Day to Day Adventure: 3/14/10 - 3/21/10

Monday, March 15, 2010

Menu Monday

Over the years, I have discovered that I am much better in the kitchen with a plan and some preparation. I have said before that I plan our meals out a month at a time. There are many reasons for that but here are some of the most important ones.

1. Healthy meals--I balance our types of food more. No chicken 4x a week ;)
2. Fewer trips to the store--I check each Monday to see if we have on hand what is needed for the next week so I don't just run to the store for 1 or 2 things.
3. It saves my sanity at 5 o'clock--this is worth a million bucks!
4. Keeps us eating at home and saves a lot of $

So the plan this week is . . .


Pancakes & sausage, Beans & Rice, Fried Chicken Salad(freezer meal)


Yogurt & Strawberries, Farmer's Casserole, Swiss Steak(crockpot meal)


Oatmeal, Fried Egg Sandwiches, Enchiladas(freezer meal)


Yogurt & Strawberries, Italian Hot Dish, Lemon Chicken(freezer meal)


Blueberry Muffins, Broccoli Potatoes, DATE Night!


Cereal, Leftovers, 3 Bean Soup


Oatmeal, Baked Orange Pork Chops, ?

I like that my advance prep work is laid out for me. When I post my meals here I make myself some notes on my Meal Planner(posted on the frig). Like tomorrow we are having Beans & Rice--well I think we have some frozen black beans but I am not sure. So I will check before bed. If I don't then I will start some black beans in the crock pot before bedtime. That way they are done by lunch. Saves some $ too--cause dry beans are WAY cheaper than canned ones--less sodium too. While I am in the freezer I will get out the steak for the Swiss Steak and check the canned goods for diced tomatoes. It just keeps our family life flowing better to have a meal plan.

Tonight we made pancakes for supper because not everyone was hungry for a big supper. I don't like making pancakes. Lots of dishes & mixing & everything. But last week I made up my own(healthy) dry mix & only had to add milk, egg & oil. That made it a breeze & something I was willing to do. The kids loved it! I loved it because it was easy. By the way I got the recipe from here if you are interested.

So what is your "cheater" trick to make a fast, easy & healthy meal?

See more menu plans at I'm an Organizing Junkie

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Not a normal routine

Well I have officially hit the wall this year. Life has been nuts for a month or two but we have kept on plugging away because I know when it warms up my self control over school will crumble. I will want to be outside in the garden & going to the park. So to keep the guilt at a minimum it is good to do school while the snow flies.

Last week I was seeing some serious boredom occurring around here. Same routine, same books, same snacks, you name it--it felt the same. So we shook things up on Friday. We did Science ALL DAY! Everyone loved it and it really felt like we got a lot done. That is one subject that everyone could use a little extra time on!

Here is the "normal" schedule for Joshua--my 2nd grader

Math--4-5 lessons a week
English--5 lessons a week
History--3 lessons a week
Science--2 lessons a week
Handwriting--4 lessons a week
Phonics--5 lessons a week

So here is the "shook up" schedule for this week. Oh there is lots of art because we haven't had time for art in MONTHS! By the way on each day we plan to do at least 3 lessons of that subject.


English or Writing & Art


History & Math


Science, English & BAKING!


History & Math


History, Handwriting, & Art
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