Is it Monday again?!?


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.


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

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?”


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)




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.


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 –


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


Is it Monday?


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.


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.


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!

Menu Plan Monday: Trying new things

I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately with regards to cooking. Not really in the mood to cook the “same old same old” and not really up to trying a bunch of time-intensive new recipes.  I’ve really been in the mood for quick and simple, you know what I mean?

But I spent some time on Pinterest the other day (what a great way to pass the time and pretend you’re being productive, right?) and I found some great new recipes I want to try. I thought I’d share some of them with you here today.  I’m planning to try some over the next couple weeks – adding one or two into the rotation.  As you know, I put together a pretty exhaustive list last week of some of the family favorites I plan to cook in the next month.


 This will make things more interesting – mixing up some of the old standbys with some new recipes.


Chicken Alfredo Roll-Ups Spring Ramen Chicken Soup
Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps Baked Ravioli
Cheddar Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks

I think I’ll have fun trying these out – and that the family will enjoy them – especially the soup and roll-ups. Those are high on my list of things to try.

What about you?

Anything new you’re trying this week?


Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday, ya’ll.

It’s been a whirlwind weekend.  One that I need a day off to recover from. Unfortunately, that’s not happening, so I’m going to fortify myself with some strong tea and a bite of the coffee cake I baked this weekend.  It’s really, really good. SuperMan says it’s a lot like the cream cheese danish you find at the grocery store, only better.  I have to say, if you combine cream  cheese, sour cream and cake, I don’t think you can go wrong.


I was sick last week – the girls finally contaminated me with the virus they have been sharing the past few weeks. I ended up on the sofa for two days, pretty much feeling too rotten to do more than sip ginger ale, eat saltines and take Tylenol and cold tablets. I wonder if it was a mild case of the flu – but I never had any serious fever, so I don’t know.  By Saturday, though, I was feeling much better and I’m hoping we’ve seen the last of that bug for a while.  I’ll be dosing everyone with Vitamin C and probiotics this week just to be safe.

It’s cold this morning.  26 outside when I woke up.  We had a beautiful sunrise.  All reds and blues and violets.  I told Little Bit as we admired it on the way to school that it was God just showing off for us this morning and telling us hello.  Which we both needed – neither of us wanted to get up and out of our warm beds today.


I spent a little while yesterday rummaging through my recipe lists to come up with a few ideas for dinnertime for the next week or two. Rather than doing a weekly menu plan, I thought I’d just list a few things and then I can pick and choose between what sounds good for the day and what I have on hand.

  • Meatball Subs (using up leftover spaghetti sauce)
  • BBQ Chicken Pizzas
  • Red Beans w/ Rice & Polksa
  • Tacos

I also wanted to share this new recipe find with you – Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Spaghetti.  I made it for dinner on Friday night and we loved it.  DEVOURED it.  As a matter of fact, I ate it again on Saturday for dinner when I was scrapbooking with friends.  And I’ve been thinking about making it again ever since. SO GOOD.  It’s very similar to the Rotel Chicken Pasta dish I make (without the Rotel) and we’ve all agreed it will be going into regular rotation for our family.

And now I’m off to fix another cup of tea and try to get my body going for the day – I’ve been up for three hours but it’s still balking at being awake!

Menu Plan Monday and other things

Happy Monday, y’all.

It’s raining cats & dogs outside and my body is telling me that I need to curl up on the sofa with a good book and take a nap.  Hibernate until the rain is gone. But, since it is supposed to rain for the next THREE DAYS I don’t think hibernating is a good idea. Especially since the girls would not be too happy when I didn’t pick them up at school this afternoon.


So, I’ll fight the urge to nap and instead focus on my ever-growing to-do list for work… right after I tell you about the fabulous meal we had last night.  I’m bragging, just a little, because I made it, you see. But it truly was scrumptious.

We had friends over for dinner and I made Pasta Fagioli soup. I served it with a hearty salad and some whole grain rolls.  We all pigged out. It was a yummy, filling, make-your-mouth-sing-and-your-tummy-happy kind of meal.

Have you ever had Pasta Fagioli? It’s super easy and super good. And a great way to get some veggies into your body (or your kids’ bodies) in a hearty soup.  My grandpa used to call it “pasta fazool” (read with a heavy Italian accent) or he’d call it “pasta beans.”


Basically, pasta fagioli is a tomato and beef-broth based soup with beans, vegetables and ground beef.  Only this time I also added a pound of mild Italian sausage. I’ll definitely be adding it to the recipe from now on.

