Establishing Our Values and Goals as a Family

I feel like I have so, so much to share and I don’t even know where to start! Robert and I went to Big Bend State Park last weekend and it was so amazing and just what we needed for … Continue reading

Taking Care of My Health

I’ve had to make some decisions for my health. Since I stopped dieting, I kind of went the other direction. I immediately gained weight (20-25 pounds), then lost a little as things evened out (about 10 pounds). Unfortunately, though, my … Continue reading

Meal Plan, Week of February 26-March 4

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Like I said in my post yesterday, I have a lot of food, and I’m trying to find something new to cook!  I also have two instant pots and try to make most things in there.

As usual, my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are in a list to choose from.  My dinners are specific for the day.

Breakfasts

Lunches

  • Sandwich 🥪 , veggies 🥕, and crackers
  • Boiled egg 🥚, salami or summer sausage, veggies 🥦 and hummus, and Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Soup 🥣
  • Wraps

Dinners

Snacks

  • Triple Zero Greek yogurt
  • Almonds
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Clif bars
  • Granola bars
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Apples or bananas and peanut butter
  • Pretzels and cookie butter

Next week, most lunches and dinners will be in the dining hall.  Can’t wait!  It saves us so much money and time, and it is a great way to get to know the staff

Prep for meals

  • Veggie tray
  • Move frozen meat to the fridge
  • Make breakfast casserole
  • Thaw steel cut oats
  • Bake bread (only because we love it!)

I buy pre-cut veggies when I can and already boiled/peeled boiled eggs.  I know it costs a little more and it’s worth it at this point.  I may go back to prepping these things eventually.  I’m also probably going to reduce the amount that I make Greek yogurt.  It hasn’t been turning out!!

My Plan for the week

  • Monday- Robert and I will go to town to pick up the love seat and maybe have a lunch date.  We are making dinner for my mentee.
  • Tuesday- I’m reading to Levi’s class, AA, lunch, library time, then a birthday party for a little one here that’s turning one.
  • Wednesday- Bible study at noon (at my house), and I might have a friend over for coffee.
  • Thursday- Day at home, then AA at 7:00pm
  • Friday- Rest day, and I might have a friend over for coffee.
  • Saturday- Family day
  • Sunday- Church, lunch with the pastor, counseling, maybe the park

As you can see, Monday and Tuesday are my only busy days this week!  That’s much different from last week!

Also, daily chores will happen and my schedule chores will happen.

I hope you have a great week!  What are your plans for the week and for meals?

Weekly Meal Plan, Week of February 27-March 5

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Breakfasts

  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker) and Greek yogurt
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Eggs in corn tortillas with cheese and salsa
  • Sprouted English muffins (in the freezer) and eggs
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Omelets
  • Pop tarts 🙂
  • Cereal
  • NutriGrain bars

Lunches

  • Chicken salad, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwich, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Dining hall on Saturday

Snacks

  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges, or a fruit cup)
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • HEB brand Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)

Dinner

  • Monday- Baked chicken thighs, mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli
  • Tuesday- Southwestern soup (basically taco soup with black beans)
  • Wednesday- Potato ham cream cheese soup (recipe to come)
  • Thursday- Instant pot homemade hamburger helper (with cheddar and mozzarella), salad
  • Friday- Homemade pizza
  • Saturday- Burgers
  • Sunday- Instant Pot Chuck Roast and Veggies (mashed potatoes instead of potatoes with roast)

Prep

  • Thaw meat
  • Cut up veggies
  • Boil eggs
  • Grocery shop

Weekly Meal Plan, Week of February 20th-26th

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Breakfasts

  • Nutrigrain bars
  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker) and Greek yogurt
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Breakfast tacos
  • Sprouted English muffins and eggs (in the freezer)
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Omelets
  • Pop tarts 🙂

Lunches

  • Tuna salad, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwich, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Dining hall on Saturday

Snacks

  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges or a fruit cup)
  • Veggie straws
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • Homemade Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)
  • Z-bars
  • Clif bars

Dinner

  • Monday- Burrito bowls (pinto beans, brown rice, avocado, tomato, sour cream, and cheese)
  • Tuesday- Scrambled eggs and cinnamon biscuits
  • Wednesday- Finger foods (summer sausage, gouda, raw veggies, and fruit)
  • Thursday- Dining hall, Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, corn, and salad bar
  • Friday- Dining hall, spaghetti
  • Saturday- Dining hall, Chinese
  • Sunday- Instant pot BBQ drumsticks, baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli

Prep

Weekly Meal Plan, Week of February 13th-19th

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Breakfasts

  • Easy Applesauce Muffins (made with Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix)
  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker) and Greek yogurt
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Breakfast tacos
  • Sprouted English muffins and eggs (in the freezer)
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Omelets
  • Pop tarts 🙂

Lunches

  • Tuna salad, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwich, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Dining hall on Saturday

Snacks

  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges or a fruit cup)
  • Veggie straws
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • Homemade Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)
  • Z-bars
  • Clif bars

Dinners

  • Monday- Burrito bowls (pinto beans, brown rice, avocado, tomato, cheese, and sour cream)
  • Tuesday- HAF Homes, Baked potato bar
  • Wednesday- Easy chili
  • Thursday- Fiesta Chicken
  • Friday- Our Favorite Friday Night Dinner! (“Finger Foods”)
  • Saturday- Dining hall! Chicken tenders, salad bar, corn, and mashed potatoes
  • Sunday- Dining hall! Chicken alfredo, roasted broccoli, and salad bar

