Sunday, February 27, 2011

Menu for the week of February 28th

Monday, February 28

B-Pancakes and Turkey Sausage
L-Soup from the freezer, Cheese and Crackers
D-Casserole Espanol (I keep putting this on the menu, because I have never gotten around to making it. I'm always in the mood for something else. Maybe tonight's the night.)

Tuesday, March 1

B-Blueberry Muffins, Yogurt
L-PB&J and Sliced Apples
D-Fettucine, Shrimp, Green Veggie, Spinach Salad, Garlic Cheese Biscuits

Wednesday, March 2

B-Eggs, Biscuits, Bacon
L-Soup and Grilled Cheese
D-Beans, Fried Taters with Smoked Sausage, A new recipe, Can't Resist Cabbage Casserole, and Cornbread

Can't Resist Cabbage Casserole

1 medium head cabbage, shredded
1 (10.75 oz. ) can cream of chicken soup
1 onion, diced
1 tube Ritz crackers, crushed
1 tsp. salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup butter, melted, divided
1/3 cup sour cream

Spread cabbage in a 13x9x2 inch casserole. Sprinkle with diced onion and salt. Drizzle on 1/4 cup of the melted butter. Combine sour cream and cream of chicken soup and spread over the cabbage and onion in the casserole. Set aside. Combine the crushed crackers, remaining melted butter and the cheese. Sprinkle the cracker mixture over the top of the casserole. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

Thursday, March 3

B-Oatmeal with Raisins
D-Pigs in a Blanket, Tater Tots, Spinach Salad

Friday, March 4

B-One Eyed Sailors, Turkey Sausage
L-Macaroni and Cheese and PB Sammies
D-Possible date night with gift card to a favorite restaurant which was an anniversary gift from friends

Saturday, March 6

B-Cereal and Toast
D-FM-Cavatini, Salad

Sunday, March 7

B-JD Sammies
L-CP Chops, Rice A Roni, Green Veggie, Rolls
D-C.O.R.N. (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

God's Wonderful Grace

There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak....

"I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage.. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.

"I stopped the lad and asked, 'What do you have there, son?'

"'Just some old birds,' came the reply.

"'What are you going to do with them?' I asked.

"'Take 'em home and have fun with 'em,' he answered. 'I'm gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight. I'm gonna have a real good time.'

"'But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?'

"'Oh, I got some cats,' said the little boy. 'They like birds. I'll take 'em to them.'"

The pastor was silent for a moment. "How much do you want for those birds, son?"

"Huh?? !!! Why, you don't want them birds, mister.

They're just plain old field birds. They don't sing. They ain't even pretty!"

"How much?" the pastor asked again.

The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, "$10?"

The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy's hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free. Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story:

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. "Yes, sir, I just caught a world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.

Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and smoke and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"

"And what will you do when you are done with them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.

"How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good. Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you. You don't want those people!!"

"How much?" He asked again.

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your blood, tears and your life."

Jesus said, "DONE!" Then He paid the price.
The pastor picked up the cage and walked from the pulpit.

{Author Unknown}

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Menu plan for week of February 21st

Monday, February 21

B-Cereal and toast
L-Soup from the freezer, crackers, sliced apples
D-Chicken stir-fry, rice, Asian veggies, egg rolls

Tuesday, February 22

B-Blueberry muffins and yogurt
L-Leftovers or egg sammies, carrots and ranch dip
D-Freezer meal-chicken tater tot casserole, salad or green veggie

Wednesday, February 23

B-Eggs, sausage and biscuits
L-PB&J, sliced apples
D-Brunswick stew, cornbread muffins

Thursday, February 24

B-Oatmeal with blueberries
D-Out to eat/Birthday celebrations

Friday, February 25

B-Eggs, hashbrowns, turkey sausage
L-Leftovers or sammies
D-Casserole Espanol, salsa and chips

Casserole Espanol

1 lb. mild sausage
½ c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
Two 15 oz. cans chili beans
1 egg
2/3 c. milk
2 ½ T water
½ t. chili powder (divided in half)
12 oz. Jiffy mix

Brown sausage in large skillet. Remove and set aside. Pour off all but 1 T fat. Add garlic and onion; sauté until tender. Stir in beans, sausage, water, ½ the chili powder. Pour into 2 qt. casserole. Combine muffin mix, milk, egg and remaining chili powder. Spoon around top edge of casserole. Bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Saturday, February 26

B-Chocolate chip pancakes
D-Nuggets and fries, birthday cake

Sunday, February 27

B-Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches
L-Homemade tortillas, refried beans, Spanish rice, cheese and sour cream
D-C.O.R.N. (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Errand Runner

Lately, my husband's unemployment and his being home with me has been getting on my last nerve. I have had to really work on my attitude. I have good days but many bad days. I'm a work in progress, remember?

But today, it is good to have a husband at home. Why? He is running errands for me. So, technically, he is really not at home is he. lol He is buying milk and bread and picking out two free movies from Red Box. He is taking books to McKays for cash. He is dropping off a load of no longer needed items to the Knox Area Rescue Mission, he is returning books to the library and later is taking bags of stuffed toys to a friend who has a friend who is going on a medical missions trip and will be taking stuffed toys. That's a lot of running around. This frees me up to do a little laundry, get the chili on for dinner, and most importantly home school my daughter.

Thank you hubby for your help today. I love you.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Menu for week of February 14th

It's our 13th anniversary today! (Monday, February 14th) We are celebrating at home tonight with a Southern Feast and watching hub's favorite movie, Rio Bravo, starring John Wayne! We will go out another night with a gift card to a favorite restaurant that was given to us by very good friends. Tonight the restaurants will be very busy.

