Monday, December 31, 2012

Dry Rubbed Pork Loin with Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

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This Dry Rubbed Pork Loin with Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce was an absolute hit at my house.  So anytime my kids love a recipe, it is definetly a keeper.  I came up with this through a mixture of different recipes that I already used on other items, the dry rub was a rub that I use from time to time on pork chops and chicken, while the barbecue sauce is my go to homemade barbecue sauce. 

The best part of this meal for me was I paid $9 for this pork loin and had enough leftovers to get two meals out of it. 

To start off I removed as much of the fat and membrane from the pork loin as I possibly could.

I then mixed up my Dry Rub which consisted of:

1 tablespoon Paprika
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt

After I mixed up the Dry Rub, I rubbed down my entire pork loin with it and placed it in my broaster oven (this can also be made in your regular oven).  I let the pork loin cook for three hours at 350 degrees.  When the pork loin was finished cooking I removed it from the oven and let it cool for about ten minutes. 

While it was cooling I mixed together my Honey Barbecue Sauce. 

In a saucepan I melted 1/4 cup butter.  Once the butter was melted I mixed in:
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Simmer mixture over medium heat for five minutes.

Once my pork loin had cooled for ten minutes and my barbecue sauce was done I used an electric knife to slice the pork loin.  I then poured the hot barbecue sauce over top of the sliced pork loin.  I did not use all of the barbecue sauce, but served some of the remainder on the side for those who wanted more barbecue sauce on their pork loin.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ideas For Celebrating New Year's Eve With Kids

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner now is the time to start preparing for your New Year’s Eve party. I am not one for going out on New Year’s Eve but instead choose to stay home with my kids that night. After supper we will take our baths, and will slip into our pajamas for a night of fun. If you are looking for a fun (and inexpensive) way to enjoy New Year’s Eve with your kids here are some great ideas.

Make it a Game Night

Our kids always receive a bunch of games at Christmas, so New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to play those new games. We turn the TV off, enjoy some snack foods and play board games.

Make a Time Capsule

This is something new that I plan to incorporate this year. We will sit around the table, write down our favorite memories for the year, and then seal it in a decorated Mason Jar. This will be put up in our Christmas Decorations. Next New Year’s Eve we will open it back up and enjoy our memories of 2012.

Write Letters to Family Members

This is a tip I read earlier this week but haven’t decided if we will do it or not. The idea is to have each member of the family write a letter for the other family members. After they have been written they are sealed up to be read on New Year’s Eve next year.

Year In Review Printables

I have been seeing these everywhere this year, and think they are a great idea. The worksheets include a spot for favorite foods, favorite memories, what you are looking forward to next year and more. You can find printables for these at 30 Handmade Days, and Today’s Mama.

New Year Birthday Cake

This is one of my kid’s favorite traditions. Each year we will make a “Birthday” cake for the New Year. The kids help me bake and decorate the cake each year. Then towards the end of the night we will use the numbered candles for the top (2012, 2013, etc) to distinguish the New Year. We will light the candles and the kids will blow them out together.

Watch The Ball Drop

By the time we have finished playing games and enjoyed our cake the kids are generally pretty worn out. At that time we will all gather up our sleeping bags and pillows to watch the New Year’s Eve events on TV. We always celebrate when the ball drops in Times Square but I have heard of other families watching the ball drop in London or other countries around 7:30 PM so that their younger children can get to bed at a decent hour and still enjoy the fun.

No matter how you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve I wish you the very best and a Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Christmas 2012

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!  Yesterday I talked about Making Next Year's Christmas Even Better Than This Year's but today I wanted to talk about our family's Christmas this year.  I have to say this Christmas was one of my absolute favorites.  It was a fun few days of celebrations, and I really enjoyed myself. 

However, the month of December did not start out all that great.  I was super busy in my Etsy shop, and finsihing up finals for school.  It was very stressful.  I didn't have enough freezer meals planned out, and we ate out way too many times this month because I was too busy to cook.  We didn't make it to the holiday light displays or get to do some of the fun things we wanted to do because I was so crazy busy.  This will not happen again.  I am closing down my Etsy shop simply because I am worn out.  I will be opening my own website and offering only ready to ship items there. 