Preparation

Weekly Meal Plan, February 6th-12th

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Breakfasts

  • Healthy Snack Muffins (Kodiak Power Cakes Mix and yogurt)
  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker) and Greek yogurt
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Sprouted English muffins and eggs (in the freezer)
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Omelets
  • Pop tarts 🙂

Lunches

  • Peanut butter and raw honey sandwich, veggies and hummus, fruit
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Sandwich or wrap with cracked pepper turkey and cheddar cheese, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, fruit
  • Leftovers

Snacks

  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges or a fruit cup)
  • Veggie straws
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • Homemade Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)
  • Z-bars
  • Clif bars

Dinners

  • Monday- Meat sauce, pasta, and steamed broccoli
  • Tuesday- One pan Maple Mustard Chicken and Potatoes
  • Wednesday- Beef soft tacos
  • Thursday- Bacon, fried eggs, biscuits, and fruit
  • Friday- Green chile burgers, chips, and homemade guacamole (Levi’s Birthday!)
  • Saturday- Papa Murphy’s Pizza
  • Sunday- Sausage, potato, carrot, and squash soup (recipe to come)

Preparation

Weekly Meal Plan

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I’m not sure why I plan for two weeks because something always happens.  I need to learn to just plan for one week at a time.  I’ll get there… eventually… maybe ;-).

Breakfasts

Lunches

(I’m doing the same thing I usually do this week because I already have all of this food, but starting the next week I’m going to add something new in for a change).

  • Sandwich on homemade bread (or a pita), veggies, hummus, and fruit
  • Cottage cheese, boiled egg, veggies, hummus, and Triscuits
  • Deli meat (my favorite is Hormel Natural cracked pepper turkey and uncured salami), cheese, boiled egg, veggies, hummus, fruit, Triscuits or popcorn
  • Leftovers

Snacks

Dinners

  • Monday: Burrito Bowls (pinto beans in the instant pot, brown rice, tomato, avocado, sour cream, and cheese)
  • Tuesday: Instant pot meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and salad with olive oil and Prickly Pear balsamic vinegar
  • Wednesday: Grilled pork chops (with Perini’s seasoning), steamed broccoli (in the instant pot… with some salt and lemon pepper), and salad
  • Thursday: Bacon (in the oven @ 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes), fried eggs (made by my daughter because she loves making them), biscuits (plain old Grands biscuits), and fruit
  • Friday: Papa Murphy’s Pizza, salad, dessert (HAF homes, which is our gap year students, at our house)
  • Saturday: Grilled hamburgers, chips and Robert’s “famous” guacamole
  • Sunday: Baked potatoes and Broccoli Cheese Soup

Weekend Preparation

Green Protein Smoothie

This is an easy and quick breakfast for the days in which I’m in a hurry.  I use the small smoothie cups that came with my Ninja blender.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (sometimes I use vanilla)
  • 1 scoop unflavored protein powder (I use THM because I have it… but I will find something cheaper in the future)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4-1/2 cup kale or spinach (I use frozen)
  • 1 tsp spirulina (optional!)

Place all items in smoothie cup.  Blend.

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Drink!

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Weekend Prep, January 15th

Yesterday was great.  I spent time on my household notebook… updated our budget page, made my own daily plan page (because the daily docket that I used had quite a bit on it that didn’t apply to me), and updated my routine page (to reflect the changes that I made to my week!).

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I normally do prep on Saturdays, but Robert is working this weekend, so I decided to take the kids out to a movie and dinner yesterday.  It was a blast!  I’m so glad I did.

After the movie (Sing!), we went to Chili’s.  I had a fantastic dinner of ribs with a dry rub, steamed broccoli, salad, and a mini dessert (all for $10!).

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I went to HEB and decided to stock up on coffee because it is only $2.98 each right now!  And I got another 12 pack of La Croix and HEB Coke Zero.  I am set until next paycheck!  I shouldn’t have to buy anything else!

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I updated my variable budget log when I got home.  I think I’m going to move some grocery money over to misc because I won’t spend all of that grocery money and have some more misc things coming up.

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Since we went to town yesterday, we aren’t going to church today (I can’t afford to drive to town any more than I do… it’s about $20-25 every time).  We will go next week!

Because we were in town yesterday, I prepped for the week today!

I woke up super early and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I spent some time doing the dishes and cleaning the living area.  I also got the veggies out to wash and cut for the next two weeks (yes, they mostly last that long in containers in the fridge).

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After that, I planned my day.

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I spent time in the word and prayed in my prayer journal.

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After most of my family woke up, I got to work.

I prepped by cutting veggies (and strawberries), (Robert) made Kodiak power cakes (pancakes made with whole grains and protein… I was going to make Green Smoothie Power Cakes but their website is all messed up!), I made instant pot “boiled eggs, and I baked whole wheat bread.  I also made breakfast taco filling.

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I also pulled some banana chocolate chip power cake muffins out of the freezer for the week (they are great for on the road as snacks and a quick breakfast).

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I made homemade Greek yogurt (best batch yet… nice and thick!) during the week this time around, and we still have some homemade granola.

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The kids “cleaned” their rooms (they don’t do the best job, but I’m learning to let it go) while I prepped, and Ethan cleaned their bathroom for a $1 :-).

I organized our fridge a little bit to fit all of my prepped foods!

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Next I will do a little bit of work on my blog, clean our bathroom, clean the floors, and make my bed.  I ended up missing online AA because I was too busy.  Prepping took longer than I planned (well, I also organized the fridge and I hadn’t planned on doing that).  It’s okay.  My goal is AA in town twice a week and online AA twice a week!

I will continue working on laundry until it is caught up.

Dinner will be fish tacos and homemade coleslaw.  Looking forward to it!