Category Archives: Recipes

9 Day Menu Plan

I’m going to do things a little differently this week. For one thing, I’m going to buy meals for 2 weeks instead of 1. We are going to be out of town starting Friday afternoon through Wednesday night though so I won’t be including any meals for those time periods except for some snacks for the road and dinner in the car so we don’t have to stop for fast food on Friday night. The other thing I’m going to do differently is have the format more clearly reflect the way I actually meal plan. I generally just plan 7 dinners/breakfasts/lunches and decide each day which we will have. However, if we have a specific reason for having a specified dinner on a certain day, I’ll notate that (just for myself, not that my readers need to know necessarily. ;)) For breakfast and lunches, I’m just going to list stuff I have, or will be buying to have, on hand to make stuff since that is normally how we roll around here.

One last thing, because I feel guilty everytime I see my huge collection of cookbooks, I’ve started trying (again) to use my cookbooks more. I actually am going through each one slowly and marking down recipes I think we would enjoy and am going to start making some of those. That may mean I don’t have as many links to recipes as I did before but I will always at least include a link to the cookbook in my post and, if I can find a link, of course I’ll include it!

As always, I use the Publix weekly ad to make my menu to help save money!

This week I’m using The Mafia Cookbook for some of my recipes. I will notate those recipes with an asterisk.

Via earthfare.com

Breakfast and Lunch items – Plain Greek Yogurt, Apple Blueberry Granola, Fruit Salad, Eggs, 100% Whole Wheat Bread, Honey, Earth Fare Red Wellness Tea, Mango, Peanut Butter, Dinner Leftovers, Raisins, Blueberries, Strawberries, Almond Milk

Dinners

Pasta with Zucchini* and Garlic Bread

Double- Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Panacotte (Greens and Beans)* with Salad and Homemade Ranch

Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato and Fontina

Creamy Spinach Enchiladas with Brown Rice and Salsa

Loaded Baked Potatoes with Salad and Homemade Ranch

Friday – Ham & Cheese Wraps with Carrot Sticks & Pretzels

Jerk Chicken with Cucumber Relish and Corn on the Cob

Salmon Casserole with Green Beans

For more menu plans, check out the home of Menu Plan Monday, at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


Frugal Menu Plan

Here is this week’s frugal menu plan. Trying to save some money this week!

I use the Publix weekly ad to make my menu.

Monday

Swedish Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes (leftovers)

Tuesday

Crock Pot Chicken with Red Potatoes

Wednesday

Green Chile Cheddar Eggs

Thursday

Creole Shrimp and Rice

Friday

Pasta with Sauce, Green Beans and Garlic Bread

Saturday

Lemon Salmon Burgers with Corn on the Cob

Sunday

Eggs and Bacon with Toast

For more menu plans, check out the home of Menu Plan Monday, at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


Menu Plan Monday

via eatingwell.com

We ended up having more leftovers than I anticipated so I have some stuff from last week shifted over to this week. I also had completely forgotten Mother’s Day was Sunday so we had a special meal that day and not what I had planned for. Our Mother’s Day Menu: Steak Tacos al Carbon, Mexican Rice, Corn Cakes, Cowboy Caviar, Guacamole and Chips, Tres Leche Cake.

As always, I use the Publix weekly ad to make my menu to save some money.

Monday

B – Greek Yogurt with Honey

L – Pimento Cheese Sandwiches and Pretzels

D – Homemade Pizza

Tuesday

B – Greek Yogurt with Blueberries

L – Soup and Sandwich

D – Penne Pasta with Green Beans and Garlic Bread

Wednesday

B – Strawberry Puff Pancake

L – Pimento Cheese on Crackers, Fruit

D – Salmon and Roasted Vegetable Salad

Thursday

B – Oatmeal with Raisins

L – Leftovers

D – Teriyaki Chicken with Brown Rice

Friday

B – Fruit and Granola

L – Peanut Butter Toast with Bananas and Pretzels

D – Bruschetta Chicken Bake with Green Beans

Saturday

B – Oatmeal with Blueberries

L – Lunch Out

D – Not My Mom’s Sloppy Joes with Corn on the Cob

Sunday

B – Eggs and Toast

L – Swedish Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

D – Frozen Pizza

Snacks: Cinnamon Almonds, Fudgy Brownies, Blueberries, Pretzels, Dried Apples

For more menu plans, check out the home of Menu Plan Monday, at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner this Week

We ended up having a lot of ham leftover so some of last week’s meals have spilled over to this week. I also made strawberry mini muffins last week for Marcella’s Easter basket and she had them for breakfast a lot last week. She loved them!

