Real Life and Simple Weekly Meal Plans – September 16

If you want a sneak peek at this week’s simple Weekly Meal Plans (we’re focusing on filling the freezer this month!), just keep scrolling.  Or you can take your time and read through the chit chat.

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I knew Jim wouldn’t be home for dinner several nights this week.  For some reason, if he’s not home I don’t feel like I need to make dinner.  Which is crazy, because those of us who are home (whether that happens to be 2 or 5 or more, if the kids have friends over) still need to eat.

I also hoped to create some new recipes this week.  One of the ways I do that is to stock the kitchen with basic ingredients and then put myself under the same pressure we all face when it comes to dinner – either the pressure of needing to fill the crockpot with something in the morning or the pressure of standing in the kitchen at 5:30 trying to come up with something to eat.

Now you know why most of the meals and recipes I post are so easy!

These two things didn’t work together for me well this week.  Since I knew Jim wouldn’t be home, I didn’t have motivation to cook or create.

We did eat though:

  • French Toast and Ham
  • Pesto Tortellini with grilled chicken and tomatoes
  • Tilapia, veggies and pasta with cheese
  • Taco Soup – my very last slow cooker freezer meal!

I am highly motivated to create a new slow cooker freezer meal plan for the Weekly Meal Plans.  Those meals have been wonderful to have on hand.  And only having to spend 1 hour to get them in the freezer is definitely time well spent.#

#DinnerDilemma Twitter Party and Slow Cooker Giveaway

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I love this slow cooker!  Actually, I’ve never used it, I just wanted one for a long time.  I’ll be giving away 2 of them, along with an assortment of Libby’s products to two participants in the #DinnerDilemma Twitter party.

I’d love for you to join us on Monday 9/16 at 3pm EST.  We’re going to be talking about all kinds of things to help get dinner on the table each night, from recipes, to bulk cooking, to side dishes and more.

Be sure to follow @LibbysTable and me, @TiffanyAKing on Twitter.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  And September is our focus on stocking the freezer, including the week where you cook 7+ Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in just 1 hour!

Traditional Plan

  1. Hoisin Chicken use marinade here
  2. Stuffed Shells
  3. White enchiladas (using leftover chicken from # 5) 
  4. Pulled Pork
  5. Whole Chicken in the Crockpot
  6. Black Bean and Rice Burritos
  7. Monster Cookies

Slow Cooker Plan

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Using the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals – Simple Weekly Meal Plans & Real Life

It’s been about a month since I tested the Slow Cooker Freezer Menu (get a sneak peek at it near the bottom of this post).  I’ve been using those meals slowly, only reaching into the freezer when I know the day is going to be too busy for cooking.

But even though I’m trying not to use them all at once, after this week I only have 1 left!

I may be testing some new slow cooker freezer meals soon.  Those meals have made dinner time so simple and having them stashed away in the freezer is like a bit of insurance against the “crazy days”.

Sunday

Last Sunday, we ate leftovers after church.  There were several different things that needed to be eaten and I decided I didn’t want to cook.  It worked out well, at least for me!

Jim and I also went out on Sunday evening.  There was a free jazz concert at a local historic home that we decided to go to.  Before that though, we stopped by Lowe’s.  I’m wanting to give our kitchen a facelift with new countertops and possibly painted cabinets.

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I snapped this picture so I could remember the prices for laminate.  We also priced quartz and granite and decided it would be more than we want to spend.  And to be honest, I like laminate.

We currently have something called Butternut Granite, I think.  It’s not my favorite.  I like it better than I thought I would (the builder chose it before we bought the house), but I’d like to change it to something different.  If you’ve got a laminate you love, leave me a comment!

Monday

Labor Day meant a day off work for Jim and no school for the rest of us.  We went disc golfing with the boys.  They’ve been playing all summer, but I’d never been.  I’m terrible at throwing the frisbee, but it was fun to watch them.

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Friends had given us a bunch of tomatoes from their garden the night before.  I decided they needed to be part of a pasta dish.  So I made a quick meal with angel hair pasta, bacon, basil, tomatoes and white wine.  I’ll share the recipe soon!

