January 22, 2018

Menu Plan Monday { January 22 }

I'm pretty sure it was just Friday.  Monday has just kinda snuck up on me.  And there is no use fighting it, because its not going anywhere until tomorrow.  The only good thing about Mondays is that my menu is planned out and there is one less thing to worry about.  It might sound silly, but it really does make the days run smoother.

Spaghetti that I didn't make last week

Chicken Fajitas

Brown Rice

Oven Fried Chicken

Fish and Chips

So its not the most interesting week.  Everything is really simple and can be prepped early to make cooking super easy.  I am back to having trouble eating.  Everything hurts and nothing sounds good.  I think I will bake up some english muffin bread and live off toast and smoothies this week.  I am kinda looking forward to the meatballs though.  So here's to hoping Ive gotten myself straight by hump day!

But first, coffee.  Then I need to wake the fire breathing dragons boys and get them fed and off to school before cleaning the mess that is my house. I kinda hid from Sunday and did a whole lot of nothing.  It was nice, but now I have double duty. 

I'd love to hear whats on your menu for the week?  Still working on it and need some ideas?  Click the Menu Plan Monday button and see what others are cooking up this week!

Happy Monday Everyone!

January 19, 2018

What's up Weekend { January19th }

Hello Friday! If you have stopped by before you will know that on Fridays I usually link up with my girls Lindsay, Beth and Charlotte on Fridays to share some happiness and good vibes from the week. Ok, that should say I try to link up as often as I can. I need to get it together around here!

So this week was our first real week back. Last week we spent the week celebrating Alex who turned 9 on Friday. Monday was MLK Day and Tuesday pretty much all of Texas was close due to ice! Now it's back to the grind around here. But even in an extra short week there was so much to be happy about.

· Ice days making a short week even shorter.

· This weeks menu was so good!

Chicken Fajita Quinoa

· Coffee, tea and hot chocolate!

· Helping Anthony with homework. Math isn't what is used to be!!

· Movie nights on the couch with David. We watched The Mountain Between Us.

Texas Skies

· Amazing sunsets.

· Sand Cloud Goodies coming in the mail.

San Antonio Zoo

· Taking a million pictures.

· Writing thoughts out and realizing there was a lot I was holding on to.

· Catching up with a friends.

Kids Read

· Watching both boys each finish books they just couldn't put down.

· Working out some of our Summer Plans and what we need to do to make them happen.

· Paying off medical bills.

I am heading in to the weekend with an angsty pre teen, an overtired 9 year old and a sick husband. Friday couldn't have come at a better time. We might not do a damned thing this weekend, but hopefully I can get all 3 of these guys straightened out. Date night is cancelled. What is with all this flu and sickness going around? Ive got my sanitizer and I am not afraid to use it.

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What are you guys up to this weekend? Any fun plans? Or is everyone avoiding the cold weather? We are going to be in the 60 and 70s next week and I can't even wait! Can it be Summer now?

January 18, 2018

When Life gives you Lemons. Make Lemon bars!

Over the holidays I was pet sitting for a neighbor.  Just about every Christmas for the last few years I have had extra pets in my house but this time, I just had to take a short walk across the street.  It worked out perfectly.  When they got back I confessed to snagging a lemon from her tree.  I knew she wouldn't mind.  Later, they brought me over 2 shopping bags full of lemons.  And these aren't your average size lemons.  They are Texas lemons.  Twice the size of the ones I get at the store! 

So as a thank you for the lemons, I made her a batch of lemon bars!  I don't know where this recipe came from because it was typed out with a bunch of other recipes my dad passed along over the years.  But its one of my favorites.  They hold together so well and are sweet but tart.  And apparently irresistible.  I walked away for a minute and there was magically a bite missing from my bar.  But who ever stole a bit was sure to shake more powered sugar over it in hopes that I wouldn't notice.  Sigh.


2 c.       All Purpose Flour
1/2 c.   Powdered Sugar
1 c.       Unsalted Butter Softened
4           Eggs
3T.        All Purpose Flour
2 c.       Sugar
1/2 c.    Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
             Just a pinch of salt


Pre Heat Oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, mix the 2 cups of flour with the powdered sugar and cut in the butter with a pastry blender to crumb size.  

Grease a 9x13 pan and pat the crust down evenly.  

Bake for 25 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, 3T of flour, lemon juice and salt till smooth.

Take the crust out of the oven and pour the lemon mixture over it.  

Bake for 20 to 25 more minutes.  

Let it cool before you cut it.  

Serve dusted with more powdered sugar.

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It's a good thing I love all things lemon.  So what exactly did I do with all the lemons? Well

I froze half of them.  I sliced and halved them and laid them out of a piece of parchment on a cookie rack in the freezer for a few hours.  Then I shook them loose and packed them up in bags.  I throw them in water or tea.  Adds a little flavor and keeps you cold drinks cold.  Plus cool down my tea with out watering it down!

Lemon Pepper Turkey brought smiles to the table last week.  We love this dish.  Its easy, inexpensive and delicious.

This Salmon Recipe was a big hit too.  It was even better with lemon juice squeezed over the top of it.

I have also made a few batches of homemade lemonade.

And I still have lemons left.  I have no idea what I am going to do with them yet but I have created a Board on Pinterest just for all things Lemon.  I think maybe I will try the Homemade Garbage Disposal Lemon Bombs I pinned.  And maybe the lemon crumb muffins!  YES! 

What I really need is my own lemon tree.  I guess I will have to work on that once spring comes around.  Which is welcome to come any day now.  I think I am officially over the cold.

Hope everyone is having a great week!


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