Menu Plan For the Week ~ With Caramel Popcorn

Now here’s something I haven’t made for several months:

Caramel Popcorn With No Corn Syrup!

Caramel Popcorn isn’t something I think of to make for a treat in the summertime.  Now that it’s fall, it seems perfect.  I’m making a huge batch to serve the teens tonight who are coming for Bible study.  Easy, inexpensive, filling, and fun!

Speaking of something I don’t think to make very often…I rarely think to make breakfast for lunch or dinner.  Why not?  I have no idea.  It’s easy, it’s inexpensive (usually), and it doesn’t take much time.  I decided that today for our Sunday Dinner, we would have pancakes and bacon.  No one will complain, I guarantee you that.  :)  Do you have breakfast for dinner very often?

Sunday, September 28
Raspberry oatmeal bars, apples
Quick mix pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, pears
High school huddle – Tator tot casserole, tossed salad, carrots with ranch, caramel popcorn

Monday, September 29
Cinnamon swirl bread, fried eggs, clementines
Bean and cheese burritos, pineapple mango smoothies, sweet peppers, olives
Lamb chops, cream scalloped potatoes, tossed salad, green beans

Tuesday, September 30
Pumpkin pancakes, applesauce
Hamburger patties, cheesy cauliflower cakes, steamed broccoli, raspberries
Alfredo sauce with pasta, Italian chicken, tossed salad, roasted asparagus

Wednesday, October 1
Bacon cheese muffins, cantaloupe
Popcorn chicken, ranch potato wedges, peas, carrot sticks
Homemade tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, green beans

Thursday, October 2
Scrambled cheesy eggs, strawberry smoothies
Spicy avocado dip with chips, sweet peppers, nectarine cream cups
Grilled barbeque chicken, honey glazed carrots, tossed salad, fried okra

Friday, October 3
Giant breakfast cookies, apples
Baked potatoes in the crock pot with ham, cheese, and broccoli; olives, cucumbers
Homemade pizza, tossed salad

Saturday, October 4
Crepes with blueberries and cream cheese filling
Leftovers
Lamburgers, homemade fries, carrot sticks, peas

Get free fall menu planners here and here.  We’re working on designing new and different planners to use with different methods of menu planning.  Watch for those later this week!

What’s on your menu this week?

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Menu Plan for the Week ~ Lots of Apples and Dip

basket of apples

We are loving all the apples available to us right now!  We are now completely stocked with homemade applesauce for this winter, plus we’re eating a lot of apples for snacks and with meals.  One of our favorite ways to eat these apples is with Cream Cheese Fruit Dip.  If you haven’t tried this recipe yet – do it.  It’s amazing.  My kids think it’s kind of like dipping your apple in cheesecake.  :)

You’ll notice in my menu plan below that I am serving this dip twice today – once this morning for a college age Bible class Matt teaches at church; and again tonight for the teens who come to our home for Bible study and fellowship.

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Hope your week is full of blessing!  Here’s what our menu looks like:

Sunday, September 21
Easy breakfast casserole, apples with cream cheese fruit dip
Lamb roast, potatoes, carrots, gravy, peas
High school huddle – Pizza boats, tossed salad, apples with cream cheese fruit dip

Monday, September 22
Dark chocolate almond granola, grapes
Taco salad, fresh pineapple
Sloppy joes on cornbread muffins, peas, apples

Tuesday, September 23
Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, creamy orange cooler
Tuna salad on lettuce and tomatoes, strawberry ice cream, sweet peppers
Baked three cheese chicken pasta, tossed salad, green beans

Wednesday, September 24
Green machine milkshakes, honey cinnamon muffins, apples
Bacon, egg, and avocado salad, honey whole wheat toast
Chicken fried steak strips, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans

Thursday, September 25
Grape nuts cereal, blueberries
Taco quesadillas, raspberry lemon cream cups, carrot sticks, olives
Easy noodle stir-fry with broccoli, zucchini, and carrots

Friday, September 26
Pancake and sausage muffins, applesauce
Easy cheesy bean dip with chips, fresh pineapple, sweet peppers
Chicken nuggets and french fries, carrot sticks, grapes

Saturday, September 27
Bacon cheesy eggs, raspberries
Leftovers
Italian cream cheese chicken, tossed salad, asparagus

Be sure to download our free new Fall Menu Planners here.

