Monday, June 11, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - June 11-17

Getting back in the groove of menu planning. My friend, Sara, started a business called Dinner Divas which provides yummy freezer meals, once a month, that you just slightly thaw and toss in the slow cooker (or oven or grill). It's been a wonderful service for our family, and I know it's been a blessing for many others. The meals are delicious, wholesome and did I mention delicious? Next Monday is Dinner Divas day for June, so this week is clear out the freezer week.

We have a busy week ahead, and I'm so glad that with freezer meals I can still feed my family nutritious meals that save us money in the process. Here goes:

Monday - Tae Kwon Do (5:00 - 5:45), Dad working on van
B - Pecan Spins (nutritious, I know ;-)
L - Frozen cheesy spirals & broccoli
D - Taco Roast (Dinner Divas freezer meal, made with stew meat instead), tortillas & fixin's, mexican salad

Tuesday - Boy Scouts (7:00 - 9:00)
B - Cereal
L - Grilled cheese sandwiches & spaghettio's
D - Easy Dirty Rice (Dinner Divas), 7 layer salad, brussels sprouts w/ butter sauce

Wednesday - Tae Kwon Do (5:00 - 5:45)
B - Cereal
L - PB sandwiches, fruit (at the park)
D - Cheesy Tortellini (Dinner Divas), Italian Sausage Hoagies w/ peppers & onions, 7 layer salad

Thursday - Tae Kwon Do (5:30 - 7:00)
B - Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Cinnamon Toast
L - leftovers
D - Chicken & Rice, green beans, salad

Friday - Mom works 7p-7a
B - cereal
L - leftovers, fridge cleanout day
D - Pizza? (Dad's in charge, mom's at work)

Saturday - Dad picks up Bailey at Summer Camp, mom sleeps and goes back to work 7p-7a
B - ???
L - ???
D - ???

Sunday - Dad and both boys back to Summer Camp, mom sleeps
B - Donuts
L - ???
D - Girls' night dinner out

The Woman's Touch by Nancy Wilson

  I was still awake in the wee hours of the morning and decided to do some internet searches on Biblical womanhood. I ended up at one of my favorite websites,, the blog site for Home Educating Family. There I found a great article by Nancy Wilson about how lowering our standards encourages our men to do the same, but embracing our role and higher expectations will inspire our men to follow suit. Of course, there are always exceptions, but what do we really want, ladies? And what kind of young men are we raising? Our influence is not to be underestimated. Are we too easily impressed or do we inspire the men in our lives to "stand tall to impress" us? Take the time to read this one. It's worth it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To Plan or Not to Plan

I, by nature, am a planner. I like to plan everything. There are lists upon lists upon lists in notebooks, on sticky notes, in my documents folder on my laptop. Being a homeschooling mom of 3, you can only imagine what I make lists about. What am I going to teach my kindergartener next year? There’s a list for that. What will I do for my co-op classes next fall? I have a list for that. What decluttering projects do I need to complete? There’s a list for that. What are we going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the next month? There’s a list for that, too. 

Lists are not bad. In fact, they’re downright useful, especially for a mom who has such difficult time staying on track as I do. However, I find that making lists tends to be an escape for me. Planning is fun. Doing what I’ve planned, not so much. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy doing many of the things I plan, but when I’ve planned it all out, there’s always stuff that doesn’t get done and I end up focusing on what’s NOT done rather than what IS accomplished. 

When I DON’T list it all out on paper, there’s still stuff that doesn’t get done, but there’s no BLACK AND WHITE proof of my lack of productivity and I’m free to simply enjoy what I’m doing at the moment, focusing only on that one thing at a time. 

There has to be a middle ground here, but my personality is so given to extremes. My hope is that, with God’s help, my priorities will become HIS priorities for me and I’ll just be able to focus on HIS leading in my days, planning where need be, but not to excess.

Proverbs 16:9 – “A man's heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps.”

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ooooh, please forgive. It's been awhile.

It's not that there's nothing going on. It's quite the opposite, really. I've had some difficulty maintaining balance lately. Homeostasis has eluded this Mama, but I have found some things that will be extremely helpful to me from here on out and I'll be sharing them shortly. I'm excited to be planning the rest of my co-op classes for this year, working on planning next year's schooling, making some small progress with our home and working on my own balance and sanity in the process. Thank God that His plans are sooooo much better than mine! So, here I am. Forgiven (again), redeemed and once again reminded that without Him I am nothing, but...

