Menu Plan Monday Week of March 9-15

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Yea! 2nd menu plan in a row! First a recap of last week:

Sunday: Loaded Baked Potato Soup (delicious like always! Recipe post coming this week!)

Monday:Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Rice, Steamed Broccoli (My brother got a hold of me right before I started cooking to see if he and a friend could bring over pizza…um…of course! lol)

Tuesday: Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Bacon (Yumm!!)

Wednesday: (Ash Wednesday) Corn Chowder, Biscuits (This was a new to us recipe. We really liked it. I made it without bacon since Ash Wednesday is a day of abstaining from meat. I think bacon would make it even better!)

Thursday: Chicken Alfredo with Veggies, Garlic Bread (This was super easy using a frozen blend of pasta and veggies from GFS and a jarred alfredo sauce.)

Friday: Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (fish fillets for the kids), French Fries (The tilapia was frozen from Walmart. It was sooo good! I will definitely buy that again!)

Saturday: We didn’t have the kids so we went to Applebee’s.

OK…on to this week!!

Sunday: Scout’s Blue and Gold Banquet (NO COOKING!! YEA!!)

Monday: Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Rice, Broccoli (take 2!)

Tuesday: Golden Mushroom Porkchops (crockpot), Baked Potatoes, Green Beans

Wednesday: Chicken Queso Bake (I’m inventing this recipe myself..I’ll share it if we like it!)

Thursday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Salad, Garlic Bread

Friday: Kenya (I had this down for last week but realize that Operation Rice Bowl starts the first FULL week of Lent which is this week! Take 2! lol)

Saturday: Steven is in charge while I am at a 12 hour crop at church running my Mary Kay booth! Yippy!!

So that’s what we are eating (or planning anyway!) this week. What’s on your menu? Check out lots more menus over at OrgJunkie! Happy eating!

Lent

I remember when I converted to Catholicism Lent was a foreign concept to me. Don’t get me wrong I knew about it, even thought I knew what it was all about. I grew up in a predominantly Catholic area so I grew up to expectt that a few weeks leading up to Easter we’d have fish for lunch. My friends talked about “giving up” snacks or dessert or soda. We didn’t practice Lent though. It’s just not something that is done in the Mormon church so my first Lent was a very interesting experience. I was in RCIA and serious preparation for entrance in to the church was beginning. I don’t remember what I gave up but with a young baby and a toddler I’m pretty sure it was just a chaotic time and I probably didn’t do much. Since then Lent has been a hit or miss for me as far as prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I do really good some years and others I’m just in survival mode. A few years ago someone pointed out to me that Lent isn’t just about giving things up. They described how they chose to add something in that they don’t usually do in order to grow spiritually. I LOVED that idea. That year I started adding in a Rosary on Friday afternoons. It was probably my favorite Lent ever. One Lent I decided to give up listening to secular music and listened to nothing but Christian or Classical music. Again, a total winner. This year I’ve decided to add something and give up something.

I’ll be using this devotional that I found for free on Amazon to do a devotional through the names of Christ. I think this will be very interesting and will help me get back into a routine of spending some daily time with the Lord. I’m really hit or miss in this area of my life right now and I’d like to become more consistent. As part of my devotional time I plan on praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, one of my absolute favorite meditations.

In January we participated in the K-Love 30 Day challenge and listened to nothing but Christian music for 30 days. I love how different my days feel when I do that. After the 30 days was over though the radio station got switched. Don’t get me wrong…I love pop music, country music, even a little rap now and then but I don’t feel the same when I listen to that music as I do when I listen to music that focuses on praising and uplifting. So for Lent I’m going back to only Christian music, with a little Classical and maybe some Jazz thrown in for good measure 🙂

I am also giving up wearing pants on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday). I already am skirts and dresses only for Sundays so that would include Easter Sunday. Why am I doing this? I’m not really sure! I’ve always been fascinated with women who are dresses/skirts only. I felt convicted last year to go back to wearing only skirts and dresses to church again after years of wearing pants. When I was thinking about what I was going to give up this year this idea popped in to my head right away. I don’t know what might come out of it but I feel it was the Holy Spirit working in me so I’m just gonna go with it and see where it goes!  And just for some accountability I’ll be sharing my outfits here with you! So here’s todays’ outfit.

