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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals

Hello, hello!

 

BoxcarChildren_400x400v2This last week was a good one.  I am officially allowed to workout again, as long as I don’t push too hard!  Yay!  I can feel an improvement and boost in energy, and I can tell my treatment plan is working.  I also had the chance to review a cute kids’ movie and am hosting a giveaway for a copy of the DVD.  Yes, a good week!

 

Holy cow, it’s the last week of summer break.  Time to get organized for back to school and back to work!  I’m sad for the break to end, but I feel partially content as well, knowing that it’ll be good for the kids, especially Buddy Boy, to be back on a more specific schedule again.  I’m hoping to get a lot done this week, but I also want to have some FUN too!  Hopefully I can find a good balance that’ll keep the kids and me happy.

 

Here’s the menu plan for the week:

 

Taco-Bowls__Monday – Baked Potato Bar

Tuesday – Del Taco (we’re running from hair appointments to back to school nights, so we’ll take advantage of Taco Tuesday!)

WednesdayRoasted Chicken and Potatoes

Thursday – Breakfast (waffles, fruit salad, etc)

Friday – Leftover Night

SaturdayHomemade Taco Bowls

Sunday – Family Dinner at my Mom’s

 

 

Goals for the Week:

  • Take car load of stuff to local thrift store.
  • Do a freezer cooking session.
  • Buy stuff for and put together gift baskets for some awesome volunteers at Resolution Horse.
  • Take Munchkin to get her hair done.
  • Take kids to Back to School Night.
  • Back to school shopping trip with Aunt Linda.
  • 2 Horseback riding sessions; 1 gymnastics class.
  • Harvest and juice grapes.

 

Have a great week!  We’re linked up at OrgJunkie. :)

 

 

 

 

 

Menu? Monday and Weekly Goals

Folks, I have a confession.

I didn’t follow the meal plan last week.  At all.  The kids either weren’t in the mood for the food I had planned or I didn’t feel up to making it, and so the whole thing flew out the window.

We did NOT go out to eat instead, so I’m grateful for that.  We just ate what was easy and available, making choices at the last minute.  We also had a lot of fun doing back to school shopping – who needs food when you can shop?! ;)

PicMonkey CollageThis week will probably be much the same.  I’m having a hard enough time coming up with meal ideas for myself, following an anti-inflammatory diet, and to come up with more meals on top of that is something I admit I’m struggling with.

Ah, well.  We all have those weeks, right?  (that’s what I’m telling myself to avoid too much guilt. :) )Here’s a very loose meal plan for the week (for the kids) anyway. My personal meal plan will look different:

Breakfasts:

Toast
Scrambled Eggs
Fresh Fruit (all we’ve got right now are apples and one mango, so we’ll need to shop soon)Waffles (made from our freezer session)

Lunches:

Leftover crockpot chicken
Fresh and canned fruit
Fresh veggies (we have carrots, lettuce, avocado and cucumbers on hand)
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Cheese quesadillas

Dinners (to be served with fresh fruit and veggies on the side):

Breakfast for dinner
Leftovers
Crockpot baked potatoes
Homemade Pizza
Mac and Cheese

As for me, I will be adding in a few new foods this week.  I’m so excited, and so scared!  The foods I get to add back in are brown rice, eggs, and lean beef.  I will introduce one at a time for two days, and if all goes well I’ll add another.  If it doesn’t go well, I’ll cut back down to the original diet until I reach my baseline and try a different food again.  These foods I’ll be eating for breakfast only, so my lunches and dinners will still mostly be salads and beans/chicken.

I did accomplish my two goals for last week, so I did get SOMETHING done.  This week I’m hoping to be more productive:

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  • Repaint trim on the front of the house

  • Calk the baseboards in the bathroom to finally have the job complete!

  • Finish up budget plan for August

  • Reorganize bathroom drawers

 

*Hope you all have a great week!

 

 

Back to School on a Budget

Who is ready for back to school?

Ugh.  Not me.  I am sad beyond sad that we only have 5 weeks left of summer break.  We’re more than halfway there!  There is one thing my family loves about going back to school (well, 2 things, actually).  1, it’s fun to see friends again and good for all of us to get back on a schedule.  2, we get to go back-to-school shopping! 

