Monday, December 31, 2012

What's On The Menu?

No "What's On The Menu?" this week. Will be returning Monday though with the weekly menu plan.  Last week Ava and I ended up with the flu and we are still working on feeling better this week.  Enjoy your last day of 2012.  May 2013 bring each of you many blessings and a lot of joy.

Monday, December 24, 2012

What's On The Menu?

Well today is the Eve of Christmas.  I hope all of you are ready for Christmas in less than 24 hours.  I finally got the Christmas tree up last Monday. It took some doing, but I finally found the motivation to do just that.  I finished up all my Christmas shopping as well.  And as of right now, I sit here with almost all of it wrapped.  Just a few presents left to do.  Ava and I will be going to visit my Mom today at the nursing home and then we will be going to the cemetery to do a balloon release with my family for our Step-Dad.  This is our first Christmas without him and we all miss him so.  After that, Ava and I will head home and enjoy a relaxed evening at home watching Christmas movies and playing a few games.  As for Tuesday, I will be up early and excited as if I were a little kid all over again for Ava to wake up and see what was left for her under the Christmas tree.  Then, off to my sisters for Christmas dinner and spending time with the family.  As for the rest of the week, not a whole lot planned but simply to enjoy this time with Ava.  No bedtimes. No routines.  I love that.  :)  I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

  • Monday - Club Sandwiches and soup
  • Tuesday - Christmas dinner...need I say anymore.  :)
  • Wednesday - Leftovers from Christmas dinner
  • Thursday - Zesty Italian and Lemon Chicken, Potatoes, and Vegetable
  • Friday - Pizza and Salad
  • Saturday - Out to Eat
  • Sunday - Leftovers
I hope your menu this week is as easy as mine.  lol  Back to a more regular menu come next week.  Well ok, after the New Year!  :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

May We Never Forget...

 and may we make the changes necessary to keep our children safe. It's time to take action and any steps necessary to do whatever we can to keep our children and our schools a safe place.  A place without violence.  A place all children, teachers, and parents can feel is safe.  A place where our children should only be practicing fire and natural disaster drills.  It makes me so sad to see that our children need to have safety drills on what to do in case a monster decides to invade their schools with guns.  No one has the right to steal a child's innocence in any way. Ever!  

These actions did not happen because we have taken "God" out of our schools.  Many may disagree with me.  Many people believe this very act happened because "God has been taken out of the schools." As parents, if we raise our children with God in their lives and Jesus in their hearts, then no one can possibly take God out of our schools.  If we teach our children to pray, God will never be taken out of our schools. For those that think God would sacrifice our children to the hands of a monster, just to prove a point, well then you don't know the God that I know.  A God that is loving and kind.  That is the God I serve. God wouldn't sacrifice our children to spend their last few moments in unimaginable fear.  God wouldn't allow our children, HIS children, to see the face of a monster, to steer us as a Nation back onto the right path.  Not the God I serve.  

This morning, I sent Ava off to school.  I didn't want too.  What happened just a couple days ago is still fresh in the media and in my heart.  Two days definitely was not enough time to start to grieve and move on. To feel safe sending our children to school again.  I know thousands of parents felt this exact same way this morning.  Extra hugs were given.  Even more I love you's were said than usual.  I look at her, at only the age of 7, the same ages as a few of the children who lost their lives on Friday, just one grade older than those children who went to school on Friday, and I think I don't know how someone could hurt children her age.  The teachers who sacrificed their lives for their students. The bravery shown by the teachers in this school.  And the first responders who walked into that school and saw such unspeakable horrors.  Something no person should ever have to lay eyes on.  To Nancy Lanza my heart goes out to her family. I don't think any parent could ever think their own child is capable of something so horrific. I pray she was completely unaware of what was about to happen to her and her community in the final moment of her life.  My heart breaks for the entire Newtown community.  I'll never be able to wrap my mind around this tragedy.  I'll never be able to understand how a person can be filled with such evil. The devil wears many masks and possesses an evil, no child of God could ever understand.  

May we remember the children and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary.  Do not let the lives of these precious children go in vain. Let us learn something and let us stop asking "well what can we do to stop this?" and instead let us start taking actions, real actions to prevent this from happening again. 


