Sunday, November 29, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #15

November 30-December 6

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did! It was busy, but still fun to see everyone.
It's fun to be busy for awhile, but always nice to get back to regular life!


leftovers from dinner


Tuesday: 1st doctor's appt with my obgyn, I'm so excited to hear a heartbeat!
Chicken Scampi


Burgers and potato fries

Pizza (using this pizza dough recipe)

Breakfast for dinner


Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lower Calorie Potato Soup

I am a member or And they have fabulous recipes that are lower calorie options. I am pregnant but I don't want to gain 50 pounds. I worked really hard to lose 20 pounds and just because I'm pregnant doesn't mean I'm "eating for two." I've been reading up on all that and you only need 300-500 more calories a day to support the growing child. That's a relief! I would love to gain no more than 30 pounds in this pregnancy and I will continue to count calories and continue walking. It will help me and baby and hopefully to have an easier delivery! I'm praying for that anyways!
So here is a great soup recipe I found on Spark People. I love soups. They help stretch my grocery budget and are quick and easy to thaw out and eat during the busy season that is coming up. Enjoy.

Baked Potato Soup-from Chef Meg at

7 large baked potatoes
3 T butter, unsalted
1 1/2 c onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup celery, diced fine
3 T flour
2 cup chicken stock, low sodium
4 cup skim or 1% milk
1/4 tsp white or black pepper
2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 T scallions, chopped (optional)
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Remove skin from baked potatoes and chop into 1-inch cubes; set aside.
In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium until melted and frothy.
Add onions and cook for 2 minutes.
Add celery and garlic to the saucepan and continue to "sweat" the veggies for 3 minutes.
Lower the heat slightly so the veggies do not brown.
Add flour to the pan and stir with a wooden spoon and cook for 2 minutes; make sure to scrape the spoon against the bottom and edges of the saucepan to pick up any of the mixture that might of settled to the bottom of the pan.
Slowly whisk in the stock until it is all incorporated.
Add diced potatoes to the mixture.
Slowly add milk; do not boil, stirring occasionally.
Cook soup over medium to low heat for 20 minutes.
While soup is cooking, cook the bacon until crisp.
Remove and drain on a paper towel.
Crumble bacon and set aside for garnish.
(If you prefer a smooth soup, puree the mixture.)
Serve in warm bowls, garnish with chopped scallion, pinch of bacon and 3/4 Tbsp cheese.

Make 15, 1 cup servings.

Number of servings: 15

Calories: 259.3
Fat: 8.6g
Carbs: 36.2g
Protein: 10.6g

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #14

November 23- November 29

Happy Thanksgiving Week!
Happy Birthday to my wonderful Hubby today!!!
I hope everyone is able to spend time with loved ones at some point during this busy time. Tell them how much you love them and are thankful for them. It'll go a long way!

Not much in the way of menu planning this week since Hubby and I will be quite busy seeing family and friends. We're having a lot of leftovers the last half of the week since there will be so much food leftover, as there always is. Have a wonderful week! Happy Thanksgiving!

cereal and fruit
yogurt and toast

leftovers from dinners
leftovers from Thanksgiving dinners
turkey and ham sandwiches

baked chicken strips-make your own bread crumbs, see here
I'll add italian seasonings, 1 Tbsp italian seasoning to 1 cup bread crumbs
dredge in 1 beaten egg, then bread crumbs
bake 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes
leftover Chef Meg's soup (see post for recipe on Tuesday)
Thanksgiving at 1, 5:30 and 7 with our families (yes we are very busy)
leftovers from yesterday

Thursday, November 19, 2009

How About Some Ham?

Okay, this ham is amazing!
And just in time for the holiday season!
It is a delicious ham that my mom's best friend has been making for a few years. We usually have it on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. My Hubby is picky, but he absolutely loves this ham.
Well, I ventured out to try it. And it turned out pretty great! I honestly was VERY nervous about it. Stuff like this can be tricky to prepare, in my opinion anyways.
But there's good news. Just follow the recipe, it's so easy!

Vicki's Holiday Ham-Vicki V.

