Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Favorite Thing: Tile Mate

Hi there!  My friend surprised me with the sweetest, most thoughtful gift for my birthday.  She remembered that I had told her about the time that I was coaching my five year old's soccer team (that's another story, they were desperate for ANYONE to coach) and almost missed a whole game because I couldn't find my keys.  I just remembered that I blogged about that day (my post was labeled Lessons Learned From a Frazzled Soccer Coach).

So, yesterday my friend brought me the most life changing gift. A Tile Mate.

It's a key finder.  A phone finder.  Or an anything finder.  But for me it's life changing.  

I am constantly losing my keys and my phone, but I think those days are over.

All you have to do is download the TILE app on your phone and sync it to your tile.  You can put your tile on anything that you want to find.  I put it on my keys.  
If you lose your keys you open the app on your phone and it makes your tile ring and it has all kinds of info about the location of your keys.  

If you want to find your phone, just double click the tile and it makes your phone ring, even if it was on silent.  Amazing!  

There is also this other style, the Tile Slim that you can adhere to anything, like your wallet or whatever.  It doesn't have the hole in it, but comes with adhesive.  

Anyway...I thought I'd share this with you.  It was the most thoughtful gift and I'm super excited about it.  I have the best family and friends and was amazed at the thoughtfulness of people on my birthday yesterday.  So many messages, texts, happy birthday wishes in person, and gifts.  I am blessed!

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I've included some Amazon affiliate links, because I love Amazon.  The Tile Slim's are actually cheaper on Amazon than at Target.  Hugs!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 411 Menu

Hey there!  I'm letting it go that I didn't post my menus for the last two weeks.  I'm just going to enjoy the last two weeks of summer break. 
I've been spending a lot of time trying to keep up with the bounty that we pick from our garden.  I've been freezing corn and peppers, roasting Anaheim chiles, canning tomatoes, making salsa, eating a lot of veggies and trying to find homes for the multitude of cucumbers I pick every day.  

I'm just going to cut to the chase and get my menu planned while it's still early Monday morning.  

Monday:  going to a BBQ and taking this Bacon, Corn, Tomato Pasta salad

Tuesday:  my family's choice and maybe some birthday cake

Wednesday:  taco soup

Thursday:  yogurt parmesan chicken strips, fries and garden veggies

Friday:  pizza

Sunday:  skinny chicken cordon bleu meatballs

This my plan for the week.  What about you?  What do you have planned this week for dinner?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 409 & 410

Hi there!  This week is a "last week" and "this week" menu kind of week.  You can see what we actually ate last week and what the plan is this week.
Monday: lasagna, green salad and the best french bread

Tuesday:  beef and broccoli, rice and/or quinoa

Wednesday:  grilled burgers

Thursday:  breakfast for dinner

Friday:  Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans and made pao de quiejo (Brazilian cheese muffins) for the first time.  We had a gluten free friend over and everything was gluten free since I used gluten free bread to make breadcrumbs for the meatballs.  

Saturday:  pizza

Sunday:  cedar planked teriyaki grilled salmon, rice and quinoa, garden veggies

Monday:  we had chicken fajitas

Tuesday: bistro chicken, roasted potatoes, garden veggies

Wednesday:  southwest cobb salad

Friday: roast hot dogs, baked fries, garden veggies

Saturday: grilled pizza

What about YOU?  What are you making this week?  Or what did you eat last week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.  

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Week 408 Menu: What We've Been Eating and Doing the Last 1.5 Months

Hi everyone! Remember me? It's been a while since I've posted a menu. I haven't posted since June 5th. It's been a nice little break. My kids were still in school until the 3rd week of June and I barely felt like cooking with all the busy-ness.

We just got back from nice trip to Utah to visit family.  We visited 22 of our favorite people (parents, siblings, nieces and nephews/cousins, etc.).  It was lots of fun and involved lots of food.  I went grocery shopping three times during the week that I was there.  One of my favorite parts of vacationing is preparing food with other people, instead of me being in the kitchen by myself.  

On the 4th of July I contributed to our BBQ by grilling up a ton of cedar-planked teryaki salmon.  It made me smile when one of my nephews only had salmon on his plate.  Not even any chips!  

