Friday, December 31, 2010
I'll share some specific things I have felt conviction about over the next few days. What is the Lord laying on your heart as we approach another year? Are you more willing now than last December to submit and be used by Him, for Him?
- Sunday: Slow Cooker Lasagna with green salad and cheesy garlic bread
- Meatballs with Peppers and Pineapple, white rice (I will use some frozen meatballs we already have)
- Sour Cream Salsa Chicken*, Spanish Rice, corn
- Chicken tacos with leftover Sour Cream Chicken - lettuce, tomatoes, homemade guacamole, cheese, refried black beans
- Pizza with green salad
"Glory to God in highest heaven, who unto man His Son hath given; while angels sing with tender mirth, a glad new year to all the earth."
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
On the menu:
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I will still make dinner for 4 nights this week.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 t each garlic powder and onion powder
- 2 t each black pepper and Kosher salt, divided
- Approx 6 C total of tomato based product. For me this was 2 C homemade spaghetti sauce and 2, 14.5 oz cans Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
- Approx 10 lasagna noodles, uncooked
- 1 lb whole milk mozzarella cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 4 oz cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 C grated Italian style cheese (you can use mozzarella and a sprinkle of Parmesan also)
2. Add the tomatoes and sauce an heat through. Test the taste once it's warm - add the reserved 1 t each pepper and Kosher salt if needed.
3. In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, place about 1 C sauce mix and then a double layer of lasagna noodles (break them to fit into the oval shape of a slow cooker).
4. Top the noodles with half each of the cubed mozzarella and cream cheese.
5. Repeat layers - sauce, noodles, cheese and another layer of sauce.
6. Sprinkle with the grated cheese.
7. Cook on low 4-5 hours.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
- Salt - iodized, Kosher, sea salt, Himilayan sea salt
- Pepper - ground black, whole peppercorns, crushed red
- Chili Powder - regular, dark, chipotle
- Italian Seasoning Mix
- Old Bay
- Caraway Seed
- Poppy Seeds
- Mustard Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Cinnamon - regular and Pampered Chef's Cinnamon Plus Spice Blend
- Cloves - whole and ground
- Minced Onions
- Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
- Cajun Spice Blend
- Mrs. Dash - original, tomato & basil, hot & spicy, garlic & herb ... really, all varieties!
- Chicken and Beef Boullion
I have found that using spices can really liven up a boring meal and can make a frugal meal seem like something restaurant-worthy!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
- Pumpkin, Barley, and Sage Soup with crusty French bread
- Pork chops with cranberry sauce and Spiced Squash with Brown Butter Glaze
- *Minestrone style soup in slow cooker with a bit of browned Italian sausage. I'll post the recipe later in the week if it turns out well.
- Pizza night with cut veggies or green salad
Sunday, October 10, 2010
- White Chili with homemade tortilla chips; I have leftover chicken from dinner tonight - I figure I can have this on the table in less than 30 minutes
- Sideline Sausage Soup with corn muffins and honey butter
- Shrimp Tacos with homemade guacamole and tortilla chips
- Friday will bring something very easy - pizza, takeout, hubby making burgers on the grill
Thursday, September 30, 2010
- Chicken with Peanut Mole Sauce and Cilantro Rice
- Sideline Sausage Soup
- Spicy Honey Chicken
- Chicken, black bean, and corn enchiladas
- Stir fry with pork or chicken
- Spaghetti and baked pasta
- Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
- Toscano Soup - a blend of Italian sausage, white beans, orzo pasta, kale, chicken stock, and seasonings
- Spicy Fatboy Sausage Pasta
- Crock Pot Black Bean Salsa Chicken
- Crock Pot Lasagna
- 40 Clove Garlic Chicken
These are some of my go-to meals. They are easy, inexpensive, and tasty - all importnat in our house!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
- Rolled oats
- Beans - canned and dry
- Tomatoes - diced, crushed, tomato paste, diced w/ green chilis
- Whole wheat pasta - a variety of shapes from elbow noodles to spaghetti, pasta side mixes
- Panko crumbs
- Rice - brown, long grain, seasoned mixes
- Salad dressing - ranch, honey mustard, several vinaigrettes
- Mole sauce
- Salsa verde
- Adobo chilis
- Diced green chilis
- Chicken gravy mix
- Peanut butter
- Nutella (yummy!!)
