Sunday, August 29, 2021

Weekly Menu Plan August 29-Sept 4, 2021


Well, that was a quick month, wasn't it?  It seems like this summer has flown by, and even though it's 92 degrees today, I see on the long term forecast that the high in 2 weeks is predicted to be 66 degrees!  That's sweater weather for me!  Most definitely.

September looks to be extremely busy for me.  I have a couple short trips planned, a horse show that my granddaughter is in, several family birthdays, several long-awaited doctor appointments, a dentist appointment, and whatever else turns up!  I have a long list of things to sew, including a few bags for gifts.  I just finished a couple for my sister, and I can't wait to get started on some fall bags and table toppers.

This week's menu is pretty easy peasy.  Since I know I will be busy most of the month, I sketched out a month long plan of my easiest meals to prep.  You may notice that gluten free recipes are missing this week.  That's because I am on a restricted diet until the middle of September, so this menu is only for my husband and whoever else in the family wants some!  I usually take leftovers over to my daughter's house for their lunches.  I hope I get some baking time in September, because August has just been too hot to use the oven!

Here is my plan for the week.  I got lazy and didn't plan breakfast, I think I will just wing it this week.  But dinners are planned, I have my shopping done, so let's take a peek at what we're having:


Beef Stroganoff  

Buttered Noodles


Tossed Salad

Lemon Bars  


Tomato Soup

Tuna Salad on Lettuce


Carrot Raisin Salad 



Turkey, Ham, and Swiss Sub Sandwiches

Lettuce, Tomatoes, Mayo

Sun Chips

Macaroni Salad 


Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole 

Tossed Salad



Spaghetti with Stamp of Approval Spaghetti Sauce

Garlic Bread

Green Beans

Rice Krispie Treats


Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls

Egg Rolls


Mandarin Oranges


Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

Sausage and Gravy


Hash Brown Potatoes

Peach Cobbler Coffee Cake  

There you have it!  I'm sure my family will have a great week not having to eat everything gluten free!  They are all looking forward to it!  Have a wonderful week, and I hope you find an idea or two here to try out!  

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Weekly Menu Plan for 8-22 to 8-28, 2021


I don't know about you, but where I am, it is HOT HOT HOT.  It is going to be hot (90's and above) all week long this week, so not much cooking is going on in my kitchen!  I just don't want to heat up the house. It is also extremely humid here.  So I jotted down a quick menu plan for the week, got my grocery shopping done yesterday, and I'm ready for a week spent inside in the air conditioning.

Here is my menu plan for this week:


Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs, Bacon, Toast, Fresh pineapple

Dinner:  Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo, Broccoli, Vanilla Pudding


Breakfast:  Cold cereal, Yogurt, Banana

Dinner:  Instant Pot Pork Chops and Potatoes, Green Beans, Orange Sherbet


Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Sliced Apples, Toast

Dinner:  Low Country Boil, *SEE NOTE,    Ice cream

(we do this outside on the grill's side burner - we do not use the crabmeat, just shrimp and sausage for the meat)  (remember this is a PER PERSON recipe, so we quadruple it for the two of us so there are a few leftovers)


Breakfast:  Egg Salad Sandwich, Sausage Links, Oranges

Dinner:  Steak Salad, Breadsticks, Orange Sherbet

(I prep the salad and dressing early in the morning, then toss the steaks on the grill at dinner time, and Voila!  dinner is served!)


Breakfast:  Cold Cereal, String Cheese, Banana

Dinner:  Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry, Rice, Egg Rolls, Ice Cream Cones


Breakfast:  Fried Eggs, Bacon, Toast, Cherries

Dinner:  Show Off Salad, Toast, Cookies and Milk

(I use gluten free elbow macaroni in the salad)


Breakfast:  Sausage and Gravy over Toast, Sliced Apples and Grapes

Dinner:  Grilled Italian Sausages with Peppers and Onions, Chips, Leftover salad from Friday, Banana Splits

So that's it for the week!   Have a great one, and stay cool and healthy!  See you next week with another menu!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Menu Plan for Aug 15-21, 2021

Today's post is going to be short and sweet.

