Monday, April 27, 2009

Menu Plan for April 27th

Alright, I got my menu done finally (and my shopping list). Yes, we have two nights of leftovers this week, but they seem to be piling up and I hate to see them go to waist. Last week I tried out several new recipes. I'm happy to announce that of the 4 only one was a complete bomb! The "BBQ Lentil" recipe was awful and no one wanted to eat it! The other 3 were good. The rice in the "Gone All Day Casserole" turned out a little mushy for me, but the flavor was still good. The "Chalupa" was a huge hit. I made homemade tortillas to go with it and the kids loved it. Anyway, here is my menu for the week:

Monday: Storganoff

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Fried rice

Thursday: Meatloaf (this is already made and in the freezer!)

Friday: Burritos

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: German potato salad for Fellowship

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My New Brain, LOL :o)

I've been feeling like my house is in chaos and feeling overwhelmed at getting it under control. The idea of someone dropping by unannounced terrifies me, lol. I thought about making another schedule (MOTH), but that just made me cringe, it's so easy to fall off and not get back on. I contemplated using a schedule that had blocks of time (morning block, afternoon block, etc.) but even that seemed to restrictive. I've made a home-keeping notebook, but I rarely use it (I decided I simply don't want to take the time and energy to open it, lol ). So I started searching for new home-keeping "tools". One of the things I came up with is the idea of a Command Center. Basically, I took my notebook and put it on the wall. Now everything is right there, visible, and I have no excuse for not remembering. Here are a couple of pictures:

Now I'll explain the different elements :o)

The white board - I used a wet-erase marker to create different sections on the board. I have a place for the date, what's for dinner, scripture I'm working on, appointments, priorities, to-do list, things to buy and notes.

The calendar - This is where I can keep track of what's going on. The pink sticky notes are my meal planning, I write the meal on the sticky and put it on the day I want. Using stickies makes it easy to switch days if necessary.

Cork Boards - These are there to put up things like reminders and invitations.

Little wood shelf - This holds my supplies; pens, pencils, eraser, sticky notes, etc.

Wire hanging file - I made "pockets" out of scrapbooking paper for this. Both to make it more functional (things can't slip out) and pretty. I have important fliers and such in the bottom pocket. And I put the papers I did use from my notebook into report covers and those are in the top pockets.

Basket on top of wine rack - This is a place to put papers and things that my hubby needs to take to his office in the basement (as you can see, he's a little behind :o))

Big blue tub - This is the "mommy basket". As I'm tidying up, things my children have chosen not to put away go into this tub. They then have until bedtime to remove and put away anything they find in there. After bed time, I remove the items and take them to the basement for a week. At the end of the week the items are placed back in the tub and they once again have till bedtime to put them away. If they still do not get put away, then I figure they really don't need/want them and they go away :o)

Overall, I tried to make the space functional and pretty. Thus the reason for the cute signs and the flower arrangement. I didn't want it to look like an eyesore, 'cause then I wouldn't use it. It is still a work in progress and I will probably tweak a few things as I determine what works and what doesn't. Anyway, that's what i have so far :o)

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Menu Plan for April 20th

Here is my menu for the week. My mom gave me a new cookbook so I decided to try out a few recipes from it. As you can see, I found several I liked :o)

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Roast with carrots and potatoes

Wednesday: Chalupa (new recipe!)

Thursday: Gone all day casserole (new recipe!)

Friday: BBQ lentils (new recipe!)

Saturday: Stroganoff

Sunday: German potato salad (new recipe!) for Fellowship

For more menu plans, check out Organizing Junkie.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Menu Plan for April 13th

Here is my menu for the week:

Monday: Shepherds pie (using leftover pork roast)

Tuesday: Red beans and rice with rolls

Wednesday: Hamburgers/hotdogs with french fries and broccoli

Thursday: Chili and corn bread

Friday: Steak with potatoes and salad

Saturday: Lasagna with salad and garlic bread

Sunday: Mac & cheese for Fellowship.

For more menu plans visit Organizing Junkie.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Menu Plan for April 6th

Here is my menu plan for this week:

Monday: Crock-pot Pork chops with Au Gratin potatoes and corn

Tuesday: Cheese burger buns with green beans

Wednesday: Fried rice

Thursday: Crock-pot chicken with rice and salad

Friday: Dinner at my parents

Saturday: Burritos with beans and rice

Sunday: I haven't decide what I'm taking for Fellowship yet..........

For more menu plans, visit Organized Junkie.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Giveaway at Grocery Cart Challenge!

I just discovered a great giveaway this morning at Grocery Cart challenge! She is giving away three (yes, I said three!) Lunapads sample packs! Head on over to her site to read her review and enter the drawing!


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