Tuesday

Our son had a soccer game, so we went to watch.  I used one of the slow cooker freezer meals – Honey Hoisin Chicken.  I shredded the cooked meat and we put it on sandwiches with quick cole slaw and sweet potato fries on the side.  Yum!

Wednesday

I used a bottle of Kung Pao sauce with some chicken tenders, onions and bell peppers.  We ate it over rice.  The bottle of sauce had enough kick that all of our mouths were tingly and burning afterward, but it was good.

Thursday

I made another of our slow cooker freezer meals.  This time it was Maple Apple Pot Roast.  It turned out great!  I served parmesan potatoes too – from a box – and they were delicious!  I hardly ever buy boxed au gratin style potatoes, but they just looked so good.  Everyone loved them.  We also had broccoli.  And I made Peach Pie Squares for dessert.  Recipe coming to the blog soon!

And I repurposed our leftover roast for Friday’s lunch.  I shredded the beef, added a can of black beans and some salsa.  Heated it in the microwave and filled taco shells.  It worked great and would have made a good dinner for a small family.

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We had some tiny company on Thursday night.  This little guy and two of his brothers were hanging out in our garden.  They were only about the size of the palm of my hand.  Cute!

Friday

It’s Friday as I write this post and I’m planning to make French toast and ham for dinner.  Fancy, I know. *Update: When I went into the kitchen to make dinner, I realized we were out of milk. So I turned the French bread into French bread pizzas, using the ham for a topping and gathering up anything else I could find.  They turned out great!  But I really do need to hit the grocery!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  And September is our focus on stocking the freezer, including the week where you cook 7+ Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in just 1 hour!

Slow Cooker Plan – this is the freezer meals plan!

1. Taco Soup
2. Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker (as round steak)
3. Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
4. Honey Hoisin Chicken in the Slow Cooker
5. Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas 
6. Maple Apple Chicken in the Slow Cooker (as pot roast)
7. blueberry orange bread 

Traditional Plan

Raspberry Chicken*
Mel’s Diner Chili *
Stromboli
Spaghetti and Meatballs
BBQ Chicken Fajitas* (prepare chicken like this)
Beef Stew
Peanut Butter Fluff Pie

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6 Things I Learned in August and Simple Weekly Meal Plans

I decided to change things up a bit for this week’s Real Life and Simple Weekly Meal Plans post.  There’s still a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans at the bottom of this post.  It’s full of freezer meals too, so you won’t want to miss it!

But I wanted to share 6 things I learned in August.  I’m linking up with Chatting at the Sky.  I’m a little late to the party, but we’ll call it fashionably late.

1.  It’s possible to cook a whole pig in a sand pit.

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Our neighbors at the beach dug a big pit and roasted a whole pig in it.  It took 18 hours.  They stuffed it full of vegetables and garlic and jalepenos.  I really, really wanted to be over there when they unwrapped it, but I didn’t want to intrude.  We don’t know them, they just happened to be in the beach house in front of ours.

In the picture, you can see the pig wrapped in foil and wire.  They used the wire to lower it over the hot coals, then covered the whole pit with the plywood.

2.  Kayaks and car top carriers strapped to the top of the van can make a mind-numbing thrum.

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The set up was fairly quiet on the way to the beach (about a 12 hour drive), but the way home gave us trouble.  Jim managed to quiet it after stopping several times the first hour of the trip.  But the last hour or so was intensely loud.  No matter what he did to fix it, the straps made so much noise.  Eventually, he had to give up and we rode with the sound.

3.  I can make a video and upload it to YouTube.

And turn off the comments there, because I’m insecure and don’t want people to leave mean things.

4.  Hard drive crashes in the midst of trying to meet other demanding deadlines does not make for a happy time.

Actually, it makes for a melt down that I needed to repent from.

5.  It’s possible to set a grill on fire while cooking chicken tenders.

I have no photo of it, because the flames were getting dangerously huge and the grill sits close to the house.  I don’t think I’ll ever win a grilling competition!

