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Menu Plan and Weekly Goals April 27   Recently updated !

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!

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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 1 comment

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!

 

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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!!

 

*Linked up at OrgJunkie


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

Whew!

 

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!


Menu Monday and Weekly Goals: 2/16 – 2/22 2 comments

I hope you all had a good week.  We’ve continued to have unusually warm weather here, and I confess, I’ve really enjoyed it.  I do worry, though, because we’re starting to see blossoms pop up.  I just know we’ll end up with a hard freeze one night and all the blossoms will freeze.  I’m stocking up on big/cheap blankets and sheets that I can throw over my fruit trees and bushes, in case that happens.  Hopefully it’ll work out!

 

With the warmer weather, I haven’t been making as many soups as I usually do this time of year, and well, I’ve decided that it needs to change.  I’m craving soups/stews in a big way, and so I think that’ll be a big part of the meals this week:

 

Chicken-with-Roast-Oranges-1000px-WMMonday – Crockpot chili

Tuesday – Salmon and potato chowder

Wednesday – Leftover night

Thursday – Pan-fried pork chops, veggie tray

Friday – Chicken with rosemary and roasted oranges,

Saturday – Sweet and sour chicken, veggie fried rice

Sunday – Crockpot roast with potatoes and carrots

 

 

The goals from last week were pretty simple:

  1. Post another new giveaway! :D yes
  2. Meet with the local Jr. High to learn about registration for next year (eek!!)yes
  3. Continue the Fe’ Fit Program.yes
  4. Post 4 product reviews.no

 

The plan for this week is also fairly simple – and that’s just fine with me:

  1. Post 3 product reviews.
  2. Continue the Fe’ Fit program.
  3. Reschedule Munchkin’s gymnastics lesson.
  4. Munchkin’s New Beginnings program (church)

 

*Linked at OrgJunkie.

 

 

 


Gluten Free BLTs – or BLAs, Rather… 8 comments

So, remember how I went to Walmart and checked out their gluten free demos and products?  Well, I REMEMBER.  Boy, do I remember.  I remember coming directly home from the store and EATING THAT BREAD!! :)

 

 

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I purchased Udi’s new Country Seeded Bread.  I was going to make a BLT, but sadly the tomatoes were not looking great…something about it being winter, or something.  😉  So, instead I made a BLA – Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado sandwich, and I threw in a little cheese for good measure!   I used uncured turkey bacon, since it’s the only kind I’m allowed on my diet.

Grilled Cheese with Avocado

 

I cooked my bacon and then toasted my sandwich in coconut oil.  Added my avocado and lettuce, and BAM.  I ate that beauty right up!

 

I like Udi’s bread in general, but I definitely prefer it warmed up, whether toasted or simply heated in a microwave for a few seconds.  It tasted like a regular sandwich.  It’s been a LONG TIME since I’d had a sandwich, and I’m not going to lie, it totally made my day.

 

 

I’m SO glad that Walmart is now carrying these gluten free items! :)  You can bet I’ll be back to try more products soon.


Simple Health Yacon Syrup 4 comments


Anyone here heard of Yacon Syrup?

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It’s a product I’ve heard of, but didn’t know much about.  When I had the opportunity to test some out from Simple Health, I decided it was time to do some research.  Here’s some information I found:

 

  • Yacon syrup is high in soluble fiber.
  • It is high in PREbiotics (not to be confused with PRObiotics).  Prebiotics help to stimulate the good bacterias (probiotics) in our guts.  It also helps the body with increasing its absorption of minerals.
  • It was used by the Incas.  In Peru it is eaten for it’s nutritional properties – it is low in calories and in sugar.
  • In a 2009 Study, daily intake of Yacon syrup was shown to produce a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference, and body mass index.
  • Yacon syrup is an anti-inflammatory food.
  • Simple Health Yacon Syrup is gluten free, non GMO, and vegan with no binders or artificial ingredients.

 

Simple Health Yacon Syurp is made from yacon root and is 100% pure. It has a deliciously sweet taste, a bit like dates, but is diabetes friendly.

 

I’ve been using Yacon Syrup for the last week.  I really do like the taste.  It has a molasses texture, and a taste that is a mix between dates and molasses, in my opinion.  When I’m craving something sweet, I eat a small spoonful of it and it takes care of it!   I can’t say that I’ve felt a huge difference in my body yet, but there is enough evidence on the side of Yacon syrup for me to continue using it.  I’ll be sure to update later after I’ve used it for longer.

 

I’m not really at a point in my life where I need to lose pounds, but I could definitely stand to lower my body fat percentage, and to tone up, and so I’ll be trying different products/methods and sharing my experiences with them throughout the year.  As of now, I’m liking Yacon Syrup, and hopefully will see some physical results from using it consistently!

 

SimpleHealth_Christmasrecipes-yacon-candied-nuts-2-300x200If you’re unsure how you could use yacon syrup, here is a link that provides recipes.  I seriously cannot wait to try these candied nuts!!

 

*I was provided a bottle of the product in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  ALL opinions are mine alone.

 

 


Menu Monday and Weekly Goals 02/09 – 02/15

Well, I’m done.

 

 

With my taxes, that is.  I’m so happy.  I hate doing taxes, and yet I jump on doing it quickly because I’m always more than ready to get a dang refund.  This year’s refund has already been spent, honestly.  It’ll go to paying down our debt.

 

Speaking of debt, I can’t decide how I feel about our progress.  I really, truly believe that we’re on the path to being debt-free, but I can’t help but feel fear.  My husband’s car has over 220,000 miles on it.  It’s nearing the end of it’s life.  Munchkin has lost almost all of her baby teeth, and the dentist thinks it’s time to meet with the orthopedist to look into braces.  Those are two big expenses that I feel are going to be coming this year, and I feel so unprepared for it.  However, I know if we keep living the way we’re living, things will work out.  I’ve just gotta keep focused, and don’t allow myself to get too stressed out over it all.

 

Anyway, kinda sorta along the same lines, we’re continuing the eating-out-of-the-pantry.  Our meat supply is getting low, so I will need to purchase some soon.  Right now at my local Reams, you can get a 5-lb bag of chicken thighs for $0.69/lb, so I’ll be picking up some of that.  In the meantime, here’s what we’ll be eating:

 

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Tuesday – Sloppy Joes, carrot sticks and salad

Wednesday – Something in the crockpot

Thursday –  Baked Dill Chicken, roasted potatoes, carrots

Friday –  Home-canned Tomato Soup, grilled cheese sandwiches (or toast – will use GF bread)

Saturday – Leftover night

Sunday – Family Dinner at my mom’s

 

 

The goals last week were accomplished:

  1. Go to my son’s IEP meeting, get a new IEP set up.
  2. Get the disability tax form signed by his school.
  3. Meeting with a local company to share my thoughts on a new Autism program they want to roll out.
  4. Start the Fe’ Fit Workout Program. 
  5. Sing a musical number at church.
  6. Post two new giveaways!!   Enter them HERE and HERE
  7. Start taxes.

 

Not as many goals for this week:

  1. Post another new giveaway! 😀
  2. Meet with the local Jr. High to learn about registration for next year (eek!!)
  3. Continue the Fe’ Fit Program.
  4. Post 4 product reviews.

 

Have a great week, everyone!