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!

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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 Do You Do All Day?

When you are a stay at home mom people often wonder what you do all day. Even the well meaning husband may ask “So what did you do all day?”. If he’s smart he never asks that question again! lol But it’s easy to understand why people are curious. I mean, when you go to work outside of the home your day has a very definite ebb and flow to it. It’s hard to imagine what you could do at home all day. So I thought it would be fun to document what I did during the course of a day. I have to start out and say that this was a really good productive day. A lot of days do not look like this! But you will get the general idea.

6:30 am Eli wakes up. I lay in bed with him for a while then give up that he’s going to let me sleep a few more minutes and go downstairs.

6:40 am Coffee….AHHHHH! I nurse Eli while I’m nursing my cup of Joe. It’s quiet and I enjoy the peace before the house comes alive.

7:00 am Wake up Bri and Jonah. They get themselves dressed and come downstairs when they are ready.

7:20 am Breakfast for Bri and Jonah. This morning it’s Cookie Crisp cereal and bananas. It’s Friday- I’m surviving! lol

7:40 am Practice spelling words with Jonah one more time before his spelling test. Sign planners. Teeth get brushed and shoes are on.

7:55 am The bus arrives.

8:10 am Wake up Micah for school. Get him dressed and get his breakfast.

8:20 am Dress Eli.

8:30 am Micah gets some play time before school. I unload and reload the dishwasher and do a quick pick up of toys that Eli has been playing with.

8:50 am Get boys loaded in the van to take Micah to school.

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We pull out of the driveway at 8:51.

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9:03 am Pull out of school parking lot. Decide to hit Starbucks on the way home for a salted caramel mocha and a couple of vanilla bean scones. A very rare treat!

9:25 am Pull back in driveway. Unload and put Eli down for a morning nap. Spend a few minutes enjoying my coffee and scones in the quiet. Make a few mental notes of things to get done today.

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9:45 am Bathrooms are the #1 priority today. I gather up my supplies and get to work.

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10:02 am The downstairs bathroom is now clean and put back together. I noticed finger prints on the glass door in the entry so I decided to clean the door and go ahead and sweep and mop that floor too.  I move all the cleaning supplies upstairs.

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10:30 am The kids bathroom is cleaned and put back together. Eli wakes up his very short nap. I move the cleaning supplies to my bathroom with hopes of getting it done during his afternoon nap. I get Eli out of bed and go downstairs. I fix myself a glass of ice water and curl up on the couch for some snuggle and TV time.  I play a round of “Diaper Head” with Eli during a diaper change.

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11:20 am My episode of “Revolution” is over. I go upstairs to put in a load of towels and read with Eli until we have to go pick up Micah. When Eli got tired of reading I decide to go through his closet and took out his 6-9 month old clothes which are FINALLY too small!!

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Yeah I don’t think we need that infant bouncer anymore either!

11:50 am Walk out the door to pick up Micah.

12:15 pm Walk back in the door with Micah. It’s time for lunch: PB & J sandwiches, apple slices and pretzels. (Plain PB for Eli with an applesauce pouch and pretzels)

12:40 pm Lunch is finished. I help Micah get on cool-mathgames.com on the computer and then load the dishwasher. I go upstairs to change out the laundry. I notice that our bed didn’t get made this morning so I quickly make the bed, open the curtains and blinds. I unload the dryer from the night before and put the towels in the dryer. I fold the clothes and put them away.

1:05 pm I come back downstairs. Micah asks for help to get on disneyjr.com. I go out and bring the garbage cans up from the curb. I grab some water and take some Aleve for my wrist. I decide to do some blog reading and ice my wrist for a while.

1:45 pm I put Eli down for his afternoon nap.

2:45 pm Go upstairs and fold and put away the towels. I decide while I’m up there to go ahead and clean my bathroom before the kids get home from school.

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3:15 pm Go back downstairs and sit down for a short rest. I can definitely tell I’ve done a lot today. I’m running out of steam! Eli is still asleep. Micah is playing animals and cars in the playroom.

3:45 pm I take Micah outside to play until the bus come. Eli is still napping. Micah plays with his Little Tykes car and then we play baseball for a while.

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4:15 pm Micah says he’s hot and the bees are bothering him. I hear Eli start crying through the open window. We go inside. I get Micah some water and turn on Doc McStuffins. I change Eli’s diaper and get him a snack.

4:20 pm Brianna and Jonah get off the bus. Jonah gets an applesauce pouch for snack and Bri heads upstairs to tidy up her room so she can call a friend to play. Jonah watches some cartoon.

5:00 pm The kids decide to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I answer some emails.

6:20 pm Brianna and Micah are bored with the movie and head outside to play. I put pizzas in the oven for dinner.

6:40 pm Dinner is ready. I call Bri and Micah in to eat.

7:00 pm Dinner is finished. Load the dishwasher and get it running. Steven gets home from helping set up for a women’s retreat at church. He eats and then sits down to spend some time with the kids before bed.

7:40 pm We get the kids in showers and pajamas.

8:15 pm All the kids get put to bed except for Eli. Steven and I spend some time alone with Eli.

9:00 pm We put Eli in bed and then Steven heads off to bed too. He’s getting sick (and will actually end up spending the whole weekend sick and miss 3 days of work the next week!)

10:00 pm I head off to bed. It’s been a long day and I’m beat!

So there you have it! A day in our life! Like I said, that was a really productive day. I woke up that morning with a lot of energy and knew it was going to be a good one! Unlike the last 2 days since I’ve been down with this cold! lol

I hope you enjoyed this peak into our life! I’m linking this up to Welcome Home Wednesday over at Raising Arrows.

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