- 2 cans of fiesta style corn
- 1 can of sauerkraut
- Baking supplies - white & wheat flour, white & brown sugar, chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda, powdered milk
- Soy sauce
- Rice wine vinegar
- Duck sauce
- Stir Fry sauce
- Olives - Kalamata and green
- Roasted peppers
- Sundried tomatoes
Notice what's missing? A lot of processed foods! As good a deal as those items are sometimes (especially with coupons), I don't keep much of that in the house.
This is the first post of at least 3 I will have about keeping your home well stocked. I will also share the contents of our freezer and spice rack. I hope to inspire some of you to stock up when you can on healthy options to make yummy meals any night of the week!
Monday, September 20, 2010
I spent some time over the past few days prepping items in advance, scouring my favorite websites and this AMAZING new cookbook and have planned out our menu for the next 3-4 weeks. I also went and did a big grocery run to get stocked up since I won't have the luxury of shopping 3-4 stores per week any more.
Menu Plan, Week of September 20:
- Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream (make 2 and take 1 to a family from church)
- Spaghetti with homemade sauce and green salad
- Chicken Marengo over Lemon Pepper Polenta
- Mushroom & Fettuccine with Red Pepper Flake and green salad
- Pizza night with salad or cut veggies
Have a blessed week in your homes!!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Chewy Granola Bars:
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup applesauce (homemade or all natural)
- 3 T honey
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
- 1 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
- 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9x13 pan by spraying the bottom and sides with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar
- Add in the applesauce, vanilla, and honey and blend until smooth
- Mix together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl and then add to mixture. Mix just until incorporated.
- Add in the cereal, oats, and chocolate chips. Use a large spoon or spatula to mix everything together. The blades on a mixer will crush the cereal.
- Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 25-27 minutes or unitl lightly brown on edges.
- Cool completely in pan, cut into bars and store at room temperature in an airtight container up to a week.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Day 30 - Start a Bucket List:
There are so many things I'd like to put on my list, most of them dealing with travel. A few places I'd like to visit with my amazing family - the Pacific NW, Colorado, the New England coastline.
Day 29 - Count Your Blessings:
I try to take a moment every day to thank God for my amazing family, our dear friends, and for the life we live. We are richly blessed and I never want to get complacent in that.
Day 19 - Start a New Book:I am currently reading "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper - WOW!! And, in preparing for our final vacation of the year, I have reserved several books at the local library.
Day 15 - Try a New Recipe:
One of my goals is to try at least one new recipe a week. It may not be something totally new - I often take a recipe we enjoyed and will tweak it the 2nd or 3rd time I prepare it.
Thank you to the team at Today's Housewife for inspiring me! What a great way to wrap up the summer and refocus on our home and our family.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Dinners (* denotes a slow cooker recipe):
- * Chicken & Corn Chili with homemade tortilla chips
- * Toscano Soup with Italian Cheese Bread
- * BBQ Ribs, rice, and corn
- * Red Wine and Cranberry Glazed Pot Roast, mashed potatoes, and honey glazed carrots
- * Pizza Soup with Buttery Breadsticks
- * Creamy Turkey Dinner with green beans
- * Puffy Pizza Casserole with green salad
- Meatloaf Cups, mashed potatoes, green beans
- Crispy Bean & Cheese Burritos, fresh pico de gallo, homemade tortilla chips
- Grilled chicken salad with apples and walnuts
- Pork Roast - shredded pork with slaw & baked beans ... use leftovers a few nights later for pork tacos
- Spaghetti (X3)
- Dinner at Church (X2)
- Pizza (X2)
- Take Out Chinese (X2)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
- Take as much as possible from home with you. Whenever we drive, we always take a large cooler with cheese, lunch meat, butter, cream cheese, beer, wine, sour cream, yogurt, fresh fruit and veggies. We often make potato salad or pasta salad too for the week. Yes, the towns we travel too all have grocery stores. But, if I've shopped wisely in the weeks leading up to a vacation, I can take items purchased for pennies instead of spending full price once arriving.
