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Menu Monday – Weekly Goals and Menu Plan 01/26


Howdy, howdy!  Can you believe it’s the last week of January already?  I’m still writing 2014 on everything!  :)


We are continuing the “eating out of the pantry” thing this week.  It’s been challenging, but kind of fun, to come up with meal ideas from what we already have at home.  I’m trying two new recipes this week, and will have to let you know how they turn out.  Anyway, here’s the plan:


MondayBaked Apple and Pork Meatballs, green salad, brown rice


Tuesday:  Breakfast for Dinner – cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, sausage


Wednesday:  Sandwich night – I’ll give the family members the option to choose which kind of sandwich they’d like to each have:  Tuna, BLT, Grilled Cheese or PB&J.  Fresh carrot sticks on the side.


ThursdayKalua Pork Tacos with Avocado Mango Salsa


Friday:  Dill-baked Chicken Thighs (will post the recipe later), roasted potatoes and carrots


Saturday:  Leftover night


Sunday: TBD – again, ha ha



As for the weekly goals, last week’s went well.  We were able to get everything on the to-do list completed, including the animal reports, the music building report, gymnastics, scouts, etc.  This week will look much the same, but with some new changes.  My husband and I received a call to head the Cub Scouts, the Wolves in particular.  It’ll be fun to do it together, and a learning experience for me.  I know nothing about the Scout program!  Here are my goals for the week:


  1. Get the Cub Scouts materials, go to the Pack meeting, and figure out what I’m doing.
  2. Munchkin is going ice skating for the first time – I’ll need to sign the release form and take her to that.
  3. Rock climbing with the kids.
  4. Post at least 3 new blog posts.
  5. Gather and organize tax materials.
  6. Set up budget for the first half of February.


I hope you all have a great week!



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Menu Monday – Weekly Menu Plan and Goals 01/19   Recently updated !


First of all, happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to all of my friends in the U.S.  I hope you are able to take some time today to do something for another, in honoring the legacy he left behind. :)





I’ve decided that another step we are going to be taking in our quest to get rid of our debt, we’ll be eating out of the pantry, and using our food storage more heavily.  Our meals will be based on food we have in our pantry and in our chest freezer.



3933f44992d957ece30721c425e40f30Monday:  Nacho Bar – Homemade tortilla chips, various toppings (refried beans, leftover meat, cheese, salsa, etc)

Tuesday: Turkey and vegetable soup (meat and veggies from the freezer), fresh baked bread (for the gluten eaters)

Wednesday:  Breakfast for dinner – Homemade hashbrowns (made with sweet and white potatoes), Gluten-Free pancakes, Fruit salad, etc

Thursday:  Leftover night

FridaySweet and sour chicken, Vegetable fried rice

Saturday:  Homemade Pizza

Sunday:  To be determined (as usual)



The goals for this week are kinda simple, and more of a to-do list.  We’ve got cub scouts and swimming lessons for Buddy Boy, Young Women’s and gymnastics for Munchkin, Activity Days for the girls in my church, an animal report due for Buddy Boy, and a gluten-free cooking demonstration for me.

What are your plans for the week?


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It’s Goal Setting Time! Planner Review 2 comments

It’s my 2nd favorite part of winter time:  Goal Setting Time!  (1st place goes to Christmas.)  I’m a total sucker for goals.  Every year I get so excited, and so motivated.  Honestly, even if I only accomplish half of the goals I set, I end up accomplishing more than I would have with no goals, right?




My biggest problem is probably getting organized enough to keep track of what I set out to do in the first place.  I work, blog, raise kids (one of whom has special needs), and I have a hard time remembering things.  It seems that I have to have a notebook with me everywhere I go lately, so I can write down things as they pop into my head, because they may not pop back again!  Maybe I’m just getting old. :)


planningAnyway, I got this planner from Tools4Wisdom for the upcoming year.  I love it because it’s a goal planner and tracker along with a regular calendar planner.  I also like that it’s standard notebook size so I’m less likely to lose it, ha ha.  It’s a simple design, clear cut and precise, and because it looks simple, it FEELS simple to me, and calm somehow.  I know, I’m weird.


