“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When to Save Printable

I love a sale. So after a few months of research, I compiled a list of all the products and when they are usually on sale.  Hope it helps.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Meal Plan for January 26- February 1, 2015

This week is a little different.  Hubby is going out of town for a conference in Savannah, and this year I am not going.  Usually, we use this time as a little mini-vacation.  I get to walk River Street and go up to City Market while he is in sessions.  We would eat lunch and dinner together. A fantastic recharger! Alas, I am unable to go due to money issues.  That be being said, I am only cooking a full dinner Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I don't usually cook a full meal when Hubby is out of town; I have too many picky eaters.  I will cook a special breakfast, and in this house that is Pigs in a Blanket for my middle one.


Buffalo Chicken Dip- Daughter's request

Tacos and Fajita Chicken



Breakfast request: Pigs in a blanket.

The rest of the week will be free-for-all or probably eating at Mema & Papa's a lot this week.

Pantry List Printable

Do you have a list of all the necessary items to keep a well stocked pantry?  I didn't, so I made one. Feel free to print and use if you want.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Prayer for Today: January 26, 2015

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please help me to be thankful for what I have. Please help me be content with what I have.  Please help me to know that what you provide is enough. Show me your blessings far outweigh what I think I should have. Forgive my envy; forgive my greed. Help me know you are enough. In Jesus's name, Amen

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Easy Lasagna

Since my dear hubby wanted lasagna this week, I added it to a the menu.  I didn't find a pin I liked, so I took a couple of recipes I had to made my own. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the finished result, but it was yummy and looked oh so good.

First I gathered my ingredients:


  • One box of Barilla Oven-Ready Lasagna Noodle (no boil). I truly only used about 6 because I used an 8x8 glass dish.  Use a 9x13 to make it a little "thinner".
  • 15oz. Ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 jar of Spaghetti sauce- I used Ragu meat flavored because that was what was in my pantry. 
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
First, I browned my meat with a little minced garlic.  Now, we use the jarred kind.  Yeah, yeah, I know it doesn't have the flavor, but that is what what we use. 

When that finished, I just ladled off the fat.  It was a very small amount due to the quality of the beef. (P.S. I got it at The Fresh Market on its Tuesday special; $2.99lb) 

Then I mixed the following together: Ricotta, Mozzarella, grated Parm, and dried onion.  I love onions; my family does not.  These minced onions are small enough that they don't notice them, but I get the flavor.   It looked very crumbly, but that is ok.


After that, I started assembling my lasagna.  Now, we are a family of five, but my two youngest as super picky, and my family almost refuses to eat leftovers, so I try to fix just enough. you can make it go further by adding a another jar of sauce.I added a little sauce to the bottom of the dish, then placed my two noodles,  If you used a 9x13, you would need three.  They expand during cooking so don't worry if they don't seem to fit.



Then I added my cheese mixture.


Followed by the ground beef


And some shredded cheese


I used some Kraft Italian cheese.  I was in the fridge.





I continued to layer into the top which was two layers of noodles, sauce and cheese.  I very top layer was the cheese mixture. I covered it in aluminum foil and cooked for about 30 minutes.

I fixed a little garlic bread to go with it, and hubby was very happy.

-Carol

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Meal Plan for January 19-25, 2015

So after eating out twice last week, I am even more determined to stay true to our declaration about eating all home-cooked meals.  Now, I guess I should confess that we will eat out when we are treated, which usually happens every Sunday.  Of course,  all menu ideas are pins linking to my boards. Pictures lead directly to blogs where recipes can be found.





Baked-Fried Chicken (different pin than last week)










Leftovers

I decided to link up this week through



Update: So, we had everything but the Chicken and Wild Casserole.  I decided I just wasn't that into it. Loved the soup.  Cheesesteaks were so-so.  On to next week...

I do not own or claim the ownership of any pictures unless noted on picture.  All pictures belong to respective bloggers. 

Meal Plan for January 12-17, 2015

A couple of things got bumped from last week.  We still ate at home every night, so we are holding steady to our proclamation of no eating out in January.  As always, the following list are in no particular order, and any pins go directly to my Pinterest page.

Ham with Mac and Cheese

Taco Soup

Hamburger Stroganoff

Baked-Fried Chicken

Pizza

Leftovers

Noodle Bowl from The Fresh Market (I missed it last week, maybe I will get it this week.)

Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

For snacks and sandwiches: Pimento cheese

Update: Missed the Noodle Bowl AGAIN!  It just might not happen this month.  We had the Ham with Mac and Cheese, Taco Soup (It was fantastic!!), and the Hamburger Stroganoff. Hubby did a little side job with this dad, so he treated us Friday night. AND I subbed Wednesday, which meant nothing in the crockpot so we had Zaxby's.  I know- shame, shame.  Baked-Fried Chicken and Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole with be pushed to next week.  

