Monday, July 18, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - July 18


We picked cherries at the orchard yesterday - tons of them. I Food Saver them and freeze them for use throughout the year. It's nice to have something you can pull from the freezer and use for baked goods when asked to "bring a dish to pass". Last night I made my mom's signature dessert, Cherry Pudding Cake. I have made it lots over the years and my family loves it.

Monday

Cheese Tortellini
Tossed Salad
Garlic Toast
Cottage Cheese

Tuesday

Grilled Chicken Breasts
Mashed Potatoes
Peas
Bread Sticks
Fruit Salad

Wednesday

Taco Salad
Chips & Salsa
Rice

Thursday

Pork Chops on Grill
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers on the Grill
Macaroni Salad
Chips & Dip
Fruit

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, July 11, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - July 11



Here's the plan for the week; Recipe for Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Bread follows the menu plan.

Monday

Sloppy Joes in Crock-pot
Green Beans
Salads

Tuesday

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Bread (G.F.)
Baked Potatoes done on the grill
Grillers

Wednesday

Hamburger Soup in Crock-pot
Cauliflower
Salads

Thursday

Vegetable Stew with Rice
Beef Roast & Potatoes

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers
Various Salads

Sunday

On Your Own


Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

1/2 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cup gluten-free flour blend
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup oil OR applesauce
nuts, if desired

Sprinkle blueberries with 2 tsp. flour. Set aside. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Stir in oats. Combine eggs, oil or applesauce, and bananas in another bowl and mix well. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir only until moist. Carefully fold in blueberries and nuts. Pour into floured greased 8x4 inch loaf pan. Bake 60 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool in pan 20 minutes before attempting to remove to a rack.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - July 4


Happy Independence Day! We watched the dinky (and I mean dinky) parade here in town this morning. It took all of five minutes but was fun anyway. Tonight we will watch fireworks that the bar across the road puts up every year. They put on a good show and we can watch them from our yard.

I have been diagnosed with chronic acid reflux disease and have struggled to be comfortable. Yesterday and today are the first days I have felt free from the burning in my throat. Such a good feeling! I have been following the advice from a book titled, Killing Me Softly From Inside by Jonathan E. Aviv, MD, FACS (along with the medication my doctor prescribed). The ph chart inside the book has helped me tremendously. Changing the way I eat has been vital in finally getting some of the symptoms to disappear. I gave up coffee and that has been one of the most difficult changes. Also, no chocolate, mint, onions, garlic, or vinegar. Those are all foods that I adore. While it has been difficult at times, I do know that eating differently and purposefully will be a lifelong habit so I can prevent further damage to my esophagus.

The plan for the week (the family's, not necessarily mine) is:

Monday

Meat Loaf
Fried Potatoes
Green Beans
Vegetable Pasta Salad (gluten-free pasta, herbs, no vinegar or mayonnaise)

Tuesday

Beef Tips & Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Broccoli

Wednesday

Enchilada Pie
Corn Muffins
Salads
Baked Potato for me

Thursday

Fish & Chips (in foil packets)
Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, & Yellow Squash for me

Friday

Pizza & Pop
My pizza is gluten free with no red sauce. No pop for me.

Saturday

Burgers
Baked Beans
Chips & Dip
I will have a turkey burger or veggie burger, no onions or peppers can be in it.

Sunday

On Your Own

More plans on Organizing Junkie's site.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Book Review - The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book by Dr. David Jeremiah


The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book is written by Dr. David Jeremiah and published by Thomas Nelson.

I have struggled a bit with spiritual warfare. I know that it is a real thing and I know that it is a battle. I have been in the war since I became a believing Christian in 1984. Satan and his demons do not like us Christians and they have worked at trying to get me - and other believers - away from God since day one.

The book by Dr. David Jeremiah is a practical guide to knowing something about the enemy and knowing how to glean Scripture in order to find the answers to defeating Satan. Dr. Jeremiah's fantastic descriptions of the "whole armor of Christ" is one to study and then put into practice. Putting on the armor is not easy; the armor can be heavy. But it is vital to winning the war.

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book is a beautiful hardcover gift book. Inside is a "presented to" page for you to sign. In the back is a slew of practical Scriptures to help the Christian day by day. As Dr. Jeremiah says, it IS a day by day battle. You don't just win and you're done. But with God's help, it is doable. After all, GOD wins the battle at the end of Revelation, and we get to be a big part of it. I can't wait.

*I received a copy of The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*

Monday, June 20, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - June 20



Monday

Basamati/Wild Rice with Veggies
BBQ Pork Loin Sandwiches
Raspberry Custard Cake with Ice-cream

Tuesday

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Millet Crust
Cauliflower
Salads

Wednesday

Chicken Pot Pies
Salads

Thursday

Grilled Chicken
Baked Potatoes
Green Beans

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers
Potato Chips
Baked Beans

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, June 13, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - June 13

For this Menu Plan Monday, I planned ahead by beginning the cooking on Sunday. Above are homemade cinnamon rolls. The recipe says to make them small, but I made fewer of them and made them LARGE. The trick to having plump, soft cinnamon rolls (or any other roll or biscuit, for that matter) is to place them very close together before the second rise and baking. When you do this, they keep in moisture and also rise high, as there is no other place for them to go. On the second day, simply warm them in the microwave to soften or else dip them in milk.

Deviled eggs (below) are super simple to make and I do not use a recipe. They are too easy. Add to the mashed yolks enough mayonnaise or Miracle Whip (or your favorite salad dressing) to be moist but not too wet. Place a squirt of prepared mustard. If you use real mayonnaise, add a teaspoon of sugar or an equivalent amount of sugar substitute. Fill the whites and sprinkle with paprika.



This week's menu plan goes like this:

Monday

White Bean, Potato, & Asparagus Salad (Forks Over Knives)
Roast Beef
Potatoes & Carrots
Deviled Eggs

Tuesday

Wet Burritos (use left-over roast beef)
Tossed Salads

Wednesday

Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon
Baked Chicken Breasts
Broccoli & Cauliflower

Thursday

Macaroni & Cheese with Hamburger Crumbles
Raspberry Cobbler

Friday


Saturday

Turkey Burgers on the Grill
Chef Salads
Chips & Dip

Sunday

On Your Own

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Simple Homemade Clothespin Bag


I got tired of keeping my clothespins inside of a plastic grocery bag. Good grief! Why did it take me so long to get something that would work better than that?

This clothespin bag I made from a t-shirt my son was giving to the local Goodwill store. I admit it. I took the donation for myself. To transform it I simply cut off the sleeves and the hem. Then, I sewed the openings together and put it on a wire clothes hanger. The bag can hold a LOT of clothespins. I barely covered the bottom with the 50 pins I own. The t-shirt is a men's size small.