Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Menu for March 16-22

Sunday:  I have no idea what we ate for dinner.  I cannot remember for the life of me.
Monday:  Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf with sweet potato hash
Tuesday:  Taco Salad
Wednesday:  McDonalds... family road trip
Thursday:  Carbonara, after spending the evening in the ER.  Quickest meal ever.
Friday:  Mac&Cheese with Chicken.  I had a wonderful meal planned with homemade mac & cheese and cooked chicken breast.  Then because of a death in the family everything fell apart so we had Kraft mac&cheese and organic chicken nuggets... :)
Saturday: Funeral dinner

I also cleaned my deep freezer.. I have a pizza casserole and a lasagna casserole from my "Third Trimester Freezer Cooking" in 2012!  How freezer burnt do you think they are?  :)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Menu for March 9-15

Another menu plan!  But this one is for last week.  I decided it's probably better to share what we ACTUALLY ate instead of what I planned on feeding everyone... because between work and pregnancy, I rarely do anything creative with dinner.

Sunday:  We ordered pizza.
Monday:  We had hoagies from a Cub Scout fundraiser.
Tuesday:  Pizza, again, for a very special young man's birthday!
Wednesday:  Lasagna at church.
Thursday:  Clean Enchiladas... Chris had seconds and packed three for lunch but I think all three came home and I haven't had a chance to ask what happened.  So, I'm not sure if these were a hit or not.  I do have three extra jars of the homemade enchilada sauce and it smelled amazing.
Friday:  General Tso's Chicken with rice and veggies
Saturday:  Eggplant Parmesan with the ladies while our men are at the Father & Son banquet at church.

We're trying to eat cleaner to get Chris ready for his juice fast.  And, I'm excited for spring veggies!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Menu for February 17 - 21

Monday:  BBQ Chicken & tatertots.  I usually do this in the crockpot but I'm not sure what time I'll be home so I will just do it in the oven.  The chicken is already thawed and I'm afraid it will cook too fast in the crockpot.

Tuesday:  Chicken Parmesan.  Straight from my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook.  This is a favorite at our house - served over spaghetti.

Wednesday:  Hoagies from a fundraiser.  We have church so it's a nice convenience meal for us!

Thursday:  Pot Roast with veggies in the crock pot.  If I have a lot of eggs left at this point I'll make Yorkshire Pudding and gravy to go with it.

Friday:  Leftovers.  I'm not sure if Chris will be home or not.  I typically just snack if he's not.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

My Week #7

I'm loving my new Filofax!  The Chameleon has such a slim profile compared to the other binders I have used in this size.  I got a few stacks of scrapbook paper and an A5 hole punch so I'm getting ready to really customize it!  I'm still using the Frixion pens exclusively until I find a system that works for me.  Then, I want to try the Ultra Fine Paper Mate Flairs.

Here is my BEFORE shot of Week #7:

So I decided to use boxes to mark scheduled events and the blank spaces to mark "to do" lists.  If there is something I need to do at work, it goes in the box for that work day.  I'm finding this extremely helpful for my Tuesday/Thursday job.  I was feeling overwhelmed and unorganized, getting emails all week long but only being in the office to actually do the work twice a week.  The lists help my brain relax and keep me from forgetting things.

There were also a lot of cancellations this week due to snow.  I could have erased them to make the week look a bit neater, but I leave cancelled events in the calendar for future reference.

And here is my AFTER shot of Week 7:

On an unrelated note, I bought my son a Red Pocket Domino Filofax and I really like it!  It is so much nicer than I thought it was going to be.  Yesterday, we sat down together to sync our calendars and decorate our pages.  I got him a book of Star Wars stickers and a book of Marvel stickers to get him excited about the planner.  He wants to get extra notebook paper to keep a file of his drawings!!

I going to try to make some dividers this week -- what sections do you keep in your A5 binder?  So far I think I need -- weekly calendar, monthly calendar, contacts, finances, medical/health, cleaning schedule, kids' schedules, one for each of my jobs for meeting notes and reference info (3 or 4).  Too many??


Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Week #6 & Week #7 Preview

I'm balancing a lot of different jobs right now.  Besides wife and mother, which I try to keep as first and foremost, I am working as a tutor, teacher, church secretary, cemetery secretary/treasurer, volunteer elementary tutor, volunteer Scout treasurer, and my newest addition:  Tax Collector.  It's going to be a busy season so I'm focusing on mind-organization.  My best tool for that is my planner.

I was using a Franklin Covey zippered imitation leather binder, which I liked but the zipper was frustrating when holding a toddler in one arm and trying to open a binder with the other.  I was using the Day Timer Family Plus inserts, which I really liked.  Here is how I used them:  Events in purple - to do's in pink.

But, I decided to use my birthday money this year and buy myself an A5 Filofax.  My new inserts arrived before my binder so I filled them out ahead of time!!  Here is how I tried using the vertical A5 set-up last week:

This week I am trying something a little different.  To-do lists within my scheduled work hours... or personal to-do's written in the free-space.  I need a solid menu-planning area but we aren't eating at home much this week so I can add that next week.  I'm using my Frixion pens exclusively (freedom to erase and change my mind limitlessly) until I decide on a system that works for me.  Here is my "Week 7 Before" shot.  It has a little bit of Monday updates already but I'm sure it will look worlds different on Sunday night!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Menu for December 9 - 15

 Slacking is an understatement when describing my life lately.  I've let everything go at one point or another the last few months.  Cooking, dishes, laundry, volunteer work, exercising, friends... yes, people, it was bad.

I'm sorting things back out.  Last week we caught up on all of the laundry!  This weekend I was out of town for a day so I have some serious "tidying up" to do... then I have to put our Christmas tree up.  It's ready.  It's even in the corner where it belongs.  But it's still in the box.  It's on my list, people.

So, we've been busy.  And there is no end in sight.  I am doing a "clean eating challenge" this week but I will probably have to spread it over two weeks because of all of our special events.  I only get the menu two days at a time, so I'll update when I find out what I'm making!!

Monday:  Pizza Party at Scouts
Tuesday:  Garlic and Tomato Pasta with Chicken & steamed veggies (I will be the only one eating veggies, I'm sure)
Wednesday: Turkey Burgers with Lettuce Wrap (boys will eat regular burgers with buns)
Thursday: ??
Friday:  Christmas Party
Saturday:  Christmas Tea Party
Sunday: Out with family

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sweet Potato Hash

I got this idea from Civilized Caveman during his presentation at the Real Food Con.

I am trying so hard to eat "real food" and less processed things.  Poor Raegan has had a terrible diaper rash for almost 2 months, so I am trying to play with her diet and see what is causing that.  We've eliminated acidic fruit and dairy, so far.  It seems to have gotten better, but not completely.  I can't imagine a life without gluten so I'm afraid to try that.  But, this side-dish makes it seem not so bad!

Directions:  Cook everything in your fridge in one skillet.

Just kidding.  But, not really.  This dish reminded me a lot of my favorite egg dish.

1.  Roast 1 large sweet potato (diced) at 350* for 15-20 minutes.
2.  Cook 1 lb bacon in a skillet.
3.  When bacon is done, add 1 diced onion to skillet.
4.  When onions are soft, add 1 diced apple to skillet with 2 tbsp butter.
5.  When apple is soft, squeeze the juice from 1 lemon into skillet and add the roasted sweet potatoes.
6.  Sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

This was incredibly greasy, but absolutely delicious.  I ate it so fast I didn't even think to take a picture!  Enjoy!!