If you’re like me, you’ve got a very specific budget.  We are being extra frugal this year, and a lot of our back-to-school excursions will be to yard sales and thrift stores.  The kids like having new stuff too, though (who doesn’t?) and so I’ve been browsin’ the web, looking for some fun, frugal stuff:

Personal Creations – Personalized Boys Backpack – Back to School Gifts

Personal Creations - Personalized Boys Backpack - Back to School Gifts

I found these personalized backpacks at Personal Creations, and I fell in love!  Isn’t that the cutest idea? At Buddy Boy’s school, we have to write his name on everything anyway – what a great way to do it!  I kinda want to personalize something for ME now.

 

Personal Creations – Personalized Boys Backpack – Back to School Gifts – $22.49, 7.99 shipping – Available at Personal Creations


The Children’s Place – Boys Sporty Matchables Tee – Blue T-Shirt – The Children’s Place

The Children's Place - Boys Sporty Matchables Tee - Blue T-Shirt - The Children's Place

When I saw this boys T-shirt for only $2.99 ($2.99!!) I was thrilled.  I love the caption on this particular one.  I wonder if Buddy Boy will take it to heart?  One can hope, right? The Children’s Place has a lot of great deals available, so be sure to check them out for your back to school clothing needs!

 

The Children’s Place – Boys Sporty Matchables Tee – Blue T-Shirt – The Children’s Place – $2.99, 5.00 shipping – Available at Children’s Place


Texas Instruments – TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (8 Lines – 16 Characters – Battery Powered – Black)

Texas Instruments - TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (8 Lines - 16 Characters - Battery Powered - Black)

My kids aren’t old enough yet to need one of these fancy schmancy calculators, and I dread the time when they do.  Holy cow, there are so many options out there!  Texas Instruments is a known leader in the calculator biz, and I remember using mine in high school…though I’m definitely happy I’m done with it!  If you’ve gotta buy it, you might as well get a deal, right? 

 

Texas Instruments – TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (8 Lines – 16 Characters – Battery Powered – Black) – $112.12, Free shipping – Available at A Matter of Fax

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Asus – Transformer Book T100 Gray Tablet PC (1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3740, 2 GB DDR3, 64 GB SSD, Windows 8.1, LED Backlight)

Asus - Transformer Book T100 Gray Tablet PC (1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3740, 2 GB DDR3, 64 GB SSD, Windows 8.1, LED Backlight)

This tablet PC is perfect – plenty of storage space, small and mobile, making it easy for your teen to do homework.  Man, I wish I’d had one of these when I was in high school.  I didn’t even have a big, bulky computer.  Yes, I’m that old. :)

 

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Sistema – Sistema 50 oz. Slimline Quaddie Lunchbox 1.5 ltr.Assorted, 9″ X 6-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ H

Sistema - Sistema 50 oz. Slimline Quaddie Lunchbox 1.5 ltr.Assorted, 9

While not the standard lunchbox, I have to say that I think I prefer this style.  See the divided compartments?  What a great way to keep your wet grapes separate from your sandwich, without having to use a plastic baggy that will be thrown away!  Oh my gosh, I’m in love with this product.  Thank you, Container Store!  (One day I’m going to go on a big ole’ shopping spree to this place, I’m telling you.)

 

Sistema – Sistema 50 oz. Slimline Quaddie Lunchbox 1.5 ltr.Assorted, 9″ X 6-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ H – $9.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Elmers Products – Products, Inc. Glues and Adhesives Elmer’s Glue Sticks, .24 oz., Purple Application

Elmers Products - Products, Inc. Glues and Adhesives Elmer's Glue Sticks, .24 oz., Purple Application

Let’s just face it.  You’re gonna go through glue sticks like crazy, so save yourself the trouble and buy them all NOW.  Or, you know, do what I did last year and buy a few, and then halfway through the year listen to your kids cry because they have a project due TOMORROW that they forgot to tell you about and they need glue sticks and you’re all out.  You know, either way will work. 

 

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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals

Howdy, howdy!  Happy Monday, friends.

I am beginning week 3 of my anti-inflammatory diet.  I can feel improvements, and I’m so grateful.  I actually was feeling good enough to attempt exercise today, but I didn’t last long.  After telling my doctor about it, I received a gentle scolding and was told that my adrenal glands are not recovered enough yet, and that in 3-4 weeks we’ll start talking exercise.  So…I guess that means I’m on mandatory “relaxation”!  :D

The meal plan I’m sharing today is what I’m feeding my family, not myself, since I’m basically eating salads with chicken for nearly every meal, and some sort of fresh fruit for all snacks.

