Meal Plan- Sept 14

I'm putting this up a little early in case I don't get time in the morning.

Monday- Swiss Steak, homemade rolls (didn't have it last week)

Tuesday- Cheeseburgers, homemade fries, baked beans

Wednesday- Foil Pack Chicken Fajitas

Thursday- Pork Chop Stuffing Bake, Sweet Corn

Friday- Chicken Tacos, Mexican Rice

Saturday- Baked Potatoes

Sunday- Beef Stew, Homemade rolls

Gram's Best Brown Sugar Cake
Lemon Blossoms


Foodie Tuesday

Today I'm going to participate in a few different blog events.




Chicken Caesar Wraps

Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 10 min Makes: 4 servings

3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup croutons
1/2 cup KRAFT Classic Caesar Dressing
4 flour tortillas (8 inch)

PLACE first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Add dressing; toss lightly.
SPOON onto tortillas; roll up tightly.


Meal Plan Monday- September 7th


Its time for menu plan monday! I'll be adding recipes tonight so come back then!

Monday~ Cheeseburgers, Homemade fries
Tuesday~ Swiss Steak, potatoes and carrots
Wednesday~ Chicken Quesdillas
Thursday~ Taco Bake
Friday~ Homemade Calzones
Saturday~ Chicken Caesar Wraps
Sunday~ BBQ Beef Cups

*Make-Ahead items:
Boil Chicken for Quesdillas and Chicken Wraps at one time
Split cooked bacon & ground sausage. One half for Calzones, the other half for Cheddar, Broccoli Pull-aparts.

Deb's Buggy Covers is closing

One of my best friends owns Deb's Buggy Covers. She makes cart/high chair covers. I have one and we still use it.

She has decided to close her shop. She will not be taking orders after October 7.

Deb is trying to clear out inventory, and is offering $10 off any instock shopping cart cover!

Use the code THS at checkout to take advantege of this offer!!



Park, Acorns and good deals

Yesterday I ran into the local Dollar General and they had alot of stuff for half price. I picked up a few things for Christmas and got CJ a new outfit. They had alot of cute clothes half off but the biggest size they had was 3T and my big boy is barely in a 3T now. So I just got one outfit. :)


I paid $12.25 for everything shown above. (originally $24.50)

And today we took CJ to play at the park. It was really crowded today and he would rather play than let me take his picture so I only got a few shots.



Some sites I use

Here are a few sites I use to get activities, coloring pages, etc for CJ.



Menu Plan 8/28-9/4

I am late posting this but I wanted to post our menu plan from this week.

VELVEETA Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice
Sloppy Tacos, Fries
Slow-Cooker Lasagna, Salad, Breadsticks
STOVE TOP One-Dish Chicken Skillet, fresh sweet Corn
Super Stuffed Potatoes

VELVEETA Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice

Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 25 min Makes: 6 servings, 1 cup each

What You Need!
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) chicken broth
2 cups instant white rice, uncooked
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed

Make It!
COOK chicken in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 5 min. or until chicken is done.

STIR in broth. Bring to boil.

ADD rice, VELVEETA and broccoli; cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 min. Stir until VELVEETA is completely melted and mixture is well blended.

Sloppy Tacos

Prep Time: 5 min Total Time: 20 min Makes: 8 servings

What You Need!
1 lb. ground beef
1 jar (16 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Medium Salsa
1 pkg. (12 oz.) hamburger buns (8 buns)
1 pkg. (6 oz.) KRAFT Singles

Make It!
BROWN meat in large skillet; drain.

STIR in salsa; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.

FILL buns with meat mixture and Singles.

Slow-Cooker Lasagna

Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 6 hr 15 min Makes: 8 servings

What You Need!
1 lb. ground beef
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
1 container (15 oz.) BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Ricotta Cheese
1 pkg. (7 oz.) KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1 egg
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Make It!
BROWN meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water. Mix ricotta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, egg and parsley.

SPOON 1 cup meat sauce into slow cooker; top with layers of half each of the noodles, broken to fit; and cheese mixture. Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit; cheese mixture and meat sauce. Cover with lid.

COOK on LOW 4 to 6 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted

STOVE TOP One-Dish Chicken Skillet

Prep Time: 5 min Total Time: 25 min Makes: 6 servings

What You Need!
1-1/2 cups hot water
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
6 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 lb.)
1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/3 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream

Make It!
MIX hot water, butter and stuffing mix; set aside.

SPRAY nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add chicken; cook on medium heat 5 min. on each side.

MIX soup and sour cream; pour over chicken. Top with stuffing; cover. Cook on low heat 10 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF).

Super Stuffed Potatoes

Prep Time: 30 min Total Time: 30 min Makes: 4 servings

What You Need!
4 small potatoes (2-1/4 lb.)
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. (4 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 small tomato, chopped
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream

Make It!
PRICK potatoes in several places with fork. Microwave on HIGH 14 min. or just until tender, turning after 7 min.