We have had a super busy week, and I am worn out.  I'm ready for a night of watching TV and then lights out.

Here is what we'll be having this week:

I hope you all have a good week, and you find a good meal plan or two here!  See you next week!

Monday, August 9, 2021

Zone 2 Cleaning For The Week


Hi there!  It's Monday, and time to get back into the weekly routine!

I hope you had a great weekend, it was a fun one for me.  I got some shopping done, went to a new quilt shop and got some great new fabric, and did some baking to share with the neighbors.  

I have started my day, but just remembered I hadn't shared this week's cleaning plan.  Here is the calendar for August:  (you can see we are in Zone 2 Bathrooms this week)

Here is my guide I am using to clean the bathrooms:

I set my timer for 30 minutes, and clean until my time is up.  Whatever I don't finish today, I will get tomorrow or the next day!  Before I start my Zone work, I complete my Dailies.  If you missed it, here are the things I do daily before entering The Zone :)  -  

There you have it!  Now I need to get back to work!  Happy Cleaning!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Weekly Menu Plan Updated

Let me try this again.  Okay, here it is.  I have no idea what the problem is, but I just kept playing with it until I got something reasonable.

Please see the post below for the full post for this week.  Thanks, and sorry this is in 2 parts!

Weekly Menu Plan for August 8-14, 2021


Isn't it just darn sad that kids are already back in school?  Here it is, 90 degrees outside and perfect swimming weather for the kids, and they sit in a classroom looking out at the bright sunshine.  One of our middle schools is right next to a water park!  The kids can see it right outside their windows!  How hard would that be to concentrate on school stuff??

Anyway, it is going to be hot, HOT, HOT this week, so I am planning to grill out a couple times.  I also am having salad for dinner twice, because it's the kind of heat that makes you not hungry.  I don't like anything heavy when it is hot outside.  The chicken salad on Wednesday uses leftover grilled chicken from Tuesday night, so if you want to try those recipes, make some extra grilled chicken on Tuesday.  That way you just have to prep the salad on Wednesday.  I will be using gluten free pasta in my salad.

Just for fun, and because I wanted to make my air conditioning work overtime, I baked three coffee cakes this afternoon to share with the families at the bus stop tomorrow morning.  There are so many parents and grandparents at the bus stop this year!  I told my granddaughter, who is in 5th grade, that this year I would be watching her from the window or the front step (her bus stop is right across the street from her house).  But when I saw all the parents and grandparents out there, I felt guilty!  So I dragged my sorry self across the street and joined them.  I might change my mind when the weather gets cold, though!

A funny story about the coffee cake.  Right before COVID hit last year, the grandparents of a family across the street from my daughter's house moved here from Alabama.  They moved here to help their daughter and son-in-law with their three little ones.  I baked them a coffee cake to welcome them right after they moved here.  Well, Thursday morning at the bus stop the grandparents were there to see their grandkids off on the first day of school.  Right after the bus pulled away, the grandfather came up to me and said, "Well, we've lived here over 15 months now, and we love it here.  We all made it through COVID and are glad things are getting back to normal.  But.....that coffee cake you made.  I've been thinking about it for 15 months, and want to know where and when I can have another one!  Just tell me the time and place, and I'll be there!"  

Well, that made me laugh and I was quite surprised!  Last year, I drove my granddaughter to and from school, so she didn't ride the bus.  I never saw those grandparents during the school year.  And here I find out the poor guy has been craving a coffee cake for a year and a half!  So that's why I made three coffee cakes today.  One whole cake for the grandparents, and I'm cutting up the rest to give to the other parents.  I guess I forget sometimes that a lot of people don't bake!  

