March 19, 2018

Menu Plan Monday { March 18th }

Back to the grind we go!  Spring Break is over.  It wasn't a total loss but we would be okay with a do-over.  Anyone know how to make that happen?  That would be great!  If not, no worries.  To be honest I think we are all itching to get back to a routine anyway.  Plus we have a 3 day weekend coming up in a few weeks so at least we have something to look forward to!

Like I said, Spring Break wasn't all that bad.  We managed to do a lot of relaxing.  Mornings were spent on the patio with some coffee while the boys slept in.  Nights were spent hanging out with friends and family, playing games and catching up on some tv.  We managed to do or start all the projects we had planned too, so that's another win.

And now we are back to reality.  This weeks menu is full of deliciousness.  And yes, that says steak.  I have really been wanting some red meat so I am going to split a steak with Alex.  He is picky about beef and I can't have a whole steak so it works.


BBQ Chicken Breast
Corn on the Cobb


Butter Garlic Herb Chicken

Shrimp Scampi

Spaghetti should keep our back to the grind frustrations to a minimum.  I hope.  We have some errands to run still so I figured I'd make the easiest meal today.  And we still have 2 weeks of Lent and I'm tired of fish so I'm busting out some Shrimp.  We love us some scampi in this house! YUM!

Whats cooking up in your kitchen this week?  Also, what time is dinner time?  Now that David is getting home earlier, I find myself serving dinner much earlier than usual.  Some days before 5!

Happy Monday Everyone!  Hope your week gets off to an amazing start!

March 17, 2018

5 ways to make eating better easier

You guys!  Its March!  We are three months into the new year and right about now many of us, myself included are starting to feel the strain of our resolutions and goals.  This year, I did not set specific resolutions but do aspire to clean up my diet, eat better, more balanced meals at home.  In January I was pumped and it was fun.  February, things started getting a little lax but its time to kick back into gear.  Here is how I plan on doing just that!

Through out the week I am collect dinner ideas for the following week.  Come across a recipe on Pinterest you think you might want to make? All those tasty videos on Facebook you want to make, save them too.  They all go into a bookmark folder named Dinners for next week.  I also have another folder for the current week.  One of my favorite things to do is check out a cook book from the library!  Collecting recipes so that I always have a good collection to pick and choose from.  Planning your menu out is a great way to make better choices.  Its rewarding to know you have a plan and can pass up the drive through on the way home.  I see you fast food, and I'm not stopping!

Raising to growing boys isn't easy.  The amount of food they can eat is sometimes mind blowing.  David and I became Sam's Club Members before we were out of our teens.  Even then, I loved that I could find everything I need and enough of it to last us well into a second week.  Now days, with 2 growing boys a week is about all I can ask for.  They eat so much! Being able to buy Tyson® Frozen Chicken Breasts in bigger bags is great because there are a hundred and one ways to prepare them.  And I can get 2 or 3 meals out of one bag. Not only does that help us make better choices but it saves me money too!

The proof is is the prep.  I usually take a few hours on Sunday and prep as much as I can for the week.  Many vegetables can be washed and cut ahead of time.and stored in the fridge or freezer.  This will not only save you time while you are making dinner, cleaning up is a breeze too.  When I prep Davids lunches for the week, he always appreciates the added protein from the Tyson Grilled and Ready® Chicken. And with The Its easier to skip the drive through when you know you have a better option waiting for you!  Get some Tyson® Frozen Chicken Breasts marinating for the next day.  One less thing to worry about during the week!

We all know the key to eating better is balance right.  Making better eating decisions does not mean you will have to spend more money or more time in the kitchen cooking each and every meal from scratch.  Balance is key.  Learn to pick your battles.  If you know its going to be a crazy morning, go with an easy breakfast like Jimmy Dean Delights®.  If you don't have the chance to prep lunches, ahead of time, do it at the end of the day and save yourself some valuable time in the morning.  This way you still have time to enjoy that coffee. Don't be so hard on yourself, instead pick your battles and give yourself a break!

I'm not talking about clean eating this time.  I'm talking about cleaning up after you spent the day prepping for the week ahead.  Cleaning as you are making dinner so you don't turn around and wonder how the sing got so full of dirty dishes.  Sometimes, I want nothing more than to leave the dishes till tomorrow.  Want to know whats better than waking up in the morning, knowing your meals are prepped?  Your kitchen being clean too!  Plus now you can't use the "there are no clean dishes" excuse and choose to eat out instead!  I know I'm not the only one who has ever used that one!

The truth is, when it comes to making better choices, you have to do whats best for you.  And I am able to do just that by shopping at Sams club.  It doesn't have to be super fancy or perfect.  As a stay at home mom who is also chronically ill, some days I feel like I just don't have the time or the energy to even make dinner.  But opening up the fridge and seeing that I already have half of the work done, keeps me from insisting David just grab something on his way home.

Did you resolve to eat better this year?  What are you doing to make sure you stick to your goals?

March 16, 2018

Whats up Weekend { March 16th }

Another Friday is here.  And just like that Spring Break 2018 is coming to a close.  This year things were different than the past few years.  David was working, so the boys and I mostly stayed home.  Usually, we go on a mini vaca but this year that is going to have to wait.

We did get out of the house a few times and this morning we are about to go do one of their most favorite things ever.  Something that they usually don't get to do now that they are both in school.  Guess where we are going?!  We are going to the hospital.  And after my appointment, we are going to the cafeteria.  I kid you not, they were so excited that I had an appointment during Spring Break for that very reason.  I'm happy that they are so happy about it.  I'm not sure why they are so happy about it but I am rolling with it.

You know what else made me this week?

Books, books and more books!

Midweek S'mores nights!

A new camera and lens.

Planning a surprise for the boys.

Thai Turkey Wraps

Making dinners that are surprisingly amazing!

Feeding the ducks something other than bread

Alex and his dreams of being a YouTube star.

Being able to contribute to our vacation funds!

Quiet Time.  AKA make them play till they pass out.

Coming to grips with going down to one car.

I just love this Friday link up.  What better way to end the week than by counting your blessings and taking a look back at all the happiness the week brought us.  Be sure to click the button and link up with my girls Linsday, Charlotte, and Beth.

This weekend is going to be a busy one.  We have an appointment Saturday and then a birthday party right after.  After that, I'm hoping to squeeze in a trip to Lowes because my front yard needs some flowers.  Well, it needs an extreme makeover, but let's not go there just yet.  Plus we have work in the backyard that needs to be done too.  So the Sunday forecast is calling for some heavy lifting and lots of sweat.  And somewhere in there, I need to get groceries and all that fun stuff take care of too. 

Exciting, I know.  What do you have planned for the weekend?  Anything fun?  Id love to hear all about it.  Whatever it is, I hope it makes you happy!


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