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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals Sept 7

A new week is here, along with a holiday weekend for those of us in the U.S.A.


I assume you’ve heard the saying, “The days have dragged, but the week has flown by.”  That was this last week for me.  Every day at work was hard, and I found myself in tears multiple times.  I kept thinking I couldn’t survive another hour, and then suddenly, BOOM!  It’s the weekend.  I had planned on getting caught up on things around the house with the 3 days off, but alas, I awoke Saturday morning with a cold and flu, and have been in bed most of the weekend.  Murphy’s law, ha ha.  Serves me right for putting things off.


Since I’m not feeling up to par, I’m gonna make an easy meal plan.  Oh wait, I ALWAYS make easy meal plans.  Ah, well:


Breakfasts:  Country Breakfast Bowl, Toast, Cereal, Fresh Fruit, etc


Monday – Eat-Your-Greens Burgers, home baked fries

Tuesday – Crockpot Chicken and Veggies over rice – I’ll fill the crockpot completely and freeze the leftovers so I’ll have shredded chicken available for soups, quesadillas, etc.

Wednesday – Hubby’s cooking

Thursday – Fresh GF pasta with garden veggies and olive oil

Friday – Leftover night

Saturday -TBD

Sunday – TBD


My only goal this week is to get better.  I’m hoping this illness doesn’t last long!

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.


*Need recipe ideas?  Head over to OrgJunkie, where hundreds of other bloggers share their meal plans every Monday!

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.


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:


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)


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
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:


  • 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!



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”!  😀

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.


  • fresh raspberries (from the garden)

  • toast

  • Greek yogurt

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


  • fresh fruit (see above)

  • chicken and cheese quesadillas

  • leftovers

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


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 – 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.


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:


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:




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:


Scrambled Eggs
Toast (for the kids)
Protein Smoothie

Lunch Options:


Fruit Smoothies


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 Plan (Gluten Free) and Weekly Goals 5/19

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


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:


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




Monday – Breakfast for dinner:  *Crepes and hashbrowns

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

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.


Menu Monday and Weekly Goals May 5th

We are still eating out of the pantry as much as possible, as I am trying to pay down the debt we accumulated a couple of weeks ago when my husband’s car had to take a trip to the shop – TWICE.  Thank goodness for a stocked pantry!! 😀  Here’s the cheap eats we’ll be enjoying this week:





Protein Smoothie (for me)

2014-04-29 08.32.56Lunches:

Salads (with my Lemon Dill Dressing)


Monday – Tacos, Spanish Rice

Tuesday – Leftover Night

Wednesday – Spaghetti

Thursday – Breakfast for dinner

Friday – Homemade pizza

Saturday – Chicken and Rice Soup

Sunday – To be determined…

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I seemed to struggle with the winter blues more this year than typical…or maybe it feels like that every year, ha ha!  Either way, I’m finding that I’m still having a hard time focusing on goal setting, and I know myself well enough to know that consistently setting goals is the way I thrive…so I’m going to force myself to set at least a few goals each week along with the menu plan:

  • Lose another 2 lbs

  • Declutter challenge:  get rid of at least 50 things

  • Start online learning course on Energy Healing

  • Do lower back exercises every day



What are your plans for the week?  I hope it’s a happy, healthy, fun and productive one!

*Linked at OrgJunkie.



10 Things – Weekly To Do

Wow, Monday already, and a new week.

Our weather has been very “spring-like” lately.  We’ll have a sunny, although fairly cool, day, and then a cold and windy day, and then a rainy day.  The cycle has been consistent, which is to be expected and is probably a good thing!  Last Friday it was a fairly warm day, dry and sunny, and so our family took advantage and went on a short hike immediately after school.  Good thing we did, because the next day it was – you got it – cold and windy!  It’s SO nice to be finally seeing more sunny days though!

1911670_10203554092751708_1659154282_nAs for my 10 things, well, let’s see how that went:

  1. Get in at least 50,000 steps. – Nope – I got in 44,579:(
  2. Keep up with my home business FB Challenge. – Yes
  3. Attend OTOM Monday evening! – NO – sick kiddo
  4. Walk to work 2x this week (weather permitting). – YES
  5. Pull out stove and fridge; clean behind both. – YES
  6. Grind a big batch of brown rice flour. – YES
  7. Do the core workout 5x this week. – YES
  8. Go over budget and pay bills. – YES
  9. Help my daughter get her science project started. – YES
  10. Declutter 10 more things. – YES

So you know, it was all right…but definitely room for improvement.  And therefore, here’s the plan for this week:

  1. Make a menu plan for the rest of the month.

  2. Get 50,000 steps in – and I WILL do it even if it kills me this week!

  3. Walk to work every day that the weather permits.

  4. Continue with the facebook challenge.

  5. Do the core workout 4x.

  6. Read scriptures daily.

  7. Write, address and mail out birthday cards for my niece and half-sister.

  8. Post more product reviews.

  9. Begin a plan for spring cleaning.

  10. No eating food after 7 pm.


Have a great week!