Sunday, February 07, 2016

Menu Plan for the week of February 8th



Dessert of the week....Valentine Cookie Bar

Monday....Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken over rice

Tuesday.....Chili Mac and Cheese

Wednesday....Doritos Salad

Thursday....leftovers

Friday....Alice Springs Chicken French Bread with french fries

Saturday....Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken with rice and green beans

Sunday.....Happy Valentines Day!!! Eating Out

Thought of the Day....If you have the power to make someone happy, DO IT....the world needs more of that....

Have a great week!

Hugs,





Sunday, January 31, 2016

Menu Plan for the week of February 1st



Dessert of the week....Honey Roasted Peanuts....these are easy and wonderful, and a nice treat to have on Valentines Day.

Monday....Skillet Lasagna with a side salad

Tuesday...Baked Potato Bar...we do this a lot on busy nights. Toppings I use...bacon bits, sour cream, butter, chives, cheese, salsa...I throw it all out and everyone loads them up. Sometimes I will put a salad with it. Easy clean up too.

Wednesday....leftovers

Thursday...Chicken Tetrazzini 

Friday.....Eating out...Kitchen is Closed

Saturday.....Pepperjack Chicken with this salad on the side

Sunday....Brunch....Breakfast Tacos.... Dinner.....Steak Bites,  Potato Casserole, Sautéed veggies and rolls

Valentines Day Fun....

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Hots Muddy Buddies

Sweet Cherry Bombs

Cupid’s Floats – Cherry 7-Up, a scoop of vanilla ice cream – topped with whipped cream and a marching cherry

Valentine Treats that are easy

We love Donut Holes...I will get the kids some that weekend

Cheese Heart Tray

DIY Painted Heart Mugs

Valentines Day Smores Popcorn

Love notes

Candy Bouquet 

Covering your kids door with love

Thought of the day....In between goals, is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.....


Have a great week!
Hugs,

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Meal Plan for the week of January 25th



Dessert of the week.....Melted Snowman Bark and Hot Spiced Cider

Monday....Hawaiian Crock pot Chicken over rice

Tuesday....Easy Chicken Enchiladas with Guacamole and Salsa on the side

Wednesday.....Crock pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with french fries

Thursday....leftovers

Friday.....Vegetable Tortellini Alfredo 

Saturday....Eating out...Kitchen is Closed

Sunday......Brunch....Hot Baked Sandwich... Dinner...Salisbury Steak in the Crockpot over mashed potatoes and green beans with rolls


Some tips on Surviving Winter

Good tips for helping your car survive Winter

So winter weather is gonna happen where I live. Here are some tips on being prepared at all times.

For your car....keep a big box in the trunk with a blanket, extra gloves, Hats, Snow boots, umbrella, roll of toilet paper, flashlight, water, peanut butter crackers for protein and some chocolate for a kick, radio with new batteries......you just never know...make sure you have a phone charger in your car too. When you hear we are going to have bad weather...go gas up your cars.

Indoors....Keep all electronics CHARGED UP!! If you lose electricity at least you will have phones charged to call someone. (Electric company)
Flashlights with new batteries, matches for candles, a source of heat.....a week supply of food and water. This does not mean rush to the nearest grocery store. Just make sure you have a gallon of milk, toilet paper on hand, water...I always buy an extra case of water every week for an emergency stash. Keep your pantry stocked throughout the year for times like this.

Outside....close vents, make sure your water hoses are unhooked. Watch it Snow.


Super Bowl Foods

The Best Spinach Dip

Nacho Bar

Easy Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Cherry Cheesecake Dip

Hot and Spicy Sausage Dip....Men love this stuff

Party Meatballs....this is a no fail recipe, and everyone loves them

Buffalo Chicken Dip 

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Southwest Chicken Tortillas Pinwheels

Thought of the day.....Life is too short to deal with bad food, cheap drinks, and fake people....


Have a great week, and stay warm.

Hugs,








Sunday, January 17, 2016

Meal Plan for the week of January 18th








Dessert of the week......Snow Cream and Homemade Hot Chocolate...for those Snow Days

Monday....Crock Pot Steak with Gravy  (Miller's favorite thing) over mashed potatoes and green beans, rolls

Tuesday....Mexican Pizza with chips and salsa on the side

Wednesday...Meatball Lasagna with Texas Toast

Thursday....leftovers

Friday....On Friday nights...the kids are normally not here...out with friends...so I do a dinner that Scott and I like (a grown up dinner..lol) Italian Sausage Spinach and Havarti Crescent Braid

Saturday....eating out...Kitchen is Closed

Sunday....Brunch after church...Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole..( I will set my alarm for around 4am to turn on my crock pot....will make this the night before)...Dinner....Sausage and Penne Soup....yummy on cold nights! I'll add some kind of bread to dip in it.

