Monday, September 29, 2008
This week's menu plan is all about quick, easy and healthy eating. This time of year is so busy it seems! Each one of us is going in a million different directions, but one thing I will not compromise on is sitting down together as a family and having dinner. This week is particularly hectic as there is something scheduled for each night (and most days) of the week....I'm tired just thinking about it!
Monday: Easy Quiche and Fruit. Doug can easily assemble this recipe and pop it in the oven while I'm at work. It's one of those great one dish go-to meals! We'll make this version with spinach, parm cheese and sun dried tomatoes.
Tuesday: Beef Stew with Cornbread. I'll put this in the crockpot the night before and Doug can put on to cook in the morning.
Wednesday: Vegetable Paninis on Spinach Bread with a Sprout Salad. I put some mung beans on to sprout Sunday night and will dress them with the "Basic Dressing" from Nourishing Traditions.
Thursday: Scrambled Eggs with Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. My kids think it's so cool having breakfast for dinner. Thanks Linda for the biscuit recipe!
Friday: Going out of town for a family gathering. I'm sure we'll have a potluck supper and I think I'll make a pan of spinach enchiladas verde (layered instead of rolled individually) and jalapeno poppers to take (we don't eat meat on Fridays).
Saturday: No cooking tonight! We're ordering pizza for the kids and Doug and I are attending the Foundation for Life Gala in Sugarland. Looking forward to a "date night" with my husband...even if he will be working!
Sunday: Tilapia Filets and Bok Choi cooked in parchment paper.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
I sewed most of the afternoon on Saturday and basically finished my regency dress (it still needs hemming and buttons). The pattern was easy to sew and it went together very well....but it's way too big on me! I need to take in the sleeve cuff and waistline, both are pretty easy alterations, it's just finding the time to do it!
I need opinions! Do I just take it in as it is pinned on the dress form? Do I add a waist sash (in that teal/olive green you see in the paisley) that ties in the back? Or do I put in the apron with the sash? I'm also going to shorten the length...I don't need to do housework in a full on gown!
Leave me a comment on how to fix this dress!
I think I'll make another one from one of my vintage sheets. It really is a simple, lovely little dress!
Adding this great little site to my sidebar! I really enjoy her frugality and the site offers some really good, nutritionally sound recipes. There are always ways to tweak those pre-packaged items (like making one's own tortellini-it's really pretty easy!) and it's a good boost to those meal planning slumps! Thanks $5 Dinners!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Next Ryan stumbled upon some designer shirts for $2.50 a piece! Two Lacoste and one Abercrombie & Fitch (this score would have cost at least $120 retail!)
I found some vintage sheets to make several of these "5 Minutes Skirts". These will be so nice to wear when spring rolls around again (yeah, like I'm going to wait that long to wear them!)
And of course we hit the book piles! I found this pristine 1961 book entitled, "The Art of Fine Baking" and cannot wait to read every single page!
I also found some great little reproducible science supplements for our homeschooling.
It was a really good afternoon and the boys and I had fun digging through all the thrift. I think I've satisfied my addiction for now....or at least until next week!;-p
Friday, September 26, 2008
I made the kids some "school" ID's this morning. We do go out and about when we are done with homework and folks always comment about the kids not being in school. Last week Ryan got harassed by the superintendent at the high school football game when he found out he was homeschooled. In Houston we never, ever were questioned. Homeschooling was very common in our area. Since moving to a small town, it seems like EVERYONE notices and wants to comment on the subject.
I read this article from the Homeschool Classroom and it sealed the deal on making some form of ID for the kids. On the back are Texas state laws regarding home education and the phone number to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. I'm thinking of also adding some snarky little remark in case the kids get hassled!
I made these cards from free scrapbooking downloads from Peppermint Creative!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I have grand plans this weekend to sew and watch hours and hours of Project Runway reruns!
And oh how I loves me some Project Runway! It's made sewing your own clothing...cool. It's also brought back that lost art form.
When I was picking out this fabric I noticed lots of women looking through pattern books and browsing the fabric. There were several young mothers there with their little ones picking out costume patterns. It was very communal as we were waiting in line to get our fabric cut. Women commenting color combinations or asking questions about notions and such....makes me long for the days when quilting bees were a social occasion for women. I can just imagine lots of ladies sitting around a quilt sewing, talking, and drinking tea while their little ones played underfoot....Now it's Bunco, Pampered Chef, and gossip while the kids are at baseball and soccer practice! It leaves much to be desired.
Well, I'm off to cut my fabric and in the words of the super fabulous Tim Gunn, "Make it work!"
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
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I was looking in the pantry for my tea stash and found some lotus tea that Ryan picked up from Hong Kong Market in Chinatown. I've never tasted it but thought it would be a nice change from my regular oolong. I've got to remember to thank Ryan for picking up this little gem! Lotus tea is a mild green tea with the fragrance of the lotus flower (as opposed to the flower itself.) I imagine it tastes exactly what a lotus flower smells like! It is very delicate and lovely and I'm going to be sure to pick more of this up on our next trip to Chinatown!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I am so glad to be back to menu planning. Last week we were in a tizzy from the storm and then had house guests. I hate to admit that we were living off of pre-packaged and fast food there for a while...and our stomachs let us know it!!!
So it's time to get back to eating healthier. Here is my plan and I will be subbing fresh veggies and dried beans for the canned ingredients and hopefully we'll be on the road to feeling better soon.
Monday: Brown Rice and Veggie Stir Fry
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Wednesday: Chicken Gumbo (but plan to fry my okra until crunchy and put on the top - I saw that on "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" and it looked so good!)