On December 21st I was finally able to set my crocheting aside and start enjoying myself.  Once this happened my Christmas experience improved one hundred percent.  On the 21st my daughter and I made cookies for a cookie exchange I went to that night.  Then on the 22nd we took the family Christmas shopping, this was the only day that I did any in-store shopping.  Everything else was bought through Amazon.  We visited Santa on the 22nd and went to church that night.  It was an amazing day. 

On the 23rd my husband's family came up and we spent the day with them.  Then on the 24th we went down to Kentucky to visit my family.  We didn't get home until late on the 24th and the kids were exhausted.  The youngest ones wore the pajamas my mom had bought them on the car ride home so they were able to go straight to bed when we got home.

Then there was Christmas Day, the day we had all looked forward to. 

We had decided we weren't going to be in a hurry that day.  The plan was for the kids to get up (which they didn't wake up until 10 AM) and get their stockings.  After they opened their stockings we cooked breakfast.  Pancakes and bacon.....

After breakfast the kids were able to open their first presents.  The presents were numbered as they were wrapped.  The kids were only allowed to open one present each hour.  This would give them a little bit to enjoy each present before they had to open the next one.  This allowed for a lot of this.....

The kids spent time around the kitchen table playing with the K'Nex and the Shrinky Dinks they opened early in the morning.  Taking breaks every hour to open a new present.  I was worried the kids wouldn't like it but they did and we were able to spread the present experience throughout the day.  We will definetly be making this a tradition.

Around 4 PM we went to the local Chinese restaurant for our annual Christmas Dinner.  This has become a tradition for us and one that we all enjoy.

After we returned from the restaurant the younger kids discovered that there were new bikes for them in the garage.

Also after dinner we opened all of the remaining presents under the tree which resulted in our living room looking like this....

I hope you all had as an enjoyable Christmas as ours!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Making Next Year's Christmas Even Better Than This Year

The presents have been unwrapped, new toys are strewn from one end of the house to the other, and the after Christmas wind down has begun. Before you put this Christmas behind you in the history books now is the time to look at what worked this last year, or didn’t work for that matter while it is all still so fresh in your mind. Now is the time to look critically at how your Christmas experience played out and to write down what worked or didn’t work for you so that you can remember next year. Writing down your experience, thoughts, and things you want to remember is important because while you think that you will remember it all next year let’s be honest you won’t remember it at all.

One of the first steps to taking stock is to look at what your personal thoughts were on this year’s Christmas experience. Did you feel like you were rushed the entire month? Is there something that you can do to help beat that rush? Did you really like how your family went looking at Christmas lights one night on a whim and would like for your family to do that again next year? Were there any other special little things about this Christmas that you want to repeat next year?

When I looked at my own experience this year I realized that I worked too hard before Christmas and next year I want to be sure to take more time off at Christmas. This may mean doing more work the months of October or November but when December rolls around I want to have more time off. Since I was so incredibly busy we didn’t eat as well as we should have, and ate out a lot. I think this can be avoided by preparing more meals that can be frozen in the months of October and November for use in December. If I prepare just two freezer meals a week during those two months I should have the month of December covered. As far as things that worked great this year I did feel less stressed on Christmas Eve and was able to get more sleep by having everything wrapped before Christmas Eve. Usually I am a let’s wrap it all in one night kind of gal but this year I tackled a dozen or so presents each night on the nights leading up to Christmas Eve so that by the time Christmas Eve rolled around I had all of my wrapping done.

Since you don’t celebrate Christmas on your own you can also recruit your family to share their thoughts on how this Christmas went. I did this by asking them to write down their favorite things about this Christmas and their least favorite thing about this Christmas. I also had them rate the activities we did before Christmas, by doing this I was able to determine which activities we will make a priority for next year and which activities we can skip.

