I know, I know…it’s Tuesday.  Better late than never though, right?  I actually had my meals planned, but didn’t get a chance to post yesterday.  We’re still waiting for baby to arrive, so again this plan could change at any time (How that’s different than any other week, I’m not sure, but it sounds good.).  Here’s what we’ll be eating at our house this week.

Monday: chicken stir fry, rice, egg rolls (we didn’t get to this last week)

Tuesday: spaghetti, salad, garlic bread

Wednesday: baked potato soup in the crockpot, homemade rolls, veggie

Thursday: date night!  kids –> leftovers, Brandon and I –> garlic shrimp meal from the freezer

Friday: mini meatloaves, mashed potatoes, veggie

Saturday: ham and beans in the crockpot, corn bread, veggie

Sunday: college students cook

Have a great week!  Be sure and check out Organizing Junkie for more meal ideas.

Well, after not getting around to making a plan last week, I managed to pull something together for this week.  It should be a pretty normal week around here — unless our baby decides to arrive of course, then things will not be normal, but instead rather exciting and crazy.  :)

I’m planning on having a baking day today.  I’d like to have muffins and breads in the freezer to make breakfasts easier when the baby arrives.  Muffins or breads with fruit or yogurt make the best breakfasts for Miss E before she goes to school (and everyone else enjoys them too).  I’m planning on some zucchini bread, banana bread, peach muffins, and possibly some apple muffins as well.  We’ll see how the day goes.

Here’s the supper plan for the week:

Monday – bean and cheese burritos, salad, nachos
Tuesday –chicken stir fry over rice, egg rolls
Wednesday – bruschetta chicken bake, garlic bread, veggie
Thursday – date night!  leftovers for the kids, take out for Brandon and I
Friday – pigs in a blanket, fries, veggie
Saturday – grilled strip steaks, potatoes, veggie
Sunday – college students cook

I hope you all enjoy your week.  If you need/want more menu ideas and recipes, be sure to head over to Organizing Junkie!

I’ve been MIA the last couple of weeks.  We were without internet for a week, then there was a week of sheer laziness on my part, and then the baby was kicking me in the lungs or something making it hard to breath…making it hard for me to do anything.  Anyway, hopefully I can get back on track.  Of course the baby is due in two weeks, so I’m not guaranteeing anything.  :)

Let’s see if I can give you a quick update on what’s happened the last couple of weeks.

  • We celebrated J Bear’s 4th birthday.  Grandma and Grandpa came to visit, and she got a lot of pink, princesses, and ponies — which made her really happy.
  • We’ve been getting ready for our baby to come.  We bought a new carseat and some teeny tiny diapers, I’ve washed up sleepers and onesies, and the plan is to get the bed set up this afternoon.
  • Miss E finished a nursery rhyme unit at school yesterday with a program in her classroom.  We got to visit her classroom and hear each of the students recite a nursery rhyme.  Miss E had “Hickory Dickory Dock”.  She colored and cut out a mouse and clock and made her mouse run up and down as she recited.  She did a wonderful job, and we were very proud of her first public speaking appearance.  :)
  • J Bear has enjoyed learning nursery rhymes as well.  She was upset that Miss E got to go to school and learn them, so we did some fun things at home.  She colored pictures from “Hey Diddle Diddle”, cut them out, and glued them on poster board.  She also wrote her own nursery rhyme:
    Rocket, Rocket, he’s my friend
    He loves me, and that’s the end
  • Brandon has started volunteering at Miss E’s school twice a month through a program called WatchDOGS.  He gets to spend time in Miss E’s classroom as well as other classrooms throughout the building.  He reads to classes, patrols the halls, and is there to be a good male roll model.  He’s pretty excited about it, and Miss E loves the idea of having daddy at school with her.

I’m sure there’s more — it sure feels like life is crazy around here — but that’s all I can come up with at this point.  I’ll be sure to update again soon.

Monday here is cold and rainy — not my idea of great weather unless I can spend the entire day wrapped up in a blanket watching tv or reading a book.  Of course, maybe the kids and I will do just that.  That’s one of the great things about staying home, we can be lazy if we want.  :)  It’s a special treat for all of us, since I don’t usually let the kiddos watch too much tv, and I give myself the day “off”.

