Thursday, March 26, 2009
Luke also got two more teeth on the top. He has 8 on the top and 4 on the bottom.
And Luke LOVES your mothers day present, mom. I can't keep him out of it. So if the box is less than pristine when you get it...blame the little man =)
HAPPY 31 KYLE!!!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Beef and Macaroni Skillet
Tuna Macaroni and Cheese
Crunchy California Roll Ups
Chili Cornbread Cups
Crockpot Chicken and Shrimp Paella
Rosemary Orange Chicken
Mini Meat Loaves
And since Kyle's birthday is coming up, I'll be making him a Death by Chocolate Bundt Cake. If you want the recipes to any of these let me know!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
My freebie run for tonight. I broke even. Usually I can make money, but tonight, this was all just free. Quite a haul, so I'm proud of myself. Here's the rundown:
1 slimquick energy drink
10 Zone protein bars
4 Mentos gum
2 packs (a 10 and a 12 pack) of Razors
2 dish soaps
1 Travel huggies wipes
3 packs of panty liners
2 body washes
5 Johnson's Buddies kids soaps
2 Cascade Crystal Clean Dishwasher spot free rinse
1 bottle of Vitamin D supplements
1 Soft and Dry deoderant
So, I've been trying to organize my recipes. I have about a bazillion cookbooks, and I love them all. I like to try new recipes out of them and then I forget which cookbook they came from, making it difficult to make that recipe again. So I thought I should centralize all recipes that I plan on making again into 1 place. After talking with Audra, we thought maybe having our recipes, that we have tried and would like to make again, all in one place would be easiest. One time mom gave me a cookbook with many of our family favorite recipes from growing up, so I know that cookbook has all good, already-been-tried recipes. And I have 2 other cookbooks for recipes I acquire from friends, or online etc. Only one of them is in use. I figure the best I can do is consolidate into two cookbooks. If I'd like to try a new recipe I have my cookbooks, friends, and online sources for that, or if I want tried and true, I have two cookbooks to go to.
I've also been contemplating keeping them all on my computer. They would definately stay cleaner and would be easier to read and I would be able to easily post recipes on my blog. I have been considering placing my planned meals on here per request of a few people. The only problem with that is if I were typing out all those recipes every time, it would be very time consuming, and I'm lazy. BUT if they were all on my computer already...easy peasy. However, I don't want to haul my laptop to the kitchen every night to cook. I've done a little searching for a PDA that can sync to a recipe software program on my computer. No such luck yet. Appearantly if I had an iTouch or iPhone they have an application that does just that. However, I don't have either, and they are not exactly cheap. So. I'm needing suggestions. Please help, dear 3 readers.
I did find a recipe software with a 30 day free trial so I've been looking around and that and I did add a recipe that I made last night to see how it worked ect. However, that still leaves me with the problem of what to do while actually cooking. sigh.
Anyway, here it is. This recipe came via mom, but I think she got it from Michael and Audra. It makes a ton.
Crock pot Mexican Chicken Burrito
Easy and yummy Yields: 8 Servings
5 Chicken breast fillet
1 can (16 oz) Black beans drained and rinsed
1 can (16 oz) Corn drained
1 jar Salsa
4 servings Brown rice cooked
Instructions: Place chicken breasts in bottom of crock pot. Cover will all other ingredients. Cook on low all day. Shred Chicken. Stir in brown rice immedietly before serving. Serve with whole wheat tortillas, sour cream, and shredded cheese.
Cuisine : Mexican
Main Ingredient : Chicken
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Saturday evening the boys wrestled like little puppies. They were so cute together. I wish Michael and Audra lived closer.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This is how I plan my meals.
I only plan supper. For lunch we have leftovers, sandwiches or whatever. I plan supper 5 nights a week. We often go out to eat on one night of the weekend and Sunday it's every man for himself, because, well, I'm lazy. I plan for 2 weeks at a time (no repeats) and because sometimes life happens or I have enough leftovers for a supper meal, I only have to grocery shop every 2-3 weeks. I do have to pick up milk and fruit inbetween. Or I should say Kyle only has to pick up milk and fruit inbetween on his way home from the gym =P. I do also plan for any extras...like this week, Bunco was tonight so I planned for that and I'm having our neighbors over for lunch (a meal I don't normally plan, but am this week). I also plan for muffins and quick breads as needed. I keep those in the freezer, too. They make a good bedtime snack for Luke or sometimes breakfast to shake things up for our normal pancakes.
I have a few stand bys that usually show up every meal planning session. Breakfast for supper (pancakes, waffles or french toast), chicken strips, and pizza. I always make a double batch of breakfast for supper and freeze the rest and that's what Luke has for his breakfast until it runs out, then I make it again. I do chicken strips the same way. I make plenty extra and then I freeze them for Luke's lunches when I don't have leftovers. For lunch he has leftovers, chicken strips or a hot dog usually. Pizza is Kyle's favorite. So, those are my standby's. I also have several blogs that I follow in my blog reader. We don't get delivery in our area, but planning for delivery one night is great (especially for Wednesday nights which tend to be busy). I also try to make two chicken meals to every 1 beef meal. Healthier and a little easier on the wallet.
When I see a recipe I like I email it to myself. Then when I sit down to meal plan I go through my email and see what sounds good and I print out the recipe to try. Also, during the two weeks that are planned on the back of my planning sheet I'll jot down ideas for meals for the upcoming weeks. And next I'll think of things that we haven't had in a while, or that I'm in the mood for etc. During cold months I usually plan for a soup or two. Anyway. That's how I come up with my dinners. Thinking up the idea is the hardest part. Once my recipe list is compiled I put together my grocery list and match up my coupons and I'm ready to go. It takes me a while at the grocery store because it's a bigger shop, but I'm really enjoying not going to the store all the time, and I think that alone helps me save money.