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Menu Plan for the Week ~ And A Little Bit About Our Past Few Days

I hate to talk about the weather, but…

Is it cold at your house already?  It’s been unseasonably cold the past few days here in Nebraska.  Temps are supposed to creep up again, thankfully, but here it is mid-September and I’m already wearing wool socks.  It’s a little early for that, but I’m kind of a cold weather wimp.  ;)

We’re pulling in quite a bit from our garden since it’s been getting so cold at night.  We probably won’t be getting many more fresh tomatoes (sniff).  I chopped one up to go with a new recipe I found in the Healthy Living BundleTaco Dip.  It was super, super easy and really delicious – two favorite qualities in a recipe at my house.  Fresh pineapple (not from our garden, ha!) was a great side dish.  And of course, I served a mountain of quesadillas too.   We’re serious about our food.

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I’ve got a new Make-Ahead Lunch Box idea to share with you later this week.  Below is a sneak preview.  Simple and delicious.  Full details coming in a few days!

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One of the cold days last week, you would have found me wearing my wool socks…and drinking an iced coffee.  Silly and counterproductive, I know.  But the iced coffee was delicious, making the shivering episode completely worth it.  I will say though, I stuck with hot coffee the rest of the week.  I’m not completely crazy (just mostly).

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See that cool glass straw in my iced coffee?  I had no idea how nice it would be to have one of those.  When I first saw Strawsome was offering a $15 gift certificate for free with your bundle purchase, I was like, “Really? Why would I want a glass straw that would most certainly be used as a weapon of some sort in my family of males, and would break within five minutes of being in my kitchen?”  I stand corrected.  This thing is so sturdy, I’m not worried a bit about it breaking.  I LOVE that my iced coffee (or smoothies) no longer taste like plastic straws.  I have yet to share this little prize with my boys.  I actually am not so worried anymore about them breaking it, but I’ve kind of been keeping it to myself because I got a cutesy one…just for me.  What can I say?

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You like how I took so much time and effort to carefully white out my mailing address?  I am so professional.  I just thought it would be fun to show you what my countertop looked like a few days after I ordered my bundle freebies.  What you see above all came in one day.  SO MUCH FUN.  I opened them slowly, then oohed and aahed over them loudly…while drinking hot tea.  So many treats. :)

Here’s a look at our menu this week:

Sunday, September 14
Apple Crisp, cheese
Cheeseburger soup, tossed salad
Huddle – Sliced ham, macaroni salad, carrots and cucumbers with ranch, grapes, chocolate chip cookies

Monday, September 15
Fruit pizza with strawberries and kiwi
BLT wraps, peaches
Cheesy beef and rice, tossed salad, green beans

Tuesday, September 16
Scrambled eggs with cheese, creamy orange cooler
Grilled cheese, homemade tomato soup, carrots, sweet peppers
Salmon patties, sweet potato fries, peas, pears

Wednesday, September 17
Cream cheese pumpkin muffins, apples
Pasta salad bar, watermelon
Italian pasta bake, tossed salad, okra, green beans

Thursday, September 18
Cinnamon apple toast, fried eggs
Taco corn fritters, sweet peppers, olives, applesauce
Potato soup, sausage, carrot sticks, pears

Friday, September 19
Crepes with blueberries
Spanish rice, corn, sweet peppers, olives, peaches
Homemade pizza, tossed salad

Saturday, September 20
Scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, raspberries
Leftovers
One dish meat and potato casserole, tossed salad

Tell me a little about what you’ve done the past few days.  Hope you had a good week!

