Menu Plan 3/11-3/17

I should have posted this yesterday but the day kinda got away from me. It seems the Monday after we spring forward combined with a husband chile art project leaves this momma with a ton of cleaning on Monday. Anyway…..here is what we are eating at my house this week.  I only do dinner as my kids eat cereal or school breakfast and school lunch everyday and whoever is here usually eats leftovers or salad or sandwiches for lunch)

Monday….Monday is Chicken and sausage jambalaya with the yummy whole grain rolls I got from WalMart.

Tuesday is Beef and broccoli night. I got the recipe here and I modify it just a bit. First I double the sauce…..I like sauce. Second I add diced carrots and sliced mushrooms. I want more filling veggies……that and I hate broccoli but love love love carrots and mushrooms…..I serve that over steamed rice.

Wednesday….we actually have this as our only night off so its fried salmon patties with cheesy potatoes and spinach.

Thurdays….Beef stew with mushrooms, carrots and potatoes served over steamed rice.

Friday…Chilibeans and rice

Sat….my oldest has her softball banquet so that is where she and I will eat while the hubby and youngest will have leftovers.

Sun….we are headed to a crawfish boil so the only thing I will make this day is the dirt cake I promised for dessert. We will eat breakfast at home but lunch and dinner will be crawfish and all the fixins.

Whats for dinner at your house this week?

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Menu Plan 1/7/12

So now that Christmas is over and packed away and school has begun again I need to get back into menu planning. Especially now that my youngest has been promoted again in TKD and is now going to be going to her lessons 3 days a week. Combine that with dance once a week for her and twice a week for the oldest….menu planning has GOT to be a priority. So….what’s cooking?

Monday we will have Enchiladas

Tuesday it will be Chicken & dumplins

Wednesday is Sammon Patties

Thursday is pork loin. (They were B1G1 so the other will be used for pulled pork later this month)

Friday is Jambalaya

Saturday a family favorite of Broccoli Bread

Sunday is pork chops.

I think I have crock pot meals all ready for our busy night. Wish me luck.

Settling In

Well I am finally settling in. Made some headway in the garage. Still trying to figure out where everything should go. Of course our plan is to move in the next year or so, so sometimes I feel like it’s a moot point. But I am still working on it. I have started back on my daily chore sheet and Flylady zones so hopefully in the next month even more headway can be made. I am hopeful this week to get back to going to the gym, regular cleaning and unpacking and cooking. I need to work on my menu plan and shopping. Right now we just have the one fridge and the freezer is very tiny so I am shopping week to week. Once the garage gets fully cleaned out and set up I can plug-in my deep freezer and spare fridge. THAT I am looking forward to.

Of course it’s not all sun and flying unicorns. On Saturday I got up early and decided to cook breakfast. I turned on the stove and it made a loud popping noise and a flame shot out. Not exactly what I wanted. So now this week we get to switch out a stove. Luckily I have a great father who will do it rather than waiting 2 weeks for the hubs to get home. Never a dull moment in my home.

So, do you have a new house adventure when you moved into your home?

MIA

If you’ve been wondering where I have been its complicated. First we moved. AGAIN! But this time not into a rental but rather into our new home. Then we had to get internet. And that was a job all in itself. It took THREE weeks to get it done. There was so much miscommunication. FINALLY I went in there and explained I wanted to speak to the owner’s wife. That got results. Had them out here the same day. But they couldn’t get into the neighbor’s yard due to their dog. Are you FREAKIN kidding me? So got them out the next day (yesterday) and got it all taken care of. I now have internet AND cable. And due to all of the mistakes I know have a year of all movie channels for FREE. Sweet!

So now I am back. And looking to get back into regular postings. I am working on a WFM Wednesday post and of course coupon previews. I also hope to work on posts on decorating and organizing my new home. Anything else you would like to see? Drop me a line.

Untill then…..take care!

