Saturday, April 30, 2011
Saturday - steak kabobs; tossed salad; and sauteed mushrooms
Sunday - low fat turkey burgers (we splurge on this every now & again from Fresh Market); pasta salad; and corn on the cob
Monday - baked chicken tenders; Asian cabbage salad; and fruit
Tuesday - mini-honey mustard loaves (5 dinners); mashed potatoes; and corn
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Asian Chicken & vegetables (5 dinners)
Thursday - Turkey & Swiss sandwiches, chips, and fruit
Friday - leftovers
What are you having this week?
Friday, April 29, 2011
Anyway, the weather here has been GORGEOUS the past couple of days which has ideas twirling about the outdoors. I don't mind digging in the dirt in sprucing up the outside. There is the WISH LIST of "to-do's" and the reality list of "to-do's" as well. :)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Have you tried couponing? Are you a seasoned pro? I have tried before (10+ years ago) and failed miserably. Frankly, I think I had no clue what I was doing! I've been reading alot on blogs recently about huge savings from couponing. I would love to get our weekly budget for groceries down to $50 per week. In order to make this a reality, I know I need to invest some time and energy into couponing. I do have a few criteria...
- I will not buy something just because I have a coupon for it - IF it is not something I normally use, I won't but it.
- I will continue to prepare healthy meals for my family. In other words, I'm not stocking up on Totino's pizza because they are on sale and I can get them free.
- I will try to make couponing a game vs. a chore. How much can I save this week?
Here are a couple of websites I have enjoyed browsing...Homemaking Mom -- One of the reasons , I like this website is because she doesn't stock up on "junk". You can tell she trys to buy healthy!
Total Kitchen Makeover -- Again, she shops reasonably & offers great tips for produce, etc.
Southern Savers -- This is the "big daddy" of them all -- helpful hints, gettings started and a coupon database
Do you have any tips or advice to share?
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
As I sit in church on Sunday, it's hard not to notice some of the distractions. I try very hard to stay focused on our Pastor who has a specific purpose -- to deliver the Message that God has laid on his heart for us to receive. However, some Sundays it is harder than others -- paper rattling; people in front of you whispering; children crying; people looking around and you can "feel" they are looking in your direction; candy wrappers being opened; people yawning (or some snoring!).... you get the picture I think! There are SO MANY things that can distract us away from the Message. However, I think we need to try as hard as we can to put blinders on (as the picture above) and really focus our mind & heart on what we need to hear.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Enjoy one of my favorite songs -- reminds me of Easter... "In Christ Alone" By Avalon.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I've made my fair share of poor decisions in life. Some of have been expensive lessonsm, and others have helped build character (in hindsight of course). Not sure why I'm rambling about life tonight... but life is a longitudinal journey. If you've made decisions you regret, pick yourself up - dust yourself off and move forward. You won't gain anything by drowning yourself in the foolishness of the decision that can't be reversed.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
In January 2009, I participated in a 5K training program with Fleet Feet sports. It was one of the best experiences of my life. My personal goal was to run the 5K at the end, but I ended up doing intervals (walk/run) which was fine – but I still want to completely run a 5K. Shortly after the program ended, I allowed stress in my life to consume me and completely lost focus. I wasn’t happy with myself – I wanted to eat healthier and exercise, but I was having difficulty pulling myself out of the funk.
During the spring and summer of 2010, I kept riding by a community gym advertising Zumba. I rode past day after day thinking there was no way I could get my groove on! In late summer, my neighbor & friend – Deb – asked me to try it out with her. Umm..ok.. I think – y’all I have NO RHYTHM, but I had so much fun! Within 10 minutes of starting the class, I was sweating and an hour flew by before I even realized time was up. It felt good and rewarding to be doing something for ME. I convinced another friend, Angie, to try it as well. It was like a girl’s night out each time I went. In the fall, the gym started basketball – so we wouldn’t be able to use the facility any more. I was disappointed because I had found something that met several criteria:
• It was fun.
• No one else had rhythm either.
• It did not require a monthly gym membership
I was determined not to allow excuses become “reasons” I didn’t exercise. To be successful, I knew I needed accountability, something I enjoyed, and something that did not require a big investment. In late October, I convinced Angie to meet me at 5:30am on Mondays & Wednesdays for a 2 mile walk. It felt good in so many ways!
In December, I asked her if she would be willing to do Monday-Wednesday-Friday. She was agreeable and we increased to three miles as well. We could have made tons of excuses during the winter – it’s too cold, it’s raining, there’s snow on the ground, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, it’s the day after Christmas - BUT WE DIDN’T. We kept at it regardless of the time, the weather, or the holidays.
Currently, we are on our first week of interval training (walk 2 min/run 1 min) and we will slowly increase the time & duration that we do. Exercise has become a big stress relief for me – it is the best form of therapy I can think of. I am extremely grateful that Angie has stuck with me through the cold, rain, and snow (& deer, barking dogs, skunks). If it wasn’t for her, I’m sure I would not have been successful because “snooze” would have been more appealing!
The whole point of this extremely long post is – do what you love and love what you do! JUST DO IT!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I've latched on to this concept of 5 Dinners in One Hour for the past three weeks. I can honestly say - it has made meal-time a breeze. Overall, I'm quite happy with the recipes we've tried so far. This week, I tried to do a mix of 5Dinner meals coupled with some ingredients I had on hand to make some of our favorite meals. I've written brief reviews of the "new" recipes we've tried so far - just look for my weekly menus.
