There has been a lot of “hype” on Facebook this week about the gravitational forces being lined up just right so that things that normally don’t stand upright do. I can’t even begin to estimate the number of Facebook friends I have that have posted pictures of their brooms standing unassisted in the middle of a room. Well, I finally decided to try it out myself and it works! It made me laugh…

From March 2012


(Again, I used the new phone app for this picture)

I also finally got around to taking a picture of my craft from my first MOPS meeting over here. We were given a blank canvas and various ideas of ways to decorate it. Painting was one of them… so I decided to paint something that can hang in our kitchen (whenever we get our “own” kitchen again.)

From March 2012


It isn’t anything super complicated or fancy but I like it. Yellow and red are the “colors” I try to use in my kitchen. 2003 was when we were married and thus “established” as a family. Also, I tried to write our names in the “dead space” but it looked rough so I decided once I got home to print a couple of wedding pictures, crop the, and mod podge them to the canvas to cover up my “goof” but to also give me a way to decorate with wedding pictures. I don’t know when I displayed wedding pictures in our house! So sad… I would LOVE to get the negatives (hint hint… mom) and have one of my bridal portraits enlarged onto a canvas but, I just haven’t gotten around to it and we really haven’t had the extra money that it would require. One day though…

Last night, Trey, Sam and Travis were all playing with their phones/iPods and it made me laugh so I took a picture.

From March 2012


Travis and Trey were actually playing each other in a version of Scrabble on their phones. Sam was listening to music from my iPod on his new “headphones.”

We went to a craft fair last weekend and I picked up a neat piece of jewelry. He had all sorts of colors but I kinda liked the New Orleans Saints “feel” of this one so I picked it. 🙂

From March 2012

In menu news, we ate supper at home EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT this week. I am so proud of us. Lunch was a different story but that is mainly because when I grocery shopped I bought what I would’ve bought anyway but forgot that I was feeding Trey as well and so the leftovers I normally plan for (for at least me) just weren’t there. That is OK though. Trey actually told Travis tonight that I was a good cook! Travis just laughed and said it is because I follow recipes to a “T” and he asked if Trey noticed how I kind of had a panicked look on my face when Travis mentioned frying the rice for supper instead of us eating steamed rice, which is what the recipe called for. When Travis told me about this conversation I had a good laugh because I can follow directions but I surely can’t tell someone else how to cook to save my life! HA HA!! Anyway, here is what we had (and I will post pictures of the meals I remembered to take pictures of)…
Monday- Zesty Pork Chops, brown rice & honey glazed carrots

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Tuesday- Beanie Weenies

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Wednesday- Baked Chicken & Peas, Mashed Potatoes
Thursday- Homemade corn dogs & baked sweet potato fries

From March 2012


Friday- Homemade pizza (one was mini pepperoni & cheese and the other was mini pepperoni, pineapple, and cheese)
Saturday- Orange chicken (in the crock pot) and brown rice

From March 2012


Tomorrow, we will be having Chicken Alfredo (in the crock pot), broccoli and noodles. Yummy!!

I decided yesterday that I am going to try the meal planning around “theme” nights idea. Therefore, I have picked a theme for each night and use that to guide what we eat. If not, I can easily fall into the routine of having some form of chicken every night and that will get old fast. So, here are the themes I have decided upon…
Monday- Meatless (this coming week it will be Cheese Quinoa “mac” and cheese)
Tuesday- Mexican (this week… tacos (with my own seasoning blend, homemade refried beans, and homemade mexican rice)
Wednesday- Crockpot (so that getting to church on Wednesday nights will become easier and more likely) (this week is a crock pot roast and vegetables)
Thursday- kid friendly (i.e. some of Sam’s favorite meals) (this week will be Baked Spaghetti Pie)
Friday- Pizza (this week I will be attempting a GF “biscuit crust pizza”- it sounds yummy and doesn’t have to rise so it can be made much faster!)
Saturday- Chinese (I don’t know what I will make yet- that will be decided during nap time tomorrow)
Sunday- Eat Out (after church lunch) and Crock Pot for supper (I don’t know what yet- another nap decision)

I hope this works and I think it should help simplify my menu planning. I am also going to start working on a recipe “binder” of sorts so that I can corral my recipes. The one I most like will use 4×6 photos in cheap-o photo albums and there will be a separate book for each category (breads/breakfasts, veggies/sides, entrees, desserts, salads, etc.) That way they won’t take up much counter space I can keep them updated with our “favorites” so I don’t run into having a bunch of recipes that Sam didn’t enjoy or that we thought tasted kind of odd that I have to flip through each week when I am trying to plan the menu. I have all of my recipes saved on my computer but I honestly like flipping through a book more than sliding down a list on the computer. Once I get the thing created, I will definitely post it on the blog. I am still compiling ideas on Pinterest right now though…

Well, that is about it for this week!

🙂
Steph

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