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FOUR MORE DAYS

ONLY

FOUR.

MORE.

DAYS.

I can hardly wait!!

Four more days until the girls are out of school for the summer.

It’s almost like we’re “on hold” right now, waiting for the 24th to arrive.  Even though the next week or two after that won’t exactly be slowing down, there’s that milestone looming for us, and mentally, it’s pretty much our sole focus right now.

Once we get past school, we’ve got the holiday weekend, dance rehearsals & recitals and then my annual trip to HQ for work, which means “Ammi Camp” for the girls.  So, the next four weeks or so are busy ones.  But just being over the hurdle of school (and those early-morning wakeup calls) will be major for us.

SuperMan has a busy week this week, too, so I’m planning easy things for dinner for us – less stress and less mess. Always a good thing.

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Here’s what’s on our menu plan:

Monday: Soft Tacos & Warm Bean dip Friday: Asian chicken stir fry with rice
Tuesday: Bourbon chicken & rice with veggies Saturday: something grilled
Wednesday: homemade chicken fingers (I’ve been craving this and haven’t made it yet) Sunday: eat out
Thursday: Salads & Baked Potato Other options:

What’re you planning this week?

Mother’s Day, Menu Planning and Counting Down to Summertime

Happy Day-After-Mother’s-Day everyone!

I hope those of you who are mothers (by nature or by heart) had a terrific day and were spoiled and pampered by your families.  We had a nice day here.

SuperMan and the girls gave me some beautiful plants ~ a fern and hibiscus for my back deck ~ and some very sweet cards that were made with lots of love and care by them.  I also got the devotional that I’ve been eyeing for a long time – very excited about digging into that one.

Little Bit made the cutest things for me at school:

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LOVE the answers she put – especially #10, #12 and #4.  A Spa Day at Disney World – so cute! And #7 – I guess she forgets that I do that for work! LOL

Here’s a shot of the three of us girls that SuperMan took yesterday –

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And moving on to Menu Planning and back to the real world, here’s what we have planned this week:

  • Fajitas (using up some freezer meats)
  • Grilled chicken breasts with pesto pasta
  • Hamburgers on the grill

What’s on your menu for the week?

We’re also counting down the days until Summer Break – 10 and counting. We can hardly wait!!!

 

Is it Monday again?!?

Wow.

Where did the weekend go?

That was the fastest three-day weekend of all time.

I’m not sure where it went, but I am sure that I need another weekend – and soon!

It was a whirlwind – busy couple of days on Friday and Saturday and then Sunday I was feeling under the weather and so it was kind of a loss.

Oh well.

So, it’s Monday. Which means time for planning my meals for the week.

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I had a little help this weekend with the planning. The girls didn’t know it but they basically built the plan. They were asking for a few specific things here and there and so I just jotted them down on a post-it note and kept it on my desk. Then the week’s menu planning was pretty much done!

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Green chili chicken enchiladas
Spaghetti Homemade pizzas (with leftover spaghetti sauce)
Chicken Stir Fry
(served with Fried Rice)
Grilled hamburgers
Fajitas

In other news, I think I’m making progress with the squirrel battle – I got a baffle and moved the feeder to the middle of the flower bed. The squirrels can’t figure out how to climb around the baffle nor how to jump the many feet from the porch railing (or shrubs) to the feeder. They keep sitting on the porch rail and looking in the window at me like, “Now, why’d you go and do that?”

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I love it.

Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday, y’all!

It was a crazy busy week last week with SuperMan working 12 hour days and the girls having testing – not to mention my own busy work schedule.  This week isn’t much better, but I’m hoping to stay on top of things with my menu plans and some proactive housework today.

The pollen is insane, y’all – Look at the numbers from last week:
(from the Weather Channel)

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EIGHT THOUSAND!?!

Seriously?

A “very high” pollen count is anything over 1500.  EIGHT THOUSAND is just ridiculous.  I mean, I think anything over 5,000 deserves its own ranking above and beyond “very high.”  If “very high” is more than 1500, they should call 8,000 INSANE!

Needless to say,we’ve been doing a LOT of sneezing around here.  The rain we’ve had over the past few days has helped to lower pollen counts somewhat, but I think those little trees and flowers are just going to keep on keepin’ on and we’re in the midst of some serious pollen this spring.

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The girls and I have started taking a teaspoon of local honey every morning. We’re hoping it will help us with our pollen/allergy tolerance.

One of the girls is loving this new habit.  The other, not so much. It’s a LOT of sweet to ingest first thing in the morning.  I’m kinda having a hard time with it myself.  Makes me want to take a nap after I eat it! Smile

But, if it helps, it’s so much better than taking a bunch of medicine, if it will help us.

SuperMan’s working 12-hour days again this week.  He’s working so hard right now, taking care of us girls… but we miss him a lot.  We’re so thankful for the work but wish he was home with us at the same time.

