Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Monday, January 18, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

You will notice more dinner "repeats" from last week. *Blush* We are still catching up...for some reason, we seem to have had an abundance of leftovers to go through. ;) From now on for Sunday, I will only be posting dinners, as on that day it's mostly a free-for-all for breakfast, and lunch at my parents'.

Sunday: Winter pot roast, wild rice pilaf, pumpkin dinner rolls

Monday
Breakfast-Cereal, yogurt
Lunch-Make-your-own sandwiches, chips or crackers
Dinner-Meat & potato salad, raw baby carrots and celery with homemade dill dip, baby dills

Tuesday
Breakfast-Peanut butter toast, orange juice, yogurt
Lunch-Egg salad sandwiches on toast, crackers
Dinner-BBQ chicken, sweet potato fries, corn sticks

Wednesday
Breakfast-Breakfast burritos, bananas
Lunch-Leftovers
Dinner-Leftovers (Awana night)

Thursday
Breakfast-Cereal, hard boiled eggs, tea
Lunch-Cheese quesadillas, spanish rice, corn
Dinner-Chili-mac skillet, veggies, bread

Friday
Breakfast-Waffles, fruit, yogurt
Lunch-Mac & cheese, bread
Dinner-Leftovers

Saturday
Breakfast-Scrambled eggs, muffins, yoogurt
Lunch-Leftovers
Dinner-Noodle & veggie dinner, bread

Just shooting from the hip here, as my computer is bogging down and I can't open Word to get to my menu. :( That's okay. :) Since I can't open it, I will just be referencing my blog, anyway.

Lisa

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Lisa Project

While I was feeling yucky, my darling husband rented the movie "Julie & Julia." This movie is based on a true story of a woman named Julie, who was inspired by Julia Child's love of cooking. She committed to go through Mrs. Child's entire cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in a year, making each recipe. This was a wonderful movie, and I recommend it to anyone who loves to cook!

While I don't have the kind of commitment (or financial resources, for that matter!) to go through any of my cookbooks in a designated amount of time, I've been inspired to freshen up my cooking skills by simply choosing a cookbook and trying some new recipes I normally wouldn't consider for one reason or another. I LOVE to cook, and somewhat pride myself on being able to cook and bake a wide range of food, but there are certain recipes I stay away from...maybe because of certain ingredients, or an intimidating technique, and yes, maybe sometimes, too *simple*. LOL! Considering one of my ultimate goals is to cook more from scratch, this is a perfect "stretching" exercise for me. :)

So, last night, I began browsing one of my favorite general, go-to cookbooks, "The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book." I was determined NOT to make a shopping list. I just wanted to see if there were maybe a few recipes in there that I already have all the ingredients for, and I did NOT want to try and come up with substitutes for ingredients, since I was determined to make the recipe AS IS, to see how it comes out that way first. Then, if something is off, I will work on making it more to our liking. My philosophy being, there's quite a bit out there that we've just never tried!

Anyway, I started in the Appetizer section and actually found quite a few recipes that I had everything for. So today, I got to work. For lunch, I made Potato Skins, which were excellent. I'm normally the only one in my family who likes tomatoes (especially those you can blatantly see sitting on your food), and everyone enjoyed these chopped-fresh-tomato-covered treats. I didn't even see any picked-off tomatoes laying around anywhere...nice! Then, right before dinner, I threw together some dill dip to chill for later, which I enjoyed on some crackers for an after-dinner snack. Sure beats that stuff we got once upon a time from Tastefully Simple, and was just as easy to make! Tomorrow, I will serve it to the boys with their fresh veggies for lunch (if there's any left...ahem!). I thought I was done, but found a huge bag of walnuts in the freezer after the boys went to bed. That meant I had all the ingredients for Sweet Spiced Walnuts! Whipped those together in less than 5 minutes, baked them for 20, and now they're sitting on the counter, cooling and waiting to be consumed. :)

Now, we have some interesting, and somewhat healthy (homemade is better anyway!) snacks for the week. I'm making notes in my cookbook of what we really like, so that I can integrate that into our staples, and work on my cooking in that area, if necessary. I LOVE to cook, and I'm so excited for what I'm going to learn! :)

Lisa

Menu Plan Monday...on Wednesday?

Wow, what a week since my last post! A flare-up in my MS managed to sneak up on me, and I am just getting done with the treatment for it...which in some ways is worse than the symptoms! It's been a rough week on me, and needless to say, I haven't been spending a whole lot of time in the kitchen.

