Week 427 Menu

Happy Monday!  
Just for fun, I'm sharing this picture from 2012 when life was way less busy, I blogged a lot and my kids were tiny and squishy.  Lately, I've been trying to remember what life was like back then, before I got a smart phone.  Back in the days before I could text or had social media.  Those were the days!   
My husband and I have been trying to spend less time on our phones.  We bought alarm clocks a few weeks ago and have been leaving our phones downstairs at night.  It's so nice!  No more checking email/text/instagram/facebook/news right before I go to sleep and as soon as I wake up.  It's refreshing and relaxing.
I'm also in the middle of a 10 day social media fast (a challenge from the latest talk by our prophet, Pres. Nelson).  I've realized that I don't really miss any of the people I follow just for fun (people I don't know in real life).  I have a handful of favorite blogs that I follow and I read their posts with on my blogreade…

Week 426 Menu

I'm trying to get back into blogging, instead of spending time on social media, both posting and browsing.  Life is super busy with all the kids in school and sports, etc.  I've got to do better at realistically menu planning. So this post will be short and sweet.
Menu time!
Monday:  crockpot taco soup
Tuesday:  broccoli cheese soup and one hour rolls
Wednesday: easy french dip, chips and salsa, veggies and fruit
Thursday: leftovers or easy night
Friday: breakfast burritos
Saturday:  grilled cedar planked teriyaki salmon, rice, veggies
Sunday:  crockpot roast, potatoes and carrots

Snacks:  healthy applesauce oat muffins, dark chocolate almond joy bites
What about you?  What's on your menu this week?
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Week 425 Menu

Hi all, The summer is buzzing along!  I can't even keep up, so I'm just enjoying the crazy ride.  This week is a slower week at my house, since my 12 year old is at scout camp.  I've actually made dinner a few times, so I thought menu planning would be a good idea for the next week or so.  
This Week Monday:  I think we had leftovers...can't remember.
Tuesday:  we had grilled sweet and sour chicken (really good!)
Wednesday:  we had instant pot chicken noodle soup and one hour rolls (even though it was 100 degrees outside)
Thursday:  we are having taco soup made with peppers, onion and corn from our garden
Friday:  easy night
Saturday:  lasagna
Sunday:  french dip sandwiches
Next Week Monday:  grilled Hawaiian chicken, rice, garden veggies
Tuesday:  instant pot greek pork, garlic flatbread, tzatsiki sauce
Wednesday: breakfast burritos
Thursday:  teriyaki burgers, grilled corn salsa
Friday:  Swedish meatballs, steamed potatoes, IKEA gravy
Saturday:  easy night
Sunday:  …

Week 424 Menu: Back at it!

Hi all!  It's been months since I've posted a menu.  Life just got busy, I guess.  We still ate dinner and I kind of planned menus, but no blogging happened.  We are starting our second full week of summer break and I'm ready to get organized.
Last week was full of camping, mosquito bites, helping at cup scout day camp, a hospital visit to get stitches, etc.  My kids are excited to have a full week at home and actually get to hang out with their friends and go swimming too.
My garden is starting to spit out baby zucchini.  I'm so excited...the green beans, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes are getting close too.  We've been munching on snap peas and raspberries for a while...but I'm anxious for more garden veggies.
It's menu planning time...
Monday:  chicken pot pie, fruit, hot chocolate cookies  (taking dinner to a friend)
Tuesdaygrilled 7 up chicken, BLT pasta salad, corn on the cob
Wednesday:  lasagna, one hour breadsticks, green salad
Thursday:  tacos

Week 423 Menu

Hi all!  We are in recovery mode from having spring break last week.  We spent the whole week in Seattle, where my husband worked and the kids and I played (and tried to stay sane while together in our hotel room).  It was fun and we got to do some fun things, ate lots of food that I didn't have to cook, swam in the hotel pool as much as possible and enjoyed the break from our usual schedule.
I'm still trying to plow through the piles of laundry, plus my daughter had a birthday and I taught preschool this morning.  I sat down with my planner to plan out meals this week and when I got to Weds, Thursday and Friday, I thought "huh, that's going to be interesting".  Gotta love spring sports season (plus piano lessons, etc.).  
So, here's my plan:
Monday (yesterday):  I made instant pot BBQ pork sandwiches, on pretzel rolls with coleslaw and a very delicious Texas sheet cake
Tuesday:  taco salad
Wednesday:  grill steak with this marinade, cous cous/rice/quinoa

Week 422 Menu: It's been a while...

Hi all.  I've been slacking with menu planning lately, especially since spring sports multiplied by 3 kids has started, plus 3 different piano lesson schedules, plus preschool, plus church activities, etc has been happening full force.  Last week showed me that I HAVE to plan ahead or my family is going to be eating rotisserie chicken or cereal every night.  
So, before I get distracted, here's my menu for the week:
Monday:  grill burgers, chips and salsa, fruit
Tuesday: grilled BBQ chicken pizza
Wednesday:  chicken fajitas
Thursday:  honey garlic chickenorzo pilaf, green beans
Friday: lasagna, Macaroni Grill rosemary bread
Saturday:  breakfast for dinner
Sunday:  pulled pork (from freezer) sandwiches and coleslaw
What's on YOUR menu this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.  
Happy {Menu} Monday!
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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

This chicken noodle soup is an Instant Pot win!  I've made it three times now (two batches in one day).  Each time has been delicious!  And each time I've made it I've simplified the process of making it.  
In the past I've struggled making the perfect chicken noodle soup.  I hadn't gotten the broth perfected, so I would usually thicken it and make it a bit more creamy, adding half and half to it.  I've made homemade noodles many times too.  This broth is perfect...flavorful, not too watery and not too thick.

This instant pot version is quick, easy, only dirties one pot, a knife and a cutting board and makes the perfect broth.  All of my kids, even the pickiest ones love it, which is a huge win for me!  We'll be making it many more times in the future.
The first time I made it I sauteed the chicken before pressure cooking everything together, like the recipe instructed.  It was fine, but the chicken had a weird texture.  So, I decided to use rotisserie chi…