Monthly Archives: May 2012

June’s Menu Plan

I’m going to try my darndest to stick to a schedule for dinner meals this month…after all, summer is here, the kiddos are going to be out of school, and we’ll be doing a lot of playing.  I’m thinking I need to be as organized as possible so that we can have all the adventures we’re hoping to have!


Now, whenever I make a month-long schedule, I give myself a little leeway.  If I’m looking at the meal plan and I’m just not in the mood for the food that day, I’ll allow myself to pick something else from that list.  Keeps me happier.:-)


Anywho, I suppose it’s time I stop jabbering and start sharing the menu, eh?  An asterisk next to a recipe means I’ll be trying it for the first time:




Breakfasts and Lunches:

  • Homemade Donuts – (you can link to the recipe I use…the only difference is that I don’t use shortening in mine)
  • My son’s favorite:  dry cereal, grapes, and a glass of milk. :-)
  • Boiled Egg, apple
  • Scrambled Eggs, toast
  • Chocolate/Banana/PB smoothie
  • Fresh Garden Salad
  • Raspberries from the garden
  • Turkey hot dogs, baby carrots
  • PB&J sandwiches
  • Grilled Cheese and Pepperoni sandwiches
  • Dinner leftovers
  • Fruit Smoothies (an absolute favorite lunch of the kids and me!)
  • Cheese Quesadillas

5 Things 5/27

Happy Sunday!!  Each week I make a list of goals…things I want to accomplish above and beyond the every day stuff that I do.  I shoot for 5 things weekly.  Need some extra motivation?  Join me!


Last week feels like a blur to me…not sure why!  Maybe it’s me being tired right now, but I honestly can’t think of anything particular that my family did, ha ha!  Thank goodness I have the to-do list to refer to, eh?


  1. Try a new gluten free recipe.YES.  I made a Tuna Bean Salad and a Broccoli Bacon Salad, so I tried 2 new recipes, and I really like them both!
  2. Research and write down more info on kid-friendly hikes.YES
  3. Try my hand at homemade deodorant.YES.  Except, oh dear.  I used some essential oil for it, and you know how the little essential oil bottles have droppers on them, right?  Well, this particular bottle didn’t.  So yes, my friends, I dumped the ENTIRE bottle into my little teeny tiny batch of deodorant.  So I cannot use it because it’s just too dang overpowering!  I’ll be making a trip to the store this week to buy a TON of cornstarch, and my small experimental batch will become my lifetime supply of homemade deodorant!!  I sure hope it’s a good recipe, cause I’ll have this stuff for years. ha ha!
  4. Mow my mom’s lawn. – YES
  5. Write up a June calendar with all the stuff we’ll have going on, meal plan ideas, etc. – Oops, NOPE
My plan for this week:
  1. Write up a June calendar with all the stuff we’ll have going on:  meal plan ideas, family hikes, 5K training runs, etc.
  2. Plan for and celebrate my mom’s birthday.
  3. Make a few freezer meals.
  4. Finish birthday plans for my husband’s birthday!
  5. Declutter bookshelf…go through books, donate what I no longer need, reorganize, etc.

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Yay for free apps!

Delectable Dozen – Smoothies

With summer approaching, smoothie season also comes.



Whatever, that’s not true.  The truth is that I’ve been on a smoothie kick since last fall when I got a ton of peaches and raspberries and froze them to blend and eat later.  I love smoothies, and I’ve become slightly obsessed with them these last 9 months.  What can I say?  Most of the smoothies I make are just thrown together, you know?  Some frozen peaches, frozen raspberries, and a little fresh squeezed orange juice, perhaps a dash of vanilla, oh yeah….but measurements?  Oops.  I never manage to make the exact same one twice.  And that is why I’m scouring the web this week looking for smoothie recipes.  Will I follow them exactly and measure stuff?  Probably not, but man, there are some tasty ideas out there:




#1 Peach Raspberry Swirl – 84 calories/serving…tell me you didn’t just swoon looking at this picture.  You didn’t?  I don’t believe you.


#2 Skinny Chocolate Smoothie  –  calories/serving


#3 Non-Alcoholic Pina Colada Smoothie


#4 Orange PushUp Smoothie – not the healthiest smoothie recipe on here, but it sure looks like a perfect indulgence!


#5 The Sleep Doctor’s Sleep Slim Smoothie


#6 – Chocolate Mint Frosty


 #7 Peachy Strawberry Smoothie


#8 Kiwi Mango Layered Smoothie


#9 Mango Madness Smoothie


#10 Sweet Peach Smoothie


#11 Frozen Watermelon Slush


#12 Cantaloupe-Lime Smoothies

Self Reliance Journey – Walk, Walk, Walk Some More 3 comments

As I try to live life in a more self-reliant way, I find myself trying new recipes from scratch, trying to eat more REAL food, attempting to make my own products (chapstick, deodorant, etc), growing a garden, and building up my food storage.  But there is one big area that I’ve largely neglected, and that is physical fitness.


If I HAD to live completely self-reliantly, I would not be driving around, now would I?  Being dependent upon gasoline and vehicles isn’t the coolest thing, the more I think about it.  If I had to, could I walk the 20+ miles to my son’s school?  In the event of an emergency (natural disaster or other type), could I get to where I need to be if driving isn’t an option?  Would I have the stamina?


Sadly, probably not.



SOOOO…I’ve taken up walking/running.  I’ve started a jogging program, and am training for my first 5K.  After that, I’ll continue on to training for a marathon.  Not necessarily to run (although I think running a marathon will be really cool), but to get myself in decent physical shape.  To train my body to endure.  So that I’m not only financially and temporally ready, but physically ready as well.  (And maybe look good doing it, ha ha!)


What are your thoughts?  Am I going wacky with this, or is physical fitness another form of self reliance?

Consumer Advisory Group

You may be aware that I am a member of a few survey sites.  I take online surveys in my spare time, earning points that I can use to redeem gift cards and/or items.  I don’t take nearly as many as I used to since getting a job at my daughter’s school, but I still try to take a few each week.


If it’s something you do or are interested, you might want to check out THIS SITE:

This is NOT a survey site I’m affiliated with, although I may check it out for when summer approaches.  They are currently accepting new members, but I don’t know how long they will be doing so.  It’s free to join.  Let me know if you do, I’d love to hear about your experience with it!


Thoughtful Thursday – Men’s and Women’s Quotes (funny)

I wish I knew who I could credit this funny quote to, but I don’t…it made me laugh though! 

Women’s quote of the day:  “Men are like a fine wine.  They start out like grapes, and it’s our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something with which you’d like to have dinner.”

Men’s counter quote of the day:  “Women are like fine wine.  They all start out fresh, fruity and intoxicating to the mind and then turn full-bodied with age until they go all sour and vinegary and give you a headache.”


Emergency Kits – Money! 1 comment

How are you doing getting some money into your emergency kits?  What kind of containers are you using?  How are you saving money so that you can afford to put some in?





So why do you need cash in your emergency kit?  If tragedy strikes, banks and other electronic payment systems may be down and if that happens, cash is king whether for food, water or gasoline.  This month we’re aiming to add at least $20 more in our kits, but if you can do more, do it!  Ideally you’ll have $200 or more total in your kits.

Let’s get going!