I strongly encourage you to explore meal-planning because it can save you signficant time and money! Today, Michelle posts about another menu-planning option "e-mealz". You can click here to read more.
Are you a weekly meal planner? If so, what works best for you?
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Saturday: Chicken noodle soup & grilled cheese sandwiches (It was much cooler here today & weather was perfect for it.
Sunday: Lasagna & Garlic Bread
Monday: Tex-Mex Roll-Ups (5Dinners)
Tuesday: Salmon Patties, Mashed Potatoes, and Sweet Peas
Wednesday: Chicken Tenders (5Dinners), Corn, and Applesauce
Thursday: Turkey Club Sandwiches
Friday: Salad & Baked Potatoes
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Thrifty Decor Chick -- I admire her ability to use TOOLS and she has really fun & creative projects!
All Things Handcrafted -- My friend, Sally, who has an AMAZING eye for pulling rooms together & repurposing as well as recycling items into treasures! You'll love her posts so far for the week.
Young House Love -- stumbled across by accident, but love their projects and advice! I especially like browing their "mood boards" tab.
So, what are your projects?
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
- Saturday - Family Celebration for Super-Son's birthday at Funigan's! Cheese pizza and birthday cake
- Sunday - Grilled Burgers and Homemade Baked Fries
- Monday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SUPER-SON! Make Ahead Spaghetti & Meatballs with Italian Bread (5Dinners) Review: I was a little leary of this recipe from the beginning. I'm not sure why - I make lasagna without baking the noodles all the time & we love Italian food! Anyway, I'm disappointed to say this was not a hit. :( I ended up making a pot of noodles and sauce after the "make ahead spaghetti" came out of the oven. I'm not even sure how to describe it - but it was mushy (real techincal term I know!) and the meatballs (I used Armour brand) were terrible. Next time, I would make-ahead my lasagna recipe OR brown italian sausage (or beef) to have ready for spaghetti & sauce on the night you plan to have spaghetti. (It would actually probably take less time to do that vs. waiting for this to bake anyway). You never know how it will taste until you try. 0 out of 5 stars
- Tuesday - Roasted Sausage, Peppers & Onions (5Dinners) -Review - This recipe smelled delicious while it was in the oven - yum! Even superson wanted to know what the good smell was :) It tasted as great as it smelled. If we were not watching what we ate - I would give this recipe 5 out of 5 stars, but since we are I would have to rate it 3 out of 5 stars. It is not WW friendly unless you allow for the points and it's high in sodium. I need to look at alternative options to "lighten" it for next time. I knew it would be high in sodium, but I didn't realize how high in points it would be until I ran it through the WW recipe builder. However, if you are planning ahead - you should be able to accommodate this recipe in to your WW plan for the day (I was).
- Wednesday - Slow-Cooked Asian Beef & Broccoli with Brown Rice (or Chow-Mein Noodles) and Fortune Cookie :) (5Dinners) Review - 4 out of 5 stars for this one! The meat was very tender, but I would say be very careful not to overcook. We had with chow-mein noodles for some crunch. It's a little higher on WW points, but doable if you plan your meals.
- Thursday - Chicken Salad Pitas (5Dinners)
- Friday - Leftovers or Homemade Pizza :)
I'm assembling our "5 dinners" this afternoon, so I'll try to post a pic later!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
- It's a sensible approach. It's learning to control your portions and your triggers. It teaches you to take advantage of whole grains, fruits & vegetables, and healthy oils.
- Accountability. I have tried the online only version of WW, but I need the meetings. Our WW leader, Mary, keeps it real and I LOVE that! Everyone in that WW room knows how you feel and has been where you are -- there's power in numbers!
- Community. There is a ton of information on the WW website -- recipes; exercise ideas; and a variety of helpful hints. If you have a question about WW, the answer is probably there!
ALL of that to say, I'm proud to be a LOSER this week! 3.6 lbs to be exact! Today the scales were the encouragement & motivation I needed to keep truckin'!
Friday, April 1, 2011
- First of all, Michelle offers you a free week trial of recipes. Quite frankly, this is the only reason I tried it. You really have nothing to lose to request the free trial and see if the recipes interest you. Just visit the page and on the right-hand side you'll see a place to request a free trial. Really, it's that easy!
- Secondly, a couple of our local grocery stores offer online shopping. You place the order online and pick-up. In general, we save more money this way because we stick to our grocery list. Tonight, when I placed my order I entered only the 5 dinner one hour items first -- $48.86 (before tax). This included some of the pantry items listed that I didn't not have & did not account for any coupons I may have had toward some of the items. I don't know about you, but our family of 3 could not eat out for dinner 5 nights for $50.00.
- Easy-peasy! I made all of the dinners & cleaned up the dishes in LESS than an hour last Sunday afternoon. Every night this week, dinner was on the table in less than an hour after getting home. There was no stress and fuss about meal time because it was DONE!
- We have stretched the meals to include leftovers for lunch and I think we will have 2 more dinner meals this weekend from the meals this week. You can't beat that!
As a busy wife, mom, student and oh a full-time job too - I am loving the meal plan! Remember, you can modify the recipes to your families taste or reduce the amount (I did on a couple b/c we are family of 3) OR you can freeze for a later date! So run over to her blog and sign up for the free trial - you'll be glad you did!
PS - I reviewed the recipes we tried this week here.