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Menu Plan Monday, December 30th to January 5th

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I love New Year's.  It's one of my favorite holidays.  It's the time of year when I reset our life, and try to get organized.  I am looking forward to 2014 and am unbelievably excited to be posting my first Menu Plan Monday post for the new year, although I guess you could technically say it is my last Menu Plan Monday post of 2013, but I like to look forward, not behind me so I am going with it is my first Menu Plan Monday post of 2013!  So here's what I have planned for us this week: links to recipes are in red Monday - Eating Out Yeah, I know it is a bad way to start off the week but we have too many errands to run and it will result in eating out.  Tuesday aka New Year's Eve Brunch - Smoked Sausage, Eggs, Hashbrowns Dinner - Slow Cooker Ribs, Loaded Smashed Potatoes (recipe coming soon), Homemade Chicken Wings (using chicken breasts instead of wings) Wednesday aka New Year's Day Breakfast - Cereal …

The Five Most Popular Posts of 2013

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2013 was a crazy year for me and unfortunately I didn't get to blog as much as I would have liked.  However, the posts that did make it to the blog in 2013 proved to be quite popular.  Here is a look back at the five most popular blog posts to The Modern Day Mom for 2013. 1.  Detailed House Cleaning Schedule Posted on January 1st of last year our Detailed House Cleaning Schedule was by far our most popular post of 2013.  It has been pinned countless times and I have gotten quite a few emails on this post! 2.  Valentine's Day Treats to Make Our second most popular post of the year was the Valentine's Day Treats to Make.  This post was a round-up of our favorite Valentine's Day Treat ideas and was popular throughout the month of February and beyond! 3.  Maple Apple Crisp, Gluten Free, Sugar Free and Vegan Friendly Our Maple Apple Crisp Recipe was tied with our Valentine's Day Treats to Make post but it received far more Pins on Pinterest.  This simple recipe is easy…

Menu Plan Monday, November 11th to 18th

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. This school year has really gotten to me.  Not only am I homeschooling my three children, teaching classes at the local homeschool co-op and working, I am also going to college full time.  I have let my Menu Plans slide and I have missed them.  They really keep me on track and not having one to follow leaves me with that 5:00 horror of what am I going to fix for dinner.  So I am going to make it a point to make a Menu Plan each week. Here's what I have on the menu for this week: links to recipes are in red Monday Lunch:  Ravioli Dinner:  Teriyaki Salmon with Wild Rice Tuesday Lunch:  Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner:  Crab Cakes, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans Wednesday Brunch:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, hashbrowns Dinner:  Mini Chicken Pot Pies Thursday Lunch:  Vegetable Soup Dinner:  Baked Parmesan Chicken, mashed potatoes, lima beans Friday Lunch:  Loaded Baked Potatoes Dinner:  Eating Out Saturday Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Has…

Waking Up Early When You Are a Late Riser

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One of the joys of homeschooling is the fact that it doesn’t have to run on the same timeframe as public schools.However, I have learned that the later in the day we start our school day, the less it seems we get done, and the grumpier my kids are.I don’t like getting up early in the morning to start school.I use to work third shift and getting up at 7 AM is extremely hard for me.After talking with many other moms who homeschool I have found that I am not the only one who finds getting up early so hard.After some work I have managed to get used to getting up early each day.Here are some tips to help you make the adjustment from sleeping in each morning to getting up early. Start Small If you are use to getting up at 10 AM, try getting up at 9:30 AM for a few days, then move it up to 9 AM for a few days, then after a few days of getting up at 9 AM try getting up at 8:30 AM for a few days.Keep moving the time up until you reach the time that you want to get up each day. Go to Bed Earlier Yo…

Back to School Menu Plan Monday - August 12th to 18th

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I am dragging my heels in here screaming, "I am not ready for school to be back in session!"  Obviously no one seems to really care as we are all headed back to school anyhow but I want to go on record as saying I AM NOT READY FOR IT!!!  You would think that as homeschoolers we could extend our summer a few more weeks and prolong the start of our school year but that just can't happen.  We belong to a co-op where my children take their core classes and since today is the first day of co-op it means school is officially back in session for us.  My college classes start back next week so I have a week to allow us to get back into the hang of things before I head back to school as well.  Since we are back in school that means easy breakfasts and lunches for us, as well as some nights where my slow cooker will be my saving grace. Here's what I have planned for us this week: links to recipes are in red Monday Bre…

Starting to Homeschool When Dad Isn't On Board

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One of the biggest obstacles that face many moms who have decided to homeschool their kids is getting dad on board.It is a question that is constantly repeated on homeschool support boards, “What do I do when my husband doesn’t want me homeschooling our children?”This question is always met with a variety of answers such as “pray for a change in your husband’s heart” or “just do it anyhow”.If you are a mom who is trying to get your husband on board with homeschooling these are not the types of answers that you want to hear.You want to hear real advice, with real steps that you can put it into action.


