Monday, June 29, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

I am getting this out really late! I have been so busy trying to find a bathing suit, swimming, playing hide and seek....Geez, it's a hard life isn't it?

Here is my menu for the week:

Breakfast-Waffles, eggs, cantaloupe
Lunch-Turkey sandwiches
Dinner- Hubby surprised my with Panda Express!! Woop Woop!

Breakfast-Leftover waffles, eggs, fruit
(My new, favorite topping for my waffles, and pancakes is Yoplait vanilla yogurt and strawberries mashed up. It is better than syrup, I tell ya!! The 9 yr old didn't believe me until she tried it, and now it is out with the syrup!)
Lunch-Tuna sandwiches, carrot sticks, and a plum
Dinner-Shredded chicken tacos (I will have to post my recipe. It is so fattening, and so good. Oil makes everything taste better!)

Breakfast-Oat Bran Applesauce muffins, yogurt, banana
Lunch-PB&J on a whole wheat tortilla (If you haven't tried this, you must! Heat it up in the microwave for 12 seconds and grab some crackers to catch the ooy gooy drippings)
Dinner-Beef ribs, potatoes, coleslaw, rolls

Breakfast-Apple Banana Oatmeal
Lunch-Turkey Sandwich, celery sticks with ranch dressing
Dinner-Vegetarian Chili, cornbread

Breakfast-Cereal, banana
Lunch- Whatever the camp resort feeds us!!!
Dinner- I dunno! It's a surprise, but I do see smores on the menu!

Awesome Giveaway!!!

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

My most exciting deal this month!!

I finally got my coupon from Victoria Secret in the mail!! It took them forever to get the address right, but they did!! YAY! It was for a free Pink line pantie, and ten dollars off any Pink item. So I went there thinking I would just get the panties, because everything there was so expensive, and this is what I got. Except mine are pink...
But, that is not all! I found these sleepy shorts that have the feel of a ten year old t-shirt and just imagined myself wearing them in sleepy slumber. I looked at the price tag and is said $30! For a pair of shorts that would be long enough for my toddler to wear! GEEZ! Well we were walking around and there it was. A big sign that said "Shorts, $15 sale". Woo hoo! I so bought them! They are super cute, comfy, and very revealing. I will never ever ever wear these out in public!
Aren't they cute? And worth ten bucks, wouldn't you say?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Nutrition and such

I have always tried to eat healthy and be active but heck, life sneaks up on you and BAM, you're eating left over Thanksgiving turkey, and the last three slices of apple pie. Then just when you are getting back on track you have back to back birthdays with home made cake. I can't escape it. It's everywhere I look, haunts me in my dreams, and finds me in the most secluded of places. If you don't get what I am talking about, it is sweets. Anything containing butter, sugar, eggs, and maybe some chocolate and vanilla. I have some serious problems! I made a lemon cake that is the best you will ever eat, and I ate half of it in one and a half days. No will power is present in these genes!!

To try and do better, I re-subscribed to They track what you eat and show you how many calories, cholesterol, fat, protein, and all vitamins you are ingesting. Those first few days were a bit scary,I blame the Drumstick ice cream, and actually looking at what you ate and how many fat calories that adds up to, really puts things in perspective! Ever since, I have been tracking what I eat, and I have lost five pounderoos!!! And that is just in two weeks! If you want to lose weight, or eat healthy just because you should, I whole heartily recommend this site. It will help you stay on track, trust me!

I am also re-starting my Firm workout videos which I will also vouch for. I cannot say enough about them! They advertise results in 10 workouts, and it is oh so true! Go to your library, use your inter-library loan, and get these videos to try them out. You will be in lurrrve forever!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

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It has been a pretty nice week over in my neck of the woods, so I am going to spoil myself and use my oven a few times. It's the small stuff, ya know?

Breakfast-Oat Bran Applesauce Muffins, yogurt, strawberries
Dinner-Old Fashion Chicken Noodle Soup
Yesterday I cooked a whole chicken and will use the meat for the soup. Tonight I will use the carcass to make chicken broth in the crockpot for future meals. This really is so much better than store bought, and has a lot of flavor.