The planners allow you to lay out your week on each double page, with space to list the MAJOR outcomes you want, simple steps to achieve those outcomes and ideas to enhance your life, along with your appointments and reminders.

The Weekly Planner asks questions on every page.  Writing down your thoughts in the planner helps boost creativity: Scientific studies have proven that the act of writing by hand actually inspires new ideas! So the more you write, the more ideas will flow from your pen.  Did you know that??


Here’s what some of the pages look like:


I’m really excited to start the new year with another organizing tool in my corner.  Now to start filling it up! ;)  The Tools4Wisdom planner can be purchased here at Amazon.

You can also see my review on my new blog, Munchkin and Mom Reviews!

*I received no monetary compensation.  I received the product in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – Thanksgiving Week! 4 comments

I’m so, SO much more excited for Thanksgiving this year than usual!  It’s all for lame, selfish reasons, too.  But hey, I’d rather be excited than not!


First of all, I’ve been cleared by my doctor to make some rolls for myself.  Granted, they have to be gluten/dairy free, but there are still tons more ingredients that I haven’t been previously allowed!  Yay for sometimes foods!!


Second, Thanksgiving week equals a 2-day work week.  I’m absolutely thrilled! :D


Lastly, we’ve got some family from out of town coming in to spend the holiday.  It will be so awesome to see them all!  Especially my cute little nieces.  I just love ‘em.


With this excitement mounding, I’m actually feeling motivated enough to create a menu plan for the week.  Like always, I keep all of MY personal meals gluten free, and therefore, most of the family’s.  I’ll sometimes give them a gluten-filled option, like a side of toast or something, but for dinner we’re usually pretty strict.  Here’s the plan:


picmonkey-1024x579Monday: Tostadas (corn tortillas fried in olive oil, topped with lettuce, beans, chicken, salsa, etc)

TuesdayHomemade Taco Bowls (use leftover beans and toppings from Monday)

Wednesday: Fried Rice with Veggies (use leftover rice from Tuesday)

Thursday: Thanksgiving meal

Friday: Leftover night (probably turkey, potatoes and pie, right?)

Saturday: Creamy White Chicken Chili (with leftover turkey instead of chicken)

SundayQuinoa-Crusted Chicken



As for the goals, well, I was able to get everything done last time I set some weekly goals.  The plan for this week isn’t anything grand, but I’m thinking baby steps are the best way to achieve the big stuff anyway:

  • Start new blog – My daughter wants to start a review site with me, where we’ll share our thoughts on fun, girly stuff:  hairstyles, beauty treatments, and products…you know, that type of stuff!
  • Post a movie review and giveaway (keep your eyes peeled!)
  • Go over November budget numbers.

Have a great week, everyone, and have a safe and happy holiday weekend for those in the U.S.!

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals November 10

Whew!  The weeks are flying by!  Why is it, I wonder, that the days seem to drag, but the weeks, months, and years fly by?  Time…what a concept.






We had a good time over the weekend at the Turkey Trot….it supports a local school, and I love a good cause.  Munchkin wasn’t really smiling though – she got ran over by a biker.  Poor kid.  Yesterday we did a mega cleaning of the house.  The kids were miserable, and I was thrilled!  We’d hit a room, and then we’d take a 10-minute break (the kids were, after all, miserable, ha ha).  Then we’d get another room, and so on until the entire house was clean.  I’m loving it, and I’m sure it’ll last for a day. :)

Oh hey, don’t forget:  I’ve got 3 giveaways currently running.  Two of them end this week!  Be sure to enter.

Their Name is Today – ends tomorrow!

Manic Drive CD – VIP – ends today!

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas Prize Pack
As we head into a new week, I want to at least pretend try to keep organized.  Thank goodness for the menu plan, right?  Here’s what we’re having:


  • cheese-enchiladas-3-picturesMonday:  Chicken and Dumpling soup (with gluten-free dumplings)
  • Tuesday:  Pigs in a blanket, lettuce salad
  • WednesdayEnchiladas
  • ThursdaySlow Roasted Persian Chicken,
  • Friday:  Leftover night
  • Saturday: Roasted Potatoes (Sweet and White), leftover chicken
  • Sunday: TBD


And the goals for the week?  Well, let’s be honest, I’m not shooting for the moon. :)  It’ll be a good week, though.

