Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu for week of January 26, 2015

Monday:  Dinner out

Tuesday:  (freezer meal) Chicken Chow Mein, Asian Veggies

Wednesday:  (freezer meal) Taco Soup

Thursday:  Crock Pot Cube Steaks, Mashed Potatoes, Green Veggie, Rolls

Friday:  Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries

Saturday:  Lean Cuisine and Salad (just me)

Sunday:  (freezer meal) Wild Rice Chicken Casserole, Salad

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Menu for week of January 19, 2015

Here is my plan for this week.  It includes a few carry overs from last week.

Monday:  Pizza Pasta Casserole (freezing two 8x8 pans), Salad

Tuesday:  Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops, Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans

Wednesday:  Tex Mex Burgers (making extras for the freezer), Salad

Thursday:  Dump Sticky Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Green Veggie

Friday:  Pigs in a Blanket, Veggies and Dip

Saturday:  Leftovers

Sunday:  Mexican Chicken Rolls, Yellow Rice, Salad or Green Veggie

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Menu for week of January 12, 2015

Monday:  Soup, Crackers and Cheese, Fruit

Tuesday:  Smoked Sausage, Yellow Rice, Sauteed Cabbage with Onions

Wednesday:  Chicken Enchiladas - make a pan for the freezer, Salad

Thursday:  Pizza Casserole-make one for freezer (carry over from last week), Salad

Friday:  Mexican Chicken Rolls -freeze extras (carry over from last week), Baked Potato, Salad

Saturday:  Ranch Crock Pot Chops - freeze a bag, Stuffing, Green Veggie, Sweet Potato for daughter?

Sunday:  Lunch-Manwich and Tots, Dinner-(freezer meal), Chicken and Wild Rice, Green Veggie, Salad

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


Monday, January 5, 2015

Menu for week of January 5, 2015

Here's my menu plan for this week.  It's a feed the freezer week:

Monday:  Teriyaki Chicken, Asian Veggies and Rice (didn't get to this one last week)

Tuesday:  Veggie Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Wednesday:  Mexican Chicken Rolls (extras to feed the freezer), Corn, Salad

Thursday:  Pizza Casserole (extra pan for the freezer), Salad

Friday: Out? (maybe a family night with a movie?)

Saturday:  Potato Soup for lunch and dinner out (friend's birthday)

Sunday:  Bourbon Chicken (extra to feed the freezer), Yellow Rice, Veggies

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Friday, January 2, 2015

My goals for 2015

As I said in an earlier post, my goals for this year are much the same as previous years.  But my number one goal is to sell this house and move to a new one.  We had a showing today, so maybe things are picking up again. 

So here are my goals for 2015:

1.  Sell home.
2.  Buy new home.
3.  Unpack, unpack, unpack.  Yay!

Family Goals:
1.  More date nights (at least once a month).
2.  More family nights (movies, dinner out, events, game nights, etc.
3.  More visits with family.

Personal Goals:
1. Lose Weight.
2.  Exercise.
3.  Make needed doctor/dentist appointments.
4.  Take daily vitamins/supplements.
5.  Drink 8 cups of water daily.
6.  Get to bed earlier (this is a hard one).
7.  Continue to look into natural alternatives for medication.

Spiritual Goals:
1.  Bible reading.
2.  Prayer.
3.  Church .
4.  Gratitude journal.

1.  Scrapbooks caught up.
2.  Learn more crochet.
3.  Read more books (shoot, since I've discovered YouTube I have a hard time cracking a book!).

So that's my list for 2015.  How about you?  Do you set goals at the start of every new year?

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Menu for week of December 29th

Wow, this year is almost over.  Looking forward to a great 2015.  How about you?

Here is my menu plan for this week:

Monday:  Pizza delivery for me and my daughter!

Tuesday:  Grocery shopping day so probably:  Soup and Grilled Cheese

Wednesday:  Hot Dogs and Tater Tots

Thursday:  Beans, Fried Taters, Cabbage with Onions, Cornbread

Friday:  Lovely Leftovers!

Saturday:  Teriyaki Chicken with Asian Veggies and Rice

Sunday:  Lil' Cheddar Meatloaves (feed the freezer too!), Baked Potato and Salad

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


Sunday, December 28, 2014

A look back at 2014

A look back...
I'm sitting here thinking about the new year that is just days away.  I'm doing a little reflection. I always like to set goals for myself.  I always want to be a better person.  Sometimes it just doesn't happen for me. But I want to and and I try to.  I thought I would start by looking back at what I wanted to accomplish in 2014 and see how that turned out.

I went HERE to read my 2014 goals.  So, I didn't accomplish everything and I would say that most of those goals will be repeated this year.  I'm a work in progress and what I wanted then I still would like to happen again this year.  So when you ready my New Years post you might feel a little deja vu, I'm just saying...

One thing I did accomplish, and it's a big one, is to get my house listed for sale.  It happened much later in the year than what I would have liked, but what can you do?  It took many months of hard work by everyone to accomplish this.  I have to give a big thanks to my two nephews who spent many days and weekends here working and making extra cash to help their poor aunt and uncle get the house ready to go on the market.  They did an excellent job and some of the work they did would have cost us a lot more if we had hired professionals to do the job.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  We couldn't have done it without you.

We've had two open houses, several house showings and one offer which we countered but never heard back from.  We feel like things will start picking up again closer to spring and I am praying that our home will sell then, if not sooner.  I've already found the house I like, but I don't think it will still be there by the time ours sells.  She keeps lowering the price and someone lucky person is going to scoop that up.  I'm really learning to be patient.  It's a virtue, you know?

So, maybe I didn't accomplish much in my personal life, but I did accomplish something I have been wanting for a long time, years really.  Getting this house on the market was such a relief for me.  It was hard work.  It was for us anyway.  We are hoping our next home will be our forever home and we won't have to go through this again. 

My husband is continuing to work at his most excellent job! (Yes, I watched Ted and Bill's Most Excellent Adventure recently, don't judge).  I don't mean to brag, but after 3 years of unemployment, I can't say enough good things about the job he has with TVA.  It is a real blessing.  He lives at the lake (Aunt Pat's lake house), as it is closer to work and he has our four cats there so they are not in our home while it is for sale.  He comes into town on his days off.  I miss my cats terribly and may drive out to see them tomorrow.  But it sure is nice not to have litter boxes to care for here! Can I get an Amen?  All you cat owners know what I'm talking about.  Uh huh...

Robyn continues to make new friends and enjoying her sophomore year at her school.  She is my greatest blessing and I love that girl so much.  She is going to join me in losing weight in 2015 and we are very excited about that. She is growing and maturing very fast.  Time has really flown by.

We have big dreams and plans for our new home.  I'm excited to get moved and to unpack all our boxes that are in storage.  We have filled two storage units and I dare say there is still more that could leave our house to make it look more presentable.  We have nearly 3000 square feet and we managed to fill every square inch of it in the last 15 years!  Yep, that's why I named my blog Chaos Cottage.

My parents are doing well and I enjoy being with them and visiting them more than ever.  I have the most wonderful mother-in-love who loves us very much.  She is loved by us all but by Robyn more than anyone!  She has spent the last 3 weekends at her house and I'm afraid she is going to move in with her!  Just kidding, I think.  But it is her 2nd home!

So goodbye 2014 and welcome 2015.  May it be a good year.  Thank you my readers for stopping by and leaving comments.  Please come by again!