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9 (King James Version)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Menu Plan Monday 2/06/2012

Sunday - Pizza from Papa Murphy's (YUM)
Monday - Tae Kwon-Do, Mom Meeting for Co-Op - Spiral Ham, potatoes, ranch green beans
Tuesday - Co-Op, Scouts - BBQ Smoked Sausage (crockpot), Pasta Salad, Asian Salad
Wednesday - Tae Kwon-Do / Mom Works - (early dinner) Chicken & Vegetables cooking bag (leg quarters from freezer)
Thursday - Boys Leave for Ski Trip / Mom Appointment - leftovers
Friday - Girl at Grema's, Boys skiing, Mom works - eat out / at work
Saturday - Boys skiing - dinner with Grema
Sunday 2/12/12- Boys return from ski trip - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Monday - Tae Kwon-Do / Dinner Divas  -  Taco Pizza
Tuesday - Co-Op/Scouts/Library/Aldi - Hamburger Helper (italian one)
Wednesday - Tae Kwon-Do - Chipotle Pork Chops and Breaded Pork chops from freezer
Thursday - Co-Op / Sam's Club - Beef and Noodles with gravy
Friday - Black beans w/ smoked sausage, cabbage, rice, corn
Saturday - leftovers


Monday, January 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - 1/23/12

Sunday - 1/22 - Chicken Sandwiches, ranch pasta salad, peaches
Monday - 1/23 - Tae Kwon-Do - Crock Pot Beef Stew, corn on the cob, biscuits
Tuesday - 1/24 - Scouts - Taco Pizza, corn, plums
Wednesdy - 1/25 - Tae Kwon-Do / Staff Meeting - Spaghetti & meatballs, crescent rolls, ranch green beans
Thursday - 1/26 - Mom Appointment - Creamy Ranch Chicken, noodles, broccoli
Friday - 1/27 - Mom works 7p-7a - leftovers
Saturday - 1/28 - Mom works 7p-7a - Meatloaf, mac & cheese, green beans w/ bacon & onions
Sunday - 1/29 - Chicken sandwiches, asian salad, mandarin oranges
Monday - 1/30 - Tae Kwon-Do - Salisbury steaks, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, fried okra
Tuesday - 1/31 - Scouts -Grilled cheese, spaghettios, fruit
Wednesday - 2/1 - Tae Kwon-Do - Chicken & Biscuits using Jolanthe's recipe here (following her idea of putting the filling over biscuits), salad, fruit
Thursday - 2/2 - Taco Salad
Friday - 2/3 - Eat Out
Saturday - 2/4 - Mom Works 7p-7a - leftovers/sandwiches

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Breakfast and lunch menus 1/22/12

Keeping it simple is the name of the game:

Breakfast - Cereal w/ milk, french toast sticks, eggs & bacon, pancakes

Lunches - pizza, tuna sandwiches, PB sandwiches, turkey & roast beef sandwiches, pigs in blankets, spaghettios, grilled cheese sandwiches, burritos, leftovers, nachos, quesadillas

Of course, meals will have fruit and veggies along with the things listed above. Happy eating!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - 1/09/12

This is our first week back to co-op and my son's first week at Tae Kwon-Do lessons, so we'll be busy, and we're trying to save for some trips and remodeling, so we're going for cheap, too. Also, I overplanned and we didn't actually eat some of the things on the last menu, so I carried them over here. Here's what we've got going on this week:

Sunday - Leftovers
Monday - Tae Kwon-Do - Pizza, tangerines, broccoli slaw
Tuesday - Scouts - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday - Tae Kwon-Do - Smoked sausage, mexican rice, cabbage
Thursday - 3 way chili w/ fritos and cheese
Friday - Mom works 7p-7a -Leftovers
Saturday - Chicken & Biscuits using Jolanthe's recipe here (following her idea of putting the filling over biscuits), salad
Sunday - Meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, green beans
Monday - Tae Kwon-Do - Creamy Ranch Chicken w/ noodles, broccoli
Tuesday - Scouts - Southern Chicken Sandwiches, pasta salad
Wednesday - Tae Kwon-Do - Farmer's Breakfast
Thursday - Easy Peasy Salisbury Steaks, mashed potatoes, fried okra
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Homemade burritos or taco salad

Farmer's Breakfast

My all time favorite breakfast is something my mom used to cook when I was a kid. It really doesn't need a recipe, but here it is (approximated):

8 white potatoes, peeled and cubed
oil for pan frying
1/4 to 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon (I buy mine at Sam's Club, Hormel Crumbled Bacon)
9-12 eggs, scrambled
salt and pepper for seasoning

Put the oil in a large nonstick frying pan (I use a chicken fryer), enough to cover the bottom with about 1/4 inch, on med high until hot. Add potatoes and fry, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender inside and crispy on the outside. Drain oil and return potatoes to the heat. Salt and pepper to taste. Add bacon and stir for a couple minutes, until bacon crisps up. Pour eggs over all and cook, stirring constantly, until eggs are done. Season with more salt and pepper.

VAriation: You can add onions with the potatoes, add sausage or ham with or instead of the bacon, top with shredded cheese.

This is great leftover, too. You can also freeze it, roll it in tortillas, or pour gravy over the top.

We like to eat this with toast or biscuits on the side and a big glass of milk :o)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Awesome Homeschool Planner

I just bought The Weekly Homeschool Planner from Homeschool Creations. It's so great to be able to enter our plans right into the PDF, save them and print them out. It's customizable to our particular situation and very user friendly, and a great deal at just $20! You should check it out:

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