As always, I use the weekly Publix ad to make my list to help save money.

Monday

B – Oatmeal with Blueberries

L – Cheese Quesadillas

D – Mexican Rice and Beans with Sour Cream

Tuesday

B – Greek Yogurt

L – Leftovers

D – Calzones with Roasted Cauliflower

Wednesday

B – Greek Yogurt

L – Leftovers

D – Roast Sticky Rotisserie Style Chicken with Green Beans

Thursday

B – Cereal with Strawberries

L – BLT’s and Cantaloupe

D – Baked Potato and Salad

Friday
B – Eggs

L – Peanut Butter sandwiches with Bananas and Pretzels

D – Spicy Thai Noodles with Stir-fry Vegetables

Saturday

B – Greek Yogurt

L – Frozen Pizza

D – Baked Spaghetti and Mozzarella with Steamed Broccoli and Garlic Bread

Sunday

B – Scrambled Eggs

L – Penne Pasta with Green Beans

D – Chicken Tricolore with Corn on the Cob

Snacks: Dried Fruit, Trail Mix, Cinnamon Almonds, Fudgy Brownies, Fruit, Pretzels

For more menu plans, check out the home of Menu Plan Monday, at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


This Week’s Menu

Here is this week’s Menu Plan Monday. Enjoy!

As always, I use the weekly Publix ad to make my list to help save money.

Monday

B – Oatmeal with Mango

L – Cheese Quesadillas with Oranges

D – Mexican Rice and Beans with sour cream

Tuesday

B – Cereal with strawberries

L – Leftovers

D – Chicken Tricolore with Corn on the Cob

Wednesday
B – Cereal with Strawberries
L – Garden Vegetable Soup with Peanut Butter Sandwich
D – Caramel Apple Breakfast Casserole, Glazed Bacon and Fruit Salad (meal for friends who just had a baby)
D – Eggs and Bacon with Toast (for us)

Thursday

B – Greek Yogurt with strawberries

L – Pasta

D – Sweet Ham & Cheese Wraps with Roasted Cauliflower

Friday
L – Eating out with Lori
D – Dinner out – Celebrating our anniversary

Saturday

B – Breakfast at B&B (anniversary trip!)

L – Peanut Butter Banana Sandwiches with Pretzels and Apples

D – Pasta with Sauce with Green Beans and Garlic Bread

Sunday

B – Scrambled Eggs

L – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup

D – Southwest Chicken Salad

Snacks: Hummus with Raw Veggies, Cinnamon Almonds, Green Smoothies, Fudgy Brownies

For more menu plans, check out the home of Menu Plan Monday, at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


Easter Menu Plan Monday

This Sunday is Easter Sunday so we have a special menu for that day. I have included all meals again for this week. Enjoy!

As always, I use the weekly Publix ad to make my list to help save money.

Monday

B -  Plain Greek Yogurt with Granola

L – Leftovers

D - Spicy Tuna Melt Pie with Corn 

Tuesday

B – Peanut Butter Toast with Strawberries

L - Tuna and Apple Salad on 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Pears

D – Poppyseed Chicken with Havarti

Wednesday
 
B – Plain Greek Yogurt with Mango
 
L – Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Strawberries
 
D – Slow Cooker Ranch Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Celery Sticks and Ranch

Thursday

B – Oatmeal with Blueberries

L – Garden Vegetable Soup and Peanut Butter Sandwich

D – Cheese Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce with Spanish Rice

Friday
 
B – Scrambled Eggs with Cantaloupe
 
L - Totable Tea Sandwiches with Cantaloupe
 

Saturday

B – Scrambled Eggs

L – Southwest Chicken Salad

D – Dinner out

Sunday

B – Caramel Apple Breakfast Casserole

L – Ham with Potato Salad, Watergate Salad, Baked Beans and Rolls with Earthquake Cake and Carrot Cake Bars

D – Leftovers

Snacks: Hummus with Raw Veggies, Cinnamon Almonds, Garbanzo Crunchies, Cheese Chips, Grapes, Pumpkin Flax Bars, Green Smoothies

For more menu plans, check out the home of Menu Plan Monday, at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


Menu Plan Monday is Back

Here is this week’s menu plan. This time I chose to include all meals, plus snacks.

