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.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Book Review - The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson




The Beautiful Pretender is written by Melanie Dickerson and published by Thomas Nelson.

My teenage daughter and I both love Melanie Dickerson's writing equally. This latest book in her fairy tale series is absolutely wonderful. It took me a while to figure out just which fairy tale character the main character, Avelina, was portraying, but I finally got it. For those of you wondering, I believe it to be the Princess and the Pea.

In this story, Avelina plays the part of her mistress, Lady Dorothea. Dorothea has run off and her father needs someone to take her place in a contest to win the Margrave of Thornbeck's heart - and marriage to him. The plan is for Avelina just to make an appearance so that the earl can earn the respect of Lord Thornbeck. She is NOT to win the margrave's heart. During some interesting twists and turns - and much danger - that proves more difficult than first believed.

This story is told beautifully and has enough suspense to keep the reader turning the page for more. While my daughter read this story with me, it is not a story just for the younger set. I would recommend middle teens and older read it. I am already awaiting the next book and hope Ms. Dickerson writes another, and another, and so on.

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.*

Monday, May 30, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - May 30


Happy Memorial Day and a big Thank You to all who have served our country in the past, the present, or will in the future!

I have today off of work, but my husband and two of my sons are working. It is a beautiful day here in northern Michigan, yet my allergies are really kicking my system. I love summer, but I can't really enjoy it when I feel this poorly. I hope all of you can enjoy today and NEVER forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can have a day of rest and celebration.

My menu plan for the week goes like this:

Monday

Vegetable Soup (in the slow cooker)
BBQ Chicken Thighs
Baked Beans
Watermelon

Tuesday

Spaghetti & Burger Crumbles
Salads
Garlic Toast

Wednesday

Meat Loaf
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Thursday

Corned Beef
Fruit

Friday


Saturday

Burgers on the grill
Salads
Fruit Bowl

Sunday

On Your Own

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - May 23


It finally feels like spring here with temperatures in the 70's. I don't know how long it will last, but I'm loving it while it's here.

I have been ill with non-diagnosed stomach problems for some months now. Next week I undergo some tests. Please pray that all goes well and that, if anything is found, it will be something easily fixed. Here is encouragement for those of you on vegetarian diets - the blood tests performed last week (quite extensive) show, in my doctor's exact words, "On paper, you are the healthiest person on the planet!" In other words, not eating meat (or having it very rarely and in tiny bits) does not necessarily cause one to have vitamin and mineral deficiencies. My iron count is strong and that is with me having a history of anemia when I was very young (and I was a strong meat eater then, having grown up on a dairy farm and our freezer always full of beef, pork, chicken, and mutton).

My menu plan for this week is as follows:

Monday - Amanda Prepares

Macaroni and Cheese
Fruit

Tuesday

Sloppy Joes and BLTs
Baked Potatoes
Steamed Vegetables

Wednesday

Tacos
Tossed Salads

Thursday

Roast Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers
Baked Beans
Chips
Potato Salad

Sunday

On Your Own

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book Review: Honest Wrestling by K. Howard Joslin


Honest Wrestling: Questions of Faith when Attacked by Life is written by K. Howard Joslin and is published by WestBow Press.

This book is what the title claims it is: Honest Wrestling with faith and constant questioning God and His motives. The author, K. Howard Joslin, bares his soul as he tells of his (and his family's) personal wrestling with this issue. Through miscarriages, difficult years of Seminary, and then cancer on his wife's part, he and his family struggled. What was God doing? Did He even care? Does prayer even make a difference when God is sovereign anyway and will make His own choices?

In the end, faith is strengthened. That is the hope and affirmation that faith matters - that prayer matters. I won't tell you whether Mrs. Joslin was cured from her cancer. You'll have to read the book for yourself. But I will tell you that this is a book filled with encouragement for those who are facing challenges - storms, if you will - in their lives. We are all going to face those intense storms. It's not a matter of if; it's a matter of when. I don't know about you, but I need all of the encouragement I can get. Throughout my life, I have found that storms don't only come once in a lifetime. They come off and on through a lifetime. If not for the loving arms of Jesus, I would not have made it past the first one or two storms that ravaged my life. Because He is there and has held me when I could not hold myself, I have come out of those difficult times a bit stronger each time.

It is the same for the Joslins. I hope, as you read Honest Wrestling, that you will find encouragement for the storms you face and that you will come out glowing.

*I received a copy of Honest Wrestling in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*