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Menu Planning Monday

Mmmmm.  Food.  Check out my last post and you can see how much I enjoy food.  LOL

This week’s menu is set, but I am going to be doing a good bit of MPM blog hopping looking for new recipes.  Easy and healthy.  That is what I am looking for.  🙂  Aren’t we all?! 

I do not plan my meals for a particular day.  Rather, I make a menu, my shopping makes sure we have everything for that meal, and I (or hubs) chooses that day what we feel like fixing. 

This week’s choices are:

Lemon pepper chicken with a salad, fresh cantalope and (hopefully) homemade bread.

Beef tips with onions, bell peppers and rice.

Pita Pizzas- a favorite of the kids  🙂

Chicken fajitas with refried beans.

Tuna Salad- simple, but delicious!

Spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread.

Friday night will be dinner out, and that means no cooking! 

For more MPM visit Organizing Junkie and check out literally hundreds of links.

Leaning on God,


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,


May’s giant tackle!


May was designated for kid’s rooms in Organizing Junkie’s Monthly Round Up organizing challenge

I was totally thrilled.  I took on Ms. Lovebug (5) and Ms. Independent’s (3) room. 

They had two large buckets for their toys but it was just not working out.  Anytime they wanted to get a toy everything was dumped out in search of that toy.  What a mess!

Here is the room before:

As you can see, everything is out.  It was a huge daily chore to get everything picked back up again. 

Because they just chunked everything in the giant buckets that would often include clothing and shoes. 

This always became hardest on Sunday mornings as we hunted for the other shoe.  UGH!

Here is one of two shelves we bought the girls for organizing their toys.

As you can see, we have started the long process of sorting the toys.  They were sorted into three piles:  keep, give away and throw away. 

This shelf is Ms. Independent’s (3).  Ms. Lovebug (5) has one with tubs that are pastel colors.

Here is the room with the clothes put away, the toys done and the beds made.  Yes!

The new shelves make it much easier for the littles to keep their toys picked up.  They actually like knowing where all their toys are!

For more organized kids rooms visit Organizing Junkie.

Have a blessed day,


Tackle it Tuesday- March’s Organizing Task.

     I am loving being a part of Organizing Junkie’s Monthly Roundup.  The month of March was designated Dining Room Month.  Here is what I worked on: 

     How many people actually use their dining room and dining room table for eating meals only?  If you are a homeschooler, like me, then is much more than a dining room.  It is also a classroom, a science lab, an art center- you get the picture.  Let’s not forget a place to pay bills, sort mail, play games, put together puzzles, cut patterns, sew, eat and much, much more. 

     Since my dining room plays so many parts it also had the most junk piles of all of the rooms in our house.  I had to clear a little area at my end of the table to fit my plate for meals.

See the mess here?  

And here?

     I had no idea how I was going to organize all of this stuff until I walking around Target and saw the answer.  Here is the shelf I bought:

Here is what it looks like now:

     The shelf holds my teacher books that I am using now, some of their books, future projects, papers I am grading, studies I am putting together for them and such.  The bulk of my homeschooling curriculum is stored in a 4 drawer filing cabinet but I needed something that would keep what I am using now in arms reach.  This is much easier.  I am able to reach over and easily put away each child’s items.  They each have their own basket that holds their books, folders, notebooks and papers.  Those are stored on their own shelf along with neatly organized tubs of schooling supplies.  Now we all have somewhere to keep everything organized.


      It has made a big difference in my stress level as well as the ease of being able to clean the table and the dining room.  Hallelulia!! 


     What is your tackle?  Are you joining in the Monthly Round Up at Organizing Junkie’s?  Pretty please leave  me a link to your tackle/ monthly organizing post in your comment so I can come visit. 

Have a blessed week, 


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Meandering and Menu Monday

Our Family’s Time with God

  ♥I am reading A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George.  It is an excellent book.  I also have the study book to go with it and so far I am loving it!

  ♥Continue with prayer journal.  If you are in need of prayer you are more than welcome to leave a comment or email me.

  ♥Sacred Marraige bible study with Mr. Muscles. 

  ♥Continue daily devotions with the kids (these lead to such intense and fantastic discussions!)

 My Must Do List (this list is beyond my normal cleaning, laundry, homeschooling and such)

  ♥The work on the pasture fence is coming along great.  I have to concrete in the three posts we got put in last week

  ♥Dig 3-5 more holes for posts.

  ♥Finish attaching the fencing around the big veggie garden.  We are almost done! (This was on last week’s but instead of working on the fence we fell 4 trees and cut them up.  We also took down about 150 feet of wood fencing.

  ♥Move more stuff that I am not using out to the upper shed.

  ♥Transplant some crepe myrtles.

  ♥Start building the rock garden by the front gate.

Cleaning Zone 

♥My zone this week (again) is the dining room.  I am participating in Organizing Junkie’s Organizing Round Up and March is dining room month.  Our dining room is also our homeschooling room which means all of the teacher’s books, papers, books, and such that I need are usually in piles on the floor or covering my end of the table.  I now have a plan in motion to organize and clean up this area!  Woo Hoo!!  )

Homeschooling This Week (in addition to our normal schedule)

  ♥We have several art projects we are doing this week.  It is so beautiful outside that we are taking the easels out there to do some landscape pictures.  One of them they can use brushes on and the other they can only use their fingers.

