Menu Plan for Week March 26-April 1

Last week was a little topsy, turvy so I have a few meals that I was able to use this week. I loved that. It makes the menu planning so much easier. And the grocery bill a little cheaper and who doesn’t love that?!

Saturday, March 26
Breakfast: Blueberry Muffins, Fruit
Lunch: PBJ
Dinner: “My Recipe”, peas

Sunday, March 27
Breakfast: Quiche
Lunch: Philly Steak Sandwiches, chips
Dinner: Ranch Hamburgers, baked beans, ranch fries

Monday, March 28
Breakfast: waffles, orange coolers
Lunch: company coming and bringing lunch ūüôā
Dinner: Beef Stew over noodles

Tuesday, March 29
Breakfast: Pumpkin Bread
Lunch: beans and dogs
Dinner: Asian beef noodles

Wednesday, March 30
Breakfast: Eggs, sausage, hashbrowns
Lunch: pizza
Dinner: BBQ chicken, potato salad

Thursday, March 31
Breakfast: oatmeal
Lunch: picnic lunch with friends
Dinner: Chicken, salad, corn

Friday, April 1
Breakfast: Ham and eggs with toast
Lunch: grilled cheese
Dinner: chicken casserole, peas, carrots


Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

I found this recipe in a magazine a few years ago and we can’t get enough of them. As a matter of fact, one of the kids told me to no longer make chocolate chip cookies. What?! I am not sure I can do that but I will make these a bit more often than I do. Deal?

Anyway, here is the recipe for these yummy treats.

3/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
1-2/3 cups butterscotch chips

In a large bowl, beat unsalted butter, sugar, and brown sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla.

In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips.

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.


Greenhouse and planting

One of our projects lately has been building a greenhouse to¬†hold many (and I do mean many) plants. We are new to growing tomatoes from seed but decided it was worth trying and well…we will see!

BUT we needed a greenhouse.

So we went to Lowe’s loaded with ideas we had found on the internet but not loaded with enough money to buy it. You should have seen us! Our brains were in overdrive trying to come up with a make shift greenhouse.

And I would insert a picture

HERE (of what we built from scratch)

IF I could find my SD card that contains the pictures! I picked up my camera yesterday to take pictures of another adventure and my card was missing.

The¬†humorous¬†thing here is we are growing tomatoes and peppers from seed and it is our goal to save seeds this year so we won’t have to buy again next year.

REALLY?! We can’t keep up with a SD card…or shoes…or keys…or our children (just kidding. I know where they are…somewhere outside.)

So assuming I find the card in the forseeable future, I will post pictures of our make shift greenhouse (but not the shoes or keys because I am sure that is the last thing you care to see). I will also be posting updates as the tomatoes and peppers grow.

Menu Plan for March 20-25

Sunday, March 20
Breakfast: Spinach Quiche
Lunch: Sandwiches and chips
Dinner: Taco Night

Monday, March 21
Breakfast: Omelets
Lunch: Beans and dogs
Dinner: Corned Beef, carrots, potatoes and cabbage (better late than never!)

Tuesday, March 22
Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole, Cinnamon Muffins with vanilla muffins
Lunch: Pizza
Dinner: Chicken, corn and salad

Wednesday, March 23
Breakfast: Pumpkin Bread
Lunch: Nuggets, Mac and Cheese
Dinner: Chicken and broccoli casserole, rolls

Thursday, March 24
Breakfast: French Toast
Lunch: cheesy enchiladas
Dinner: We will be having what we always call “My Recipe” around here. I have no idea how/why that was started but it is a different kind of take from Hamburger Helper. Guess that would be the best description. I will take pictures and include the recipe later. We will be having peas with this.

Friday, March 25
Breakfast: Hashbrown Casserole
Lunch: Hot ham and cheese sandwiches, fruit
Dinner: Hamburgers, baked beans and fries

I will be shopping this weekend for my 2 weeks worth of groceries and so will include that day’s plan later.

Menu Plan for March 13-March 19

I have a been a bit behind here and am even late this week on making my menu plan post. We have been up to our ears in projects and for the past few days, I have been up to my ears in tissues. Allergy season has already hit me. I will be posting on those projects in the days to come but for now, here is the menu plan for the week.