6.  If you put your hand in your pocket, horses think you have a treat for them.

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At least these horse.  They live across the road from a local restaurant.  I think they may be used to treats.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  And September is our focus on stocking the freezer, including the week where you cook 7+ Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in just 1 hour!

Traditional Plan

Lemon Garlic Chicken* on the grill (use the marinade here)
Beef Nachos * (beef prepared like this)
Golden Chicken Enchiladas 
Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza
Smothered Steak and Onions 
Reuben Calzone
Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Pie

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Slow Cooker Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
2. Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples in the Slow Cooker
3. Red Eye BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Recipe 
4. Garlic Chicken with More Garlic in the Crockpot
5. Crockpot Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken
6. Easy Crockpot Beef Fajitas
7. Mandarin Cheesecake Dessert (or “Salad” if you’re Southern)

 

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Real Life and Simple Weekly Meal Plans – August 26

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I know I’ve mentioned the 7+ slow cooker freezer meals that I made in just 1 hour.  Those recipes and instructions will be coming to the meal plans in September.  I also made a video of the assembly process that I’m hoping to get to share with you.  But due to technical difficulties (read: my own techy ignorance) and despite watching videos of 10 year old boys demonstrating how to upload videos to YouTube, my own attempts have failed.

Stay tuned though!  I’m determined to figure this out!

Real life around our house has consisted of trying to get back into a homeschool routine.  So far, it’s gone very well.  The kids are all doing more independent work than in the past, which is good for all of us.  This week, we’ll be fully geared back up for all subjects and extra-curriculars too.

Last Sunday, I shared this photo on Instagram.  We had brunch after church with ingredients I bought at the farmer’s market the day before.  Delicious!

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Monday, we packed sandwiches and ate on the soccer field, before running to an orientation for one of our homeschool groups.  Two hours of orientation!  So. very. long.

Tuesday, we celebrated our youngest son’s 15th birthday.  We were all able to be home for dinner together.  A rare treat.  And I made one of our favorite cakes from the Cake Mix Dr. cookbook – Mom’s Layer Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting.  It’s worth buying the book just for that recipe alone.

Wednesday, I hate to say this, but I have no recollection of this evening at all.  I know the boys went to youth group.  Other than that, it’s all a blank.  We ate something.  I wonder what it was?  *Wait!  I remembered what it was!  I tested a new slow cooker recipe and you’re going to love this one!  It’s a new twist on an old and easy classic.  Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing it soon.

Thursday, brought another orientation for a different homeschool group.  It was much shorter, but I’m on leadership for this group, so it was still a long day for me.  I put Taco Soup in the slow cooker.  First soup of the season!

Friday, our oldest daughter was home and craving Chinese food.  She took us to her favorite Chinese restaurant and ordered for us using her much-improved language skills.  It was fun to see some of the impact this summer in China had on her.  We had beef hotpot, eggplant, fried rice, and Kung Pao chicken.

Saturday, I tested recipes.  It turned out that only Jim and I were home to eat the dinner I made.  But it was a new slow cooker recipe and we deemed it successful.  I’ll be sharing it soon.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!

Traditional Plan

Smoked Sausage Skillet
Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches
Fish Tacos
Chicken Broccoli Pita Pockets
Pesto Tomato Pizza
Chicken Curry in the Crockpot 
Raspberry Sherbet

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
2. Pizza Steak Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker
3. Ham Steak, Hashbrown Casserole with a Crockpot Trick
4. Slow Cooker Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Tacos
5. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore 
6. French Dip Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker
7. S’mores Pie

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Real Life and Simple Weekly Meal Plans – August 18

Last weekend, I made 7 slow cooker freezer meals plus a whole chicken in the crockpot in just one hour.  We tried two of those meals this week.  Both were wonderful and beyond easy.  But, I’ve confirmed once again that I’m a meal hoarder!

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Once I get those meals in the freezer, I don’t want to use them.  They’re like meal insurance for a rainy day.  I did use two of them this week though.  Which makes me feel like I’m moving through them too fast.

