Monday, August 10, 2015

Meal plan for week of August 10th

Monday:  Grilled Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Tuesday:  Weight Watchers Meatloaf, Roasted Asparagus, Baked Potato

Wednesday:  Chicken Tortilla Soup (freeze a batch), Cheese Quesas

Thursday:  Creamy Ranch Chicken (freeze a batch),  Mashed Potatoes, Veggie

Friday:  Garlic Balsamic Pork Kabobs (freeze a batch), Baked Sweet Potatoes

Saturday:  Marinara Chicken and Vegetables (freeze a batch), Salad

Sunday:  Dinner out :)

That's my plan.  Go to for menu planning inspiration.  Thank you for stopping by.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Menu for week of July 13th

Monday:  Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Onions, Yellow Rice, Salad or Green Veggie

Tuesday:  Ranch Chicken, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Green Veggie

Wednesday:  Burgers and Waffle Fries

Thursday:  Out

Friday:  Freezer Meal, Salad

Saturday:  Out

Sunday:  Hot Dogs

That's my week.  How about you?  Go to  for menu planning inspiration.  Thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Menu for week of July 6th

Monday:  Dinner at my Mother-In-Love's house.  It is our 4th of July dinner that was postponed due to hubby's work schedule.  I'm sure it will be yummy!

Tuesday: Leftover Weight Watchers Mexican Casserole

Wednesday:  Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs and Marinara, and a Salad

Thursday:  Probably leftovers!

Friday:  Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza and Salad

Saturday:  Out-maybe Chinese food

Sunday:  Going to visit my Mom and Dad and take them lunch (to be decided that day) and may get takeout for dinner that evening as well.

That's my week.  How about you?  Go to I'm an Organizing Junkie for menu planning inspiration.  Thank you so much for stopping by.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Oh where oh where have I been?

I've been MIA for almost two months.  It's because we moved and I haven't given this blog any of my time.  Today is the first day that I actually drug out my laptop.  I've been using my ipad mini since before and after the move.

Here is a picture of our new home which was taken in the spring before the flowers and trees were in bloom.  It may look deceiving as this home is over 3300 square feet.  It has a very nice sized finished basement. 

The new house is nowhere near visitor ready.  It's been slow unpacking.  My husband still has about a month of  nothing but night shift which is four nights on and one night off.  My daughter and I have to be quiet during the day so not much unpacking, if any,  goes on then.  I do manage to do the laundry without bothering him.  We have also spent many days at the old house doing work.  We still have a few odds and ends there, but for the most part, we are now done doing work there and we had it cleaned.  On one of hubby's nights off we will probably go there and load up a few more things.  We have had a couple of house viewings on the old house this week and we are in one couple's top three and the other couple said it was too big.  Keep praying for our old home to sell please!

I really love my new home and will love it more once it is all unpacked and organized.  I'm determined to go through every box and weed out again any item(s) that I don't need.

I plan on posting my weekly menus again beginning next week.  I haven't been doing a lot of cooking as most of my kitchen things are still boxed up.  I have most of the basics that I need and just bought a new set of hard anodized pots and pans and I really love them!  Here is the set I bought  I thought the price was right and a good way to introduce myself to hard anodized cookware.  I have a wonderful set of Stainless Steel cookware that will last my lifetime but I also like having nonstick.

See you on Monday with what I'm feeding my family.  Thank you for stopping by.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Menu for week of May 11th

Monday:  Crock Pot Pork Chops with Potatoes and Carrots, Salad

Tuesday:  Burgers, Corn on the Cob

Wednesday:  (freezer meal) Italian Pot Roast, Sauteed Squash and Onions, Salad

Thursday:  (freezer meal) Mixed Beans with Ham, Cornbread

Friday:  Rotisserie Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, Corn on the Cob

Saturday:  Hot Dogs and Oven Fries

Sunday:  Golden Mushroom Thighs, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli

Go to  for menu planning inspiration.  Thank you for stopping by this week.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Menu for week of May 4th

Monday:  Chicken Alfredo, Tossed Salad and Asparagus

Tuesday:  Crock Pot Pork Chops with Carrots and Potatoes

Wednesday:  Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Onions, Baked Potatoes

Thursday:  Out

Friday:  Turkey Burgers and Corn on the cob

Saturday:  Tacos

Sunday:  Mother's Day (out)

Go to for menu planning inspiration.  Thank you for stopping by.


