Monday, October 24, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 10/24/2011

That's what is for dinner at our house this week! Check out more menu plans at Orgjunkie

Monday, October 10, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 10/10/2011 and a little crochet

I also tried a new breakfast recipe and love it! Baked Banana Oatmeal , I did use walnuts in place of the chocolate chips and next time I'm going to cut the brown sugar down to 1/3 C.

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Now for a little crochet...
This cute little butterfly beanie I found the free pattern for on Ravelry (love this site)

This little unicorn pattern is in Amigurumi Toy Box

Monday, October 3, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 10/3/2011

Had a few time issues last week with my husbands job and a relative was in the hospital that we were helping with her teenage daughter so a few meals from last week are back on here to make.
  • Italian Beef Sandwiches (Crockpot recipe below)
  • Breakfast for dinner (Buttermilk Pancakes, Cinnamon Syrup, Scrambled Eggs & Bacon)
  • Stephanie's Goulash (Crockpot recipe)
  • Roasted Chicken Thighs with Root Vegetables
  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
  • Met a friend for dinner one night and then fair food another night
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Italian beef sandwich
3-4 lb. beef roast (any cut - cheapest is best because it gets so tender anyway)
1 pk. dry Italian dressing mix
1 pk. au jus mix
1 can beef broth - reduced sodium/fat free is great in this recipe
1 jar of sliced pepperocini's

cheese - any kind
Crusty rolls

Put roast in crock pot (frozen is ok) pour in 2 mix packages and broth.  Add 1/2 jar pepperocini's with juice. Cook on Low for 12-18 hours.

Put crusty rolls in 350 degree oven - uncovered for 8 minutes before serving.  Put cheese on rolls and shred beef with 2 forks.  If too much juice you can save some and freeze to use with next batch in place of beef broth.  Put hot beef on top of cheese and eat

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Menu Plan Monday 9/26/2011

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    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    I promise that I am still alive!

    I have no real reason for not posting for so long. I started to several times and got side tracked, very easy to do these days. So here is a quick recap of the past few months.

    • Devlin turned 4 and is potty trained.
    • Both kids started school. Tally 1st grade and Devlin Pre-k. Pre-k was a rough week and half before we decided to pull Devlin because he was regressing on his potty training. He wanted to stay home with me and we decided it was best considering he turned 4 the weekend before school started and if his birthday was just a week and half later he would have had to wait another year anyway. 
    • Matt and I are both taking college courses. Matt's been doing it for a few years now and I'm just starting after a 10 yr break ;)
    • Tally has lost her 3rd tooth.(picture to the right)
    • I've taken up crocheting. (pictures below)
    • Our neighbors condo flooded recently, we are in the process of shopping and installing new floors due to the damage.
    That's pretty much been our Aug/Sept. I'm ready for Oct and cooler temps and getting my house back in order, including menu planning and blogging regularly.
    Two of my crochet projects I've completed in the past month.

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Menu Plan Monday 7/25/2011

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    I have a lot of cookbooks around the house and this week I decided to focus on Quick Fix Meals trying to use some of the things I already had in the pantry. 
    Next week I am going to try a pantry menu plan to save a little money.

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Menu Plan Monday 7/18/2011

    • Sandwiches
    • Night out with the girls so Sushi for me and Spaghetti for the family
      • BBQ Pork Ribs (Hubby cooked in the oven with a spice rub and then smoked on the grill with Mesquite)
      • BBQ Chicken and Thighs (Spice Rubbed and smoked on the grill with Mesquite)
      • Mexican Pizza
      • Homemade Pizzas
      • Chipotle Chicken & Rice
        Matt is trying things with his grill more, it's nice to have a few nights off this week!
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        Monday, July 11, 2011

        Menu Plan Monday 7/11/11


        • Barbeque Pork Chops (sauce was leftover from my IL’s visit last week wish I had the recipe but she changes it )  with Potato Salad
        • Hamburger Stew
        • Dinner out at the Fish Shack with my parents
        • Grilled Hamburgers & Hot Dogs with Potato Salad, Broccoli Bacon Salad and Taboulli (New theme night, excuse for hubby to use the grill regularly and me to have a semi night off during summer)
        • Breakfast for dinner Waffles or Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit and of course Bacon
        • Chicken Fingers with leftover sides (Tally’s pick for the week, going to let her help me since it was one of my favorite things to make as a girl)
        • Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwiches with Veggie Tray

        Not a lot of specific recipes this week, most is stuff that I add this and that to and changes each time I make it. Also trying to use up potatoes and leftovers.