We had Hoisin Chicken in the Slow Cooker.  I opened the bag and dumped the frozen chicken and sauce contents in the crock and turned it on.  So easy.

We also had Mediterranean Beef in the Slow Cooker.  I thawed it enough to get it out of the bag and turned it on high.  I served this over mashed potatoes and we all loved it.

Details on these meals will be in the September Weekly Meal Plans.

We also had a new favorite for the second time.  The boys had youth group on Wednesday night and the left early to play a round of frisbee golf before heading to the church.  The rest of us had Baked Chicken Tacos.  These are so easy to fix and so good.  The recipe will be coming to the blog on Tuesday.

Friday night, our youngest son celebrated his 15th birthday a few days early.  He had friends over and I made a cheater version of Stromboli.  I used canned pizza crust to make it easy.  The stromboli was a hit with all of them

I also got another Stitch Fix box earlier this week.  I was surprised to see that it was my 7th box.  I’ve been doing this for a while, I guess!  I love Stitch Fix, because it’s a fun way for me to add items to my closet without actually having to go shopping.  I tend to dress in the same Walmart or Target t-shirts.  And even though I’d like something different, if I’m left on my own in a store I come out with a few more white t-shirts.

Stitch Fix sends me a box of clothes styled for me.  As I’ve used the service, I’ve tweaked my profile.  Most recently, I changed my fit preference from “fitted” to “loose”.  And that really helped me end up with a box of things I loved.  Here’s what I kept from this fix:

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I’ve already worn the casual top on the left.  It’s light weight and perfect for the fall-like weather we’ve been having.  The dress and the necklace both seem like versatile pieces.  They also sent another dress that I really liked, but decided it was too much money and I really don’t need two new dresses.  And they sent another shirt that I loved the color of, but was cut lower in the neckline than I like.  Those both went back in the pre-paid envelope.

If you want to give Stitch Fix a try, just click the link to find out more.  I have used my affiliate link in this post.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!

Traditional Plan

  1. Chili and Cheese Hot dogs
  2. Angel Hair with , White Wine, Red Onion and Black Olives
  3. Nachos 
  4. Pork Chops topped with Pineapple, Green Pepper, and Onion
  5. Croque Monsieur 
  6. Italian Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells
  7. Frito Candy

Slow Cooker Plan

3. Steak with red wine, onion, garlic & Italian seasoning
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Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life (plus my favorite organizing tools for back to school)

Have your kids started back to school yet?  The public schools here go back on Wednesday.  We homeschool and I haven’t decided yet what day we’ll start back.  Thursday maybe?  Or Monday?

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If only summer could last a little bit longer.  Part of me is ready to get back into a routine and part of me still wants to be on a floaty in the ocean.

Whether I like it or not, we need to get back into a routine to deal with all the classes, sports, activities and the schedules they impose.  So today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tools for organizing myself and my family.

A quick note before we get into organizing tools – I’m going to be doing a Google + Hangout with Crystal and Kelli on their #LearntoBlog Hangouts on Google +.  We’ll be chatting about food blogging at 11am EST/10amCentral on Tuesday 8/13.  I’d love to have you join us!  If you can’t make it live, you can watch on Youtube later.  I’ll share the link when it’s up.

The first tool I use and love are the Weekly Meal Plans.

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I really do use the plans.  I don’t always stick to them closely, because I need to test new recipes to share with you.  But that’s one of the great things about these simple meal plans – they are so flexible that even when I shop with the list, I can still decide to swap out meals and have all the ingredients I need.  I love not having to think or prep a list and menu before I go to the store.

This week, I tested a special slow cooker freezer meals plan that we will have for you in September.  I made 7 meals in 1 hour, plus started a chicken in the slow cooker to have for dinner and freeze the leftover meat.  For the whole month of September, the Weekly Meal Plans will be focusing on stocking your freezer.  No big cooking day required.

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A sneak peek at this week’s menus are at the bottom of this post.

