Monday, May 23, 2016

Week 365 Menu

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday!  I'm pretty excited for today, mainly because I am planning on NOT getting in my car and running errands.  Amazingly my kids don't have any sports of any kid tonight, so we can just stay home, eat dinner sitting at the table, do homework, have family night and hopefully get the kids in bed.  And only 13 more days of school left!!!!

I am planning on doing some closet cleaning (I have a whole room that is scary, very scary and it needs to be marie-kondoed) and bathroom cleaning too.  

I've got to make some bread today.  My daughter made some perfectly, fluffy, yummy bread over the weekend, but it was gone in a flash and one of my boys had to have crackers and cheese in his lunch instead of a sandwich.   My poor kids have had plenty of lame lunches lately since I haven't been good at buying or making bread.  Usually my daughter makes it and we have plenty around.  

I'm loving watching my garden grow.  I planted it two weeks ago.  We've been gathering a bowls full of strawberries too.  Yummy.

Menu time...

Monday:  spaghetti, fresh whole wheat bread, corn on the cob

Tuesday:  homemade pizza

Wednesday:  breakfast burritos

Thursday:   grilled chicken, sweet potato quinoa salad (my favorite), 

Friday:   teriyaki meatballs, rice/quinoa, broccoli

Saturday:   slow cooker kalua pork (use for cafe rio pork tacos/salad and freeze some for later)

What are you making this week?  Feel free to share your menus.  I love it when you do.  Have a great Monday!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Week 364 Menu and Goodbye Facebook

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday!  I have so much I'd love to write, but I'm trying to manage my time better, so I'll keep it short (maybe).

Did you have a great weekend?  Ours was pretty packed, but I simplifed (or slacked) by not making dinner the last three nights and I took a little nap after church yesterday.  I'm happy that baseball season is winding down and soccer season is finally over (my son has been playing with his competititve team off and on since last May).  

I think we've been a bit overscheduled and stretched lately, so I'm trying hard to keep our summer as unscheduled as possible so we can all relax and enjoy being together as a family.  And, I'm looking forward to being able to make dinner at a normal time and eat together at the table, instead of packing food and taking it to the baseball field, or standing around the kitchen counter at 7:30 trying to feed everyone.

One more thing before I get to my menu, I wanted to tell you that I've decided to say goodbye to facebook. 
Goodbye, facebook!  My husband has been telling me forever that I should just get off of facebook, but I finally decided to do it.  (I actually didn't delete my account, but just deactivated it, but I'm planning on logging back in again anytime soon).  

I have mixed feelings about saying goodbye to facebook.  I love hearing what my friends, far and near, are up to.  However, it's been super nice not to feel the urge or need to check it so I don't miss anything.  I still have instagram though, so I haven't totally called off social media.  I'd like to be a better example to my daughter and focus more on my life instead of looking up people to find out what they are up to.  

Yesterday I was wondering if I should have just had more self control and just logged out for a few weeks instead of making it impossible for anyone to contact me, tag me in something or message me.  But then I got an email from one of my friends from college, which kind of confirmed to me that it's okay.  If people want to contact me, then can figure out another way.

I was sad to lose my blog facebook followers, but honestly, I feel realived, because facebook is one less thing to feel like I should be updating.

Instagram is another story....and addiction.  I know it's a lot like facebook, but I feel like it's a lot less in your face.  There aren't things all over the screen telling me who liked what and who commented on someone else's photo. if you like updates for when I post here on the blog, I'll post something on instagram or you can sign up for rss feed, or use feedly (I love it).  And you can contact me here on the blog or click on the little email button on the right sidebar.  

All righty...

Menu time:

Monday:  we're having Greek grilled chicken, pitas, tzatziki sauce, veggies for dipping

Tuesday:  crockpot perfect pot roast, roasted veggies

Wednesday:  taco soup

Friday:  easy night

Sunday;  teriyaki meatballs, stirfry veggies, rice/quinoa

How about you?  What are you making this week?  And, what are your feelings about facebook?  I'd love to hear what you think. 

Have a great week!  

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Week 363 Menu

Happy Monday everyone!  I'm looking forward to tackling things today that I didn't get to do on Saturday.  I wish weekends were longer.  I love crossing big projects, especially outside off of my to-do list.
Yesterday was a great day.  My kids and husband totally spoiled me and I even took a nap.  I'm so thankful for all the wonderful people that I am surrounded by, so many good, kind friends and family. 
Before I go outside and plant my garden and flowers, I've got to get menu planning out of the way.
Monday:  chicken noodle soup
Tuesday:  Asian BBQ chicken, cauliflower rice
Wednesday:  perfect pot roast, roasted veggies
Friday:  Greek grilled chicken, pitas, tzatziki sauce, veggies for dipping
Saturday: easy night
Sunday:  leftovers
What about you?  How was your weekend?  What are you making this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Week 362 Menu

Hi everyone!  Can you believe that it's May?  I am sure you are all right there with me in the middle of baseball/soccer craziness, end of year activities, birthdays, etc., etc.  I have been trying to make really great to-do lists, but they keep getting longer and longer.

