Sunday, June 4, 2017

Menu Plan Monday, June 5 to 11, 2017

With the summer weather heating up no one around here seems to be in the mood for heavy meals and it has me looking for light cooking ideas.  This week is a mix of old and new recipes that hopefully will be the right balance of filling and light. 

Here's what I have planned:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Menu Plan Monday, May 29 - June 4, 2017

We are just back off of a spontaneous and surprise birthday trip to Disney for my 14 year old son where we ate horribly!  Well, let me rephrase that, we ate wonderfully, but it wasn't very healthy and now my body hates me.  I can't wait to get back to healthy eating and have tried to find some delicious, healthy, and easy meals for this week.  

Here's what I have planned for this week:

Dinner - Eating Out

Breakfast - Canadian Bacon, Egg White Scramble, Sauteed Baby Spinach
Dinner - Baked Ranch Parmesan Pork Chops, roasted red potatoes, green beans

Breakfast - Crustless Breakfast Quiche
Dinner - Red Beans and Rice with Turkey Smoked Sausage

Breakfast - Oatmeal, Toast, Strawberries

Breakfast - Canadian Bacon, Egg White Scramble, Sauteed Baby Spinach
Dinner - Baked Salmon, wild rice, asparagus

Saturday and Sunday
To be determined

Monday, February 20, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - February 20-26, 2017

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

It's been several months since I have posted a Menu Plan Monday.  I have been flying by the seat of my pants here lately and the chaos is driving me nuts.  So we are back to meal planning.
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in blue

20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp, brown rice, broccoli





Eating Out

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What I Wore Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It's been a busy week and I haven't had too much time in the mornings to take pictures so only a couple of pictures this week.


I love, love, love this Lily Bop dress!  I have received so many compliments on it.  One of the reasons that I chose this one was because I could wear it the rest of the summer and could put a sweater on with it for the winter.


This shirt is one of those shirts I put back in my closet because I didn't think it looked all that great on me.  When I wore it however I had several people say they liked my shirt.  I guess I am going to have to rethink the idea that it doesn't look good on me.  And of course I had to go with the cheetah print ballet flats, they are my favorites!!!


My jewelry this week was from Rocksbox.  I love this subscription service and plan to do a full review soon.  One of the things I like the best about it is as soon as they get information from the post office you have dropped off your package for return they send out your next set.  It's only $20 per month, you can cancel at anytime and if you use my code you can get the first month absolutely free.  Just use code "STEPHANIERBFF15" when signing up!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Holding On Through the Hard Times

It was the phone call that as a wife you never want to receive.  That phone call came in the afternoon on March 5, 2008.  My husband had been in a car wreck, and was headed to the hospital.  They didn't tell me how bad it was, they didn't prepare me for what I was about to go through, they just said come to the hospital.  So with my four kids aged 5 to 15 in tow I headed to the hospital.  I told the young man at the desk who I was and who I was there to see.  He was so young, he couldn't have been more than 20.  He came around from behind the wall, I was sure he was going to let me go back to see my husband but instead he wanted me to go into a little room off from the emergency room,  That's when my heart dropped.  That's when I realized this was bad.  So I did what any rational wife who sees her world crumpling around her would do.  I refused to go in.  I would not go in that little room.  I could not go in that little room.  It was not going to happen.  They had to get someone out there right now who could tell me what was happening.

So they sent out a chaplain.  A chaplain?  I didn't need a chaplain!  The chaplain then proceeded to tell me that the doctors were working on my husband and they did not know if he would make it.  How could it be?   They tried to once again direct me to that room.  That room where they wanted me to go where they were going to tell me that bad news.  Where I would be out of the way.  Where I could sit alone with my kids and think about what had just happened.  I would not go in that room.

I went out and sat in the emergency room waiting area with everyone else.  There was a nice lady who offered my kids a bead set that they could play with.  My youngest daughter made her dad a necklace and asked me to give it to him when I saw him, which I did.  I am so thankful for that necklace.  To me it is a physical memory of that day and a reminder of the kindness of a stranger.

My husband made it.  Among his injuries he had three broken vertebrates in his neck, broken ribs, a bruised kidney and liver, a punctured lung, and a traumatic brain injury.  It was long and hard recovery.  One that is still not over.  One that has resulted in more surgeries than we care to count, and he is now on permanent disability.  We lost so much.  We went through our small savings quickly.  We bought groceries with gift cards given to us by friends, sold our newer cars, and once were only able to make our house payment because of  an unexpected check that came in the mail.  There were lots of prayers, lots of scary times, and lots of times when you knew we were only making it through because God was providing for us.  One day I may write of everything that went on during that time but that time is not now.

We prayed a lot during those days.  I mean a lot.  We also thanked God for each blessing He sent our way.  We glorified Him even for the smallest of things.  We were thankful.  Many asked us how we could be so positive during this time.  It was because we knew God was with us.  This could have easily broken our faith in God.  We could have easily questioned why us and why God let this happen but we didn't.  Instead we allowed it to grow our faith in God, and we allowed him to bless us.

For us so much good came from this.  My husband who worked 60-70 hour weeks was able to spend time with his kids.  Kids that he loved but didn't know because he worked so much.  Our marriage was falling apart at the time of this accident.  But through it all God repaired our marriage.  And most importantly God gave us a testimony to share with others.  A testimony that we have repeated time and time again, making sure God is glorified each time we give it.  God is good. God is faithful.  And if you allow Him to God will take you through that bad time and use you for good on the other side.
Sometimes it easy to get caught up in our hard times.  We can't see past the pain, the hurt, and the disaster that we see around us.  You might feel abandoned by God, or that your prayers are going unanswered.  Your body will ache with the pain that your heart is feeling.  But this is when God is working the hardest on you.  This is the time when He is pushing you to grow, watching over you the way we watch the plants in our garden grow.  He is with you in that hard time, in that time that feels the darkest, but He has a plan.  We need to have faith in those darkest moments that He has that plan in place and that He is preparing you for the plan.  

As Romans 8:18 states, "The pain you've been feeling can't compare to the joy that is coming."It's when we doubt him, when we don't have faith in him during those hard times that we are not holding up to our end of the bargain.  When we doubt Him, when we question His love for us in those hard time we are not letting Him do His work in us.  

He has promised us that He will never leave us.  Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us, "Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you."  So in those hard times it is up to us to hold on to His promises and remind ourselves through the hard times that there will be blessings.  

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Menu Plan Monday, August 22 - 28, 2016

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I always forget how busy back to school time is for us.  We are busy, eating out a lot, and eating at home even less.  This week is one of those weeks where several of our meals will be eating out this week.  Here's what I have planned for the meals that we are eating at home this week.

Monday - Eating Out

Wednesday - Sesame Soy Salmon, Brown Rice, Asparagus

Friday - Eating Out

Saturday - State Fair

SundayPaleo Chicken Parmesan (leftover from last week), salad

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Product Review: AYL 4-in-1 LED Flashlight

We have a hard time getting quality flashlights around our house.  We recently reviewed the 
AYL 900 Lumens CREE XM-L2 LED Tactical Flashlight and was blown away by it's quality, so when we had the opportunity to review this AYL 4-in-1 LED Flashlight we were happy.

This is a great flashlight and one that I have actually been carrying in my purse.  It's small, it only measures about 6 inches long.  However it is really powerful.


One of the things I like about this flashlight and the reason I carry it in my purse is because it extends to reveal a safety light.


This extended light can be a solid light or it can flash red if needed for a safety flasher.

Another thing I like about this flashlight is the magnet on the bottom of it.


I did receive this flashlight for free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions in this post are my own and are not affected by this.