Menu Planning update

As most of you know we are in the process of moving again. We moved into our current house temporarily while we sold ours and purchased another. So needless to say with two moves in 2 months and it being summer menu planning has kinda gone out the window. We should be in our new home by the end of the month and I can not wait! I am ready to get back to my routines and menu planning is one of those routines.

One of my goals this summer (yes I have summer goals…its an OCD thing) was to have on paper 30 meals. Well, I have been keeping a list of meals that we like and when I sat down and counted it up and I have 37 meals! That’s more than a month and with leftovers and ordering out on occasion and those rare nights when I am the only one home I think I have 2 months worth of meals with no rotations. Between menu planning and stockpiling my groceries I think that I will really see a huge difference in my food bill.

I’ve been doing the coupons and stockpiling and some menu planning but I think having 6-8 weeks worth of meals is now going to drop my bill even lower. I am ready to get moved and get back to a normal life. Or at least my version of normal.

What about you? Are you a menu planner or a dinner on the fly mom? Or do you fall somewhere in between?  What are your biggest dinner challenges? What are you doing to help with those challenges?

WFM Wednesday 7/11/12

Today’s Works For Me Wednesday is all about grocery shopping. I took the time and made a pre-filled out list and broke it into sections. I have a space to mark down the amount of each item we need and I put a C next to the item if I have a coupon. I keep a highligher in the kitchen so the kids and husband can just highlight what we need or what they want. I also have a  blank space to write in items that I may need just on occasion or if I am trying a new recipe and need a rare item. I like having this already pre-printed….it makes it easier to read rather than my kids horrible spelling. (Or my husband’s…lol) And I can update the list as needed too. Below is my master grocery list. I put mine in excel form. Do you use a pre-made form or write it down or do you have it in your smart phone or ipad?

Master Grocery List
Produce Snacks Ethnic Food Condiments Cereal
Potatoes Cookies Refried Beans BBQ Sauce Oatmeal
Onions Graham crackers Taco Shells Mustard Cherrios
Lettuce Popcorn Enchilada Sauce Mayo Fruit loops
Carrots Chips Salsa Relish Grits
Bananas Gum Soy Sauce Ketchup
Apples Rice Salad Dressing
Grapes Taco Seasoning Vinegar
Tomatoes Canned Goods Pizza Sauce Syrup
Strawberries Sp. Sauce Pepperoni Honey
Corn
Baked Beans
Tom Sauce Meat
Tom paste Ground Beef PB Aisle
Tom soup Chicken Peanut Butter
Breads Green Beans Stew meat Nutella
Breads Canned Beans Lunch meat Jelly
Flat Bread Mushrooms Pork Chops
Rolls Rotel Pork Loin
Hotdog buns Cranberry Sauce Bacon
Burger buns Tomatoes Hotdogs Frozen Food
Tortillas Smokies Ice Cream
Dairy Sausage Veg
Milk Waffles
Butter Pizza
Beverages Eggs
Juice Yogurt Baking Aisle
Soda Am Cheese Flour
Lemonade Cheddar Sugar Household Goods
Coffee Mozzarella Brown Sugar P Towels
Tea Cream Cheese Powdered Sugar T. Paper
Wine Velveeta Yeast Tissue
Coffee Mate Pudding Mix Bleach
Cake Mix Dish detergent
Canned fruits Choc. Chips Foil
Applesauce Pasta Fluff Baggies
Peaches Spaghetti Pam Dish soap
Raisins Mac & cheese Oil Trash bags
Olive Oil
Brownie Mix
Garlic

Summer Schedules

    This summer is the first summer in six years that my oldest hasn’t been in summer camp. This means I have both girls home ALL DAY LONG. Which means my house is a constant disaster in the making. I try, really I do. I get up in the morning and straighten up and pick up throughout the day and at night before bed but I swear I am just spinning my wheels.

    Now I have tried so many things. Flylady, lists, schedules, yelling…wait…I can’t admit to yelling on a blog can I? Anyway, nothing seems to work. Also depending on what I do during the day with the girls sometimes I am to tired to pick up in the evening, which just sets myself up for disaster tomorrow.