What's On The Menu?

So begins a new week.  We are only a week away from Christmas.  Can you believe it?  Even having that extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, these last several weeks have flown by.  I am not even ready.  lol  Well, I have a week to pack it all in.  And today I am finally putting up my Christmas tree.  So sad that I am just now getting it up.  Oh spirit of Christmas where are you?  Thankfully, this week seems pretty laid back and not too busy overall.  My niece's 5th birthday is tomorrow, so we have her party tomorrow evening.  My brother and his wife also celebrate their 13th anniversary tomorrow.  Then, Friday is Ava's classroom Christmas party which I am volunteering for.  Tonight Ava won't be home for dinner, so I think I'll just pick something up instead of the hassle of cooking for just one.  Not a lot of stuff on the calendar this week and that is a much needed break for me.  Hoping to do some baking this week/weekend with Ava. :)
  • Monday - Dinner out
  • Tuesday - Breakfast for dinner (per Ava's request) - chocolate chip waffles, eggs, and bacon
  • Wednesday - BBQ Ribs,  Pioneer Woman's Crash Hot Potatoes, and corn on the cob
  • Thursday - Chicken Alfredo, breadsticks, and greek salad with feta cheese
  • Friday - Pizza 
  • Saturday - Baked Oven Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, and vegetable
  • Sunday - Leftovers
Enjoy your week ahead!  Time to get busy and get my Christmas tree up.  To hold myself accountable I will even try to post a picture of it in the next day or two.  lol   :) 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sometimes...

Do you ever see or hear something that just really bothers you?  Something that surprises you on one hand, but then again on the other hand it doesn't surprise you?  Yesterday, while at the courthouse, I was waiting right outside the security check in place and these three young men come out to that area, ranting and raving about how the charges against them just need to be dropped and they "ain't got enough evidence to convict them".  You can just tell by their words and actions, these three are trouble.  Well, I hear one of them ask the others if they saw that $20 on the ground over at the security check in.  Then he tells them he is going to go pick it up and take it.  Followed by several cuss words.  They are all giggling like little kids pulling a prank.  I am seriously standing there like is this even happening.  So, they all three walk back inside and sure enough that guy snatches up the money.  With a security guard/police officer maybe a foot away on the other side of the conveyor belt/scanner thing.  So, I am standing there thinking, this guy wouldn't brazenly steal that money with that officer so close and several other guards and officers right in that area. Sure enough, he pockets the money and they nonchalantly walk right on out without a care in the world.  Then, on the way out of the courthouse, they are laughing and talking about how they are going to go have lunch on this "fools money".  

First, I am thinking did I just see this.  I mean come on.  Is this an episode of What Would You Do?  You are in court because you allegedly committed some crime based on the things being said between you and your buddies before you stole that money on the ground.  Then, you steal money on the ground without a second thought about the person who even lost their money.  Second, I felt horrible for the person who dropped this money from their pocket.  You never know if that was someone's last bit of money.  Even if it wasn't though, someone else took something that didn't belong to them.  Third, I am thinking how do some people have such disregard for others.  Disregard for authority figures.  How does one steal mere inches from a security guards and police officers?  As I am standing there I am thinking to myself this is why our courts have so many trials taking place every single day.  The disregard and disrespect of others, towards others, is why our jails and courts are so overrun with cases.  If we would extend kindness to others, respect to not take what does not belong to us, take to heart the word of God to do unto others, as we'd have done unto us.  Treat others as we want to be treated are not hard words to live by.  To not offer at the very least the money to that security guard, so he can turn it into lost and found and hopefully himself do the right thing.  I don't care if it was a $1.00 or $5.00 that lay on the ground.  If it doesn't belong to you, do the right thing.  Make the choice that you would hope others would make if you were the one that lost that money on the ground.  I highly doubt you'd hope someone would pocket your money and not look back.

Monday, December 10, 2012

What's On The Menu?