Since I don’t have much motivation right now it’s a good thing my menu is already planned.  And today’s meal is even a combination of a crock pot meal and food from my freezer – bonus!  Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Breakfast:

  • peanut butter toast, fruit
  • breakfast casserole, yogurt
  • muffins, fruit
  • cereal, fruit or yogurt

Lunch:

  • egg salad sandwiches
  • pb & j
  • chicken salad
  • leftovers
  • biscuits and gravy, eggs, fruit (Sunday)

Supper:

  • hot ham and cheese sandwiches (recipe below), twice baked potatoes, fresh green beans
  • corn and cheese enchiladas, salad
  • lasagna, garlic bread, salad
  • white chili, rolls, fresh veggies
  • pizza
  • leftover buffet
  • college students cook

Hot Ham Sandwiches (from Taste of Home)

3 pounds thinly sliced deli ham
2 c. apple juice
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sweet pickle relish (I’m not planning on adding this)
2 tsp. prepared mustard
1 tsp. paprika
12 kaiser rolls, split (I’m using hamburger buns because I had some in the freezer)

  • Place separated ham slices in the Crock Pot.
  • In a bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients (except for the rolls) and pour over the ham.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through.

We’ll probably add cheese of our choice to make them ham and cheese sandwiches:  swiss for Brandon and I, and colby jack for the kids.

All right, I’m off to snuggle on the couch with the kids.  Have a good week!  And don’t forget to check out Organizing Junkie for more menus and recipes.  :)

Miss E’s school collects Box Tops for Education each year.  This program helps the school raise a lot of money.  They have been able to add to their playground and buy new computers for classrooms with the money they’ve raised over the last several years.  Each class competes to see who can bring the most boxtops in each month.  The winners get fun things like popsicles and pajama days.  Today was the first collection day, so we’ll see how well her class does.  We’re new to this, so I don’t know when they announce the winners, or if she really even knows there is a “competition”.

Warning – shameless plug follows.
I have been saving my boxtops all summer, but I don’t buy a whole lot of the products that they come on, so I don’t have a ton saved up.  I have asked my family to start saving them, so she’ll have some more coming for next month.  If I know you, and you don’t already save them for your school, would you consider saving them and maybe sending them to me?  If you would be interested, just leave a comment or shoot me an email.  Miss E might even share her popsicles with you if her class wins. :)

I can’t believe it is September already!  Time has really seemed to fly by.  We made it through our crazy week last week, and are looking forward to a “normal” week this week. :)  Here’s what we’ll be eating at our house.

Breakfast:

Lunch:

  • pb & j
  • egg salad sandwiches
  • twice baked potatoes, salad
  • eggs and toast
  • grilled cheese
  • breakfast casserole, fruit (Sunday)

Supper:

Don’t forget there are always a ton more menus and recipes at Organizing Junkie!

Have a great week! :)

This is a picture I took the other day. Yes, that is all three of my kids cleaning the windows in the living room. (And yes, they are standing on the couch. I’ve tried to keep them off of it, but they are all such little monkeys it’s hard to do.)

This is what happened. I was mixing up a batch of cleaner and Miss E asked if she could clean the windows. I knew if I told her yes, that I would have to let the other two help as well. So, I filled two spray containers (Sir S is too small to have his own), grabbed three rags, and gave them free reign to clean the windows. (The cleaning solution is water and vinegar so I don’t have to worry about any chemicals, etc.) They went to town. I believe that each window was probably washed a minimum 2-3 times. The girls both had to double-check each other’s work, and Sir S wanted to check them all as well.

It was pretty cute. I’m trying really hard to cherish this moment (even though I need to go back over some of the windows myself) because I know it won’t last long. In a couple of years they will probably not be begging me for a chance to wash the windows, but will instead moan and groan when I ask them to.

And in just in case you were jealous thinking my kids love to clean, let me tell you that an hour later when I asked them to pick up their toys, they were not nearly as excited. :P

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