Cozi Family Organizing App

I shared Cozi with you last year.  I don’t know what we would do without this app.  With this app, I can easily input all of our schedules and appointments.  Everyone in the family sees the same calendar and we can use it on our phones or computers.  I’ve been using the free version, but I love it so much I’ve thought of upgrading to the paid version.  If you’ve tried the paid, I’d love to know what you think.  And if you haven’t tried Cozi yet, do give it a try.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

With school starting up again, I’m going to have to get myself out of bed on time each morning.  Since vacation, I’ve been like a sloth.  I love Sleep Cycle app.  It wakes me up in my lightest sleep cycle, which keeps me from feeling like I’ve been yanked through 100 feet of murky water.  Or maybe that’s just how I feel when I get woken from a deep sleep.

Sleep Cycle also tracks how many hours I sleep at night and tells me what my sleep quality was.  It makes me very aware that when I stay up late, my sleep quality is low and so is the quality of my day.  My best nights are always Sunday nights, because I’m most motivated to get in bed early on Sundays.  I need to work on that for the rest of the week too.

Day One Journaling App

I’m a new user of Day One.  I downloaded it recently to use for our homeschool to track our days and activities.  I decided to give it a try while on vacation and  I love it.  The app reminds me each day that it’s time to write an entry.  And it’s so easy to keep up with.  As easy as writing a tweet or Facebook status, only no one sees it but me.

You can also add photos. And I think there are other functions as well, but I haven’t explored those.  I use Day One on my iPhone for free.  There’s also a Mac app, but it costs $10.  I’m not willing to pay for that now, since it’s so easy to use on my phone.

Do you use Day One?  If so, I’d love to hear how you use it.  I’m looking forward to using it for school.

Evernote

I use Evernote for all kinds of things from collaborating with my Weekly Meal Plans team, to keeping track of school curricula and plans.  I’ve assigned a notebook for each of my kids.  Their school courses and book lists are easy to keep track of in Evernote. It’s the best way I’ve found for keeping track of all the high school courses and making sure we’ve covered all the requirements.  Evernote is free (although I do use the paid version for the collaborating function) and the notes are accessible on my phone or computer.

Erin Condren Life Planner

Looking at this list, you’d think that I only use digital tools.  But I do have a paper calendar (Life Planner by Erin Condren) that I love, love, love.  It’s where I keep track of all of my blog work and daily to-do lists.  I’d be sunk without it.  I’ve been using Life Planners for several years now.  I don’t really think of it as a back to school item, just because I use it mostly for work and I use it every day of the year.  It’s the book that knows more than I do!

I’d love to hear about your favorite tools for organizing yourself and your family.  If you use something you love, leave a comment and share it with us.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!

Slow Cooker Plan

Traditional Plan

  1. Grilled Steak (use this recipe but steak instead of chicken) 
  2. Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy 
  3. Dijon Tarragon Tilapia 
  4. Cheese Ravioli with Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper, and Grilled Chicken 
  5. Chicken Broccoli Divan 
  6. Egg Salad Sandwiches 
  7. Creamy Pina Colada Pie

 

 

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – August 4

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I’m writing this post more than a week before it goes live, so I’m going to be guessing at what real life was like.  We’ve been in Gulf Shores, AL all week, so I’m assuming we’ve relaxed, walked in the sand, floated on water, sipped coffee with a view of the ocean in the morning…

If you’re wondering, we do eat at “home”, even on our beach vacations.  My mom plans all of our food.  She’s wonderful!  You can read about how she does it here.  The menu doesn’t vary much, because this just works for us.  We’ve used it in Disney World and on beach trips.

Our other big event for this week is picking our oldest daughter from the airport on Sunday night.  She’s been in China all summer and we are so, so excited to bring her home!  I know her fiance is anxious to have her home again.  And once we get her home, let the wedding planning begin!  We’ve got three months till the big day.

I know Meredith will have so many stories to tell us of her trip, but I thought you might enjoy hearing this one.  She and her roommate were able to find a chocolate chip cookie mix and some butter to make cookies in the home of some Chinese friends.  They loved the cookies, having never eaten one warm from the oven before.  Some of the girls used chopsticks to eat the cookies.

