Friday, January 18, 2019

Menu Plan for the week of January 21st

Dessert of the week.....Game day Cookies

Monday....Shrimp and Asparagus Foils...we do these at least once a week..I will switch up the meats and veggies though and add couscous, rice or new potatoes on the side....I bake or grill...and can prepare them in the foil that morning, refrigerate and cook when I get home.

Tuesday....Pizza Pot Pies

Wednesday....Crispy Onion Chicken with corn and a side salad


Friday.....eating out

Saturday....Margherita Chicken with new potatoes and a Caesar Salad

Sunday.....Carolina BBQ Ribs  with

Friday, January 11, 2019

Menu plan for the week of January 14th

Dessert of the Week....No Bake Blueberry can change the fruit to anything. An old friend of mine made this over 20 years ago at an office Christmas Party and I fell in love with it. I have changed it to blackberry, strawberry, Peach and Cherry...all flavors work. So So Good!

Monday....Beans and Rice...a cheap yet comforting meal in the winter, Ill make cornbread to go with it.

Tuesday... Taco Tuesday Here Taco Dip....with chips or veggies...Miller will do soft-shell tacos

Wednesday....Beef Kebabs with sweet potato and fruit on the side


Friday....eating out

Saturday....Chili (double batch)...will freeze half for another night and do chili dogs for lunch Sunday

Sunday....Crock Pot Pizza Chicken with a side salad

I hope you all are staying warm. Its freezing here today..and winter weather is approaching us. I would love to get a good snow just one time.
Wherever you are stay warm.


Friday, January 04, 2019

Menu plan for the week of January 7th

Dessert of the week.....White Hot Chocolate...really good on a snow day!

Monday.....Poor Mans Steak with mashed sweet potatoes (Miller will eat a baked potato) and green beans

Tuesday......One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl

Wednesday.....Spinach Salad with Cranberries and Almonds (one of my favorite salads) with grilled chicken on the side and little new potatoes


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

Saturday.....Margherita French bread Pizza (Miller will do Pepperoni)

Sunday......Chicken Alfredo Roll ups with a side salad

I hope the New Year is treating you well. I don't do resolutions....but I do words...Last year my word was Boundaries....this year it is.....Make it Count....I want every little moment to be joyful and full of purpose. I want a meaningful and awesome year....

Make it Count!


Monday, December 31, 2018

Menu Plan for the week of December 31st Happy New New Year

Dessert of the week....Homemade Brownies 

Monday...New Years Eve....eating out

Tuesday....Happy New Year....Grilled Pork Chops with turnip greens, black eyed peas, mashed potatoes and cornbread...traditions!!!

Wednesday......Low carb pepperoni pizza Chicken Bake 

Thursday.....leftover night

Friday.....Easy Ravioli Lasagna  with a caesar salad

Saturday....Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing with veggies 

Sunday......Honey Garlic Pork Chops with quinoa and asparagus

Happy New Year!!!! 2019!!!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Menu Plan for the week of December 24th Merry Christmas

Dessert of the week.....Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches

Monday.....Christmas Eve....Corn and Ham Frittata  with fresh fruit, Miller will want sausage too...for Breakfast.  Appetizers at Mom's...Im taking....meatballs and doing a Nacho Bar. She will have sliders,  Starnes Ham, Chicken Nuggets, Cheese tray, Candy and cookie tray, shrimp tray, multiple crackers and dips...yummy!

Tuesday....Merry Christmas....Breakfast.... bacon and eggs, sausage and biscuits with gravy and sweet rolls, Dinner will be grilled Steaks, Twice Baked potatoes with a salad and fresh shrimp.

Wednesday.... eating out...will be ready too.

Thursday.....Chili and Cornbread Casserole 

Friday.....Crack chicken roll ups  with a side salad

Saturday.....Eggplant parmesan with a a side salad

Sunday....Chicken Noodle Soup with rolls

A few things we have made around here...