For dessert, I made the cream cheese coffee cake I’d posted about on my Facebook page (you can follow me here) on Saturday.  Little Bit was my assistant baker and we had a great time making it.


It’s a very mild cake that’s not too sweet and has a ribbon of cream cheese running through it. It’s topped with a drizzle of a powdered-sugar and milk glaze which adds just the right amount of sweetness to it.

It’s kind of like cheesecake and pound cake got together and had a baby and this is what the baby is.  And since pound cake and cheesecake are two of my favorite desserts, I really like this one!!


It was perfect with a cup of coffee (or tea, in my case) and we all really enjoyed it for dessert last night.


As far as the rest of this week’s menu goes, I’m going to be cooking from my freezer for a few days – using up my stockpile of meats & veggies in there.  Here are a few things I’m thinking about:

  • Meatloaf on Monday – I’ll make little individual meatloaves so they bake faster and everyone gets their own little loaf.
  • Chicken stir fry with rice – ever since I got my rice cooker, I love making a huge batch of rice once a week and then finding different ways to serve it (quickly) for dinner.  This one is a favorite of ours.
  • Big Girl has been begging for some Shepherd’s Pie so I will probably make that one night, too.

SuperMan is working a big “shut down” at work and is going to be gone most of the week – 14 hour days – so I don’t know if I’ll do too many more big meals than that. Cereal and/or pasta nights might creep in as they’re easy and quick to fix and the girls are quite happy with that.

And now I’m off to brew some Tazo AWAKE tea, because I think I’m gonna need that extra jolt to get me going today.


After the Feast

Well, Happy Monday to you!

I’m still trying to convince myself I’m happy it’s Monday.  I wasn’t too happy at 5AM when the alarm went off, but I’m trying valiantly to embrace the day.  The weekend was so nice and relaxing I hate to get back into the grind of the work week.

We had a really, really nice Thanksgving.  SuperMan was home for four days with us –  no side jobs, no work – and it was heaven. The girls and I really enjoyed having him around.


Thursday, we enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner. We couldn’t decide between a smoked turkey and a deep-fried turkey, so SuperMan decided to make both.  (Now, I’m overrun with turkey!)  Little Bit enjoyed helping in the kitchen.


She helped her daddy with the turkeys and helped me on Wednesday with most of the prep work as well.


Watching the pecan pie bars baking (recipe soon)


And while I did most of my “work” in the kitchen on Wednesday, SuperMan did his on Thursday… it worked out well. We didn’t step on each other’s toes that way.

Here they are checking out the smoked turkey – is it done yet?


And frying the other turkey.  This always makes me so nervous, but the turkey tastes so good!


After what seemed like forever frying, it was done!


And then it was time to feast!


Wonderful day.

And, now we’re faced with MONDAY staring us down, daring us to take on the challenges it brings… and all I want to do is crawl back into my warm flannel sheets!

And menu planning? Well, I’m thinking about it. Not absolutely sure yet what I’ll do. Here’s what I’m thinking of:

I do have lots of fun things planned for the blog this week, though – a few recipes for you and hopefully some more scrapbooking as well as a book review (or two?). So, I hope you will stop back by.

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Just hangin’ on

Hey, y’all.

First of all, I have to tell you, I haven’t forgotten about you – I’ve just been overwhelmed with life lately.  My big work project is going strong and we’re in the final push to get to the end – which is right around the end of the year. Which means things are not going to slow down at all until January. Sigh.

Adding to that, Big Girl is going to have surgery next week. We’ve finally found out what is going on with her foot.  She’s been suffering with steady pain for over a year and after an MRI a month or so ago we found out she has fused bones in her foot. We’ve already exhausted the conservative treatment options in the last year, so the next step is surgery.

She will be in recovery mode for the next few months – no school, limited mobility and hopefully on the mend to pain-free state.  I’m sharing this with you so that you will know why things might be a little “light” around here for the next few months.  I’ll be focused on her and fitting in blogging may or may not happen.  Don’t worry. I’ll be back. I’m not leaving for good.

As far as my menu plan for the week this week, I’m focused on some family favorites as well as a new recipe or two:

  • Monday: Crock Pot Beef & Broccoli with steamed rice
  • Tuesday: White Bean Chicken Chili (it’s supposed to be rainy – recipe coming later this week)
  • Wednesday: Rotel Chicken Pasta bake
  • Thursday: Baked Potato with salad & rotisserie chicken
  • Friday: Friday Night Mexican

I hope you have a great week – later in the week I’ll be sharing some of my recent crafty projects (they’re what’s keeping me sane right now) and the White Bean Chicken Chili recipe, so come back soon!