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Menu Planning

With Ms. Firecracker’s optional schedule, I find myself at her gym multiple nights every week.  It is now imperative to have a menu plan in place with a variety of dinners that are either crock pot or very easy to make.  If I don’t, Mr. Muscles and the kids will just have sandwiches or eggs every night.  Sigh.  I want healthier and more variety for my family.

We can compound our already full schedule with planning for our upcoming fall camping trio, preparing for Ms. Lovebug’s 9th birthday, making Young Man’s (12) blanket (this kind of blanket), preparing soap and soap orders, and everyday life in a large family.  Something as simple as knowing what is for dinner makes a huge difference!

This week’s dinner menu:

  • Baked chicken breast, couscous (new dish for us), and steamed veggies
  • Omelets (fillings will include choice of onions, *bellpeppers, *tomatoes, *hot peppers, mushrooms, cheese, leftover chicken breast)
  • Pizza meatloaf, *salad, homemade bread, stuffed eggs
  • Cornbread, great northern beans (made in the crock pot), a variety of veggies from the garden.
  • Chicken breast hoagies.  I will be making the hoagies!

(*from the garden)

Pizza Meatloaf

I am not sure what we are doing this weekend, so the menu is for the weekdays only.

I think I will surprise the kiddos with a blackberry cobbler made with blackberries we harvested and froze the summer.  I rock the whole mom-thing like that.  *wink*

What are you eating?  Anything new?

In God’s Mighty Hands,

~Rhen

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Menu Planning Monday

     Menu planning is essential in a large family.  There is no last minute guessing about what to prepare for dinner.  The natives get restless way too quickly!  

     This week’s menu is a short one.  We will only be eating at home for 3 dinners.  Easy peasy! 

On the menu:

Monday:

     Spaghetti with parmesan/ garlic bread.  Daddy has most of the kids this night so I like to make something quick and easy.  Keeps them from having to “cook” anything.  Another plus:  I don’t have to clean up the littles with the spaghetti in their hair and up their noses.  LOL

Tuesday:

     Beef BBQ Stew- easy to make in the crock pot and have ready at just the right time.  Part of our family eats early, and part of our family eats late.  Crock pot has everything ready to eat when we need it.

Wednesday:

     Chicken Fajitas with refried beans.  I am home Wed. nights so I am able to prepare dinners that take a little more time.

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      Before you go, I need a little bit of help from you all.  Two nights a week the kids and I are not at home.  Eating out is way too expensive.  I have tried cooking and taking meals like spaghetti, mini pizzas and such, but they are too messy, take a lot of space to bring food, requires heating and lots of clean up of the littles.  I need some ideas of meals to take with.  A bunch of snacks just doesn’t cut it.  We eat enough sandwiches for lunch.  What can I take for the kids and I that is quick, easy, and healthy?  It can require cooking or not.  I am just looking for suggestions of food that is portable and easy to clean up after.   Suggestions, please!!

     For more great menus pop over to Organizing Junkie.  Maybe even join in yourself.  🙂

God bless,

~Rhen

Menu Planning Monday

     This week will be a little different from my average week.  No gymnastics practice.  No basketball practice.   There is nothing to yank me out of the house in the evenings this week.  🙂 

     I will only have to cook for 4 of the nights so my menu was very easy.  LOL   I am even assigning meals to specific nights. 

Monday:  Hamburgers, roasted corn on the cob and good ole southern cole slaw.

Tuesday:  Spaghetti and garlic/ parmesian bread.

Wednesday:  Chicken fajitas with refried beans.  (A family favorite)

Thursday:  Beef stew and homemade biscuits.

Breakfasts will include this fabulous baked oatmeal, cold cereal, fresh fruit or pancakes. 

Lunches yogurt and granola, turkey and cheese pitas, fresh fruit with crackers and humus or grilled cheese sandwiches.

     I also bought some organic, scrumptious Irish cream pudding mix.  I can’t wait to make that. 

     Oh, and the ingredients for organic root beer floats.  Man, they take me bake to my summers as a kid.  One of my favorite treats my dad would make us.  Yum!

     I decided to do my grocery shopping on Saturday instead of waiting until Monday.  Hubs is no longer allowed to go.  He makes it take twice as long, and he kept disappearing on me.  I spent way too much time trying to find him.  LOL  The next two weeks are ready to go as far as groceries and our menu goes.  Menu planning makes it all so much easier!  

     What are you planning in the kitchen this week?

    For more MPM pop over to Organizing Junkie and check everyone out!