- Do research on your destination and check out their local grocery ad online. Next week, we are traveling south to a locale with a Bi-Lo grocery store. We don't have a Bi-Lo local, but I have checked the ad and know what's on sale. If you go to a certain spot regularly, sign up for that store's rewards card. We've had a Bi-Lo card for several years and use it every time we travel.
- Now that you've checked out what's on sale where you are headed, you can plan a menu - just like at home. I am all for eating out a few times and treating yourself and your family. However, if you have a unit with a full kitchen, access to a grocery, and a bit of time each day - cook! Especially if your goal is to have fun, but not break the bank on a vacation.
- Logistics - make sure to take a large cooler with you for taking things and bringing them home. We have often come home with more than we left with. How? An amazing Farmer's Market and Fishmonger near one of our fave vacation spots. I have toted home a cooler full or corn, melon, and fish before (all separately and tightly wrapped, thank you very much!).
In the basket - cereal, cereal bars, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, cooking spray, peanut butter, jelly, taco seasoning mix, dry ingredients to make chocolate cupcakes, laundry soap, dish soap and dishwasher tabs, dryer sheets, a variety of plastic bags, our cups and water bottles, aluminum foil, ketchup, mayo, mustard, a sturdy kitchen knife, extra kitchen towels and washcloth ... so far!! I'll post a photo of the cooler and it's contents later.
There is no need to spend all of your vacation budget on food. Particularly when you are driving. Make a list, shop the deals, make a menu, and go - ENJOY - your vacation!!
This post is linked to : Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Sunday, August 15:
B - Blueberry Fritters with bacon
L - Leftover pork roast and potato salad from a BBQ on Saturday
D - Rotisserie Chicken, green beans, baked potatoes
- Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta with a green salad
- Ranch and mushroom pork chops, green beans (recipe coming later this week)
- Egg rolls with crunchy Asian slaw (recipe coming later this week)
- Grilled fish, saffron rice, green salad
One of my goals this year is to get away from packaged spice mixes and make our own. We have a wonderful fajita seasoning in the pantry now and I want to try to make a few more this week.
Friday, August 13, 2010
It's no secret that a cute, decorated gift bag can range from $2.50 - $6.00. A plain colored bag can be found at most any Dollar Tree for $1.00. Add your own stickers, maybe some detail with a permanent marker or paint pen, and enjoy the recipient's smile at a unique presentation!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Day 5: Get Rid of Some Paper Clutter
~ While cleaning off the back stairs on Day 4, I generated quite a lot of paper that needed to be shredded. Tonight is the night our trash goes out, so all those itty bitty pieces of info are heading out!
Day 6: Plan Some Family Game Time for the Weekend
~ DH and little man are big gamers in our home - they love the Wii and all games associated with the Lego product line. Occasionally, I will convince them to put away their games in favor of a sports game that I enjoy. We had a blazing HOT weekend here, so some indoor time was a must. We enjoyed bowling, Frisbee golf, and regular golf.
Day 7: Flirt with Your Husband All Day Long
~ Done! And oodles of fun, by the way :)
Day 8: Bless Your Parents and Your In Laws
~ We are very blessed to live close to our parents. My parents live less than 10 minutes away and DH's parents are about an hour. It's a Monday night tradition that little man and I eat dinner with my parents while DH has band practice at church. Today, I cut up some fresh peaches and added a bit of brown sugar. I plan to take those and some angel food cake tomorrow night as a healthy(ish) dessert for all of us.
GO visit the ladies at Today's Housewife and join in!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The challenge for day 4 - today - is to clean a spot that no one sees. For us, it's our stairs leading up to the bonus room. Very few people see this spot - including me since there's a door I usually keep closed. It's far too easy to let things pile up on the stairs thinking "I'll take that up next time I go."
Well, I haven't been up there in several days. And on my last few trips, I have simply walked right past the piles. So, today was the day! And it only took 20 minutes - sheesh!! Why did I wait so long?It's not too late to join in!!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Imagine my delight when I came home and checked in over at Today's Housewife to see that today's task in the 31 Days to Build a Better Home challenge is to "catch up with an old friend." Not a problem for me - today was full of laughter and fellowship.
