April 23, 2018

Menu Plan Monday { April 23rd }

It's almost 1pm on a Monday and I have not had any coffee yet.  This is not a drill!  It's just a Monday.  Ant is home sick...again.  He said his stomach hurt real bad and he could not go.  And while I would usually question him even more before letting him stay home, I just told him to change out of his clothes and go back to bed.  And then it felt like someone pulled on my intestines.  Good news is he wasn't faking it.  The bad news is that he proved it by sharing it with me.  Either way, hello stomach bug.  UGH!  So, no coffee, but so much water!  A banana and some meds seem to be doing the trick.

I almost can't even think about food right now but since its Monday I am going to share our menu and look forward to a nice shake for my own dinner.  Plus last week I totally bailed on cooking.  We had a ChicFilA spirit night for the school and then I took Friday off and went to bed early so David bought a pizza.  But you guys!  I slept from 5-7 and then from9-6am.  By the time David woke up Saturday, I had done 4 loads of laundry, finished my grocery list and cleaned the house.  Makes me want to clock out early every Friday! I just might do it again this week.

Monster Meatloaf

Chicken Tacos

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole

Firecracker Meatballs


David texted me from work one day laughing because he said he was eating this "healthy meatloaf" that his wife makes.  His co-worker laughed and told him meatloaf isn't healthy.  Let's just say compared to other recipes out there, this is the healthier option.  That's a better description. They are a little over 100 calories a piece.  Plus low carb and pretty clean and not packed with sodium!  And the best part is, the boys love it!

The Jalapeno Chicken and these Firecracker Meatballs are new and I'm not quite sure why I am making two new dishes back to back, but what the hell!  I usually make THIS version of Jalapeno popper chicken and its good too, but we are going with fresh jalapenos and skipping all the extra cheese and pork rinds.   We picked the meatballs from the photos alone.  They look good.  That and Anthony called them Fire Balls and said I just had to make them for dinner.  And then belted out This Girl is on Fire by Alicia Keys, with a few word swaps of course.  Any guesses how that went?  I just can't even with these boys sometimes. Gah!

I am totally winging side dishes this week.  I bought a load of fruit and veggies and will just let everyone pick and choose what they want.  I did get bacon and cabbage because all 3 of them asked for THIS again!

So that's a wrap on our menu.  Whats on your menu this week?

April 20, 2018

Whats up weekend { April 20th }

This week kind of went exactly how I figured it would.  Exactly the opposite of what was planned.  But we made it through to the weekend and that's all that really matters.  And no matter how frustrating today has been, I'm going to just let it roll off my shoulders, because I am not going into the weekend anything else but happy.

I'm linking up with Lindsay from The Flynnigans, Charlotte from My Pixie Blog and Beth from Coffee until Cocktails.  Every Friday we share all the things that we are happy, grateful and thankful for!  Stop on over and see what everyone else is sharing today! Here is my list for this week!

Finding a little peace and refocusing.  I have been stuck in a bit of a rut and I'm happy to finally see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

Lazy, no spend weekends.  Sometimes these turn out to be just what we need.

Sitting on the patio while the sun comes up.  I need to do this more often.

Watching the dogs snuggle up together.  Chico has had a few bad days and Poncho never leaves his side.

Koopa is awake and active.  Winter had him slowed down a bit, but not anymore! When I sit at the table he comes out and stares at me.  Not to brag, but he likes me best!

Hanging out with my girls next door.  I just adore them :)

Plans falling together for Summer Vacation #2. I'll be spending my birthday in a suite in the mountains!

Orgain Protein Powder.  Shakes have been my dinner most of the week.  Somedays it's all I can keep down.  Love it!

Slow walks to the school and getting lost in my thoughts.  My mind has been running wild this week and I've been wanting to just cut myself off a bit.  Yesterday I walked and worked most of my issues out with myself.  Do I get paid for this?

Thinking of things Dad would say to me just when I needed to hear them.  Its been almost 6 years since he passed and I've heard his voice.  Only in dreams now.  Last night I dreamed we were talking and he looked at me and said: "Well, what are you gonna do about it?"  I still don't know, but I've got to do something.  Thanks, Dad!  Even from heaven, you can find me when I need you most.

