October 15, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: October 16th

Another week, another menu!

Last weeks favorite dinner: Buffalo Chicken Tenders
I'm kinda digging the whole shopping on Saturdays instead of waiting will the end of Sundays and rushing. David is probably reading this and saying "I told you so!" The boys spent the Friday night at Grandmas, so we had most of Saturday to ourselves. Slept in, took a trip to the zoo so I could get more snake pictures for a post next week, stopped by the Thai Market and then to get groceries, all with out any complaints.

Nani Falcone Park
Green trees and a blue sky make for a perfect Sunday!
Sunday morning was spent lounging around. Eventually we got out and took a trip to the library and then to the park. It takes so much to wear these boys down. They just never stop. We got to see Aunty Booger and her dog Panda too, so that was fun. Sunday Fundays!

I didn't get to making the Curry Meatballs last week.  I couldn't find the right curry paste in the store. Then I remembered the new Thai Market and of course we found some there this weekend. The Mushrooms and the other Meatballs on Friday will help me knock out my goal to try 4 new recipes this month!  Boom.  And yes, we are having meatballs twice this week. Mostly because the boys love meatballs, Im willing to be it's more so for their name than anything else. Boys. Somedays I can't even with them! Other days I can't help but laugh with them. As long as they eat right?!

  • Chicken Tacos

We eat a lot of bird y'all. But I don't eat red meat anymore other than a burger here and there. And the last time I was going to buy some steak for tacos, David about had a heart attack at the price of it.  He's used to chicken prices HAHA! And we like pork chops, but the boys favorite way to have it... fried. Mmmmm. But not much gets fried around here anymore, so pork isn't something we buy often either. Just chicken and turkey. Almost always chicken and turkey. Does it get old? Yes, but nothing a variety in flavor cant fix.

Whats on your menu this week? Chicken? What ever it is, I hope its good!

October 9, 2017

Menu Plan: October 9th

I wanted to start today's post out with some motivation.  Some amazing quote or a fun little meme that would remind you to get up and make the most of the day. Something that would get me out of bed and ready to take on the day.  Yeah, about that. I'm kinda winging it today.  Seriously, most days I am running in auto pilot and doing just enough to get through the day with out anyone noticing how much I am struggling. Oprah gets me though.

Grocery shopping was done on Saturday again. Its really nice to get it over with. Plus, they still have the bread the boys like and the veggies aren't completely picked through. They had everything I needed except corn on the cob so I grabbed a package of the frozen ones and called it good. And it looks like the days of having the weekends off is over.  But leftover nights on the weekend are cool too, because lets be honest, there are much better things to do on the weekend besides standing in front of a stove. Sunday included, running errands and paying bills, mowing the backyard, the gym, the pharmacy, home to watch the Cowboys lose, then out to Best Buy to pick up my new headphones.  After that I think we were both wiped out. The boys of course stayed a second night at Grandmas. 

But we were able to get everything we wanted to get done, plus more. Lets hope that Monday is good to us. If anything, at least my menu is done and planned. 

This Chicken Parmesan Casserole is super easy. Easy is a winner in my book. You just layer a few things in a pan and bake it. Voila! We pair it with a nice salad and call dinner done. 

Last week a friend shared a recipe she had made with her Instant Pot and I had said that I was so bummed that I didn't have one because holy yum, check out this this Pollo Guisado con Maiz. Im super excited to try this one and thankful it can be made in the stove! 

How fitting that we are having fish on a swim day! Oh man I crack myself up. My boys love fish, but this way is their favorite. The original recipe is called Mamas Supper Club Tilapia, but Dad told me this crazy story about tilapia and now I switch Swai out of Tilapia. I'm sure they will ask for white rice with it. Its a little heavy on the sodium so, I only eat a little. If I could, I would eat half the pan. 

Anthony picked these Yellow Curry Meatballs based on the photo he saw when he was watching me scroll through Pinterest. He said for starters, its kinda colorful and plus, he can't remember what curry tastes like, so that was his contribution to the menu this week. I wonder if he will help me cook them too?!