China chocolate chip cookies

Meredith experienced all kinds of things, including an emergency trip to the hospital for food poisoning.  She also went to the eye doctor and got new glasses for just $15.  She and her roommate were able to go to a Chinese church quite a few times too.

Now with vacation over and Meredith home, I’ll feel like summer is about over.  Time to start thinking of getting back into a homeschool routine.  Are you starting to think about back to school?

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  August plans will be going up by Monday morning!

Slow Cooker Plan

2. Ham Steak

Traditional Plan

  1. Tex Mex Shepherd’s Pie
  2. Garlic Chicken with More Garlic in the Crockpot 
  3. Swiss Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Sausage 
  4. Sweet Chili Linguine with Grilled Chicken 
  5. Pork Carnita Tacos 
  6. Hamburgers and Bacon, Tomato, and Ranch Pasta Salad
  7. Banana Pudding Ice Cream
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Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life, Plus New Site Design! – July 28

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If you haven’t seen the new site design and you’re reading this in a blog reader or email, click on over!  I’m so happy with they way things are looking over here now.

And I think you’ll find it easy to navigate too.  Everything has gotten a facelift, from the home page to the Weekly Meal Plans. Even the Weekly Meal Plan grocery lists, recipes and menus to display will get a new look starting with the September plans.  We’ve already got August queued up for you!  The whole month will be loaded on August 5.

And that reminds me, this is the last week you can get access to all the plans for July. That means that becoming a member this week is like getting a whole extra month for free.  Something to consider.

Last week, I did some recipe testing.  Brownie Sundae Muffins will be coming to the blog soon.  And I cannot wait to share Blooming Blueberry Bread with you.  It was beyond delicious!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!

Traditional Plan

Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki 
Grilled Chicken and Cream Cheese Enchiladas
Lemon Chicken and Sauerkraut 
BBQ Peach Pulled Pork Sandwiches 
Beef Shwarma in the Slow Cooker
Chicken strips
Frozen Fruit Cups

Slow Cooker Plan

Steak with red wine, onion, garlic & Italian seasoning
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Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – July 22 (Everybody has a twin)

I shopped with a Weekly Meal Plan list this week, even though I knew I’d be creating a few new recipes.  That’s one of the things I love about using the Weekly Meal Plan grocery lists – they are so easily customizable. Since the recipes use common ingredients, chances are I’ll need everything on the list as some point in the near future.

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I used the grocery list for the Slow Cooker Plan July 29.  Members have access to the whole month at a time and you can choose to use the plans in any order you like. Or use them in the order that’s give. Either way works.

I didn’t shop until Monday this week.  Saturday, we went to Ohio to help Jim’s parents move.  My mother-in-law saves all kinds of memorabilia.  She handed Jim a box of stuff that included a booklet with pictures from his Freshman class of college.  We found this photo inside:

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That is not Jim. It’s just some guy that he went to college with.  And he looks exactly like our oldest son.  I mean exactly.  See:

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Some of those photos of our son are from when he was a bit younger. He hates having his photo taken (like me), so I found the few I could find. And now, I can just use the one of his twin!

We have laughed and laughed about this. We even tried to google the guy from the college book, but he must be living off-grid, because we can’t find much.

After all this hilarity over Peter’s twin from 1980, plus helping my in-laws move, we ordered pizza for dinner on Saturday.

Sunday, we ate leftover pizza and grilled hamburgers left from Friday.

Monday was grocery shopping day.  I had a recipe to create and shoot, so we had Not Your Mama’s Tuna Noodle Casserole for dinner.  You’re going to love this one!  I know we did.  It was topped with Salt and Pepper Kettle Chips.  So good!  Recipe coming next Tuesday.

Tuesday, I created another new recipe.  It’s a winner also and I know we’ll be adding it to the rotation.  Everyone loved it.  I’ll be sharing it soon too.

Wednesday, was youth group night and Jim traveled that day and somehow lost his iPhone somewhere in Tennessee.  It’s never been found.  I made Blueberry Pancakes and bacon for dinner.