Breakfasts:

  • fresh raspberries (from the garden)

  • toast

  • Greek yogurt

  • other fresh fruit (we currently have oranges, apples, bananas, kiwi, and mango to choose from)

Lunch:

  • fresh fruit (see above)

  • chicken and cheese quesadillas

  • leftovers

  • veggies of choice (on hand we have corn, peas, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, squash, and zucchini)

100_1633-1024x568Dinner:

Monday – Taco night
TuesdayChicken and Rice SoupWednesday - Breakfast for Dinner (waffles, homemade hash browns, fruit salad)
Thursday – Leftover night
Friday – Dinner at Grandma’s
Saturday – Dad’s in charge
Sunday – Dinner at Grandma’s

 

As for my goals last week, here’s how I did:

  • 1 hour freezer cooking session – YEP!
  • Start exercising again.  – YES, but got busted for it. :)
  • Finish up my two giveaways – YES
  • Post at least 2 new recipes on the blog. – oops, NO

The plan for this week:

  • Do some yard sale back to school shopping.
  • Declutter and organize the bookshelf area of my bedroom.

Have a great week!

 

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals

Oh me, oh my.

I didn’t post a weekly plan, goals or menu-wise last week.  Everything just got crazy and what can I say?  I slacked off.

I finally had my follow up doctor appointment to get the results of the blood tests.  And it wasn’t pretty.

  • Severe anemia pattern, so low that unless we get it up quickly I’ll need IV therapy.
  • Possible Hyperparathyroidism (not the same as thyroid issues), will need surgery…one more blood test was done on Thursday to confirm.
  • Not enough oxygen in the blood cells.
  • Red blood cells not regenerating fast enough, causing inflammation and blocking my body’s ability to absorb the nutrients I need (like iron).
  • Multiple food intolerances.
  • Pre-diabetes
  • And more

Luckily, the doctor I’m working with is an endocrine specialist, and he feels confident that I can get on a treatment plan and improve.  We are looking at 6 months of treatment, and an out-of-pocket cost of more than $5,000, and the goal is simply for me to have more good days than bad….but you know what, I’ll take it.

Part of the treatment plan is nutritional.  I’ve been given a very specific meal plan in which I cannot eat gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar of any kind, potatoes, rice, beef, pork, peanuts, eggs, tomatoes, and more.  This week’s menu plan will reflect that, along with foods for the kids.  It’s gonna be an interesting few months – wish me luck!

Breakfasts:

kids – toast, fresh garden raspberries
kids – yogurt
me – creamy buckwheat
me – quinoa breakfast salad

Lunches:

kids – fresh and canned fruit (peaches, mandarin oranges, apples, grapes)
kids and me – fresh vegetables (carrots, broccoli, jicama)
kids – quesadillas
me – banana milk

Dinners:

153382-425x325-chicken-tendersMonday – almost pasta salad (made with quinoa)
Tuesday – baked chicken with Flax Tortillas
WednesdaySalmon and Avocado Salad
ThursdayCoconut Chicken, salad
Friday – turkey burgers, sweet potato chips
Saturday – grilled veggies, leftover turkey burgers
Sunday – quinoa salad, baked tilapia

 

Goals for the week are simple, simple.  I just want to survive!

  • Doctor appointment to get more blood test results.
  • Grocery shop and get all needed ingredients for new menu plan.
  • Take car load of stuff to the local thrift store.

Have a great week!  We are linked up at OrgJunkie.

 

 

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – 06/23

This last week I tried a new recipe for Kalua Pork, and it was a hit!  I love how simple it was to make, and it’s a recipe we’ll definitely make again in the future.  The leftovers are already completely gone as well. :)  Another success was the Chicken and Dumplings.  I changed the recipe, so I’ll be sure to post my updates to it later this week.