Fully Relying on God,

~Rhen

Menu Planning Monday

     It’s just another manic Monday. Whoa-o-oh!   LOL

     Ok, it is not manic at all.  This weekend was, but today is rather slow paced.  Yay!  I need that.

     I am loving the “picnic dinner” ideas ya’ll have given me.  They have been a huge help.  I am need of a few more.  For anyone who doesn’t know what I am talking about:  I have to take dinner with me (for myself and the kids) to the gym 2 nights a week while my gymnasts work out.   I need ideas for finger foods or easy foods to take with and eat on bleachers.  Your ideas are so greatly appreciated!!

     This week’s gym days menu”

Monday (gym day)  Hummus, crackers, different fruits and vegetables

Wednesday (gym day)  Cold chicken, potato salad, vegetables

     The rest of the week:

Meatloaf  (made with ground turkey) w/ mashed potatoes, corn and a salad

Beef Stew

Pasta Bake

BBQ Chicken w/ cole slaw, baked beans and sliced vegetables

Saturday we have a birthday party so we will be eating there. 

     I am always happy to share recipes.  Just let me know if there anything you want a recipe to.

     For the blogger who wanted to know my ground turkey meatloaf recipe:

(I am cutting this in half so it will feed 4-6 people)

1 pound of ground turkey

1 egg

3/4 cup of bread crumbs, oatmeal or crushed crackers

1 cup of tomato sauce

1 good squirt of ketchup  🙂

1/4 cup of minced onion

     I mix all of the above ingredients together, add a few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, some garlic (fresh or powder), salt, pepper to taste.  Form it into a meatloaf (bread) pan.  Some people like to add a little ketchup to the top of their meatloaf as well.  Sometimes I will write a message with the ketchup.  It tickles the kids pink when I do.  LOL   Bake at 375° for about 45 minutes or until done.

That’s it. 

For more Menu Monday pop over to Organizing Junkie.

Leaning on God,

~Rhen

Menu Planning Monday

     I want to thank everyone for their awesome suggestions for my “picnic dinners”.    If anyone still has suggestions I am all ears!

For this week our dinners will be:

Hot dogs (Hebrew Nationals), baked beans and salad

Roast with potatoes, carrots and onions

Pita Pizzas

Spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread

Breakfast with cheesy, scrambled eggs, pancakes and turkey sausage

Baked herb chicken with green beans, mashed potatoes and salad. 

Mr. Muscles will be taking us out to eat one night this weekend.  Yay!! 

Breakfasts will be a rotating event of biscuits, cereal, oatmeal, grits or fresh fruit.

Lunches are sandwiches, yogurt with granola and fruit, crackers with humus or leftovers (if we have them 🙂 )

     I am always happy to share recipes!  For more great dinner ideas and even recipes pop over to Organizing Junkie

Leaning on God,

~Rhen

Menu Planning Monday

     Happy Monday everyone! 

     I am in need of your help.  2 nights a week the children and I do not get home until somewhere between 8:30 and 9:00 pm.  While I have been cooking crock pot meals for those evenings, it is still a very late time to eat.  By the time we get finished fixing that last pieces of dinner, eat and clean up, it is very late.  The little are grumpy by then and we are all beyond ready for bed. 

       It is such a long time (7-8 hours+) between lunch and dinner that I have to pack plenty of snacks for myself and the kids.   That got me to thinking that there has to be a better way.   Instead of just taking snackes I would like to try preparing and taking a “picnic dinner” with us to the gym.  This is where you come in.  What are some ideas that you have that would make great “picnic dinners”?  They have to be transportable, not just plain sandwiches, and the meals really need not take too long to prepare.   You can see from my menu below that we make everything homemade so microwave dinners are a no-no.  We try to have a very healthy diet.  🙂  Anyway, I sure would appreciate some ideas and suggestions from you.  Thank you!

     My menu this week:

Spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread

Roast beef stew

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and fresh veggies.  I use ground turkey meat instead of ground beef.  

Breakfast including:  scrambled eggs from our chickens, sweet potato pancakes and turkey sausage.

Hamburgers, coleslaw, pinapple and stuffed eggs

Chicken fajitas with refried beans

Grilled herb chicken with corn, asparagus and fresh veggies.

For the blogger who asked for my BBQ Chicken Stew (I am cutting everything in half for you so this will serve 4-6 people):

     1 pound of diced chicken marinated in your favorite BBQ sauce

     2 cups of diced potatoes

     1 cup of corn

     1 cup of green beans

     1 cup of diced tomatoes

     1/2 a diced onion

     Add a dash or two of salt, pepper, garlic and a smidge of celery salt. 

     Put all of this in a pot or crock pot and cook together with half a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce.   You can add any veggie you want.   Some like leeks, carrots, cabbage or celery. 