Well this week is kind of up in the air.  I was summoned for jury duty starting today, so we will see what happens.  This is the first time I've been summoned for jury duty.  I have heard from various people that there are some pretty big cases coming up for trial around here, so should be interesting to see if I get selected or not.  The timing for me serving isn't all that great considering things with my Mom and her health, but who knows what will happen.  The only thing besides jury duty on my calendar this week is Ava's Girl Scouts on Thursday and hopefully to get my Christmas cards out in the mail.  I think I need to get bitten by the Christmas Spirit bug or something.  Anyway, I do think I'll plan for some crockpot meals this week in case I do get selected to be a juror.  Plus, the weather is turning a bit colder yet again here in the Midwest.  
  • Crockpot Chicken Casserole, mashed potatoes, and corn.
  • Bacon Cheeseburgers, tater tots, and vegetable
  • Baked Mesquite Pork Chops, pasta, and salad
  • Italian Beef Sandwiches, Hashbrown Casserole, and vegetable
  • Pizza and salad
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken, pasta, and vegetable
And that is what I think my menu will look like this week.  :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kind Of Like A Chicken Quesadilla, But Not...

it's also kind of like an enchilada, but again, not.  I made most of it in the crockpot though, so it gets a thumbs up from me.  It's a total of 8 ingredients from start to finish.
  • Chicken Breasts Skinless Boneless (4-6)
  • 1 Sm. Can - Cream of Chicken
  • Quesadilla Seasoning
  • Cream Cheese
  • 1 Can Rotel 
  • Onions - as much or as little as you'd like  (optional) minced onion would work as well
  • Shredded Cheese - Any kind you prefer
  • Tortilla Shells
Top with whatever you like, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Black Olives, Green Onion, Salsa, Tomatoes, etc.

The ingredients I started with.  Chicken, Cream Cheese, Quesadilla seasoning, Cream of Chicken, and Chopped Onions.  And yes, the chicken was straight out of the freezer, still frozen.  

Mix the cream of chicken, cream cheese, onions, and quesadilla seasoning all together until nice and smooth like this. You could mix in the Rotel here if you'd like.  I didn't simply because Ava doesn't like that. 

Add a little bit of the quesadilla mixture to the bottom of the crockpot.   Add chicken, then top with the rest of the mixture.  Let it cook on low in your crockpot for 6-8 hours. 

Once it's cooked, remove chicken from crockpot and shred with fork.  I also then added about 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of the Quesadilla sauce to my mixture to make it a little creamy, but not too creamy.  I set some of this aside for Ava.

And this is where the magic of the Rotel came in for me, for my meal.  I drained the Rotel in a strainer. 

Then added it to my chicken mixture. Look at that yumminess!  ;)  Ava doesn't know what she's missing. 

Then mixed it up nice and good.  Mmmmm!

And then it's time to make these babies up.  I scooped up some of the chicken mixture and spread it across one half of the tortilla shell, sprinkled some shredded cheese on top of the mixture, folded over, and placed in the oven at 375 degrees for about 5 minutes.  Then turned on my broiler and then broiled them for about a minute and a half.  Less or more time might be required on how your broiler works.  I just kept checking on mine.  You can also make these on a griddle or in a skillet if you want to cook  your tortilla that way.  Super yum made on the stove too.  :)

Top with a bit of the quesadilla cheese sauce left in your crockpot and topped with sour cream.  Seriously the added cheese sauce topping your "quesadilla" makes it even more delicous!  Guacamole would have been awesome with this too and I would have used some if I had any on hand, but clearly I didn't.  It was a huge hit for dinner and I will definitely be making this again.  :)  

Don't you love those recipes that are super easy to make and take such little effort!  This is definitely one of them.  And when they turn out even better than expected, that pretty much makes my day!  :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

What's On The Menu?

Not too busy of a week around here.  Though I still haven't gotten our Christmas tree up and it is already December 4th.  I am having a hard time getting into the Christmas "Spirit" this year.  I am sure it is a combination of things and with the weather being pretty nice the last several days, it definitely doesn't feel like December.  Hopefully, I can get our tree up this week and the house decorated for the holidays. Keeping the menu pretty simple this week.   
  • Chicken sandwich, fries, and salad
  • Turkey Club sandwich and soup
  • Steak Kabobs, baked sweet potatoes, and salad
  • Chicken enchiladas and spanish rice
  • Pizza Bread and salad
  • Italian Chicken, pasta, and vegetable
Have a great week ahead!  :)