Two days down, 29 to go - we're off to a great start here!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Roasted Chicken, mashed potatoes, and Honey Ginger Carrots
Prep for Week - make banana pudding, Hummus, and put chicken carcass into slow cooker overnight to make stock
- Homemade chicken noodle soup with Buttery Breadsticks
- Spaghetti with homemade sauce, green salad, and remaining breadsticks
- Taco salad with lettuce, garden tomatoes, homemade pico de gallo, and homemade chips
- Parmesan Chicken Sticks, mac & cheese, green beans
- Red onion
- Vanilla pudding mix
- Vanilla wafers
- Coffee creamer
- Green beans (farm stand)
- Tomatoes & jalapenos (mom & dad's garden)
Saturday, July 31, 2010
As the summer draws to a close, it seems time to refocus and get things back in order around here. The 31 Days to Build a Better Home challenge at Today's Housewife comes at a great time! Want to join in?
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I spent several hours sorting, trashing, and putting things where they belong. Thank goodness, we ended up with a much more peaceful space that seems inviting to guests now. I think our friends will be glad to come stay a few days!It is so nice to have another usable space in out home. This room also has my desk and Bible study materials in it. I am so eager to have a dedicated space to dive back into the Word. I am eager for a fresh breath from God and so glad to have a quiet, calm space to seek Him!
This post is linked to: Tackle it Tuesday at 5 Minutes for Mom
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
- Leftover chicken from grill night with Creamed Corn
- Chicken and veggie quesadillas with homemade guacamole
- Roasted Chicken with potatoes and carrots
- Salmon patties (similar to crab cakes) with orzo, mozzarella, and tomato salad
My perspective should come from remembering God's call on my life. Plain and simple. I stray from this very often and by NO means am I advocating a "follow me" philosophy. Girls, we'd all be going over the same high, dangerous cliff if you followed me. Follow Christ!!
I started a new Bible study last week with an amazing group of women. The scripture inspiration is from 1 John:4. "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (1 John 4:10-11) As one of Christ's followers, the most important thing I can do is to LOVE. First God, then loving those around me. It sounds so simple, yet loving requires being vulnerable, being accessible, being sacrificial. Those things are much harder. I am working every day to become more loving. I pray you are too!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Sunday: DH is playing in the praise band at church and has a Deacon meeting. We'll have a big lunch and then light dinner.
Overnight Coffee Cake and bacon
40 Clove Garlic Chicken with carrots and mashed potatoes
Grilled cheese sandwiches with pretzels and yogurt for dinner
- Beef Machaca on corn tortillas with homemade guacamole, cheese, lettuce, etc. (I'll use the leftover meat to make Beef Taquitos to put in the freezer for easy lunches)
- Chicken Salad: leftover chicken from Sunday over green salad with all the fixings
- Spaghetti with homemade sauce and Italian Cheese Bread
- Pizza night with green salad (I have tried time and again to make my own pizza with no luck. We buy ours at a local store for about 7.00 for a huge pizza that leaves enough for lunch the next day)
- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
- Whole Wheat Cinnamon Waffles with Mamma Callie's Syrup (I plan to make a double batch of both waffles and syrup. I'll probably make them one afternoon and then re-heat in the morning.)
- Chewy Granola Bars - have I mentioned lately that little man can eat a whole batch of these in 3 days?? He LOVES them! I do modify a little bit - I'll post the recipe later this week.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Free Kid's Movies!!
Family Film Festival at Regal Entertainment Group
Kids Bowl Free
Letterboxing or Geocaching!!
We live smack in the middle of a state rich with amazing opportunities - sand, surf, the Smoky Mountains, military bases, wetlands, marshes, lakes, rivers, fishing piers, boat landings, and on, an don, and on!!! I am confident your state provides just as many opportunities for free family fun. Start with your local county Parks & Recreation Department. Then, move on to the major cities and their local chamber of Commerce sites.
Google is your friend, moms!!! Type in what you want, what you dream, what you wish for ... and see what happens. You might be pleasantly surprised that someone has developed a day camp emphasizing the skills your little one needs to have fine-tuned. I would love for you to share what you are doing this summer!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
We have a fun week planned here. I am praying that the Lord gives us the motivation and momentum to tackle all the opportunities presented in the next 7 days. I find it so easy to open up my planner and write down commitments without consulting Him first. I am being convicted daily by the words of King Solomon "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." Proverbs 19:21.