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I’m keeping the meal plan simple, as usual.  I am planning to keep track of the exact cost of each meal too, so I can rank my meals by cost and make more meal plans based on that knowledge.  We’ll see if I actually do it!  In the meantime, here’s the plan:

Breakfasts:

Scrambled eggs with gluten free toast
Oatmeal with apples and brown sugar
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake (with added protein powder)

2014-04-29 08.32.56Lunches:

Leftovers
Salad
Quesadillas

Dinners:

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Monday – Tacos
Tuesday – Ribbon Sandwiches (with gluten free bread), peaches
Wednesday – Chicken Fajitas, rice
Thursday – Sweet and Spicy Salmon, quinoa salad
Friday - Leftover night
Saturday – Grilled chicken, potatoes on the grill, fruit smoothies
Sunday – Dinner at my mom’s

As for goals, I’m happy to report that I was able to get the painting in the bathroom completed.  Who cares if I finished at 10pm the last night of the week?  It got finished, and I’m counting it!  This week I’m hoping to be a little more ambitious, although not by a ton (Still ill and don’t dare push it):

  • Plan and buy stuff for Activity Days.

  • Post Chicken and Dumpling soup recipe.

  • Get trim put up in the bathroom.

  • Continue Summer Challenge.

  • Post book review, and exercise video reviews.

  • Start planning a freezer cooking day.

I hope your week is a good one!

*Linked up at OrgJunkie .  Happy Monday!

Menu Monday – Weekly Meal Plan and Goals

Happy Monday!

Another week is upon us.  It’s June 16, and guess what?  I’m COLD.  It is stormy here and, according to the forecast, it’s only going to be in the 60′s for the next couple of days!  It’s not too bad, but woah, I’m completely confused! :)

IMG_1163Last week we took a family trip to Zion National Park.  It was in the 100′s then, but we had a great time.  What a beautiful world we live in!

Now we’re back and we’re ready to get in the swing of summer (cold or not). I’m looking forward to getting more done around the house and doing more activities with the kiddos.  Keeping the meals fairly simple this week, like always.  One day I’ll enjoy making big grand meals.  This is not that day. :)

Breakfast Options:

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Scrambled Eggs
Oatmeal
Toast (for the kids)
Protein Smoothie

Lunch Options:

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Leftovers
Salad
Fruit Smoothies

Dinner:

Monday – Hawaiin Kalua Pork (see recipe below), rice, sweet potato fries
Tuesday – French Toast, hash browns, fruit salad
Wednesday – Slow cooked chicken of some sort, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots
Thursday – Leftover night
Friday – Chicken and Gluten-Free Dumplings,
Saturday – Spaghetti
Sunday – To be determined

 

 

1151049_10201247519165186_1469872265_nHawaiian Kalua Pork (from a friend on facebook):

4-6 lb pork shoulder or Boston butt roast
1 Tbsp liquid smoke, Hickory or Mesquite flavor
2-3 tsp Red Hawaiin Sea Salt (or kosher salt)

Wash and pat dry the pork roast and place in the slow cooker. Pierce all over with a fork, pour the liquid smoke evenly over the roast and sprinkle liberally with sea salt.
Place the lid of the slow cooker on and set the time for 8-12 hours on LOW.
Check at about 8 hours for doneness. If not done let go the full 12 hours, checking every hour. Shred with forks. You can remove liquid and fat, but some liquid will keep pork from drying out. Serve with rice and macaroni salad.

Weekly Goals:

I kept my goals extremely easy last week, which may or may not be cheating, I don’t know.  At least I accomplished all of them!

 

  • Get everything ready for the mini-vacay. – YES
  • Start re-painting the bathroom. – YES
  • Celebrate the hubby’s birthday! – YES
  • Finish the summer schedule.  – YES

This week I’m hoping to:

I’m hoping and praying that this week will be the new healthy beginning I need.  With luck, I’ll get some answers from the doctor and will be able to start making a more specific plan based on that.  I hope your week is wonderful too!

(Linked at OrgJunkie and Money Saving Mom)

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals June 9

FINALLY.  School is out and summer break is here!  We’re gonna be doing our best to live it up, folks, because summer flies by way too fast, and we’ve got to fit in enough fun to last until next year, right?