Glittery pink top: Walmart ($7!!)

Glittery pink top: Walmart ($7!!)

Black jersey knit skirt- Motherhood Maternity Black Footless tights: George at Walmart Fuschia flats: American Eagle for Payless ($10 on a BOGO!!!)

Black jersey knit skirt- Motherhood Maternity
Black Footless tights: George at Walmart
Fuschia flats: American Eagle for Payless ($10 on a BOGO!!!)

Close up of the flats. I love these shoes!!

Close up of the flats. I love these shoes!!

As a family we will be participating in Operation Rice Bowl by Catholic Relief Services as part of PSR service project. But I’ll post more about that on Friday. I hope you have a wonderful Ash Wednesday and a very blessed Lenten season.

Menu Plan Monday- The First Week of Lent 2014

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In my last post I mentioned that one of the things I wanted to get back to was Menu Plan Monday posts. I did menu planning consistently for quite a while and loved how much easier it made my life. I completely fell off the menu planning bandwagon and I have to say I’ve missed it. Having a plan means we eat better, I am less stressed and we eat earlier, before the kids have a chance to start their “I’m-starving-feed-me-Seymore” fits! One of my favorite resources for menu planning is I’m An Organizing Junkie. Laura has a great resource over there for all things organizing (an area I regularly struggle at in my life.) She has been the host of Menu Plan Monday for years and it regularly gets 100s of link ups each week. Not sure what to make for dinner? Surely you can get some inspiration there.

Saturday mom and I decided to do a big shop. We try to do this every couple of months and really get the freezer and pantry stocked up. Having a stocked freezer and pantry definitely makes menu planning easier for me. Some prefer to sit down with the weekly sales fliers and plan their menu based on what’s on sale. I think either way is fine. I’ve done it both ways. I prefer planning out of my stocked personal “store” but that’s just me! On our big shopping trip this month we hit up GFS, one of my favorite places. We stocked up on 20 pounds of fresh chicken breasts, 20 pounds of ground beef, a pork loin that mom cut into 3 pork roasts, 6 pounds of bacon (3 for the freezer, 3 pre-cooked), lots of frozen veggies and lots of cooking and baking ingredients (oil, sugars, soup bases, etc.) We also hit up Walmart to stock up on items that we don’t need in bulk (smaller can of veggies that don’t feed 30 people!!), fresh fruits and veggies and milk, etc. I sat down this morning and came up with a plan for the week taking into account that this week begins Lent so we have 2 days of abstaining from meat.

So, without further ado, here is our meal plan for this week.

Sunday: Baked Potato Soup (Stevens’ aunts’ recipe and our favorite! I’ll try to do a post on this soup because it is awesome!), Biscuits

Monday: Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday: Fat/Pancake Tuesday!! Chocolate chip pancakes, Bacon, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Corn Chowder (NO bacon-a new to us recipes. I’ll let you know how we like it.), Rolls

Thursday: Chicken Alfredo with Veggies

Friday: Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Mixed Veggies

Saturday: KENYA!! (The first country in Our Around The World Table Travel series-more information to come!)

So that’s what we are eating this week. How about you? Anything on our menu that looks good to you? What are you making this week?

What I Didn’t Wear Sunday

I was fully planning on a What I Wore Sunday post today. I was gonna look all cute in my favorite grey sweater dress, herringbone tights and black boots from Kohl’s. I bought this outfit for my great-grandmother’s funeral after Thanksgiving and it’s become one of my favorites this winter. There’s just something so cozy about a sweater dress!

grey sweater dress

Instead we woke up this morning to wet roads and a forecast of icy conditions moving in to the area. After speaking to a couple of people who live closer to our church Steven decided to cancel PSR and quickly went to fetch our boys who had spent the night with the grandparents. Within a few hours this was the view outside our window:

icy tree

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I LOVE how pretty trees look when they are iced over, but that’s about where my love affair ends! This mama don’t play with ice. So instead of putting on my cute sweater dress it’s now 11:56 and I’m rocking this:

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Oh well! What are you gonna do? If we had thought better we would have gone to Mass last night but we didn’t so….here’s to next week! Since this isn’t actually a church post I won’t be linking up to FLAP but here’s to getting back in to the swing of things!