Menu Plan Monday: Holiday Meals


I know it’s been awhile since I’ve shared our menu or the recipes we’ve been enjoying. I’m going to try to share our menu plan about once a month. Here is what we’ve been enjoying lately:

Menu Plan

During Thanksgiving Week, we enjoyed:

Baked Chicken Pasta (I doubled the recipe and froze half of it)

Southwest Chicken Crock Pot Soup

Chicken Potpie Bowls

Pizza Salad

For the Thanksgiving meals I cooked:

Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potatoes

Maple Ginger Roasted Vegetables with Pecans (on the right)

low sugar cranberry sauce

skinny pumpkin pie

Meals this week:

Monday: Italian Antipasto Salad

Tuesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu (crockpot)

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Easy Oven Chicken Fajitas (double and freeze half)

Friday: Slow Cooker Pot Roast


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Project Declutter: Fridge Organization


Day 23: Fridge Organization

My fridge is an area that needs constant decluttering attention. As each day passes, there are leftovers ever to be consolidated, expired food to be tossed out, etc. I don’t have any containers to help organize my fridge YET, but with decluttering and grouping, it can look so much better!!

Here is the messy before picture:


As you can see, this was shortly after I went grocery shopping. What’s wrong with this picture?

Vegetables were still in packages, un-cut. We will not eat more veggies unless they are clean and ready to eat! I had made a couple of meals and instead of portioning out the leftovers into serving-size containers (easy to grab and go), the leftovers were still in their bulky cooking pots. The refrigerator was disorganized. Without food in their proper places, the items were more likely to get lost, forgotten, and go

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Why I'm doing Baby-Led Weaning and What it Looks Like

baby-led weaning

Baby-led feeding is the practice of giving your baby soft, palatable whole foods and letting her feed herself her first ‘bites’, while continuing to breastfeed. The theory is that babies will experiment and discover food at their own pace, as well as develop new abilities including chewing and keen hand-eye coordination.

Most babies start their journey with solid food by being spoon-fed their first mouthfuls of pureed food on a date determined by their parents. Some babies are considered a “good eater”, for others it is a struggle to keep the food in their mouth. Often families settle for separate mealtimes and different foods for adults and children.

What happens if you don’t do this? What if you let them learn about handling food at their own pace?

You may ask “What if he is not getting enough nutrition?” The reason baby-led weaning works so

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Freezer cooking with Meatless Monday

Freeze Ahead Lasagna

At the beginning of this month I joined in with another friend and did of bunch of freezer cooking. She was more ambitious and planned out a month’s work of cooking – I was only able to do two weeks worth. I actually did it all in one day, but I would advise menu planning and shopping on a separate day from all your chopping and cooking up.

In the spirit of Meatless Monday (as I mentioned last time) – several of the recipes I used were meatless. In fact, for all my meals I ONLY purchased about 2 lbs. of chicken and 2 lbs. of ground beef. That’s saving money!

I made:

– this Freeze Ahead Lasagna – we are having it tonight!! – this is in it’s thawing out stage:


Bean, Spinach, and Quinoa Burritos (Ain liked this too! But

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Ain's 1st Birthday - Very Hungry Caterpillar!

birthday cake

Ain is now One! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favorite books, and since Ain has had Very Hungry caterpillar toys since birth I thought it would be a great theme for his first birthday! If you are looking for some great ideas, check out my First Birthday Pinterest board – it’s full of Very Hungry Caterpillar themed ideas.



My sister Amy helped me design the cards I sent out to some family (others we just invited via facebook). Here was the inside of the inviation:



I didn’t get a picture taken, but on the drive up to the clubhouse I tied caterpillar balloons to posts, something like this (source):


The birthday boy, coming home from church, ALMOST ready for the party:



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Meal Planning: Meatless Monday


Hello all!! My posts have been pretty sporadic as of late. Throughout the summer I wanted to take a little blogging break, plus having a little one around – it really does take a lot of my time up! I feel like I spent so much time around the kitchen table or just in the kitchen, while my little one eats and eats and eats. He is a slower eater, which is actually a good thing in the long run, but it’s time consuming right now.

I used to post my menu plan weekly, on Mondays. I’m not QUITE going to get back into doing that, but I do want to start posting about Meatless Mondays. This fall, in efforts to help us put money aside and pay off student loans, I’m going to plan about 2 meals a week which are Meatless (which saves money – Meat=expensive!) and

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Easy Coconut Date Rolls

coconut date rolls

These are so easy to make and delicious!! Best part about it? No need to add sugar. I definitely crave sweet things, so I like when I can enjoy eating something sweet without worrying about the amount of refined sugar in it. Second best thing? These only require 3 ingredients!!

Coconut Date Rolls 10 oz. pitted dates 1 cup slivered almonds (roasted – optional) 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes (reserve some for rolling) To Make:

Making these Easy Coconut Date Rolls is as easy as 1-2-3!!

1) Put all the ingredients in a food processor.

Blend ingredients until a paste is formed. If it looks a little dry, just add a smallest splash of water.

2) Form into heaping tablespoons and roll. 3) Roll balls in the dried coconut.

Top with a slivered almond, if desired! Makes 15-20 rolls.

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New Mom Meals and Freezer Cooking


I know at least for me, it wasn’t until 6 weeks postpartum that I wanted to, or had the ability to expanded my mental focus and think about menu planning, grocery shopping, and freezer cooking for our family once again.

New Mom Meals

We were very blessed with lots of family, friends, and church family bringing over meals for us postpartum. There are numerous great websites out there nowadays, but one of them is It’s a great resource to use when organizing meal coordination for the new mom.

You can set up the meal scheduling ahead of time – for example we had set it up for meals to be brought to us Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (then, we also had church family covering other days of the week).

You can specify what time is best for people to come, and the best way for

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of Sept. 9th, 2013


Menu Plan

Nothing much has changed in my breakfast and lunch options. For breakfast we have cold cereal, homemade Egg McMuffin with Homemade Bagels, or fruit smoothies. For lunch we have leftovers on most days.


Monday: Mini Meatball Sliders with Pesto (didn’t get to this last week)

Tuesday: Crockpot Sante Fe Chicken

Wednesday: Tacos (using freezer homemade Taco meat)

Thursday: Hamburgers & Grilled Corn

Friday: homemade pizza – cream cheese sauce with pepperoni, green peppers, and tomatoes

Saturday: volunteering at a BBQ!

Sunday: leftovers

What are you planning this week? I’d love to check out your menu for inspiration.!

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 2nd, 2013

braised chicken gumbo

Menu Plan Breakfast options: cold cereal English muffins with jam whole wheat toast Egg McMuffin with Homemade Bagels fruit smoothies


Lunch options: leftovers Ham and Cheese Sliders



braised chicken gumbo

Monday: Wine and Tomato Braised Chicken (didn’t get to it last week)

Tuesday: Braised Chicken Gumbo (this recipes uses leftovers from the previous night’s meal)

Wednesday: Crockpot Sante Fe Chicken

Thursday: freezer Meatloaf & corn on the cob

Friday: Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry (freezer meal)

Saturday: Mini Meatball Sliders with Pesto

Sunday: leftovers or Tacos

What are you planning this week? I’d love to check out your menu for inspiration. Just leave a comment and a link to your post!!

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