December 28, 2010

Three Bean Chili

Tonight we had Three Bean Chili found here at Jamie Cooks It Up!. Hubby and I cooked this together which is nice since our roles are reversed right now. I have been working and he has been laid off so we have been working on getting him in the kitchen.

 Three Bean Chili

Time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 servings
1 onion
1 red pepper
1/2 green pepper
1 garlic clove
1/2 pound ground beef
1  15 oz can pinto beans
1  15 oz can light red kidney beans
1  15 oz can dark red kidney beans
1  14 oz can Mexican flavored stewed tomatoes (diced or petite diced)
1  6 oz can tomato paste
3/4 t chili powder
1 T brown sugar
2 t beef bullion
salt and pepper 
1. Put your ground beef in a hot skillet and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Let it get nice and browned. 
2. While your meat is cooking chop up your veggies.
3. Grab a large soup pot. Open up your can of beans, but don't drain them. You want those juices. Add the beans and all of the other ingredients to your soup pot. Stir it all around to incorporate all the goods.
4. Let the chili simmer for 30 minutes. Give it a little taste and add more salt and pepper if you would like. Enjoy! 
I omitted the onion, and only did a half of a red and green pepper. Also we used a whole pound of ground beef. Overall this was a great chili recipe, and after it sets and gets reheated I am sure it will be even better.

After a reheat of this Chili we will definitely be making this one again and again, even my hubby who isn't a fan of chili loved this!
5 starts out of 5! 

December 27, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Here is our simple plan for this week since we are headed for our mini family vacation to Easton.

Monday- Take and Bake Pizza
Tuesday- Three Bean Chili with rice and tortilla chips. Hubby and I will be making this together.
Wednesday- Slow Cooker Chicken and wild rice using Cream of chicken in place of cream of mushroom. With whatever veggie strikes my hubby's and/or A's fancy.
Thursday- Left over chili with hot dogs and if there is any chicken stuff from the night before. Gotta get it eaten up.
Friday- Early morning drive for 4 hours to our Aunt's house.
Saturday- Vacation
Sunday- Vacation

Both Chili and Chicken are new recipes, and I will review soon I hope :)

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December 22, 2010


How many are with me and cannot believe its almost 2011? The past year has held some of the happiest times of my life, and some of the saddest. I know that things won't be always be the best in 2011, but I welcome the new year as a new start. Its refreshing like a blank slate that can be formed and molded into anything myself, family, and God allows. I am fully confident that anything that comes our way will only make us a stronger, and a more faithful family. I have had goals that have been accomplished and some that have fallen short, but my main goal is my family and our relationship with God. Please pray for us as we continue along this journey in seeking God into our hearts and home.

Love and Prayers.

November 17, 2010

Baby Appointment

Today we had a monthly baby appointment and this is the first time we got to hear the heartbeat. It was loud and clear for exactly one minute then he or she just zipped right off. I had been praying so hard lately because I was worried at almost 16 weeks that the baby hadn't been moving nor have I gained a pound. After my appointment I saw a rainbow today. Anytime in my life that I have been doubting myself or God I have seen a rainbow.. and I was getting to a low point and letting worry take over prayer.. there it was.. the rainbow that God has promised over and over to remind me I am never alone. The baby's heart beat was at 154 beats per minute buy the way. We go on the 15th to hopefully see if the baby is a boy or girl!

November 15, 2010

I'm baaacccckkkk!

Hello anyone who reads my blog! I haven't been here awhile, and frankly I miss it! Lots has happened since I have blogged last.. I spent the summer working at the little ice cream shop up the road so we could do fun family stuff, I took care of my Hubby's grandmother who was sick with cancer, who sadly went with Jesus at the end of August, sent my little fella off to Kindergarten (sniff sniff), and found out we're EXPECTING!! Yay! We'll be bringing home a new baby in May God willing!! Life is so bittersweet and things change in a blink. I now work full time outside of the home and really miss being a SAHM, but once Hubs finds more work I hope to work only part time so I can still have time and energy for things at home that I love so much. So there ya have it, doesn't sound like a lot but I am one busy chica.. see you soon lovlies!

