Sunday, November 2, 2008
I'll post my menu later this evening. I think I'm going to start posting the past week's menu. So, I don't have to go back in and edit the current week due to unforeseen leftovers and invitation out, etc.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Geesh - just by definition it seems like something we would want to steer away from huh? So, why do we get ourselves tangled into the mess? I've had several anxious moments over the past 6-8 months. For some reason, this week a couple have weighed exceptionally hard on me. Last night at church, imagine my surprise when the pastor spoke on -- you guessed it? Anxiety! If there was every a time that I felt like a message was prepared for no one else but me - that was it! I was on the verge of tears for the timeliness of the message - I almost talked myself out of going last night. "I needed a mental break." Imagine the blessing I would have missed had I stayed at home.
The message centered around Phillipians 4:6-7. There was no exceptionally profound theological message - just some basic nuts and bolts. I pray that God will help me stay focused on the message last night and what I need to do, so HE can do his work in me.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I wish I had the care-free spirit that washed the stress of the world away
I wish I was so comfortable in my own skin that I could "beat to my own drum"
I wish I could speak as honestly as he does without worrying about what other people think
I wish I could be as happy playing with a empty paper towel tube and big box
I wish I was as imaginative and creative
I am so thankful that he is our super-son. I am thankful he has a teacher who doesn't see children as "cookie-cutters" - they are each unique, special and individual in their on way. I pray that God will teach to me be the loving mom he needs with a "spirit" that will harmonize with his.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Bacon Cheeseburger Roll-Up
1 lb lean hamburger (93/7 or less)
4 oz Velveeta Light (cut into small cubes)
3 TBL Hormel Real Bacon Bits (I buy the large bags at Sam’s b/c I use them for lots of things)
1 can Pillsbury reduced fat crescent rolls
Preheat oven to 400. Cook beef until browned evenly. Drain meat and return to skillet. Add Velveeta and bacon bits. Cook until Velveeta completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside. Unroll crescent rolls onto baking sheet sprayed with Pam. Press into a 15 x 8 rectangle. Top evenly with meat mixture. Roll-up dough starting with the long sides. Bake seam side down for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Serving size = 1/6 of roll. (1 serving = 7 Weight Watcher points). I usually serving with Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans (which are low fat and low in points) and applesauce.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Seriously? Only 92 days - wow... I saw the sign posted on a doorway here in the office. So, I started thinking - what can we do differently this year? I'm voting for a cash-only Christmas. Ok - let me explain - that sounds like I'm asking for cash only gifts! No, no, no! Actually, I don't need a thing my family's health and happiness are good enough for me.
BUT, we have decided to buy with cash only this year - no plastic! I realize for most people that's not a big deal, but we are trying very hard to adhere to a budget and move toward being debt-free. So - this is a BIG baby-step for us. (I'm waiting on the library to call and tell me the Dave Ramsey book is ready for me to pick-up!).
This next question - where will the money come from? Well, super-husband started a new job in July. We are having money from each paycheck put into a Medical Care Expenses account (they take the money out pre-tax; we submit receipts and are reimbursed for what we've spent). If we hold all our receipts until the end of November, we will be able to submit a little over $300 which will be back just in time for holiday shopping. "Santa" has a Best Buy gift card that he will be using to pay for most of super-son's BIG item.
Do you have money-saving tips for Christmas? I'd love to hear about them!
Salmon patties, "mashed" potatoes, sweet peas
Breakfast for dinner - scrambled egg beater omelets, bacon and toast
fellowship meal at church
Oven-fried chicken, corn on the cob, applesauce, wheat rolls
Sandwiches (super-husband has a ballgame, so we'll eat and run)
Birthday Dinner for a friend's mother
grilled chicken, pasta salad, sliced tomatoes, wheat rolls
Thursday, September 18, 2008
So I'm new at this bloggin' stuff and a day late, but that's okay right? The theme this week is cookies, but since I don't have a favorite cookie recipe I'm going to post a dessert recipe.
1 container Fat Free Cool Whip
1 dry pkg sugar free Jello (I use cheesecake or white chocolate flavors)
1 can mandarin oranges
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 container Fat Free vanilla yogurt
Mix all ingredients together until well-blended. Refrigerate immediately. Serving size equals 1 cup. (1 cup = 2 Weight Watcher points)
This is a great recipe for breakfast or dessert. The variations are endless - be creative with the pudding and the fruit.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We've decided to participate in the Heart Walk at Tanglewood http://heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=258325 in October and hope that you will join us or support us! He is my reason for walking ...
Monday, September 15, 2008
Fresh Grated Parmesan Alfredo Fettucine, Tossed Salad and Wheat Rolls
Recipe Review: The Parmesan Alfredo Fettucine recipe was a new one. It was supposed to be lower fat. It was still high in calories. It seemed like there were way too many noodles and not enough sauce.
Salmon Patties, "Mashed" Potatoes, Sweet Peas (moving to next week) - Rainy weather caused a change in plans so we had chili and grilled cheese sandwiches instead!
Fellowship Meal at Church
Oven-Fried Chicken, Corn, Applesauce (moving to next week) - using Tuesday leftovers to make Chili-Mac with corn muffins
Homemade Pizza and Salad
Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad, Corn
CrockPot Roast, Brown Rice, and Green Beans
I hope menu-planning will help us save time and money by simply planning ahead!