Monday, February 18, 2013

What's Cookin'

Maybe I won't need this week's plans, but better make them just in case.  :-)

Mon~Chix broc rice (freezer), rolls, spinach
Tues~Lasagne, carrots, garlic bread
Wed~Chicken and dumplings in the crockpot, applesauce
Thurs~Mexican chicken in crockpot, brown rice, corn

Fri~Pancakes or eggs
Sun~Chix noodle soup, bread

Our Valentine's tradition

Neither Chris or I are big on celebrating Valentine's day in the traditional buying gifts/cards and going out for dinner without the kids, so we started a tradition a couple years back of putting the kids to bed and then sitting down just the two of us for a nice dinner.  Didn't quite work out that way this year, but we still shooed them downstairs for 15 min. while we ate dinner.

The boys enjoyed pizza lunchables (less than a dollar at Meijer last week):




Our menu (a little simpler this year due to my, ahem, condition):
Pork chops
Orzo with spinach
ice cream


Woohoo!  Good dishes!  :-)

Saturday, February 09, 2013


The side roads around here have been pretty rough with frozen snow lately.  Chris likes to drive fast over the bumps while I complain he's hurting my belly.  So on the way home tonight, Aaron says, "Stop, Dad!  You're hurtin' my bewwy!"

What's Cookin'

Mon~Cheesy Ham Tortellini, roasted cauliflower, applesauce

Tues~Pork roast, mashed taters, green beans
Wed~Church dinner
Thurs~Valentine's dinner.  Will involve pork chops, not sure what else.
Fri~Chix broccoli rice (freezer), corn
Sat~Pizza, cold veggies
Sun~Veggie beef soup, bread

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Freezer cooking~Getting ready for baby

For the past 3 weeks or so I've been stocking our freezer with meals for before and after baby.  I don't have the energy for a monster all day session so I've done smaller chunks once or twice a week and that's been a great way to fill my freezer.  I've found in the past that we don't like casseroles too much and tortillas don't freeze the best, so I tried make things I knew we would enjoy eating.  Here's a few pics:

Chix broc rice, Chix spaghetti, Chix ench lasagna                    

 San Francisco pork chops

Pork enchilada filling                                                

Chocolate cake
 (a necessity!)

Mountain meaballs, brown rice

Baked Chix Penne, Sloppy Joes, Taco Meat
Spaghetti sauce and meatballs

 Farmer's Casserole

Beef Goulash, Beef and mushrooms (both crockpot meals)

I definitely prefer this way of freezer cooking.  No monster clean up and most of the time, I just doubled whatever we were having for dinner and put the extra in the freezer.  And I made my crockpot work for me A LOT!  Spaghetti sauce, chili, sloppy joes, taco meat, and pork filling were all made in the crockpot (plus I browned all the ground beef in it).  I have about 30 meals in my freezer now.  Yay!

Around here

Yesterday we drove past Panera and Andrew commented that we hadn't been there in a long time.  He loves their cinnamon crunch bagels (Don't we all?).  I said, "Maybe we can go sometime next week and do our Bible story and reading there while we have bagels."  Andrew wasn't too sure about this.  He didn't think it was ok to talk about the Bible or to pray in public.  I assured him that it was right and good to talk about God and to pray in public, and he said, "But Mom, the Bible says we are supposed to go into our closet and pray in secret!"

He wanted to have his cousin, Adrienne, over on Saturday so he wrote her a note.  He even wrote some instructions for the mailman:


He also had a thank-you note from his birthday to give to her.  After she read it, she said, "You forgot a lot of punctuation!"


We've had a very large box that the boys have been playing with for the last few weeks.  Aaron asked me to help him climb in this morning.  I gave him some books and he was happy for quite a while.


Just up from his nap.

What's Cookin'

Mon~Chicken Chili, bread
Source: via Heather on Pinterest
Wed~Firehouse Chicken Cordon Bleu, green beans

Fri~Pizza, cold veggies
Sat~Breakfast for dinner
Sun~Beef veggie soup, bread