Pray Yes, I did say that praying for your husband to have a change of heart wasn’t the answer you were looking for but if you are a Christian then praying should be your first step.Pray for guidance, pray for your husband to have a change of heart, pray for your children, pray, pray, and pray some more.
Find out Your Husband’s Reservations about Homeschooling In a calm manner, not in an argu…

Garden Stir Fry Recipe

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My garden has been in overdrive producing an abundance of yummy vegetables.  I have been turning those yummy vegetables into some great meals and this is one of my favorite ones.  It is easy to make and can be easily tweaked to use what you have on hand.  I had mushrooms in my refrigerator the day that I made this meal but have left the mushrooms out the last couple of times.  I also served it over noodles here but have served it without as well for a side dish.  Here's the super simple recipe: 1-2 cups Tomatoes - any type, cut cherry tomatoes in half and dice full size tomatoes 1/2 onion diced 1 cup diced mushrooms 2-3 cups diced squash 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons olive oil 1.  Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. 2.  Add in vegetables and cook until they are tender. 3.  Serve hot over pasta for a full meal or serve by itself as a side dish.

Menu Plan Monday, July 29th to August 4th

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. So two weeks ago I mentioned it was extremely hot around here, well the past few days the weather has cooled off and we are experiencing out of the ordinary mild weather.  In fact it was 54 here this morning and they are calling for temperatures dropping into the 40's.  This is crazy weather for July!  Anyways, the cooler weather means that cooking isn't so unbearable right now. Here is what we have planned for this week: links to recipes are in red Monday Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit, Toast Dinner:  Rosemary Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans Tuesday Breakfast:  Dad's Homemade Pancakes Dinner:  Country Fried Steaks, Mashed Potatoes, My Grandmother's Green Beans Wednesday Lunch:  Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls, Steamed White Rice Dinner:  Ham Sandwiches, Chips Thursday Lunch:  Soup Dinner:  Chicken Stuffed Poblano Pepper, Baked Potatoes Friday Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Toast Dinner:  Taco Salad Saturday

Menu Plan Monday, July 15th to 21st

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. This week is a bit different for me I will only be cooking for four since Little Man is at camp this week.  It is his first time ever going to camp and I am sure he will have a blast.  It is also extremely HOT around here this week.  The temperatures were in the upper 90's but the heat index made it feel like it was in the 100's.  We don't eat a lot when it is so hot outside, and I really don't want to heat up the house too much when it is this hot so our menu this week will be reflecting that.  So here's what I have planned for this week: links to recipes are in red Monday Lunch:  Soup Dinner:  Garden Stir Fry Tuesday Lunch:  Soup and Sandwiches Dinner:  Pizza using the Flatbread Pizza Dough from this recipe Wednesday Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit Dinner:  Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls, White Rice Thursday Lunch:  BBQ Pork Chops, Pressure Cooker Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes Dinner:  Ham Sandwiches, Chips Friday Brea…

Menu Plan Monday, July 8th to 14th

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. This week is going to be a low key week at home for us.  They are calling for rain most of the week, YUCK! I am soo tired of rain, and am ready for it to be over.  The good thing is my vegetable plants are loving the rain. I did get some recipe posts up this week, even though I didn't get all of the ones done that I had planned on.  I did get the recipes for myTurkey or Chicken Pot Pie and Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls up.  I do have a few recipes that will be going up on the blog from this week's menu soon. On Thursday afternoon my daughter found a forgotten about bag of mixed berries in the freezer that contained strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.  I used my Razzleberry Pie recipe to make a pie using it.  I just thawed out the bag of mixed berries and used them in place of the fresh berries called for in the recipe.    Here's what I have planned for this week: links to recipes are in red Monday Breakfast:  M…

Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls

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Baked Egg Rolls are one of our favorite summer meals, they are easy to make, light, and are a perfect summer meal.  We usually pair them with steamed white rice from our rice cooker.  Sometimes we make them with shrimp, sometimes with pork, and other times we use chicken.  Whichever meat we use we make them the same way.    Here I am going to show you how I make them with shrimp.  We use Salad Shrimp in our egg rolls, they are small and inexpensive.  This bag is $1.59 at Kroger, but Wal-Mart and Meijers also sell them inexpensively.
We also use Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps, we don't generally use the whole pack and they refrigerate well.  I usually keep the unused ones in a Ziploc bag.
The first thing you will want to do is make the filling for your egg rolls.  In a large stir-fry pan mix together 3 cups of finely shredded cabbage (I like using Napa cabbage but we also use regular cabbage if that is all we have on hand, 1 cup finely diced carrots, 1/2 cup bean sprouts, 1 package of sal…

Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie

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Pot Pie is one of the easiest ways to use up extra turkey or chicken.  When I have leftover chicken or turkey I will usually freeze it until I am ready to make the pot pie and then on the day I plan to make it I will thaw it out.  I have also been known to make up the filling for the pot pie and freeze it, then on the day I want to make my pot pie I will pull it out, then top it with either a homemade or frozen pie crust.  This recipe calls for a mayo based pie crust, which is simple to make but any pie crust will do.  I make my turkey and chicken pot pie using the same recipe, the only difference is the type of meat I use.  Filling Ingredients: 3 cups chopped potatoes 2 cups fresh or frozen peas 1 cup chopped carrots 2 to 3 cups chopped turkey or chicken 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup milk 1 cup white wine 1/3 cup flower 1 Tablespoon cornstarch 1.  Prepare all vegetables for filling. 2.  Add the diced vegetables and chicken or turkey into a bowl.
3. In a saucepan whisk together the ingr…

Menu Plan Monday, June 24th to 30th

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie It was soo nice to be back to my menu plan last week.  The week went by much smoother with it and we actually stuck to it for once!  The only exception was on Sunday night when we missed the Chicken Pot Pie, which was moved to tonight's supper.  I have several items on this week's menu plan that I am working on recipes for, so be on the lookout for new recipes on the blog.  I am also going to be updating my post from my Bread Machine French Bread, which was written before the days of Pinterest.  It is one of my most popular posts and I am constantly getting asked for pictures to make it easier to pin.  Speaking of Pinterest, if you don't already follow me on Pinterest please do, I have a ton of recipe boards there, as well as craft ideas, and party/holiday planning boards.  You can find my Pinterest boards here. Here's what I have planned for this week: links to recipes are in red Monday Breakfast:  Oatmeal, To…

Beat Summer Boredom With Free Kid's Movies

Summer is here and boredom has set in for many kids.One way to beat the summer boredom is to take advantage of the free or cheap children’s movies that many movie theaters offer during the summer. Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express
The Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express is one of the cheap summer children’s movie programs.On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings Regal Cinemas will have kid’s movies for just $1 admission.The movies on schedule for this year include The Three Stooges, Ice Age Continental Drift, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:Dog Days, Parental Guidance, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked, Monte Carlo, Rio, Coraline, ParaNorman, The Lorax, Yogi Bear, Big Miracle, Journey 2:The Mysterious Island, Racing Stripes, Happy Feet Too, African Cats, and Chimpanzee.
To learn more about the Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express program or to find a Regal Cinemas near you can visit the Regal Cinemas website.
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse
The Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse is anoth…

Freezing Strawberries

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It is strawberry season and I couldn’t be more excited.I love fresh strawberries and try to stock up on fresh strawberries when they are in season locally so that I can enjoy them all winter long while avoiding the ones from the supermarket.During strawberry season strawberries can be found at roadside stands, u-pick farms, and farmers markets for rock bottom prices.They are easy to preserve, so there is no reason not to stock up on them.Freezing strawberries is simple, and in fact will probably be the easiest fruit or vegetable you will preserve all summer.Here is how you freeze strawberries for use all year long. The first step in freezing strawberries is to choose the strawberries that you want to preserve.Strawberries are very delicate and can go bad quickly so it is important to freeze them right away while they are at their freshest point.You will want to use strawberries that are perfect with no blemishes or mushiness, save the ones that are a little bruised or just not perfect …

Menu Plan Monday (On Tuesday), June 17th to 23rd

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. It's been a busy end of the school year for us.  On May 19th we had my son's birthday, on May 21st we had our last day of homeschool co-op, on the 22nd we had our end of the year program for our homeschool co-op and on May 23rd my husband went into the hospital for a multi-level spinal fusion.  I knew his surgery would keep me away from the blog for a while but he ended up with a post-surgery infection after he was released from the hospital and had to be readmitted.  So needless to say a menu plan has not been on my mind lately.  Now that we are at home things seem to be falling back into a routine, and I am missing my menu plan, so I am thrilled to be taking the time to plan one out for this week.  If you don't menu plan you really should take the time to do it, it makes my life so much easier and makes grocery shopping a cinch. Here's what I have planned for this week: links to recipes are in red Monday Bre…