As always, I use the weekly Publix ad to make my list to help save money.

Monday

B – Baked Oatmeal Squares

via poorgirleatswell.com

L – Cranberry-Almond Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Pears

Tuesday

B – Baked Oatmeal Squares

L – Lunchtime Noodles with Grapes

D – Chicken Pot Pie with a Savory Herb and Cheddar Crust

Wednesday
B – Blueberry Waffles
L – Leftovers

Thursday

B – Kashi Cereal

L – Peanut Butter Banana Sandwiches with Grapes

D – Not My Mom’s Sloppy Joes with Corn on the Cob

Friday
B – Blueberry Waffles
L- Leftovers

Saturday

B – Eggs

L – Hawaiian Roll -ups with Grapes

D – Creole Shrimp and Rice

Sunday

B – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

L – Pasta with Sauce with Green Beans

D – Teriyaki Pork Chops with Brown Rice

Snacks: Hummus with raw veggies, Black Bean Brownies, Cinnamon Almonds, Cheesesticks, Crackers, Cheese Chips, Grapes, Pumpkin Flax Bars

For more menu plans, check out the home of Menu Plan Monday, at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


Sunday Surf for week of March 20

I got carried away again this week so we have another mega links Sunday Surf.

Food and Recipes

Celebrating 20,000 Hits: Interview with Christine Ortiz of “Milk & Honey Organics” – For those in the upstate SC area, check out this interview. I have tried out this service yet but really want to and found the interview interesting.

Bacon Irish Soda Bread – Unusual bread recipe

Making Lunchtime Fun: Muffin Tin Meals! – I’ve heard of this idea before and love it but still have yet to implement it. Guess I’m just lazy?? I even have a nibble tray so I’m set. Maybe this week will be THE week.

Seriously Eating II: 94 Recipes from Serious Eats’ Healthy and Delicious Column – The title says it all

Dehydrating the Days Away – Funny post about dehydrating food. I have good memories of my parents doing this when I was a kid, especially my dad’s beef jerky.

Finding Better Health Through a Traditional Diet – Another great post from Natural Parents Network about what a traditional, real food diet is

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins – A friend brought me muffins like these after I had my daughter and they were fantastic!

Easy Breakfast and Lunch Ideas – Loved all these ideas!

Healthier Nachos and Green Brown Rice - I have never heard of green rice before. I totally want to try this.

Miscarriage

The Other Side – Sad story, recounting mourning with a friend through her miscarriage

Sound Bites from a Miscarriage Journey – Having been through miscarriage myself, I can truly relate to and appreciate this post

Moms Supporting Other Moms

Please Think Before You Comment – A mom of a nursing toddler gives some thoughtful advice

Let’s All Try Not to Be Jerks – Great post about how moms need to support each other

Lactivism, Breast Feeding, Bottle Feeding, Formula And Mothers At War - This one goes hand-in-hand with the “Please Think Before you Comment” post above

Childbirth

Birth Without Fear Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be Scared – Although I can honestly say that birth did not scare me, I really, really liked this post a lot.

An Alternative To Perineal Massage For Childbirth Prep – Good info to keep in mind for my next pregnancy

One Response to ‘Eww! Birth is Icky!’ Squeamishness – I really appreciated this post about birth, sex and breastfeeding.

Parenting

Feeding to Sleep - My sentiments exactly!

Attachment Parenting Series: Beware of Baby Trainers – Some solid information that explains this “Baby B” of the AP style

Carseats – Lots of great links and info about the recommendations for rear-facing and booster seats

Shepherding a Child’s Heart: a review by Anne Sokol - Great review on the reasons this book is concerning

Eco-friendly Stuff

Sarah’s Stitches Wet Bags - I hadn’t heard of Sarah’s Stitches before and enjoyed learning about them in this review

Homemade Cleaning Spray – Good stuff and piggybacks nicely with my green spring cleaning tips!

Check out Adventures in Mommyhood, Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, ChildOrganics,Cloth Diapering Mama, Fabulous Mama Chronicles, Hobo Mama, I Thought I Knew Mama, Mama and Baby Love, Mama Eve, Maman A Droit, Momma Jorje, Monkey Butt Junction, Motherhood Moments, My Inspired Baby, Navelgazing, and The Parent Vortex for more Sunday Surfing!