MEANWHILE, brown meat in large skillet; drain. Add VELVEETA, tomatoes and onions; cook until VELVEETA is melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently.

SPLIT potatoes; mash insides with fork. Top with meat mixture and sour cream.


Display board

I have been trying to find a way to display CJ's coloring other than the fridge. Especially now that we're doing coloring pages to help learn letters. So I took a piece of poster board and let him color it. Then I attached some ribbon and hung it up on the wall. Now each week when he colors his "worksheets" for that week's letter we can hang it up where he can see it. When that week ends and we move on to the next letter I'll put the last week's pages into a binder so we can still work with them.


Also my mom and I went to a new thrift store today and I got a brand new Birthday celebration cake plate and server for $2!


Holiday gift giving

I can not believe its the middle of the week already. Or September for that matter! Time is flying by. Soon it will be Thanksgiving and then Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, if you plan to make any of your holiday gifts now is the perfect time to get started.

When making your own gifts its essential to use the talents you already have but its also a great time to learn new crafts as well. Some good ideas for homemade gifts are Mix in a Jar (homemade food mixes layered in a glass jar), dishclothes, scarves, and decorated picture frames. I also like to make themed baskets. You could do a scrapbook basket filled with stickers, scissors, embellishments and a new scrapbook; Movie night basket filled with candy, poporn and a new movie or movie rental gift certificate; or even a cooking basket filled with dried pastas and/or beans, new spices, sauces and a new cookbook.

What I like to do is sit down and make a list of everyone we need to get a gift for. Then I think of each person's likes and dislikes and start writing down ideas for gifts beside their name. Then when I'm ready to make or buy their gift I have a handy go to list to refer back to.

Men on the list are definately the hardest to get gifts for, so for most of our guys I go back to the no-fail gift, Food. Homemade candy, cookies, brownies, etc are always a win with the men on our list.


Lemon and Black Bean Pasta

Heres the recipe I created for the Vegan Recipe Challenge at AMH.

Squash and Zucchini:
Preheat oven to 350* Slice one squash and one zucchini length wise, brush with oil and salt to taste. Bake on a cookie sheet until done.

Boil water seasoned with salt and garlic.Cook 1oz spaghetti until al dente.

1t basil
1t oregano
1/8t Cayenne pepper (more or less depending on your taste)
4t lemon juice
1/4t Garlic powder
1/3c black beans
1/2 onion diced

Sautee onion in a bit of oil until done. Drain and rinse beans. Add pasta, beans, lemon juice and spices to the pan with the onions and toss. Cook on low just until beans are warm.

Arrange Squash and Zucchini on a plate. Top with pasta and serve.

Notes- Any bean could be substitued for black beans. You could also add some diced chicken and some parm cheese to the top if you aren't going vegan.



Crafty Crafty

I love earrings. I don't wear them anymore but I still buy them. LOL They were all in a drawer in my jewelry box and I could never find the ones I wanted. I was looking at earring holders on Etsy and decided to give one ago myself.

Heres the result:

And yesterday's craft with CJ was Shamrock banners for St. Patrick's Day. I cut out the shapes and he helped punch the holes and string them on the yarn.


Pretty Pops

CJ and I made Lollipop Flowers yesterday. I found the directions at Full Circle. I cut out the circles and he helped punch the pops through the paper and crunch it up around the lollipop.


And heres my new table setting. All ready for Spring! The napkins and placemats I got on sale at Walmart and the candles/holders CJ and I put together.

Also, I made Zucchini Chips. This was actually my first time even eatten Zucchini and I must say they turned out SO GOOD.

I cut up one Zucchini and tossed the slices with olive oil and garlic powder. Then I spread them out on a cookie sheet and baked them until they were almost done. I then sprinkled some cheese on them and let them bake until the cheese was melted and alittle crispy.


2 of my favorite blogs

I don't have alot of time this morning, the Boo and I are going to lunch with my best friend. So I'll just share 2 of my favorite blogs to visit.

Bakerella and Cake Wrecks.

I'll have a longer blog and picture to share this afternoon when we get back.



Playdough and Paints

My friend Mandi turned me on to some new blogs full of toddler activities. On one of those blogs was a link to homemade bath paints. So CJ and I set out to make them this morning. He had fun mixing them up.

But in the tub he didn't care much for actually painting with his fingers

Instead he turned them into boats:

Next time I'll bring out the paint brushes, I think he'll like that better. You can find the recipe for the bath paints as well as many more ideas at Pepper Paints

A few weeks ago I participated in a Craft Swap with my girls at AMH. I received my box of crafts last weekend, and yesterday we pulled out the Playdough made by Jennifer and CJ had a blast playing with it.



