Sunday, August 25, 2013
Y'all, it's been forever since I've done a Menu Plan Monday post! I've still been planning our meals they just haven't made it onto the blog. Raising two girls keeps me busier than I ever imagined. :)
I've been reading Nourishing Traditions and it's changing my thinking of what we put into our bodies. It's A LOT to take in and will take me reading it a few times to really grasp all the information. It's more than a cookbook and much like a workbook full of good information. There are over 700 recipes as well as tons of information about eating real food. Real food is food that grows in fields and on trees, comes from animals and food we can recognize. This book has brought my focus back to making more from scratch using real butter, real fruits and vegetables, whole grains, real eggs, real meat, etc. I know I'll still eat junk and processed foods but if 95% of the time we can eat real food, that would be great!
Another book I bought back in the Spring, that I really love, is by Laura of Heavenly Homemakers, Oh, For Real: Real Food, Real Family, Real Easy. She uses much of Nourishing Traditions suggestions on real food but it's MUCH easier to understand. She's hilarious, love shortcuts in the kitchen but not at the expense of good food, has 4 boys that she home schools and has beautiful freezers stocked full of goodies! I've been a follower of her blog for quite a few years now and she makes me laugh out loud at her posts a few times a week. She's real and knows we're all strapped for time in the kitchen. Read her blog, you won't be disappointed. And buy her book, too. It's awesome!
Anyways, enough of that. I think you'll see more of our real food adventures in the future. On to the menu plan for the week. I have way too much food in our freezers and I'm trying to clean out so we're working on what my mama calls "old" food. :)
Monday- bbq chicken baked potatoes
Tuesday- italian chicken sandwiches, whole wheat burger buns, vegetables
Wednesday- lasagna and whole wheat breadsticks
Thursday-pancakes and bacon
Friday-pizza (I've found a new pizza sauce recipe and it's the best ever! I'll share it soon.)
Saturday- lunch: convenience meals
dinner: turkey burgers
Sunday- lunch: sandwiches
dinner: week's leftovers
I'm still following my breakfast menu for the girls and me, for the most part. As for lunches we eat leftovers, sandwiches, noodles, cheese, fruit. It depends on what's in the fridge and since the girls are older and a little more vocal, I let them choose a little more.
What's cooking in your kitchen this week?
Saturday, August 17, 2013
This post is only a month late, but at least I'm getting it done, right?!
On July 13, Nyla turned 3! And I actually made it through the day without weeping uncontrollably. I usually lose it on birthdays. I know that sounds crazy, but it's going by so quick! With each of the girls birthdays come big tears from Mama. I know they're doing what they're supposed to do but I can be a little bit sad.
Nyla had a big day! The day of her birthday turned out to be KidFest at our church (a block party for the neighborhood to promote our children's ministries). It turned out to be a beautiful and perfect day for the block party. There was face painting, indoor carnival games, a train the kids could ride, petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy houses, sno cones, free hot dogs and chips, the Bartlett K9 unit demonstration, Shelby County K9 demonstration, Shelby County boat patrol unit and Bartlett fire truck and firemen. There was a lot going on and it was awesome! We had quite a few people from the community come and enjoy all the activities. Of all these activities Nyla did every. single. one. This was truly shocking ya'll! She's been scared of everything the past year and we thought we'd go, support our church and be gone in an hour. Turns out she had the best time of anyone. For some reason she got over all her fears that day. I guess that's what happens when you turn 3?! At first she didn't want in the bouncy houses but with a little pushing from Daddy and Mimi (our preschool director, her name is actually Kathy) she went in and loved it! And so continued the day of her surprising us!
Be prepared for picture overload! We had a busy day.
|Daddy and Nyla enjoying the bouncy house.|
|Yes, Daniel loves the bouncy houses more than anyone. And he's not afraid to admit it. :)|
|The petting zoo. It had a llama, goats, sheep, horses, a donkey, bunnies, a duck, ferrets, turtles, and chickens.|
The baby goat in the cage was about a week old. He or she was so cute!
|Nyla petting the ferret. Very surprising!|
|And Nyla holding the ferret. I flipped when she held it. It was shocked and so proud. This was a big deal!!!|
|The petting zoo came with the cutest little train that the little ones could ride around in. It was a hit!|
|The full train.|
|Enjoying her first sno cone.|
|Sitting in the fire truck. I forgot how tall they are!|
|Face painting time! She got a beautiful butterfly|
|This is pretty much the best picture I got of Naomi. She got a heart painted on her face.|
|Riding the horse, "Ladybug." Again, shocking!|
|Naomi's favorite thing of the day were the turtles.|
|Naomi and I tried to enjoy the puppet show but we left when the camel started talking. It freaked her out.|
Beginning of the birthday party pictures!
|The birthday girl! She wore an Elmo shirt and a skirt my mom and I made her (it has Sesame Street characters on it and it's so cute) and her birthday crown.|
|Excited for cupcakes!|
|I didn't get a picture of her blowing out the candle but she did it, all by herself. We didn't even practice beforehand either. She did great!|
|Her friend, L, enjoying a "Super Grover" cupcake. So sweet!|
|Mmm, Elmo cupcake.|
|Ernie likes Nyla's birthday crown.|
|A bigger view of the dessert/decoration table.|
We had a great day celebrating Nyla! Now, I must go cry a little bit. My girl is getting too big!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Since our girls are only 3 and 21 months, our room is more of a playroom than a school room. And that's a good thing!
In March, we moved into a bigger home and we are blessed to have a separate room for our playroom/school room. Yes, the toys still get taken into all the rooms downstairs but they are mostly contained in the playroom. This is good for my sanity!
|You can see how we use our room in this picture, toys!|
|This wall holds our US map and our twine with clips to hold the girls artwork. The top is Nyla's area and the bottom is Naomi's. I recently cleaned this off and we're starting over. :)|
|If you keep moving to the right you'll find the girls kitchen/food prep area. I think this area gets the most use right now; they love to cook!|
The chalkboard above is where I write our Bible verse for the week.
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