Monday, January 2, 2017

Week of January 1st ~ Meal Planning 2017

Happy New Year, my friends!

I don't know about you, but I am incredibly excited to begin this new year and try to keep looking toward the positive rather than dwell on the negative.  I guess you can say that is my biggest resolution for the year, among several others!

Meal Planning is something that I plan to use to get myself organized this year.  (Yes, another resolution!) It's a tool I've used successfully in the past and really need to get into the habit again.  Not only does meal planning help keep me organized, it also helps us financially.  When I have a plan set for the week, we deal with less waste and don't end up relying on take out as often.  I'll share more updates on how meal planning works for us in future posts.  For now, I'll just get to sharing our meal plan for the week.

Sunday  ~ Birthday Celebration with friends.

Monday ~ Crock Pot Potato and  Ham Chowder I love this recipe for using up holiday leftovers!  A few slices of spiral ham and some veggies leftover from party trays go a long way in this hearty soup!

Tuesday ~ Venison Fajitas.  I'm using this recipe and using venison steak instead of beef.  This meal is a great way to get in your veggie servings.

Wednesday ~ Leftover Night.  This is the busiest night of the week for us, so we'll be fending for ourselves for dinner.  This is a great way to use up smaller portions of leftovers in the fridge.

Thursday ~ Pasta with Vegetables.  I have a lot of vegetables in the fridge to use up.  Spinach, carrots, peppers, etc.  I'll cook them in a little garlic and olive oil and toss with some pasta.

Friday ~ Kielbasa Sandwiches.  We were gifted with some Kielbasa after Grace's aunt visited Philly for the day.  This will be a real treat for dinner and I'll have to come up with something light to serve on the side.  Maybe just a garden salad for me and some potato salad for Joe.

Saturday ~ I'm sure this will be another leftover night for us.  This would be a night that I'd want to get take-out, but I'm really determined to cut back on take-out and fast food.

Sorry for the lack of photos in this post...I may come back and edit later to add them in.  I'm just a bit behind schedule today and really wanted to get this plan posted!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tips for Keeping your Dog Safe during the Holidays

You might know that our dog, Remmy, is not just a pet.  She is a member of the family.  We're always sure to give her a pat on her side or a kiss on her head before we leave the house for the day.  Just like Remmy is sure to greet us with a wiggle and a kiss when we return home.

Just like any family member, we want to keep Remmy safe. Since the holidays can bring out curiosity in even the most well-behaved pup, PuppySpot has provided a Holiday Dog Safety Checklist to help keep our furry family member safe during the holiday season!

If you are looking for a pup, or just like looking at pups (like I do), you can check out these links: 

I was not compensated in any way for sharing this info-graphic.  As a dog-lover, I felt that this helpful information was a good fit for my readers.  Thank you for providing this great reminder of the dangers the holidays can bring for our furry friends.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wordless Wednesday ~ A Girl and Her Dog

I can't remember what I was doing when I spotted my two girls just staring into each other's faces.

I do remember I was thankful to have my phone handy to capture the moment.

They adore each other.

A girl and her dog....such a wonderful thing!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Menu Plan Monday ~ Week of October 17th

Hello, friends!

I have been having trouble finding the time to sit down at my desk to blog.  School has started and I'm back to work.  I thought once we were getting into more of a routine, that things would be a little less hectic around here, but truthfully, we've been running around so crazy between work, school, play dates, Girl Scouts, etc. that we just haven't been home.  When we are home, the time has been spent walking the dog, working on homework, bedtime routines.  At night, when I do finally have a chance to sit down and relax, I'm usually dozing off on the couch only to have the dog wake me up barking in my face.  Usually because she is hungry, needs to go out, wants a treat, or simply because she wants my spot of the couch.

It's been a rough several weeks.  Especially when it comes to meal time.  We've been grabbing too much take-out, whipping up quick boxed meals, or simply grabbing a bowl of cereal when out of time or ideas.

This week, I have a few days off of work.  I'm determined to take advantage of the time and prepare some decent food for us!  I might even prepare a couple of bigger meals and freeze leftovers for busy nights.

Here are a few things we'll be eating this week:

with mashed potatoes, corn

Giant has Eye Roast on sale this week.  
Joe took my car to get gas and I had him pick up a nice 2 1/2 lb roast.  
Perfect for this simple crock pot recipe!  

Garden Salad, Crusty Bread

Such a pantry-friendly meal, I don't know why I don't 
prepare this more often!  

I love using the leftover Spicy Chipotle Pot Roast 
for this tasty soup recipe.  

Those are just a few of the things we'll be eating this week.  I will also plan for some quick Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup and side salads.  BLTs will be a hit as well for a really simple, quick meal for one of our busier nights this week.  

I'd love to hear some of your favorite go-to meals for when you have a million things to do after school or work!  Please share in the comments!  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bostons, Scooters, & Unicorns ~ Wordless Wednesday

Now that school is back in session, we've noticed the evenings getting both shorter and slightly cooler.  The temps have been cool enough that the dog and I can actually walk and not feel like we're going to pass out!

One night a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take my girls to the park.  I needed some exercise, Remmy needed a walk and Gracie really needed to burn off some energy.  Walking gets boring for Gracie, so as a surprise, I packed up her scooter and helmet.  Isn't that unicorn helmet fabulous?  I wish they had stuff like that when I was a kid!

About 3/4 of the way around the park, Remmy needed a break.  Just enough heat to make her need a short break.  Either that or she was enjoying the soccer game that was going on in the field!

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