Sunday, March 13
Breakfast: Fried eggs, ham and hashbrowns
Lunch: Shrimp, corn and hushpuppies
Dinner: Healthy Hamburger Helper, green beans, applesauce

Monday, March 14
Breakfast: Waffles, Orange Coolers
Lunch: Sloppy Joes
Dinner: Roast, potatoes, carrots, cornbread

Tuesday, March 15
Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls
Lunch: Pasta
Dinner: Chili

Wednesday, March 16
Breakfast: Applesauce Bread
Lunch: Leftover chili
Dinner: BBQ Chicken with Rice, Peas, Applesauce

Thursday, March 17
Breakfast: Salsa Eggs, Toast
Lunch: cheating on this day as it is co-op day for us: Frozen meals (don’t gasp!)
Dinner: Pinto Beans, Fried Bologna, Cornbread

Friday, March 18
Breakfast: Blueberry Muffins, sausage, eggs
Lunch: Grilled Cheese, Raw Veggies/
Dinner: Fried Chicken, Gravy, Potatoes, Butterbeans

Saturday, March 19
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: One-Skillet Spaghetti, Salad. Garlic bread


Vintage Book Spines

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is reading great books to the kids. Unfortunately my children don’t seem to agree.

Now when I hear of someone reading to the kids, I usually imagine all the kids snuggled up with mom(or dad)¬†on the couch or someone’s bed. They are all happy, smiling and can’t wait for what will happen next. They all cry as they feel the pain of a favorite hero, giggle with delight at a hero’s triumph, and laugh out loud at silly antics by various characters. That is what I imagine. If that is what you are imaging for me, let me quickly squash that idea.

This is reality for me:

“We are going to do what?!”

“I don’t want to!”

And the scene is more like mom on the couch all smiles while holding a book she knows in her heart they will enjoy…if only they would listen. The kids are running around with only thing on their minds: “who is it?” Mom soon becomes quiet and realizes that all attempts to read¬† a classic (maybe I haven’t emphasized it is a classic?!) are getting her nowhere!

Ahhh, but this week?

This week was different. (I said that with a huge grin of accomplishment.)

We sat down amidst complaints and negative feelings that¬†were displayed so well they really should have gotten an Oscar. And then I began to read, “Once there were four children…” And by the time I got to “‘Goodness gracious me!’ exclaimed the Faun,” they were so hooked. (I¬†bit my tongue in order¬†not to giggle or proclaim, “I told you so!”)

I couldn’t get over their pleas to read more! And do you know we read 10 chapters of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in one sitting! 10 chapters! My voice became so weak that I am sure I made the Witch sound especially evil.

So maybe there is hope for us. Or at least I hope that wasn’t a one time thing! Surely when we pick up Prince Caspian they will be at my shaky voice’s mercy once again.

What great books have you read¬†to your kids lately? Maybe, if your kids are more like mine, you should give it another try¬†and¬†see if you can’t mesmerize them with great literature. But do be careful when biting your tongue in order not to tell them “I told you so.” You will need use of that tongue when reading!

The ‘Difficult’ Child

I was just catching up on my emails and noticed a newsletter from The Homeschool Minute (through The Old School House). I usually, for the sake of time,¬†jump over¬†what doesn’t grab my attention and keep moving.¬†¬†

This newsletter did catch my eye because of the simple term “difficult child.” Now please don’t think by difficult, I mean “bad.” That is far from the truth. No, I just happen to have a child (and if you homeschool you probably do as well) that is hard to teach, which in turn makes things difficult. I end the day and wonder, “did she learn anything today?” or I wonder if I am going to fast. Either way I find it difficult to teach her at times.

So I opened the email and I am so glad I did. It is amazing how a simply email (or Scripture verse or phone call from a friend) can turn your perspective around. I was reminded that maybe I do need to just pull back, take a chill pill (though that is my term, not any of theirs), and RELAX! So what if she isn’t “getting it” right now?! My son had a hard time with reading. And now? Well, after taking that chill pill and relaxing, he is reading just fine.

I loved what Todd Wilson (FamilyMan) said,

“Problems arise when we, the homeschooling parents, take it upon ourselves to “de-difficult” them. We’ve followed standards set by experts who say, “At such-and-such age, a child should be doing this in school.” We try, they resist, so we try harder . . . and they resist harder . . . so we try even harder until we are in conflict all the time and they hate us.”

Well I don’t want any of my kids to hate me so I guess I better lay aside the “standards” and keep working gently and lovingly with her until we find what works for her.

Ahhhhhh! Big sigh of relief. Now I need to go play with my child that is no longer difficult in my eyes.

