Menu Madness July 18-24, 2010

Here’s my (no so!) exciting menu for next week.  🙂 Any idea what you’ll be serving your family next week?

Breakfasts:

Sun: Breakfast casserole, fruit
Mon: Smoothies, toast
Tue: Cereal, fruit
Wed: Fruit and cheese platter
Thur: Cereal, fruit
Fri: Oatmeal, fruit
Sat: French toast, fruit

Lunches:

Sun: N/A (See previous posts)
Mon: Ham & cheese sandwiches, grapes
Tue: Leftovers
Wed: Grilled cheese sandwiches, carrot sticks
Thu: Leftovers
Fri: Peanut butter play-dough
Sat: N/A (See above)

Suppers:

Sun: Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce (mother-in-law’s recipe), salad, rolls
Mon: Pork chops, apple sauce, green beans
Tue: Soft tacos (lettuce, tomato, cheese, olives on side), re-fried beans
Wed: Tuna helper with peas, jello
Thu: Baked chicken, rice, broccoli
Fri: Homemade macaroni and cheese, salad
Sat: Hot dogs, corn pone

Our Lady of Grace, Pray for us!

Our Lady of Grace

Simple Woman’s Daybook: July 13 Edition

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(You can read other Daybook journal entries here.)

FOR TODAY…Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Outside my window…is buggy. I went outside yesterday to sweep our little patio and in only three days it was already full of cob webs, ants and creepy crawlers. Exciting for my son but so gross to me! Can you say ICK?!

I am thinking…that I need to get back into the exercise groove – especially the stretching. I’ve been slacking and can tell in how I feel. I have mild CP and if I don’t stretch, it can make the difference in being able to walk or not.

I am thankful for…the gift of faith. Believe this: God loves you no matter what. He has created you and you are unrepeatable and precious!

From the kitchen…Nothing exciting, just following this week’s menu plan.

I am wearing…gray ankle-length skirt, light blue top and snood.

I am creating…a new website! I’m very excited about this. (Info to be forthcoming soon…)

I am hearing…the sounds of the central air conditioning and country music.

One of my favorite things…is learning! I love learning about people, new places and new skills.

A few plans for the rest of the week…We are planning to take Andrew to see Toy Story 3 this week. I think I’m more excited about it than he is! lol!

Here is picture (video!) for thought I am sharing…This is too cute not to share (found at the Swag Bucks Blog)

Complimentary Recipe Book from Jiffy!

In case you missed it in my post last week, you can receive a complimentary recipe book from Jiffy Mix here. I haven’t received my copy yet, but I’ve tried the recipes on the website and they are really good, so the ones in the book should be too!

Enjoy!

Just Ignore This!

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I am claiming this blog for Technorati, so pay no attention! I’ll delete this as soon as I can. 🙂

God Bless!

Menu Madness: July 11 – 17, 2010

Trying a few new recipes this coming week. I hope they come out as good as they look!

Breakfasts:

Sun: Poached eggs, english muffins, fruit
Mon: French toast,  juice
Tue: Cinnamon and brown sugar oatmeal
Wed: Blueberry muffins, smoothies
Thur: scrambled eggs, toast, juice
Fri: cold cereal with raisins
Sat: Waffles, fruit

Lunches:

Sun: N/A (See previous posts)
Mon: Leftovers
Tue: BLTs and apple slices
Wed: Tuna salad sandwiches, carrot sticks
Thu: Leftovers
Fri: Nutella on tortillas, grapes
Sat: N/A (See above)

Suppers:

Sun: garlic Roast Pork with Root Veggies, brownies
Mon: Meatloaf, couscous, glazed carrots
Tue: Chicken Cutlets, mashed potatoes, corn
Wed: Pasta Alfredo, salad, bread
Thu: Turkey burgers with lettuce and tomato, baked beans
Fri: Greek Salad, bread, fruit cup
Sat: Barbecue ribs, 3-bean salad, ice cream

Mailbox Fun (AKA: The Freebies are Coming!)

I love getting fr*ee stuff. Who doesn’t? Over the last few weeks I have been signing up for fr*ee samples and they are finally starting to arrive!

