Monday Meal Plan


You know that moment when you look into the freezer and realize maybe it's time to use some of what's in there? Yeah, that's what this week is looking like. Plus, we have some carryovers from last week. We're going to be out of town for a few days for spring break, and you know how I love love love to leave a cleaned out fridge.

Meal Plan: March 17-22

Kids' Breakfast

Monday: eggs & toast, strawberries and blueberries

Tuesday: waffles, peanut butter, apple slices

Wednesday: blueberry muffin, yogurt, banana

Thursday: granola bar, strawberries

Friday: waffles, Nutella, banana

Kids' Packed Lunch

Monday: leftover crockpot Philly hoagie, pretzels, yogurt, muffin

Tuesday: ham & cheese wrap, carrots, strawberries and blueberries

Wednesday: cream cheese and jelly sandwich, goldfish, red pepper slices, strawberries, cookie

Thursday: quesadilla, celery and peanut butter, chips and salsa, yogurt

Friday: leftover BBQ pork sandwich, apple slices, cheese stick, muffin

My Lunch

Monday: ham & pesto "faux" grilled cheese, steamed carrots

Tuesday: veggie wrap, steamed asparagus

Wednesday: salad with leftover pork

Thursday: taco salad

Friday: veggie wrap


Monday: jalapeño popper chicken, steamed asparagus, salad, rolls

Tuesday: pork roast, mashed potatoes, steamed corn, salad, rolls

Wednesday: taco salad

Thursday: BBQ pork sandwiches, cheesy potato chips, steamed asparagus, celery & peanut butter

Friday: pizza



Five Friday Faves :)



I've taken some time- maybe too much? But I woke up this morning with a new resolve and eager to get into spring!

I'm excited to reflect on this weeks favorites with you!

1. Favorite Workout

Today! And before you ask, it was not my only workout. . .

3.14 miles for pi day :) can't be any more fun than that, right? It was a hard run. Wind+BOB=brutal. For real.

But look at this sweet face swinging after our run:

Oh, and have I mentioned she's nosy?


2. Favorite Article

I read this article on Finding Joy. I just need it this week. Read it. Maybe you do too.


3. Favorite Picture

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Yeah, just hanging out eating blueberries in the middle of the kitchen floor. Love her.


4. Favorite Meal

I should have taken a picture. But imagine if you can: frozen waffle, scoop of plain Chobani, sliced apples, sprinkled cinnamon. Yum!


5. Favorite Moment

Lately, we have been trying to be diligent about having a family bible study 1-2 nights a week. Nothing makes me prouder than hearing those sweet voices recite 1 Peter 3:8. But beyond that, Noah's apology now includes, I wasn't loving as brothers. I love his tender heart.

Oh and that moment that taxes are done? Yeah love that moment too! Haha!!



Catching Up

Our winter has been busy. And cold. Bitter cold.

We filled our Saturday's with basketball games. And some Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. We have one last hurrah tomorrow night at the bowling alley with Noah's team. I sure will miss it, but am also looking forward to a free Saturday :)

I've certainly loved the nice weather the last few days. Lydia and I have been able to get out yesterday for a run and then today we took a walk and played on the playground. She giggled the entire time.

Chad had a meeting tonight, so after homework, we went to the basketball hoops to get some more sunshine:

(and then after dinner, we went for ice cream, shhhh... don't tell Chad :)

Chad did a little DIY last week.
We started with this:

And ended up with this:

Isn't it great?
Yes. Now I can delete my "House: Foyer" Pinterest board!

And our new "jumbo" coffee mugs:

oh wait? Swanky coffee shop? Nope! :)

And then these 3 :)


What have you guys been up to?


Meal Plan Monday is back!

