Monday, February 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - February 23

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Good frozen morning! It is currently (at 9:40 a.m.) a -15 F. It's been colder this month and it is sunny, so I am hopeful things will be warmer very soon! This is probably going to be a week of slow cooker menus. We have recently surmised that our daughter has an allergy (or, at best, a sensitivity) to dairy. After cutting dairy from her diet, her severe eczema began to get getter. It's not completely gone, but is fading. So, with that in mind, some of the meal plans are either vegan or dairy-free. As she and I are gluten-free, there's a bit of gluten-free meals sprinkled in here and there. So, here's my plan:

Monday

Chicken Salad Sandwiches
 Fruit

Tuesday

Grilled Chicken Breast for G.F.
G.F. Spaghetti
Tossed Salads

Wednesday

Chili
Ice-cream

Thursday

Broiled Marinated Pork Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers & Chips

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, February 16, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - February 16

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It is absolutely freezing here. When we woke up this morning, the thermometer registered at -21 degrees F. That's pretty cold! We opted to stay home from church and watch it online (our services are broadcast via the radio and the internet). With the blowing of snow last night, the roads weren't safe for travel - if we got stranded, that would be a fairly cold wait on help. But, spring is on the way and I, for one, cannot wait! Hopefully, our garden will do well this summer and I won't have to put green beans on every single menu plan next winter. For now, however, they are there. Here's the plan:

Monday

Glimmering Glazed Pork Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Corn
Rhubarb Custard Pie (in a gluten-free graham cracker crust)

Tuesday

Sloppy Joe's
Salads

Wednesday

PoPo (tiny meatballs)
Brown & Wild Rice Medley
Green Beans

Thursday

Oven-fried Chicken
Baked Potatoes
Green Beans (again)

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Chips & Salsa

Sunday

On Your own

Monday, February 09, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - February 9

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Monday

Pancakes & Ham Slices

Tuesday


Wednesday

Salads
Garlic Bread

Thursday

Taco Salad

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers on the Grill

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, February 02, 2015

Book Review: You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. by Ben Carson, MD





You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. is written by Ben Carson, MD with Gregg Lewis and Deborah Shaw Lewis and is published by Zondervan.

When debating upon which book to review next, I saw this book by Dr. Carson and immediately snatched it up. Dr. Carson is a Christian neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatrics. I have a deep respect for him, both as a doctor and as a Christian who refuses to be budged from his beliefs.

In You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G., Dr. Carson begins his "guide" by telling some stories from his youth. His mom had a HUGE impact on how he would one day turn out. She told him often that he had a brain and to use it. Well, he did use that brain and the rest is history. T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. stands for: Talent, Honesty, Insight, Niceness, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth Learning, and God. Dr. Carson uses inspiring stories to demonstrate the need for teens to use and develop a love of learning and God to be all that they can be. At the end of the book are thought provoking discussion questions that can be answered alone or maybe with a parent or friend.

I enjoyed this book immensely for its easy reading style but more for it's teaching of an important message. Teens need to know that they are worth something more than what society will tell them they are. They need prayers, direction, and guidance to lead them along the path the Lord has provided for them. Dr. Carson is a wonderful role model that I hope my own teenage son will admire and learn from as he reads this book.

*I received a copy of You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinions are my own.*

Menu Plan Monday - February 2

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It is a balmy 1 degree F. outside right now, but it is sunny. I can actually feel the sun's warmth on me coming through the window as I type this blog post. For that, I am grateful! My family in Indiana, however, is shoveling in the aftermath of a huge snow storm. Some folks in Escanaba, Michigan, are without power this morning following a power plant explosion. Winter is fickle for those of us in the north.

Hopefully the following menu plan will bring my family some "warmth and comfort" this week.

Monday

Beef Stroganoff (subbing ground beef for steak)
Salads

Tuesday

 Grilled, Marinated Pork Chops
Baked Potatoes
Green Beans

Wednesday

Roasted Whole Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Salads

Thursday

Fish Fry (using perch fillets we caught ice-fishing)
French Fries
Salads

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Hamburgers (including veggie burgers)
Sweet and Spicy Squash and Apple Puree (from Clean Eats)
Tossed Salads

Sunday

On Your Own

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Product Review: Wireless Charger and Bluetooth Speaker

I was given the opportunity to review a couple of products from EC Technology this week. The first one is a Bluetooth speaker.

http://www.amazon.com/EC-Technology%C2%AE-Speakerphones-Waterproof-Shockproof/dp/B00KXVU2RW/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

This is an interesting product for me. I am used to listening to music on my large stereo, so getting used to a speaker that doesn't need wiring and on top of that, can be carried around, is new to me. I had to have my teenage son help me figure out how to use it. Once that was done, however, it wasn't so difficult to figure out. I do think that, for such a small item, it is a bit heavy for me to wear clipped to my belt. I can see myself using it if it sits on my desk or on the windowsill above my kitchen sink. It does what it's supposed to and the sound is pretty good. It would make a nice gift for someone, however, and I just might put it back in the box and save it for such a purpose.

The other product is a wireless charger for my Nokia phone.

http://www.amazon.com/EC-Technology%C2%AE-Ultra-slim-Qi-enabled-Wireless/dp/B00M9TBTDM/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

This wireless charger from EC Technology is a good one to have when going on vacation and you might not have access to an electrical outlet. I can plug it into my laptop or, ironically, my portable battery charger, and then be able to charge my phone. It charges my phone as quickly as my old charger. I like the ultra slim design because it can fit into my purse easily. The only problem I have found might be that I had to position my phone just right on the charger in order for it to get to work. However, I have that same dilemma with my old charger, so I'm used to it. It isn't enough of a bother to cause me to not use it. Unlike the speaker, I will be keeping this product for myself. In fact, I have it charging my phone as I type.

*I received the products above in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.*

Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - January 26

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Hi everyone! Here's our menu plan for the week:

Monday

Lasagna
Garlic Toast
Salads
Ice-cream

Tuesday

Broiled Pork Steaks
Mashed Potatoes
Corn

Wednesday

Meat Loaf
Green Beans
Baked Potatoes
Hoppin' James (black-eyed peas with rice)
Salads

Thursday

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Peas

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Ravioli
Garlic Bread
Salads

Sunday

On Your Own

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Product Review - Professional Optical Gaming Mouse by EC Technology®

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7M0R5M/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0
I am not a big gamer, but I live in a house full of guys who are, ahem, addicted. Once I gave this mouse a quick go-over, I handed it over to my husband who used it to play his favorite strategy game. I asked him for some things that he liked or did not like about it. He gave me some pros but he could not come up with one thing he did not like.

It fits my husband's hand nicely; the contour is perfect for comfort and ease of clicking nonstop. It glides smoothly across the mouse pad, which is something I'd like just for surfing the web. The lights are great, and you can change the color. Jeff prefers the standard red. There are six programmable buttons. We never got them all programmed, but the capability is there. The function I like the best - and you might think it's silly, especially since there are other, more high-tech, qualities about the mouse - is that the cord is a braided one that ensures we won't have to worry about a short. There is nothing worse than a mouse that keeps shorting out on you right when you're in the middle of a hot game or something even more important.

The bottom line is that this is a serious mouse for a serious computer user. If you're into gaming, you'll find that the ability to reach 4000DPI is just another great perk. I have a feeling that both of us will be playing with this mouse, learning to use it's multiple functions, and just enjoying something that feels so good in our hands, for some time.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinion is my own.*