What if I Don't Wanna Cherish Those Moments?

"Remember these days; they are only little once."

"Cherish these moments. You will never get them back."

"Hold on to these times. You'll miss them where they are gone."

It seems as though my Facebook page as been inundated when these types of articles and blog posts about cherishing those moments while your children are little. Well, frankly, I am about sick of them. You must understand. I  LOVE my children.  I would move the heavens and earth for them if it meant them never getting hurt or sick. And as much as I loved them during their baby stages, I do not- repeat- do NOT miss the days of cleaning up spit-up, crying through the night, sleepless nights, baby-proofing everything in bubblewrap, teething, potty-training.  I am glad it is in the past. Will I forget them? Probably not. Do I want to keep them little forever? No to that, too.

To me, and it is probably just my interpretation of these sentiments, there are too many people already living in the past:  "I miss their little toes."  "I miss their smell."  "Why can't they stay little forever?"  Couple that with all the imagining and pressure we put on the kids about the future, and we forget to celebrate who they are now.

Enjoy the NOW moments. I know I could hold my little girl in my arms and just hold her forever. But you know what, she can sit on my lap now with her arms around me, and we can have a conversation about her day. Her wants. Her fears. Her own visions for her life.

My son, now 7, just lost his first tooth.  A milestone.  Celebrate THAT.  He was the cutest baby ever, but he is growing into a handsome young man today. I know I can't get those little moments back, but I don't think they are any more important than the moments we are having now.

My littlest, finally officially potty-trained over six months now.  Hooray.  I want to celebrate what is to come.  How everyday, I can understand him a little more. He has a major speech articulation issue that requires speech therapy. I would trade those frustration tantrums of not being able to communicate his needs and wants.

I do get sentimental but only when I realize how far they have come, not because I miss how little they were.  I don't think it was any easier than now, or even easier now than then.  Parenting is hard no matter what stage you are in.  I just want to help my little ones celebrate today without regret of their past selves or and without fear of the future.  I want them to know I love them now.

- Carol

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Life Returns to Semi-Normal

So I shipped Dad and two of the kiddos back to school today.  That leaves one, and he goes back tomorrow.  That means I get a little of my life back.  I know the holidays are supposed to be comforting and relaxing, but they are not. We have three birthdays in December with the latest on the 22nd.  After parties and cakes and birthday dinners, I am pooped.  Not to mention that we didn't even BEGIN to start shopping until December 23. Yep. I am that kind of shopper. Nonetheless, we got everything on the kiddos lists.  Score one for us.

I can really feel how the busyness of life truly interferes with a spiritual life.  I have to admit that I have not been where I want to be in my walk with Christ. I will be the first to admit that I am struggling with contentment at the moment, so I guess I have been taking it out of God.  He can handle it, but just so you know, grudges with God doesn't really develop into anything positive.

People who know me know me for two things and neither of them positive. 1. I cry A LOT.  I don't cry from depression; I cry from compassion, empathy, sympathy, happiness, sadness, anger. I think you get the picture. 2. I share too much information when it comes to my family's financial troubles.  It has become a bad habit.   These two things have greatly led to my issue with contentment.  I hate both of these things.  Hate is a strong word, but I am not happy about either one for sure.  You would think that I would be used to number 1, because I have been that way my entire life.  Wish I knew why. The financial issues stem from downturn in economy about the same time we decided to only have one main income coming into the home so I could stay with the kids.  Every once in a while, I sub, and bless those moments, but I keep wondering what I can learn through these thin times.  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Meal Plan for January 4-10, 2015



I have tried putting my meals plans on here in the past, but I always by the wayside (kinda like my cooking). Nonetheless, I thought I would try again.  These are not in order of the week, but I will choose from the following.  All links go to my pin on Pinterest which will take you to the recipe. If there is no link, the recipe is from my collection. 



Ham with Mac & Cheese

Pizza

Noodle Bowl from The Fresh Market (no affiliation - I just like to try the "Little Big Meal" on Thursdays)


Leftovers


UPDATE 1/10/15:

Just wanted to share that we ate the Swiss Chicken, One Pan Enchilada Pasta, Pizza and leftovers from the list above.  One night we had a cheese tortellini and sauce with sauteed chicken, and another night we had Asian Sesame Pork with Teriyaki green beans.  The ham with mac and cheese, taco soup and noodle soup will get pushed to next week.