Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – June 22

I had a fairly productive week, I felt.  Nothing huge was accomplished but a lot of the “little things” that have been put off were finally taken care of, and it feels good.  Things like cleaning out the filing cabinet.  Canning chicken for the first time.  Picking up some garden pots from my mom.  And you know what?  Getting those little things done felt GOOD.  I’m hoping this week I can do more of the same, so that when I start back at work again in August, I’ll be caught up on stuff!


11406976_10205981417667807_7524513469100197061_nThe meal plan for this week is fairly simple, as usual.  I’m loving that we’re able to eat our breakfast fresh from the garden.  This will probably be the last week that we’ll get fresh peas and strawberries, so I’m planning to take full advantage.



  • Protein shake w/fresh homemade coconut milk
  • Garden raspberries, strawberries, and peas
  • Cereal



  • Leftovers
  • Sandwiches (meat, pb&j, grilled cheese, etc)
  • Salads (corn salad, lettuce salad, etc)
  • Canned Applesauce and/or peaches

Chicken Fajitas


  • Hawaiian Haystacks (we didn’t eat them last week)
  • Taco Soup
  • Leftover Night
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Oven Roast Chicken, potatoes and carrots
  • Out to eat one night (we’re having a staycation over the weekend)


My goals for the week are, like my  menu plan, fairly predictable.  I like it that way!


  1. Complete lessons 6-8 in my Healing Affirmations class.
  2. Complete lessons 5-8 in my Therapeutic Bathing class.
  3. Get things ready for the Stay-cation.
  4. Continue decluttering – going through clothes this week!

Have a wonderful week, friends.  If you are in need of more dinner ideas, head on over to OrgJunkie, where I am linked up with dozens of other bloggers sharing meal plans!

The Healthy Mind Cookbook – Review

Eating for brain health?  I’ll drink eat to that!  I was very excited to read this new cookbook from Rebecca Katz.


9781607742975About the Book (from the website):

In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function—all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years. 

With a culinary pharmacy listing the benefits of key ingredients, complete nutritional details for each dish, and flavor-packed recipes for every meal of the day, including Avocado and Citrus Salad, Sweet Potato Hash, Turkish Lamb Sliders, and Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles, The Healthy Mind Cookbook will help lift the fog of everyday life so you can reach your full physical and mental potential.


Oh, my.  The recipes look AMAZING.  The pictures are absolutely beautiful.  There are so many wonderful, delicious meal options, even for me with all of my dietary needs.  I love that the author(s) include an introduction, explaining some of the science behind the book, without taking up too much time and space.  It seems that a lot of health cookbooks are filled halfway with the science and reasoning, and then you’ve only got half a book left for a few recipes.  This book provides information, but not overwhelmingly so, and the focus is on creating good recipes.  I cannot wait to try some myself, especially the tonics and elixirs.  Food-wise, I think the Quinoa Turkey Meatballs and the Meyer Lemon Pudding recipes will be the first that I try.


* I received a complimentary copy of the book from Blogging for Books for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.


Menu Monday and Weekly Goals June 1

It’s a new week, a new month, and almost a new season!  Woah.  That’s gotta be good for motivation, right?  Talk about a new start.  I’m totally sad that school is almost out, because it means saying goodbye to a lot of wonderful students, but I also am SO DANG excited to spend more time playing with my kids each day!  This is the last week of school where I’m at, so there will probably be some tears for me this week.  I’m planning to live it up and enjoy every moment I get.  Of course, that means making a plan so that less time is wasted.  Here’s the menu plan for the week:



100_21781-1024x768Monday – Chicken and Rice Soup (made with quinoa instead of rice this week)

Tuesday – Meatballs and baked potato, Dana’s Corn Salad (without the cheese)

Wednesday – Crock Pot Pork and brown rice w/corn and peas

Thursday – Leftover night

Friday –

Saturday – Hubby cooking

Sunday – Taco Bar (Spanish rice, spiced meat, beans, peppers, lettuce, etc)


My goals for this week – pretty simple.  I just want to enjoy it!

  • Take my son to his 2-day soccer clinic.
  • Take my daughter to her new gymnastics class.
  • Call my local bank about internet access.
  • Set up monthly budget
  • Go over budget numbers for May.