After all of that I looked at the food. Were there any foods that we had there were extreme hits this year? What about that cookie that your friend brought to the Cookie Exchange you attended and that you would like to make next year? Now is the time to gather up those recipes and get them written down. Also be sure to write down a copy of this year’s menu, along with the recipes that you used, this will help in planning next year’s menu.

After you have made all of your notes on this past Christmas now is the time to put them away. If you have a household binder with a section for Christmas you can store them there. If you don’t have a household binder you can put your notes in an envelope and store them with your Christmas decorations, that way when you get out your decorations next year you will have your notes ready for you. After all, if you are anything like me you will probably forget that you made the notes in the first place!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, October 22nd to 28th

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It's been a crazy few weeks around here!  We are moved in, have been busy remodeling our new living room, having a birthday party, and enjoying our fall break!  This week we are back to our normal day to day routine as it is back to school this week after a three week fall break.  That's right a three week break.  One of the joys of homeschooling is getting to set our own schedule and I love taking time off during the fall when the weather is beautiful!  We are going to be starting our four week unit study and countdown to Thanksgiving on Tuesday, as we have co-op on Monday. 

So with the back to school routine we are going to be busy, and my crockpot (or crackpot as my phone's auto-correct loves to change it to) will be my best friend this week 

Here's what we have on the menu for this week:
Links to recipes are in red.  

Breakfast:  Grab and Go
Lunch:  Sandwiches, Pretzels, Cheese Cubes, and Fruit
Dinner:  Eating Out for Fundraiser

Breakfast: Bagels with Cream Cheese
Morning Snack:  1 Cup Cantaloupe
Lunch:  Vegetable Soup, Whole Wheat Crackers, Apple Slices
Snack:  Low Fat Cheese Cubes and Grapes
Dinner:  Grilled Salmon, Wild Rice, Asparagus
Snack:  Yogurt and Pretzels

Breakfast: Cottage Cheese with Peaches, Whole Wheat Toast
Morning Snack: Fruit Cup
Lunch: Chef Salads with Low Fat Dressing
Snack:  Apple Slices
Dinner:  Mayo Clinic Beef Stroganoff, Sugar Free Fudgesicle
Snack:  Low Fat Cheese Cubes and Grapes

Breakfast:  Cereal, Banana
Morning Snack:  Fresh Pineapple
Lunch:  Tuna Sandwiches, Sliced Cucumbers, Apple
Snack:  Fresh Vegetables and Dip
Dinner: Steak and Pepper Tacos, Sugar Free Fudgesicle 
Snack:  Yogurt and Pretzels

Breakfast: Cereal, Banana
Morning Snack:  Fruit Cup
 Lunch: Chef Salads with Low Fat Dressing
Afternoon Snack:  Low Fat Cheese Cubes and Grapes
Dinner:  Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers, Steamed Broccoli, Sugar Free Fudgesicle  
Snack:  Fresh Popped Popcorn

Breakfast:  Bagels with Cream Cheese
Morning Snack:  Orange
Lunch:  BLT Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread, Apple Slices
Afternoon Snack:  Fresh Vegetables with Dip
Dinner:  Grilled Tenderloin with Warm Vegetable Salad, Roasted Red Potatoes, Asparagus
Snack:  Low Fat Frozen Yogurt

Eating Out 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, October 1st to 7th

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It's Menu Plan Monday, and I haven't posted in a little bit.  We have had some big and exciting changes around here that I haven't blogged much about lately but they will be a main part of my blog posts in the next few months.  We bought a new house.  We got it at an AMAZING price, which means it is going to need some work.  It is structurally sound but needs some cosmetics, paint, flooring, kitchen needs updating, stuff like that.  Which for the price we got it for, we can spend the money.  Plus, we like doing these things and we can do it the way we want it this way.  We are now in our new house but we have a mess, we still have quite a ways to go to get completely unpacked so that means meals are going to have to be pretty simple this week.
Here's what I have planned for the week:
(links to recipes are in red)
Monday - Soups and Sandwiches
Tuesday - School, Errands, Eating Out
Wednesday - Crockpot Beef Stroganoff (new recipe), Bread Machine Bread
Breakfast - Bagels with Cream Cheese
Lunch - Chicken Noodle Soup
Dinner - Ness's Stuffed Green Peppers (crockpot recipe), mashed potatoes
Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Sandwiches, Apple Sauce, Pretzels
Brunch - Bacon, Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole (New Recipe), Egg Beaters, Biscuits
Dinner - Salmon Croquettes, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Lunch - Eating Out After Church
Dinner - Crockpot Lasagna (New Recipe), Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread (New Recipe)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, September 3rd to 9th