We spent a few days at my dad's family cabin.  It's one of my favorite places.  It reminds me so much of my grandma.  Her old furniture is there, her dishes are in the cupboards, and the toys that I grew up with in her toy room are in the toy box.  She passed away when I was 16 and I grew up with her living right up the street from me, with a field in between us.  The cabin doesn't have electricity, or cell service (yay!).  Everything is powered by propane (fridge, heater, stove, and tiny lights) and I love it!  I love that my kids get to experience the cabin pretty much exactly how I did when I was growing up. parents, sister, sister-in-law and her cute baby came up for the day.  We whipped out 14 BBQ Chicken tinfoil dinners to cook on the fire.  We ended up having to finish some of them in the oven since 14 is a bit too many for the fire.  The coals didn't stay hot long enough since they were so spread out.  I forgot to bring honey to drizzle over the tinfoil dinners before wrapping them up, so I mixed some maple syrup with the BBQ sauce and it was delicious! 

The most special part of our trip was on Sunday when my son was able to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was his 8th birthday and we decided to let him be baptized in Utah instead of at our church in Washington so family could attend easier.  It was a really neat experience.  He is such a great kid and tries so hard to be good (most of the time) and knew exactly what it means to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  It was one of those sweet pay-off parenting days, for sure!

We got to have a big family dinner after his baptism.  My sister-in-law, Maggie, worked some magic with her Traeger smoker and made brisket and ribs.  I made funeral potatoes, spinach salad, easy crescent rolls, and Texas sheet cake for the birthday boy's cake.  We used dark chocolate cocoa for the cake it was divine!  The boys, begged for seconds, and the rest of us were sad when it was gone.   

Now that we're back at home without any cousins to play with, or family to do the dishes for me, I've been trying to do better at making dinner every night.  We're back at the grind trying to get chores done, and basically trying to get my kids to clean up after themselves.  I've been listening to the first Maisie Dobbs book while I weed my garden and do dishes and have loved it.  Check out my hashtag on instagram #jennysharesgoodreads to see what I've been reading lately.  I've been reading more lately and cleaning my bathrooms less as a result.  :)

I've been encouraging my kids to experiment in the kitchen.  It's been fun to see them make yummy things! is my menu for the week even though it's almost over.

Monday:  we drove home from Utah and ate oatmeal when we got home in the evening

Tuesday:  we had fried chicken sausage, potatoes, peppers, onions and my 8 year old made orange julius for the first time (yummy!)

Wednesday:  my 13 year old daughter made us some creamy chicken taquitos, I made salsa and my 8 year old made blueberry muffins (from a mix after he got home from basketball)

Thursday:  we had spicy honey chicken salad (lettuce, chicken, fresh corn, black beans, tomatoes, baked tortilla strips and ranch dressing)

Friday:  easy night (some of my family will be at a scout campout)

Saturday:  I'm going to grill 7up chicken to make chicken alfredo pizza with

Sunday:  Mississippi Mud pot roast, potatoes, garden veggies (green beans & zucchini & cucumbers)

Ok!  Did you get all that?  The last month and a half have been busy, busy but full of good company, hard work and yummy food.

What about you?  What are you favorite summer meals?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 407 Menu

Hi everyone!  Hope you are all enjoying June!  Here's a little peek at most of our garden.  It's starting to sprout and so fun to watch things grow.  I'm determined to stay on top of the weeds this year...hopefully that lasts all summer!  We have quail that live in our "field" where our garden is located and they like to munch on the new sprouts, so I covered them all with mesh held down with rocks.  Hope it all survives!
We still have 9 more days until school is out.  This morning I was feeling it as I made my kids' lunches for what feels like the millionth time.  Next year, they're making their own.  (I think I say that every year and my daughter is almost in 8th grade!)

Anyway...This week is a little bit busy in the evenings, so menu planning is definitely needed!

Here goes...

Monday:  chicken stirfry

Tuesday:  spaghetti

Wednesday:  beef enchiladas

Thursday:  chicken pot pie

Friday: Italian sausage and potato soup

Saturday:  try cheddar ranch burgers

Sunday:  leftovers or family's choice

That's my plan for the week.  What about you?  What's on YOUR menu this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.  

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