Monday, April 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday April 7, 2014

The past few weeks have been very out of the routine for me.  I had surgery in mid March and was unable to cook, clean, or do much at all for a couple weeks.  Then,  just as I was feeling better,  my Grandma passed away in West Virginia.  So,  we had to take an unexpected trip up there for several days.

We are home now, and trying to get back into our normal routine.  I need to send out a big thank you to my sister-in-law who stayed here for a week after my surgery and took care of my crew.  It's a bit of a change going from cooking for a family of 4 to my crew of 8+ hers,  but she did GREAT!!!

Now,  to the meal planning for this week.  I'm hoping we can get one full week in without any surprises.  Of course, with a family of 8 that may be a bit much to hope for.

MONDAY - Potato soup and grilled cheese

TUESDAY - Homemade pizza

WEDNESDAY - Hibachi chicken with fried rice   

THURSDAY - Spaghetti and meatballs, Garlic Parmesan bread

FRIDAY - Breakfast for dinner

SATURDAY - Homemade chicken nuggets and french fries

SUNDAY - Out to eat

For more meal planning ideas, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Overnight Refrigerated Oatmeal

I'm going to be honest here.  I am NOT a morning person.  I should be.  I'm a mommy of 6 and should be up at the crack of dawn, right?  Well,  I am a sleeper.  I LOVE MY SLEEP!!!  I usually do not get into bed before 11, so I prefer to stay in bed in the morning.  Of course hubby would prefer I get up and make him breakfast before he heads to work, BUT..........

So, when these little yogurt/oatmeal jars started popping up on my facebook feed,  hubby and I thought we would give them a try.  I can fix them the night before and he has a healthy breakfast before heading into work.  PLUS,  I get to stay in the bed a bit longer.  I checked the internet and found a couple different sites with recipes.  Like all recipes, you can customize them to your likes and dislikes.  You can do just oats and milk as your base; oats, milk, and plain yogurt; oats, milk, and greek yogurt; or oats, milk, and flavored yogurt.   The options are pretty much endless.

We started with oats, milk, and plain yogurt as the base this time,  but I think I'll try flavored yogurts next.  Hubby said while it's not his favorite breakfast,  he will eat them a couple mornings and I'll STAY IN BED!!!  SCORE!!!

Here's what you need:
        Half pint jar
        1/4 cup rolled oats
        1/4 cup whole milk
        1/4 cup yogurt
        1 tsp chia seeds
        1 tsp honey or maple syrup*
        1/4 cup fruit mixture of your choice*

*The honey or maple syrup is your sweetener.  You can choose which you use based on what else you plan to put in the base mixture.  For example, I used maple syrup with blueberries and the apple/cinnamon ones,  but honey with the strawberry/banana mix.  It's up to you.

*The fruit mixture can be whatever you like; peaches and pecans, raspberries and vanilla, pineapple and coconut, banana and peanut butter, etc.  Again, the choices are endless.  For our first batch,  we used blueberries and maple syrup; applesauce(1/4 cup) and cinnamon(1 tsp); and strawberries and bananas.

It's an easy breakfast for kiddos and the hubby without a lot of prep time, or a healthy afternoon snack.  I like it!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Menu Plan Monday March 10, 2014

It's here!  The week of surgery is upon me, and I'm NOT ready.  Well, I'm ready for the surgery!  However, all the projects I had wanted to get finished before I go under the scalpel will just have to wait a while.  I really thought I could get it all finished, just a little disappointed.  Once again proves to me, I sometimes put too many things on my plate; schooling, working, laundry, cooking, cleaning, and home improvement projects.  How do you all do it?  I just can't seem to get it all done!

Enough with the pity party - life will go on as usual whether I got all the rooms painted and furniture moved or not!!

So, on to this week's plan.  It's time to get things cleaned up, fixed up, and put away.  My sister-in-law will be coming up tomorrow to help with the last minute things and to watch the kiddos while I am in the hospital and a few days after so I can rest and recover.  Then,  we're going to play it by ear and see how I feel.  She has offered to stay longer if we need her.  I am so thankful she's willing to come and put up with my crew.  

Here is the short meal plan:

MONDAY - baked chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans
TUESDAY - taco night

WEDNESDAY - hamburgers, mac n cheese, roasted potatoes

THURSDAY - SURGERY DAY - Sister-in-law is in charge from here on this week.  

FRIDAY - SUNDAY - I'm leaving this up to her.  Once she gets here,  we'll head to the grocery store and get what she needs to feed the crew.  

For more meal planning ideas, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday

Monday, February 24, 2014

Menu Plan Monday February 24, 2014

The last week of February already?  The older I get, the faster time goes!

