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I have been inspired… inspired to action.

I needed to go grocery shopping today but struggled with spending the money, again. I just went on Thursday and dispite my best efforts among the busy transitioning our life is in right now, spent more than I had wanted. {Sigh} So, as I reached for lunch behind all of this in my pantry cabinet…..

{Isn’t that pretty?}

…I thought surely I could create meals from the abundance of food that already fills my kitchen, a mini grocery store?

So I took inventory and found 5 decent meals to feed my family. Enough to last till Friday, my grocery shopping day. Whew, that’s better.

I used allrecipes to find some recipes using the ingredients I had on hand {suggested by a friend} and then plugged in those plus some others into our menu plan for the rest of the month. Here is our menu plan for this week…

Monday: DIY Tostada with Mexican Rice
Tuesday: Tortilla Bean Soup with Chicken
Wednesday: Enchildada-Quesidillas {made with homemade tortillas} with more Mexican Rice!
Thursday: Chicken and Rice, sweet peas, and buttered homemade bread
Friday: Sea Shell Supper, salad, and bread
Saturday: Homemade Pizza and salad
Sunday: Leftovers

I have high hopes of changing our eating habits, in being more intentional in feeding my family. Looking forward to researching. Until next time…


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Our Menu Plan for 8/31-9/6

Our Menu Plan for 8/31-9/6

Monday (tonight): We have bible study at our house and food will be a collection from everyone. Yum!!

Tuesday: Grilling Burgers outside with homemade baked french fries and some fresh veges. (leftover from last week)

Wednesday: Black Bean Soup with Cornbread (leftover from last week)

Thursday: Salmon Patties with Potatoes and Vegetables

Friday: Homemade Pizza & Classic Movie Night!!

Saturday: Lemon Herb Chicken with Potatoes and Corn on Cob

Sunday: Tacos and Homemade Spanish Rice

Last week I didn’t have to use all of my dinners I had planned so I am able to move most of them over to this week which is such a blessing!! Less expense in this weeks grocery shopping ;).

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I have been working on organizing a menu plan binder that will bring peace to my kitchen, keep my fridgerater fed and my family  full of good creative and hopefully in time more healthy meals instead of “oh, let’s see what we have that I can make real quick” 30 minutes before it is time to eat.  It is more exhausting having no menu plan and no grocery list shopping plan than it is to actually have one, sure it takes time a few hours one day compared to all the wasted stress and time all through out the next 7 days, so it is so worth it to plan it all out and make time for it. I am excited finally to be back in what I am hoping is going to be a good menu plan routine. So for this week here is What’s For Dinner at our house…

Monday: Bible Study… Ham & Cheese Croussants, Pork n Beans & Potato Salad 

Tuesday: Fish & Chips (dinner at a friends house)

Wednesday: BBQ Chicken, Baked Potatoes & Corn on the Cob

Thursday: Black Bean Soup & Cornbread

Friday: Homemade Pizza, Salad & Strawberry Shortcake

Saturday: Salmon “Crabby” Patties, Mashed Potatoes and Squash

Sunday: Cheese Burgers and Homemade (very unhealthy) Fries with fresh Veges.

It feels good to be back in the kitchen serving my family’s needs. Enjoy your blessed Monday… Psalm 118:24. Visit Laura for more of this weeks menu plans!

JOYfully in Him,

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I am so late with my menu and I missed last week. Starting next month I am going to start  a monthly dinner menu and a bi-weekly lunch and breakfast menu  to help organize my the the chaos into some order around here. Meals around here have been not only difficult to prepare but very rare when they are prepared. Tonight as I cooked one of our favorite meals Black Bean Soup with Sweet Yellow Cornbread I juggled Superman and T-rex in the bath, cleaning up from school time at the kitchen table and giving Baby Girl her very first lesson in cooking.  She seemed to enjoy it but my back screamed with pain. 


Wednesday : Baked Potatoes and Salad

Thursday: Tacos and Homemade Mexican Rice

Friday: Homemade Pizza (our favorite)

Saturday: Broccoli Spagetti and Cheesy Bread

Sunday: We are having about 5-7 families over to our house for lunch, sodinner will be light…. probably breakfast or leftovers.

For more menus take a trip over to Organizing Junkie’s.

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Our Favorite Dessert

A quick, easy and delicious dessert that we all enjoy around her is Tiger Butter. I think I love this dessert so much because there is no baking involved or treacherous mixing. If you like Peanut Butter, White Chocolate and Chocolate you will love this recipe!

Tiger Butter

1 cup of peanut butter

Block of almond bark

1 cup of semi-sweet chocolates

Simply melt the pb and almond bark in microwave and then mix. Melt the semis in seperate bowl. Pour pb and almond bark into a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and then put the melted chocolate in spoonfuls on top and swirl around with a knife. Find space in your fridge and put it in there until it hardens, usually less than an hour. When it is done just break it into pieces and enjoy!!

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Every one likes baked freshly baked bread right? Well this morning I decided to bake some with out even meaning to. Around 8 or so I got out of bed to preheat the oven for Cinnamon Rolls. I went about my business of getting some things done in the back leaving the oven to its self for a few minutes. When I make my way back to the kitchen to make some coffee, clean up and then start the cinnamon rolls I smell a rather tasty smell and wonder where on earth it is coming from. I am completely stumped and just stand in the kitchen flabbergasted in thought when I realize the familiar smell… bread? Blankness for a second and then… BREAD!! Oh my gosh… I frantically try to find my oven mit….oh where did I put it (having just recently moved them to a new spot of course) …. finally I find it behind the toaster, open the oven to find a loaf of wheat bread, hot dog buns, bagels and torillas all nicely covered in melted plastic! I pulled them out of the oven.. and then laughed at myself and at what my husband was going to say when I told him of my incident! Luckily I was able to save most of the tortillas but the rest didn’t make it. By the way I am known around our house to do little kitchen bloopers :0).

Oh, what was the bread doing in the oven in the first place? Well.. I have yet to find a good place to store our bread in the kitchen and yesterday evening I had to throw away our hamburger bun because ants had gotten to them so I needed to find a play to put them where they wouldn’t find them and the oven seemed at the time like a good place :0) he he he.

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Click here for the recipe. I am excited about doing these this year. Last year we were traveling and weren’t able to. It is going to be a wonderful family experience.

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