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Menu Plan for the Week

Pigs in a Blanket

Remember how we used to host High School Huddle on Sunday nights?  (It’s the high school kids from our church youth group, along with a few adults, meeting on Sunday evenings for fellowship and Bible study.)  We took a break last year and instead hosted a family small group Bible study at our house.  This year, since we’ve got two boys in high school, and a big enough house for hosting 40 people, we’re hosting huddle again!  We’re sharing the responsibility with another family, taking turns month by month.  September is our month, October is theirs, November is ours, and so on.  I love this plan and am very excited to have these teens in our home!

All that to say, our first Huddle of the year begins tonight!  Feeding meals to a large crowd isn’t difficult for me as long as I keep the menu simple.  The teens don’t need fancy, they just want yummy.  I can do that.  :)

Here’s our menu for this week.  Our evenings are full of soccer games and music lessons.

Sunday, September 7
Poppyseed bread with orange glaze (recipe from Make-Ahead Meals and Snacks eBook), blueberries
Sweet and Sour Meatballs (recipe from Let’s Do This! eCourse), baked potatoes in the crock pot, green beans and sweet peppers from the garden
Huddle – Grilled Italian chicken, Italian bread, carrots and cucumbers with ranch, watermelon, chocolate chip cookie bars

Monday, September 8 
Scrambled cheesy eggs, peaches
Pizza boats, tossed salad, carrots and cucumbers
Pigs in a blanket, green beans from the garden, honey dew melon

Tuesday, September 9
Chocolate chocolate chip muffins, fried eggs, strawberries
Bacon, egg, and avocado salad, cantaloupe
Chicken, spinach, and feta sliders (recipe from upcoming Healthy Living Bundle – this week!), pineapple mango smoothies, cucumbers

Wednesday, September 10
Mountain man breakfast (recipe from upcoming Healthy Living Bundle – this week!), peaches
Cheddar ranch burgers, potato wedges, peas, honey dew melon
Grilled barbeque chicken, tossed salad, green beans, raspberry lemon cream cups

Thursday, September 11
Try a new smoothie recipe from Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle ideas, scrambled eggs
Easy noodle stir fry with carrots, broccoli, and zucchini, watermelon
Lasagna casserole, tossed salad, sweet peppers and cucumbers, fresh pineapple

Friday, September 12
Mini breakfast pizza, creamy orange cooler
Tuna salad on tomatoes and lettuce, peaches, pickles
Ham and cheese pasta salad, raspberries

Saturday, September 13
Crepes with blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream
Leftovers
Grilled burgers, corn on the cob, watermelon, pickles

Anything good on your menu this week?

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Menu Plan for the Week and Our Weekend Adventures

What do you do when you have tomatoes and green beans taking over your garden, peppers and squash all over your counter-tops, tons of website work you’re behind on, school books scattered all of the living room and kitchen, dirty dishes piled up, and laundry you can’t keep up with?  You ditch it all and take a trip to Kansas, that’s what.

The deal is, there’s never really a good time to get away.  This time of year seems even more difficult with garden produce demanding such immediate attention.  But hey, if you don’t just make it happen, you’ll never get around to it.  And that is why, when we found exactly one free (ha!) day in our schedule that was close to my dad’s 65th birthday, we made a quick trip south to celebrate.  I’m so glad we did!

One of the gifts we gave my dad was Matt’s announcement of, “We have a few hours before the birthday party tonight.  What can the boys and I do around here to help?”  I, on the other hand, had already made plans to visit my good friend Amy (from The Finer Things in Life).  I got to hold her newborn while we talked a mile a minute trying to catch up.  Upon arriving back at my dad’s place two hours later, this is what I found:

Matt…leaning over the side of the roof of the car port, holding none other than a margarine tub (full of paint).

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Asa…standing on – um, what do you call this? – tractor with boards lifting him into the air so he could paint the front of the car port.

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Justus and Elias…on the other side of the car port, sitting/walking on the roof and painting.

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Apparently Malachi had already done his part, and was (safely) inside the house helping Grandma Tacy get lunch put together.  Ah, life on the farm.  I think the boys all enjoyed themselves very much.

After lunch, Malachi took me for a drive in Papa’s golf cart.  I promise I really am smiling in the picture below.  It was a selfie, the sun was in my eyes, and I wasn’t at all nervous with my nine year old’s foot on the gas pedal.