Winter Blues

Several of you have asked if I was going to talk about the dreadful.."Winter Blues". January is just so cold. It's hard to get excited about leaving your house when its 20 degrees outside with a wind chill of 10. Or when its dark and cold outside. That's even worse. 
Don't get me wrong, my happy place involves sunshine, tank tops, flip flops, sunscreen, the ocean, warm evening walks, ponytails, ice cold drinks and warmth galore!!! Once Christmas and the first fall of snow has passed..... I'm ready for it to be over.
Of course, for so many of us...Old Man Winter over stays his welcome.
Winter is a season, though. I try to embrace it. I feel its a time to pull quilts out, make warm drinks to sip, snuggle into your home for a quiet winters nap. It's a resting time. On nights we are home, we watch a lot of movies (kinda catch up). I cook a lot of comfort foods, and bake fun stuff for the kids. I also have a a little "nook" in my family room. It's my chair with a basket of favorite things in it, books (devotions) magazines, my iPad, ear phones, a jar of cashews (mine only), a few hershey kisses...all tucked together for "me time". 
When I feel a little down, I try to get outside, feel the sunshine, take a walk or a run. Colors are important too, yellows, reds, oranges all make your heart smile. Winter won't last forever, so make the most of it. 


Snow Day Ideas

Puzzles....go buy 2-3 today. It's a great thing with kids.

Have a movie marathon, in your pajamas. Make fun foods like a taco bar or spaghetti for lunch. Homemade pizza shaped like a snowman is fun. 

Do a Board game Marathon


Snow Paint Indoors on the Cold Days...when my kids were little I filled the bathtub up with snow and let them go. It all drains out when it melts. They loved it.

Sugar Cookie Pizzas....Cookie dough from the store, toppings...strawberry jam or red frosting, coconut for cheese, red M&M's for pepperoni....a fun thing for kiddos

Picnics in the living room are great. We actually do this a lot.

Freeze cool whip dollops in cookie cutters for your hot chocolate...

Birdseed Ice Ornaments....this is my favorite thing to do with Miller in the winter. We do it every year.

Snow Volcano....Science fun at home

Water Balloon Marbles...these are all over Pintrest...they are so pretty

Tic Tac Toe in the snow

Melted Snowmen Cookies

Sundae Bar with pudding cups....toppings, whip cream in a can, candies, cherries...these are fun.

Tip of the day......
How to get your kids out of bed on those cold mornings.....put their clothes in the dryer...they will jump right into them. 

Have a great week!
Hugs,





Sunday, January 10, 2016

Meal Plan for the week of January 11th






Dessert of the week.....Holy Cow Cake....this cake has several names...its really good though

Monday....Sausage and Taters Casserole...one of our favorites, not that healthy but very comforting.

Tuesday....Garlic Shrimp Tortellini Toss with this salad...(you can use bacon instead of prosciutto)

Wednesday......Lasagna Stuffed Shells with Texas Toast

Thursday.......Taco Grilled Cheese Sandwiches....I make taco meat weekly, mostly because Miller loves it...so when I have leftovers this is what we make!

Friday......eating out...

Saturday.....Broccoli Chicken Roll with Ambrosia Salad for dessert....one of my favorite things ever!

Sunday......Brunch after church... Overnight Ham, Egg and Cheese Monkey Bread.......Buffalo Chicken Soup...new recipe...my family loves buffalo chicken wings and even though Madison is completely sick of soup right now, I'm still gonna make it.

A lot of you have asked about Madison last week. She got thru having her Wisdom Teeth taken out. It has been a struggle. She is sick of Soups and Mashed Potatoes. Hopefully she can get some Chick Fi Le soon!! Thank you all for the prayers, phone calls, texts and cards. She is healing finally.

At the beginning of each New Year everyone always talks about getting into shape, eating better, finding a "New You".  Yes, all this sounds wonderful. I even joined a bootcamp class this month to get it together. But in all reality....there is not really a "New You".....you are yourself. Just make it better. I have always said, take care of your body, you know yourself better than anyone.
If you like to exercise, then make a plan. It takes 21 days to form a habit. I remind myself of this daily.

