Showing posts from March, 2015

Menu Plan Monday, March 30 to April 5

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.
We are back from vacation and I have gained weight!  However, I am not the only one in my family with this problem.  So this week the whole family is joining me on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.  Here's what I have planned for this week:
Links to recipes are in red.
Monday Breakfast - cereal (E) Lunch - chicken fajitas (S) Snack - apples and caramel (E) Dinner - eating out
Tuesday Breakfast - cereal (E) Lunch - pork chops and cabbage (S) Dinner - eating out
Wednesday Breakfast - Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E) Lunch - Crockpot Beans and Rice (E) Snack - yogurt and berries (FP) Dinner - Hearty Turkey Chili Snack - pineapple (E)
Thursday Breakfast - turkey bacon, eggs, strawberries (S) Lunch - chef salad (S) Snack - beef jerky stick, almonds (S) Dinner - roast (S) Snack - sugar free fudge pops 
Friday Breakfast - Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E) Lunch - chili dogs (S) Snack - greek yogurt with berries Dinner - ham, green beansgril…

Throwback Thursday: Easy Pulled Pork Barbecue and Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce.

I chose this Easy Pulled Pork Barbecue recipe as this week's Throwback Thursday post because I once again found Boston Butt pork roasts on sale this week so I thought it would be a perfect recipe to revisit.  This recipe was originally posted on January 20, 2011 and can be found here.  When I was looking over it I realized that I used bottled barbecue sauce for this recipe and also wanted to include my Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce recipe that I posted here on October 18, 2009 that would be perfect with this recipe.  I use this barbecue sauce on everything!

The night before we cooked the pork roast my husband deboned it for me, and trimmed the fat off.  When we deboned it, it really created two seperate roasts.  After deboning it we rubbed it down with my homemade rub.The rub is made by mixing together:
1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons lemon pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
After rubbing down the meat we placed it in a large bo…

What I Wore Wednesday, March 11

This past week has still been a cold and snowy week so dressing warm and boots were a priority when getting dressed this week.  Thank goodness the sun is out today and warm weather is headed our way.  Plus, it won't be much longer before we are leaving this crazy Indiana weather for a vacation in the Florida sun!
Here is what I wore this week:
Friday - shopping and running errands
Sweater Dress - Mossimo (here) Leggings - Target Necklace - Meijer Boots - Just Fab (here)
Saturday - class and taking the kids to the Rock and Worship Roadshow

Tunic - Kohls Cardigan - old from Target Necklace - Sears
Sunday - church I only had three hours sleep from the concert the night before and the time change so I was going for comfy

Skirt - old Top - Meijer Scarf - Aeropostale shoes - old
I am linking up to The Pleated Poppy, Reasons to Dress and Because Shanna Said So.
I do have one question for you before you go - can we be Facebook friends?  If you do like my page let me know and I will follo…

Deciding Whether Or Not to Homeschool Year Round

Homeschooling comes with the benefit of being flexible.  You get to decide what to study, you get to decide how to do it, you can decide to have class outside on a sunny day, and you get to decide when to have school.  Yes, there are some legal restraints depending on where you live, for us we must have 180 days of school, but beyond that you get to do what you want in your homeschool.
When we first started homeschooling we were so in love with learning we chose to homeschool year round.  Then we decided to join a co-op which followed a traditional school year schedule so we stopped homeschooling over the summer.  For us the co-op environment and traditional school year gave way to more stress than our previous relaxed schedule had given.  

My husband has health issues so the year round schedule allowed for us to be flexible and take time off as we needed.  We also had more flexibility to take off for vacation during non-peak times.  Or we could take off because it was the first sunn…

Menu Plan Monday - A Day Late

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.
With planning for our upcoming vacation, studying for midterms, and just keeping up with daily life in general I am running behind.  This isn't the first time I have been late posting my menu plan and I am pretty sure it won't be the last.  This week is all about simplicity and using what I have on hand for meals.
Here is what I have planned for this week:
Wednesday Breakfast - cinnamon rolls for kids, volcano mud slide muffin for me Lunch - sandwiches and chips Dinner - eating out
Thursday Breakfast - oatmeal Lunch - tex-mex chicken quesadilla (new recipe) Dinner - Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Friday  Breakfast - sausage, fried eggs Lunch - sandwiches Dinner - apple bbq pork chops (new recipe) , mashed potatoes, baked beans
Saturday Lunch - eating out Dinner - chicken pepper pasta bake (new recipe)
Sunday Lunch - chili cheese dogs, baked beans Dinner - annas amazing easy pleasy meatballs over buttered noodle…

Throwback Thursday: Chili Con Queso

We are currently snowed in.  When we are snowed in I tend to snack a lot more than normal, so for this week's Throwback Thursday post I thought I would share one of my favorite snack foods, Chili Con Queso.  This recipe was originally posted to the blog on  January 12, 2010 and the original post can be found here.

Block of Velveeta Cheese Jar of Salsa 1 pound of ground beef, browned

1. Cut the block of Velveeta up into cubes, and place the cubes in the bottom of the crockpot.

2. Add in the jar of salsa and the ground beef.

3. Stir to mix the ingredients together. 4. Cook on low for two to four hours. Stirring if needed to keep the cheese from burning.

5. Serve with tortilla chips.

What I Wore Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I have spent the last year on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, and have had a very successful weight loss.  With twenty-five pounds lost, and four pant sizes.  Unfortunately, over the past few months I have been sick and I have seen some of the weight come back.  It is frustrating, makes getting dressed miserable, and is depressing when I see the weight gain in pictures.  That being said, I am learning to be content with my body no matter what size it is, and know that once I get my health back under control I can once again continue on my weight loss journey to a healthier size.  
On top of the weight gain, we have spent the past couple of weeks in the middle of back to back snow storms, and arctic cold temperatures.  So staying warm is the main goal when getting dressed.  Here is what I wore this week.

Black Cashmere Sweater - Apt. 9 at Kohls Scarf - ???  Shoes - Macy's

Sweater - Liz Lange for Target (similar here) Leggings - Target Boots - Just Fab (here)

Dress - Sam's Club Swe…