Great Stuff I Read for Week of March 13

Here’s a quick list of the great stuff I read this week!

Inquisition Monday: Attachment

Guest Post: Tex-Mex Enchiladas

Buying a Pram or Pushchair

Change, Growth, Loss and the Transformation of Babies

Disposables, Wet Wipes and Baby Food: Who Needs Them 

Breakfast Bentos and Green Smoothies

Cloth Diapering Papa

Bake Your Own Bread

Judging a Mama by Her Kid’s Behavior

Little Things That Help with HG Survival

Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, ChildOrganics, Hobo Mama, I Thought I Knew Mama, Mama and Baby Love, Mama Eve, Maman A Droit, Momma Jorje, Monkey Butt Junction, Motherhood Moments, My Inspired Baby, Navelgazing, and The Parent Vortex for more Sunday Surfing!


Super Sunday Surf for week of March 6

Last week I had no Sunday Surf but this week I have SO much stuff to share, I’m going to have to categorize it! So let’s get to the links, shall we?

Recipes and Food 

via seriouseats.com

Sunday Brunch: Scallion and Cheese Corn Muffins – These look utterly delicious…and cheap to make….and easy to make. That, pretty much, sums up my criteria for a good recipe! Perhaps these will make it onto a Menu Plan Monday sometime soon!

Spiced Raspberry Leaf Tea – You guys know I love tea, right? Here’s a recipe for a good tea that sounds tasty AND is good for the female reproductive system. She also gives a way to make it for those who maybe aren’t so into the taste to make it taste better so you can still get the health benefits.

Cheese Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce – My family is big into Mexican food. (My mom is already planning a Cinco de Mayo party because it is an excuse for us to eat lots of yummy Mexican food.) This recipe is healthy, too! Yay!

Serious Sweets: S’mores Brownie Bars – Need I say more??

Get Healthy: Prepare 3 More Meals This Week – Lots of meal prep tips

Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls – More Mexican healthy yumminess

Peanut Butter Popcorn – My husband said this sounded gross (boo) so I’ll have to make this one night for me and my daughter. I bet SHE would approve. ;)

1st Visit to McDonalds – Totally interesting to me

Christianity

Blaming and Angry with God – Quote from the post: “Sometimes I am tempted to be angry with God because of something I think I really need or really want that God does not give me, some source of pain. And I realized a few days ago why this is.”

Crunchy Stuff

Your Own Crunchy Shopping List – Free PDF – Check it out…she even gives you a nice pdf file to print out and take to the store with you and tips. And there’s also an online community on the site to discuss this stuff. Nice.

Citrus Lavender Laundry Detergent – One of these days I’m going to stop being lazy and make my own laundry detergent. Let me know if you have or do on a regular basis. I also linked to another DIY laundry detergent recipe in another Sunday Surf you can check out as well.

The Mother of All Soap Nut Recipe Resources – I had never heard of these until now and they sound AWESOME!! There is a giveaway on the same blog and I totally hope I win! If you enter, please say Julia sent you!

Babies and Parenting 

via codenamemama.com

Natural Parents Network’s Carnival of Natural Parenting’s theme this month is Top 10 Lists. I already did a post on one but here are the rest of my favorites:

10 Reasons to Choose Baby Led Weaning

Top 10 Ways to Know You’re a Natural Parent

Top 10 Ways to Be Present with Family

10 Natural Baby Items I Love

Choosing to Breastfeed

Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before Little Man

Top Ten Things No One Told Me About Natural Parenting

Top Ten Breastfeeding Misconceptions

Step Away from the Amazon List

My Top Ten New Mommy Moments

And this was not part of the carnival but is in the same vein:

Top 17 Things I Learned in My First Year as a Parent

The Invisible Umbilical Cord – I totally identified with this one!

Cooking with Your Toddler – Some great ideas here for fun meals your toddler would enjoy

Myth Busting 4: My Story – A post on gentle discipline

Random

Thoughts on Sleep – Robyn from Green Smoothie Girl gives some sleep information

Ice Candle Holder Table Decorations – I thought this was pretty cool, um literally.

Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, ChildOrganics, Hobo Mama, I Thought I Knew Mama, Mama and Baby Love, Mama Eve, Maman A Droit, Momma Jorje, Monkey Butt Junction, Motherhood Moments, My Inspired Baby, Navelgazing, and The Parent Vortex for more Sunday Surfing!


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