  ♥Rock collecting and identifying this week. 

  ♥This week also I am going to spend some time planning our spring field trips.  The other homeschool parents and I have come up with some great ideas and I am going to correlate them with the lessons we are working on.  A few are ceramics class, gold mines, museum, waterfall and state park. 

For more Meandering Mondays head over to Tiany’s to check it all out and join in!  )

Here is our menu for the next week.  

♥Curry chicken and rice with fresh sliced veggies.

♥Turkey noodle bake.

♥BBQ chicken stew.

♥Roast with Greek salad, potatoes and pineapple.

♥Hamburgers, baked beans, cole slaw.

♥Homemade mini veggie pizzas.  The kids are fascinated by these.  LOL 

♥Mr. Muscles treats us to dinner out on Saturday night.  My favorite night of the week!!  )

All recipes are homemade with fresh ingredients and I am more than happy to share my recipes.  If you have any recipes for the above dinners please share them in a comment.  I am always looking for new ways to prepare our favorites! ) If you ask for a recipe please tune in for next week’s MM and I will post all requested recipes here. 

 Turkey helper: 

I am going to pare down the recipe for a family of 4.

1 lb of browned ground turkey, 1 can of tomato sauce, 1 package of cream cheese, garlic, oregano, onions, salt and pepper.

Brown your ground turkey and then add half a chopped onion and the package of cream cheese.  Allow the cream cheese to soften from the heat.  Then add the tomato sauce as well as the spices.  I add spices to flavor so if you like a lof of garlic like me then be generous!  Allow this to simmer on low for about 20 minutes.  Stir in periodically to get the cream cheese worked all the way through.  I also add about 2 cups of cheese to the top and allow it to melt.  Scoop and serve. 

This recipe is easily altered by spices.  You can make this take on any flavor you like.  You can also add 1 cup of water as it cooks if you would like it to have more “juice”.  I do.  Hope you enjoy this!

Organizing Genius!

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I already have my spot in the kitchen for February decided and I am ready to get it done.  I even took a before picture already. 

Want to join in?  It is an awesome way to get that little kick in the pants.  You can do the whole room or just a part of the room.  Your choice.  Click over and check it out!

Meandering and Menu Monday

monday meandering 

One week until Christmas!  I am so ready.  We have been keeping focused on the reason for the season, Jesus, and all the rest is gravy!   Here is my week ahead.

Bible Study/ Devotions

   ~Daily Bible reading (a Proverb and I am reading the book of Mark again.)

   ~Continue with my prayer list

   ~Still reading and doing a Jewish holiday study.  We, as Christians, were grafted into the vine of God’s people and they are our holidays as well.  I want to learn more about the feasts and holidays that celebrate God and His miracles.

Must do- (not need to but must do)

   ~We “adopted” a government (public) school classroom for Christmas and I need to get the bag of Christmas goodies for them over to the school.   We will pray over the gifts before we take them in.

   ~address and mail off Christmas cards  woo hoo!

   ~Finish up Christmas shopping for hubby.  I have to do his last.  He will find them if I shop throughout the year like I do for the rest of them.

   ~Beat the laundry monster back into submission- for a while at least. 🙂

   ~make a batch of Christmas cookies.

   ~wrap the Christmas gifts.

   ~put together the gift baskets.

   ~send off the prizes to my giveaway winners.

   ~replace the weather stripping on the side door.

   ~fresh hay in the chicken house and fresh cedar chips in the nesting boxes.

   ~change feed from plastic containers to metal ones.  (mouse proof!)


   The zone for this week is the kitchen.  There are several piles of papers that need my attention as well as a good scrubbing of the floor. 

Train Them Up

   ~We are continuing to work on an Advent study.

   ~We are also continuing with our daily devotions and study.

For more Monday Meandering head over to Tiany’s.  She is always inspiring as are the people who join in!

Have a very safe and blessed week!


Here is my menu for the week:

Chicken Fajitas w/ refried beans

Roast w/ sweet potato casserole and green beans

Breakfast w/ turkey sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and biscuts

BBQ Chicken Stew

Pasta bake w/ parmesan garlic bread

Sat. and Sun. we will be eating at family’s houses. 

For more yummy dinner ideas head over to Organizing Junkie.

Menu Monday


I just want to start my menu out by saying have a safe and blessed Thanskgiving! 

Now onto the business of food.  We will be spending Thanksgiving with our families so there is minimal cooking for me and most meals will be spent away from home.  I will be providing some cranberry bread, sweet potato casserole (with melted marshmellows, of course), hubby’s homemade cheesecake topped with blueberries and corn on the cob. 

For the other dinner we will be eating here we will have:

Turkey Noodle Bake w/ roasted herb potatoes.  (in the recipe I replace the powdered milk and water w/ real milk)

Baked chicken (not sure what spices I will use yet) w/ peas, asaparagus and hominy.

For more menus and yummy ideas head over to Organizing Junkie.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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