Menu Monday and Weekly Goals May 25 4 comments

First of all:  Happy Memorial Day.


You’ll have to forgive me for not being very consistent these last few weeks.  I had an ovarian cyst rupture, and was in a lot of pain until last Wednesday.  Then I felt great, and then Thursday came and I had ANOTHER cyst rupture!  So, I’ve been forcing myself to relax and recover.  It’s killing me, lol.  The house is a mess, and my garden is begging me for some attention.  My hubby has been awesome about taking over and taking care of things, but it’s been hard to keep up.  I’ve got to keep taking it easy this week, but I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel, and I am hoping that I can slowly start doing more.  This life ain’t gonna live itself!!


Anyway, I’m also trying to be really good about my eating this week, just to aid in my recovery.  I made a HUGE batch of “safe” soup that I can eat throughout the week, and I stocked up on fresh pineapple, spinach and broccoli so that I can have green smoothies each day.  The menu plan I created is more for my family than for me, as I’ll be drinking smoothies and homemade chicken broth while eating taco soup. :)


Crunchy-Chicken-Bites3-189x300Monday – Oven Roast Chicken, roasted potatoes and carrots

Tuesday –  Sloppy Joes, salad

Wednesday – Beans and Rice, leftover chicken, salad

Thursday – Crockpot Pork Ribs, fruit salad, carrots

FridayCrunchy Chicken Bites, quinoa salad

Saturday – Leftovers and Smoothies

Sunday – Crepes, waffle iron hashbrowns, fruit salad/smoothies



My goals for this week are going to be easy peasy as well, because I am NOT going to overdo it and make myself sick again:

  • Cub Scouts Pack meeting (I’m in charge of food)
  • Go birthday shopping for my mom
  • Plant more stuff in the garden


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Menu Plan and Weekly Goals April 27

This last week was an exciting one for me.  Well, the weekend, at least.
I started out the week going to work like usual.  I had to take a little time off because my daughter broke her tooth in 3 pieces!  It worked out, though, because I was asked to substitute the next day, so I made up all the time.  The tooth was okay, too.  It’s my girl’s last baby tooth, so they just pulled it out and now she’s all done with baby teeth (sniff, sniff).  The tooth fairy gave her a little extra money because she was getting sentimental. :)


Over the weekend, we were able to make a purchase that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.  We bought a Blendtec! (We paid cash for it, I promise.) Oh my gosh, I’m in love.  We bought it yesterday, and I’ve already made homemade coconut milk (coconuts were on sale), cashew milk, coconut flour, coconut butter, a tortilla soup base, tomatillo salsa, and a pina colada smoothie.  I feel like this new world of more affordable healthy options have opened up, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  I estimated that we saved between $6-$10 with the coconuts I’ve processed, and we’re not even halfway done with them yet.  I can’t wait to share new recipes and discoveries with you!


The menu plan is going to include us eating out of the pantry as much as possible.  I’ll be using my blendtec for a lot of healthy smoothie options to go with:


0426151034Monday – Sloppy Joes, carrot sticks

Tuesday –  Crunchy Chicken Bites, fruit and spinach smoothies

Wednesday – Spaghetti, green salad

Thursday – Leftover night

Friday – Sweet potato chowder (I’ll make something up. :) )

Saturday – Hubby is cooking

Sunday -Soup, Salad, and Smoothie night. :)


Weekly Goals:

Here are the things I hope to get completed this week:

  1. Organize and get awards for our Cub Scouts pack meeting.
  2. Go over financial numbers for April.
  3. Get budget for May set up.
  4. Go through and re-organize spices.
  5. Take a car load of stuff to the thrift store.


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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals April 20th 2 comments

I’m so glad it’s a new week.  I’ve spent the last few days sick.  That’s never fun!