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I hope everyone faired Hurricane Issac pretty well.  We were suppose to get quite a bit of rain from the storm here but it missed us for the most part, although last night we did lose electricity for a few hours.  The kids didn't mind though because it happened while I was fixing supper and resulted in a trip to Pizza Hut for dinner.  So last night's meal didn't go as planned but here is what I have on the menu for the rest of the week:
Links to recipes are in red
Doctors Appointment, School and Church
Eating Out
Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Barbecue Sandwiches, Tater Tots
Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Applesauce
Dinner - Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta, Texas Toast
Brunch - Sausage, Cinnamon Bun Pancakes
Lunch - Eating Out After Church


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, August 27th to September 2nd

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It is soo hard to believe that it is already a new week.  This week has flown by.  In fact it seems like the last few years have flown by.  Sunshine will be turning 12 on Thursday!  I have no idea how that happened!  We will be having a birthday party for her on Saturday.  Last week I made a Slow Cooker Bolgonese Sauce that I had found on Pinterest (love that site).  It was a huge hit with the family and it is what I am going to cook for her party.  Nice and easy!
I am also going to be on a budget this week so we are going to be eating 100% out of our pantry this week.  No grocery shopping except for her birthday party!
Here's what I have planned for the next week:
links to recipes are in red
Monday - Homeschool Co-op Day
Breakfast - Blueberry Muffins
Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Chips, Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
Dinner - Kelsey's Favorite Stuffed Green Peppers, Mashed Potatoes
Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Vegetable Beef Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Dinner - Slow Cooker Chili (recipe to come)
Lunch - Doctor's Appointment, Eating Out
Dinner - Turkey Sandwiches, Fruit Cocktail, Pretzels
Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Frozen Pizza
Dinner - Slow Cooker Ham & White Beans, Jiffy Cornbread
Brunch - Biscuits with Sausage Gravy
Dinner - Grilled Pork Chops, Wild Rice
Saturday - Sunshine's Birthday Party
Fruit Platter
Breakfast - Muffins
Headed to the Lake weather permitting!!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, August 20th to 26th

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This week is going to be a very busy week for me, so I will be relying heavily on my crockpot and freezer meals to get dinner on the table.  Transitioning into this super busy schedule is going to be a lot of work but hopefully the transition will be smooth.

I have been putting in a lot of work to make cooking easier for me (I will blog more about this on Wednesday), and it has been paying off.  I really like the idea of planning out all of our meals for the day, and will continue to do this, even if breakfast and lunch are just basic meals.

Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red

Monday - Homeschool Co-op Day
Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Chips, Fruit Cups
Dinner - Roast Beef and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Chicken Noodle Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Dinner - Pork Chop Suey with White Rice

Dinner - Quick Sandwiches

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Chips, Grapes
Dinner - Spaghetti with Slow Cooker Bolgonese Sauce 

Lunch - Eating Out with Friends
Dinner - Red Beans and Rice

Hopefully spending the day at the lake.

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Eating Out After Church
Dinner - Leftovers

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Week In Review, August 19th

This week has been a very busy week for our family, and was our last week before our busy fall schedule starts next week.  I am looking forward to the changes that are coming, and know that we have a lot on our plate, but I feel that God is leading us.  With him in the lead I know that there is nothing too big for us.  I have been praying for the strength and energy it is going to take to get through it.  I will be homeschooling three kids, with co-op on Mondays where I teach three classes.  In addition to that I will be going to college full-time with fifteen credit hours scheduled, my classes will take up most of Tuesday and Thursday, with an accounting class on Wednesday nights.  Add in a very busy Etsy business, as well as a husband with a chronic illness, and I have a lot on my plate.  In addition to all of the above, we have weekly gymnastics/cheerleading for Sunshine, violin lessons for Sunshine and Little Man, and soccer for Little Man coming up.  My head hurts just thinking about it! 

