Menu for the Week of March 21st


This is going to be a short one for us. We are heading out of town on Friday to visit some family.
Last week went great. My family really enjoyed having so many salads, even my husband. Taco salad was his favorite of the week. I didn’t get to all of the baking I had planned so some of that will carry over to this week.

Breakfast
M – Banana Muffins
T – Cold Cereal, Yogurt
W – Waffles, Apples
Th – Steel Cut Oatmeal in the crock pot, bananas

Lunch
M – Tuna Sandwiches, Chips, Carrots
T – Boys on their own…I have to work at the school through lunch time again this week.
W – Pizza or Calzones
Th – Leftovers to clean out the fridge!

Dinner
M – Enchiladas….my DH’s speciality!
T – Tortellini, French Bread, Salad
W – Ham and Potato Soup, Salad, Rolls
Th – French Toast, Sausage, Fruit

I would like to thank Laura at Orgjunkie.com for Menu Plan Monday. Check out her website for tons of ideas!

Menu for the Week of March 15th


I am really working hard to bring some new things into our rotation. I am soooo tired of the same ‘ole, same ‘ole. So here is what we will be having this week. The weather is supposed to be very nice here so you will see many salads and cold dishes this week.

Breakfast
M – Blueberry Muffins
T – Cold Cereal, Yogurt
W – Waffles, Apples
Th – Oatmeal, bananas
F – Banana Bread, Watermellon
Sa – TBD
Su – Sunday Brunch after church

Lunch
M – Soup and Sandwiches
T – Boys on their own…I have to work at the school through lunch time
W – Roast Beef Sandwiches, Chips and Carrots
Th – BBQ Chicken Salad
F – Pizza, Snap Peas, Apples
Sa – Leftovers

Dinner
M – Taco Salad
T – BBQ Steak using this marinade, Crashed Hot Potatoes, green salad
W – Chicken Pasta Salad
Th – Breakfast
F – Dinner with friends!
Sa – Dijon Grilled Pork Chops, rice, green beans
Su – TBD

I would like to thank Laura at Orgjunkie.com for Menu Plan Monday. Check out her website for tons of ideas!

Upward Boise

My daughter and I have been involved with Upward Cheerleading for 3 years now. It is such a wonderful, non competitive program! When we moved last summer we were both a little worried that it would be something that we would not be able to do here. But, God has blessed us and we are just wrapping up our season.
Upward Boise runs an unbelievable program. Keeping Basketball and Cheer Jesus centered while teaching skills, building friendships and having fun. I have had such a wonderful experience this season and just wanted to encourage you to check this organization out! They offer Cheer, Basketball and coming in Fall of 2010 they will offer Flag football with Cheer. They run great summer camps and I look forward to 20111 when they will also offer Soccer.

I need to go through my photos so that I can share them here with you but I just wanted to let you know of this group. If you are looking for Christ centered sports for your child, THIS is the place!

Back in the Good ‘Ole Days….

This is the text from an email I received this week. We have all seen it before but it really is a good one.

Those of You Born 1930 – 1979

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers Who smoked and/or drank while they were Pregnant..

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, Tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats,no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this..

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon..
We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
And, we weren’t overweight..

WHY?

Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the
streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. and, we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes
a few times, we learned to solve the problem. we did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms..

WE HAD FRIENDS
And we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us
forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes..

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just wWalked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them?
CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives
for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it ?

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno: “With hurricanes, tornado’s, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of swine flu and terrorist attacks are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us.. ..go ahead and skip this post.

For the rest of us…pass this on to a friend.

God determines who walks into your life….it’s up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.

When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need.

Father God – bless my friend in whatever it is that You know they may need this day!
And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity, and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with you.
Amen.

Menu for the week of March 8th

Last week went really well. I had to swap a few things from day to day but at least we ate and enjoyed almost all of it.

The homemade Pizza become Calzones and they were great! If you need a great Pizza Dough recipe, give this one a try!

So, here is our plan for the next week!
Mon – Pizza Pizza
Tue – Kid food
Wed – Tacos
Thur – BBQ Chicken, Rice and corn
Fri – Breakfast
Sat – Dinner Out! (because of the Upward Celebration and Stampede Game)
Sun – Ugh…not really sure. Was planning Beef Stew but the weather looks like it will be really nice and may BBQ something instead!

Next week I will try to be more on top of it and have recipes or links for you!

Deviled Eggs….to die for!!

At least I think so as does my family and anyone who has had them. Yes….I am biased! And I’m not the best at keep precise measurements but for this recipe I really was mindful of what I was doing so I could share them with you!

Ingredients

18 Hard Boiled Eggs
2/3 C Miracle Whip (or Mayo…..if you must!)
1 t. prepared mustard
1 t. Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/8 t. salt
Paprika

Place eggs in a pot of cold water and turn the stove on High. Once the water is boiling, turn down to medium heat and boil for 11 minutes.

Cool the eggs and then peel.

Cut eggs in half and place on a serving platter, dumping all of the cooked egg yolks into a separate bowl.

Mash the cooked egg yolks with a fork until they are small pieces. Add in all of the rest of the ingredients and stir with a spoon until well blended. Then use 2 Tablespoons to fill the egg halfs until they are just overflowing. Once the eggs are full and all of the egg mixture is used sprinkle the eggs with Paprika for flavor and appearance. Chill for at least 1 hour prior to serving, but 2-4 hours is best.

I know that most people have their own favorite recipe for Deviled Eggs, but this has been such a huge hit that I wanted to share with you in case you don’t have a family recipe to follow. Enjoy~

Cooks like me make me crazy!!!

I have realized that I really dislike cooks who cook like me. I like to cook. In fact, I love to cook, and bake! It brings me joy and I love trying new recipes and ideas. However I didn’t always feel this way. I used to hate to cook and only liked to bake when….well, we won’t go there. But over the years I have grown to love it. As I learned to cook I was the type of person who needed exact measurements. Give me precise directions with detailed info. Maybe it is one of the reasons that my favorite food blog these days is The Pioneer Woman. Ree, bless her pea pickin’ heart gives step by step directions….with photos!
I have been trying to put together some of our family recipes for you to try. My problem is that I don’t measure everything and that makes it hard for you! I can tell you a pound of meat, a half a pound of pasta or what ever. But when it comes to spices I just cannot measure! i might start with a measurement but then I need to add a shake of this and a little more of that! UGH!

So, consider this your warning. I am going to post recipes for you to try. BUT, they might be a little off. Your family might like less garlic and more onion. More pepper and less herb or whatever. I just can’t let those little things like a teaspoon here or there come between friends!

March Stamp Class


I will be hosting a technique class this month and invite you to attend! We will learn 3 great stamping techniques and this is a no cost, no obligation class. Just come and have fun!!

The class will be held on March 20th from 11am until 2pm. Children are welcome to come and hang out with my kids if you desire!

Details can be found on my website. I look forward to seeing you then!

Menu for the week of March 1st

I’ve been really lazy about sharing menu ideas with you. I still plan but just don’t take the time to post. So here is what we are having this week

M – Ham with Mustard Sauce, Scalloped Potatoes, green beans
T – Stuffed Green Peppers
W – Homemade Pizza ( or Pizza Pizza if I get lazy!)
Th – Sloppy Joes
F – Dinner out!
Sa – Beef Stew
Sun – Chicken Pot Pie

A** helped pick out some of the recipes for this week from a cook book she got for her birthday so I will post those once we try them. I would love to see what you will be having this week!