Hope Whispers

July 27, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: July 27th

It's Monday.  Again.  Already.  But I'm on a roll this morning.  Laundry is started, dishes are put away and dishwasher is loaded, everyone is fed and beds are made.  Now on to the food.  Because the boys have eaten everything and we are down to cereal and eggs.

Here's whats cooking in my kitchen this week! Including these amazing meatballs that I shared on Instagram a few weeks ago. They are amazing!

Sriracha Meatballs

Monday:  Baked Honey Garlic Chicken, alfredo and asparagus

Tuesday: Spaghetti and salads

Wednesday: Sriracha Meatballs with brown rice pilaf and stir fry veggies.

Thursday: Leftovers. (Pool day)

Friday: Beef and Broccoli over brown fried rice.

Saturday: Chicken and veggies on the grill.

I also decided to start adding in a prepped lunch for the week.  I've noticed that either I skip lunch or I eat everything.  This I think will make it so much easier for me to remember and limit what I eat. I'm leaning towards these amazing lettuce wraps I was on Pinterest.  I forgot to save it but I wrote down what I need.

We only have a few more weeks of summer so starting this week we are starting to get back into our weekday routine.  Earlier dinners and bedtimes.  Davids schedule should also be going back to normal soon.  Thankfully. We have been missing having him home for dinner.  Plus the boys save all their crazy/curious questions for dinner time and I need backup!

I'm curious.  Do you eat dinner together?  What do you talk about at dinner time?


July 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Going up Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock Trail

Enchanted Rock Boys

Enchanted Rock Jump

Sitting on Enchanted Rock

Run to the Summit Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock4

July 20, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: July 20th

Hello Monday.  Guess what?  I'm actually happy its Monday!  We are ready for some downtime around here.  It wasn't a terribly busy weekend, but we were on the go quite a bit.  David actually took the weekend off.  Like for real.  No calls or trips to work.  That never happens, so we were sure to enjoy having him all to ourselves.  We went for a hike up Enchanted Rock Saturday and to watch the new Minions movie and shopping Sunday.  We ate to much junk and didn't sleep enough. So we are in recovery mode today! Thank God!

Summit Jump

After a weekend full of eating on the road, I'm looking forward to hanging out in the kitchen this week. I'm seriously craving me some beef shanks, but they didn't have any at the store yesterday. Plus I had a steak on Saturday so I should avoid the red meat for a while.  Next week they better!

Monday: Oven fried chicken with roasted potatoes and salad.

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday.

Wednesday: I'm headed out with a friend for dinner and the boys will be at Grandmas.

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday:  Chili lime chicken, rice and beans.

Saturday:  Chicken fajitas and any leftover rice and beans.

Anyone else do anything fun over the weekend?


July 16, 2015

Now Reading: Minnow


Here is the summary from Goodreads


3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Minnow is an otherworldly story of a small boy who leaves his dying father's bedside hunting a medicine for a mysterious illness. Sent by his mother to a local druggist in their coastal town, Minnow unexpectedly takes a dark and wondrous journey deep into the ancient Sea Islands, seeking the grave dust of a long-dead hoodoo man to buy him a cure. With only a half-feral dog at his side, Minnow's odyssey is haunted at every turn by the agents of Sorry George, a witch doctor who once stirred up a fever that killed 52 men. Meanwhile, a tempest brews out at sea, threatening to bring untold devastation to the coastal way of life. Minnow is a remarkable debut novel that evokes the fiction of Karen Russell and Lauren Groff a Low Country "Heart of Darkness" about the mysteries of childhood, the sacrifices we make to preserve our families, and the ghosts that linger in the Spanish moss of the South Carolina barrier islands.


I'm reading this book for our neighborhood book club.  And my friends brother in law is actually the author.  I have a little bit of a confession to make.  We meet to discuss the book on Saturday and I am only 3 chapters in. I'm horrible, I know. But every time I have had a chance to rest I end up sleeping instead of reading.  I have a feeling the boys will like this story, so tonight I will read to them and then continue from there.  I should be able to put a good dent in it.  I left home 15 years ago and I still run on island time!

What are you reading this month?


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