Over this ugly deep freeze, somehow (hello cookies and coffee!) I gained back about 7 pounds- but it's been a great winter :) This week however, I have my resolve back- the warmer temps make me smile just thinking about it, and I'm ignoring the snow we're supposed to get Wednesday after 70 tomorrow. I'll believe it when I see it. But I see lots of running and playing outside in my future this week :)
I'm sure you have probably noticed (or don't care!) that we've been having a bunch of waffles lately. Costco has a ginormous box of waffles for $6.99, the kids and I may be in love! I pop one in the toaster too it with a little peanut butter and load up sliced bananas, strawberries and blueberries. Perfect!
Oh and then there is the box if 15 cartons of Chobani for 8.99 this week. For real. I guess I know what I'm eating a lot of this week! It's ok because I love it, and so do the kids. I should be able to score another box before the sale is over.

Meal Plan: March 10-16
Kids' Breakfast
Monday: granola bar and apple
Tuesday: pancakes, strawberries, blueberries
Wednesday: blueberry muffins, banana
Thursday: waffles with peanut butter and banana
Friday: eggs & toast

Kids' Packed Lunch
Monday: Nutella sandwich, banana, pretzels, fruit snack, yogurt
Tuesday: ham and cream cheese roll up, gold fish, cheese stick, apple, cookie
Wednesday: peanut butter and apple quesadilla, carrots and ranch, yogurt, cookie
Thursday: cream cheese and jelly english muffin, cheez-it's, raspberries, yogurt
Friday: leftover crockpot chicken Philly hoagy, pretzels, strawberries, cookie

My Lunch
Monday: salad with chopped ham, salsa, avocado
Tuesday: salad with salmon, avocado, ranch dressing, 1/2 baked sweet potato
Wednesday: leftover taco salad with black beans, avocado, salsa
Thursday: leftover chicken philly hoagy, small salad
Friday: leftover chicken fried rice

Weekend Breakfast
Saturday: French toast with bananas, strawberries and blueberries
Sunday: blueberry muffins

Weekend Lunch
Saturday: leftover pizza
Sunday: Cajun dirty rice, salad

Monday: pesto salmon baked sweet potatoes, salad
Tuesday: taco salad
Wednesday: crockpot chicken Philly hoagies, corn, salad
Thursday: chicken fried rice
Friday: homemade pizza
Saturday: jalapeño popper chicken, steamed asparagus, salad
Sunday: skyline baked potatoes



Meal planning


I'm in a cooking rut. There. I said it out loud.

I'm stuck between I'm ready for winter to be over and winter is not over. At all.

It makes me not want to plan. And so, at 5pm, you can find me standing at the fridge, gazing in, hoping something will jump out at me. And fast!

Because nothing is jumping out, I've been flying by the seat of my pants (well, skirt) and my family is severely underwhelmed.

And now, I have a 10 pound bag of chicken from Costco that is taking up all visual space in my freezer, and it seems I always need what is behind it. I should really do something about that. I'm thinking, big bag goes in the basement freezer, then I'll keep a smaller bag with this weeks chicken plans upstairs?

Since yesterday and today are now over, I'll start with Wednesday.

Meal Plan: March 4-9

Kids' Breakfast

Wednesday: waffles, peanut butter, banana

Thursday: granola bar, yogurt, blackberries

Friday: eggs, toast

Kids' Packed Lunch

Wednesday: peanut butter, jelly & banana roll up, pretzels, cheese stick, yogurt

Thursday: cream cheese, ham & spinach roll up, goldfish, mixed berry smoothie

Friday: leftover tacos, chips, salsa, strawberries, yogurt


Mom Lunch

Wednesday: salad with leftover chicken

Thursday: taco nachos with leftover taco meat

Friday: leftover shrimp Fra Diavlo

Weekend Breakfast

Saturday: pancakes, banana

Sunday: blueberry muffins

Weekend Lunch

Saturday: baby shower

Sunday: baked chicken parm, salad, steamed asparagus, rolls



Wednesday: tacos

Thursday: shrimp Fra Diavlo, salad, rolls

Friday: homemade pizza

Saturday: chicken fried rice

Sunday: leftovers