Saturday, April 13, 2019

Menu Plan for Week of April 14-20, 2019

...or is it that April showers bring April flowers??  I'm loving the daffodils, tulips, and forsythia!  And I've seen grape hyacinths in bloom, along with violets and pansies.  It is just so pretty!  Every morning when we go for our walk, we see some new flowers blooming and growing!  The magnolia trees are in full bloom here, too, and they are just gorgeous!

The week before Easter is probably a busy one for all of us.  We are having the kids and grandkids over for Easter dinner, so I've got to be extra careful to get my cleaning done early in the week.  That way, I'll have lots of baking time for Easter dinner.

I will have to post my Easter dinner sometime during the week.  I haven't finalized it yet, but I bought a spiral ham today at Aldi's for $0.85 per pound, and that is fantastic!  They have the best hams!  Seriously, if you haven't tried one, you need to run to Aldi's and get one before they are all gone.

I usually have deviled eggs, baked ham, broccoli and cheese, mashed potatoes, and a couple salads I haven't decided upon yet.  Dessert will definitely be carrot cake and a lemon pie of some sort.  I have a recipe for a carrot cake that hands down beats all the other carrot cakes I've made.  If I can remember to take a picture of it, I will try and post it next week.

For this week, I have lots of goodies planned.  There are a couple new recipes for me to try, plus some tried and true oldies but goodies.  I am in the mood to bake, so there are several new gluten free recipes for breakfast I am going to try this week.

Here is my menu plan for this week:
For a printable copy, please click HERE.
Recipe links and notes are below.

**GF indicates a gluten free recipe

GF Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is from Eat Cake For Dinner - this recipe is not gluten free, but I am going to try and adapt it to gluten free.  Wish me luck!  If it works, I will share the recipe!

GF Chicken and Dumplings is from Mama Knows Gluten Free - this is one of my favorite comfort foods!  If you haven't visited her blog, you should!

Ham, Swiss, and Spinach Egg Cups are from Grab A Plate - new recipe for me to try!  They sound delicious!

Hot Turkey Sandwiches are from Cincy Shopper - I am tweaking this recipe, and making gluten free turkey gravy served on gluten free bread

GF French Silk Pie is from Ehow - another new recipe for me

GF Pumpkin Scones are from The Peaceful Haven

Sheet Pan Honey Balsamic Pork Chop Dinner is from Betty Crocker

GF Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake is from Gutsy Gluten Free Gal - another new recipe!

Texas Hash is from A Family Feast - yummy!

Peanut Butter Cookies are from My Crazy Good Life - they are gluten free as well!

Chicken Salad is from Dinner Then Dessert

Lemon Cheesecake is from Taste and Tell Blog

Where's The Crust Pizza is from Plain Chicken - a gluten free pizza that is very good

Meatloaf is from Taste of Home - this is my go-to recipe for meatloaf, and every time I make it everyone loves it

That's it for this week!  I know it sounds like lots of baking, but I love to bake and for some reason I am in the mood to bake bake bake!  I think I am realizing that summer is coming, and when it gets too hot to bake I really miss it!  So I better get baking while it's still cool enough. 

Have a wonderful week, and I hope you find a meal plan or two here you want to make for your family!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Weekly Menu Plan for April 7-13, 2019

I just love this little bunny family portrait!  If you can't tell, I kind of like love am addicted to graphics❣

Two weeks ago I got running behind, and last week tried to catch up.  Well, I'm not there yet!  Closer, but not there.  Everything is a scramble, it seems, and I am SO TIRED.  But I'm getting there, and hopefully this week I will not have any more last minute change of plans.

Although I had my menu for next week scribbled on a piece of notebook paper, I had to find the recipes online and make my menu to hang on the fridge.  I went to the grocery store without looking at the recipes first, so I can imagine I will be missing a few items.  I can see a run or two to the grocery store this week after I get the little one on the bus.

Here is this week's menu plan:
For a printable copy, please click HERE.
Recipe links and notes are below.

Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowls are from Cooking Classy - this recipe is easy to adapt to whatever you have on hand

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is from Betty Crocker

Crockpot Ham and Potato Soup is from The Food Cafe

Swedish Apple Pie is from Hostess At Heart

Breakfast Pizza is from The Gunny Sack - gluten free!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy is from Norine's Nest - I use gluten free cream of chicken soup from Walmart and gluten free McCormick's Chicken Gravy mix

Mom's Best Meat Loaf is from Taste of Home - this is one of our favorite meat loaves, I use either gluten free saltine crackers or gluten free oats.  Either way it tastes delicious!

Creamy Lemon Pie is from Centsless Deals

That's it for this week!  Hope you find something you want to make for your family!  Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

FAL 2019 - Finish #3

My last finish for the first quarter of the Finish Along is a Dottie Angel apron I started last fall.  Although the directions are a little different than how I usually sew a garment, it turned out pretty well.  I think I will make a couple more of them in spring and summer prints.

Here is the post that shows the unfinished apron:  Unfinished Apron FAL 2019  

Here is the apron finished:  (I know it needs ironed!)

It goes on easily over the head, and has plenty of room to wear over clothes.  I made the tunic length, and will definitely make the others the same length.  Overall, it was an easy pattern to follow!  And I like having a full length apron to clean and cook in!  And I absolutely LOVE the pockets!

I am linking this post to:

That is it for my three finishes this quarter!  I hope to keep it up for the rest of the year!

Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 Finish Along - Finish #2

Here I am at finish #2.  I had intended to make these little gift bags for Christmas for friends of my granddaughter's at the bus stop.  I bought little pencils and pens, little Christmas notepads, little boxes of crayons, and some candies to put in each one.

Needless to say, I didn't get them finished.  I finished 2 or 3 of them, but the granddaughter claimed the first one, and I got too busy with other projects to finish sewing the rest.

Here is the original FAL 2019 post that shows the stacks of bags ready to be sewn:
Unfinished Tote Bags  

But I finished them and they are ready for next Christmas!  I don't even have to buy little things to stuff inside them, because I have it already!  Here are the bags I finished:

They turned out so cute!  Each one has a pocket in the front for a candy cane.  And they were so easy to make!  I started an assembly line, and before I knew it they were all done.  It only took about 3 evenings.  I had everything cut out and placed in piles before I started the finish.

Here you can see them a little closer:

I am linking up my finishes here:

One more finish to share after this!

2019 Finish Along - Finish #1

Way back in January - 3months ago already! - I decided to participate in the 2019 Finish Along hosted by many awesome quilters.  The purpose of it is to inspire people who sew and quilt to finish some of their projects that they have started.

Last year, I 'participated' also, but didn't do too well in the Finish Department.  I meant well, but that's about as far as I got.

This year, I am off to a much better start!  For the first quarter, I listed three projects to finish, and I have finished them all!  Woohoo!  I just gave myself a standing ovation!

The first project I wanted to finish was to do SOMETHING with 2 gigantic snowman blocks I had made back in the day.  I cannot even remember what I made them for!  All I know is they are HUGE!  So I decided to make them into a tote bag to carry my knitting around in the winter months.

Here is the original post showing just the blocks:  Snowman Blocks FAL 2019

Here is my finished bag....(make your own drumroll sound as you scroll down)

TADA!  There it is in all it's glory!  The back is exactly the same as the front, as I had made 2 snowman blocks and then stopped.  I lined it with soft flannel, and luckily had enough of the blue snowball print in my scrap pile to make the handles.  

I haven't used it yet, but my other knitting bad is about ready to fall apart, so I'm thinking this fall it will be put to good use.

I am linking up my first finish here:

That's it for my first finish!
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Menu Plan for Week of March 31-April 6, 2019

Yep, that's what it looks like this morning, folks.  Snow on the daffodils.  After raining all day yesterday, it turned to snow last night and we got about an inch.  Hopefully it will melt today or tomorrow, probably tomorrow.  It is only 29 degrees right now, so it will take awhile to warm up.  My forsythia is covered in snow, and all the little green buds that were ready to pop on my cherry tree are now snow covered.  An early April Fool's joke from Mother Nature, I guess!

