Menu Planning, Day 2, part 2 (picture)

Well, I couldn’t get it to work. So here’s the grainy pic. – Lynne

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Meal Planning, Day 2

Good afternoon! (Well, now it’s evening, but it was afternoon when I started.)

Sitting here having a cup of coffee and enjoying the lights on the Christmas tree. I guess we will take it down tomorrow so I guess I’ll enjoy it while I can. 🙂 I’m also working on my January menu plan since January is – gasp!! – the day after tomorrow!

I have downloaded a free printable calendar from http://www.calendarsthatwork.com. That’s where I get the one I print out and put on the fridge. You can use any calendar you like. The first thing that I do is mark the dates that my hubby works days or nights and the days he’s off.

(Two hours later…took a break, took a run, back to blogging now.)

So I’m going to try and post what I have so far to the blog. I’m still waiting on input from the peanut gallery…I mean, family. 🙂 If they don’t speak up by tomorrow, the rest will be Mom’s Choice and they’ll have to deal.

Anyway, what I want you to do today (or tomorrow since I’m late here) is to choose four slow cooker meals (not soups or stews) that you can do for your slow cooker day. Not that your soups or stews can’t be for the slow cooker – I mean, what could be better? – but this is for slow cooker day. My definite slow cooker day is Sunday since it’s really my busiest day. And who doesn’t love walking in the door and being greeted by the delightful smell of dinner cooking. Sigh of happiness.

I’m going to try and post what I have so far to the blog. I’ve never done it the way I’m going to try so we’ll see if it works. If not, I’ll post a pic (a somewhat grainy pic).

Y’all have a great night!

Lynne

Meal Planning

Good morning!

I am on my way out of town on a spontaneous getaway with the hubby. Just one night, but I’ll take it!

You know what Thursday is, right? January 1, 2015. Oh, my goodness! Yikes! Have mercy! Bless!

It’s time to start plans in and organizing our lives. (Every year we make those resolutions…how often do we keep them?)

We are going to start 2015 with meal planning. Before we get caught up in school projects, after-school activities, sports, etc., we are going to tackle this meal-planning thing. It’s not as hard as it seems and it can save you time (and your sanity!!).

We’ll start out with something easy. Something you can do this very day! Ask each member of your family for ONE dish/meal they’d like to have in January. I’m using those choices for “What’s Your Pick?” Wednesdays. Get to asking. 🙂

Don’t forget to grab a new notebook for 2015. Label page #1 “January” and write down what your family tells you today.

You will also need a calendar to write on. Also begin thinking about doing themed nights. Mine for January are as follows:

• Slow Cooker Sundays

• Mexican Mondays

• Tasting Tuesdays (new recipe day)

• “What’s Your Pick?”
Wednesdays

• Throwback
Thursdays (leftovers)

• Fun and Fab Fridays (pasta or homemade pizza)

• Soup-er Saturdays (soup or stews; slow cooker if possible)

These are not set in stone. An excess of leftovers will lead to more than one leftovers night. But it’s my guideline. Anything on January’s list that doesn’t get made gets moved to February’s plan.

Get your family to thinking. Take as much – or as little – input from them as you want.

It’s a gloomy rainy day here and while I am riding, I’m looking through one of my new cookbooks to see what recipes I might want to try ok Tuesdays.

Have a great day! Happy planning!!

Lynne

Merry Christmas!

Christmas afternoon…napping is going on. I’m sitting in the quiet having a cup of coffee and reading my Bible.

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth, peace, good will toward men.” ~ Luke 2:14

Hope you are having the merriest and blessed of Christmases!

Lynne

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Getting Ready for Christmas

Five full-size loaves of bread (3 sourdough, 2 Amish friendship) plus ten “gift” loaves (6 sourdough, 4 Amish friendship) plus eight jars tomato relish…and a trip to Costco. Geez…I’m a tired girl! But… Christmas gifts done!

There was a little time spent on Amazon.com as well. All but one thing scheduled to be here on time. Whew!

Y’all sleep well. I know I will. 🙂

Lynne

Menu Plan, 12/17-12/26/14

Well, here we are…one week until Christmas Eve. Wow…this year has flown by. That sounds so cliche, but it’s so very true.

I know that this time of year can get crazy with activities, parties, and such. One of the things that helps me maintain my sanity (if you know me well, do NOT address that comment!) is to have a dinner menu plan. Knowing what’s for dinner is one of the best ways I have found to simplify my life.

It takes a few minutes to plan and write out a grocery list, but it beats staring with tired, glazed-over eyes in the fridge or freezer at 5:00 hoping that dinner will magically appear. It also beats going out several times a week or calling for pizza delivery. By a few minutes, I mean that you can get it down to less than a 30-minute routine. (We’ll talk about this after Christmas.)

So anyway, here’s my menu plan for now through the day after Christmas. Remember, your slow cooker can be your best friend and don’t forget to schedule a night for your Leftover Buffet! Having a designated leftovers night keeps you from wasting food and it gives you a night off from dinner prep. 🙂

Lynne

Wednesday (today) – Autumn Beef Stew (in slow cooker), Rice, Cheddar Biscuits

Thursday (12/18) – Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, Homemade Pizza Sauce, toppings of your choice (beef, sausage, cheese, etc.), Salad

Friday (12/19) – Leftover Buffet (I have a dinner with the girls from my church small group)

Saturday (12/20) – Chicken Enchilada Casserole (make one, freeze one), Mexican Rice, Refried Beans (The rice and beans will be made from scratch.)

Sunday (12/21) – HOME Group Christmas Dinner (I’m making baked potato soup.)

Monday (12/22) – Copycat Recipe of Outback’s Alice Springs Chicken, Twice-baked Potatoes, Roasted Veggies

Tuesday (12/23) – Breakfast (Pancakes (from scratch), Scrambled Eggs, Bacon…whatever they want 🙂

Wednesday (12/24) – Christmas Eve family get-together (I have to decide today what I’m making!0

Thursday (12/25) – Slow Cooker Beef & Veggie Soup (will brown beef the day before), Cornbread

Friday (12/26) – Leftovers! Mama needs to rest!

Good morning!

Good morning, all!

Praying you are enjoying the Christmas season. Today I actually get to sit down and think about blogging, so hoping you’ll hear from me later.

Have a great day!

Lynne

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Happy Christmas time!

Hi!

Can’t believe it’s Tuesday! I spent all day yesterday FINALLY getting my Christmas decorating done. Wore. Me. Out. I’m thinking that I have too many decorations, even though I love them. If only they’d put themselves up and take themselves down.

But this morning…I turned on the lights on the tree and mantel (mantle?) and grabbed my cup of coffee and just sat and enjoyed the quiet. I read my Bible, had another cup of coffee. It was so peaceful. I really enjoyed the decorations this morning. And I’ll enjoy them every morning that they’re up. Sitting in the early morning quiet with just those lights on brings me great joy and peace.

Today it’s quite chilly. Hubby is about to go to work and I’m going to turn off the television, turn on some Christmas music, grab a cup of coffee and – you got it – turn on the lights and just sit. 🙂

I had a stressful morning (blame PMS), so I determined to find some quiet in my day. It may be late in the day but it’s never too late to take a few minutes out of your day for quiet and reflection. (And coffee…don’t forget the coffee.)

Have a blessed and enjoyable night!

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