I am currently in recovery mode, and so I’ll be following an anti-inflammatory diet for the week.  This meal plan will reflect that, and what I’ll be feeding my kids as well:


Gluten Free Crunchy-Chicken-Bites3-648x1024Monday – Spaghetti (regular noodles for the kids, quinoa noodles for me, homemade sauce)

Tuesday – Oven baked Chicken Drumsticks, green salad

Wednesday – Crockpot pork ribs (plain for me, I’ll add BBQ sauce for the family), carrots, fruit

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Fried chicken Crunchy Chicken Bites for the kids, Coconut Crusted for me), baked sweet potato fries, fruit salad

Saturday – Enchiladas for the family (I’ll be eating quinoa salad)

Sunday – Chicken and Rice Soup, Breadsticks (I’ll stick to the quinoa)


Breakfasts/Lunches/Snacks for me:

  • Banana Milk (almond milk blended with frozen bananas)
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Fresh fruit/vegetables
  • Baked apples topped with banana-coconut
  • Air popped popcorn


Goals for this week?  Honestly, I just am hoping to stick to the recovery diet  That’s my goal. :)


Menu Plan and Weekly Goals – April 6-12 – Eating out of the Pantry 1 comment

Oi, what a week.


My son and daughter both had spring break, so I had some fun plans.  When the kids are out of school, I’m off work, and I was going to get SO MUCH STUFF DONE!


Ha ha ha ha….and then life happened.

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I was rear ended in my little Kia by a big SUV.  It pushed me into the big truck in front of me.  The two vehicles I was sandwiched between didn’t get a scratch – either one.  My car, on the other hand, is completely totaled, which means that I’m not going to get enough money from insurance to completely fix it, or to replace it. :(


Anyway, the next day I got a nasty cold and I’ve been kinda down and out since.  I’m stressing out, trying to figure out how we’re going to afford a new car.  I drive my son with autism 65 miles to and from school everyday, so I need something reliable, and I need something quick!  Fighting with insurance to speed up the process is not something that will likely be effective, although I’m trying.

The good news is that the only injuries I sustained were minor whiplash and a bruised forehead/upper nose.  The guy who hit me was incredibly nice and felt terrible.  I have to remember to count my blessings, because they are many.  The reason the car is totaled is that the main frame bar (among other things) broke right in half when I was hit, absorbing most of the impact.  Thank goodness!


Anyway, now spring break is just about over, and I’ve got to get back into the swing of things….so I desperately need a meal plan.  I’ve gone back into emergency savings mode since we’re going to be likely accumulating more DEBT (UGH, the D WORD!!!) getting a working vehicle.  This means we’ll be eating out of the pantry.  Good thing we’ve got a stocked pantry!  We’ll be buying fresh produce and dairy, and of course taking advantage of really good sales we can find.


Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:



As for the goals this week, I’m mostly just hoping to get everything straightened up with the insurance company.  The other driver was at fault but his insurance is dragging their heels on accepting liability.  They say they will, but it’ll take some time for some reason.  So my goals are pretty simple:

  • Get a rental car, a new car, or get the original car in the shop.
  • Go through pantry; plan more meals.


Have a great week!



Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – March 16

  • 153382-425x325-chicken-tendersChicken and Rice Soup
  • Nacho Bar – homemade tortilla chips, refried beans, taco meat, etc.
  • Crockpot Pork Ribs
  • Coconut Chicken Tenders, homemade fruit sorbet
  • Sandwich night


This is what we’re having for dinner this week!  The other two nights will likely be leftover nights. :)


I’m so excited knowing that spring is on it’s way!  Today my husband started a bunch of garden seeds indoors, and it makes me smile just anticipating the warm weather and the chance to grow and harvest a garden this year.  This week we’ll plant some cooler weather crops outdoors, like our lettuce and peas, and I’m pumped.

This week I hosted two giveaways:  Tiffy’s Terrible Top Hat E-book and Gummy Cuties Multi-Vitamins for Kids.  I had a really good time reviewing both products and am glad to have the chance to host a giveaway as well.  These will probably be the only two giveaways I host in March.  Hopefully I’ll get more organized and get some additional one for April.


The goals for the week are pretty simple, but hey, simple is good!


  1. Take Munchkin shopping for birthday gifts for a birthday party this weekend.
  2. Continue HIIT workout schedule (every other day) along with WBV therapy (Whole Body Vibration).
  3. Plan and hold Scouts activity.
  4. Post 3 new blog posts for the week.
  5. Start prepping backyard garden area for planting.


That’s about it.  What are your plans this week?