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Ain’t she purty?

It was a fantastic time to be with family.  The birthday party was fun, the cousins loved their time together, and we arrived home after midnight in time to catch some Z’s before getting up the next day and send our older boys off to a church youth event.

What have we been doing with all the tomatoes from our garden?  Well, this time, I made a batch of Homemade Tomato Soup.  I left some room at the top of each jar to allow for expansion as I put them into the freezer to have this winter.

Tomato Soup for the Freezer

Ain’t she purty?

No more traveling for our family for a while now – phew!  We’re hitting Restart – and we hope you’ll be joining us!  Settling into a routine (of some sort) sounds fantastic and refreshing.

Here’s what our menu looks like for the week:

Sunday, August 31
Blueberry streusel muffins, applesauce
Lunch at friend’s house: Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, carrots
Creamy mac and cheese, tossed salad, peas

Monday, September 1
Cheesy scrambled eggs, creamy orange cooler
Hamburger patties, honey glazed carrots, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers
Black bean chicken nachos with lettuce and tomatoes, olives, watermelon

Tuesday, September 2
Oatmeal breakfast bars, peaches
Bacon, egg, and avocado salad, toast, apples
Grilled barbeque chicken, green beans, fried okra, watermelon

Wednesday, September 3
Crepes with cream cheese filling, blueberries, strawberries
Salmon patties, potato wedges, green beans, honey dew melon
Taco salad, cucumbers

Thursday, September 4
Banana bread, fried eggs, peaches
BLT wraps, carrot sticks, cantaloupe
Spanish rice with chicken, tossed salad, sweet peppers

Friday, September 5
Peanut butter pancakes, bananas, applesauce
Taco potatoes with lettuce and tomatoes, olives, watermelon
Tuna salad on crackers, cherry tomatoes, pickles, boiled eggs, apples

Saturday, September 6
No knead whole wheat bread with peanut butter and jelly, pears
Leftovers
Three cheese garlic chicken pasta, tossed salad, green beans, asparagus

What are you up to this Labor Day Weekend?  Are you hitting the restart button with us?  Did you sign up for the bundle refer a friend program

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Menu Plan for the Week ~ With Honey Dew Melon Right Out of the Garden

Our garden is doing great, kicking out loads of fresh produce for us despite the spring hail storm we thought wiped it all out.  We are enjoying okra, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, spaghetti squash, and the latest:  honey dew melon.  We’ve never planted these melons before.  We will be planting them again.  They are soooo yummy right out of the garden!

Beware, the picture below looks a little bit like St. Patrick’s Day just made a surprise late summer appearance.

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If you look real closely, you’ll even see a green twist-tie hanging out on the table. 
That’s how good I am at this blogging photography thing.

Here’s our menu for the week:

Sunday, August 24
Chocolate whipped cream on strawberries, chocolate chocolate chip muffins
Tuna salad on lettuce and tomatoes, pickles, olives, honey dew melon
Youth group family picnic – taking watermelon, carrot sticks, cucumbers, and tomatoes

Monday, August 25
Cheesy scrambled eggs, strawberry-peach smoothies
Taco corn fritters, fried okra, watermelon, sweet peppers
Tuna casserole, peas, cantaloupe

Tuesday, August 26
Coconut flour muffins, honey dew melon
Spanish rice, raspberry lemon cream cups, tossed salad
Teriyaki chicken and veggies with broccoli, carrots, and zucchini

Wednesday, August 27
Cranberry white chocolate chip breakfast cookies, pears
Sloppy cornbread muffins, carrots and cucumbers with ranch, seven minute strawberry ice cream
Pizza boats, tossed salad, fruit salad

Thursday, August 28
Fried eggs, cinnamon apple toast
Pasta salad bar with lots of veggie options, watermelon
Italian roast wraps with lettuce and tomatoes, green beans

Friday, August 29
Whole wheat waffles, blueberries
Chicken burritos, carrots and cucumbers, black olives, cherries
Cheesy salsa enchiladas, tossed salad, cantaloupe

Saturday, August 30
Cereal
Leftovers
Chicken salad, pita bread, tomatoes, grapes

Who found the green twist-tie?? (I know you looked for it.)