Monster Cookies 
Turtle Candy 
Polar Bear Candy
Reindeer Food  
Christmas Crack

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Menu Plan for the week of December 17th

Dessert of the week....Santa Crunch

Monday....Salsa Chicken  with mexican rice and beans 

Tuesday....Baked Chimichangas 

Wednesday....Ranch Pork Chops over brown rice with broccoli on the side

Thursday....leftovers (Holiday office party I'm making pizza dip  and veggie pizza

Friday....Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

Saturday....Chicken Tortilla Soup ......freeze any leftovers

Sunday.....December 23rd!! I love this day....its the day me and my party of 4 go people watching....have lunch into local shops for last minutes...and veg out by the Christmas Tree while watching Elf/Christmas Vacation/and any other one we have missed for the 9,000th time!

Breakfast...Brunch out

Dinner....Fried Chicken (will pick it up) with mashed potatoes and green beans, rolls with strawberry butter and a sliced tomato
Dessert will be the candy I've made all month.

Week twelve of Holiday Cheer...

Finalize all wrapping and put it away. Enjoy time with family. Watch Christmas movies. Laugh. Be still. Go look at Christmas lights. Have a game night. Picnic around the Christmas Tree. Caroling in the neighborhood. Decorate cookies.
Whatever you it with family. Take this week and do a little something for yourself. I love to walk. Grab a coffee and do a nature walk.

Check in with family on times and places to be. If you have family in nursing homes, go see them. Take them a slice of pie from your local deli or bakery.

The week before Christmas I like to engulf my home with wonderful smells. I mop floors with peppermint oil or cinnamon bark oil. I burn candles, I buy the plug ins that smell like "Christmas".

Go by your local liquor store and and stock up on wines and beers. I always grab little extra small gifts for "last minute surprises". Cute napkins are always fun.

Appetizer Ideas

Mississippi Sin Dip 
Party this with cut up plain bagels
Pizza pinwheels....I watch my I buy the low carb wraps
Easy Pull Apart Pizza Bread
Original Buffalo Chicken Dip
Hot Italian Sliders
Creamy Spinach Bacon Dip
Low Carb Zucchini Pizza Bites
Easy Jalapeño Popper Bites
Pull Apart Pigs in a Blanket


Friday, December 07, 2018

Menu Plan for the week of December 10th

Dessert of the week.....Fun Grinch recipes

Monday....Slow cooker Italian Chicken over brown rice with asparagus on the side

Tuesday....Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole

Wednesday....Creamy Cilantro Chicken over spaghetti squash

Thursday....leftovers or frozen taco meat

Friday....Office Christmas Party

Saturday....Eggplant Parmesan over wheat pasta

Sunday....Stuffed Pepper Soup

Week eleven of Holiday Cheer....

Plan your meals for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Go over your checklist of both days and times of when things will start and end. Get your Santa Claus plan together.

Things to buy now....

Find all, cameras
Liquor Store
Pre Orders to the Donut Shop, Pastry Shop, Local Deli's, BBQ spots, grocery stores
extra tape, wrapping paper
germ x and wipes

Make sure you have some hostess gifts on hand...some ideas

Bottle of wine/or favorite liquor
T Towels
soft blankets
holiday plant/flower
speciality creamers/coffee
a nice ornament with the hostess's name on it 

Fun Holiday Cocktails

Christmas Sangria 
Santa's little Ho Ho Ho 
Winter Sea Breeze, Cranberry Orange Martini and a Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail


Friday, November 30, 2018

Menu Plan for the week of December 3rd

Dessert of the week....Heaven on Earth Cake  (Pretty for the holidays and is wonderful to eat)

Monday.....Crockpot White beans and Ham

Tuesday....leftover beans and ham

Wednesday....Grilled Tilapia with steamed veggies and cauliflower rice

Thursday....Taco Sloppy Joe's with waffle fries

Friday....Easy Creamy Tuscan Shrimp with a salad

Saturday.....My Birthday!!!

Sunday.....Hamburger Soup with rolls to dip in it

Week ten of Holiday Cheer.....

Mail your Christmas Cards. 
Finalize any gifts for neighbors or extra people in your life and deliver them.
Call a friend and have a coffee date.
Take a walk with your family at night around your neighborhood to look at the lights.
Make an appointment to get a massage for yourself.

