Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekend recap

On Friday, we headed downtown to play putt-putt, eat ice cream and let the girls run around under the pretty colored tiles that they just recently hung up. It was a nice day!

An ice cream flight is the best idea ever.

Alan went to a football game on Saturday and his mom was watching our twin nieces, so we hung out with them a few hours that day. We went to the local co-op, where Riley and the twins got their faces painted like tigers(go figure!) :) Then we went to Chick Fil A where we ate, had ice cream and the girls played a bit.

On Sunday, after church, we went to the local State Park, 'hiked' a trail and let the girls throw many sticks and rocks into the creek.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Menu plan - October 20

I realize I just posted a plan a week ago. But I just made another store run for the next couple of weeks, so I needed to revamp our menu. It does include a couple of recipes from the last post(found HERE) since my days are overlapped.

Buffalo Chicken Soup - RECIPE

pizza(twice) - frozen, from Costco

Eggroll in a bowl (low carb) - RECIPE - I made this last night and it was way too salty. I like the idea but next time will use Italian sausage and way less soy sauce.

Souvlaki - RECIPE - this is leftovers in the freezer

Crockpot Chicken Ranch Tacos - RECIPE

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket - RECIPE

Chicken Fajita Soup - RECIPE - frozen leftovers

Mexican Chicken Stir Fry - RECIPE

Sausage, eggs, grits and toast

Hamburger steaks - grilled frozen leftovers

Seasoned chicken over a garden salad

Our sides this menu vary from black beans, pinto beans, Doritos, tortilla chips, salads, edamame. I bought cauliflower rice to try too.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Some time with Gimmie

We took a visit to see Alan's Grandma, Gimmie. She is 93 and sharp as a tack and so funny! 
She loved visiting the girls and we all loved seeing her.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Madison and Riley's Halloween pumpkins

The girls will dress up as Shimmer and Shine for Halloween. When I asked Madison what kind of pumpkin she wanted to do, she said she wanted to paint them as Shimmer and Shine. Last year, we painted hers like Elsa and Riley's like Minnie Mouse so I was excited she didn't want to carve them!

They painted the hair and the face and I filled in the details

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Madison's first tent camping trip!

Alan took Madison on her very first weekend tent camping trip to Montreat, NC! Madison has been to Montreat twice and it's the ideal spot for a first camping trip! He picked her up from school on Friday and they headed up. After a lunch stop in Hendersonville at Sonic, they made their way!

They got set up and headed to the playground and creeks

After playing for a few hours, they headed back and started a fire!

Here's the short video of their weekend.
If you can't view it in email, click HERE

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Menu plan Tuesday!

I always love knowing what others cook and seeing new recipes. I also love trying new recipes! I always menu plan and grocery shop for 2 weeks at a time, with a few stops for produce/milk in between. So here's what I'm making for the next 2 weeks. I don't do a full 14 meals because sometimes we eat salads, quick soups, go out etc. I also try to cook mostly lower carb foods. Almost every meal includes a salad or I will warm up frozen or canned veggies. I use my crock pot 2-3 times a week, also. I also never set what is to be cooked that day. I have tried writing it on a calendar but then I always switch days. So I just make a list and mark it off when I've made it. If it makes leftovers, that gets frozen and added to the list as another meal.

-Mexican Beef & Zucchini Skillet - Recipe HERE

-Chicken Fajita Soup (twice) - recipe HERE

-Buffalo Chicken Soup- recipe HERE

-Beef Stroganoff - recipe HERE
 - with brussel sprouts

-Taco Soup- recipe HERE

-Souvlaki- recipe HERE - I've never made the sauce.

-Black bean fajitas- recipe HERE

-pizza (twice)- frozen, bought from Costco :)

-hamburger steak (twice)- Frozen leftovers from grilling out last weekend. I may add some brown gravy over them once and then sprinkle Ranch seasoning over them the other time to vary it up.

 Leave me your best recipes! Always looking for something new to try!