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Monday, April 21, 2014

This Week's Menu and Game Plan

We are coming off Easter Break around here and the weather is getting better each day which means we are grilling a whole bunch!  Since we are coming off a week of being on the go I have used up all our freezer meals to date.  This week will not have any prep ahead.

Monday: leftover grilled chicken and rice from yesterday's bbq

Tuesday: ground turkey sloppy joes, baked potatoes, broccoli

Wednesday: creamy garlic pasta with broccoli, homemade bread

Thursday: calzones, mac and cheese, green beans

Friday: burgers and baked fries, green beans

Saturday: grilled chicken cesar salad

Sunday: leftovers

Game Plan:

Tuesaday: make sloppy joes and baked potatoes

Wednesday: make pasta

Thursday: pull dough from freezer for calzones, make pasta

Friday: grill

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Break!

It's spring break this week and with Easter coming I'm taking a week off.  See ya next Monday the 21st!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Homemade Tomato Soup

Ohh peeps, this is a keeper of a recipe!  A friend passed it along and I've included the original recipe and the edits she made.  I used her edits and won't go back, there is no reason to add the extra fat!  This time around I used the freeze dried basil, but I am looking forward to the fresh basil this summer!

Tomato Basil Soup
Kathryn Olive

2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
18 fresh basil leaves, minced ( I have also used the freeze dried 2-3tsp)
1 tsp sugar
1 C whipping cream ( I use half and half)
½ C butter ( I use 3 T)

In a large sauce pan, bring the tomatoes and broth to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 mins. Add basil and sugar. Reduce heat to low; stir in cream and butter. Cook until butter is melted and soup is hot.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: Unquenchable

I've been a fan of Carol Kent for a long time.  I fell in love with her writing and simply strategies in Becoming a Woman of Influence and as her life story unfolded in the public eye with the arrest of her son I read As I Lay My Isaac Down with curiosity and tears.  Unquenchable was a book I was very excited to read, for if anyone knows about growing a wildfire faith that will endure anything, it is certainly Carol Kent!

What I appreciated most about this book is Kent's continued willingness to be honest and raw about the life she is being called to lead, a life so far from what she anticipated.  In addition to her own personal lessons learned Kent also incorporates a variety of others life stories drawing what she personally learned in addition to what others learned.  

I will say, I was a bit frustrated at first, it seemed that the key to growing a deeper faith was simply to decide to do so, but as the book continued Kent offers great strategies for whatever stage of growth or dry spell you may be in.  Kent's truth that at some point you will have a wilderness moment is actually comforting, and building on the skills to get through that time with Kent's encouragement makes this book a wonderful read for any believer.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This Week's Menu and Game Plan

A little behind this week, but a menu planned and made none the less!

Sunday: breakfast for dinner: pancakes, sausage and egg bake

Monday: whole chicken in the crock pot, basmati rice, green beans

Tuesday: ravioli, chicken, broccoli, garlic bread

Wednesday: chicken fried rice, fruit salad

Thursday: chicken patties, mac and cheese, green beans

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: homemade pizza

Sunday: breakfast

I'm starting to let my almost 9 year old cook more, so he will be helping with Sunday dinners.

Game Plan:

Sunday evening: pull out whole chicken and put in crock pot for Monday.  Make double batch of rice.

Monday: Pop crock pot in and warm up rice and beans

Tuesday: use leftover chicken from Monday, shread.  Make ravioli, add broccoli and chicken.

Wednesday: pull out leftover green beans from Monday and Broccoli from Tues and shread remaining chicken from Monday, add to rice.

Thursday: bake patties, make mac and cheese and green beans

Saturday am: make pizza dough

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Yogurt covered frozen fruit

So I found this recipe on PINTEREST and decided that as tasty as it looks, there was no way I was going to individually dip blueberries in yogurt with a toothpic!

So, I took a bowl of greek vanilla yogurt and stirred it up a bit.  Then I added frozen fruit and mixed it up.  I spread the fruit out on tray and popped it back in the freezer until solid.  Then I added it to individual baggies in 1/2 c servings.  


This particular mix is mixed berries covered in vanilla yogurt.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

This Week's Menu and Game Plan

This week may look a bit more like actual cooking, but remember, the goal is 30 min or less and these meals ALL fit the bill, hardly any effort, variety and tasty!

Sunday: Grilled Chicken, basmati rice, green beans

Monday: Oven Baked Fajitas, green beans, rice

Tuesday: Chicken stir fry with rice noodles, cream cheese wontons

Wednesday: ravioli, chicken and broccoli, homemade bread

Thursday: chicken patties, mac and cheese, broccoli

Friday: leftovers or breakfast

Saturday: homemade pizza

Game Plan:

Sunday morning: pull out chicken to thaw for Sunday dinner and Wed dinner

Sunday evening: while chicken is grilling, make green beans and rice, pull out fajitas from freezer

Monday: warm through fajitas, warm up leftover rice

Tuesday: stir fry chicken and cook noodles, bake wontons

Wednesday: dice up leftover chicken, steam broccoli and make ravioli, bake beer bread

Thursday: bake chicken patties, make mac and cheese

Friday: ?

Saturday: make pizzas