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Menu Monday – Weekly Meal Plan and Goals

MPM-WinterI need to apologize now, because this is going to be quick and really no fun.  I’m exhausted.  Mentally, physically, emotionally – I’m pretty sure many can relate, right?  :)  Every year I vow to do better in the winter, and to not allow depression (or SAD) creep up on me, and I always get really close to spring before I go kaput.  We’re at that point.  The good news is that it definitely won’t last forever.  Warmer weather, fresh outdoor air, and sunshine will be here soon (hopefully)!!  In the meantime, I’m gonna do the best I can for meal planning:


  • Chili with baked fries – I’ll use a batch of chili from the freezer that I made a few weeks ago, and home bake the potatoes as fries.


  • Everyday Meatloaf – This is a new recipe I’ll be trying from the book, Everyday Paleo.  The Paleo diet seems to be the closest to a match for my personal needs, so this weekend I went to my local library and checked out every single paleo cookbook they had (only 3, but believe you me, I put others on hold).


  • Dill and Lime-baked Chicken thighs – I’m totally making this up.  We’ll see what happens.


  • Leftover night


Last week’s goals went okay, but there were quite a few changes due to circumstances beyond our control.  For example:

    1. Get budget set up and prepared for March.
    2. Blue and Gold Scout banquet – didn’t happen.  Buddy Boy had a complete meltdown about an hour before and we simply couldn’t get him calmed down.  Autism really sucks sometimes.  My husband went though, since he’s the den leader!  So I suppose we kinda can cross it off. ;)
    3. Parent Teacher conferences for Buddy Boy
    4. Leave work early Wednesday and Thursday
    5. Go into work early every day – Tried to, but there was an accident on the freeway one morning, so that didn’t quite work out!
    6. Get hubby packed and sent on his trip
    7. Gymnastics for Munchkin – Nope.  The silly girl decided to hurt herself.  Luckily, it’s not a major break…just a chipped finger bone.
    8. Swimming lessons for Buddy Boy
    9. Make cookies for some neighbors. – I completely, COMPLETELY forgot about this.


And the goals for the week?  Well, I’m not being too overly ambitious, I don’t think.  How do so many of you do it??  I admire you. :)

  1. Finish giveaway on the blog (Go HERE to enter – the entries are extremely low!)
  2. Type up new recipes from cookbooks to try.
  3. Update the blog with our latest Debt numbers.


That’s it for this week.  Happy March, my friends!!


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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – Not So Organized This Week! 2 comments



How did your week go?


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A student told me, “Woah, you look TIRED!” Gee, thanks. :)

Ours went pretty good, considering.  Buddy Boy got sick; he had a fever and croup all week long.  He missed the entire week of school!  Our internet connection also got sick (more so than usual) and we had no connection for the week.  Buddy Boy’s cough is still lingering, but it’s not so bad now, and so he’ll be heading back to school, which means I’ll get to head back to work.  We also signed up for a new internet connection, and I’m hoping to be able to stay online for more than 3 minutes at a time!  It’ll be so nice. :)


My husband got a phone call yesterday from his mom letting him know that his uncle passed away.  He was generally healthy, so the heart attack that he had was completely unexpected.  Today was to be his 35th wedding anniversary.  His poor sweet wife is heartbroken.  They live out of state, and so my husband will be taking a few days off later this week to go to the funeral.  We had thought about all going, but it’ll be 12 hours of driving each way, and only staying for the one day, so we thought it might be too much for the little ones.  There are winter storms expected to head our way later in the week, so I’m hoping and praying that they will be able to travel safely.




Anyway, things kinda were wonky for a bit, and are going to be that way again this week.  I didn’t try out the new recipe I’d wanted to, however, so we’ll try again this week for that.  Here’s the plan:


Monday:  Tacos

Tuesday:  Chicken with Rosemary and Roasted Oranges

Wednesday:  Slow cooker beef roast with potatoes and carrots

Thursday:  Leftover night

Friday:  Breakfast for dinner – French toast and fruit smoothies

Saturday: No clue

Sunday:  No clue


The goals for the week?  Pretty simple:

  1. Get budget set up and prepared for March.
  2. Blue and Gold Scout banquet
  3. Parent Teacher conferences for Buddy Boy
  4. Leave work early Wednesday and Thursday
  5. Go into work early every day
  6. Get hubby packed and sent on his trip
  7. Gymnastics for Munchkin
  8. Swimming lessons for Buddy Boy
  9. Make cookies for some neighbors.


Well, that’s it here.  I hope your week is a good, safe, and happy one!