Sunday, November 29, 2009

MPM (11-30 - 12/6)


Ah, Menu Plan time...again...and I'm so excited to use my Christmas banner again =)

I had a conversation with my FIL over Thanksgiving. He commented that he had noticed that I hadn't posted a plan for last week, so he wondered if we ate. I hadn't made a plan for the week, and yes, we did eat (albeit random and crazed; it was the 5:30pm madhouse in the kitchen trying to figure out what to throw together at the last minute.)

Now I feel obligated to make sure I get something put together and posted! Nothing like guilt when it comes to motivation!!!

I'm pretty sure that says it all - so here is what we're eating this week...

Monday - Meatloaf
Tuesday - Turkey Pot Pie (I'll use the same recipe as the creamy pork pot pie - we love it)
Wednesday - Meat Mix Burritos
Thursday - Turkey Pasta Toss (just substituting turkey for the chicken)
Friday - Breakfast for dinner (it could be whatever we feel like by the time Friday rolls around, but it will probably be pumpkin pancakes)
Saturday - Pretzel Dogs
Sunday - Glazed Pork Chops

If you want more ideas, swing by Orgjunkie's page to see what others are going to be serving up for the week!

Monday, November 16, 2009

MPM (Nov 16-22)

Ok, at this rate, Christmas will be here tomorrow - or so it seems! This is insane how fast the days are flying past me. So I'd better get my butt in gear, starting with the menu for the week... Here ya go --



Monday was FFA
Tuesday - Meatloaf, potatoes & carrots
Wednesday - Spaghetti & garlic bread
Thursday - Green chile chicken, rice and veggies
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - French toast
Sunday - Pork chops, veggies, roasted potatoes and rolls

If you are looking for more ideas, check out OrgJunkie's page!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tested Tip for Thursday

When you hear the word "recycle," what comes to mind?

I typically think of plastic or glass being melted down to make something else. Maybe I've seen to many "How It's Made" shows...

But you can also recycle things in your own house...as in, find a new "job" for something. I've started saving empty spaghetti jars, peanut butter jars, mayonnaise jars - anything with a good lid and a decent seal when its closed up.

They've come in handy in the kitchen, however, you could use them anywhere.

I do some of my grocery shopping at Winco in the bulk section. Things are cheaper when you don't have to pay a company to package stuff into smaller portions. However, when I do this, I come home with a bunch of stuff in plastic bags (like produce plastic bags.) They have made my pantry rather disheveled looking. Enter the empty peanut butter jar!! Now I dump the split peas/lentils/cous cous, etc. into the empty jars. I can see what is in there and how much I have, and I don't have to go digging through plastic bags anymore. As you can see in this picture, I have lentils, pinto beans, mini chocolate chips, split peas, cous cous and small shell pasta - all neatly contained in recycled jars!

What else can you put in the jars? Here are a few ideas for you:
In the garage ~ nails, bolts, washers, etc.
In the bathroom ~ (for girls) rubber bands, hair clips, bobby pins
In the kids rooms ~ Lego's, marbles, toys with multiple little pieces

Now go wash out those empty jars!! See how you can use them in your own house!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

MPM (Nov 9- Nov 15)


Wow, it's Monday again? Really?

So here is what we are eating...




Monday - Split Pea Soup and rolls
Tuesday - Meatballs and gravy over rice, carrots & green beans
Wednesday - Baked Ziti
Thursday - J's birthday, and we are going out for Chicago style pizza!!
Friday - Meat Mix with Spanish rice
Saturday - Pancakes & eggs
Sunday - Southern Oven "Fried" chicken, mashed potatoes and carrots

Check out Orgjunkie for more menu ideas!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chicken-Netti

I didn't get my menu posted. I did, however, figure it out. The other night I bought a rotisserie chicken and made it into two meals. Instead of the four breasts this recipe calls for, I'm using what was left from the chicken. Here is what we are eating tonight...

16 oz package spaghetti, prepared (I use Angel Hair)
2 cups chicken broth
1 can cream of celery soup, undiluted (you can use mushroom if you like)
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
4-6 green onions, chopped
16 oz package Velveeta, cubed
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
1/8 tsp celery salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 2 to 3 hours, stirring frequently, until warmed through. Serves 8-10 (Haha! 4 if you have my boys!!)

Tested Tip for Thursday

As I sit here to write this post, I am all too aware that it has been a while. In September, I was really looking forward to October so that things could slow down in my life... Um, here it is, November, and I don't have a clue where October went. How did that happen?! Yeah, I'm still baffled too.

So, moving on.

I decided that sharing little tips or tricks might be fun. What do you think?

One of our biggest expenses in the winter is the propane bill. Last winter we tried the thermostat at 65° during the day and 60° at night to reduce the bill. It really did make a difference. So much so that we used an entire tank LESS of propane last winter versus the years before. That saved us about $400 in heating costs by simply reducing the thermostat a few degrees, and it didn't bother us to wear sweatshirts around the house or snuggle under blankets when we watched TV.

(I know that sounded like my tip for you, but it wasn't!)


So this year I wondered if we could reduce the bill even more. I wondered how much heat we are loosing due to drafts from the doors and windows. I heard this trick about using incense sticks to see where there may be a draft. It works! Once you determine where the draft is coming in, you can reseal the window or replace the weather stripping on the door to reduce the draft. In turn, the heat that you pay so much for will stay in the house, and Jack Frost won't be coming in to nip at your nose.

There you have it, my tip for the day. Do you have any tips to share with me? I'd love to hear them - leave me a comment and share it with me!!