     If there is anything on my menu that you would like a recipe on just leave me a comment, and I will be glad to share.  

For more great menu ideas or to join in pop over to Organizing Junkie

Ya’ll have a blessed week!

Leaning on God,

~Rhen

Menu Monday~ Jan 26th

Welcome to my menu!  We make everything pretty much from scratch so if you have any questions, or would like a recipe,  just ask.  I will answer! 

I don’t assign a particular day to a meal, but rather I make a menu and choose the meal in the morning.  It all depends on my schedule.  Today is a kid’s gymnastics day so it will be a crock pot meal.

Roast in the crock pot with mixed vegetables and a salad.

Homemade pizza (one of the children’s favorites)

BBQ Chicken in the crock pot with sliced fresh veggies, green beans and coleslaw.

Venison and rice with roasted potatoes and corn.  This is a meal that Mr. Muscles will make.  Love those!

Hamburgers with baked beans and potato salad.

Spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread.

Saturday night will be a family night out, and that means no cooking or cleaning.  It also means a tea glass that never gets empty.  LOL

What are you planning this week in your menu?  Maybe you are looking for a few ideas.  Head over to Organizing Junkie and link up or check everyone else out. 

Have a very blessed day,

~Rhen

This week’s agenda

I am so proud that I have to share to something with you. 

I mowed the grass!  🙂

An ordinary thing you say?  Ha!

     Over a year ago Mr. Muscles was mowing a path down by the creek and clearing some of the hollow.  When he had finished he started back up to the house.  He had only made it about 75 feet when the lawntractor ran out of gas.  Not a problem.  The ATV will easily pull it back up.  All was going well and he was almost to the top (we live in the mountains so this particular hillside is quite steep) when the rope contecting the lawntractor to the ATV broke.  For most of the trip back down the mountain the lawntractor just rolled backwards but about 20 feet in front of me, I was coming up the hillside, the thing diverted right and started fliping.  

     It was crazy looking!  The hood opened up and was bent, two of the tires were pulled off their rims and the poor thing looked bad.  Mr. Muscles did manage to get it all the way up to the house where we accessed the damage. 

     has been working on it ever since.   While it was working well enough to be used last summer I did not feel safe.  This year Mr. Muscles did an overhaul on it and now it is working like a champ again.

Our grass so high the kids could play Marco Polo and Hide and Seek in it! 

It is extremely satisfying to mow down grass that tall.  I laughed, out loud, the entire time I was mowing!

Everthing looks so much better.   It actually looks like someone lives here! 

     Mr. Muscles, the kids and I worked hard around here this past weekend and I hope to carry that momentum through the week despite our schedule.  LOL

     So, my to-do list is:

scrub and clean out the fridge

grocery shopping for the next two weeks

laundry (a little to make up after working outside so much)

finish the new fire pit

gather rocks for the rock walkway to the grilling deck

a load or three of dirt to fill in behind the retaining wall

weed and mulch the front gate gardens

weedeat

finish attaching the pasture fencing to the t-posts

finish ordering the rest of next year’s curriculum

oil all the wood furniture in the house

mulch the vegetable gardens

finish our study of the human body

help the kids to write down the last of their books for the summer reading program. 

 

I really hope I can get this list completed.  With the kids’ summer gymnastics schedule it is harder to get everything done before it gets too hot outside.   That afternoon heat is a little too much when you are trying to haul rocks around.

For this week’s menu:

Tuna Salad

Hamburgers w/ baked homemade cheesy fries and baked beans

BBQ chicken stew

Homemade pizza

Veggie night

Chicken fajitas w/ refried beans

Saturday night is our family night out.  No cooking, no cleaning and my tea glass is never empty.  🙂

Looking for more menu ideas?  Visit Organizing Junkie

All of our meals are homemade and not out of a box.  If you are interested in any of the recipes I use just leave me a comment and I will post it with next week’s menu as well as email it to you.

Have a blessed week,

~Rhen

This week’s plans and menu

Good Monday all!!  I hope you had a terrific weekend. 

1.  ~Even more laundry.  Like it will ever end!

2.  ~Grocery shopping.  I shop every two weeks and today it the day.  I will go right after my Dr’s appt today. 

3.  ~Gardening- the last of the succession planting will happen this week.  That includes corn, beans, squash, lettuce and more.  I picked up some herb plants this weekend that need to go in the rock garden. 

4.  ~Homeschooling.  More work on their basic books and finishing up subjects.  We will also be doing a lot of planet gazing this month and planning a field trip to Amicalola Falls.  I will see if anyone wants to carpool to help with the price of the gas to get there.