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        Monday, June 27, 2011

        Have I really not posted in 3 months?!?

        I'm not sure how I let it go 3 months of not posting. I'm sure I started a post a few times and got side tracked, then forgot. Summer definitely has me off of a schedule. We only have one car and with gas prices I've only been taking Matt to work once a week. So we've had lots of boring stuck in the house days.

        Tally has been sick and missed her last week of school, she had strep and then found out she had fifths during the same time. Luckily none of us got it.

        I have had chest pains on and off for almost a year. At first the doctor was thinking I needed muscle relaxers and after them continuing for months she decided we needed to do some heart testing. I had an EKG and Stress test earlier this month. Both came back normal. Now she wants me to get into a chiropractor for a curve in by back that she thinks could be causing the chest pains. The pains are something I can live through, I mostly just want to know whats causing them and make sure it's nothing serious.

        We are potty training Devlin. We've tried here and there in the past and it was extremely frustrating because he had no desire to sit on the potty. His pediatrician told us to not rush it so we haven't pressed it but I think he is finally getting it. I want him day trained before school starts in the fall so he can go to pre-k. It's only been a week in and for the most part #1 is making it to the toilet but we're still working on #2, hopefully it can be mastered by the end of August. He really wants to go to school with sissy.

        I stepped down from Peppermint Creative for a few months and decided to go back last month. So I'll show some recent pages with new kits!

        So that's all I have for now, I'll be back with a separate Menu Plan soon. Blogging will be on my new schedule so that it doesn't go 3 months again ;)

        Monday, March 28, 2011

        Menu Plan Monday 3/28/2011

        This weeks Menu Plan

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        There are a lot of mexican type food recipes this week and I'm not exactly sure what I was thinking. lol
        I was trying to eat more out of the pantry yet I still spent what I normally do so that didn't work so well. 

        I've started couponing. I've always used them here and there when they are over a dollar or free but now I'm actually trying to get into the walgreens and double up to $1 coupon days at a local grocery store to get some great deals. I may start doing post on that showing what I got and how much I spent.

        Monday, March 14, 2011

        Menu Plan Monday 3/14/2011

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        Turkey Thyme Meatballs with Lemony Cream Sauce 
        (Joy Bauer's Slim & Scrumptious)

        Serves 4 (1 3/4 cups, about 8 meatballs with sauce)

        1 1/4lb ground turkey
        1/4 cup unseasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
        1 large egg, beaten
        1/2 tsp dried thyme
        1/2 tsp garlic powder
        1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
        3/4 c nonfat plain yogurt (I used greek)
        3/4 tsp kosher salt
        1/2 tsp black pepper
        2 cups lowfat unsalted or reduced sodium chicken broth
        2 cups green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise
        2 cups shredded peeled carrots
        1 1/2 T cornstarch
        Grated zest of 1 large lemon

        In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, thyme, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup yogurt, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper, taking care not to overwork the mixture.
        Form heaping teaspoonfuls of meat mixture into small meatballs. The mixture should make 30-35 meatballs.
        In a large pot (wide enough to fit all the meatballs in a single layer), bring 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth to a boil over med-high heat. 
        Add the meatballs in a single layer and return the broth to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, about 10 mins. Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the meatballs to a clean bowl, and cover to keep warm.
        Add green beans and carrots to broth and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Cover, and cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 mins.
        While the vegetables cook, in a med bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 c broth, remaining 1/2 cup yogurt, cornstarch, lemon zest, and the remaining 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
        Stir the yogurt mixture into the vegetable-broth mixture int he pot, and bring to a boil. Continue stirring until the mixture has thickened, about 1 min. 
        Return meatballs to the pot and stir gently to coat them evenly with the sauce. Cook 2 mins or until the meatballs are warmed through.

        Cal 319, Fat 7g, Carb 23g, Fiber 4g, Sodium 720mg