Now on to this week's menu plan.  Here it is in all it's glory!  It's a pretty simple week, really.  I hope you find something you'd like to try!

Well, for some reason, Google is not allowing me to embed my slide here without it being HUGE and covering the whole thing.  So for right now, I am posting a picture of it, and then after I figure out what is going wrong, I will post the slide with the active links to the recipes.  Here is the picture:

The links will not be active on this, but I will try and figure out what is going wrong and will repost it with the active links.  Sorry about that!
Have a great week, and will post as soon as I can!

Friday, August 6, 2021

Cleaning Schedule, Part 1


I don't know about you, but the older I get, the less motivated I am to clean the house every day.  Or every week.  Or every month.  Or whenever.

I can find time for all sorts of things, including sitting on my porch swing for hours just staring out at my backyard, but I seem to run short on time to clean.

Since I've re-committed to menu planning, I also decided to make time each day for cleaning.  Now, my house is an empty nest house.  We still live in the same house we raised our family in, but the kids are grown and it's just us chickens left here.  The house doesn't get dirty and messy the way it did when our kids were little.  But it still gets messy and dirty, it just takes a little longer.  It still needs to be clean, and I need to commit to keeping it that way.  Laziness is a habit that I can form very quickly!

So, what I've done, and what I'm still working on, is a planning calendar for a cleaning routine.  I've looked at lots and lots of ideas on Pinterest, and looked at a lot of cleaning checklists.  Before I retired, I used the Fly Lady system a lot.  But these days, I need a routine for completing chores and for keeping the house uncluttered.  The routine I've come up with is specific to my needs, so if you look at it and think you want to do something similar, you will have to tweak it.  

Here is what I have come up with so far.  It has taken me a lot of time to come up with something I really like, and I think I can do!

First off, I started with a list of things I need to do daily.  Then, I divided my house into zones, and am making a chart for each zone.  Each week I will work mainly on a certain zone.  I made a calendar for August labeled with the zones.  I am keeping these sheets in a folder with clear plastic sleeves, so I can just pick up the folder and start my chores. 

Here is my Dailies list:

This list is what I start off with first thing in the morning, after I get home from getting my youngest granddaughter on the bus.  I don't do these in the order listed, I just have my routine down and make sure the first 9 things get done before I start in on #10, the zone work.  The first 9 items take me about an hour, and about 20 minutes of that is doing my exercises.  

Here is my August calendar with the weeks labeled with the zone I am working on:

So, you can see this week I am focusing on the Living Room and Dining Room.  What I do is, I set my timer for 30 minutes, and just go down the list and complete as much as I can.  If the timer goes off before I'm finished, I just complete what I'm doing or come to a good stopping point.  That way I can pick it up where I left off!  The last week of August, Zone 5, goes over into the first 4 days of September.  Then, I'll make a new calendar and continue on with Zone 1.  I hope that makes sense!
What list, you ask?  Here is my cleaning list for the Living and Dining Rooms:

I still feel like I'm forgetting something on this list, but I can just add to it if I think of something.  If I change the list, I will post the update the next time I am in this zone.

I don't have all my charts ready, I am still working on those.  But now that I have the major plan in place, I think I can finish those up in a day or two.

So that's it!  That's what I'm using to keep myself in a cleaning routine.  By setting the timer for 30 minutes, I get some work done, but still have most of my afternoons for cooking, baking, and sewing!  So I get the least favorite part of the day over with first, which gives me something to look forward to the rest of the day.  My granddaughter calls it "Eating a Frog."  She read something somewhere that if you do the most unpleasant thing of the day first, like if you had to eat a frog, the rest of the day will be great compared to that!  So whenever she has something she doesn't want to do, she says, "Well, I guess I better go eat the frog," and she gets it over with.  Good plan!  
So far, I've followed my cleaning routine to a T.  But it's just the first week, so I don't want to be overly optimistic.  But I'm determined to keep trying!

Hope your week is going well!  Take care!