What has worked with your difficult child?

Today is Gratituesday!

I love this idea from Laura at Heavenly Homemaker. Every Tuesday she posts what she is thankful for…hence the name Gratituesday. What a clever name, right?!

So I was going to post my gratituesday¬†this morning but our homeschool¬†day seemed to be never-ending and I never made it to the computer. I was going to say how grateful I was that the kids were all better after a very long winter of sickness (ear infections, sinus infections, flu, strep throat, more ear infections…). However, one of the kids has come down with something this afternoon. I guess if I tried hard enough I could think of something to still be thankful for here but I am not going there while cleaning up the bathroom.

What I am grateful for today is the weekend where everyone was happy, well (never underestimate the power of being well!), and energetic. I am grateful for family time where we laughed, played, shopped and just enjoyed being well (I can’t emphasize that enough, can I?). I love my family and love every moment we get to spend together.

What are you grateful for today?

Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Menu Plan for Week February 27-March 5

First let me say that I always do my grocery shopping on a 2 week basis. So if you notice next week something on my menu plan that was there this week, it is because my week got crazy, plans changed and so the menu was switched all around. Also, I don’t always follow my plan to a T every week. I may decide on Monday to do Wednesday’s plan, etc. But for the most part my menu plan is what you see. This week (and into next…and many more if truth be known) you will notice some lunches are blank…many reasons for this. I either ran out of ideas, was just too lazy or am hoping/planning on leftovers from dinners.

If you don’t menu plan, I highly encourage you to do it. It saves tons of time and money! Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up items that make sense at the time, only to get home and wonder “what can I make for dinner?” That only leads to picking something up on the way home (more money wasted) or running back to the store and spending more money there. Plan, plan, plan!¬†I could really use my own advice when it comes to lunches. ūüôā

Sunday February 27

Breakfast: oatmeal
Lunch: Ham and bean soup
Dinner: Creamed chip beef over biscuits

Monday, February 28

Breakfast: Sausage and Egg Casserole
Lunch: Fish and veggies
Dinner: One Skillet Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread

Tuesday, March 1

Breakfast: Pancakes, sausage
Lunch: Hamburger, fries, fruit
Dinner: Chicken, corn, carrots, rolls

Wednesday, March 2

Breakfast: Applesauce Bread
Lunch: Chicken chalupas
Dinner: Sloppy Joes, Baked beans

Thursday, March 3

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Creamy Mac; nuggets, carrots and peas
Dinner: Taco Potatoes, Refried beans

Friday, March 4

Breakfast: Breakfast Cake
Lunch: Homemade pizza
Dinner: Cooker Chops over Noodles, Applesauce, Asparagus

Saturday, March 5

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: BBQ, beans, fries

It wasn’t until I started typing this out that I realized how much pizza we are having this week. I do usually have more variety but must have had pizza on the brain when making my list! I don’t think the kids will notice, do you?

I am working on adding a recipe section and will include some of our recipes and links to others.

So what yummy things will you be having this week?

Unexpected Money Well Spent

This year we are getting a refund. I cannot remember the last time we have gotten a refund. This is HUGE…and I am a little excited, in case you weren’t catching on to that.

But do you know the problem with refunds?

There are way too many ways in which to use the unexpected moo-lah…doughcashbucks….

Or maybe it is just me.

Either way, we found ourselves wondering what to do with the extra money. We decided the best thing would be to invest in some supplies for our kitchen. If the garden does as well as we hope this year, there will be lots to can. In the past we have always borrowed a pressure canner but have decided to take the plunge and get our own. Yikes those things aren’t cheap! Can you hear the cha-ching? We decided on this 921 All American pressure canner:

We are also going to purchase (and I am so excited about this),¬† a Nutrimill grain mill. My mind is in overdrive with what I can do with really good (for you) flour! Bread, pasta, pizza crusts, cookies, cakes and pies, oh my! Now many of those things I have and do make on a regular basis, but I haven’t tried my hand at homemade breads (well I did once but that is for another day) or pasta. I am just overall delighted to know that we can now use better flour. I cannot wait for it to get here. The butter and knife are on standby. ūüėČ

One last purchase we made, and this is all thanks to my husband…a laptop…for me!¬†And I am typing on it right now. It is beautiful. It is awesome. And I am so thankful for this unexpected gift. Now to keep it away from 4 sticky fingered kids and I will be all set!