5.  ~Spiritual Health-  I am reading Elizabeth George’s book A Woman After God’s Own Heart.  It is such an awesome book.  I also have the study guide with it.  I like the way she guides you by asking you particular questions about what you read and what you thought.  Very inspiring!

6.  ~Projects- We will work on gathering rocks and building the walls of the rock garden.  The garden is outlined but most of the walls have not yet been built.  I am also going to finish the last of the t-posts.  I couldn’t get to this last week because of a hand injury.  I need to get a fresh bale of hay in the chicken house, ask my neighbor to backfill the retaining wall Mr. Muscles finished and build a second chicken run. 

7.  ~My cleaning zone this week will be the kids’ rooms.  Our May assignment for Organizing Junkie’s Monthly Round Up is kid’s rooms.  I am very excited about getting their rooms done!

On our yummy menu this week is:

  *Herb breaded chicken with black eyed peas, asparagus, fresh sliced veggies.

  *Roast with sweet potato casserole and green beans.

  *Tuna Salad (nice cold meal on a warm day)

  *Veggie pizzas

  *BBQ Chicken stew

  *Hamburgers with potato salad, corn and Greek salad.

  *Saturday night is the night Mr. Muscles treats us all to dinner out.  Woo hoo, no cleaning that night!

All meals are homemade and if you are interested in a recipe just let me know.  I will post it with next week’s menu.  🙂

For more Meandering Mondays visit Tiany and for more Menu Monday visit Organizing Junkie.

Ya’ll have a very blessed week and don’t forget to leave me a comment.  I love them and then I get to come visit you!

~Rhen

My Monday Plans and Menu

I love doing the Meandering Monday thing.  It helps to lay out what I want to get done for the week and when I put it out there in front of ya’ll it gives me more of a sense of accountability about it.  I told ya so now I have to!  It works really well.  I charged on with last week’s list and this week will be just as long.   LOL 

What do I have to get done?

1.  Laundry (duh- 8 people= a mountain of laundry that I could easily smother under)

2.  Gardening- I need to get more planted in the big veggie garden.  It is a fantastic idea to plant your beans, corn and such in succession planting.  That means to plant some each week so you are harvesting some at a time instead of being overwhelmed by it all.  I also need to get my fruit trees, vines and bushes mulched. 

3.  Projects- Mr. Muscles hung the new gate to the pasture.  Yes!  That means the big railroad tie post that needed to be in so I could finish putting the t-posts in is finally in and concreted into place.  I will get the rest of the t-posts in and we can start on the actual fencing part this weekend.  Lord willing!

     Also on my projects list is for Mr. Muscles to backfill the retaining wall.  I will give ya’ll an update with more pictures and such on the retaining wall area.  Anyway, once he gets it backfilled I can then rake the leaves, reattach the lower garden fencing and build the small stone wall to seperate the strawberry bed. 

4.  Homeschooling- this week we are taking a trip to a plaster/ pottery store.  Each of the kids will learn how the items are shaped and made.  Then they will each get to paint something.   We are finishing up several of our books and focusing more on others.  This is the time of year we do more painting and art projects as well.  Ms. Firecracker (7), Ms. Serious (11) and Short Man (9) have all almost finished their Wordly Wise books. 

5.  Spiritual Health-  I am reading Elizabeth George’s book A Woman After God’s Own Heart.  It is such an awesome book.  I also have the study guide with it.  I like the way she guides you by asking you particular questions about what you read and what you thought.  Very inspiring!

6.  My cleaning zone this week is my master bedroom.  It has been for this month for good reason.  Organizing Junkie is hosting the Organizing Round Up each month and April is master bedroom month.  Ya’ll, I have made some killer progress in my master bedroom too.  I am so proud.  Tomorrow for my Tackle it Tuesday I will be showing you guys several before and after pictures of what I have done.

Menu planning takes a lot of the stress out of preparing dinner.  I have already made a list of choices and purchased what I would then need for those dinners so all I have to do is decide which to fix.  Meny planning has also saved us a lot of money!  My menu for this week is:

Breakfast with turkey sausage, cheesy eggs, toast and homemade gravy.

Veggie pizzas and a Greek salad.

Creme Chicken with asparagus, corn and a salad.

Turkey Noodle Bake.

Vegetable Stew.

Hewbrew National hot dogs, coleslaw, beans.

For more Meandering Mondays visit Tiany and for more Menu Monday visit Organizing Junkie.

Ya’ll have a very blessed week and don’t forget to leave me a comment.  I love them and then I get to come visit you!

~Rhen