Aug 30, 2011

Menu Plan Monthly

3 weeks of Menu Plans Posted Here:

August 14-20th:

Sunday:  Lunchmeat Sandwiches or leftovers

Monday:  Oven Fried Chicken, mashed taters, corn on the cob, and fried squash & onions

Tuesday:  Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Wednesday:  Chicken Broccoli Brown Rice Cheese Casserole (using leftover chicken from Monday) and Garden Salad

Thursday:  Crockpot Taco Chili served with fritos and sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese

Friday:  Dominos!

Saturday:  25th Wedding Anniversary Potluck for good friends at church

August 21st-27th

Sunday:  Company For Dinner:  Hubby smoked pork and beef ribs in the smoker (Saturday), Potato Salad, homemade Mac-n-cheese, Cucumber/Tomato/Onion Salad, Fresh Homemade Fiesta Salsa w/lime tortilla chips and watermelon for dessert

Monday:  Leftovers from Sunday

Tuesday:  Sauerkraut Soup

Wednesday:  Leftovers from Sunday and Tuesday

Thursday:  Chicken and Dumplings and Mom-In-Law's

Friday:  Dominos!

Saturday:  Youth Rally at church - hot dogs, chips, desserts, and soda

August 28th-September 3

Sunday:  Leftovers

Monday:  Homemade Ham Salad Sandwiches and Ranch Salad

Tuesday:  Spaghetti & meatballs, Broccoli, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread and Root Beer Floats

Wednesday:  Pinto Beans, Fried Potatoes, Fried Green Tomatoes, Corn Bread

Thursday:  Soft and Hard Taco Buffet (include Refried beans using leftover pinto beans from Thurs, Spanish Rice and Guacomole and lime tortilla chips

Friday:  Dominos!

Saturday:  Leftovers (because Lord willing will be going to the Fair at New Boston)

Next week:

I will more than likely start the rotation again of what we had this month but check my pantry and freezer to see if there will be any variations depending on ingredients


Aug 8, 2011

Menu Plan Monthly

I'm still working on the Monthly plan so I thought I would tell you what we had last week and what I've got planned for this week.

Last Week:

Monday:  Pork Enchiladas - see previous post for pic

Tuesday:  Frozen Pizza, Homemade Garden Pasta Salad, Homemade Fresh from the Garden Salsa & Chips

Wednesday:  Beef Pot Roast, Roasted Herbed Potatoes and Carrots, Sauteed cubed Spaghetti Squash and Onions (turned out delicious!)

Thursday:  Beef and Noodles (using leftover Beef Pot Roast), Carrots, Green Beans

Friday:  Dominos and leftover Garden Pasta Salad

Saturday:  LEFTOVERS


This Week:

Monday:  California Chicken (chicken marinated in Italian Dressing - cooked  in crockpot over Calif. Medley veggies and 2 cut up yellow squash from my garden), served over brown rice with a garden salad on the side

Tuesday:  Beef and Noodles (leftover from last week), Fresh Corn on the Cob and Garden Salad

Wednesday:  Chicken Broccoli Cheese and Brown Rice Casserole  Chicken Caesar Salad and Italian Wedding Meatball Soup

Thursday:  Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garden Salad and Rolls

Friday:  Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato Sandwiches, Garden Salad, Soup and Chips (frozen pizza and cheesy breadsticks for Kids - to them it isn't Family Fun Night unless there is pizza *smile*)

Saturday:  LEFTOVERS

Sunday:  Ham Salad Sandwiches, Garden Salad or fresh veggies & dip

Family Time Video

Here is a video I made with a few photos from our Texas Vacation. Check it out here: Family Time

Aug 1, 2011

Menu Plan Monthly

Well I have decided that after taking a 3 week sabbatical just sitting by the pool that it has given me the umph to get back in gear!  I am in the process, with my husband's help, coming up with TONS of Dinner Meals that are the basic, down to earth, no Bobby Flay or Rachel Ray stuff (even though theirs is excellent!).  I have listed my meals by these categories:
Beef or Venison
Pork or Fish
Soups, Salads, Sides and Such

I'll post these soon.

I am going to try and make up menus for 2 weeks at a time and then maybe move it up to 1 month in advance.  I was inspired by all the ladies out there who blog about menu planning (and I have been trying to motivate myself to actually do it!).  I also got inspiration from the hotel we stayed at.  They had their monthly dinner menu posted on all the refridgerator doors.