I had some menus all planned out for this week, and while so far they haven't gone as planned, let's just say we've been doing good. Much thanks to my wonderful husband and boys! :) Yes, you will see a few repeats in the menus from last week, only because I never got to make them when I intended. ;)

Sunday
Breakfast-the usual Sunday morning free-for-all
Lunch-sandwiches for the boys, hubby brought me Sonic :)
Dinner-Taco ring, cucumber salad

Monday
Breakfast-Cereal, fruit
Lunch-homemade bread bowls filled with broccoli cheese soup
Dinner-leftovers

Tuesday
Breakfast-Cereal, fruit
Lunch-Scrambled eggs and toast (I was craving comfort food, so hubby made some up for everyone)
Dinner-Leftovers or sandwiches (kids' choice!)

Wednesday
Breakfast-Cereal, fruit (yes, keeping it simple this week!)
Lunch-Loaded potato skins with sour cream for dip
Dinner-Stuffing-topped venison chops, steamed green beans, pumpkin dinner rolls

Thursday
Breakfast-Pancakes, bacon
Lunch-Tuna sandwiches, carrots & celery with homemade dill dip
Dinner-Homemade pizza, salad, brownie sundaes for dessert

Friday
Breakfast-Pumpkin scones w/ cinnamon icing, fruit
Lunch-Leftovers
Dinner-Teriyaki roast, Rice pilaf, sunshine kiss cookies

Saturday
Breakfast-Strawberry banana kefir smoothie
Lunch-Leftovers
Dinner-Meat & potato salad, pickles, carrots, apple pie tarts for dessert

Praise be to God, I am on the mend now, and will be easing back into my normal duties over the next few days. :)

Lisa

Monday, January 4, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday
Breakfast: Free-for-all :)
Lunch: Domino's pizza for ds4's birthday party
Dinner: Leftovers

Monday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Egg salad and sprouts on toast, chips (we have a lot to go through from Christmas and New Year's!)
Dinner: New England Corn Beef Supper (roasted corn beef brisket with cabbage and other veggies), French bread

Tuesday
Breakfast: Homemade lemon poppy seed muffins, fruit
Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup
Dinner: Cheesy Chicken and Rice, salad

Wednesday
Breakfast: Baked oatmeal, fruit
Lunch: Peanut butter and honey sandwiches, carrots and celery sticks, homemade raspberry jell-o
Dinner: Leftovers (Awana night)

Thursday
Breakfast: Overnight French toast, fruit
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Greek turkey burgers, 3 bean salad, lime sherbet with raspberries

Friday
Breakfast: Homemade cranberry orange muffins, fruit
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Taco ring, cucumber salad, double chocolate sundaes with homemade fudge topping

Saturday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Tuna sandwiches, leftover bean salad, carrot sticks
Dinner: Stuffing-topped venison chops, steamed green beans, homemade pumpkin dinner rolls

A year with a deep focus on family, health, and home

I refused to do New Year's resolutions this year. I have given up on New Year's resolutions because, well, I always give up on New Year's resolutions. LOL!

However, I do have a vision for how I want this year to go (I know, I know, when we plan, God laughs). My aim (not just for the New Year) is for a closer family, for a home that is a sanctuary, and for good health for my family. I don't have a "start date", or a certain time that I want to accomplish these goals by, but rather, little things I want to start implementing a little at a time. I don't want to set myself or my family up for failure! All I want to see by the end of the year, is that my family has grown in their relationships with each other, that we are at least a little healthier than we are now, and that our home is a little bit cozier.

The first thing I have in mind, that will cover all three of my goals, is to make a habit of eating every meal we can *together* at the table. Over the last year, we have gotten out of the habit of that, and I want it back!

Also this week, as soon as all the pop is gone from the house, that's it, it's not coming back. That has to be the number one diet killer. It will be mostly water for us from now on if we are thirsty (the kids don't drink pop anyway, this one's mostly for Mom and Dad!). If we want a "treat," we do like the Arizona green tea and tend to keep that in our fridge, so we can have that. :) This is how it will be with most things in our diet...I don't like picking a start date for quitting something, only to have to throw whatever it is away and waste hard-earned money. We will just gradually replace our foods with healthier things as we are ready.

I think the only goal for my home this week is to get the Christmas things put away, and to keep it picked up and maintain laundry. There are so many things I have in mind for our home, but I am teaching myself to be content with what I have. I know that I can make our home a sanctuary more by the work of my hands, than by spending money on things that are not necessary. There will come a time for that when we are financially able, but for the moment, I am content to work with what I've got, which is already way more than enough. :)

Lisa