We started our summer break off by eating frozen yogurt.  Didn’t take me long to justify a sweet treat!  Yesterday we went to Costco to get some food for an upcoming mini-vacation, and I found way too much food.  Costco’s gluten free food selection is great!  Breads, snacks…I even found a premade pizza crust pack.  I told my family we needed to stop right then and there and say a prayer of thanks, but my husband laughed at me.  I guess he just doesn’t get it. :)

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Anyway, we’re going for laid back, fast and fun this week on the menu.  Here’s what we’re planning:

Monday – BBQ
Tuesday – Cobb Salad
Wednesday – Out to eat
Thursday – Leftover night
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday – Baked potato bar
Sunday – Taco night

Goals…here’s how I did last week:

  • Get blood results back from doctor; make a game plan based on what they say. – Test results back, with no answers…ugh!  They told me I’m anemic – yeah, because I can’t eat anything!

  • Do indexing of at least 25 names. – Oops, completely forgot about that until this minute.

  • Survive.  Seriously.  It’s my last week at work until the fall, and I’ve been so sick.  I’ll be proud of myself for surviving!! – Yes, yes I did! :D

 

And the goals for this week?  Here they are:

  • Get everything ready for the mini-vacay.

  • Start re-painting the bathroom.

  • Celebrate the hubby’s birthday!

  • Finish the summer schedule.  So far we’ve got Tuesdays = Grandma’s house, Wednesdays = Horseback riding and gymnastics, and Thursdays = “Field Trip Day”.

Everyone have a great week!  If you are in need of more menu ideas, head on over to OrgJunkie, where I’m linked with hundreds of others!

Weekly Menu Plan and Goals June 2

I truly cannot believe it’s already June.

I’m pretty sure I say that every month…(except not about June specifically, that would be silly)

Anyway, here we are, and it’s a new month and just like every month (every week, really), I am struggling to think of dinners to feed my family.  Therefore, I am making a menu plan and hoping to stick to it!  I have gotten better the last few weeks about following the plan, and I’m hoping this week will be no different.  As usual, we’ll be eating out of the freezer and pantry:

Monday – Spaghetti with homemade sauce and turkey meatballs

Tuesday – YOYO (You’re on your own)

Wednesday – “Breakfast” – homemade hashbrowns, pan-fried ham, fruit salad

Thursday – Leftover night

Friday – Slow Cooked BBQ Chicken, rice

Saturday – Beans, rice, and chicken quesadillas

Sunday – Leftover night (we’ll be going out of town for a few days next week and I’d like the fridge as cleaned out as possible!)

 

Goals for this week:

  • Get blood results back from doctor; make a game plan based on what they say.

  • Do indexing of at least 25 names.

  • Survive.  Seriously.  It’s my last week at work until the fall, and I’ve been so sick.  I’ll be proud of myself for surviving!!

Menu Monday Plan (Gluten Free) and Weekly Goals 5/19

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it.  I’m SO proud of myself!!

I STUCK TO THE MEAL PLAN.  THE ENTIRE MEAL PLAN.

That’s right, y’all.  Can it be done 2 weeks in a row?  I don’t know, it seems like something always comes up that changes my dinner plans.  I’m gonna try for it though, because oh, it was SO nice to always know what we were having!  I’m gonna shoot for the stars on this one! :)

I’m eating out of the pantry again this week, and my husband just happened to buy a really big container of lettuce for me from Costco.  It’s a healthy spring mix, which means no one else in the house will eat it, so I’ll be eating salad with all of my dinners, and possibly for breakfast and/or lunch as well!  Here we go:

Breakfasts

Protein smoothie (for me)
Bacon, toast, fresh fruit (for the kids)
Scrambled eggs
Chex cereal

Lunches

Salad
Leftovers

Dinners

Monday – Breakfast for dinner:  *Crepes and hashbrowns

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TuesdayGrown up Tater Tots, Crockpot Cheesy Chicken
Wednesday – BBQ Night – Grilled Hot dogs and turkey burgers, cheesy potatoes on the grill, fruit salad

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ThursdayChicken and Rice Soup
Friday – Leftover night
Saturday – BBQ with the family
Sunday – to be determined (I have no ideas right now)

 

I’m happy to report that I achieved 2 out of my 3 goals last week, and also ashamed to report that.  If I were grading myself I’d be at a D…oops.  Here are my goals/plans for this week:

  • Juice carrots, freeze in ice cubes (I bought a 5-lb bag of carrots because they were on sale only to discover my husband had done the same thing.)

  • Go to doctor’s appointment Wednesday.

  • Meet with dietician on Thursday.

  • Start making meal plans for our mini summer vacation.

Have a wonderful week, my friends!!  What awesome plans to you have?

 

*Linked at OrgJunkie.