Monday, January 31, 2011

Mealtime Monday

Not much to plan this week... The wonderful families at our church (if you live in Central Ohio, check Covenant out!) are bringing dinner several nights so that I can continue to rest and keep this baby in for the next couple weeks. Our family has been so blessed by Covenant! Thank you guys so much! So, that in mind, my menu was super easy!

B- Oatmeal and Yogurt
L- Out at Chick-fil-a
D- Apricot Chicken with friends from Church

B- Homemade Granola Bars
L- Dr's appt- so a friend will be feeding the kiddos lunch
D- Dinner from a church friend

B- Homemade Granola Bars crunched up with milk
L- leftovers
D- BBQ Shredded Beef Sandwiches with Clife

B- Cheesy Eggs and Homemade Honey Grain Toast
L- Cheese Quesadillas with carrot sticks
D- Dinner from a church friend

B- Applesauce Omlets
L- Leftovers or Chicken Salad
D- Flyers Pizza to support a friend's mission trip to Zimbabwe

B- veggie and egg bake
L- veggie soup (we have lots of veggies to use up, can you tell?)
D- Dinner from a church friend

B- At church
L- leftovers
D- Dinner from a church friend

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Favorites

Can't wait to try some of these!!!!! Too bad "bedrest" isn't allowing me to be in the kitchen cooking and baking much- only about 4 more weeks before this babe will be here. Then, I'm planning on making tons of these yummy recipes! (Or at least asking someone nicely to make them for me, lol)

Real Mom Kitchen

Kitchen Stewardship

Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

Margarita Mac n Cheese (because I'll try anything that includes the word margarita!)
What Megan's Making



Head over to Finding Joy In My Kitchen to check out her Friday Favorites!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mealtime Monday- Jan 24-30

B- Oatmeal and Fruit
L- leftovers
D- Hawaiian Chicken, Green beans with almonds, rolls

B- Cheesy Eggs and Homemade Toast
L- leftovers or out- dr's appt so depends on timing
D- Lemon and Garlic Tilapia with veggie and brown rice skillet

B- Cranberry Orange Muffins and Yogurt
L- With a friend, not sure what we will get into
D- Clife- Puerto Rican Rice with lots of random sides

B- Smoothies and PB, Banana, and Flax Bread
L- Chicken Noodle Soup and Carrot Sticks
D- Creamy Chicken Burritos (Recipe to come!) with friends :)

B- Sweet Potato Pancakes with Yogurt Dip (Thanks to Lindsey for the recipe!)
L- leftovers or Tuna Melts on homemade bagels (if i get around to them)
D- Hungarian Goulash

B- Egg, Potato, Cheese Casserole
L- out
D- Crispy Yogurt Chicken with some sort of veggie

B- At Church
L- leftovers
D- Roast with homemade honey grain bread

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Favorites

I realized the other day that my "favorites/bookmarks" on my browser was packed! Of what you ask? Of recipes that I am hoping to try some time in the near future. So, I'm jumping on the bandwagon with many of my fellow bloggers and joining "Friday Favorites". Each Friday, I will feature several recipes and their respective blogs, and commit to trying one recipe each week! Without further ado- here are this week's recipes!

If you want to see some more Friday Favorites, head over to Finding Joy In My Kitchen. She has some amazing recipes!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers
(Adapted from a friend's recipe box... which is now a staple in ours)

4 peppers, red/green/orange/yellow- doesn't matter
1 lb ground turkey
1 cup instant brown rice
1 can rotel diced tomatoes- mild
1/4 cup ketchup
ketchup to taste


1. Cut the peppers in half and take out the seeds/white parts to create an empty hole for the filling.

2. Mix the ground turkey, rice, ketchup, and rotel together.

3. Fill the peppers with the meat mixture and squeeze some ketchup on the top of each pepper.

5. Cover and bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mealtime Mondays- Jan 17-23

B- Cinnamon Rolls and Fruit
L- Out with my niece and nephews since it's MLK day
D- Our pastor's wife is bringing us dinner- What a blessing!

B- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Recipe to come!)
L- Chicken and CousCous with carrots and peas
D- Roast with Carrots, Potatoes, and Tomatoes

B- Blueberry  Waffles and fruit
L- Pizza Muffins (Recipe to Come!)
D- Chicken and Noodles with Clife

B- Berry Oatmeal Smoothies
L- Leftovers
D- BBQ Beef Sandwiches

B- Homemade Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Granola Bars
L- Homemade Corn Dogs... maybe... if I get up the guts
D- Dine Out at Flyer's to support a friend headed to Africa for a missions trip this summer

B- Veggie Frittata and Biscuits
L- Leftovers
D- Chicken Scampi and Steamed Broccoli

B- At Church! YUM!
L- Crispy Yogurt Chicken and Veggies
D- Spaghetti and Meatballs

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mealtime Monday! Jan 10-16

Adding a New Year's Resolution... I WILL BEING TAKING PICTURES FOR MY MENUS!!!!!! :) Starting this week... hopefully some stuff turns out pretty.

B- Cheesy Eggs and Sourdough English Muffins
L- Leftover Zucchini Baked Ziti and Peaches
D- Cheesy, Chicken and Rice Soup with Rolls

B- Yogurt Smoothies and Fruit
L- Chicken Fried Rice or Leftovers
D- Garlic and Lemon Tilapia with brown rice

B- Breakfast Quesadillas (Eggs, cheese, turkey sausage)
L- Tuna Melts on Sourdough with Carrots
D- Chili Bar with C-life

B- Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Muffins with Yogurt
L- Leftovers
D- Hubby's at an all day conference, kids and I on our own- so, Crockpot Buffalo Shredded Chicken with my bestest sister friend.

B- Oatmeal/Cream of Wheat
L- Chicken Nuggets/Mac n Cheese (Because it sounds soooooo good, no matter how bad it is for you!)
D- Dinner with Friends!!!

B- Warm Vanilla Soother and Soaked Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
L- Beef and Broccoli with Brown Rice
D- Stuffed Peppers and Mashed Potatoes

B- @church (Fried Eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, donuts... and other yummy goodness)
L- Chili Dogs, celery and blue cheese
D- B-day dinner with Hubby's family.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Last in my "series" of Resolution posts... Not sure what else to call it, since every other post had "-ally" to end the word, I've made up my own word:

Home-ally: :)- I recently read a series by fellow blogger, Lindsey, over at Passionate Homemaking, which discussed the importance of balancing priorities in the home. (Part 1 and Part 2) These two articles convicted me of several things... 1) I was beginning to judge other people's lifestyles, thinking that they weren't making the best choices for their families. I started being prideful and proud of my decisions, which is not the type of person Christ calls me to be, nor does it help me open doors to have nutrition conversations with people. 2) I was focusing too much on researching/internet-ing nutrition, and not playing with my children enough. 3) I was stressing too much over menus and shopping, and not enjoying my role in the home. I started to obsess over ever meal, every box in the pantry, every everything! This wasn't healthy... and it definitely didn't honor my husband (seeing as how I was going a little nutso) and it was starting to get in the way of my relationship with my family. So, my resolution is to make sure that I don't become so obsessed and consumed by this need to be uber healthy, and make sure that our family is flourishing with my decisions, not being weighed down by them. Plus, my wonderful hubby has said that he will definitely help keep me "in line" with this resolution, lol. (Think he wasn't a fan of me going crazy???)

Another part will be keeping up with our chore list. My sweet hubby knew I was feeling overwhelmed with trying to keep the kids happy, the house cleaned, the food cooked, and myself and baby #3 healthy, so a couple weeks ago, he suggested that I make a chore chart of all the things I would like to accomplish each week, then select several to do each day. So, I set up my spreadsheet, color coated each day, set my cleaning goals, and voila! A working chore chart :). We have the chart on the fridge in a plastic cover, so I can highlight/dry erase the chores I was able to finish each day, which allows the hubby to know how he can help- without even asking. It has been great for the past few weeks; the house is staying much cleaner, and I'm having more quality time with the kids throughout the day. Plus, Nathaniel is able to get involved, and I don't feel like I'm nagging him to do things after working hard all day. So, I'm hoping that even with the addition of the new one coming in a couple months, we will be able to stick with our chore chart and keep our house tidy.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Resolutions: Physically and Relationally

Next up on my New Year's Resolution list are two that seem to constantly be pushed to the back-burner... but really should be first and foremost! So, here's to working on these :).

