Menu Plan for the Week 8/14 – 8/20


Oooh….I made these “just peachy” muffins this week. They were so good! I got inspired when I saw Amy’s Peaches ‘N Cream Muffins a while back.

Since I changed a few of the ingredients to make them a little more on the healthy side, I’ll be posting my version of the recipe shortly.

As far as the menu planning goes, it’s going to be a busy week for us. First off, the kids both start back to school tomorrow. Then on Wednesday, I have a consultation with a Lasik surgeon about getting my eyes fixed.

I’m a little anxious about having the surgery, but at the same time I’m ready to get rid of these glasses if possible.

All that being said, the menu plan is pretty simple this week, especially toward the end of the week, because the doctor’s office told me I may be able to have the surgery done the end of this week. If not, it will be another whole month  :-(

Here’s what’s cooking this week:



  • Sunday – Chili Dogs (All Beef), Kettle Chips
  • Monday – Grilled Chicken Strips, Peas & Carrots, Rice
  • Tuesday – Steaks, Corn Salad, Baked Potato Wedges
  • Wednesday – Cheesy Beef & Rice Burritos
  • Thursday – Pizza
  • Friday – Hamburgers
  • Saturday – Campfire Chicken

Lunches usually consist of leftovers from the night before, or grilled cheese quesadillas on whole wheat tortillas, fruit, and other quick fix foods.

In all honesty, I probably should have called this a tentative menu plan for the week. With all that’s going on, I make no guarantees.

What’s on your menu this week?

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday.

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Posted on August 14th, 2011 in Food and Entertaining | One Comment

String Cheese Lego Man to the Rescue

Almost every day for their afternoon snack, my kids each request a bowl of fresh fruit and a stick of string cheese. Of course, this makes me happy because they’re not asking for candy bars and cupcakes.

But….what happens when my son is eating his snack and playing with his Legos at the same time?

We get String Cheese Lego Man….

legoman21Where does he come up with this stuff? And why does he look so mischievous? Hmmm….

At least he’s eating his fruit, right? :-)

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Posted on August 12th, 2011 in Kids and Family | No Comments

Organizing the Kids’ School Papers


Each week as the kids bring home papers from school, I store them in a big drawer, David on the left and Brooke on the right,  until I get a chance to decide what I want to keep and what I need to toss. As you can see, by the end of last year, it was jam packed.

You know what that meant. With school starting next week, I had to do a major clean out. The only problem was trying to figure out what to do with the “keep” stack.

For the last few years, I had been putting all of David’s papers in a separate folder at the end of each school year and stacking them underneath the current year’s papers.

Obviously, eventually there would no more room to keep everything in the drawer, especially now that Brooke is starting her second year of preschool and has her own papers…and I don’t have another extra drawer.

In an attempt to find a solution, I remembered that I had an extra expandable file box tucked away in my office.


It made for a simple and organized solution.

I labeled each tab with each school year, with the last one for report cards. Plus there are several open slots in the back for other items that might come up through the years.


Not only will this help keep the kids’ papers organized, but will also help me keep the amount of papers I save to a minimum.

My goal is to only keep extra special papers, as well as, a little something to remind me of their creativity, drawing skills and  penmanship during the school years.


Well, how about that! Looks like I’m ready to start a new year. The drawer is once again empty!

How do you organize your kid’s school papers?

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Posted on August 10th, 2011 in Home and Organization | 2 Comments