Thursday: Black Bean Burritos on homemade whole wheat tortillas
Friday: Lasagna with Spinach and Peppers
Saturday: Focaccia Pizza Sandwiches (now I need to find a good focaccia recipe!)
Sunday: 15 Bean Soup with Cornbread
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It necessitated a trip to the ER about 9pm last night and required some stitches. If you're the squeamish type, stop reading NOW.
Dan severed that little piece of skin that holds your upper lip to your gums along with the gum tissue that covered the roots of his right front and side teeth. He also has a large hematoma covering the upper right gums in his mouth. The doc put the stitches in without any lidocaine and Dan DIDN'T EVEN CRY...NOT ONCE!
Poor baby is super swollen today, but is running around like normal. He's eaten about fourteen popsicles this morning for breakfast and Doug and I feel so horrible that we'll probably let him eat 14 more for lunch!
Hey Dan, right now would probably be a good time to ask for a new bike...or a pony.
The nurse that took care of Danny couldn't believe he didn't cry and gave him a whole roll of stickers out of their stash!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The boys played non stop with their cousins, Sal and Cassandra were totally exhausted from their ordeal, and Doug and I were in Heaven holding Miss Avalea!
Please continue to pray for all of those in Ike's path.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I've tried calling our family and friends in Houston, some I can get, some I can't. Trying to persuade them to come on down this way is difficult! I understand not wanting to leave your home, but I don't see how they can go 2-3 weeks without power! Please say a prayer for all of those in Houston/Galveston and the surrounding areas...it's really bad right now, and will take quite some time to get up and running again.
If any of you need a place to stay, our doors are open!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Filing important documents.
Boarding up doors and windows.
Making a list for the store.
Taking apart the trampoline and putting patio furniture and flower pots in the garage...
Cleaning out the fridge because we're sure to be without power for several days...
Saving our pictures.
We've decided NOT to leave. The storm is going further up the coast and while we'll still get hurricane force winds, we will not bear the brunt of the "eye." We are going to Doug's parents' home during the storm. Their home is strong and not surrounded by huge trees like ours is. Before we go, Doug will bless our home with holy water and blessed salt and we will recite prayers of protection against storms. It will then all be in God's hands...
Praying for all of us in Ike's path...
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I really fear we may lose our home...
Please, please, PLEASE pray for all in Ike's path!
Please, God, have mercy on us...
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I got my regency dress pattern in the mail today and am sooo excited to get started, but she's going to have to wait until we see where IKE is going to hit....
I'm putting my sewing machine away and battening down the hatches. Say a prayer for all of us on the Texas Gulf Coast!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I've been scouring the internet for interesting meals for this week. I'm slowly trying to introduce new foods to the kids and broaden their pallets beyond simple mac & cheese! We are trying to stay away from processed foods and are still making most things from scratch...and the kids are getting better at not begging me bags of Funions or Doritos every time we go to the store. They just know it's not going to happen! I haven't had a Dr. Pepper (or ANY caffeine) in three months...I've even forgotten what they taste like! I know we are all the better for it! So we'll see how they react to this week's meal plan (last week's plan was a real success!)
Monday: Black Bean Burgers. I thought it was interesting and I'm sure the kids will get a kick out of them (they've never had a "veggie" burger before!) I'll put a bag of black beans on to soak Sunday night and cook them Monday morning. We'll use whole wheat buns from the store and I'll make a corn relish with bagged frozen corn.
Tuesday: Rosemary Hash Browns with Scrambled Eggs. We'll make our own hash browns from shredded potatoes (a good job for the kids!) and use yard eggs from our local butcher.
Wednesday: Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salad.
Thursday: Fennel and Chicken Flatbread served with a salad. I'll make some whole wheat pitas that morning. Fennel will be a new flavor around here, not sure how Doug and the kids will like it!
Friday: Fish Tacos with homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas. Doug will grill up some marinated tilapia and I'll serve it with a fresh pico de gallo. The kids really love these!
Saturday: Tomato & Olive Stuffed Portobello Caps. Will serve with whole wheat couscous. I'm hoping Doug won't mind grilling these, they sound really good! I think I'll top them with goat cheese instead of the mozzarella.
Sunday: 10 Grain Pancakes with scrambled eggs.
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...and if you're up for a little "food for thought" check out this interesting table by the NYT on how our diets have changed from the 1970's until now!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
(makes one loaf)
3-4 ripe boo-nanas, smashed
1/3 C. butter, melted
1 C. sugar (I use brown sugar)
1 egg, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 C. flour (I use one cup of unbleached all purp. and 1/2 cup whole wheat)
I usually add 2 TBS. of ground flax seeds and 1/3 cup wheat germ to sneak in added nutrition.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter into mashed boo-nanas. Add rest of the ingredients, stir, and then add flour in last. Pour into loaf pan and bake 50 minutes to one hour. Cool in pan.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I was looking for a healthy snack to keep in the fridge for when we get the munchies. I had gone to the local grocery store and saw a bag of "broccoli slaw" and thought, hey, I can make that! So I bought two huge stalks of organic broccoli and a bag of organic carrots and shredded them in the food processor. The color was just gorgeous! I then quadrupled the "basic dressing" recipe in Nourishing Traditions (substituted red wine vinegar for the raw vinegar and added a tablespoon of honey)and poured it over the top.
This stuff is seriously good...seriously!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I even bought an inexpensive coat hanger and made Doug put it up by our side door!
Ohhhh...I can just imagine that first cold front! I'll be waiting with my thrift store afghans and a cup of hot tea!