And yet, here I am - making another plan! This time revolving around food. We have to eat though. And I am happier and more confident knowing we have options close at hand without running to the grocery every day for some obscure, one time use ingredient.
- Grilled salmon, green salad, and pasta with homemade pesto sauce
- Teriyaki chicken and pineapple in the slow cooker with rice and broccoli
- Italian sausage with peppers and onions on hoagie rolls
- Pizza with green salad or Chinese take out
- C.O.R.N. (clean out refrigerator night)
Monday, May 24, 2010
- Baked Chicken Fingers (double batch), Baked Meyer Lemon Fries, and coleslaw
- Grilled BBQ Chicken, pasta salad, grilled asparagus or corn
- Cheeseburgers, baked beans, and tater tots
- Pizza night with green salad
- Margarita marinated grilled steak with homemade guacamole, Mango Pico de Gallo, and tortilla chips
- My two biggest time savers when it comes to lunch are to prepare a batch of basic pasta salad and a huge green salad early in the week. Then, I can use leftover meat and add a yogurt to have a complete lunch in less than 5 minutes.
- Baked Chicken Fingers over green salad with homemade croutons
- BBQ Chicken over pasta salad
- Quesadillas using leftover grilled steak
- Steak sandwiches with horseradish cream and chips
Saturday, May 15, 2010
- Grilled chicken with chipotle BBQ sauce, pasta salad, grilled corn with chipotle butter
- Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Viniagrette
- Salad with chipotle grilled chicken (cook extra on grill), homemade tortilla strips, black beans, cheese, tomatoes, and the remainder of the Cilantro-Lime Viniagrette
- Egg rolls with coleslaw
Friday, April 30, 2010
- Grilled Pork Chops with Mango Pico de Gallo, homemade corn chips, and some veggie (maybe asparagus if it's on sale)
- Beer Battered Fish, Garlic Fries, and coleslaw (one of my FAVORITE meals ever!)
- Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta, green salad
- Pizza Night with green salad or cut veggies & ranch dressing
Have a great week! Look for God in the little things and you will find that He's doing big things in your life!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
See you all next week!
Friday, April 23, 2010
And I have to share this too - last night while the boys were outside cooking dinner, little man came running into the house with a HUGE smile on his face. He pulled the most beautiful rose from behind his back and said "God made this just for you mommy." So sweet!!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
- * Chicken Parmesan with green salad
- * Scalloped Potatoes and Ham with corn or broccoli
- Grilled chicken, pasta salad, Buttery Bread Sticks
- Pizza with green salad
Sunday, April 4, 2010
- White Chicken Enchiladas - we did end up spending Friday with my parents, so these did not get made last week
- Creamy Ranch Pork Chops with rice and a veggie
- Spaghetti with Italian Cheese Bread and green salad
- Pizza night (or grill night depending upon the grocery store deals published on Wed.)
Sunday, March 28, 2010
- Grilled chicken salad - I cooked up 3 lb of honey Dijon marinated chicken and have a huge salad in the 'fridge. Put them together an call it dinner!
- Grilled pork chops with pineapple salsa, asparagus, and Buttery Bread Sticks
- * Pork Carnitas with lettuce, salsa, cheese, etc.
- I would like to make White Chicken Enchiladas on Friday, but I highly suspect we'll end up at mom and dad's grilling out. Maybe I'll just bookmark the recipe for another night.
- I have about 8 lb split chicken in the freezer - I plan to thaw it, cook it in the slow cooker, shred it, and plunk it back in the freezer for future use. I got it when it was on sale and was too lazy to prep it properly. Hence, it's still in the freezer.