What's on your menu this week? Go to to see hundreds of ideas.

Monday, February 14

B-Egg sammies and orange juice
L-leftovers or soup with cheese and crackers
D-Beans and ham bone, fried potatoes, turnip greens, cornbread, french vanilla cake with red frosting for Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 15

B-cereal and milk, banana
D-FM-Lasagna roll-ups, green veggie

Wednesday, February 16

B-Oatmeal and toast, orange juice
L-PB&J and apple slices

Slow Cooker Chili

2 lb. ground beef (I'm going to use one pound of ground chicken and some sausage)
2 cans kidney or pinto beans, rinsed and drained or homemade (I'm going to use leftover pintos that I cooked on Monday)
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
8 oz. tomato sauce
2 medium onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 T chili powder
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper

In skillet, brown beef, drain. Transfer to crock pot and add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high 3-4 hours. Makes 10 servings.

Thursday, February 17

B-Eggs, sausage and biscuits, orange juice
D-Grilled cranberry dump chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole

Friday, February 18

B-Pancakes with chocolate chips, banana
D-Roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy , baby carrots (Free Earth Fare Meal), salad, rolls

Saturday, February 19

B-Egg sammies, orange juice
L-Chicken noodle soup (made from carcass from yesterday), cheese and crackers
D-Freezer pizza, salad

Sunday, February 20

B-Oatmeal with blueberries
L-Smoked sausage, potatoes and green beans in the Crock Pot, cornbread

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Been busy this last week or so trying to get Robyn caught up in her homeschooling. Her dad, the head master, has been having her redo some assignments, quizzes and tests that she didn't do so well in. In "real" school she wouldn't get to do this. We just want to make sure she understands her material before moving on. I have to monitor her as she doesn't want to do the work. My daughter isn't lazy, is she? No, I think she just gets bored. We have limited all tv and internet fun for her until she gets caught up. My parents have been begging for her to come for a visit but I'm not comfortable in doing this until she has caught up her school work and then she may have a break. We didn't school on Monday so we are doing extra work every day this week. It's so easy to come up with excuses not to do school. Even the teacher and head master have to be reminded sometimes that school is priority number one.

On the plus side, she read an entire book in the last twenty-four hours. She loves books about mermaids. When she has a book she loves she zips right through it. I'm the same way. I guess we will need to get more books from the library very soon.

Tomorrow night she and a friend are attending a laser quest event that the church is sponsoring. They are going to have pizza too. It will be three hours of fun for her and her best friend. The next night her friend is coming over for a sleep over and hopefully will be going to church with us. On Tuesday, our home school group from church is holding a Valentines Day party at church so Robyn and I need to get busy buying and addressing Valentines.

I have a feeling we won't get much school work done on Tuesday either, do you? See how easy it is to get distracted from this? I will have her do some school work that day but it probably won't be a full day.

Now, I need to get some laundry done and pull a meal from the freezer for baking later in the day. Husband will be back from the grocery store soon. I hope he finds everything that is on the list. My knee is healing but not well enough to walk all over the grocery store.

Have a blessed day.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Due to my injured knee, my hubby did the meal prep this past week and to make things easier for him, I didn't have him cook anything difficult, so he made some things I had planned for this week. So, you will see some repeats as we did the old switcharoo with my meal calendar. Here is the plan for this week:

Monday, February 7

B-Oatmeal with Raisins, Whole Wheat Toast
L-Leftovers (if any, these will be Espanol Casserole or Sammies with Veggies and Dip)
D-World's Greatest Potato Soup (a hubby favorite and a thank you to him for all his hard work this past week) Robert likes his soup loaded with cheese, bacon and sour cream.

Tuesday, February 8

B-Eggs, Sausage, Biscuits
L-Leftovers or PB&J on Whole Wheat and Sliced Apple
D- Chicken Stir Fry with Rice and Asian Veggies, Egg Rolls (this is one of those I had planned for last week)

Wednesday, February 9

B-Cereal and Milk, Banana
L-Leftovers or Soup and Crackers
D-White Beans with Ham Bone (from freezer), Mayo Rolls or Cornbread (this is one that was also on last week's plan)

Thursday, February 10

B-Muffins (from freezer?) or fresh baked
D-Freezer Meal-Baked Ziti, Salad

Friday, February 11

B-One Eyed Sailors, Fried Bologna
L-Leftovers or PB&J on Whole Wheat and Sliced Apple
D-Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Corn

Saturday, February 12

B-Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Link Sausage
L-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (using yesterday's carcass), Mayo Rolls
D-Crock Pot Ham and Vegetables, Cornbread

Sunday, February 13

B-Cereal and Whole Wheat Toast
L-FM-Cavatini, Salad
D-C.O.R.N. (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hello February!

We started out the week in the 60's and last night it was in the lower 20's. That's February in Tennessee for ya!

I wrenched my knee or something and have been confined to my bedroom again. Monday I came downstairs to post my weekly menu on my blog and had a cup of coffee and had a difficult time getting up from the couch and had a lot of pain in my right knee. I've been upstairs most of the time this week. Going up and down the stairs seems to aggravate the injury. I've been resting the knee, taking pain med's (minus nsaids, which I cannot have), and last night I applied heat to it and that seems to really help it to feel better.

Robert has been wonderful and has prepared all our meals, did kitchen clean-up and still was able to finish his basement tiling and touching up paint areas.

Pray for healing of my knee so that we can get things done around here. There's a lot of work.