Saturday, April 30, 2016

Meal Plan, I Think

Trying to come up with a meal plan when you have no real clue what your life is going to look like during the week is, um, not so easy. But I'll give it a try anyway. There will be hot dogs because the kids brought home bags and bags of hot dog buns from the parish grounds clean up. And eggs since Liam discovered 24 eggs in the barn this morning. When asked if he'd been looking for them all week his answer was no. Thank goodness we only have 4 hens old enough to lay right now or that would have been a big mess. Then again, 24 eggs is barely enough for one meal.

M: yogurt, granola, fruit (B), hot dogs and bratwurst (D)
T: crockpot breakfast casserole (B), sloppy joes (D)
W: eggs, cinnamon raisin bread (B), spaghetti (D)
T: cereal, fruit (B), maple dijon chicken over rice (D)
F: oatmeal (B), something meatless, still thinking it over (D)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Meal Plan

S: waffles (B), ham (D)
M: eggs, toast (B), BBQ chicken (D)
T: waffles (B), pulled pork (D)
W: oatmeal, fruit (B), spaghetti, salad (D)
T: cereal/waffles (B), shredded beef sandwiches (D)
F: eggs, toast (B), macaroni and cheese (D)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Meal Plan

M: eggs, toast (bread in freezer) (B), creamy salsa chicken over rice (D)
T: peanut butter chocolate baked oatmeal (B), beefy baked ravioli (D)
W: eggs, fruit (B), crock pot sweet n sour pork (D)
T: yogurt, granola (B), honey glazed chicken (D)
F: cereal (B), bean and cheese enchiladas (D)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Meal Plan

M: eggs (B), beef stew (D)
T: oatmeal (B), cheesy chicken and rice casserole (D)
W: Abby's birthday
T: cereal (B), pulled pork sandwiches (D)
F: English muffins (B), tuna casserole (D)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Busy Weekend

Have you tried out the Home Depot Kids Workshops yet? If not, you are missing out on a wonderful FREE resource to share with your kids. Particularly if you have any crafty kids or kids who want to always be the one helping out with any projects at home.

This month I took 7 of the kids with me. Liam still loves to get a hammer in his hands any chance he can and Katie likes to come along to help with Seamus (because she is too big to do a project on her own she says). We made butterfly nesting boxes and as soon as the snow melts, we'll search for 6 places in the yard to hang them up. Maybe plant a few extra butterfly attracting plants.

The rules may vary by store but at our store you just show up. No signing up needed. This is great because we can go when it works with our schedule and not go when we are too busy. But check your local store because some do have sign up requirements.

We also finally got around to making our Pascal Candle. We took a super easy route this year because last year I ordered the pascal candle making kit from Illuminated Ink. Then I got to feeling rather sick and the project never got done. In fact, the 2015 pascal candle making kit is still somewhere in the house. So this year I lowered my standards and we finished the project. I call that a win.

Plain white tall candle (available at Aldi's or the Dollar Store), pascal candle print out from a creative person online. Project complete. We even managed to remember to take it with us on Sunday to get it blessed by Fr.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Meal Plan

S: bagels (B), honey glazed chicken, salad, baked beans (D)
M: eggs (B), chicken burrito bowls, corn bread (D)
T: cereal or oatmeal (B), crockpot lasagna, garlic bread (D)
W: overnight breakfast casserole (B), chicken divan, salad, veggies (D)
T: pancakes, bacon (B), beef tips, mashed potatoes, veggies (D)
F: yogurt and granola or cereal (B), mac and cheese with broccoli  (D)
S: leftover pancakes (B), pizza (D)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lunch Time Freezer Meal Win

We've been making freezer meals for quite a long time but until this past freezer meal session, I had focused almost exclusively on dinners. We often had leftover pancakes or french toast in the freezer and bagels or English muffins if I made a large run to the bread store. But lunches were never really covered. I always figured leftovers or sandwiches would work. But lately the concept of leftovers is laughable around here. I think I would have to start cooking for 20 to have leftovers. And sandwiches get a tad boring.

The kids seem to love anything in a tortilla and almost every freezer meal plan I'd browsed included recipes for making freezer burritos. I always avoided those recipes because they were unnecessarily complicated and a part of me just kept saying it's easy enough to just make burritos when you want them. This time we had 2 lbs of ground beef that needed to be used up along with some leftover rice from another recipe so I decided to make up our own freezer burritos. They were a complete success.

I kept the filling simple. Ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, about 2 cups of rice, and shredded cheese. This filling gave us 24 burritos which are easily warmed up in the microwave. Most of us have been adding salsa or peppers and some sour cream. I'm thrilled with the easy grab and go option for everyone and plan to make a larger batch of them this weekend. Loving the extra options for lunch. Makes life so much easier lately.