  1. Pick up, separate and freeze 40 lbs chicken (the chicken from Zaycon was delayed, so I’m getting it tonight.)
  2. Activity Days Reward activity
  3. Get ready for and hold Buddy Boy’s birthday party.
  4. Munchkin gymnastics
  5. Update the budget.


Have a great week!




Menu Monday – Weekly Meal Plan and Goals

 New week, new month!  Holy cow, did fall suddenly hit you like it hit over here?  We went trick or treating on Friday evening and didn’t even need jackets.  By the next morning, November 1, it was freezing!  I kinda get a kick out of it when the weather acts so on schedule.

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I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday weekend.  Now that it’s over, it’s time to get back to the schedule.  Here is our menu plan this week:


  • Whole grain toast and or Bagels (for the kids)

  • Fresh fruit (for all of us)

  • Home canned applesauce


  • Leftovers (for me)

  • Whole grain bread (for the kids)

  • Fresh fruit and fresh veggies (for all of us)

  • Greens chews (for the kids)

  • Turkey bacon (for the kids)

Quinoa Crusted ChickenDinners:

Monday – Turkey and Cheese Quesadillas (For the kids, I’ll have plain turkey quesadillas), Cucumber Guacamole

Tuesday – Crepes

Wednesday – Slow Cooker Sausage Chili, Fresh Baked Bread

Thursday – Crust Free Turkey Pot Pie

Friday – Leftover Night

Saturday – Quinoa Crusted Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sunday – Oven Porcupine Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Green Salad


I was able to complete all the “to-dos” on my list last week:

  1. Start new HIIT Training program designed by my doctor just for me (so I guess there is some benefit to these weekly dr appointments!)
  2. Finalize Halloween costumes for the kids.
  3. Go to church Trunk Or Treat on Tuesday.
  4. Wednesday:  NBA Jazz game (we got free tickets)
  5. Go over final budget numbers for October.

The fun plans this week:

  1. Activity Days

  2. 1 doctor appointment (only one this week; hooray!)

  3. Buddy Boy starts his rock climbing class.

  4. Picking up 40 lbs Zaycon chicken

  5. Fundraiser fun run for my son’s school

  6. Gymnastics for Munchkin


I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed week!






Menu Plan and Weekly Goals Oct 27 – Nov 2

So, I skipped a couple of weeks of menu planning.  Not very organized, but hey, I’m keeping it real.

I gotta be honest with everyone.



I can’t keep up with anything, and I’m getting more and more stressed out. This whole 65 miles every day JUST to get my son to and from school is rough.  It’s what you do when you have a special needs child, though.

And you want to know something?  This whole having to eat 6 times a day, but not being allowed to eat soy, dairy, gluten,  sweeteners, canned/frozen/juiced fruits/veggies, processed anything, shellfish, table salt, etc is getting old.  REALLY OLD.  If I was seeing better results, I might feel more motivated.  I couldn’t think of what to make for dinner before when I could eat all that stuff, and when I only ate 3x a day!  Holy cow, it’s a production just to make a snack:  buy some dry beans, cook them for 8 hours to soften, then dry and roast for an hour to make them crisp again.  Yay, I have one snack!  Ugh.

Ah, well.  I s’pose that’s why I need to MAKE time to menu plan.  Right?  Geez, one day.  One day I’ll have my head screwed on straight.  I’ll be sure to let you know when it happens, so you can watch out your window for all of the flying pigs.