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Menu Plan For the Week (Have I Told You How Much I Love Food?)

We were in the kitchen putting dirty dishes into the dishwasher together after lunch.  As is common after a meal, we were all discussing what we needed to do the rest of the day and how it was all going to get done.  Beyond our normal “at home” work, we had two outside commitments to keep: 1) Pick up our food co-op order and 2) Elias, age 12, had soccer practice in the evening.

When Elias realized he may be at soccer practice when the Azure order was brought into the house, without thinking he said, “Wait.  Can you maybe not put it away until after I get home so I can look at it first?”  Quickly, he grinned at himself for requesting something so silly.

I think this kid is a lot like his mama.  There is nothin’ silly about wanting to stare at food.  Right?  Right???

I see food and I’m like, “Oh my goodness!  Look at the beautiful green beans and all the deliciously juicy grilled meat!  The canned peaches are sooooo pretty and see these great potatoes that I just got at the farmer’s market?!”  But then there are those of you who are like, “there. is. a. watermelon. and. some. other. food. please. pass. the. salt.”  Do you mean to tell me I haven’t yet convinced you all of the joy of staring at food?  I’ll keep trying.

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EEEHHEEEE!!!  IT’S SEVERAL DOZEN SWEET CORN FALLING OUT OF BAGS!!!!!!!!

Well anyway, it seems that Elias and I are very similar when it comes to our love of food.  He loves going to the grocery store with me – just to look at all the food (and, of course, to smell the pineapple’s bottom).  He loves seeing our Azure orders and our Amazon Subscribe and Save orders come in.  He likes looking into the pantry to see all the goodies.  He loves looking through cookbooks to get new ideas.  He loves chocolate and desserts.  Hopefully, eventually, he’ll love eating vegetables.  We’re working on that one.

So…food.  This time of year is so rockin’ with all of the amazing FOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!  Who’s with me on this?  Peaches and nectarines dripping with sweet juice.  Sweet corn dripping with butter.  Watermelon dripping down my chin.  I’m not ashamed.  I love this time of year. 

We got home from our anniversary trip and had to get to work right away putting up fresh garden produce.  It’s hard work!  But the bounty and the goodness of this food?!  There’s so much to be grateful for.  We’ve been picking, snapping, blanching, and freezing (or eating!) green beans.  We found a great price on sweet corn (see beautiful picture above) and got several dozen shucked, blanched, cut off the cob, and frozen.  This week, we’ll be making fresh salsa with tomatoes and peppers from our garden.  We’re frying okra from our garden and eating it like it’s candy.

Meat off the grill with all these fresh fruits and vegetables on our table?  Well, it is just incredible.

I’ll take the hard work.  I’ll step around overflowing compost buckets and stand over a steaming pot of boiling water in a hot kitchen.  Then Elias and I will stare at it all and imagine how great it will be this winter when we can pull this goodness out of our pantry and out of our freezer to eat.

Having said all of that, you can imagine how much fun I have making a meal plan this time of year.  With all the fresh variety available - healthy menu planning is awesome.

Speaking of menu planning, I’ll let you in on a little secret.  This weekend, we finished a project we’ve been working on!  Watch for details of how you can get this resource for free.  :)

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Here’s our menu for this week.  (Won’t that food be fun to look at??!!?!)

Sunday, August 17
Creamy orange cooler, granola, blueberries
Italian cream cheese chicken, tossed salad, cherry tomatoes, green beans
Grilled burgers, tomatoes, lettuce, homemade pickles, watermelon

Monday, August 18
Green machine milkshakes, giant breakfast cookies, raspberries
Pasta salad bar, cantaloupe
Grilled barbeque chicken, corn on the cob, fried okra, peas, grapes

Tuesday, August 19
Crock pot breakfast casserole, nectarines
Hamburger sauerkraut dip with tortilla chips, cherries, kiwi
Grilled Italian chicken, baked potatoes in the crock pot, green beans, tossed salad