Thursday, I got another box from Stitch Fix. This time, I kept three items.  Here’s one of the shirts I kept.  I like it for the fun print and it looks really great with a cardigan sweater I already own.  I love getting to try on items at home with my other clothes.  And I really love not having to darken the door of an actual store.  I am not a good shopper.

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And I kept this necklace.  I love this one!

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I’m really hoping that Stitch Fix will come through with a dress for me to wear to my daughter’s wedding.  So far, I haven’t liked the dresses they’ve sent, but I keep trying. I’m hoping to not have to go to an actual store.  And do actual shopping.  If you’d like to try Stitch Fix for yourself, here’s my affiliate link.

For dinner on Thursday I made grilled ham slices, summer squash and tomatoes, sweet potato fries and melon.  Quick and summery!

Now it’s Friday and I’ve convinced Jim to take us all out to eat. Yay for a night out!

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!

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  1. Marinated Grilled Chicken
  2. Gina’s Club Sandwiches
  3. Tropical Tilapia 
  4. Fried Rice
  5. Grilled Pizza
  6. Grilled Honey Mustard Pork 
  7. Dole Whip Float

 

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Real Life and Weekly Meal Plans – July 15

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This week, I did a little bit of recipe creation and a little bit of cooking old favorites.  We had a great day last Sunday.  The rain finally stopped and the sun came out.  Our soon-to-be son-in-law joined us for lunch.  We hadn’t seen him since Meredith went to China a month ago.

I made an old favorite, Orange Chicken.  This is such a quick meal and it’s perfect for after church.  After lunch, we took the kayak up to the pond.

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It’s not a big pond, but it is big enough to enjoy paddling around for a bit.

On Monday, I made Honey Mustard Chicken in the Slow Cooker, which we shredded for sandwiches.  I also made a butternut squash in the slow cooker.  I’ll be sharing that recipe soon.

I also finished the book, What Alice Forgot by Lianne Moriarty.  It’s about a woman who wakes up in a gym, thinking she’s 29 years old and madly in love with her husband. But the reality is she is 39 and in the middle of a nasty divorce and custody battle.  She doesn’t remember any of the last 10 years.  The book is her journey to figure out how she got to where she is now.  It was a thought provoking, fast moving read.  Great book from first page to the last.

On Tuesday, I went to the farmer’s market.  There aren’t as many vendors there on Tuesdays as there are on Saturdays.  I bought some summer squash, zucchini, black raspberries and a few onions.  I used part of it to make Vegetable Chili from my Feast in 15 ebook.  I did add some hamburger to it that I had cooked and in the freezer. The boys complain if there isn’t meat in the meal.  They’re in the “age of meat”.

Wednesday, I experimented with another slow cooker recipe.  This time for Red-Eye BBQ Ribs.  The recipe was a winner!  We had steamed cauliflower and a wedge salad with the ribs.

Thursday started with an email from Meredith.  She was sick with what she thought was food poisoning and thought she might have to go to the hospital.  I heard from her again around 11:30am our time.  She had been to the hospital and they’d given her an IV of fluids.    She passed out on the way to the squatty potty.  I cannot imagine using a squatty potty while being so sick.  Her fever was 39C (102.2F). The Chinese doctors treat fever by adding blankets to make the fever break.  It’s hot and humid in Xiamen now and there’s no air conditioning in the hospital.

Meredith’s roommate also got very sick and probably should have gone to the hospital, but it was the middle of the night when she needed to go and there was no one to take her.  Both girls are doing better now.  Their moms, however, are ready to have them home again!

I had a hard time concentrating on anything on Thursday.  Dinner snuck up on me, but I threw some chicken tenders on the grill.  I cooked the rest of the squash, zucchini and onions in a skillet with garlic and herb seasoning.  And we had corn on the cob with it.

It’s Friday as I’m writing this.  I need to go out to the grocery for some things to take to my in-laws tomorrow.  We’re going up to help them move.  My kids are asking for hamburgers tonight for dinner and since the weather is gorgeous today, I think grilling out is a great idea.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!

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