Sorry.  I’m ranting, and I hate when I do that.  It does feel better to have it out, though.  I know I’m blessed, and I know I’m lucky.  I’m just having a day.  Forgive me.  I’ll get to the meal plan:



  • Whole grain toast (for the kids)

  • Cereal (for the kids)

  • Fresh fruit (for all of us)

  • Steel Cut Oatmeal

  • Home canned applesauce


  • Leftovers (for me)

  • Whole grain bread (for the kids)

  • Fresh fruit and fresh veggies (for all of us)

  • Greens chews (for the kids)

  • Turkey bacon (for the kids)

  • String Cheese (for the kids)


Steak and Potato StewDinners:

  • Monday – Leftover chicken and roasted potatoes

  • Tuesday – Mexican Style Brown Rice, Homemade Refried Beans (adapted so I can have them)

  • Wednesday – Roasted Potato Soup (from Monday’s leftover potatoes)

  • Thursday – Leftover Night

  • Friday -Roasted Turkey, Carrots, Lettuce Salad

  • Saturday -Steak and Potato Stew

  • Sunday – Brown Rice and Homemade Turkey Gravy (made with home canned chicken broth and leftover turkey)


The goals for the week:

  1. Start new HIIT Training program designed by my doctor just for me (so I guess there is some benefit to these weekly dr appointments!)

  2. Finalize Halloween costumes for the kids.

  3. Go to church Trunk Or Treat on Tuesday.

  4. Wednesday:  NBA Jazz game (we got free tickets)

  5. Go over final budget numbers for October.


Menu Monday and Weekly Goals October 6-12

Howdy, howdy!  Happy Monday to all.

I’m still in denial that it’s October.  I am NOT ready for colder weather.  Although, I cannot deny that I’m grateful September is over.  It was a rotten month, financially, physically, and emotionally.  October is already going much better!  It’s weird how that happens.

We’re still eating as much as possible from the pantry.  We’ve been fortunate to get a LOT of produce from our garden this weekend, and we canned some more salsa and applesauce.  I’ll have to take pictures and count up how much we’ve done.  It’s by far the most harvest we’ve ever had.  Here’s our menu plan, based on what we have on hand (I’ll buy fresh produce/dairy/meat as needed):



  • Whole grain toast

  • Cereal

  • Fresh fruit

  • Oatmeal

  • Home canned applesauce


  • Leftovers

  • Whole grain bread

  • Fresh fruit and fresh veggies

  • Greens chews

  • Turkey bacon


  • Monday – Spaghetti (with homemade canned spaghetti sauce) – this will be for the family – I’ll eat a salad.

  • Tuesday – Baked Potato Bar

  • Wednesday – Chicken and Rice Soup

  • Thursday – Taco Night

  • Friday – Breakfast for Dinner

  • Saturday – Hubby in Charge

  • Sunday – Crockpot pork, green salad


Happily, I was able to get everything from last week’s goal list completed:

  1. Plan and hold Activity Days  Got this done, but boy, the girls sure hated it!  I made it so fun, too…we had a birthday party for ALL the girls.  Still ended up with one crying and others whining…every time, man! lol
  2. Go to the doctor and get follow up lab work done.  Anxiously awaiting the results…
  3. Go over September budget numbers and report. – yep, and it was ugly.
  4. Go to bank and get cash for October spending. – Done, and we’ve got the budget set!


We are almost completely done with the food preservation.  I think next weekend we’ll have more tomatoes and tomatillos ready, and that’ll be it!  I’m excited to be done, ha ha. :)  Here’s hoping it’s a good week:

  1. Can and preserve the last of the tomatoes (with spaghetti sauce).

  2. Doctor’s appointment (find out the results of the lab tests).

  3. Gluten free expo, baby!!

  4. Begin a new exercise program (I can’t stand it anymore…I don’t care if my doctor approves or not).

  5. Start prepping the garden for winter.

  6. Plant some tulip bulbs.

Do you set weekly goals?  What about menu planning?  Do you find that it helps?


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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – 9/29

Our eating from the pantry is in full swing!  We’ll only be purchasing fresh produce and items that we absolutely need for the next few weeks.  We went to the bread store outlet and bought 5 loaves of bread to freeze.  We also found a pack of “day old” bagels for a steal, so we bought those.  That should take care of our bread needs for awhile.  We ran out of milk last week, so we went to Costco and bought 6 gallons to freeze.  My kids drink it so fast, it seems.  I hope it lasts for a good while!