- Strawberries and Cream Bread (I may enough berries for 2 loaves)
- Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- Cinnamon Rolls (over the weekend)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
- Bourbon Chicken, broccoli, rice
- * Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti noodles, green salad (carryover from last week)
- Salmon patties, fries, coleslaw (carryover from last week)
- Pizza and green salad
- Pizza Pasta Salad
- Green salad with grilled pork or leftover Bourbon chicken
- Leftovers for DH
- Little man eats a rotation of chicken nuggets, PB&J sandwiches, grilled cheese, spaghetti, sometimes leftovers
- Whole Wheat Graham Crackers
- Homemade Ice Pops
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Several weeks ago I attended a womens conference and listened to Priscilla Shirer speak. She briefly mentioned her battles with food and referenced the verse above from Galatians as one that helped her break the bondage to food. For her, it was all about self control. Food itself is not bad, liking food is not bad; the problem comes when we have no self control and we overindulge.
God has been working on my heart over the past few weeks. I have read those verses over and over and over again and I am also being "smacked in the face" with my sheer lack of self control. Every decision I make throughout the day speaks of what I value and how much I trust God to fulfill His promises. When I make impulsive, over-indulgent, unwise, foolish, or plain old bad decisions, it reflects on me and the God I serve. I am also realizing that God has big plans for my life, my husband, our family and our little man. He could use all of us much more fully if I would display more self control. Practical examples? How I speak to people and the words I choose, how I choose to spend time, how many things I commit to doing, how I choose to spend resources, and many more things each day give me the opportunity to exhibit Biblical self control in my life.
I often try to convince myself that I have an area of sin under control - that I have overcome it. Self control was one of those area for a while. Until I realized that I had begun to control only the worst - or most obvious - things that caused me to exhibit a lack of self control. God continues to peel back layers and expose more opportunities for me to think differently and act differently. I am so thankful He's not done with me yet!
"...he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Mine is and I am praying every day that God gives me the grace to nurture our sweet little man and that He gives me just enough discomfort to know that He is the only way I am succeeding. How is my personality different from our son's? Let me count the ways ...
- Little man is a complete and total extrovert. He is happy as a lark when around many other children in a loud place. I, on the other hand, am generally pretty anti-social. I enjoy the company of a few close friends and family, but am just as content with a book and the quiet of the back porch.
- Little man requires little - if any - time to decompress and "chill out" during the day. We are working VERY hard on a consistent schedule that includes quiet time. Both for his sanity and mine :)
- Little man is an avid talker! I do know, thanks to my sweet mom, that I was exactly the same as a child. So, I can't be too upset about this one. But, DH and I have decided on our new favorite game - who can be the quietest for the longest time. Little man never wins!
Friday, March 12, 2010
- * Chicken Parmesan with green salad
- Salmon patties, pan fried potatoes, coleslaw
- * Ribs, baked potatoes, corn
- Chicken taco casserole with Mexican style rice
Baking, Breakfast, and Freezer:
- Homemade Egg McMuffins - make these first and then assemble
- Chewy Granola Bars
- I'll be cooking up chicken and ground beef this week to restock the freezer - it makes weeknight meals come together so much quicker to have the meat already cooked.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
L: An assortment of leftovers and pantry items
D: Grilled salmon and roasted asparagus
- Steak burritos (using leftover steak from Saturday) with salsa, cheese, lettuce, and sour cream
- Chicken gravy over rice (chicken is already precooked in the freezer), green beans
- Spaghetti, Italian Cheese Bread, salad
- Pizza and salad
- Chinese take out (DH gets paid and this is such a fun treat for us ... under $10 and we can be stuffed!)
- Banana Bread (2 loaves - one to share)
- Sour Gummies - little man LOVES the ones from the store; not sure these are any more nutritious, but they'll be fun to make
- Apple Chips
Monday, March 1, 2010
Dinner with mom and dad - 4 times
Dinner at church - once for the whole family, 4 nights for DH
Creamy Ranch Pork Chops with rice and broccoli
Grilled cheese sandwiches with butternut squash soup
Chicken gravy over rice with sweet corn
Oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar, and raisins (DH will be at church - little man and I can indulge!)
Spaghetti with Italian Cheese Bread - 2 times
Pizza and green salad - 2 times
Taco Casserole with lettuce and tomatoes
Baked Lemon Chicken with rice and roasted asparagus
Salmon patties, pan fried potatoes, coleslaw
* Cranberry and Red Wine Glazed Pot Roast with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots
* Black Bean Salsa Chicken with homemade tortilla chips
* Chicken Parmesan with green salad
* Indicates a slow cooker recipe.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
It has been a wild and crazy few weeks here full of blessing and trial. Many of you know that my wonderful sweet friend has been suffering from terminal cancer. Time is short now and every moment precious. God has blessed us so much with moments where we have both clearly felt His arms, His presence, His reassurance, His calm cool breeze, His power, His love, and His grace upon both of us. I am so thankful to be in this place at this time!
