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


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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.