Now, let’s talk about this last week.  It was our first week of co-op and my kiddos loved it!  I feel so blessed and led by God when it comes to this co-op.  It is the co-ops first year in existence, and there are some very Godly women who are teaching the kids.  I am soo excited by this opportunity, and am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for my family there.

We spent Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday getting into our typical homeschool schedule.  Bubbles and Sunshine have been working on their schoolwork for quite a while, but it was Little Man’s first week doing his schoolwork.  I have found it very motivating for him to offer him technology time in exchange for completing all of his work with no whining. 

Bubbles and Sunshine started their small groups for middle schoolers (I have two middle school girls, ACK!) on Wednesday night.  While they were in their small group The Mister, Little Man and I had a chance to spend some time on our own.  We don’t always get that one on one time with Little Man so it was nice.  Unfortunately starting this week I will be in class during this time and I won’t get to have that time with him but he will still get that one on one time with his daddy. 

I have been wanting to have a yard sale for quite some time now and have been putting it off because let’s face it I just didn’t want to have to do the work.  I finally bit the bullet, and we had a yard sale yesterday.  We had a lot of luck, and got rid of quite a bit of “junk”, what was left over we took to the Goodwill.  It was nice getting that extra money to put towards our upcoming vacation, while also getting rid of some of our clutter.  I am just really, really glad it is over. 

I hope you all had as great of a week as we did! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, August 13th to 19th

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Last weeks doctor's appointments and unexpected events caused us to miss a few meals last week which I am carrying over to this week since the shopping for them has already been done!  YAY! 

The Italian Vegetable Soup from last week was a huge hit!  Which suprised me.  Sunshine and The Mister are not big on vegetables, and Sunshine dislikes anything that is "mixed together".  They both loved this though.  I was out of kidney beans so we left them out.  I also only put macaroni noodles in the kids soup.  The soup base tasted awesome for this, which was great, it is definetly going on our menu in the future.

Here's what I have planned for next week:
links to recipes are in red

Breakfast - Sausage Biscuits
Lunch (At Co-op) - Turkey Sandwiches, Pretzels, Grapes, and Cheese Cubes
Dinner - Wine and Tomato Braised Chicken with Papparadelle Pasta (New Recipe that is cooked in Slow Cooker)

Lunch - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Applesauce
Dinner - Lemon Pepper Swai, Wild Rice

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Chicken Noodle Soup

Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Pretzels, Applesauce
Dinner - Baked Salmon Patties, Crispy Seasoned Oven Fries

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - BLT Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit
Dinner - Potato Soup, Homemade Garlic Breadsticks

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit

Lunch -Eating Out After Church
Dinner - Leftover Night

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Week in Review, August 11th

This week has been quite a tumultous week in the Modern Day Mom household.  We have had so much going on, and doctor's visits have turned our plans for the rest of the summer. 

As I said last week Sunshine was coming off of the flu and Little Man was getting over pneumonia.  However, they weren't the ones whose doctors visits were scary.  The Mister was in a car wreck in 2008 where among other things he broke three vertebrates in his neck.  He had a failed spinal fusion a few months later, and has struggled with issues from it ever since.  On Tuesday we learned from an MRI that he now has a bone spur that is in contact with his spinal cord.  They don't know exactly how much damage it has caused but he is already showing major weakness on his left side from it.  Yesterday (Friday) he had a myleogram done to see how much damage is done.  So now he is spending the weekend and the beginning of next week flat on his back in bed recovering.  We won't know the results for about a week, as his neurosurgeon is transferring from one hospital affiliation to another that is closing his office down for the week next week.  The Mister is his first appointment when he reopens so now we wait.