August 23, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday- Lasagna and Bread
Tuesday- Both work- leftover Lasagna and bread
Wednesday- Both work- Tuna noodle casserole
Thursday- Whole roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn. (taking baked ziti to a friend who just had a baby)
Friday- No idea I work
Saturday- I really could go for a roast but I donno.. some kinda comfort food.
Sunday- whatever daddy wants to cook as I work again.

August 09, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday- BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, veggies and dip
Tuesday- Spahgetti and meatsauce
Wednesday- Beef and broccoli
Thursday- Calzone with pepperoni and I hope ham
Friday- Probably leftovers.
Saturday- Sandwiches and some mac salad
Sunday- I work so we'll see how beat I am from working all weekend.

I haven't menu planned lately because we've been both working and taking care of Chris' Mimi and spending time with family. My little bear is going to be a kindergartener in just 3 weeks :( He is super excited, I am too, but I am sad it happened so fast. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the summer. I can't wait for fall!!

June 23, 2010

Running on summer hours..

In the summer time the days all run together, and hours don't mean much, its either dark or day light.. and that is how I like it. However, then I run off schedule and forget deadlines..which I don't like. So since I forgot to menu plan this week I'll just say I am only trying two new recipes this week.

Honey BBQ chicken wings, with macaroni salad
Grilled beef fajitas with veggies

I will let you know how they go.. and tomorrow makes my baby 5... so until day light... he's still my lil baby :)

June 12, 2010

Menu Plan

Sunday- Pork chops,fried taters, baked beans
Monday- Sweet and Sour Chicken with steamed broccoli and rice.
Tuesday- Spaghetti and meatballs, with bread
Wednesday- Sausage Skillet Scramble toast and fruit.
Friday- Leftovers ( prep for little bear's 5th birthday party) or pizza
Saturday- Hot dogs, pasta salad, baked beans, mac salad, cup cakes, gold fish, chips, pretzles.. all that fun stuff.

June 10, 2010

Recipe Review- Frozen Fruit Cups

Here is a nice treat for a hot summer day. These Frozen Fruit Cups are a nice change to regular fruit salad.

1 can (12 oz) frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
orange juice (2 juice cans full)
water (1 juice can full)
1/2 cup sugar
3 medium firm bananas, sliced
frozen, sliced, sweetened strawberries
1 can (15 oz) mandarin oranges
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple
clear plastic cups
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. Ladle into the cups and freeze. To serve, set them out of the freezer for 40-50 minutes or defrost them a bit in the microwave. Feel free to substitute ingredients as you like. I place all the cups on a cookie sheet to keep them upright in the freezer.

I made a few changes to this, I accidently got frozen lemonaid, and I used fresh strawberries, blueberries, and a jar of cherries. This was still good, a bit tart though. Hubby's complaint was that he had to wait for them to thaw a bit.

Hubby- 4 stars
Myself- 4 stars
Kiddo- hasn't wanted any yet. He did help make them.

Recipe Review- Taco Pasta

My boys are spaghetti lovers, I however am not. When I found this recipe for Taco Pasta at Lynn's Kitchen Adventures, I knew that it would be a hit, and it was. I served this with garlic toast.

Taco Pasta

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (1-1/4 ounces) taco seasoning
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (8 ounce) shell macaroni, cooked and drained ( I used a gf brown rice pasta)
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
In a skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat. Drain and add taco seasoning, tomato sauce, and green chilies. Stir in cooked macaroni. Place in a 9×13 pan. Top with cheese. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.

I used 3 cups of pasta and that is why my Hubby said 4 1/2 stars, I should have bumped up the sauce too, he said it needed a bit more sauce. There are no leftovers to toss, Hubby ate all the leftovers the next day, that too is a good sign.

Hubby- 4 1/2
Myself- 4
Kiddo- he ate it so it was good.

