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I’m glad to be back after my impromptu blogging break.  With a sick kiddo, hosting Thanksgiving and decorating the house for Christmas last week, blogging took a back seat.  We’re back in the routine of school and everyday life this week, and here is the plan for eating:


Oatmeal, yogurt or granola x5 (not feeling terribly creative in the breakfast realm this week :))

Bagels and cream cheese x 2


Coconut Orange muffins (my first experiment with coconut flour – I’ll be posting about these later today), baked beans, steamed green beans

PB & J on Yogurt Bread, fresh veggies

Millet, Spinach and Sausage (must use millet I bought . . .), fruit

Baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, cheese, fruit

Hot dogs, fresh veggies, apples

Leftovers x 2 (Turkey Soup and Mexican Chili Dip)


Turkey Barley Soup, fruit

Mexican Chili Dip, Corn Chips, carrots

Black beans, brown rice, fresh salsa and guacamole

Broiled Tilapia, sweet potatoes, steamed peas

Chili Burgers with lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados, steamed corn

Pizza Waffles (post to come later in the week on these as well) and Christmas movie night!

Leftovers & Whatevers

As I am typing this, I am wondering when exactly I think I am going to find the time to do all of this from-scratch cooking and baking!  I am hosting a party on Friday evening, and I have baking and food prep for that as well.  Who knows, maybe I’ll just scrap the whole plan and buy treats from Trader Joe’s.  My sanity sometimes trumps my budget.  Just being honest :).

What are you planning to eat this week?

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Thanksgiving week!  I am hosting this year – yay!  Any chance to see my insanely adorable nephews (and my brother and his wife, of course) is exciting.  And of course the Christmas boxes begin their ascent from the basement as soon as the crowd disperses.  My kids (well the ones who have no concept of time anyway) were all asking me repeatedly today if Thanksgiving is tomorrow.

Another reason to love Thanksgiving week is the abundance of leftovers.  Love leftovers.  Planning my entire week around leftovers.

So here we are:


We always eat fruit or have a smoothie with breakfast.  And one of the following:

Yogurt, oatmeal or homemade granola x 5

Cereal bars (once a week treat for me and the kids – they like to eat them, and I love pulling a box off the shelf and not a pot :))

Blueberry muffins (Thanksgiving morning treat!)


Lunch is always served with fresh veggies, and sometimes fruit.

Leftovers x 3 – Oh, that makes me happy!

Cottage Mac and Cheese

Cheese and crackers (a lighter snacky lunch on Thanksgiving Day)

Egg boats (otherwise known as deviled eggs), ants on a log

Yogurt bread, peanut butter or butter


Hamburger Vegetable Soup, fruit

Tuna, Spinach and Rice, steamed corn

Mexican Chili Dip, corn chips, cheese (This is a new recipe for me – I’ll let you know how it turns out.)

TURKEY and accompanying feast :)!

Pizza and Christmas movie night (extremely pumped about this)

Leftovers x 2 (equally pumped about this)

This is a week off of school for us, so hopefully we will be taking advantage of more flexibility.  The kids have big plans to play Legos, read books, paint, draw, sew, cook . . .  We’ll see how many of their plans we can squeeze in!  We have three new Christmas books from the library, so watch for my opinions on those later this week.  I’ll also be posting some of my best tips for making and freezing stock.  Don’t forget to save that turkey carcass – or beg it off your hostess :)!

What are you eating this week besides turkey?  Are you hosting or are you being hosted?

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After a busy weekend, I am ready to stay home this week and enjoy the comfort of routine.  And the comfort of good food.  Here’s what I have planned:


Yogurt and fruit x 3

Chocolate Smoothies, fruit

Overnight Crockpot Steel Cut Oats, fruit

Oatmeal or granola, fruit

Cereal Bars – Tessa’s pick for her birthday, fruit


Scrambled Eggs, fresh veggies and fruit

PB & J, fresh veggies and fruit

Lettuce Wraps, fresh veggies and fruit

Deviled Eggs (or Egg Boats, as my kids call them), fresh veggies and fruits

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, fresh veggies and fruit – Tessa’s pick for her birthday

Baked Potatoes and Cheese, bring cookies to share at church potluck



Lentils and Spinach, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, fruit

Sloppy Joes, steamed corn, fruit

Minestrone Soup, bread and butter

Baked Salmon, steamed green beans, sweet potatoes

Black Beans and Rice, tomatoes, cheese, avocados

Cottage Mac & Cheese – Tessa’s pick for her birthday, fruit, CAKE!!

Leftovers & Whatevers


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Wow – I am still riding the high of last week’s triumphal introduction of five new recipes.  Downright amazing.  This week I am mostly sticking with favorites, but I will be sharing several of my own recipes throughout the week.  I’ll update this post with links as the week progresses.  Expect good things.


Yogurt and fruit (I serve organic whole milk yogurt, sweetened with maple syrup or raw honey) x 2

Homemade granola or oatmeal x 2

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Icing

Strawberry Shake, Breakfast Cookies

Baked Apple Oatmeal (I never made this last week because I ran out of eggs!)


