Monday, May 31, 2010

Some Gave All

I knew a man called him Sandy Kane
Few folks even knew his name
But a hero was he
Left a boy, came back a man
Still many just don't understand
About the reasons we are free

I can't forget the look in his eyes
Or the tears he cries
As he said these words to me

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all

Now Sandy Kane is no longer here
But his words are oh so clear
As they echo through out our land
For all his friends who gave us all
Who stood the ground and took the fall
To help their fellow man

Love your country and live with pride
And don't forget those who died America can't you see

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all

And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall, yes recall
Some gave all

Some gave all

by: Billy Ray Cyrus

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MPM - May 24th

Dear Menu,

I don't like you.  You take a lot of time to figure out....recipe ideas, pantry shopping, grocery shopping - all things necessary to make you work and be happy.  Therefore, you aren't my friend anymore.

Sincerely,
Me

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Dear Menu,

I didn't mean that.  I love you.  Really I do.  In the long run, you make my life easier.  See?  I did my plan for the week - I even had it done yesterday (on Monday, when it's due).  And the best part?  I don't have to do any grocery shopping for this plan...it's all right here in my house.

Monday - Gram's Beef Macaroni
Tuesday - Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
Wednesday - Taco Pasta (new recipe)
Thursday - Tuna Noodle Casserole
Friday - BBQ Chicken Pizza (homemade, of course)
Saturday - Kielbasa and Potatoes
Sunday - Pancakes 

Sometimes, I just get aggravated with you, but I know that the time spent figuring you out makes me less crazy at dinner time during the week.  I'm sorry I yelled at you.  Please forgive me?

If you want, you can check out OrgJunkie's page.  You might enjoy it, seeing all those menus...together...in one place...

Love,
Me

Sunday, May 16, 2010

2010 Amgen Tour of California

I've always thought that seeing the Tour de France would be really cool in person.  I had an opportunity to kinda see what it would be like.  The Amgen Tour rolled through my rinky-dink town.  All that anticipation to see big names like Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Mark Cavendish, George Hincapie.  Let me tell you, it was over in a flash!  The lead pack of 4 riders went by.  The Peloton was about 4 minutes behind the leaders.  And it was over.  Done, just like that!  But it was still a cool experience!

*I'll thank Keith now, as this is his picture of Lance and Mark!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

MPM (5/3-5/9)

I'm still trying to come to terms with the knowledge (it isn't just an "idea" anymore) that I will way over spend if I don't have a menu plan.  And I like to eat out.  It's really just that simple.  Then, to add to the problem, I get to a point where I'm tired of eagle-eying the bank account.  Next thing I know, I'm trying to figure out where the money has gone, and did I remember to account for all the charges to the bank card.  That's no fun at all.

So here I am.

Again.

Yesterday I had to run down the hill to get coffee for David.  Since I was there, I picked up a few things from the grocery stores.  I did very well.  I simply replenished a few basic items I was out of and picked up standard household produce.  I spent $18 at Wal-mart and $13 at Winco.  Today I came up with a menu for the week.  I am still patting myself on the back over this one....I am only 1 can of green chilies, ½ onion, and 1 pound of red beans shy of having everything on hand.  Yes, I did it a little backwards.  I should have had a menu planned out to determine my grocery list  But I was trying to take advantage of the fact that I was right there in the parking lot!...and I wouldn't even be short the can of green chilies had I not been out at home and bought the last two off the shelf yesterday.  (Green chilies are a standard staple around here, and I usually buy 6-8 cans at a time, just like tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.)

So, here is our plan for the week.

Monday - Baked Spaghetti (with chicken instead of beef)
Tuesday - Sausage Lentil Stew (with regular kielbasa since I have it in the freezer)
Wednesday - Pancakes
Thursday - Red Beans & Rice new recipe
Friday - Taco Pasta
Saturday - Philly Cheese steak sandwiches (from the freezer)
Sunday - BBQ Tri-tip

For more menu ideas and recipes, check out OrgJunkie's page.