Tonight we had
Pork Enchilada topped with sour cream and black olives
Homemade Fresh From the Garden Salsa
Sauteed Fresh From the Garden Onion and Squash

Jul 18, 2011

Next Weeks Menu

July 25th - 28th

MON:  Chicken Florentine - Mediterranean Couscous - Herb Crusted Tomatoes - Dinner Rolls - Garden Salad

TUES:  Beef Stroganoff - Vegetable Medley - Pasta - Dinner Rolls - Garden Salad

WED:  Personal Pizza - Italian Wedding Soup - Garlic Parmesan Bread Sticks - Caesar Side Salad

THURS:  Lemon Pepper Chicken or Lemon Pepper Shrimp - Tomato Basil Soup - Garlic Parmesan Rolls - Classic Romaine Salad

What's for Dinner this week?

This is this weeks menu.  July 18th - 21st

MON:  Pulled Smoked Pork - Roasted Corn on the Cob - Kaiser Rolls - Garden Salad

TUES:  Chicken and Tortellini Alfredo - French Cut Green Beans - Garlic Pesto Bread Sticks - Caesar Salad

WED:  Mama's Meatball Sub - Italian Roasted Peppers and Onions - Parmesan Herb Potato Wedges - Sliced Tomato Salad

THURS:  Buffalo Chicken Wings - Overloaded Potato Soup - Celery & Carrot Sticks - Garden Salad

What's fo Dinner? (last week)

I must say it is AWESOME that they offer not only Breakfast Buffet 7 days a week but also a Dinner Buffet 4 days a week.  It is like a restaurant that you don't have to pay for (well technically it is included in the bill).  Here is last weeks: 

July 11th-14th

MON:  Salisbury Steak - Mashed Potatoes - Dinner Rolls - Garden Salad

TUES:  Choice of Asian Express Beef Stir Fry or Szechuan Shrimp - Wok Fried Rice - Egg Rolls - Garden Salad

WED:  Chicken Fajitas - Refried Beans - Corn on the Cob - Flour Tortillas - Garden Salad - Guacomole

THURS:  Choice of Vegetable Lasagna and Meat Lasagna - Spring peas w/mushrooms - Caesar Salad - Parmesan Bread Sticks

What We're Going to Do!

On Saturday, July 23rd we are going to have some EXTRA fun! 

We will visit Sea Life first.

Then we will visit LegoLand.

We are all so very excited!  We will visit Sea Life and it will be a fun but also a learning experience as we will be studying Apologia's Zoology 2:  Swimming Creatures for our Science this year and this is our "hands-on" time.  I'm excited to spend the day with my family at these 2 great places.

Jul 17, 2011

Family Fotos of Fun!


RooRoo's Aqua-batics!

This pics were taken today, Sunday July 17th

Look at me mom, I LOVE THIS!

Fun in the Sun!

Here are pics of the children last week at the pool (Monday or Tuesday).  My children have never really been around a pool except here and there and have never had swimming lessons.  I seriously contemplated swimming lessons this Summer (possibly Winter) and was actually thinking that they might be really scared.  I can tell you now that I definitely do NOT think that anymore.  My children ABSOLUTELY LOVE the water.  My son was very hesitant and now, well I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.  Enjoy!

Here is the pool from the stairs.
 Posing by the pool.
All you need is LOVE to overcome your fears!
 My son who was VERY hesitant now has NO fear!

 He LOVES to "dive" in which usually ends up with a belly flop due to his floaty.  He doesn't even plug is nose (the girls still do)!

 Makahla loves to do the running jumps and cannon balls.

   Amyah also loves to jump but she is still a bit hesitant for the cannon balls. The pic is a bit dark as it should actually go towards the end of the pics because it was getting later in the day. We have been going either around 10/11 am or around 6:30/7 pm when the pool is shaded more and less hot. The heat advisory is definitely in effect here with 100+ temps (on Thurs or was it Friday it registered 106 on my van temp gauge).

A pic of me sitting in the shade but still enjoying the sun! 

I love being able to sit by the poolside as I found a very modest swimsuit and I wear a pair of men's swim shorts that go down to my knees.  I feel very comfortable and believe that I'm still holding true to my values and convictions of being modest in attire!  I thank Jesus for helping to locate this clothing so that I can feel comfortable by the poolside!  This day was a very enjoyable day!