Breakfast-Pancakes, eggs, peaches
Lunch-Tuna sandwiches, carrots, cherries
Dinner-Quesadillas (leftover chicken or steak, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese),

Breakfast-Banana Oatmeal, fruit
Lunch- PB and Honey sandwiches, carrots
Dinner-Lemon Chicken, rice, asparagus, home made dinner rolls

Breakfast-Cereal, bananas
Lunch-Grilled Cheese sandwiches and Tomato Soup
Dinner-Falafel, beans, and rice

Breakfast-Banana Muffins (with the sad bananas), Applesauce Oatmeal
Lunch-Macaroni and Cheese with broccoli
Dinner-Left over buffet! Woo Hoo, no cooking for this mama!!

Menu Plan Monday is hosted by Organizing Junkie

Friday, June 12, 2009

Homeschooling what nots

For the past 5 years I have been a homeschoolin' Mama who can't make up her mind about curriculum. There are so many great choices out there and my indecisive nature makes it just about impossible. Last year we tried to do our lesson plan on our own without the help of a charter school. I really loved everything about it! I found this free curriculum plan called Ambleside Online that uses the Charlotte Mason method that really appealed to us. She believed in using living books to educate children in all subjects, and to keep the lessons short. I loved loved loved the sound of this so much and decided to try it out for a year. We all love to read and thought this would fit in with our life style. Well, now that the year is over I am asking my oldest what she learned and she can't tell me anything except that she learned about manners!? YA, the red flags went up in my head real fast and now we are back to square one. I looked around at local charter schools, did my research, and came to the conclusion that homeschooling is going to be a lot of hard work. I thought that if I did it on my own it would be easier but it wasn't, really. It was way too easy to skip lessons for the week and go play. So we went back to CAVA which is an online charter school. I really like this program and we all are excited to be rejoining. If any of you are considering homeschooling and would like a credentialed teacher to be accountable to, this is your ticket.

Mac n Cheese PLEEZE!

Here is my scrumptious easy macaroni and cheese recipe. It is uber yummy and your kids will be asking for more more more!!!...hopefully....

Mac n Cheese

-1 sm onion
-1 lb macaroni
-3 T butter
-3T all purpose flour
-1/2 t cayenne
-2-3cups milk (if you want yours thick and creamy put in 2 cups)
-1 cup broth
-2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
-1T Dijon

Sautee the diced onions until opaque. Add butter and flour until well incorporated. Add milk and broth. Simmer and stir continuously until thickened. Add cayenne, paprika, and Dijon. Stir. Add cheese and stir until melted and well combined. Add cooked pasta, give it another stir, and enjoy!!

Additional add-ins: cooked chicken, tuna, broccoli, hotdogs, bell pepper, and whatever else your imagination can think up.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

So Busy

I have been so busy this past week! My car was out of commission for 2 months and I finally got it back. So, I am playing catch up on all the time suckers that I have missed out on. I tell ya, being without a car made life much more simpler. The first day I got it back I was gone for 6 hours running errands with ALL the kids! Seriously, how the heck does that happen? I just don't get it. I have taken a vow to not drive unless it is absolutely necessary. Tomorrow I will blog about my favorite homemade Macaroni and Cheese which was handed down to me from my sister in law. You will love it!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Cleaning Recipe-Dish washing Detergent

I started making this last week since I ran out of my usual Trader Joes stuff. I was really hesitant, thinking my dishes were going to be spotted or still dirty. I made it anyway, and was really surprised! This stuff rocks! Here is the recipe...

-1cup Borax
-1cup Baking Soda

Put it in a container and shake it around(don't forget the lid!). Once your dishes are loaded, put one squirt of liquid dish detergent in first, then 3T of the dry stuff. Also add white vinegar to the rinse aid and voila! Start your dishwasher and wait to be amazed!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Little Luxuries causing chaos!

We belong to WIC for my 2 younger children. My "govment" cheese (joke between my friend and I) has supplied us with very precious food, and has helped keep us afloat. Well, this month I have realized my middle child is now five and therefore ineligible. Because of her age she was providing a lot of milk. Five gallons of it a month....gone! I found this out just this morning as I was putting doghnuts on plates and the kids were asking for milk. I told them "Keep dreaming kiddos, milk is a luxury." ! They pretty much think I am the evil queen on steroids for denying them their morning milk. Well, that is just fine. Now I just need to figure out what to do with our 3 gallons a month. I am thinking of buying full fat milk and diluting it, or just using it for cooking? We can get our calcium from other sources...cheese, broccoli, yogurt. I am just scared that I will find a carton of milk that has been relocated to my oldest girls closet. You know, just for "safe keeping".