Sunday, February 20, 2011

Menu Plan Monday (week of 2/21)

If you noticed, I was completely missing last week.  We have had bouts of sickness and other things that have made our week a little busier and crazier than normal.  I hope to stay on my self-imposed schedule of posting this week. 

Menu is a bit simpler this week cause the hubby is going out of town Thursday - Sunday and the kids and I will be out of town Friday - Sunday.  When Mike is gone, I tend to feed then kids & I quick and easy dinners. 

Toast, smoothies
beans and rice

Bacon wrapped meatloaf (we never had this from 2 weeks ago), mashed potatos, broccoli, croissants

eggs, toast
sweet potato soup (will post recipe, I plan to try out a couple of new recipes)


corn dogs (maybe eat out with gran)

out of town

Out of town

Out of town

I also plan to do some baking on Tuesday and Wednesday!  Hope to make some much needed cookies, cinnamon rolls and granola bars.  I have to make sure the hubby has good snacks for his road trip!  :0)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Menu Plan Monday (week of 2/7)

Sorry this is a late!  I will start with Wednesday's menu.  There are some repeats from last week due to changes based upon the weather.

cearl, fruit
corn dogs, french fries
Spaghetti & Meatballs, Broccoli and Salad

Grilled Cheese
Baked Chicken, Rice & Veggies

Dry Cearl or Pancakes (Freezer)
School (we pack a lunch)
Sonic for Kids and Date night for Mommy & Daddy

Eggs & Pancakes
Birthday Party
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, Veggies & Bread

Cinnamon Rolls
Hot Dogs
Breakfast for Dinner

I will post recipe from Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf.  This will be my second time to make this.  I got the recipe from The Pioneer Woman.  It is so delicious.  I made some adjustments and I will post my recipe after I make it the second time around!  It is so good and holds together well.  The main adjustment I make is to use a combination of ground meat, black beans and spinach.  I plan to add sweet potatos or shredded carrots this time around.  Not only does this save money because you are only use 1/3 lb of meat, but it is much healthier and you get in vegetables when you least expect it!! 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

To Know God

"Often what we want to know most is where God wants us to go and what He wants us to do or even what he wants to do for us.  But God wants to know us!"

"David says in Psalm 119:10 "With all my heart I have sought You."  When you make knowing God your priority, He will reveal truths about Himself that will point to the path you should take, and when you take it, His blessings will follow"

"David's focus wasn't on his circumstances or what he expected God to do about them; it was on God Himself."

I found this devotional very encouraging and convicting.  All to often, I get caught up in the everyday things of life: what are we going to do today, what are we going to eat, where are we going to go.  Even the life things in general:  what are we going to be doing in 1 year, 5 years, etc; worry about my kids and other random things.  I find that my short quiet time each morning is just getting re-filled in order to accomplish those things.  I focus on what I need to do better, how I can be a better wife & mother.  This has motivated me to put away the self-help books and really dig deep and begin a journey of getting to know the Father again, who He is and the relationship He desires to have with me. 

"I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.  Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees.  With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.  I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches;  I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.  I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word."
Psalm 119:10-16

*the items in quotes are from the Journey Devotional, Priscilla Shirer

Friday, February 4, 2011

Recycled Gift Wrap (Frugal Fridays)

One of the ways I save a little money is by not spending and arm and a leg on giftwrap. 

A few years back I would have never dreamed of using the comics as giftwrap.  But for Christmas that is the bulk of what I used to wrap our gifts. 

I figured if I was spending less than $5 on this really nice gift, I really didn't want to spend $3 or more on the wrapping.  Some ways that I save on wrapping gifts:

  • Comics and Newspaper
  • Recycle gift bags from previous gifts; Christmas, Birthdays, Baby showers, etc
  • Save the fronts of greeting cards.  They really dress up newsprint, etc.   
  • Save boxes, tissue and ribbons from everythings; you never know when you may need it
After Christmas I found 2 rolls of Christmas paper in our storage.  I guess we will have to use it next year! 

I also check garage sales and thrift stores for good deals on greeting/note cards.  And I have enjoyed making my own greeting/note cards out of cardstock, scrapbooking paper and pictures.  So much fun and can be made so personal!  You do have to buy the invitation envelope, if you want an envelope!  (I have found that less is needed when you just want to make due with what you have.)

What frugal ways do you save?

Finer Things Friday: Full Freezer & Pantry

For the past 4 days, we have had lots of Ice and Snow!  Schools have been closed all over.  What a blessing it has been to open up my freezer and pantry to find plenty of fixings for lots of great meals!  The nicest thing has been the little things that I have stashed away in the freezer.  Small bags of beans used to make a yummy chilli.  Pumpkin stashed away back in October to make delicious Pumpkin bread.  And a box of extra 7-Up and Cream Sodas leftover from Zeke's birthday party!  What a special treat for my two little troopers!  These surprises are definately a Finer Thing!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


No Cable TV

For the past 4 years we have lived without Cable TV!  I have declared that any sort of TV is a want and not a need.  It definately can be beneficial and I am grateful that we have the small TV that we have and the basic channels that we get with an antenna and the DVD/VCR we can use to watch movies, etc.  But I am grateful that I have learned to live without it.  Over the course of the past 4 years I have had times where we did not have TV or computer at all.  It was very freeing!  I read alot.   I journaled alot.  I played games with my hubby alot.  My kids have been more creative when we watch less TV.  And I will admit that when it is accessable I tend to watch it and allow the kids to watch it.  And it saves us money. 

Disclaimer:  I am NOT saying that everyone should be like me and not have TV.  This is just my way of chronicling the simple ways of life we have done over the years.