Some ideas to jump start your January...

1. Meal plan! Get your list of meals started. This will save you stress and money if you have a plan!

2. Each week, make two goals....one for yourself and one for home. You can do this.

3. Read at least 15 minutes a day. Whether its a new book, a devotion, an article online. It helps with your brain.

4. January can be a long cold month...Cheer yourself up with a new oil or a new candle, buy a diffuser.

5. Find 10 things to sell, donate or throw away...de clutter a room a week.

6. Write a hand written letter to someone, or a card. Snail mail is the best mail.

7. Drink hot chocolate, grab your favorite quilt and watch a movie...or better yet, take a nap.

8. Schedule a pot luck or a Soup Swap with your friends.

9. Connect with friends, schedule lunch or dinner, or even coffee. Friends keep us going. And they are free therapy!

10. Go get a pedicure or a massage. We deserve this!!

I hope you have a wonderful week....

Hugs,






Sunday, January 03, 2016

Menu Plan for the week of January 4th....








Dessert of the week....Apple Dumpins......one of our favorite things to eat

Monday....Madison has her wisdom teeth taken out today...so Soup, Soup, and more Soup Sausage Potato Soup and lots of ice cream. I'm sure her daddy will hit Panera for her this week too.

Tuesday....leftover soup with salad bar set up

Wednesday.....Homemade Pizza Night...Build Your own pizza....

Thursday.....Sausage and Peppers with Pasta

Friday....Date Night...eating out

Saturday....Mississippi Pot Roast with mashed potatoes and squash casserole and Shubert rolls with Strawberry butter

Sunday......Brunch.....Breakfast Enchiladas after church.....Dinner....Baked Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches with french fries

Organizing is one of those words that can get you excited or leave you running away. After the holidays have come and gone and we start tearing down the Christmas decorations, I have this urge to walk from room to room with a bottle of pledge and a dust mop and clean everything.
There is just something about a clean house.

Every year we have so many things come into our home and I have to start decluttering. Closets, drawers, cabinets, rooms....I start with bedrooms, usually mine. Work my way to the kids rooms. I consign a lot. Find a local consignment store and call and get an appointment for drop off.
I make around $600 a year consigning everyones clothes, household items.

I also have gone thru my Christmas stuff. If I did not use it this year, it went to Goodwill or Consignment for next year.

Also, I love to grocery shop out of my cabinets and pantries. This is a great way to look for expired items as well. Once every 3 - 4 months I will menu plan from the pantry and do pretty good. It cuts down on your grocery bill quite a bit too. Check your freezer, I bet there is something in there to cook.

Buy a planner or a calendar. I love my planner. It helps me to stay accountable daily.

Get a Devotional Book. I started "Delight yourself in the Lord...even on Bad Hair Days" and I love it!!!

It's a new year!!! Embrace it!! Happy 2016!!!

Hugs,







Sunday, December 27, 2015

Menu Plan December 28th...Happy New Year!!











Dessert of the week......Peanut Butter Pie Poke Cake


Tuesday......Crock Pot Sausage and Tortellini,  I'll add a small salad to it.

Wednesday....leftovers

Thursday....New Years Eve...Take Out

Friday.....Happy New Years...I'll be making Italian BeefBlack eyed peas, turnip greens, mac and cheese  and cornbread


Sunday......Brunch after Church....Sausage, Pepper and Mushroom Hash 
Dinner will be Asian Steak Bites over jasmine rice with steamed zucchini and a side of Cucumber Tomato Salad

We had a wonderful Christmas. So blessed.

This website has several crockpot meals...you can even freeze these ahead of time too.

As this year comes to an end...don't look back on disappointments. Be thankful for where you are. 
I dont do resolutions, I just try and do better at certain things. I love Bucket Lists. 

I will leave you all with this....10 reminders as we walk into 2016...

1. Laugh a lot.

2. Take a day off....do something just for you. 

3. Spend time with someone older. If you are lucky to have a grandparent alive, ask them questions. Time, is something we all want but never use.

4. Be Loyal. With love, friendship and most importantly your family. Keep your word.

5. Cereal is ok for Breakfast. Why not???

6. Go Outside More....winter time blues will set in by the middle of January, get your sunlight and breathe the fresh air to help with it. 