To avoid being repetitive, I’ll tell you now that I always serve raw veggies and Homemade Ranch Dip with lunch.

Baked Potatoes, Cheese, Steamed Broccoli

Bagels and cream cheese

Hot Dogs

Blueberry Muffins, Scrambled Eggs

Black bean Quesadillas

PB & J

Energy Bites (enough to share at church)


Homemade Mac & Cheese with spinach and carrots, apples

Honey Nut Salmon, Green Beans, fruit

Vietnamese Fried Rice, fruit

Potato Corn Chowder, Oatmeal Bread

Roasted Chicken, Corn Bread, Peas

Homemade Pizza  (this recipe is quick since there is no rise time!) & Movie Night

Leftovers & Whatevers

We’ll see how the plan plays out this week.  Jason is working a lot this week and will only be home for a few lunches and breakfasts and only one dinner.  Sometimes I loose some cooking steam at the end of a long week and start serving oatmeal for dinner :).

Join me over at Menu Plan Monday to see what everyone else has cookin’ this week!

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Apparently I am feeling adventurous this week because I have chosen several new recipes to try.  This may not sound daring at first, but when you discover that I have five children ages seven and under, you realize that there is a high probability that my extra efforts will be greeted with icy stares.  Consequently, I will be forced to either have hungry children (read crabby children) or have plan B waiting in the wings.  Bring it on. Here’s hoping at least one is a keeper.


Vanilla Spice Smoothie, cereal bars

Oatmeal or homemade granola x 2

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Icing

Baked Apple Oatmeal

Yogurt with fresh fruit x 2


Tuna Salad and crackers, peas

Egg Cups with spinach and pesto, apples and peanut butter

Black Bean Quesadillas with tomatoes, green beans (this one never happened last week)

Turkey Roll-Ups (no nitrate turkey slices with various things rolled up in them – cheese slices, apple slices, avocado, tomatoes, homemade ranch dressing – to avoid bread), fruit smoothie

Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans, homemade oatmeal bread, fruit and nut smoothie

PB & J (easy lunch for my mom to serve while we are selling at the farmers market), fruit, carrot sticks

Church Pot Luck – I’ll bring No Bake Energy Bites and Apples with Caramel Dip (mixture of cream cheese and sucanat)


Green Rice Casserole, steamed broccoli, fruit

Chili Burgers (make a double batch and freeze half) with avocado and tomato, steamed corn

Minestrone Soup, oatmeal bread, fruit

Black Beans, brown rice, spinach and fruit salad

Italian Beef and Beans (make a double batch and freeze half), oatmeal bread, steamed green beans

Tuna, Spinach and Rice Casserole (make a triple batch and freeze two), fruit

Leftovers and Whatevers

As you can see by my notes, I plan to cook extra of a few dishes this week to freeze for the coming weeks.  I have never tried big batch freezer cooking because I can’t ever seem to make a block of time I can devote to it.  But, I would love to have the freezer stocked with a few quick meals to fall back on in case life gets crazy.  As it tends to do.  I’ll see if this method works for me.

Now, if I could get my grocery shopping into a routine.  Any suggestions?

Join me over at I’m an Organizing Junkie and Keeper of the Home for inspiration and to browse other meal plans.

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Meal Plan Monday

I really love this part of my week.  I love sitting down with my meal planning form and my recipe binder and scheduling.  Perhaps because it is the only part of my week I can control :)?  Well, whatever the reason, this week’s menu was a pleasure to put together, and I hope you find some inspiration and maybe even a recipe or two!


Cereal Bars and Oatmeal Smoothie

Homemade English muffins with PB and jelly, carrots and peppers from the garden

Tuna salad and crackers, peas, apples (lame, I know, but Jason and Sophia will both be gone and I hope to take the other three grocery shopping in the afternoon.  I can guarantee I’ll be frazzled by dinner time.)


Oatmeal or Granola

Yogurt with granola and fresh fruit, nuts, fresh veggies

French Toast, roasted potatoes, homemade blueberry syrup


Bagels with cream cheese and jelly

Pumpkin muffins, steamed green beans, apples and PB

Split Pea soup, fruit smoothie


Oatmeal or granola

Baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, fruit smoothie (or pears if I have them)

Black beans and rice, avocados and chopped tomatoes, homemade peach sorbet


Bagels with cream cheese and jelly

Black bean quesadillas (using leftover black beans from Thursday, raw milk cheddar and sliced tomatoes – so good), fresh veggies

White Bean Chili soup, steamed green beans


Toast or muffins

PB & J, fresh veggies

Meatballs in marinara sauce, whole wheat bread, green smoothie – MOVIE NIGHT!!!


Oatmeal or granola

No Bake Energy Bites (This is church potluck day.  I will bring enough No Bake Energy bites to share with everyone)

Leftovers and Whatevers (There should be plenty of soup leftover!)

So, there you have it!  I plan to post recipes for the homemade blueberry syrup and pumpkin muffins this week.  I am joining the oodles and boodles of other ladies who also nerd out over menu planning over at Menu Plan Monday hosted by I’m an Organizing Junkie.  Come and join us!

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