Back to school…back to blogging…back to life

Well, howdy there!

Been a long time, hasn’t it?

It was a crazy whirlwind summer for us.  In spite of the fact that we were uprooted and transplanted to a tropical rain forest in which it rained we had a very nice summer.

The girls started school last week –

Big Girl is in 7th grade. I can hardly believe she is so big!


Little Bit started 4th grade.  When I took her to school, she didn’t want me to walk her in – she just hopped out in the carpool line and didn’t even look back.  My heart lurched a little, but I was so proud of her bravery and happy that she was comfortable enough to go on in without Mommy holding her hand.


After taking almost every Friday off for the past month (plus a few weeks) and a week here and there to play with the girls, I’m back working a  “normal” schedule again.  That means I’m also back to managing our family schedule a little bit more closely, including meal planning – and that means it’s


Here’s what’s cookin’ at our house this week:

Monday: Beef Stew (crock pot recipe) with some crusty homemade bread Friday: Chicken Noodle Casserole (this is a new crock pot recipe I want to try)
Tuesday: Asian Chicken Stir Fry Saturday: TBD
Wednesday: Mexican Potato Casserole (prep ahead & bake recipe)
(Tacos for the kids)
Sunday: “Lunch on the Lawn” at church (picnic)
and dinner with our Small Group – SuperMan’s absolutely awesome Brunswick Stew, homemade bread and cole slaw
Thursday: Bourbon Street Chicken (crock pot recipe) and rice w/ steamed broccoli I’m also nibbling on some of this bean salad for lunch this week

What’re you planning this week for yummies for your family?

Menu Plan Monday ~ 12 December

It’s a gloomy, rainy and cold Monday here in North Georgia.

I’m battling some type of bug, too. Earache and sore throat. I will be dosing it with some Vitamin C and Tylenol and staying on the sofa today, I think, (boo)

Planning some comfort food for dinner tonight. Chicken & Dumplings ought to do the trick… if I just feel up to COOKING it later today.

Here’s what is on the rest of the menu for the week.  This will be my last menu before Christmas as next week the girls and I will be visiting family right up to Christmas weekend.  I have no idea how things will go meal-wise there, so I’m not even going to worry about menus until after Christmas.

The “big meal” (Christmas eve) I already have (mostly) planned. Just need to coordinate with our friends who will be joining us.

As for this week, here’s the agenda:

  • Monday: Chicken & Dumplings
  • Tuesday: Country Fried Steaks, Mashed potatoes & gravy
  • Wednesday: Baked Chicken (my crock pot “baked” chicken)
  • Thursday: Beef Stew
  • Friday: Fajitas or Pizza
  • Saturday: big Christmas party with our church small group. Everyone is bringing appetizers – I’m planning to make desserts and SuperMan is making his famous Brunswick Stew.
  • Sunday: no big cooking planned as this is the start of our travel week.

What about you? Anything planned for this week?  Any new recipes to share?

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