Tacos, Eggs and cake

I'm alittle behind so let me start by showing off my Taco Salad.


Lettuce topped with taco meat, cheese and homemade Taco sauce.

Heres the recipe:

1 can (8 ounces) unseasoned tomato sauce, preferably no-salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Cayenne pepper or hot sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Let set for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve with Beef Tacos or in Mexican-style dips and salads.

Monday night I made a Caramel Pumpkin Cake for playgroup.

I'll share the recipe for that later. I always leave off the frosting/glaze.

Last thing on the food subject. My breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs with cheese, onions and peppers and bacon on the side. Yummy.

I'm off to play with the little one for awhile and start tidying the house. Have a wonderful Wednesday!


He's not a baby anymore

Where does the time go? I'm constantly amazed at the things my son can do and the new things he discovers. Everything is new and exciting to him. Recently he learned how to drink out of an open top cup without spilling anything. He can also climb up the steps just holding onto the rail, no more crawling up them on hands and knees for him! And he's so opinionated. When I tell him its time for a diaper change and he's not ready he very clearly and firmly tells me "not yet". I could go on and on about all the new things he does, but I'll stop. LOL

Today as a treat I got him an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. He looked so grown eatting his cone.

Oh and the ice cream in his hair? That was my fault. LOL I stuck the cone in his hair climbing the steps into the house.

Well I'm off to finish up the Tacos and get the kithen tidied so I can make a Caramel Pumpkin cake for our playgroup's potluck tomorrow. :)

Meal Plan Monday


Its Meal Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.com

Monday~ Tacos and Taco Salad
Tuesday~ Tilapia and Crunchy Green Beans
Wednesday~ Pork Chops and Mashed Cauliflower
Thursday~ Pot Roast, potatoes and carrots
Friday~ Breakfast for supper
Saturday~ Date night
Simple Supper Sunday :) (either frozen pizza and salad or leftovers as I'll be gone to a baby shower most of the day)

Head on over to OrgJunkie.com for more menu plans!

Parmesan Breaded Tenders

Friday I made Parmesan Breaded Chicken Tenders. I took some parmesan cheese, basil and garlic powder, mixed them together in a bowl. Then I took one package of chicken tenders (boneless, skinless) and dipped them in an egg that had been beaten and then into the parm mixture. Then I "fried" them in the oven in a glass pan with alittle bit of oil until done.

They turned out so great. We had them for supper friday night with baked beans. And then Saturday I had the leftovers on a salad with lettuce, peppers, onions, bacon bits, Provolone cheese and Ranch dressing.


When the going gets tough.......

the tough gets going! Some friends and I are doing our own Biggest Loser contest. We just had our 5 week weigh in today. I've lost 7lbs since we started, and then today.... I gained around a lb and a half. I could easily lay the blame on circumstances beyond my control. But I'm no longer making excuses. Excuses turn into more excuses that turn into more excuses. This week I was pretty lazy about my workouts and definately about my eatting. I made bad choices. But thats in the past now. Today is the start of a new week. I'm working to better my life, make myself healthier. I have a wonderful support system both online and "irl".

So with that... Onward we march.... I have big plans for the day. First on the list is to throw away all the candy thats left in the house from Valentine's Day. With the exception of my hubbys candy, half of that will go into his truck and the other half will be put in a tupperware container in the top of the cabinet. If I don't see it, I forget about it and therefore I don't eat it. I also need to take a much needed trip to the Post Office to drop off 20+ packages. *yikes* Its alittle cool outside today but perhaps I can talk my sister into taking a walk with me as well.


To my Mama

I had a whole post written out about how much my mama means to me and all the things we've been through, especially in the past few months. But today is a day of joy and it was a pretty depressing post since most of the things were bad ones. So I'll simply say HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mama. I Love you.


Provolone Burgers

I'm just starting a Low Carb program. I say program rather than diet because its not just a diet, its a lifestyle change. Tonights supper was Provolone Burgers and salads.

I cooked the burgers in a frying pan with a little onion and garlic powder. When they were done, I topped them with a slice of Provolone cheese, some lettuce, onion and One Carb Ketchup. On the side I had a salad with lettuce, onion, pepper, cheese and ranch dressing and a pickle spear.

Tonights total was approx 8 carbs.

Sauteed Shrimp and Strawberries

Last night for supper the hubs requested Shrimp. So I sauteed threw an onion and half a bell pepper in a pan with a TBS of oil until they were almost done. Then I added a bag of shrimp and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Cooked it all until it was all done and YUM-O. Hubs had his over a bed of pasta. For the side dish I cooked up some squash with onions. *drool*

And then to complete the night...... Strawberries. I mashed up some strawberries with 3 packets of Truvia and topped it with some Redi-Whip.