Since he’s working long hours and the girls have testing again this week, I’m planning some yummy dinners – and things that I can give to SuperMan as leftovers for his lunches –

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Monday: Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken and Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole Friday: Mexican
Tuesday: Meatloaf with roasted potatoes & veggies Saturday: Homemade pizzas
Wednesday: Chicken Spaghetti (never made it last week) Sunday: lunch out & small group snacky dinner
Thursday: Pork Chops (new Pinterest find!) with couscous & veggies Sweet Treats: banana bread (if everyone doesn’t eat all my bananas!)  brownies (for lunch snacks) and maybe some new muffins I’ve discovered on Pinterest.

What’re you planning for dinner this week?

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Menu Plan Monday

Ugh.

Is it Monday?

Sigh.

I guess that means Spring Break is over.

Back to real life again.

Good thing I took some time on Saturday to plan out my menus for the week – I think I’m going to need all the help I can get.  SuperMan is working long hours and I’ll be juggling the kids and work schedules on my own for a few weeks.  I need easy meals and want to be sure it’s tasty and healthy, too.

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Here’s what I have planned – a mix of old standby’s and some new recipes to try:

Salad & Baked Potato  Crock pot creamy chicken & rice
Homemade chicken pot pie
(I may try this recipe or this one)
 Carnitas tacos (new!) with some Cuban black beans
Pioneer Woman’s chicken spaghetti (Yum) Hamburgers on the grill (this recipe looks good)
 Pork tenderloin with couscous and veggies This Chinese Pork Tenderloin looks good, too – may be an option if I don’t do the grilled pork tenderloin.

I’m not committing to what I will cook on which day. I’m leaving my options open as I see how the week progresses.  But, this is the plan at least.

What’re you planning for your family this week?

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Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday, y’all. It’s a rainy one here today, but I’m not complaining because we had an absolutely beautiful weekend weather-wise and the rain we’re getting may put the tree pollen down a little bit – which would be a good thing since I am suffering seriously from the pollen. Like multiple antihistamines, inhalers, etc. seriously.  It’s the time of year, but I sure hate it… the pollen anyway. LOVE the flowers, not the pollen!!

I’m on the ball this week with the menu plan and I have to say I’m glad to be back into the routine. It is amazing how much stress/anxiety it relieves to know what is going to be dinner for the day and to be able to plan your day (and weekly shopping) around your meal plans.  I highly recommend you try it out if you haven’t yet.

If you’ve never tried menu planning, you might be interested in reading how I approach the process –

Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here. Here’s another post I had with some tips as well.

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Here’s what we’ve got on the docket for the week this week:

Monday: Beef Stew (trying something new, will let you know how the troops like it)

Tuesday: SuperMan is going to grill some chicken I got Sunday for 99 cents a pound (!) – BBQ Chicken anyone?

Wednesday: Salisbury Steaks (SuperMan’s request)

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner

Friday: BBQ Chicken pizza (if there’s any chicken left)

I also thought I’d share a little video with you today – this is my sweet Little Bit doing her sign language performance with her club at the Exceptional Child Week last week.  She did such a great job and we are so proud of her!!

(she is on the left – purple tennis shoes)

 

Menu Plan Monday (on Tuesday)

I spent a good bit of time in the last three days cooking – on Saturday I cooked for our church small group dinner (that was on Sunday) and made homemade pizzas/sauce for dinner. (pizza recipe coming soon!)

On Sunday I finished our church supper and served that (which turned out to be pretty good, given that there were little to no leftovers!) to our friends.  I made a nacho bar. It’s a great way to feed a crowd and make sure that everyone gets something that they enjoy without having things they don’t like. We set it up with a crock pot of seasoned black beans, ground beef, bean dip, melted cheese and Mexican rice.  At the other counter we had the toppings – cheese, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.  Everyone just went down the line and loaded up their chips with whatever they wanted – some of them made two trips through! Smile

And then yesterday, I cooked goodies for my ladies Bible study group.  I made some of the yummy cream cheese coffee cake IMG_2222
(my version will be on the blog tomorrow, I made some modifications to the original recipe I’ll share) and I also used up some brown bananas by making some banana-flax muffins.  Everyone raved about them, which is always nice, and now I have a kitchen counter filled with leftover goodies which really need to find a new home quickly! (and not in my tummy!)

So, thinking about menu planning for the week has been percolating in my mind but hasn’t really “officially” been written down.  I decided I was getting pretty slack here with menu planning so I needed to post it here for some accountability –

Monday: we had leftovers. I made some fresh mashed potatoes and we finished off the shepherd’s pie and roast beef & veggies from last week.

Tuesday: making stir fry chicken and fried rice

Wednesday: Meatloaf

Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie

Friday: Fajitas

Saturday: our new tradition is homemade pizzas

Sunday: dinner with our church friends

Later this week on the blog I  will be sharing the pizza dough recipe, the cream cheese coffee cake recipe and the latest crochet creation – stay tuned!