Here’s a peek of what I’ve gotten so far:

Freebies

  • Toothpaste
  • Coffee
  • Feminine products
  • Tortured for Christ (a book about a priest who was martyred for Christ)
  • Toilet paper/wipes
  • Flavored mayonnaise

After taking the above picture I received more freebies (Not pictured):

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Several more feminine products

Where do I find all the free samples? Most of them I find here. I also make a point of going to Walmart.com regularly because they often have fr*ee samples and others I’ve found simply by doing an online search for fr*ee samples. Some I’ve actually found by accident!

Signing up for the freebies only takes a few minutes and worth it in the goodies received. It sure a refreshing change from the bills!

Suggestion:

I *highly* recommend getting a separate email address for freebie sign-ups. It will keep your main email account from becoming bloated and over-run with s*p*a*m.

WFMW: Recipe Edition (Corn Pone!)

What is corn pone, you ask? It is a delicious hybrid of corn bread and corn pudding! I was given this recipe several years ago in Ohio by my friend Rita, who was staying with us while going to graduate school.

This tastes just as good at room temperature as it does straight out of the oven, so it is perfect for taking to picnics or barbecues. The corn pone is usually a big hit when I serve it, so I think you’ll really like it!  🙂

Here’s a picture of this tasty dish:

corn pone

Recipe: Corn Pone

Ingredients

  • 1 Can whole kernel corn (with juice)
  • 1 Can creamed corn
  • 2 Eggs
  • 8oz Sour cream
  • 1 Stick melted butter
  • 1 Box corn muffin mix (Jiffy brand size)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 9×13 pan with non-stick spray.
  3. In medium bowl, combine together first 5 ingredients.
  4. Mix in the corn muffin mix.
  5. Pour mixture into pan and bake about 30 minutes or until center stops shaking.

Quick Notes

You don’t want the corn pone to be too “done” like corn bread or too “wet” like corn pudding; so, check after 25 minutes or so. The center should be gently solid and the top golden.

Variations

According to Rita, you can use fresh corn for this recipe if you want. Just cut the corn off four large ears of corn and omit the creamed corn. Follow the rest of the recipe as is. (I’ve actually never tried it with the fresh corn myself, though.)

Enjoy!

(BTW: Did you can get a free recipe book from Jiffy here. You can get the corn muffin mix – and many of their other mixes – for under a dollar and the recipes I’ve tried so far have been easy to make and rather tasty.)

This post is linked at WFMW, Recipe Swap and Recipe Roundtable.

Other Recipes you might like:

Peas and Macaroni

Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes

Peanut butter play-dough

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: July 6th Edition

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(You can read other Daybook journal entries here.)

FOR TODAY…Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Outside my window…it’s super sunny and HOT!!!

I am thinking…that I can’t believe we are over half way through with 2010. Where has the time gone? It feels like time is flying by at warped speed. It would do me well to remember that each moment we have is truly precious.

I am thankful for…my wonderful family.

From the learning rooms…Andrew has only 8 lessons left in the “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” book. I am so proud of the hard work he has been putting into learning how to read!

From the kitchen…I’m planning to do some baking this week. I want to bake some bread, some brownies for the Lord’s Day and make more of Ina Garten’s granola bars. (My family *loves* these!)

I am wearing…a black and white dotted skirt, white long-sleeved shirt and snood.

I am creating…homemade cards to send to some family and friends who are ill.

I am reading…The Gospel according to Luke.

I am hearing…Nothing! As I write this, my hubby and Andrew are still fast asleep. 🙂

Around the house…The house is actually tidied up – until Andrew gets up at least!

One of my favorite things…is curling up on the couch with a cup of herbal tea and a good book!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Homeschooling, baking, cleaning and probably heading to the library. I also want to organize my crafting and knitting supplies.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…(found this picture here while looking for something else.)

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He Fell Asleep on the Floor!

Andrew wasn’t too keen on going to bed last night, and kept trying to sneak out of the bedroom. When all was quiet for a while, my husband went to check on him and found this!:

Andrew on the floor

For the record, yes, we did pick him up and put him back into bed!

(Lined to Wordless Wednesday.)