June 08, 2010

Recipe Review: Pot Roast

Usually I just toss my pot roast in the crock pot with whatever I have laying around and it comes out just ok.. nothing special but ok. I thought I would get crafty and try out a pot roast recipe for the oven and I am so glad I did! It was delishious. It even made the house smell amazing while it cooked. Here's the recipe:

Pioneer Woman's Pot Roast

  • 1 whole (4 To 5 Pounds) Chuck Roast
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 whole Onions
  • 6 whole Carrots (Up To 8 Carrots)
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
  • 1 cup Red Wine (optional, You Can Use Beef Broth Instead)
  • 2 cups To 3 Cups Beef Stock
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme, or more to taste
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, or more to taste
Preparation Instructions
First and foremost, choose a nicely marbled piece of meat. This will enhance the flavor of your pot roast like nothing else. Generously salt and pepper your chuck roast.
Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Then add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or you can do a butter/olive oil split).
Cut two onions in half and cut 6 to 8 carrots into 2-inch slices (you can peel them, but you don’t have to). When the oil in the pot is very hot (but not smoking), add in the halved onions, browning them on one side and then the other. Remove the onions to a plate.
Throw the carrots into the same very hot pan and toss them around a bit until slightly browned, about a minute or so.
If needed, add a bit more olive oil to the very hot pan. Place the meat in the pan and sear it for about a minute on all sides until it is nice and brown all over. Remove the roast to a plate.
With the burner still on high, use either red wine or beef broth (about 1 cup) to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom with a whisk to get all of that wonderful flavor up.
When the bottom of the pan is sufficiently deglazed, place the roast back into the pan and add enough beef stock to cover the meat halfway (about 2 to 3 cups). Add in the onion and the carrots, as well as 3 or 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and about 3 sprigs of fresh thyme.
Put the lid on, then roast in a 275F oven for 3 hours (for a 3-pound roast). For a 4 to 5-pound roast, plan on 4 hours.

I used beef broth and dried herbs. I didn't have rosemary but I did have a garlic and black pepper grinder that I used. Everything else I did as the recipe says..yyuuummm! Served along side some corn and mashed potatoes. Perfect comfort food.

Myself -5/5
Hubby- is sleeping but he loved it too.
Little Guy- He ate it so it must have been good to him.

June 07, 2010

Last week I tried making my own laundry soap with a bar of Fels Naptha, Borax, and Super Washing Soda. The results are in, and I think we'll continue to do this from now on. The clothes are coming out just as clean, its a very frugal "recipe" and it takes minimal effort. The hardest part was grating the soap, otherwise it was a breeze! The recipe I had linked to was for 1/2 cup of the washing soda and borax but all the others called for a whole cup of each so that is what I added. We've been using a table spoon for small-med loads and 2 for large- extra large loads. We built a clothes line for around 55 dollars, then made our own soap.. that is probably a savings of around 75 percent. Between the low to no use of the dryer and cheap cheap cheap soap! I feel like an accomplished woman!

I also made some homemade dishwasher soap, which is working out wonderfully also. Using mostly the same ingrediants I already had for the laundry soap. I am using super cheap white vinegar for the rinse agent, its all working out wonderfully.

It feels so good to save some cash!

June 06, 2010

Menu Plan

Last week we went for an unexpected trip to visit family from out of state that resulted in Wendy's one day. Otherwise we are ok on track.. I once again bumped the pesto chicken breast because we had went to my MIL's to visit with Hubby's Mimi while she was home so I just took the pasta salad with me to share. I didn't make breakfast because of the trip. Hopefully this week we stay on track better since gas prices are killing us.. we are going to be staying home a lot more now too. Here's my plan :)

Sunday- Chicken bbq at a car show
Monday- Roast in the crock pot with potatoes and carrots.. whatever else gets tossed in.
Tuesday-  Taco Pasta  with Garlic Toast and green beans
Wednesday- Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken  and broccoli salad (link is being funny and I am not laughing)
Thursday- Stromboli
Friday- Leftovers? Shopping day?
Saturday- I will know later this week

June 01, 2010

What I am working on this week

This is what I am making this week, some is old, some is new, but its keeping me busy.

May 31, 2010

Menu Plan

Monday- Tacos with the fixin's
Tuesday- Pasta Salad with Pesto Chicken Breast
Wednesday- BBQ pork sirlon chops, l.o. pasta salad
Thursday- Eggs, Toast, Homefries. and either sausage or bacon? some fruit.
Friday- Crabby Patties (salmon cakes) with Velveeta shells and cheese, kiddo will pick a veggie
Saturday- Burgers, Baked taters with broccoli cheese sauce over them
Sunday- Some kinda family dinner.. I haven't decided yet.

