Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30-April 5 Menu

Well, it's a short menu, because we are going to Aaron's parents' house for Easter!  We are leaving Thursday morning and are very excited!  I am including a few recipe links that may be of interest to you!

Monday, March 30  Chow Mein Noodles  I'm going to attempt to have the girls eat these!  I know they won't be Aaron's thing, so I'm going to pull some of these out of the freezer for him.
Tuesday, March 31  Creamy Black Bean Taco Soup
Wednesday, April 1  Pizza

This is literally the best, most fool proof way to make hard boiled eggs I've found!  I'll be using this to hard boil eggs for dyeing!

I am making these muffins (a favorite) for Muffin Monday and school snacks and maybe even breakfast!  Multi-purpose wonders :)  Homemade applesauce makes them even better!

I'm bringing these to my in-law's house for a yummy treat!

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23-29 Menu

Well, there's nothing quite like having Spring Break extended by a day due to a snow storm!  The girls and I forgot all about watching The Price is Right during regular Spring Break, so thankfully we were able to squeeze that in today.  Whew :)

Monday, March 23  Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders (I'm hoping we like this because it looks quick and easy!)
Tuesday, March 24  Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Stack
Wednesday, March 25  Burgers
Thursday, March 26  Breakfast Bowls
Friday, March 27  Pizza
Saturday, March 28  Spaghetti
Sunday, March 29  Leftovers  Silly Cereal Supper

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9-15 Menu

Oh Daylight Savings Time, you crafty little guy, you.  This one is always kind of a beast, because no one likes losing an hour of sleep, but at least the kids sleep in, right?

Monday, March 9  Baked Chicken Taquitos
Tuesday, March 10  Spicy, Smokey, Sweet Chili
Wednesday, March 11  Huevos Rancheros (on tostadas)
Thursday, March 12  Manicotti
Friday, March 13  Pizza
Saturday, March 14  The Sandwich
Sunday, March 15  Leftovers  Silly Cereal Supper

What are you cooking up this week?

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2-8 Menu

Leah's friend birthday party last night was a hit!  There may have been popcorn on every square inch (not quite as bad as this book, which I adore), but it wasn't anything a broom and vacuum couldn't take care of...says the lady who didn't do the clean up!

Monday, March 2  Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos (we are having these again, because Aldi had thighs on special AND salsa verde, plus the leftovers freeze well)
Tuesday, March 3  I'm gone, so Aaron and the girls will have something from the freezer
Wednesday, March 4  Chili (from the recipe box...I know!)
Thursday, March 5  Popcorn Chicken (I think I'll try baking it.  Also, Aldi has chicken breasts for $1.79 a pound right now!)
Friday, March 6  Pizza (I'm making this for part of the pizza, because I want to try it!)
Saturday, March 7  Kalua Pork (Aldi has pork shoulders this week AND my parents brought me some Smoke Hawaiian Sea Salt back from Hawaii!  I've made this a lot, though, with just salt and liquid smoke)
Sunday, March 8  Leftovers  Silly Cereal Supper

I'm making muffins from a cookbook for Muffin Monday and I'm going to make this Razzy Navel Smoothie for Thirsty Thursday!

What are you cooking up this week?

Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23-March 1 Menu

Happy Monday, friends!  It got down to minus 10 while I was driving Leah to school.  It's definitely February in the midwest!

We're having a pretty quiet week this week!  We are having friends over for supper tonight, and Gracie has pre-K screening on Tuesday.  She is SO excited to go to school!  It's hard to believe my baby is getting to be so grown up!  

The other thing on my plate is getting Leah's birthday party ready.  She's having friends over on Sunday evening for pizza, cake, and a movie.  I think it's going to be low low key as a birthday party for a 9 year old girl can be :)

Here we go!

Monday, February 23  Tacos al Pastor
Tuesday, February 24  Skillet Mac and Cheese (my own variation)
Wednesday, February 25  Island Chicken (I'm going to make this on a stick, because they girls eat chicken better on a stick.  I shall play their game in this department :))
Thursday, February 26  Crispy Hash Breakfast Skillet
Friday, February 27  Pizza
Saturday, February 28  Sandwiches on Soft Wrap Bread
Sunday, March 1  Leftovers  Birthday Party Fun!

For Muffin Monday, we are going to have these muffins, and I'll be making this granola to have on top of yogurt!

What are you cooking up this week?

Monday, February 16, 2015

February 16-22 Menu

Well, we just finished up birthday bonanza 1 of 3 this weekend!  Leah's birthday is this Tuesday and our families came to celebrate her on Saturday...yep, Valentine's Day!  We had a really great day!

Anyway, what time is it?

It's menu time!!!!!!

In my head I sounded like a really fun announcer and you all sounded like a gym full of overly excited elementary school kids :)

Monday, February 16  Lasagna Soup (this is my favorite soup)
Tuesday, February 17  Hot Dogs (for Leah's birthday)
Wednesday, February 18  Burritos (this for Aaron and this for me.  I already made them and they are in the freezer for a quick meal!)
Thursday, February 19  Breakfast Pizza with Hash Brown Crust
Friday, February 20  Pizza
Saturday, February 21  Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos (we didn't get to these last week)
Sunday, February 22  Leftovers  Silly Cereal Supper

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Yesterday...One of Those Days

I had one of those days yesterday but not one of those days.

The big girls were happily off at school.  Gracie watched a PBS-esque cartoon.  We played Uno, Hoot Owl Hoot, and Spot It.  She traced her name.  We did puzzles.  We made muffins. A friend stopped by for a bit.  Gracie got her hair trimmed.  She had an uneventful quiet rest time while I read my Bible and watched Gilmore Girls. 

Yep, it was one of those days that you picture in your mind when you imagine being a stay at home mom.  One of those days when I am so overwhelmed by the goodness of it all.

And it is worth mentioning to you.


Because my days are never, ever like that.  

Usually, there is fighting.  People are spending time in the corner.  There's lots of disobeying, spilling, coughing (did you know coughing makes me crazy?), ignoring, and arguing.  I'm distracted or disengaged.  Oh, let us not forget the self-centered behavior and general messes.  Or, I the times I try to play blocks or babies with them and they are bossy, telling me that I'm doing it wrong.  Yes, apparently there is a wrong way to do imaginative play.  When they were little, there were blowout diapers, large amounts of spit up, and so.much.crying (but who are we kidding, we still have that going on). 

That kind of day isn't what I pictured when I imagined what it would be like to be a stay at home mom.  

But, the more I think about it, the more I realize those days are good, too.  

Those are the days when I realize just how much I love them.  I love them even though their noses are snotty.  I love them even when they get pee on my pants.  I love them even when they stubbornly refuse to eat the food I made.  I love them even when they are irrational and clingy.  I love them even in the midst of their defiance.  I love them even when they call out because they "need" something right after they went to bed.  I love them even when I have to repeat myself one million times.  I love them even when they cry about what seems like nothing to me.  I love them even when I end up so exhausted at the end of the night that I don't even want to think about getting up from the couch.

These are the days, too, when I look at Aaron and think about how I would never want to do this crazy little life with anybody but him.  

But, most importantly, these are the days when I know that the fierceness with which I love my girls in the middle of their messes dramatically pales in comparison to the way God fiercely, wildly, and perfectly loves me in the midst of mine.

And that's why I'm thankful for all kind of days.