Some of you tune in weekly for the food, so let's get to it. My plan for the month of March will be posted Monday or Tuesday this week.
- Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan and green salad
- Slow Cooker Black Bean Salsa Chicken with homemade tortilla chips
- Creamy ranch pork chops, rice, and broccoli
- Shrimp Alfredo with green salad and breadsticks
I'm an Organizing Junkie.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
My 2 Snow Angels:
Shaking off the Chill with Hot Chocolate (and charming blue eyes!):
An Oldie, but Goodie, to Remind Me How Far We've Come:
Choosing to focus on the blessings in my life, the goodness in each day, and the joy in my family is definitely a FINER THING!
This post is linked to Finer Things Friday at Amy's Finer Things.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Little man is close enough that we can talk while I am cooking and he has enough freedom to get out whatever he chooses. What's in the cabinet, you ask? Paints (washable paints plus paint with water books), markers, crayons, scissors and paper, coloring books, reusable sticker books, oodles of regular stickers, play-doh and writing practice books. His dry erase board is also in the breakfast area. This definitely works for me!
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
These are scrumptious! I started with this recipe I found at King Arthur Flour and made a few changes. I would love to say that my changes made the cookies markedly more healthy, but really - it's an oreo! There's no redeeming health value in these. The only comfort I have is that I know exactly what's in these and I know to limit myself to just one.
I did sub one half cup of whole wheat flour and found I needed to add one more teaspoon water to the filling mix. The extra water may have been needed since it's been cold and dry here today.
Also, the recommended size makes a rather large cookie. I will make them with no more than 1 teaspoon of dough for each cookie next time. These came out at least 2.5 times the size of a regular oreo cookie.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
- Chicken and veggie stir fry over Basmati rice
- Beef tacos, refried beans, and Spanish rice
- Pizza Pasta Bake with green salad
- Roasted Pepper Soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
- one night at church
Monday, February 8, 2010
- Crock Pot Peanut Chicken, orzo pasta, green salad
- Spaghetti, rolls, green salad
- Loaded Potato Soup with rolls
- Beef tacos
- I am looking for an easy, and frugal, recipe for fried rice. Likely I will make chicken fried rice one night too once I find a good recipe.
The first round of freezer jam turned out very good, if I do say so! I used this recipe as a start, but used blackberries and raspberries instead. It turned out so good! A bit overly sweet for me, but that's okay.
see Laura if you need inspiration!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
- Spicy Fatboy Sausage Pasta with green salad
- Loaded Potato Soup with homemade rolls
- Cuban Sandwiches and fries
- Tacos, refried beans, and Spanish rice (using this recipe for the meat mixture)
- Chicken a la King with roasted asparagus
- Chicken Pot Pie
- * Jambalaya in Slow Cooker
- Herb Marinated Pork Tenderloin
- Spicy Fried Chicken
- * Slow Cooker Orange Chicken with rice and broccoli
- Super Bowl Dinner - * Chicken Nachos deviled eggs, and other assorted artery clogging yummy things!
- * Meatballs over rice with green salad
- Pizza Pasta Bake
- Spaghetti and green salad (2 times)
- Pizza night (3 times)
I am trying to decide how best to use up almost 15 pounds of frozen berries in our freezer. Freezer Jam will be my first choice. Then probably smoothies and on to baked goods. I will share plans and recipes as the month goes along.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
- Spicy Fatboy Sausage Pasta with green salad
- Slow cooker soup with Italian Turkey Sausage, mushrooms, carrots, and tomatoes (recipe on Tuesday is it turns out good)
- Spaghetti with green salad
- Pizza night
We had a snowstorm this week and lost our heat at home, so I have been hunkered down at my parent's house with little man. Not much baking has been done, so there is a lot of carryover. Not too exciting, but - hey - it's life!