-Mash's shank ham (smallest works) I think mine was 7 lb, on sale at Schnuck's
-small jar of honey (you'll use the whole thing)
-brown sugar (3+ cups, packed)
-heavy duty foil (3 pieces, layered together)
-large roasting pan
-crock pot

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Tear 3 sheets of heavy duty foil and layer together in the roasting pan.
3. Pour 1/4 of the bottle of honey onto foil, cover with brown sugar, about 1 cup, then place ham on top.
4. Pour rest of bottle of honey all over ham, make sure all sides are covered.
5. Dump brown sugar on top and sides, patting brown sugar into honey and ham to cover.
6. Wrap foil TIGHTLY and place in oven, 325 degrees.
7. Cook for 6 hours and NO peeking! Just leave it for the 6 full hours. LEAVE IT ALONE!
8. After 6 hours remove from oven, unwrap ham.
9. Dump juice from ham into crock pot.
10. Cut up ham if it's needed. It might fall off the bone on its own and place in crock pot.
11. Keep the crock pot on WARM if serving right away.
12. I make this the day before and keep in crock pot overnight in the fridge, then heat on LOW until the temperature is reached for serving. Then when its heated, turn to WARM.
-The ham will continue to soak up all those good juices in the crock pot. It seems like a lot of work and steps, but I promise it's worth it! And it's so EASY. I promise. I'm not one for complicated recipes.

This post is linked back to Grocery Cart Challenge.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm Pregnant!

First, God is SO good!
We are so grateful we are able to have children. And we are very excited and nervous about the upcoming months and years of our lives. It will be a wonderful experience, filled with many adventures.
Please pray for all of us as we experience many changes in our lives and my changing body. :)
I am not one for pain, AT ALL! So childbirth will be very interesting! I hope I don't break Hubby's hand in the process. I know he hopes I don't either.
I am 10 weeks as of today, with my due date being June 15, 2010. Thankfully I don't have to endure all the summer heat and pregnancy. That is a relief! Because it can get hot here in July and August!
But I am still nervous about all the changes that will happen when the baby comes. Money will be much tighter and our relationship as husband and wife will change as well. I just love the two of us, it's almost hard for me to imagine what it will be like with a child! Everyone says it the greatest experience of their lives and most rewarding too. But I think being a God-fearing woman and wife is so rewarding.
I want to make sure I keep God first, Hubby second and child/children third. I know people who put children first and I just don't like that. I don't like their behavior or their children's for that matter. When the kids are gone it's back to being just you and Hubby and that lifestyle again. And keeping him in front of the kids I know will make that transition easier. But that's my opinion. :)
But everything has been wonderful so far. No troubles or much pain at all, just a little cramping here and there. I hope it continues the next 7+ months.
Thanks for your prayers!!! They are greatly appreciated!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #13

November 16-November 22, 2009

This week in dinners looks to be delicious!

Monday, 16th:
burgers and fries
I'll make homemade wheat buns for the burgers, yummy!

Tuesday, 17th:
I am very excited about this!

Wednesday, 18th: Happy Birthday to my baby Sister, who is turning 24!
Thanksgiving Dinner at Church
I'm bringing this for dessert! And I am very excited about it.

Thursday, 19th:
Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Friday, 20th:

Saturday, 21st:
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: Parents house for Sister and Hubby's birthday's!
Burgers, hotdogs, and strawberry cake!

Sunday, 22nd: Happy Birthday to my sweet Hubby!
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and soup

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Three Cheese Baked Ziti

This recipe from a wonderful cook over at Finding Joy in my Kitchen. I think I could browse at her recipes all day. I'm always finding wonderful recipes on her blog and love trying them out. And here's one I tried out last night. It was wonderful, as I expected! I modified it a little for Hubby and me. Enjoy.

Three Cheese Baked Ziti-from SnoWhite

1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1 (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1 T dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
10-oz frozen spinach, cooked
1/3 c grated parmesan
26 oz spaghetti sauce
16 oz ziti, cooked
16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook ground beef and drain.
Blend together ricotta cheese, parsley, salt, egg and spinach until smooth.
Stir in parmesan cheese, until blended.
Spread 1/3 of the jar of spaghetti sauce to ungreased 9x13 pan, covering the bottom.
Place half of the cooked pasta over the sauce; spread half the ricotta mixture.
Cover with another 1/3 of the spaghetti sauce and sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese on top.
Repeat layers, ending with the mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Serves 6-8 people

Monday, November 2, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #12

Week of November 2- November 8

Hello! Sorry this is late. I had a busy week and was unable to write ahead. So here is the plan for this week. I'm trying some new things this week in dinners. I know it'll be delicious.



Pork roast, veggies and potatoes

Ham and rice (I'll post ham recipe later)


Going away party for a couple in our Sunday School class :(


Enjoy the week!