My baking day is always the first week of December. I make all kinds of things. 
Peanut Butter Balls
While Lightning Trash
Fudge..peanut butter and chocolate
chex mix (spicy) 
divinity....if the weather is good
cookies...thumbprint, chocolate chip, mint chip
pecan pie bars

This week...try and take time for yourself. Just one thing. The majority of everything should be done. Maybe some last minute gifts. Try to take it slow. Enjoy.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Menu Plan for the week of November 26th

Dessert of the week....Apple Dumplins

Monday....Crock Pot Cheesy Potato Soup 

Tuesday.....leftover soup and sandwiches

Wednesday....Tuscan Chicken Pasta with a  side salad

Thursday....Miller's 13th Birthday...Eating Out

Friday....Pizza Night...Hawaiian BBQ Pizza...Miller will make a plain cheese one

Saturday.....Birthday Fun! Eating Out!!

Sunday.......Miller's choice....Pot Roast, mashed potatoes and green beans with rolls and lots of butter

Day 22 of being thankful......electrical appliances

Day 23 of being that brings back beautiful memories

Day 24 of being markets

Day 25 of being thankful....fresh cut grass

Day 26 of being thankful.....rainbows

Day 27 of being thankful.....being in love

Day 28 of being thankful.....watching it snow

Day 29 of being thankful.....My children

Day 30 of being thankful.....My God

Gratitude this week.....

Whats something you are looking forward too?

Week nine of Holiday Cheer.....

This week....before December happens...set up date night with your spouse. Trust me. Go to dinner, no kids. The holidays are so busy and we tend to not take time out for ourselves let alone each other.

Look at your calendar and how fast the days are filling up. Make sure you have extra canned foods for holiday light events. Keep them in your car. Look for your local Advent Walk. Mark when your churches holiday specials are. Look up local soup kitchens and volunteer. Kids will have parties. Be prepared for $5-$10 fast gifts....I normally do a gift card or fun socks.
In between holiday fun, we still go to work and kids go to school and have activities and practices. I try and keep "normal" in my house.
This week....I have parties coming up and dinners. I finalize any small gifts I need. I look over any foods I need to prepare and go over my Baking Day ingredients. I make sure my kids have their fun Christmas Pajamas so they can wear them all month. If you have parties coming up make sure you have your outfits together for them. Also if you have kids coming home from college..make sure you have their favorite foods stocked up. 


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Menu Plan for the week of November 19th...Happy Thanksgiving

Dessert of the week....Banana Bread Brownies

Monday....Slow cooker Sausage bell peppers and onion over brown rice

Tuesday....Grilled Pork Chops (marinated in Dale's)  with bacon wrapped cabbage wedges 

Wednesday.....Ill be cooking at moms all day...tonight will be Taco Bar. I already brown my beef and freeze it in packages. So I'll throw some out with toppings and be done! Its one of the boys favorite things actually. Miller may still want his Wednesday Wendy'

Thursday.....Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey and Dressing with mashed potatoes and green beans, brussels sprouts, corn casserole, sweet potato casserole, broccoli salad, cranberry salad, rolls, a relish tray...desserts....coconut cake, pumpkin pies and frosted brownies

Friday.....Black Friday....Eating out. Too tired from shopping....

Saturday....SHOP LOCAL!!! Crock pot Chicken Spaghetti 

Sunday....Thanksgiving at the farm...

Dessert Ideas this week....

Chocolate chip pie
Apple Spice Dump Cake 
Better than anything cake
Mississippi Mud Brownies
Banana Split Dessert 
Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert
Cherries in the snow
Pumpkin Delight Dessert

Day 15 of being thankful.....the leaves changing colors

Day 16 of being thankful....the smell of coffee brewing

Day 17 of being thankful.....fuzzy socks

Day 18 of being thankful.....waves crashing on the beach

Day 19 of being thankful.....happy hour

Day 20 of being sweet husband

Day 21 of being thankful.....our jobs

Gratitude this week.....

What's a tradition that your grateful for?

Week eight of Holiday Cheer....

Its Thanksgiving week! Enjoy this time with family. Rest. Watch some football. Laugh. Look around and know how blessed you are. take pictures......

Switching gears....Black Friday. This is when I get a lot of my shopping done. I also shop online this day too. Saturday I do hometown shopping..local stores. Sunday I'm normally wrapping most of the afternoon. The majority gets done this weekend. 
Start picking up stocking stuffers now. 
Start addressing your Christmas cards this week and go to the post office and get your holiday stamps. Start thinking about your Christmas meal and if you will be ordering a Ham or Turkey and order it. December is knocking on our door......