Menu For the Week

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted Menu Plan Monday but I thought I would this week. I am always looking for new ideas for my menus. I do not like to eat the same thing, or even similar things too often. To me, too often is more than every few weeks. So, this upcoming week, this is what we will be having.

Monday – Chinese Broccoli Beef with Brown Rice
Tuesday – Breakfast Casserole (still looking for a good recipe, do you have one?)
Wednesday – 1 Pot Chicken Penne
Thursday – Steak and Potatoes. Good old fashioned MAN food!
Friday – Leftovers
Saturday – Chicken Nuggets and Jojo’s
Sunday – Ham, Homemade Mac and Cheese and a green salad

I hope you enjoy one of these on your menu very soon. A shout out for Laura at Orgjunkie.com for her wonderful Menu Plan Monday! It’s a great resource to get new ideas. Thanks for stopping by today!

One Pot Chicken & Penne

This is a recipe I have been making for a number of years now. We have not had it for a long time so I decided to pull it out of the vault and see how it goes over now.

ONE-POT CHICKEN PENNE & PARMESAN

1 Tbs. butter
3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
1 – 14.5-oz. can chicken broth
8 oz. Penne, uncooked
1 pkg. frozen broccoli, cauliflower, carrot mix
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

In a 5 qt. saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter; add the diced chicken. Cook for 5 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink. Add the broth and heat till boiling. Add the uncooked pasta, veggies and pepper, stirring to coat with liquid. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 13 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, or until pasta is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the soup, milk and 1/2 cup of the cheese until smooth; stir into the chicken mixture. Heat until the mixture comes to just a boil, then sprinkle with remaining cheese.Makes 8 1-cup servings.

Some Great Faith Blogs

I have had a rough few days but think I’m feeling a tad better. I have spent way too many hours the past year reading other people’s blogs. But along the way I have found a few that really move me. I have them also listed in my blog roll but thought I would put them front and center here today. In no particular order, they are

Hester’s Heart
Shaun Groves
We are THAT Family
Jonesbones5
The Gypsy Mama
Lysa TerKeurst

I also have a few others that I’ve only recently found but don’t follow them on a regular basis yet. Since these are probably all pretty well known, do you have others that you visit that I am missing? I would love to hear about them. Please leave me a comment with a link so that I can visit them. Or maybe it’s your own blog that is faith building – that counts too! Just be sure to let me know about it. I am starting to learn how to use Google Reader which I think will cut down on the amount of time I spend in front of the screen reading each day. That is probably a good thing!

I hope you are having a great weekend!
Hugs!

Jen

Feeling Wrecked

I’m sure you have had one of those days where you just feel like a train wreck? Well, that is me today. I am not sure why. I’ve been down and blue for a few days now. Maybe a week actually. I have spent a lot of time in my bible, in prayer and the one answer I keep getting is “Just wait, this will pass.” I think God is wrecking me on purpose. For His purpose. Something bigger, something greater.

I’ve been feeling like something bigger is coming. The good season has been upon us for a short while now and I know it won’t last. It never does. And that is fine. With each dry season I get closer to my Lord. I hear him best when it’s barren. Maybe it’s Satan attacking me and getting the upper hand. I did feel that way about 4-5 days ago. But today is different. Today I feel like an emotional wreck but it’s God doing it and it’s for His purpose.

So I will wait. Be patient. Be still and know that in His perfect time this will all make sense. In the mean time, would you pray for me. Pray that I can sit through this being obedient and faithful. That I can use this train wreck to reach or teach someone else.

The Silly Season now begins

I am so glad that today is over. I’m not that into Halloween this year. But, I am partly dreading what comes next. Tomorrow is the Dawn of “The Season”. You know the one. Where everyone runs around like crazy, headless chickens, trying to be more, have more, do more just because it’s THAT time of year. I’ve called it the Silly Season for the last few years now and that is because everyone gets out of control crazy. We all loose our minds and it’s just plain silly!

This year I am going to try something new. I want this to be the Thankful Season. Thankful for all I have, thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus made for me, thankful that I live in a country where I can share that Good News. Just thankful for all things, big and small.

I am asking God to help change my heart. Change how I feel and deal with the holidays. Help me see and show what they are really all about. Is it possible to make Thanksgiving be less about food and more about being thankful. Can we make Christ the main focus as Christmas approaches. What can I say or do, and how can I act so that my children and my non-Christian friends can see how God is doing a work in me.

This will be a work in progress, as all life is. The focus of holidays have been heavy on my heart lately and this is just one more way God is molding me to be more like him.

So happy Fall Ya’ll! Let’s see what we can do to shake it up this year!