Thursday, April 23, 2015


John was approved yesterday for ordination into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA!
Soli Deo Gloria!
A deep sigh of relief here and now planning for the future.
I'm leaving you with a photo of some beautiful orchids we saw earlier this spring while out and about.  I'm hoping to post photos from my flower garden soon - things are starting to peek out!
God is good - all the time.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - Week of April 19, 2015

Stuffed peppers and fruit - I realize this doesn't look like much of a dinner but when we cut the pepper up, the pepper and the filling covered the rest of the plate!  Our dinner plates are pretty big in diameter too.

We cooled off this week for right now.  Such a bummer since it was just beautiful last week and on Saturday!   At least everything is green finally and all the flowers and other greenery are poking their way out.  My rhododendron is just starting to open up and I so excited - it's my favorite!
Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, April 19, 2015:
    Breakfast: Smoothies
    Lunch: Sandwiches and Cut Fruit in the car (we had 45 minutes to drive 30 minutes between worship and the piano recital!)
    Snack: At the Piano Recital, bring cupcakes
    Dinner: Roasted Black Bean, Corn and Mango Salad, Tortilla Chips, Pineapple-Apple-Banana Salad

Monday, April 20, 2015:
    Breakfast:  Breakfast Biscuits  (Biscuits with egg and ham)
    Lunch: Leftover Salad, Pears
    Snack: Yogurt
    Dinner:  Best Ever Potato Soup, Bread, Pear-Apple-Banana Salad

Tuesday, April 21, 2015:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with Almonds and Craisins
     Lunch: Leftover Soup, Bread, Oranges
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: Noodles with Tomato Sauce, Garlic Bread, Sliced Apples and Pears

Wednesday, April 22, 2015:
     Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Toast
     Lunch: Leftover Noodles and Sauce, Oranges
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: Apples with Peanut Butter, Cut Veggies

Thursday, April 23, 2015:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins, Oranges
     Lunch: Leftover Soup from Tuesday, Oranges
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: Baked Chicken Legs, Rice, Steamed Carrots, Apple-Pear-Mandarin Orange Salad

Friday, April 24, 2015:
     Breakfast: Pancakes with Blueberries (from the freezer)
     Lunch: Leftover Chicken and Rice, Cut Veggies
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: Pork Loin, Couscous, Steamed Beets, Applesauce

Saturday, April 25, 2015:
     Breakfast: Orange Cranberry Scones
     Lunch: Salad with Craisins, Almonds and Leftover Pork and Couscous
     Snack: Leftover Scones
     Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks

We're trying to make more "substantial" breakfasts since the children are eating more.  They do get a snack at school that usually consists of fruit and milk mid-morning after PE class but they still eat at least two other snacks per day along with their meals.  So we're trying to cut down on the snacks and make the meals more substantial.  Wednesday night this week we have a church event where the children will be fed again so the apples and veggies are more of a snack rather than real dinner for them.

If you have tweens/teens that are active and hungry all the time, how do you keep them fed?  I'd love some hints!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Super Savings Saturday - $69.26 shop

Hello everyone!
We've had a few very, very busy weeks here so I won't apologize too much for being missing in action but I will say that I've missed you all and I'm glad you stuck with me!

We had a big shop this week.  In the last few weeks the children have been eating more and more - they are definitely growing (I've been letting down the hems on Buddy's pants weekly if not more often) and between that and dance and swimming, the food has been flying out of the fridge and the cupboards around here.  One week we ate 20lbs of apples.  And that was just the apples.

So, we bought a few more "snacky" type things this week and we had completely run out of other things.  I really didn't feel like or have the time to do coupon matching this week so I wrote a list and stuck with it, though I did skip a couple of things that were definitely not emergency level so the total wouldn't completely blow the bank.

I went to one store and here's what we purchased:

Yep, two photos worth and yes, I totally could have done a better job in spreading out the items so you could see them better! 
Since you can't see everything there, here's the breakdown:
4 bags of Everyday Essential Chips (two corn chips, two potato chips - one isn't in the photo) @ $1.50 each = $6
Pearled Barley 2lb $4.19
Quaker Life Cereal $2.49
Everyday Essential Facial Tissue 2 @ $0.79 = $1.58
Arm and Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent $4.29

Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting $1.99 (I needed to bring this for an event this week.)
Everyday Essential Bacon 2 @ 2/$7 = $7
Chicken Drumsticks 4.23lbs @ $1.49/lb = $6.30 (this is the lowest price I've seen in quite a while)
3.2lbs Red Delicious Apples $4.99
3.3lbs Fuji Apples $4.99
Red Mangoes 2 @ $0.88ea = $1.76
Bartlett Pears 2.2lbs @ $1.39/lb = $3.06
Bulk Couscous 1.89lbs @ $3.49/lb = $6.60
Farmstand Grape Tomatoes dry pint 2 @ 2/$3 = $3
Dozen Large Eggs $1.99
Yoplait Yogurt 8 @ $0.59ea = $4.72

We were totally out of yogurt, chicken, apples, bacon, facial tissue, couscous, pearl barley and laundry soap.  The facial tissues and laundry detergent were necessary and the rest I purchased since I knew it would make meals and snacks easier and with a little more variety.

I almost purchased two of the chicken packets but decided against it.  After supper tonight, I found that whole chickens are on sale for $0.99/lb starting tomorrow so I'm glad I didn't!  Roasted chicken sounds like quite a treat right about now.   Come back Monday to see what we're eating!  Though roasted chicken won't be on the menu quite yet.

How did you do this week with your shopping?