Playing with video on the new camera.  I am loving having this option. As much as I fought getting a new camera because I was comfortable with my old one.  And because I hate buying things for myself. But I love it.  And am so glad I upgraded.  Now to figure out what lens I want next...

Our weekend plans are still undecided.  I want to go to the beach but that's probably not in the books just yet.  The boys want to stay inside and play video games until ungodly hours of the night, but that's a big negative from mom.  And I'm pretty sure at some point this weekend David will want to go test drive a few cars, but that might be getting a little ahead of ourselves.  So who knows what we will do.  We have a few movies we have been wanting to watch.  And there is a ton of cleaning that needs to get done since I spent the whole week in a funk. So it may be another weekend at home.  Which works for me! As long as I get outside just for a little bit!  That's all I'm asking!

I would love to hear about some of the things that made you happy this week and what you are going to be up to this weekend?  Happy Friday!

April 16, 2018

Menu Plan Monday { April 16th }

I'm in serious need of a smooth week.  And I know it's probably not going to be now that I wrote that but, I'm hoping!

The weekend started with a thunderstorm and daydreaming in a camera store and ended up with only one of us making it to the Strawberry Festival and a crap ton of yard work.  Everything hurts!  And you know what?  I'm cool with that.  We are officially in "save" mode.  There are 54 more days before Summer vacation #1 starts.  We reached our savings goal for that trip and are just topping off our goal for trip #2.  So staying at and not spending money worked.

Now its Monday and we are back to the grind.  For me as a stay at home mom, that means getting this house back in order, scheduling appointments and making sure everyone is ready for the day and is out the door in time.  Turns out it also means staying up Sunday night to do more laundry because even though I washed all the laundry that was in their baskets, all their socks and underwear magically appeared in it last night and they need washing.  Where were all these when I did laundry?  Do I even want to know? 

It also means cooking.  Here's this weeks menu!

Menu Plan Monday

Shrimp and Sausage Skillet

Green Chile Fiesta Chicken

Cheesesteak Stuffed Bell Peppers

Teriyaki Chicken

Clean out the fridge night!

Shrimp and Sausage Skillet

The Shrimp and Sausage Skillet was a big hit last time I made it.  I am doubling up on the shrimp today and hoping that it will end the start of another week with all smiles.  My guys love them some shrimp.   FYI, this meal takes 20 minutes.  TWENTY MINUTES YALL!

The Green Chile Fiesta Chicken was the first thing to pop out to me while I was scrolling through Pinterest.  Totally threw my grocery list together last minute.

I had a craving for some steaks but I'm hoping the cheesesteaks do the trick.  We are skipping the bread, but I think it will be delicious stuffed in a bell pepper.  David might not but, he will just have to get over that!

Then comes this recipe for Healthy Teriyaki Chicken from the hilarious Gigi from Gigi Eats Celebrities.  I don't have an air fryer yet, so I'm doing this in the oven. And it's the first time I will use Tamari, erythritol, and tapioca starch.  I'm excited to try it.

I am hanging up my apron on Friday and am going to let the guys just figure it out themselves.  I'm hoping sure there will be leftovers they can have a go at.  If not, they can always have sandwiches.  Or go to Grandmas! HA!  Ohhh, maybe that's what we will do.  DATE NIGHT.  No, no, no, we are saving money!  Stay at home date night maybe...

Menu Plan Monday

So whats on your menu this week.  Anyone have an air fryer?  Do you love it? I want one, just like I want an instant pot.  But I hate having things on the counter and am pretty much all out of cabinet space so maybe not.  Or I could get rid of my Fry Daddy that I never use.  That could work!

If you haven't already, come hang out with me on Instagram where I will be sharing all my dinner time fun in my InstaStories.  Can I really make a whole meal in 20 minutes?  Be sure to stop by tonight and find out!

Happy Monday Everyone.  Wishing you all an amazing week!


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