Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Week 401 Menu


Hello there!  Happy Wednesday!  I'm finally getting around to planning my menu for the week.  Last weekend was filled with lots of food and lots of food planning.  

Friday we fed the missionaries and three of my husband's co-workers (+ a wife).  We had a nice 
hamburger, hot dog BBQ and topped it off with fresh chocolate pudding cookies (so good!)

Saturday my daughter invited 14 of her closest friends over for a birthday party.  We kept it as un-birthdayish as we could.  The girls brought their favorite things in lieu of a gift and they all traded, so they went home with a fun present.  The girls cooked their dinner over a fire (yes, we had hot dogs two nights in a row), had a giant salad and a smores bar for dessert.

Sunday was Easter and my daughter felt very passionately about having ham and funeral potatoes.  I attempted to cut bunny ears out of my one hour rolls like I had seen on pinterest, but they looked kind of creepy and rodent like, so I patted them back down so they looked edible.  

We have lots of fun Easter traditions.  Luck for me we've never really done the Easter bunny thing (one less thing to stress about).  We color eggs and the kids always have an egg hunt (or sometimes two) on Saturday or Sunday.  I draw little pictures of things around our house and stick them in color coordinated eggs to make a little treasure hunt.  The treasure this year was some Nike clothes that I bought at the outlet in November to save for Christmas and I found them last month.  Haha!  My four year old got a little Target shovel, which he is convinced had been hidden behind the TV for a long time.  

Anyway...I need to menu plan for the rest of this week to make life easier.  

Monday:  we had leftover Easter ham and funeral potatoes and whatever else the kids wanted (quesadilla, scrambled eggs, etc.)

Tuesday:  we had orange chicken (my kids FAVORITE meal)

Wednesday:  crockpot tomatillo chicken tacos

Thursday:  grilled pesto chicken & parmesan noodles, butternut squash

Friday:  cedar-planked grilled teriyaki salmon, cous cous or quinoa, green beans

Saturday:  grilled Greek chicken and tzatsiki sauce, warm rosemary flatbread and grilled veggies

Sunday:  grilled pork chops, orzo pilaf, roasted veggies

Next Monday:  clam-less chowder and french bread

Next Tuesday:  some kind of meatball and potatoes


All righty...that's what we're having this week.  What about you?  What's on your menu?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.  

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week 400 Menu: 400!!!

Me and my kiddos at the LDS conference center pictured with my great, great, great grandpa Parley P Pratt.
Hi there!  This is my 400th weekly menu!  I started blogging in August of 2008, almost 9 years ago!  I've posted my menus almost every week since then.  I've missed a few weeks when we were on vacation or things were super crazy and blogging had to take a back seat but that didn't happen too often.  It's been fun to look through my menus over the years.  I make a lot of the same things that I made back in the early years, not all recipes are timeless but some are.  

I was hoping to get something together for a little giveaway, but with spring break last week, a birthday last weekend, Easter coming up, and tons of other things going on I haven't gotten anything ready.  So, maybe sometime soon because 400 is a lot of weekly menus and I feel like celebrating!  Thanks to those of you that follow along!    

Anyway...we have some crazy evenings the next few nights, so I need to get menu planning to make my life less stressful.

So, here's our plan for this week (even though it's halfway over):

Monday:  tacos

Tuesday:  we had honey garlic chicken with angel hair, green beans and carra carra oranges

Wednesday:  pizza (not homemade...haha)

Thursday: fried sausage, potatoes and peppers

Friday: feeding the missionaries plus a few people - grill teriyaki burgers, 7 up chicken, baked beans, pasta salad, homemade salsa and chips, warm chocolate pudding cookies for dessert

Saturday: kid birthday party - hot dogs over fire pit, salad bar, smores bar 

Sunday: Easter - ham, funeral potatoes, big salad, roasted green beans, bunny rolls, maybe some lemon pudding cake for dessert

What about you?  What have you been eating this week?  Or what do you have planned for this weekend?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 399 Menu

Happy Monday!  Had a great weekend planting fruit trees, freezing my toes off at a football game and going on a date with my daughter to the General Women's Session of General Conference and out for a yummy dinner.  Can't wait to relisten to all the talks from the meeting.  They all spoke to my heart!  Can't wait for more lessons from 

Going to cut to the chase and get my menu posted before I get distracted!  One more week and then we'll have Spring Break!  Not sure what our plans are, but it'll be nice to have some time as a family.  

Monday: breakfast burritos

Tuesday:  my daughter's favorite meatball sandwiches


Thursday: spaghetti or homemade pizza

Friday:  out, maybe

Saturday: easy night

Sunday: family's choice

What about you?  What are you making this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Week 398 Menu

Hey there!  This week is flying by and at the same time crawling by slowly (if that's possible).   I can't believe it's still Tuesday!  Feels like it should be Thursday at least and I can't wait to go to bed tonight!

Last week we made it to the park for the first time in months!  This week has been rainy with a bit of sun.  Hopefully we get some warm weather!  I finally gave up today and kept working in my yard while it started raining.  It always feels great to get some yard work done!

Last week was definitely a learning one for me, at least when it comes to food.  A few days I was super on the ball and planned all my food for the day after I packed my kids and hubby's lunches.  I got breakfast ready, snacks, lunch prepped and planned what I was going to have for dinner.  It was so great to have it all ready and super healthy.  Then other days I didn't have a plan really, and was too busy with a million other things to try hard, so it was a "give me all the oreos" kind of day.  Ugh.

One way to have a great week this week is to get my menu finalized and posted now, so I can be prepared.

So, here goes.

Monday:  our favorite taco soup (I made it at 3 pm and stuck it in the crockpot on warm so it can hang out until we're ready to eat) **Weird fact, I only use my crockpot in the garage, so my house doesn't smell like the food I cooked for days and days!

Tuesday:  Italian chicken sausage, noodles & alfredo, broccoli, sliced apples (I grated a sweet potato and sauteed it for a few minutes and topped it with a bit of alfredo sauce and a little parmesan cheese instead of having noodles)

Wednesday:  grill teriyaki burgers, baked fries, veggies


Thursday:  meatball sandwiches


Friday:  grilled chicken fajitas, homemade salsa (a staple at our house)

Saturday: easy night for the boys, date night with my daughter, going to the General Women's broadcast

Sunday:  I'll let my family choose, maybe grill some steaks 

All righty...I'm excited for a fresh start tomorrow (since every day is a fresh start)!  Here's to eating better, exercising harder, waking up earlier and spending the morning at the temple (my favorite thing I get to do most Wednesdays)!

If you've menu planned, feel free to share what you're making this week.  I love it when you do!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Who's Who in the First Presidency & Quorum of the 12 Apostles

I am the primary president in our ward, which means I get to work along with a presidency with all the kids in our congregation and their teachers and activity leaders.  I've been doing it for two years now and I love it.  The kids are amazing and teach ME so many things.  

Every three months I get to teach a 20 minute lesson during "sharing time" with the kids split into two groups.  I get to teach about the same theme for the whole month teaching the kids different things.  (It's so fun!)  This month we are learning about prophets and how they help us choose the right.  We have our semi-annual General Conference coming up and I thought it would be fun to help the kids get to know some of our church leaders.  After googling and searching pinterest, I didn't find what I was looking for, so I created a printable on my own.  

The older kids, ages 8 to 11, loved trying to match the church leaders and their names.  I think we'll do this tomorrow in my home for our Family Home Evening lesson.  

Click here (or on the image) to print the PDF.  

Feel free to share and print as many as you'd like!


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