Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Week 380 Menu

Hi there!  

I have a ton of things on my to-do list today and have a little bit of kid-free time while my littlest is at preschool, so I'm just going to get down to business and post my menu for the week.  

My family was super happy to see a new week's worth of menus written down yesterday.  Seriously, our life is so much better if I make dinner every night.  It's even BETTER if we can all sit down at the table and eat together.  It's a little hard with sports and kid activities, but we do it when we can.  

Menu time:

Monday: we had BBQ chicken tinfoil dinners (I grilled them when I had a minute and then left them in the crockpot on warm with the lid off while I went to soccer practice).

Tuesday:  chicken taquitos and our favorite easy salsa

Wednesday:  Italian potato and sausage soup, macaroni grill rosemary bread

Thursday:  grilled chicken salad

Friday:  homemade pizza

Saturday:  lasagna and one hour breadsticks

That's what we're having this 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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Monday, October 10, 2016

Week 379 Menu

Happy Monday everyone!  

This week feels totally different than last week.  Last week we were scrambling to paint and replace trim, etc. in two of my kids rooms.  My house was pretty much a mess and I was trying to get everything done enough to put the kids (and their stuff) back into their rooms before Grandma and Grandpa came to visit.  We made it, but still have tons of trim touchup, caulking, etc. but the worst parts are done.  I love how it looks.  

I've posted a few pictures on instagram, but here's one of my daughter's room.  We took out her carpet to reveal these perfect wood floors.  They match the other wood floors in my house and are in perfect shape.  I'm excited to go rug shopping.  (And we still have baseboards to put up and closet doors and the list goes on and on...)

Yesterday was the quietest day that I've had in years.  My whole family went with my inlaws to celebrate my husband's grandpa's 92nd birthday with him.  I didn't go with them because we were having our first practice for our big children's presentation in church (that is in two weeks).  So, I had the whole day all by myself.  My house stayed clean.  I didn't do any housework (since it was Sunday).  I didn't have to make any food or do any dishes.  It was very relaxing and quiet and nice to just be me.  I was glad when my family came home though.   

We are lucky and get to have my father-in-law staying with us this week.  We have our regular busy schedule, so I thought I'd better menu plan so we don't end up with oatmeal for dinner (although he'd be totally cool with that).  

So, here's the plan...

Monday:  honey balsamic BBQ chicken sandwiches, coleslaw, strawberries

Tuesday:  grilled Greek chicken, grilled veggies, rosemary flatbread, tzatsiki sauce

Wednesday:  salisbury steak meatballs, egg noodles, veggies

Thursday:  individual chicken pot pies, big green salad

Friday: orange chicken (my kids favorite meal OF ALL time), rice and/or quinoa, broccoli

Saturday:  lasagna, macaroni grill rosemary bread

Sunday:  lime and coconut chicken, twice baked potatoes

All righty...that's my plan.  What about you?  What are you having this week for dinner?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.  

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Week 378 Menu: House Reno Update and more

It's officially fall, I guess.  Today is actually chilly and I'm enjoying wearing a hoodie.  I'll be honest and say that I would love to live somewhere where it never gets really cold and snows.  I love being warm.  :)

Anyway...if you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed that we've been doing some home reno projects.  I had good intentions of posting my menu last week, but I was painting like crazy and our dinners were pretty thrown together at the last minute.  This week will be much better.  My family is much happier when I have an answer for them when they ask what is for dinner.
My husband and I are working on painting and replacing trim, doors, etc. in two of our kids rooms.  We worked on another bedroom in August, but real life was too busy to do much reno work.  We're getting rid of the builders beige walls and ceiling and all the honey oak trim and doors.  We're replacing it with white ceilings, gray walls, tall white baseboards, new white 2 panel doors and pretty white craftsman trim.  It is tons and tons and tons of painting (my husband builds and I paint), but it looks so great!

This Sunday was a nice break from working on the house.  We got to stay at home and watch General Conference on TV instead of going to our regular meetings.
It was my favorite day for lots of reasons:  truly a day of rest, day with my family, I made pumpkin granola and cinnamon rolls, and the talks gave me much needed guidance and inspiration.  I especially loved these this talk about finding joy (found here).