  • Bagels

  • Whole grain toast

  • Cereal

  • Fresh fruit

  • Oatmeal


  • Leftovers

  • Whole grain bread

  • Fresh fruit and fresh veggies

  • Greens chews



  • Monday – Crock Pot pork, green saladblack bean and corn salsa

  • Tuesday – Fried Rice with Battered Chicken, veggies

  • Wednesday -Taco night

  • Thursday – Chicken nuggets, carrots, mashed potatoes

  • Friday – Black Bean and Corn Salsa, brown rice

  • Saturday -TBD

  • Sunday -TBD

Have a great week!



As for the goals last week, well I did pretty well, but boy, it was a stressful week!  I’m glad it’s over. :)

Wednesday take Buddy Boy to the dentist to get his work done.
Wednesday take Munchkin to her Parent-Teacher conference.
Wednesday take Munchkin to her gymnastics.
Thursday take Buddy Boy to his Parent-Teacher conference.
Thursday go to my doctor appointment.
Saturday Buddy Boy’s baseball game. – Rained out!
Wednesday and Saturday pick the apples from our tree; can and preserve applesauce.

I’m so glad to be able to say I completed it all.  I also made a batch of tomato soup from our garden tomatoes.  With all the rain we’ve had this season, they are growing out of control…it’s AWESOME!! Goals for this week:


  1. Plan and hold Activity Days

  2. Go to the doctor and get follow up lab work done.

  3. Go over September budget numbers and report.

  4. Go to bank and get cash for October spending.

Have a great week!


Menu Monday and Weekly Goals 09/22

I’m recovering from a rotten weekend.  And prepping for a crazy week.  Not the best combination…my poor family!

1797621_10203504572549557_9032873318178334408_nWe racked up $825 in unexpected car repair costs this weekend.  And I had a negative reaction to chocolate (it was the food I was allowed to add back in this last week).  And I had to rip out a section of carpet from my room, and cannot afford to replace it.  But then yesterday I woke up to the news that a friend had been in a car accident and her only son, a precious little 1-year old, had not made it.  Her husband passed away later that evening.


I’m heartbroken.  I’m sick to my stomach.  I’m stressed.  I’m mad at myself for even worrying about the smaller stuff, like the car and the chocolate.  But, I still have a family to care for, meals to cook, work to attend, bills to pay.  So, here I am, menu planning with food from our pantry only…because, well, we’re in money-saving mode.


(There is a GoFundMe page set up – since the only pain any of us can help alleviate right now is the financial burden.  You can find it here.)


And since life must go on, as it always does, here is the menu plan for the week:



  • Whole wheat toast

  • Cereal (chex and cheerios)

  • Waffles

  • Fresh fruit

IMG_20140826_192609Lunches (combinations of any of these items):

  • Brown rice with garden salsa and leftover chicken

  • Salad

  • Whole wheat bread

  • String cheese

  • Fresh veggies (carrots, garden tomatoes, garden cucumbers)

  • Fresh fruit (pineapple, apples, oranges)


  • Monday – Steak and Potato Stew

  • Tuesday – Leftover Teriyaki Chicken, brown rice, lettuce salad

  • Wednesday – Baked Potato Bar

  • Thursday – Crockpot Turkey Chili

  • Friday – Leftover Night

  • Saturday – Tacos and Quesadillas

  • Sunday – Dinner at my mom’s


The goals for this week…really, it’s more of a “to-do” list than a goal list:

  1. Wednesday take Buddy Boy to the dentist to get his work done.

  2. Wednesday take Munchkin to her Parent-Teacher conference.

  3. Wednesday take Munchkin to her gymnastics.

  4. Thursday take Buddy Boy to his Parent-Teacher conference.

  5. Thursday go to my doctor appointment.

  6. Saturday Buddy Boy’s baseball game.

  7. Wednesday and Saturday pick the apples from our tree; can and preserve applesauce.

I hope you all have a happy and productive week.  And please, take the time to hug your family a little tighter, and to love them a little better.  Life can change forever in the blink of an eye.


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