Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Menu Plan Monday (the Tuesday version)- Week of 8/22/11

Busy busy busy! Summer is wrapping up and we're trying to enjoy every last minute of it. Our days are filled with bike rides, walks, the swimming pool, and (for me) my OB doctor visits. Therefore, I haven't had too much time to blog these days (again...and as usual) but I did finally get around to making my menu plan for the week yesterday. I am planning on doubling some meals this week so I can save half for an easy, healthy freezer meal once the baby arrives (only 5 weeks away!). Here's what we have planned for the week:

Peanut Butter Granola (doubling recipe) and yogurt
Cereal and toast
Waffles and fruit

Sandwiches with carrot sticks, ranch dip, and crackers
Creamy Mac and Cheese, fruit
Homemade Spaghettios (new recipe), apple slices

Monday: we had an impromptu day/evening at Valleyfair amusement park with the kids so we ate junk food there
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos - double recipe (made on Monday but we were at Valleyfair too long...luckily it kept well in the CrockPot!), chips and salsa
Wednesday: Cheesy Beef and Rice (doubling recipe for a freezer meal), lettuce salad, carrot sticks and ranch
Thursday: Spinach Tomato Tortellini, fruit salad
Friday: leftovers
Sat. and Sun.: ??

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Favorite Finds

Today is my first time participating in Friday Finds hosted by Finding Joy in my Kitchen. Here is the list of recipes that caught my eye the past couple of weeks and I'm looking forward to trying in the near future:

Homemade Spaghettios
(my kids love Spaghettios but the list of ingredients scare me so I'm really excited to try this recipe and hoping it is a winner!)
(Photo and recipe by Natalie at Oven Love)

Mandarin Orange Pie
(Photo and recipe by April at Angel Foods Kitchen)

Homemade Larabars
(we love Larabars in our house so I'm looking forward to making a big pan of the homemade version!)
(Photo and recipe by Sarah at Clay in His Hands)

Baked Zucchini Sticks
(I think these will make a great appetizer/side dish on spaghetti night! I'm hoping that I'll be successful in getting my son to eat a vegetable!)

(Photo and recipe by Gina at SkinnyTaste.com)

For more great recipe ideas visit Finding Joy in My Kitchen!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Back up and at 'em

I've missed a week of posting, but I like to think I had good reason. After about a week and a half of not feeling well at all, and a trip to the Minute Clinic which told me nothing, a late night trip to Urgent Care two days later finally diagnosed me with strep throat AND mono. So, not only was I in extreme discomfort from the strep and suffering from extreme fatigue from the mono, but I am also 7 months pregnant on top of all that.

Needless to say, after one week of being on antibiotics and a blissful weekend of family who came up to help me out (thanks to mom, dad, niece and nephew) I am now feeling nearly 100% again. Looking forward to getting back to "normal."