Monday, November 08, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

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Monday: Eggs, Bacon & Toast
Tuesday: Pan Roasted Chicken with Veggies
Wednesday: Eat @ Pioneer Club
Thursday: Meatloaf with oven browned potatoes & kale
Friday: Sweet N Sour Chicken w/Rice
Saturday: Chili w/ Cornbread

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Granola "Bar" Aldi's Style

Trying to feed your family "healthy" on a budget can be very difficult. One thing I have been thankful for these past years is a Aldi's 5 minutes from home. One of my children's favorite breakfast foods is dry cereal - not exactly healthy but convenient on those busy mornings. My alternative has been to make granola. Since each child has personal likes and dislikes, I have learned to make a granola base with a topping bar of dried fruits and nuts so that each can personalize and all the ingredients are found at Aldi!

Granola Base

1 tub of old fashioned oats (= about 12 cups)
1/2 cup of oil or 1 stick of butter
1 cup of sweetener (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar - I make a brown sugar syrup from a cup of brown sugar and 1/8 cup of water)
1 TBSP of cinnamon (optional)
dash of salt

Mix dry ingredients together then add liquid ingredients. Mix well. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake on a flat cookie sheet - spread flat (will need to take turns doing this) until granola starts to brown. Stir in between times. Let cool and store in air tight container.

Keep on had your favorite chopped nuts and dried fruit. Only add a TBSP or 2 / bowl. Top with milk or yogurt or just eat plain.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ultimate Summer Menu

Here is my ultimate summer menu with all our favorite dinners on it!

You can download it here: Ultimate Menu

and my shopping list to go with it!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunscreen

I have been looking for some easy homemade recipes for sunscreen this morning and came across a couple this morning that looked interesting.

One uses basic, easy to get ingredients:

How to make natural homemade sunscreen

This one requires a lot more harder to find ingredients (actually you can order all the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs ) but uses all natural ingredients

Homemade Herbal Sunscreen

Haven't tried them yet!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Summer Menu Planning

My goal is to have an "ultimate" summer menu which includes non repetitive meals for a month. Preferably they are quick, easy, healthy, low carb and contain no beans (dh doesn't like them). Here is what I have so far (note that it may not be all healthy or low carb ;0))

Hamburgers (wheat buns or pita)
Gyros (Ground Beef Gyros)
Chicken/Beef Fajitas
Danny's Dinner (taco salad)
Tacos
BBQ Chicken
BBQ Beef on a Bun
Cheesesteaks
Hot Roast Beef Sandwhiches
Kabobs
Fish
Fried Chicken
Chicken Ceasar Salad
Turkey Ham w/ Pineapple & Rice
Tomato Basil Squares
Steak, Potatoes & Salad
Tuna Fish Sandwhiches
Hot Dogs (yeah I know)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Giving Thanks

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

After a "difficult" week last week and listening to Phillippians about giving thanks and rejoicing I was convicted that I need to change my attitude toward my circumstances. Well God provided an opportunity for us on Mother's Day. We were taking a drive and were about an hour from home. We decided to investigate a dirt road that went toward the river. It was bumpy but the kids loved it. After we finished exploring we continued down the road to our destination. Suddenly, the right hand side of the vehicle went bump, bump, bump. I said to my dh "flat tire" to which he responded "that is more than a flat tire". He pulled over and took a look at it. The tie rod which connects the wheels to the steering wheel had broken. We had passed an Advanced Auto a couple of miles back so we slowly turned around and headed back to the Auto Parts store. My husband ran in to see if they had the part he needed, while he was in the store the kids started getting restless. This verse about giving thanks popped into my head and I said to the children "What can we be thankful for?". We had answer like "no one was hurt" and "daddy is good at fixing cars". We then sang some songs. When my husband returned (they didnt have the part, but he had some things he thought he could use as a temporary fix) I decided to take the kids for a walk. During our walk, we spotted a playground through the trees and made our way to it going around several blocks. It didn't seem to have an entrance but we finally came to the road that led right into it. We spent about 10-15 minutes at the playground then went back to van (now know the shorter route). He was unable to fix it and called a friend to pick us up and we went to a diner to have dinner and wait for our ride.

The next day my oldest dd said to me "I had a lot of fun yesterday singing and playing and walking". I was thankful the Lord had reminded me of the verse and instead of sitting around and whining about being stuck we were able to create a positive memory with our family.