Monthly Archives: May 2011

Menu Monday

Another week, another menu…I feed my family of four on a monthly budget of $250.  That budget includes any going out to eat, diapers for my son, and general household needs (toiletries, cat food, etc).  I wanted to post what we eat on a weekly basis to give you an idea:


*Indicates a new recipe I’m trying!


Monday – Carnival food dinner…you know, hot dogs, chips, snow cones


Tuesday – Fruit crepes


Wednesday – *Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, salad


Thursday – Sticken Chicken, Veggie tray


Friday -Baked Potato Bar


Saturday – Taquitos, rice, corn, salad


Sunday – Dinner @ my mom’s

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Friday’s Frugal Food – Star Wars dishes 1 comment

Well, it ain’t so secret that my kids are Star Wars fans.  My daughter, in particular, is obsessed.  So imagine their happy surprise when I came home from the library with these:

Star Wars Cookbooks.  I thought this may be the solution to convince my ever-picky family to eat.


I was wrong.


I personally enjoyed the food though!  And out of the 4 recipes I tried, the kids did like ONE of them….sure, it was Yoda Soda.  Sure, it had no nutritional value.  Still, my kids TRIED A NEW “FOOD”.


(Pathetic, I know)
Anywho, here’s what we tried this week from the 1st cookbook:


C-3PO Pancakes

5 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 cans (8 ¼ oz each) pineapple rings

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

Melt the butter.  Meanwhile, open the cans of pineapple.  Drain off the juice.  Set aside.  Put the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.  Stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed.  Break the eggs into a bowl.  Add the milk and 4 tablespoons of the melted butter.  Whisk until well mixed.  Slowly whisk in the flour mixture until well blended.  With a pastry brush, lightly brush some of the remaining butter in a large skillet; heat.  Fill a 1/3 – cup measuring cup with batter.  When the skillet is hot, pour in the batter.  Cook until golden underneath and bubbles burst on the top.  Place one pineapple ring in the center of each pancake.  Using a spatula, carefully flip the pancake.  Cook until golden brown on the second side.

*These were good!

Yoda Soda

3 limes

3 tablespoons sugar

1 cup sparkling water

1 scoop lime sherbet


Place one lime on a cutting board and cut in half.  Squeeze juice from each half into a measuring cup.  Repeat with remaining limes until you have ¼ cup juice.  Put the lime juice and sugar in a small pitcher.  Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves.  Add the sparkling water and stir until mixed.  Using an ice cream scoop, scoop up the sherbet and drop it into a tall glass.  Pour in the lime water.  Serve immediately.

*To simplify this, we just did sprite and lime sherbet.  Obviously it was a big hit, and Munchkin was speaking in “Yoda voice” the whole dang night. :-)


Wookie Cookies


2 ¼ cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Put the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.  Stir until well mixed and set aside.  Put the butter, brown sugar, and sugar in another bowl.  Beat together until blended and creamy.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture and stir until blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Scoop up a rounded tablespoonful of the dough and drop onto a baking sheet.  Be sure to leave about one inch between the cookies as they will spread.  Bake in oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

*These were good, but not extra special.  I really loved the cinnamon.  I’d recommend making your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and adding cinnamon to that, and calling it good.!


We finished the week of Star Wars Food off with some Chicken Alfredo.  I stole a title from the cookbook and told the kids it was Boba Fett-uccine.  +



When Feelings Get Hurt 8 comments

I have a friend who posted on her blog the other day about some hurtful things were said to her regarding her children.  It got me thinking, and I wanted to get your thoughts as well.


I’ve heard some pretty ignorant remarks concerning my son and his autism.  Most are annoying:  “Wow, I didn’t know Buddy Boy was actually SMART…kids who have autism can be smart?”, “Buddy Boy is so LOUD”, “Thank heavens you got such an angelic daughter to help you deal with your son”, “Your opinions regarding your son are WRONG…you need to discipline him MY WAY”, “I don’t know why you’re making a big deal of your son, autism isn’t a big deal”, etc.


On Mother’s Day I was at church and my son was struggling.  A baby was crying, and he is REALLY sensitive about that type of thing, for whatever reason.  He started yelling “Baby NO CRY!”  My husband immediately took him out so that no one would be disrupted.  Not two minutes later, some people sitting behind me started whispering about disruptive people.  One of them said, “Well, at least they’re not as bad as Buddy Boy!”  I ended up leaving church early in tears.  The worst part was that my 8-year old daughter heard it, and felt embarrassed by her brother afterward.


Some comments I’ve heard have been hurtful, particularly this one:  “Your kid doesn’t have Autism, because autism doesn’t exist.  He’s just a retard.”




The comment my friend heard the other day?
“It’s YOUR fault your kids have autism.”


Double Ouch.


Why do people feel the need to open their mouths and say hurtful things?  Particularly about ones’ child(ren)?  I’ll be the first to admit that I look at other people’s kids and sometimes make assumptions.  It’s human nature.  We see a child, an adult, or whomever, and based on looks, sounds, whatever, we paint a “picture” of that person in our minds.  I get that.  What I don’t get is the need to blurt out any unkind thought that crosses our mind!



So…here’s are my questions.  What kinds of comments have you heard people make about your child(ren), whether disabled or not?  How do you handle them?  Any secrets for keeping those comments from eating away at you?  What about your other children?  What do you say to them when THEY are the ones hearing comments from inconsiderate adults?  Please, share…I’d love to hear from you!