What We Eat for Breakfast: Our Family’s Daily Spread

When I posted our meal plan for the month, I mentioned how on Fridays, I usually plan all our breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for the week. Doing so helps me see what I need to buy at the grocery, and it means one less thing for me to think about during the week when my mind is already on overload. The reason I only listed our dinner plans in my October Meal Plan is because we generally have the same breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day of the week. I've found that the fewer decisions I … [Read more...]

October Meal Plan

I'm a meal planner. While a weekly meal plan is usually my go-to, I'm finding that planning meals for the month frees up my time during the week. I know some people prefer to be spontaneous, but that doesn't work for me. I enjoy cooking but need a plan or else when 5:00 rolls around, I lose my cool. It's not pretty. Usually, I plan meals for the week. On Friday afternoons, I sit down with my computer and family cookbook and look at what's on sale at the local grocery store. Then, I plan … [Read more...]

Summer Meal Plan: Cool Meals for Hot Days

It's only the middle of June and we've already hit 90 degree weather here in Tennessee! While I love sunshine and warm weather, I do not like a hot house. In fact, earlier this week I turned the oven on in the afternoon to fix a roast and could not cool down until I took a cold bath later that night! That's when I decided to create a Summer Meal Plan. My Summer Meal Plan consists of recipes that do not require the use of the oven. Instead, I'm opting to use my crockpot, Instant Pot, … [Read more...]

31 Dinner Ideas for the Month of May

I love to cook. If you know my mom, then you wouldn't be at all surprised. She is a masterful chef who my husband lovingly refers to as "the MacGyver of the Kitchen" because she can take 3 seemingly unrelated foods and turn them into a gastronomical masterpiece. I don't have her creative knack for cooking but I'm trying. Unfortunately, my children would prefer burgers and chicken tenders over Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas (yum btw!) or Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash (not so yum). While … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Meal Plan for March 13

This week is pretty low-key, which I need. The weekends lately have been a little more intense than I would like because of these beauties . . . There's fencing that needs going up and fixing and other a sundry "cow things". But I admit that I'm quite smitten with these mamas and their babies. No worries, I'm not naming them or feeding them special treats because they are being raised for food. Anyway this week is the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville, and I am so thankful … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Meal Plan for the Week of February 28

It's been quite a while since I last posted our weekly meals on here, but meal planning is essential to my sanity. I hate waiting until the last minute to decide what to fix. Spontaneity is NOT my thing. But when I have a plan, I'm more relaxed, we eat healthier, and we save money. So taking 20 minutes every Friday to plan our week's meals is a no-brainer for me. Here is our gluten-free meal plan for the week. {FYI: I prepare all of our meals sans gluten, so even if I post a recipe containing … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Week 2015 Meal Plan & More

As soon as Halloween ends, the busyness of the holidays commences around here. Do you feel the same way? There are gatherings with family and friends in anticipation of Thanksgiving, then the Big Day, and the day after, we start to prepare for Christmas and prepare all our baking needs, gift lists, holiday pictures, decorations, and more, and on and on. My goal this year is to step off the action-packed ride that we're supposed to be enjoying and focus on what's truly important. Hint: It isn't … [Read more...]

15 Fall Soups for the Crockpot

Fall is just around the corner, ya'll. I mean, literally, fall is next week, and already I'm plotting when I can make my first batch of chili of the season. Oh, who am I kidding? I've already made chili. This summer! I couldn't resist. I'm over at Proverbial Homemaker today sharing 15 Fall Soups for the Crockpot. Come on and over and find some delicious new slow-cooker recipes.  Chili aside, I'm trying to ease my way into some slow cooker soups and stews that will make meal time a cinch. … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for 7/26-8/1

This week is our last full week before we start back to school. We'll be spending time with friends and having some fun before we resume our regular schedule. You know, the one with structure. I will be sharing our 2015-2016 curriculum for our 2nd grader, kindergartener, and preschooler this week. We're making some changes that I'm really excited about. Cora finished her t-ball season last Saturday. She really enjoyed playing with One Goal Sports, but I'm glad we're finished. I don't like … [Read more...]

The Weekly Meal Plan: The Looney Bin Edition

Well, I hope you had a happy 4th! Despite the rain the girls enjoyed their first fireworks show and their first time to stay up until 10:00! Needless to say they had a blast but will be recouping on their sleep for the next 2 months. Sorry, I'm a sleep nazi, but when kids are rested, they are enjoyable and agreeable. When they are tired, they're whiney and prone to even more drama. Bring on the early bed times! This week we are making up t-ball games, doing some gymnastics, and trying to … [Read more...]