, and bread.  It just depends on what we do on Saturday.

Sunday - Our main meal is after church.  A roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad and biscuits.

Monday - Pork Chops, breaded cauliflower and salad.

Tuesday -  Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday - Darryl has practice so the boys and I usually get a pizza.

Thursday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, and Broccoli.

I acutally planned and shopped through Friday night dinner so I know I have food without feeling stressed about shopping but still plan to do my shopping on Thursday.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Week in Review

One of the things I enjoy doing with this blog is sharing what we do - especially related to school, learning and other various activities.  Some weeks we are boring and some weeks we are not but either way, looking at the week in review is a good thing.  Every year I think about doing a photo challenge related to taking one photo a day so I'm going to attempt to incorporate that idea into this week post.  I'm sure I will miss days and that's ok but if I can get most days I'm doing better than I've ever done before!

I decided on this topic/the photos on Wednesday, January 4th so that's where I'm starting.


 On Wednesday we focused on playing.  I think it is funny to see what they play with - Nate pulled out old school Mr. Potato Head.  Josh worked on some Legos.  Nate had almost completed this one but had one section left so he asked Josh to do it for him so he could start another one.
 Thursday we focused on games.  This is a game that Nate got for Christmas called Suspend.  It is an awesome game.  It is a game of startegy and is fun for kids and adults.
 This is just a picture of Harley the cat because he is so cute.
We ended our week with taking down the tree.  The needles were literally just dropping off so I figured it was time.  The boys helped despite the prickly needles.  Vacuuming it up was crazy.  I will say my vacuum is super clean now too :-)

As you can probalby figure out, we are not back into school yet.  Technically their online school started but I told Darryl that if I was doing my own curriculum, we would not start school until next week so that's what we doing.  The semester doesn't end until the 20th and we will actually be done with lessons close to a week early as it is.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekly Menu

Well, it's back to cookin'.  I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks of little to no cooking (when I did cook, I kept it simple).  My sister-in-law made wonderful meals for us including breakfast and lunch.  What is better than being served food you didn't have to make that is super tasty three times a day?  It made me almost want to cook breakfast at home ;-)  (If only my kids would eat it, I would!)

This year, within my goals, I have a few specifics when it comes to menu planning.  One goal is to limit the number of times I run to the store.  I'm a once a week shopper - I've tried shopping for two weeks at a time and it is literally overwhelming not to mention I still go back for milk and fresh stuff AND spend more money.  Anyway, my goal is to go just that one time a week.  No special trips because I "need" something.  Darryl can always swing by our new Dairy Store which is opening in a few weeks, for a gallon of milk as needed.  I found that I was using the store as an excuse to get out of the house, which is fine, except instead of just buying a gallon of milk, I'd come home with 17 other things.  So, I told Darryl, when I need to get out, I'll say I'm going to the bank (which I will do) and then stop and eat a junior Frosty and read my book for 15 minutes.  :-)  I'm trying to plan better for the whole week and, in the long run, save some expense in the grocery budget.  The other goal is to establish a better month meal plan.  Even though I don't shop for more than a week at a time, by doing the basic month meal plan, I can pick up things that are on sale - especially meat!  The last area is my shopping day.  I'm going to try and stick to Thursdays.  The reason being is that Darryl often takes Thursdays off which means I can shop during the day.  I also like having a full fridge over the weekend since we all snack more :-) (I  say that and yet I already know I plan to shop on Wednesday next week since the boys will be gone HA! )

After saying all of that, this week is different because the boys will be at my in-laws for a few days which  means (wait for it . . .. ) I don't cook HA!

Here is our meal plan:
Friday - BBQ Cups, Tater Tots and Salad

Saturday - We have a family Christmas on my husbands side of the family today so we are all bringing snacks and salads.  I've finally decided on Taco Salad, Meatballs (Darryl's request), Cheese and Crackers (requested by both of the boys) plus No one mentioned dessert so I think I'll just make some brownies and M and M bars.

Sunday - Darryl and I are getting a rare treat - a day with no kids and no work for him so we are playing hooky (I know, don't judge) from church and spending the day together.  We both got money for Christmas and have some things we need/want so we are going to do a little shopping, enjoy some dinner out and just have fun.

Monday - Here's something we haven't done since this summer - we will eat at Applebee's.  Not sure if they still have the 1/2 priced burgers or 1/2 price appetizers but either way we'll still eat there.

Tuesday - I'm going to have Darryl bring something home - maybe Tacos from our favorite place.

Wednesday - The kids are home!  I'm planning spaghetti with stuffed meatballs (in the crock). The kids love Spaghetti and it is super easy :-)

Thursday - I love my crock-pot.  Tonight I'll throw a pork loin in the crock for Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Loin, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans and Rolls.

Sounds yummy to me!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Welcome Back

It's 2017 and this is what I have to say:


 I didn't carry my computer with me as we traveled and then all of a sudeen it is January 4th.  

In the coming weeks I plan to share about our Christmas, my goals, and our school work and activities as a family.  I'm hoping to get back into the habit of blogging again even if just 2-3 times a week.  

So for now, may you have a blessed and WARM week (It is bitter cold here!)