Relationally (Hubby and I): After the birth of our first two kiddos, it seemed like FOREVER before the hubby and I went out on a date... We are going to make sure that we go out on dates (Even if it only means 1 hour to a coffee shop around the corner when the baby is tiny) at least once a month. We are even going to write it on the calendar so that we can track it. Our relationship needs this time alone and we are going to continue to focusing on ways strengthen our marriage.

Physically: I REALLY need to remember to take my daily vitamins. Between the hubby and me, the kiddos always receive theirs, the hubby remembers to take his, but I NEVER remember to take mine! This is especially important seeing that it's cold/flu season and I'm preggers. The last thing I want is to be run down and depleted, and then catch a miserable bug. So, in spite of my crazy nesting urges, I'm going to leave all of my vitamins out on the counter (Blasphemy), in hopes that seeing them constantly- irritating me because they aren't in their "home"- will help me to remember to take them!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Year Resolutions: Dietary

Dietary: During the holidays, a TON of treats were made, and a ton more were given to us as gifts. Most of the treats weren't up to par with our new eating habits, and we are having a hard time going back... they just tasted soooooo good! So, going back to our pre-holiday eating habits is the biggest resolution.

This means:
No white refined sugar (Click here to read why)
No white bleached or unbleached flour or white rice- basically switching over to brown grains (Click here to read why)
No high fructose corn syrup in our house! (Click here to read why)
No chemicals/fillers/additives- with the purpose of trying to only eat "real food" (Pick any boxed food in your pantry and see if you actually know what every listed ingredient is and its purpose- if you don't- google it... I guarantee you will be surprised, and probably sickened.)
Also, check out this recent post on Yahoo Health about the hidden chemicals/additives in food.
And some new goals:
No canned veggies (unless they're BPA free) (Click here to read why- or google it yourself and find millions of sites about it)
Dining out limited to once a week (not only for health purposes, but also to allow more family time at home... and our bank account will appreciate it too!)

Another goal will be to slowly switch over to strictly organic produce and grass fed/organically raised meat. Hopefully, we will be completely switched over by the end of 2011, but this is something we still have a lot of research to conduct and with a baby coming in a few short months, I'm not sure how much time I will have to find the local hot spots and search for sales/bargains :).

 (A picture of Pea, all decked out in the girliest fashions)
(And Grunt... all decked out in his favorite fashion- nakey!)
Check this out if you need some baby steps to being healthier in the kitchen.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year's Goals/Resolutions

We don't normally do the whole "New Year's Resolutions" thing, but this year, I feel like we have compromised so many of the good changes we had been making, so here is our plan to get back on track! I'm going to post one "Section" of our resolutions for the rest of the week... really because I'm a long winded writer, and I'm not interested in boring you to death with one big long dissertation :).

Today's Resolution focuses on the Spiritual side of our family.

Spiritually: Start doing family devotions at dinner. We have made it a point to sit down as a family and eat dinner every evening, but lately it seems to be a hectic and chaotic time of day. Between feeding 2 kids and ourselves, listening to both kids talk and jabber about the day (or whatever a 1 year old jabbers about), trying to have a semi-conversation about our days at work and home, filling up plates for seconds, and dealing with the kids once they are done eating... it just seems like such a busy time! We don't want our dinnertime to be so hectic that we don't enjoy our family time, and we definitely don't want to push Christ out of our time because we're too busy. So, we are going to start doing family devotions after we have all eaten... which will not only glorify God, but it'll also help instill patience in our kiddos because they both want to get down from the table and get playing the instant they chew that last bite!

Does anyone have any good recommendations for family devotion books that will keep a 1 and 3 year olds' attention?