Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Week menu

I can't believe that Christmas vacation is here.
Or that this year is winding down so quickly.
Even my 14 year old commented about how fast time was flying.
So this week, our menu is filled with lots of celebrating with family and friends.... and trying to rest and savor the moments.

Mom's Lasagna
Sunday~ lunch with my parents - my mom's famous lasagna.  I'm bringing a big green salad, and she's got a chocolate ganache cake for dessert.
Monday~ out to dinner with friends
Tuesday~ annual Christmas dinner & gift exchange with my grandparents.  We all go out to eat at a local restaurant, then go back to their house for presents & dessert.  I'm in charge of bringing cookies.
Swiss beans
Wednesday~ Christmas Eve - our son & daughter-in-law come in!! Beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, Swiss beans, green salad, marinated mushrooms, homemade pumpkin pie and a flourless chocolate torte.
Thursday~ ds#1 and his wife will be headed off to her parents' house in the afternoon, so we're having a Christmas brunch (a first in this house!) - ham, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, maple-citrus salad.
Friday~ leftovers from the big day
Saturday~ my family is coming over to have Christmas with the newlyweds, so we will have a sandwich & salad bar with chips and whatever dessert anyone wants to bring.

My sweet boy is now taller than me - even when I'm wearing heels.  He passed my flat-footed self earlier this year, but now, I don't even have shoes that will make me taller than he is!  We're still doing our best to eat mostly Paleo during this season... I'm being very intentional about lots of veggies wherever I can.  But we will focus on enjoying our time with those we love, and remembering the Reason for the season.  Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 24, 2014


Over the past year and a half, I have been daily practicing thankfulness.  I have been - literally - counting my blessings.  Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts, has inspired this journey.  And I have to tell you, it has changed me.

So I am especially excited about Thanksgiving this year. :)

And on to our menu:

Sunday~ homemade beef-vegetable soup
Monday~ out after doctor appointments
Tuesday~ leftovers - cleaning out the fridge before the FEAST!
Wednesday~ our own Thanksgiving dinner at home: prosciutto-wrapped turkey breast, paleo-friendly stuffing, butternut squash and sweet potato gratin, cherry-cranberry relish, pumpkin pie, and probably a couple of other treats. :)
Thursday~ celebrating with my family - I'll make swiss beans and pumpkin pie, while my mom will make the turkey and mashed potatoes.  My sister will make sweet potato casserole and traditional stuffing, and there will be various other delicacies.  Yummy!!!
Friday~ shopping with my mom & sis, followed by getting a tree with my guys.  Dinner is TBD.
Saturday~ something super easy... probably leftovers from the feast at our house.  I love Thanksgiving leftovers!!

Hope you have a blessed holiday.  Remember to count all your blessings - they are everywhere, just waiting to be recognized.

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.

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.

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.