This week I will be starting some spring cleaning projects, as I will be having surgery the second week of March.  So, for 6 weeks I won't be able to lift anything heavy.  That really limits what you can do as far as cleaning around the house.  So, I hope to get a few things done in the next couple of weeks to get a head start.  My goal is to get some organization in this mess and to have the house looking decent so when people come over I won't be mortified!!! My sister-in-law is nice enough to come for a few days during and after the surgery to manage the kiddos, but they will be on their own housework wise for a couple weeks after that.

With all the projects I have in mind this week, the menu will be quick and easy.

MONDAY - grilled salmon and rice  

TUESDAY - baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade bread

WEDNESDAY - hamburgers, mac n cheese, peas

THURSDAY - BBQ chicken and roasted potatoes

FRIDAY - pizza

SATURDAY - ham n cheese sliders, fruit salad, chips

SUNDAY - Out to eat for hubby and kiddos (I have to work)

For more meal planning ideas, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.  Hope everyone has a great week!!

Disney 2014 Pics

I shared a few pics from our vacation off my phone here on my Menu Plan Monday last week.  I have more though.  Keep in mind, these are just some of the MANY pictures I take.  Hubby gets a little frustrated.  Even though it wasn't our first time at Disney, I still stopped to get kids pics with characters, as well as many of the same pics of parades, rides, and surroundings.  Buy hey,  the last time we went, we didn't have Baby Samuel!  That means all of these things were new to him and he just LOVED it ALL!!! Well, not the haunted mansion (yes, we took him on there), but everything else :-)

So, without further adieu:

 My absolute favorite picture!!  

Can you tell we had a lot of fun?  If only we could do this two or three times a year. Still very thankful for the times we are blessed enough to get away with our little family.  God has truly blessed us!!  So thankful!!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday February 17, 2014

I was blessed enough to spend the last 2 weeks in sunny Florida with my family, visiting Mickey and Minnie Mouse (pics to follow).  I did a little cooking while we were there, but not near what I thought I would have to do.  Taking 8 people to Disney World requires us to stay on a tight budget.  Fortunately, a couple expenses we anticipated didn't happen and we had more money to spend on food.  That means all I cooked was spaghetti and meatballs in the crock pot, chicken/green beans/potatoes, ravioli, and we always fixed breakfast at the condo.

However, my spoiling is over now!  It's time to get out of vacation mode and back into chief cook mode.

So, here's the menu for this week:

MONDAY - potato soup

TUESDAY - homemade pizza

WEDNESDAY - slow cooker beef and broccoli

THURSDAY - Amazing crock pot tenderloin, glazed carrots, roasted potatoes    
FRIDAY - baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans

SATURDAY - hamburgers and french fries

SUNDAY - Hubby's choice since he will be the one fixing it - I have to work :-(

For more meal planning ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday over at Organizing Junkie.

P.S. I will be posting pics from our vacation and I am working on a post of tips for large families going to Disney, but here's a sneak peak:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Menu Plan Week of January 20, 2014

Better late than never, I often say.  I had my menu planned, just not a computer to be able to post it on my blog.  Our laptop is on it's last leg, I believe.  Put it's temperamental attitude together with my 6 kiddos and I can't get on here very often at all.  But, on a brighter note, it's working this morning!!

So,  after a busy November/December, it slowed down for a week or two and now we're back at busy, busy, busy.  It's a good busy though, we are heading to Disney World in less than 2 weeks.  YAY!!!  What that means is on top of the normal homeschooling, cooking, cleaning, and working I will add more laundry and packing up 8 people!!  I do a little bit every day so that I don't have to stay up the night before doing it ALL!!!  I have already packed up the swim wear; the pools are heated were we stay and we often spend an evening or two relaxing in the pools and hot-tubs.  I have also already pulled out socks and underwear for the girls (yes, they have that many undies and socks).  This year,  I'm trying a different packing system I saw somewhere online.  I'll share that later, depending on how it all works out :)

On to the menu:

MONDAY - we had fried pork chops, green beans, applesauce, and crescent rolls

TUESDAY - we had chicken gravy biscuits, mashed potatoes, corn, and cooked carrots

WEDNESDAY - ham, mac n cheese, roasted potatoes, corn bread

THURSDAY - taco night

FRIDAY - If it's not Truth for Youth at church, we'll have homemade pizza

SATURDAY - Breakfast for dinner - waffles, eggs, bacon, and fried taters

SUNDAY - Roast, potatoes, and carrots

For more menu planning ideas visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.