And because 2 new recipes were not enough, I found Buffalo Chicken Tenders in the Paleo Cookbook I checked out on Friday. We don't eat strictly paleo. Or strictly anything for that matter.

Someone recently messaged me when one weeks menu seemed a little more heavy that usual. She, like me is living with liver disease and asked me how I managed to eat what we were eating and not hurt. Its no big secret. Most nights, I don't eat dinner.  Or if I do, its only a few bites while I'm fixing every ones plates. These days I don't sit down for dinners unless its just for the conversation. Eating makes me really uncomfortable so I am usually done eating anything filling by the time the boys get out of school. If I made meals that were based on what I can eat, David and the boys would miss out on way to much. So I cook for them, eat what I can and stick to smaller meals and my shakes. And yes, I know, I don't look like someone who hardly eats, but thanks to yet another illness that fights me on the whole fat loss battle front.

Quick question for you! 

How do you do dinner?  Family dinner at the table? In the living room or where ever? 

Eating anywhere but the dining room table is a rare thing in this house. Unless we are watching a movie, food stays in the kitchen or dining room. That's how my family did it growing up. As dysfunctional as we were, when Dad called us to dinner we all came quickly, prayed and ate together. The first time I ate at Davids house, we made our plates and went to his bed room. I couldn't even finish my dinner I felt so weird eating anywhere other than a table.

Happy Monday Everyone.  Hope you have those menus ready to go! Click the button above for some inspiration :)

October 6, 2017

Swim, Sharks and Spaghetti??

Its Friday! I am so beyond glad to see it too!  I got half way through yesterday when I realized it was still Thursday!  I also stared at into my freezer trying to figure out what day I skipped dinner because I had an extra pack on chicken in the there. But that was because that day was only Wednesday. Yeah, its been one of those weeks. And now its the weekend!

My laundry is almost done.  My menu is half planned.  My kitchen is clean and tonights dinner just needs to be thrown in the oven. Then tonight after dinner I'm hoping for a movie night or some reading or even an early bedtime. Turns out trying to figure out what day it is, all week long, makes for a very tired Kim.

As crazy as it was, it was a great week!

We had a great weekend.

Anthony started a new Swim Team.  The first day he got stuck with a more advanced class. Warm ups were 200 meters and I think I held my breath the whole time he was swimming. He held his own but I'm so glad hes in the right class now. He is still hurting but he rallied for his next class.

Catching up with old friends. Even if it was because I was worried about them. Being able to pick up right where we left off 17 years ago will never get old.  Plus they already know all the crazy things I have done, so there is zero awkwardness! HA!

Purging. I finally got the bags of clothes and other things cleared out of the garage. Of course it looks like I will have to do it all again soon because these boys are growing like crazy!

Girl time. I love my boys, but hanging out next door and playing with the girls is always fun! I got to be a mermaid and hold the babies. Real and fake ones LOL

At home workouts. Because I haven't been to the gym in forever...

More books. I even got Alex a book on Ebola. For some reason he is interested it this!? And Ponyo.  I didn't even realize it was a Disney Movie. It was one of Alex favorites but someone deleted it off the DVR and he was devastated.  Haven't seen it in about 4 years and he was so happy when he got home from school to see it in the library basket.

Movie nights.  47 meters down. I'm an island girl and love shark movies. Wasn't afraid of the ocean till I left home.  I just scare of stateside oceans I guess. And the deep blue.  Ive only been in the deep blue once. Ill save that wild story for another day!

A dentist that the boys love. He kinda reminds me of John Leguizamo. They just like the balloon animals and treasure box. It could also be the X-Box.  I don't care what it is as long as they are happy to go without a fight!

Carbs. I should have taken a picture.  I sat down for dinner last night. And I ate spaghetti and even had a piece of garlic bread.  For someone who hates spaghetti, it was glorious! Later it was more painful.  What was I thinking?!

That about wraps up the week for me. Now to get dinner in the oven, laundry put away and wait for the big kids! Alex is already 10 minutes into his movie and happy as a clam. Happy Friday Everyone!

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