Since we knew what was ahead of us with The Mister we took the kids to the lake for probably the last trip of the summer.  We had a blast!

We spent the day swimming and had a picnic lunch. 

It was a nice break from reality.

Next week should be an interesting week for us as well.  We start our homeschool co-op on Monday and the kids are so excited!  Other than that though it should be a low key week for us.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, August 6th to 12th

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Everybody seems to be on the mend after last week's battle with illness.  It was a long week where nothing was accomplished, so I am hoping for a much better week this week.  This week I am going to be doing something a little different and planning out all of my meals, I am hoping that this will make my life just a little bit easier. 

Here's what I have planned for this week:
Links to recipes are in red.

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit
Dinner - Lemon Pepper Swai (New Recipe), Wild Rice
Snack - Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Peaches

Lunch - Salads
Dinner - Baked Salmon Patties (adapted from my normal Salmon Patty Recipe), Crispy Seasoned Oven Fries 
Snack - Fresh Fruit

Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit
Dinner - Taco Salad, Refried Beans
Snack - Fresh Popped Popcorn

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Chicken Noodle Soup

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit
Dinner - Beef Stir Fry (recipe to come) 
Snack - Fresh Popped Popcorn

Lunch - Eating Out After Church
Dinner - Leftover Night
Snack - Fresh Fruit

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Week in Review, August 4th

This week in The Modern Day Mom house has not been much of one to brag about.  We have been sick, sick, and sick.

Last week Little Man started getting sick on Thursday afternoon, when of course the doctors office was closed on Friday.  It never fails, my kids always get sick as the doctor's office closes.  So we spent all of last weekend laying around, and trying anyway we could to make him feel better.  We debated taking him to the ER but decided to wait until Monday to take him to the ER.  I am never any good at making that call. 

Monday was my birthday (YAY!) but I had to go to school for my last final of the summer semester.  While I was at school my husband took Little Man to the doctor to find out he had pneumonia.So no big celebration for my birthday and so much for my big plans for summer fun while I was out of school and before school for the kiddos start full-time.  We are going back to homeschooling this year, and they will start co-op on the 13th.

We spent the rest of the week laying around the house trying to get to feeling better when Sunshine started getting sick herself.  So Friday was spent in the doctor's office with her.  They sent her to the hospital to have some labs run because there has been a Swine Flu scare with pigs at our local fair this week.  UUUGGGHHH!  The doctor later called only to say that she has what she suspects is a virus.  Thank goodness!

I hope everyone else has had a better (and healthier) week than us!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Menu Plan Monday on Wednesday....

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Yes, I know it's Wednesday but the most important thing is that I did finally get a menu plan up isn't it?  Only if it is for just a few days of the week.  It has been a busy week so far, but a break is on the way.  This is my last week of my summer semester of school, which means we have a few weeks with no sports, no school for me, and no school for the kiddos.  Now we can finally have a chance to enjoy some free time.  I am looking forward to taking the kids to the pool, playing games, and getting things accomplished around the house.  If I really feel froggy I might even start addressing my Christmas cards.  This would probably be a great idea since I will be in school at Christmas time, the kids will be busy with pre-Christmas activities, and Christmas is the biggest time of the year in my Etsy shop.  So we shall see what all I manage to get accomplished.

Here's what I have on the menu for the rest of the week:
links to recipes are in red

Wednesday - Pulled Turkey BBQ, Baked Beans, Crispy Seasoned Oven Fries

Saturday -Eating Out Before Church

Sunday - Buttermilk Soaked Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, July 16th to 23rd

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Wow!  It has been a full months since I have posted a menu plan.  Both my waist and walllet are showing it right now!  It has been a busy summer and trying to even eat at home has been quite the battle.  This week won't be much be too much better as far as finding time at home but here is what I have planned so far for this week:

Links to recipes are in red.

