Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meal Plan and "B" week

First of all, God is so good to me.
Last week I was anxious about my schedule this week, and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to accomplish what I needed to and God just worked it all out perfectly.

We are sending the children to stay with the grandparents the latter part of this week so David and I can sleep in, go on a late night date night and do some work on the house without them around. I only had to plan meals for half of the week. YAY!!!!!!!

Sunday- B- Applesauce Bread, Bacon and Eggs
             L- Family Dinner
              D- Breakfast for Dinner - (my kids LOVE this and it is so much easier when I'm in a hurry to get back for church)

Monday- B- Strawberry Muffins
               L- Finger foods- Lunchmeat, cheese, crackers and watermelon for kids
                     Late Lunch with my dad during naptime- chicken casserole, green beans, corn
               D- Leftovers

Tuesday  B- Baked Peach Oatmeal
               L- Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Bananas, Cucumbers, Blueberries
               D- Taco Tuesday

Wednesday B- Leftover Baked Peach Oatmeal- The recipe made ALOT
                   L- Banana Bread with Peanut Butter, Banana, Cucumbers, Blueberrries, Gummy Bears
                   D- Chicken Parmesan, Salad

Thursday-  B- Bacon, Eggs, Biscuits
                  L- Pigs-N-Blanket
                  D- Leftovers

Friday-    ???

Saturday - B?
                 D- Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole, Broccoli

This week I also started working on some preschool with Benjamin. He isn't overly excited about it, but I knew that I needed to do something with him because if he doesn't have something to do...he will find something to do, and that is not always a good thing.

I ordered the Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve Curriculum from Heavenly Homemakers. I use what I like from her curriculum and add some other things that might interest him.
This is Benjamin on his first day of "preschool."

We have had so much fun this week. We have learned all about the letter B and had a theme of bears. Our favorite books were "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Brown Bear,  Brown Bear." We played basketball, learned about Jesus healing the blindman, made several bear crafts, counted gummy bears...and then ate them of course.
 We also had a special verse for the week, Ephesians 4:32, and we talked about the character trait of kindness. When daddy asked him what he learned, he told him the verse and that kindness means you have to share. I thought it was pretty funny, considering I tell him a dozen times a day, "Benjamin, share with your brother!"

      Jeremiah still takes a morning nap, so we have the time to do these fun activities while little brother is sleeping.

 We also thought of several people that Benjamin knew whose name started with B and prayed for them specifically this week. We used the suggestions from Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve and chose a few of those people to do service projects for this week. Specifically we made banana bread, and brownies to take to our "B" friends. I don't know about other kids, but Benjamin couldn't care less about helping mama in the kitchen. I mean he shows no interest at all, other than wanting to taste the finished product. Dumping the ingredients in the bowl, using the mixer, pouring into the thank. you. So, needless to say I was pretty excited to learn yesterday that someone on our "B" prayer list was celebrating a birthday!! I told him the news and Benjamin practiced singing the birthday song through dinner until we called him and wished him a happy birthday. I just thought it was so neat that God worked it out for Benjamin to "bless" somebody in way that he could because baking just isn't his thing.
I'm so thankful God cares about the little things, like my schedule and providing the time and energy to do what I need to do, and giving a little boy the opportunity to be kind in way that he understands.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Meal Plan August 12-17

Since David was home last weekend, we threw out the meal plan and winged it all weekend. He let me sleep in on Saturday and made breakfast for the kids. We went to the lake for the day and although we brought food for dinner, the smell of hamburgers on the grill was much to hard to resist. We even celebrated National Smores Day with miniature smores made with vanilla wafers. The little store on Route 40 didn't carry graham crackers so we had to get creative. We had a great day playing in the water and visiting with David's parents. On Sunday we went to Wendy's after church and we had leftovers for dinner. I served the kids pancakes and Benjamin thought it was the coolest thing ever. Thank the Lord for fun weekends that happen without plans.

This is my plan for the week:

Monday- B- Baked Cinnamon Toast
               L- Chicken Tenders, Broccoli and Cauliflower
               D- Cowboy Beans

Tuesday B-Oatmeal
              L- Finger Foods, Leftovers
              D- Birthday dinner for Peepaw

Wednesday B-Breakfast Casserole
                   L-Grilled Cheese, Cucumbers
                   D- Barbecue Pork, Mac and Cheese, Broccoli

Thursday B-Applesauce Bread
               L- Finger Food, Sandwiches
               D-Fiesta Chicken and Rice

Friday B- Sausage Biscuits
           D- Homemade Hamburger Helper and Green Beans

Saturday B-Pancakes
              D-Pizza Casserole, Salad

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Meal Plan 08/03- 08/09

Praise the Lord we are all moved into our new house. I will post the story soon because I want to remember exactly how God provided for us in every step of the way.
We now live about 20 minutes from David's work, so he isn't able to come home for lunch anymore. That means I have the thrilling responsibility of packing lunches.

After the first week, I decided I needed to be more proactive in planning my lunches because it's much harder to pack a filling lunch when there is nothing prepared. I am also trying to look at this as an opportunity to bless my husband with something he will enjoy in the middle of his day.

Since my kids are starting to wake up earlier and hungrier,  I decided to start planning breakfasts too. I really don't want to be in the habit of eating poptarts everyday.

So here is my first attempt at Triple Meal Planning.

Saturday B- Pancakes, Bacon and Eggs
              L- PB and J
              D- Chicken Casserole, Green Beans, Corn, Bread

Sunday B- Cinnamon Buns, Bacon and Eggs
            L-Leftover Chicken Casserole, Green Beans, Corn
            D- Pigs in a Blanket, Fruit Salad

Monday- B- Toast, Bacon and Eggs
               L-Alfredo, Corn on the Cob
               D- Spaghetti, Salad

Tuesday B-Breakfast Casserole
              L - Sandwiches for grownups; turkey, crackers, cucumbers and grapes for kids
              D- Taco Tuesday

Wednesday B-French Toast
                   L-Fish Sticks and Broccoli
                   D- Cowboy Beans and Baked Potatoes

Thursday B-Strawberry Muffins
               L- Leftovers for Adults; Finger Foods for Kids
               D- Honey Chicken with Stuffing and Green Beans

Friday B- Poptarts and Cereal
           L-PB& J
           D- Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Corn on the Cob