7. Make a plan.....or have a goal, or start a list....it just feels better.

8. Forgive. It gives you peace. Then let it go. 

9. Stay Humble and know yourself.

10. Just be nice. Smile more. Life is too short to be in a bad mood.

Happy 2016 my friends!!

Hugs, 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Menu Plan Monday December 21st Merry Christmas!!!!





Dessert of the week...Christmas Trifle 

Monday...Chicken Alfredo  with texas toast

Tuesday....Cheesesteak Casserole..this is a new recipe. It looks great. I can keep you all updated. I will serve french fries on the side.

Wednesday.....The 23rd of December is spent with just my family of 4. We have done this for years. This year Scott is working so we are meeting him for lunch. The kids and I will still do our mall run. For dinner I let the kids pick....Crock pot Meatballs in gravy with mashed potatoes and green beans, rolls
We will watch Christmas Movies and camp out by the tree. A tradition I hope we will keep forever.

Thursday....Christmas Eve...I'm bringing to mommas...a Chicken Nugget Platter for the kids, and Captain Rodneys Dip...you can buy the sauce at Banks Market, and most Liquor Stores or Specialty Stores. Such a great dip!

Friday.....Christmas Day...Breakfast at Scott's mommas house...Bacon, Eggs, Sausage Biscuits and Gravy, fruit....A late lunch at my moms, Ham, Potato Casserole, Broccoli Salad, Green Beans, Rolls, Deviled Eggs..Dessert...Coconut Cake..I started making this cake 20 years ago. I try and make it every year. It is from scratch. I found it in an old cookbook and googled the ingredients so you guys can have it. I make it a day before so it has time to sit.

Saturday...Leftovers

Sunday...Chicken Enchiladas Rice Casserole

Desserts and Candy to make....

Santa Hat Brownies.....add the strawberries and cream right before serving. Make sure the brownie is completely cool.

White Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow

Peppermint Poke Cake

Oreo Peppermint Bark

Reindeer Treats

Holiday Mint Brownies

Christmas Twizzler Cake

Melting Snowman Cookie Balls

White Chocolate Popcorn

Peanut Butter Balls

Christmas Crack

Cranberry Orange Bread

Blueberry Muffin Bread

Lemon Bread

Pecan Coconut Banana Bread

Its here. The week we have all waited for. Last minute shopping, 
traffic jams, long lines, stressed out people. Lets not be like that.  
Lets smile at the cashier who stands on her feet for 8 hours and 
wish her a Merry Christmas. 
Remember to smile this season...at the gas station, the bank, the 
mall, at the police and firemen.

This last week...I send to Scott's work a plate of candy and 
breads. They love it. I also run to greet my trash men with hot 
chocolate, I do last minute preparations around the house such 
as spot cleaning....example...dusting, vacuuming, bathrooms. 
Sweep floors. Try and accompolish most of this by Tuesday so 
the rest of the holiday can be resting.

Do little crafts with kids, make gingerbread houses (you can buy  
these at Micheal's or Walmart and they are cheap). Make sugar 
cookies, again you can buy kits at Micheal's for cheap....grab a 
coupon online for one. 

If you have never volunteered for a food drive or ringing a bell 
for the Salvation Army or even Martha's Vinyard...you are  
missing the blessing. If you have middle school or teenagers 
take them. They will realize how blessed they really are. We 
help at our church for a food drive. Madison goes with us. Its 
nice family time with her.

I have last minute dinner get togethers this week. Old friends 
and family....these moments are so nice.


Another nice thing to do this week is to take a Christmas card 
and at dinner pray for that family. Your children will 
start to understand why its so important to care for others. 
Dont forget to read Christmas stories to the little ones this week.  
Take that time for them. I know they are hyper and jumping 
around....but watch the spirit through their eyes...it will melt   
your heart. Grab the Polar Express or A Christmas Story some 
popcorn and watch it all the way thru with them. Laugh....watch 
them laugh.


Stay up on your laundry this week early....no one wants dirty 
laundry at Christmas. Try to get your outfits for the family 
planned by Wednesday and ironed or picked up by the cleaners 
so you are not stressing over this. Go to the bank and get cash 
for the weekend...dont stress.


Batteries....pick them up today. Make sure all cameras and video  
cameras are charged and ready. Dont wait. Get your 2016 
calenders this week. Be ready.  

And make sure all your prescriptions get called in before 
12/31....if you are like me you have already met your 
deductible....so pick these up before 1/1!


I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. It's about our Lord 
Jesus Christ. Thank him for your blessings. 
Hugs,