Wednesday, August 20
Pancake and sausage muffins, cantaloupe
Spanish rice with taco meat, spicy avocado dip, fresh pineapple
BLT wraps, sweet peppers, carrot sticks, strawberries

Thursday, August 21
Pineapple mango smoothies, fried eggs
Black bean chicken nachos, olives, pineapple
Beefy enchilada bake, tossed salad, strawberry/peach/apple fruit salad

Friday, August 22
Instant oatmeal packets, blueberries and strawberries
Cheddar ranch burgers, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, watermelon
Chicken salad with crispy cheese crackers, sweet peppers, honey glazed carrots, peaches

Saturday, August 23
Cheesy scrambled eggs, strawberry-peach-orange smoothies
Leftovers
Taco salad, nectarines

I’ve asked before but I’ll ask again:  Who likes staring at food?

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Menu Plan for the Week

Menu planning in the summer is so much fun for me!  Winter is fun too, with soups and such.  But summer?!  With all the fresh produce available?  Mmmmm, I love this time of year.  Bring on the watermelon, corn on the cob, nectarines and peaches, strawberries, tomatoes….

Sunday, August 10
Creamy orange cooler, toast
Pasta salad bar with lots of chopped veggies, cantaloupe
BLT wraps, watermelon, fried okra, carrot sticks

Monday, August 11
Chocolate chocolate chip muffins, sausage, strawberries
Sloppy cornbread muffins, cucumbers and carrots with ranch, nectarines
Grilled barbeque chicken, tossed greens, tomatoes, corn on the cob, zucchini

Tuesday, August 12
Crepes with cream cheese filling, strawberries and blueberries
Turkey ranch pinwheels, fruit and kefir smoothies
Cheeseburger macaroni, tossed salad, green beans

Wednesday, August 13
Cereal, fruit
Scrambled egg sandwiches, peas, nectarines
Cheesy beef and rice, green beans, zucchini, tossed salad

Thursday, August 14
Green machine milkshakes, scrambled eggs, toast
Pizza boats, carrots, cherries, sweet peppers, olives
Popcorn chicken, cheesy cauliflower cakes, green beans, watermelon

Friday, August 15
Fried eggs, hashbrowns, peaches
Black bean chicken nachos, grapes
Grilled burgers, lettuce and tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini

Saturday, August 16
Whole wheat donuts, raspberries
Leftovers
Chicken patty sandwiches, tomatoes, broccoli salad, cantaloupe

What fun summer foods are you enjoying?

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Menu Plan for the Week ~ The Boys Are Back in Town

After a very busy and full three months of travel, mission trips, family reunions, and church camps – our family is all home and back together again.  We have loved all the great experiences we’ve had all summer, especially loving that our boys have had such rich times of spiritual growth at church camp.  We also really loved seeing family we don’t get to see very often.  But being home together again and settling into a routine?  We are so thankful!

I counted.  In all 31 days of July, I was home only 7 days.  And those 7 little days I was home?  I was only able to do bare minimum, like laundry and packing for the next trip.  Phew!  My house is dirty.  My computer work is backed up.  I don’t even know what’s in the back of my fridge.  No matter.  I’m refreshed and ready to settle back into home and work life again.

Also?  I’ve missed you.  I really needed the computer break.  I needed the break from writing day after day.  I needed to step away from all the work it takes to keep up with this blog.  Now that I’ve had this time of refreshment and break from the norm, I am so ready to sit here with you, sharing what I’ve learned, hearing about your experiences, and serving alongside you as we create heavenly homes and love our families together.

So, hi!  I’m back.  Praise God for how He works and the opportunities He provides to give us just what we need.  I hope your summer has been full of God and the perfect lessons He teaches as we seek His will.

Fresh Peaches

Our peach trees are giving us all kinds of delicious fruit right now.
What a great treat to come home to!

In other news:  As of today, I am 41 years old.  It’s been a fun, happy birthday so far with all my men spoiling me.  I look forward to celebrating my birthday with you, too.  Watch for fun sales starting tonight!

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Fresh banana bread and sliced peaches right off the tree?  Perfection.