Spring Break is over today, so tomorrow the kids go back to school to sprint to the finish at the end of May.  These last two months of school are always crazy busy, with all the end of the year concerts, meetings, prom, Easter, the Indy 500, parties, sports, and on and on.  It wears me out just looking at the calendar.  But it's always a fun time, and then all of a sudden it's summer!

This week's menu plan is all made out and ready to go, except I still need to go to the grocery store today.  Somehow I got behind last week, and am still playing catch up.  For this week, the menu kind of eases up at the end of the week, because I have a couple dentist and doctor appointments during the day that will eat up all my time, no pun intended.  😉

So here is my menu plan for this week:
For a printable copy, please click HERE.
Recipe links and notes are below.

Farmhouse Cheddar Skillet Pie is from Cookstr - this is a good Sunday morning breakfast recipe

Easy Baked Pork Chops are from Stay At Home Chef - these are delicious and great for a quick weeknight meal.

No Bake Blueberry Dessert is from Adventures of Mel - cool and creamy, and light!  I make it with a gluten free graham cracker crust and 2 cans of blueberry pie filling.  Delicious!

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls are from Dinner At The Zoo - easy and very good!

Frosted Fudge Brownies are from Taste of Home - tried and true, I love Taste of Home recipes!  Although it has changed over the past couple of years, I still use my old copies constantly!

Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Muffins are from Mama Knows Gluten Free - another winning recipe from Mama Knows!

Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches are from Centsless Deals - I buy Schar's ciabatta rolls for mine.  These are the next best thing to Portillos, for me!  If you haven't had a Portillos Italian Beef Sandwich, and you can eat gluten, go get one right now and dig in!

Easy Cheesy Fiesta Chowder is from Briana Thomas - so good and so good for you!

Easy Tiramisu is from Kitchen Nostalgia - so cool and creamy!

Potato Salad is from Julie's Eats and Treats - a good old fashioned recipe

Apple Pie is from All Recipes - this pie has a gazillion rave reviews, so it's sure to be good!

Fathead Pizza is from Noshtastic - I just have to try a recipe for anything called Fathead!  And it's gluten free!  I am putting our favorite toppings on it - sausage, pepperoni, black olives, and onion.

And that winds up another week of menus!  I hope you find an idea here that sounds good to you!  Have a wonderful week with wonderful meals with your family!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

April Cleaning Schedule

I love a clean house, don't you?  Unfortunately, mine is never as clean as I'd like, but hey, we live here!

I don't like to spend all day cleaning and cooking, because there are other things I want to do, too.  So each month, I make a cleaning schedule and try to stick to it as best as I can.  Sometimes I miss a day...or two...or three.  But that's okay, because I will get back to it eventually.

On my list, I have the chores I do daily as well as the day's special room to clean.  When I clean a room, it is usually dusting, straightening, vacuuming, and any other chores that need done. For bathrooms, I clean sinks, tubs, and toilets, wash throw rugs, and mop the floors.  I try to spend no more than an hour on the daily room I clean.  Sometimes I go over, but most of the time an hour is plenty of time for me to finish.  My daily chores take me about 20-30 minutes, and my daily room cleaning takes about an hour.  So that is about 1-1/2 hours of dedicated cleaning each day.  That doesn't include dishes or laundry, but I usually do dishes as I cook so there never are dishes piled in the sink.

Here is what my April cleaning schedule looks like:
For a printable copy, click HERE.

I like to simplify!  So, looking at the chart, the things on the left are done just about daily.  The list on the right coincides with the date.  So on April 1st, I clean the Guest Room.  April 2nd, my sewing room....and so on down the list.

Pretty easy, and this schedule gives me plenty of time to do other things I like to do during the day!  I didn't know if anyone reading this was looking for a cleaning schedule, but for me a schedule helps me stay on task.

With April just about here, I can't wait to open the windows and get some spring cleaning done!  Happy Cleaning!