Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holy Moly, it's November!

Son #1 and wife
Life, it seems, is zooming by.
Son #2 and #3
My youngest boy has just turned 14, and my oldest has just celebrated his first wedding anniversary.  The one in the middle is loving life in Colorado.
And we speed on toward Christmas.

Meanwhile, we've gotta eat.
I've lost almost 30 pounds so far on this paleo way of eating.  Hubs has been cheating regularly, but he says when I catch up to him (I'm almost there), he'll get back on the plan because he can't have me beating him! LOL!


Sunday~ leftovers
Monday~ out to eat for my brother-in-law's birthday
Tuesday~ Pioneer Woman's chili
Wednesday~ chicken tenders from Publix (they're on sale, and we are closing out our huge fundraiser at school so I'll be there late - this will make my life a little easier)
Thursday~ sticky chicken, baked sweet potatoes, and broccoli
Friday~ beef stew in the crockpot.  It's supposed to get COLD!!
Saturday~ TBD - probably something on the grill





Monday, October 20, 2014

The crazy busy life in which we have to eat Menu

This week.
Is.
Insane.

But here's what we're planning to eat.
Sunday~ grilled steaks, tossed salad with homemade ranch dressing, green beans, mushrooms (which was delish)
Monday~ I picked up chicken tenders at Publix - had to stay late at school and decided to go by the deli for dinner.
Tuesday~ out of town for the evening so Hubs & ds#3 will go out for Chinese (which they love and I don't)
Wednesday~ Hubs has a late meeting at school so ds#3 and I will fend for ourselves at home
Thursday~ late rehearsal for ds#3 and me, so it'll be something in the crockpot - probably a roast
Friday~ WHEW!!!! We made it. Leftovers of whatever's in the fridge.
Saturday~ Ds#3 bowls in the a.m., then to the Fair with his buddies in the afternoon.  Who knows what anybody will eat that day.


My baby boy is turning 14 in one week.  I'm freaking out a little about this.
He's 7 here.  Gosh, what a cutie pie.

From this summer.  His older brother on my left, and he is on my right... just has gotten taller than me this year and is growing so much - intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually... I'm so proud, but I sure do miss that little boy!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Back in the saddle again!

I think it's been a month since I posted.
Boy, has life been crazy.

We've gone PALEO!!!
That's something I thought I'd NEVER say.
I've always been one to love my bread, pasta, and cheese.
However, after gaining 40 pounds over the past five years since I've had my thyroid removed, and hubs doing almost the same, we decided it was time to take charge and do something.... so we have.

To date, I've lost 20 pounds, and he's lost almost 30.  And we feel good.  More energized. Less exhausted at the end of the day with all our middle schoolers.  Ready to do something after work besides collapse on the couch.

So, we're continuing.
And ds#3 is coming with us, willingly!

Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday~ hubs is out of town, so ds#3 & I had lunch with my parents: grilled chicken, baked sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli.  My mom made regular red-skinned potatoes for my son who does not love sweet potatoes, and she also made him crescent rolls and chocolate pudding. :)  Baby steps.
Monday~ turkey tenderloin, harvest mash, pear and walnut salad, maybe some broccoli
Tuesday~ bacon-wrapped chicken with cabbage
Wednesday~ leftovers (hubs bowls)
Thursday~ Chili in the crockpot (after-school rehearsal for mom & ds)
Friday~ Pizza 'pasta'
Saturday~ TBD... probably something on the grill

We've discovered some interesting flavor combos and some yummy stuff!
Admittedly, the first two weeks were very difficult, trying to figure out what to eat.  But I'm totally loving The Foodee Project for inspiration!



Monday, September 15, 2014

September's Menu #3... no fall in sight

It is still hot as blazes here.  While the rest of the country talks about cold fronts, we'd be glad for it to drop into the 70s!!!