Now how about a menu plan?  I haven’t written one for the past few weeks, so here’s hoping I still remember how.  After all, all the boys are back home, and a couple of them grew several inches during the summer.  I’m getting shorter and shorter all the time in this family of growing boys.  People who haven’t seen them for a few weeks have commented that they didn’t even recognize them at first.  Seriously, these teenage boy growth spurts are nuts.  Wow, I love these kids – and their appetites.

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Have you tried this great Pasta Salad Bar idea yet?  What are you waiting for?!

Here’s this week’s menu plan:

Sunday, August 3 (Happy Birthday to me)
Banana bread, strawberries
Out to lunch for a birthday treat
Shrimp and veggie stir-fry with asparagus, broccoli, yellow squash, carrots, and zucchini; watermelon

Monday, August 4 (We start our school year today)
Whole wheat waffles, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream
Meat and cheese burritos, sweet peppers, olives, pineapple mango smoothies (with spinach blended in)
Italian cream cheese chicken, tossed salad, asparagus

Tuesday, August 5
Honey cinnamon muffins, scrambled eggs, raspberries
Chef salad, banana bread, watermelon
Grilled barbeque chicken, corn on the cob, garden green beans, fried zucchini

Wednesday, August 6
Cream cheese filled crepes, fresh berries
Baked potatoes in the crock pot topped with ham, cheese, sour cream, and peas; cantaloupe
Burgers on the grill, zucchini-cheese casserole, tomatoes, pickles, honey dew melon

Thursday, August 7
Fried eggs, sausage, cantaloupe, blueberries
Baked beans with hot dogs, strawberry peach slushies, carrots and cucumbers with homemade ranch
Lamb chops, cheesy cauliflower cakes, tossed salad, green beans

Friday, August 8
Raspberry oatmeal bars, applesauce, cheese
Pasta salad bar with lots of veggies, watermelon
Chicken veggie quesadillas, tossed salad, cantaloupe

Saturday, August 9
Scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, creamy orange cooler with spinach blended in
Leftovers
Salmon patties, tossed salad, sweet peppers, cucumbers, strawberries with chocolate cream

What’s on your menu this week?  Have any fun plans?

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A Very Manly Menu Plan

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Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole (recipe in Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Snacks eBook)

For the first time in a couple of months, the six of us are all been home together again!  All four of the boys are now home from camp.  We’ve enjoyed some catch up time and heard lots of stories of adventures from the boys being away.  We’re doing tons of loads of laundry and getting caught up on work we are behind on.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to have all of us back under one roof, even if it is just for a couple of days.

So what does this week hold?  Well, since this is the summer of crazy, you can bet it holds more excitement.  I’m heading out tomorrow for a traditional “Sister Symposium.”  (More on that for Gratituesday.)  Then the two younger boys will be heading to Kansas to spend several days with grandparents.  Left at home will be Matt and our two oldest boys.

Since Asa and Justus have been at camps for weeks and weeks this summer, they’ll likely be spending quite a bit of time this week catching up on sleep.  They’ll work with Matt on some house and garden projects.  And what will they eat?

Well, I’m guessing they’d be just as happy as can be if I simply left them several pounds of bacon and some steak.  :)  For the most part, they’ll be fending for them selves.  But I did have the chance to do some freezer cooking in preparation for my being away.  Here are some food choices I left for them:

Breakfasts:

Eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, sausage, homemade instant oatmeal, and plenty of fresh and frozen fruit for sides and smoothies

Lunches and Dinners:

Sandwiches, Meat and Cheese Burritos, Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole (recipe in Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Snacks eBook), Tuna Salad or Tuna Casserole (they can easily make either one on their own), Spicy Avocado Dip, and plenty of fruits, veggies, and salad fixings.

My guys do great figuring out food when I’m away.  I love it that they can all cook!  I’m pretty sure they’ll even keep up with dirty dishes.  :)

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Asa makes a great guacamole.  I grabbed some avocados at the store so he can whip some up.  Here’s the recipe!

Here’s to a great new week.  Hope your summer has been awesome so far!

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