A Quick & Simple (but Healthy) December Meal Plan

December is a notoriously busy month for most of us. Between last minute gift-buying and holiday functions, shopping and baking, wrapping and decorating, there's little time left for all the everyday chores of cleaning, cooking, and laundry. So it's easy to skip meal planning and order pizza. Every once in a while take-out might be the sanity saver you need, but it's hard on the wallet and one's health. Having a meal plan in place can help tremendously during the busy holiday season. (If you … [Read more...]

November Meal Plan

Last month was my second-ever endeavor to meal plan for an entire month, and it was SUCH a blessing! One less thing to plan. One less thing to ponder over. I simply wrote down ingredients I needed and went shopping. Easy-peasy. So, I'm doing it again because we're entering the busy season, and I know supper will be the last thing from my mind amidst all the activities, baking, crafting, shopping, eating, and running from place to place. While it's tempting to chunk the meal plan when … [Read more...]

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...]