I have been feeling the great need to simplify what I can.  This little story keeps coming to my mind that I heard in a talk last year about a lady that stayed up all night making a quilt to hang as a backdrop for a lesson she had to teach a lesson at church.  In the middle of the quilt, she stitched the words "Simplify" since that's what her lesson was about. 

I keep thinking of this and trying to make sure that I'm not making things more complicated than they need to be.  I am trying to put my priorities straight.  Too often in the last few weeks we have come home late from baseball games and scrambled for dinner because I didn't get it made earlier in the day.  I know my family appreciates sitting down together, even if it's at 7:30 at night and eating a meal together.  

Last week my family mentioned that my carefully planned menu that I have sitting by my sink looks great, but too bad we didn't actually eat all that I had planned.  

So, this week my priorites are:  having dinner prepped, baseball clothes washed (so no one has to wear a wet shirt to their game), my time free after school to help with homework and snack before we head out the door and taking time to listen to the kids and help them focus on using their time wisely.

I'm trying to instill in my kids to have some family pride when we go support each other in various activities.  Cheering each other on instead of being tempted to complain that they're missing out on doing something else.  

Anyway...I have lots that I'd love to share with you, but I should probably shower and finish the dishes instead of spending more time on the computer.  Check out instagram to see some of the yummy food that I've made the last few days for birthdays, etc.  

Menu time:

Monday:  we had ham fried rice

Tuesday:  Swedish meatballs (I'm making extra to take to a church activity for ladies to sample after I teach how to make them)

Wednesday:  sweet potato BBQ chicken nachos

Thursday:  tacos (happy cinco de mayo!) and a giant bottle of my favorite salsa 

Friday:  fried potatoes, chicken sausage and peppers (take to the baseball field)

Satirday:  easy night

Sunday:  perfect pot roast, mashed potatoes, etc. 

How about you?  What are you making this week?  What are your priorities when life gets super crazy busy?  How do you simplify?  

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week 361 Menu

Hi there!  I started typing this post up a few days ago, but didn't finish it.  I feel much better now that I'm finishing it up, so my week is planned!
Here are a few things from last week (mostly on instagram).  My six year old discovered that he LOVES german pancakes.  I made them twice for him over the weekend.  We've been spending plenty of time at the baseball field.  Last week both my boys played at the same time on fields that were next to each other.  It was awesome to watch two games at once.  My little guy discovered our doctor Elmo and played for a while with him (he'd rather follow me around than play with toys).  I made a quart instead of my usual pint of salsa and we gobbled it up.

This week will be another busy one with four baseball games, a birthday, soccer, piano lessons, early morning jazz band, piano lessons, helping my daughter make aebleskivers to take to a family history church youth activity, and lots more.  

I've been trying to make my to-do list a little better by putting things in categories:  errands, house work, yard work, church stuff, and computer/email/texts.  We'll see if it helps me be more productive this week. 

Menu time for this week:

Monday (4/25):  we had chicken gnocchi soup

Tuesday (4/26): chicken enchiladas (probably my favorite honey lime recipe, but without cheese and on corn tortillas for me), rice and beans, homemade salsa

Wednesday (4/27):  fried chicken sausage, potatoes, peppers and onions 

Thursday (4/28):  ham fried rice

Friday (4/29):  pesto grillled chicken, fettuccini alfredo, grilled veggies

Saturday (4/30):  BBQ chicken nachos (having mine on roasted sweet potato chips)

Sunday (5/1): orange chicken (my 10 year old's most favorite and most requested meal)

How about you?  What's on your menu plan for the week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.

P.S.  My recipe tab is currently having issues, so if you're looking for one of my recipes, check out my pinterest board (I don't have all my recipes on there yet), my list of favorite dinners (categorized into Mexican, pasta, pizza, etc.) search for it in the search box on the right side or just leave me a comment and I'll send a link your way.  I'll figure it out soon...maybe when baseball is over.  

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Week 360 Menu

Hi everyone!  How was your weekend?  Mine was great; full of lots of activites, food and friends.  We had soccer, jazz band festival, fed the missionaries (I posted on instagram what I made), hosted a birthday party, yard work, wonderful time at church working with the primary kids, and a little relaxing this afternoon. 

 I took a break from posting on instagram for a while, but have posted a few times in the last few days.  It's my favorite way to share my favorite things with you all.