Monday, April 27, 2015

What's going on in your corner of the world? Exciting news here.

Good afternoon.  I am enjoying the sunshine here in East Tennessee today.  It is a beautiful day here. Hope you are having a good day where you are.  I am so thankful for God's blessings and give him all the glory!  Amen?

My day started off with taking my 16 year old to school.  Believe it or not, she has no desire to learn to drive.  She feels like it is too much responsibility for her right now.  It's kinda the opposite of most boys and girls her age but we are alright with it, as long as she is driving before college.  I'm not getting up and driving her to her college classes.  I'm going to retire my chauffeur's license at that time! Yes!!!  Her last day of school this year is May 21st and we are looking forward to our summer break. 

Saturday, my daughter had her sweet 16 party for family and her special friends.  We had so much fun.  It was deliciously catered and we had a chocolate fountain (graciously lent to us by dear friends), and lots and lots of candy.  So her party was really sweet! We can't keep the candy around though, as it doesn't go well with our Weight Watchers plan!  I'm going to send that to work with hubby to share with his co-workers.  Her ice cream cake (what remains of it) is hidden away in the freezer in the garage.  I'm sure it will make a reappearance further down the road, maybe when my nephews are visiting.  Yes, that's a great idea!

Now for some exciting news...we have bought a new home!  We don't have the closing date and are still finalizing things but we are so excited to find the home in the size we want, style we want, and area we want.  For the last 3 years or so, my dear hubby has been commuting an hour to work and an hour home.  That's on top of a 12 hour shift!  That makes for a very long and tiring day for him.  So we knew a move closer to work had to happen.  For some of this time, he has stayed at his aunt's lakehouse with our four cats which put him only 30 minutes from work.  The location of our new house will shave 40-50 minutes off his driving everyday.  We couldn't be happier.

Our home went up for sale at the end of August, just when the peak selling time was dying down and we had showings throughout the winter and a couple of low ball offers.  We didn't bite.  We lowered the price twice and had several open houses.  We got good feedback from viewers too.   But, when the six month contract expired, we began thinking about how we can get the home we want before this one sells and we did some investigating into equity and bridge loans.  Because, during that six month period our home was for sale, we saw three homes we would have liked to own sell to someone else.  So, we got a bridge loan and began the search so we can move and get hubby closer to work, get our cats back living with us, and then relist our home while the market is hot.  Several homes in my subdivision sold very quickly this spring and we are praying ours will do the same. I also think our home will show better when it is empty and we don't have to keep it looking good for potential viewers every day.  You never know when an agent may call and want to see your house.  It's hard work to keep it picked up and all the beds made and the bathrooms and kitchen immaculate.  It's also been hard to be away from my pets.  And it's hard on the hubby who works day and night shifts.

I very excited about the new house and I will post pictures as soon as I can.  It will be a work in progress for a while as we have to move everything from our existing home and empty three, yes, I said three, storage units.  Two of those units are small ones.  We donated and gave away a lot of stuff and we still needed all that storage to make our house look presentable.  Whew, we have a lot of stuff.  Too much stuff.  I am sure as we empty the storage units we will downsize even more.  My nephews will come in handy to help us unload the storage unit and do some painting as well.  They're handy like that.

So, stay tuned for more news of our move and sale of our home.  Exciting things are happening around here.  My summer will be very busy unboxing and decorating my new home.  I'll bring you along too.

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