    Whats a mom to do?

    Seriously? What should I do?

    Right now I am thinking I should just let go and let God for the state of my house this summer.

    Thoughts? What do you do in the summer time if all of your children are at home?

WFM Wednesday

My Works For Me Wednesday post today is about my snackbox in my vehicle. I briefly mentioned it in my last WFM post so I thought I would go a little more into it today.

Its not much really but I get so many comments on it (positive and not so positive) in real life I thought I would blog about it. (Because that’s what bloggers do right?)

Anyway all that it is, is a plastic shoebox sized tub with a lid that I got at the dollar tree. Yes folks, I shop at the dollar tree. Anyway in it I store snacks like granola bars, cereal bars, individual chip bags, and other non melting snacks (today it was 115 degrees in the truck at 6pm) and I also have some juice boxes in there. Its under the front seat and pretty much stays there. At least once a week I refill and rotate drinks as needed. But usually come Friday its in need of refilling.

The reasons I have this are plentiful but mainly I am cheap and my kids are ALWAYS hungry. They both have fast metabolisms and so they constantly snack. I want them to have healthyish options that don’t break my budget. Also I have been known to dip into it when running around and hungry.

Another reason is you never know what might happen. Recently there was a very bad accident on a bridge and cars were trapped for seven hours. HELLO?! You on a bridge for seven hours? What if you have kids? People laugh at my snack box and laugh at my anal retentiveness and OCD but trust me, you want to be in the car with me when you are stuck on a bridge for 7 hours. I know you won’t starve to death but you won’t kill your kids because they are crying because they are hungry.

I urge you to make a snack box and keep it filled and put it in your vehicle. Its to cheap not to do.

What works for you?

Monday Monday

   So its a new week. And what did I accomplish last week? Not much of anything really. I got some stuff done but not really. Ever feel like a hamster in a wheel? I think that’s what all stay at home moms feel like in the summer. Every day we just spin our wheels.

   I got my husband to work on Wednesday. And now we’ve discovered that he is probably going to be gone 3 months. Yep. Fun. It is what it is. Then Sunday was our 12th anniversary. We’ve only spent, I believe, 4 together. I remind myself that marriage is not about the one day but all the others in between. We can celebrate being married any day. (But part of me still wanted him here)

   I don’t really have to much planned for the week. Play date for the youngest, Zumba, pool and oh yeah….more cleaning and going through boxes getting ready for our next move.

   What are your plans for this week? How are you surviving summer so far? Do you too feel like a hamster in a wheel or is that just me?

WFM Wednesday- Clean Vehicle

One thing I like to do that helps my life run smoothly is keeping our vehicle cleaned out. Is it perfect? No, but we can all ride in it comfortably. I follow Flylady and one of her habits is Clean Car Friday. So most Fridays I go out an pull out all unneeded items and return them to their rightful homes. I also take our snack box and refill it with snacks and then I grab a wet washcloth and wipe everything down. If I am out and about I try to pull into the carwash and vacuum it out. It takes only a few minutes and the benefits are huge. I also try to fill up the truck and check the tire pressure. Total time is 15-30 minutes depending on if I fill it up and vacuum.

To give you an idea of what I do here’s my list:

1. Grab empty laundry basket and pitch everything that doesn’t belong in the truck.
2. Grab empty shopping bag and place in it all trash. Place additional bag in vehicle for during week trash.
3. Return things to rightful spot. (Umbrella under seat, chargers in console, etc)
4. Bring in laundry basket and snack box. Refill snack box.
5. Replace snack box and take wet rag and do a quick wipe down of everything.
6. Vac, gas and tires if going into town. If not I will wait till I do.

This plus using pockets of dead time to clean helps keep my vehicle looking nice. (Pockets of dead time is my term for when I am waiting in the car for a child. I will do a quick pick up of trash and take the microfiber cloth I keep in the truck and wipe everything down)

Do you have a clean vehicle routine?

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