Monday - Doctor's Appointment Eating Out

Wednesday - Doctor's Appointment Eating Out

Thursday - Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry using beef instead of shrimp

Friday - Tacos

Sunday - Pork Chops Marsala, Roasted Red Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, June 4th to 10th

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While we don't have a lot scheduled this week, we have a big week ahead of us.  I start back to classes on Monday, which is going to be a big adjustment for us. 

Here is what I have planned for us this week:
links to recipes are in red

Monday - Grilled Salmon with Honey Soy Marinade (left over from last week), brown rice

Tuesday - Dry Rub Pork Chops with Honey Barbecue Sauce (left over from last week), Low Calorie Low Fat Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans

Wednesday - Chili

Sunday - Eating Out After Church

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, May 28th to June 3rd

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Summer break is finally here, and our life is getting back to normal, at least for a while.  The kids finished up school last week, however I start summer classes next week.  Sunshine hasn't been feeling well, and last week her doctor said her asthma is so out of control that she has to stop softball for a little while.  He said the heat is just too much right now, but she can continue with gymnastics since it is indoors.  Little Man only has two more baseball games before his tournament starts.  So things are starting to really slow down around here for us.

Here's what I have on the menu for this week:
links to recipes are in red

Monday - Steaks on the grill,  Baked Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Yummy Dinner Rolls

Wednesday - Doctor's appointment and Ball Game, Eating Out

Thursday - Baked Crab Cakes (recipe coming soon), Baked Potatoes, Corn on the Cob

Friday - Slow Cooker Mushroom Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans

Saturday - Eating Out Before Church

Monday, April 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, April 23rd to April 29th

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Last week was a busy week around here and I haven't been feeling my best.  You know how it is when you aren't sick enough to stay in the bed all day but you aren't feeling good either.  It's almost more frustrating than being full blown sick, you don't feel good enough to do anything but you don't feel completely awful either. 

This will be week number three for my husband on The Cardiac Diet.  He is adjusting pretty good to the diet, and everyone in the house has been eating the heart-healthy meals.  He has dropped a total of 10 pounds now, but the scale hasn't moved for me yet.  How does that happen?  I guess I need to look at it as the goal is to be healthier not necessarily skinnier!

We tried several new recipes last week since we are having to change our entire way of cooking and I must say they were all hits.  So if you are looking for heart healthy recipes you might want to check out my menu from last week, as all of the recipes we used last week will be added to our regular cooking rotation and I highly recommend them.

Here's what I have on the menu for this week:
links to recipes are in red

Monday:  Baked Cod, Crispy Seasoned Oven Fries (we have tried these a few times now and love them)

Tuesday:  Honey Crusted Chicken (new recipe), Classic Boston Baked Beans (although we will be leaving off the bacon, the recipe is in the Mayo Clinic heart healthy section but bacon is listed as a big no-no on the list from my husband's doctor)

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas (recipe to post soon)

Thursday:  Baked Salmon Patties (will be using a variation of my normal Salmon Patty recipe and will post the recipe soon), Crispy Seasoned Oven Fries

Friday:  Pineapple Chicken with brown rice instead of white rice

Sunday:  leftover night

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Baked Swai

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As I said yesterday my husband is now on The Cardiac Diet which means my way of cooking has changed completely.  This Baked Swai recipe is based upon the Sicilian-Style Cod recipe in this month's Redbook Magazine with a few changes.  The original recipe called for Italian Style Bread Crumbs but I used the plain breadcrumbs because they were lower in sodium.  Another change I made was the recipe called for kosher salt to be sprinkled over the rolled fish, which I left out.


4 - 6 Ounce Swai Fillets
1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
1 Tablespoon Each Dark and Golden Raisins
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 tablespoons Parsley


1.  Preheat Oven to 400 degrees and coat pan with olive oil cooking spray.

2.  In a small bowl comine all ingredients except the fish fillets.

3.  Spoon about two tablespoons of the breadcrumb mixture onto each fillet and roll.  I had to use a toothpick to hold the fillets in the roll.

4.  Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over each rolled fillet and sprinkle remaining breadcrumbs over rolled fillets.

5.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until fish is opaque at it's thickest part.

We ate with wild rice and a piece of garlic toast.