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!




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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  1. Too bad you don’t have very young grandchildren to help with the tech side of life. I remember several years ago we were babysitting our 1 and 2 year old grandchildren at their house and my husband was down on the floor trying to figure how to work their DVD player. Right along side was the two year old giving him directions he was “reading” off the back of the upside down DVD. Too funny, but now he is very helpful when it comes to tech type problems.

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