Here's what we're eating:
Sunday~ HoneyBaked Ham, twice-baked sweet potatoes, sautéed Swiss chard from the garden (one of the few things still growing)
Monday~ Spaghetti
Tuesday~ Taco 'bowls': rice, black beans, seasoned beef, lettuce, tomato, avocado. Yum!
Wednesday~ Homemade rotisserie style chicken breasts, roasted sweet potatoes, green beans (from the freezer)
Thursday~ Sliced roast beef, roasted sweet potatoes or brown rice, tossed salad
Friday~ Must-goes of whatever leftovers we have from the week.
Saturday~ Family birthday celebration.  I'll be taking a family recipe - Cheese & Cracker Salad, and homemade peach ice cream.


Monday, September 8, 2014

September Menu #2... is it fall yet??

Temps have been so hot here -
I went outside this weekend, and no kidding - I got so hot that I couldn't see.
Crazy.

Anyway, we followed last week's menu relatively well - hubs asked for breakfast for dinner on Friday, and Saturday I made eggplant parm to use some of the eggplant coming in.

Sunday~ Burgers & dogs, homemade baked beans
Monday~ Beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, and homemade gravy
Tuesday~ Sloppy Joes.  Carryover from last week.
Wednesday~ Hubs goes bowling.  Ds & I will fend for ourselves.
Thursday~ Tacos, Mexican rice, refried beans.
Friday~ Nachos with taco night leftovers.
Saturday~ TBA.  Maybe some chicken on the grill.




Monday, September 1, 2014

And now it is September... menu!

We did eat last week - I did plan a menu - I just never got around to posting it.  I have no excuse since today is Labor Day and I'm off all day. :)

Last week:
I felt terribly unmotivated to do any cooking or planning.  We managed.
Sunday~ I made Pioneer Woman's chili.  In a feat of leftover wizardry, I used some leftover taco meat and morphed it into said chili.  My guys were happy.
Monday~ Breakfast for dinner: pancakes + bacon = happiness.
Tuesday~ Spaghetti.  How we love thee.
Wednesday~ Hubs went bowling with friends so I made a run for the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A for ds#3 and me.
Thursday~ Pizza from the freezer.
Friday~ Out to eat at our fave Mexican spot.
Saturday~ Bourbon chicken (no bourbon included), rice, green beans

And this week??
Sunday~ Fried chicken (from Publix - no I did not make it), coleslaw (I made that) and homemade mac'n'cheese.
Monday~ Out for lunch for my birthday.  Dinner was Greek chicken & potatoes with some sausage links thrown in for hubby, along with green beans.
Tuesday~ Leftover spaghetti, perhaps with some eggplant if I feel like making it.
Wednesday~ my real birthday.  Hubs insists he's going bowling, but he's not very good at lying.  He'd definitely lose at poker.  I think we'll go out to eat.  But even if he *does* bowl, we'll have plenty of food to pick from.
Thursday~ family dinner with a friend
Friday~ Sloppy joes & chips.  Easy, simple end to the week.
Saturday~ Hoping Hubs will consent to grill (he was supposed to do it this weekend but didn't feel well).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Here they come! Menu for the first week of classes

Although we have been up at school this summer taking care of various tasks, school is officially back in session, with students returning on Monday.  

Hold on - it's sure to be an interesting ride!!

Here's the menu plan:
Sunday~ Tacos and layered bean dip.  Easy and casual for the night before school.
Monday~ Open-faced roast beef sandwiches and gravy.  I made homemade bread on Saturday, and we'll use that for the base.  Roast that I cooked last week will make up the 'filling'.  And I made stock from the bones, so I'll dress that up for gravy.  Homey and comforting - just right for the first day with kids.
Tuesday~ Indoor burgers.  Instead of grilling them outside, I'll pull out the grill pan and take care of business inside.
Wednesday~ Spaghetti.  My family's favorite comfort food.
Thursday~ Bourbon chicken, tossed salad, rice, green beans.  (The chicken has no actual bourbon in it!)  I made rice on Saturday, so we'll polish it off tonight.
Friday~ Breakfast, or Italian Sloppy Joes if we have spaghetti sauce left over.
Saturday~ TBD.  I *do* know we'll enjoy some rest.

What's on your menu?