Ok, menu time and then I've got to go tackle some ceiling and wall painting (the fun part!!!).

Monday:  we had turkey meatball sandwiches (Costco torta rolls, my favorite turkey meatballs, spaghetti sauce and a slice of swiss cheese)

Tuesday: chicken gnocchi soup and fresh whole wheat bread

Wednesday:  beef enchiladas

Thursday: grilled Greek chicken and tsatziki sauce, grilled flatbread and veggies

Friday:  steak and/or chicken stirfry

Saturday: something with a pork roast (to be determined I guess)

Sunday: leftovers

What about you?  How was your weekend?  Do you have any home projects going on?  What are you eating this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Week 377 Menu

Yummy crockpot salsa verde honey lime tacos, our cucumbers are super long, garden picking is still going on, fresh rolls made late at night because we were out of bread for the next day.)

Hi everyone!  Life is always busy, isn't it?  Just doesn't slow down.  We're super busy lately, but somehow I lucked out and our afternoon schedules aren't too crazy.  We have plenty going on, but not too much.  We've been trying to get into better habits, which is easier as the kids get older.  And we've been doing awesome at making time for family scripture study, which has been a challenge in the past.  Life is good.  Busy, but good.

I've been trying to waste less food lately.  I've been trying to do better at using up what I have in the fridge.  It's kind of a challenge with our garden veggies surplus, because sometimes I just don't feel likely sauteing zucchini one more time.  Ha!  I try to give away lots of our veggies, but also use up a lot of what we have, or stick it in the freezer to use later.  Having a garden is such a huge blessing and money saver!  

I went shopping at Costco AND Winco on Monday.  When I got home I organized our fridges and freezers (I feel totally excessive and spoiled because we have two of each, but with our garden veggies and beef from my dad's cows we keep them both filled year-round).  While I was organizing I kept thinking of meals that I could make with the food that we had.  I made up a list (which my three year old ripped later in the day, silly kid) and it made menu planning this week so much easier!

Most of the meals this week are easy to prep or make in advance so they're ready at dinnertime, so time after the kids get home can be spent doing homework (the kids) and teaching piano (me).

Monday:  we had beef and broccoli, quinoa and rice

Tuesday:  grilled pesto chicken, fettuccine alfredo, zucchini noodles (for me), green beans and watermelon

Thursday:  Swedish meatballs, steamed red potatoes (fresh from the garden), ikea gravy and lingonberry

Saturday:  fajitas

Sunday:  leftovers or family choice 

What about you?  What's on your menu this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!  Have a great week, friends!  

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 376 Menu: In the swing of things

Hi everyone!  We're starting our third week of school today.  Actually, it's our first full week of school, with 5 days in a row.  We're starting to get into the swing of things and into a good groove.  My littlest started preschool last week and is loving it.  It's good to have a little more structure in our days with just him and me at home.

I'm trying to get more things done early in the day, so I can make lego creations with this guy.  He thinks I'm pretty cool when I can make something out of our giant mess of legos.  It's a good test in patience for me to try to find all the pieces from lego sets that we bought years ago.

Anyway...this week we're full into our regular schedule of school, sports, church activities, teaching piano lessons, etc.  Have I told you how much I LOVE early morning piano lessons?  All three of my kids have their lessons before school and it is my favorite thing.  And I love middle school sports since it's right after school.  And I LOVE being able to carpool.  

And one more thing that I love...when I actually menu plan.  I have been not as regular at menu planning the last few months and my family has noticed.  Things go a lot better when I make and plan and shop for dinner every night, or at least 5 nights a week.  So, here's our plan for this week:

Monday:  crockpot taco soup

Wednesday:  leftovers

Thursday:  homemade pizza

Friday:  try grilled chipotle maple chicken, simple orzo pilaf, garden salad

Saturday:  Waikiki meatballs, rice/quinoa, stirfry veggies

Sunday:  crockpot Italian chicken alfredo with noodles, one hour breadsticks, veggies

How about you?  What you making for dinner this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!  Happy Monday!

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