Happy Memorial Day!

May 23, 2010

Life is so bittersweet

 That's my big boy.. he just graduated from pre-school.. on his way to kindergarten. Time flys too fast.

Menu Plan

Sunday- Stromboli with salads
Monday- (FFR) Barrel Chicken with simple pasta salad
Tuesday- Chicken patty sandwiches with l.o. pasta salad
Wednesday- Ziti with meatballs
Thursday- BBQ pork chops on the grill if weather permits, potato salad, and baked beans.
Friday- Leftovers or stir fry.. most likely C.O.R.N. (making deviled eggs and something else)
Saturday- Family bbq @ MIL's, I am bringing deviled eggs and ?

Hope this warm weather is here to stay. We got our garden planted and my sweet husband has been working on making me a clothes line. Our investment on it was around 40 dollars so I am positive it was a wise one. I just hate using the dryer when the sun is shining. As a last straw to my insanity I was draping blankets off kitchen chairs and the banister railing on our porch. I am cleaning the whole house today in hopes to keep up with it for the week.

Cas, I am praying for you and your little guy. Hope to hear from you soon!

May 22, 2010

A few of my favorite things.

These are a few of my favorite things-

1. My son's little songs he learned in pre-school.
2. Finally some warm days.
3. The clothes line my hubby is putting in for me, I have been wanting one for 6 years.
4. Mocha frozen coffee (looking for an at home recipe).
5. The recent rollbacks at Walmart.
6. .99 cent strawberries at the local market (super cheap for us)
7. Summer right around the corner.
8. Planning a Summer/Luau party for my kidding and finding stuff on clearance for it.
9. Being so happy.
10. Being a MRS. <3

Recipe Review: Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

Sweet and Tangy Meatballs
1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Vinegar
3/4 cup BBQ Sauce
3 tsp. Dijon Mustard
3 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 Bag Frozen Meatballs

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients, except meatballs in a saucepan to heat up and dissolve sugar. Meanwhile, place meatballs in a 13x9 inch baking dish. When sugar is dissolved, pour heated sauce over the meatballs and cover the baking dish with foil. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until heated through. Serve right away, or put it in your crock pot on low til the party starts!

I can't even say if we liked this recipe or not since I made a handful of changes. I will say I cut the recipe into 1/3 but used a half bag of meatballs. I also added an extra half cup of bbq sauce making a whole cup. They were way too sweet. Next time I will reduce the brown sugar way down and maybe a bit more mustard for a bit more tang. I also made the sauce in a deep fry pan, then added the meatballs, and put a lid on them. I simmered them till they were done. Only one dirty dish and it was non-stick. :)

Myself 1 outta 5 because the sugar was so awful.
Hubby 3 outta 5
Kiddo he ate a couple.

May 17, 2010

Menu Plan

Sunday- We went to a graduation party @ my FIL's house.
Monday- Chicken parmesan with pasta and bread
Tuesday- Tacos
Wednesday- Stromboli (new)
Thursday- Sweet and Tangy Meatballs with french fries or mac and cheese. (new)
Friday- Pork chops, fried cabbage, and egg noodles.
Saturday- Leftovers

This week I hope we can get our garden started. At this rate we'll never get it in on time. We've been having frost and its MAY! Our little guy graduates from pre-school on Thursday night.. I can't believe it! He's on his way to kindergarten in the fall! Hubby is going to start job searching again since his job has been acting funny lately, and we're looking for a church. Hope everyone has a great week!

May 10, 2010

I am a slacker.. and a wife!

I have been slacking off lately. I promise new recipes and such will be coming up soon... I have good reason to be MIA.. I am now a WIFE :) Woot.

April 27, 2010

Recipe Review- Bean-N-Beef Crescent Pie

Bean-N-Beef Crescent Pie


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef ( I used 1 lb.)
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1/3 cup salsa (whole cup)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls (used 2)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (not very much of this)
  • 1/2 cup refried beans (whole can)
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese or Cheddar cheese


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and salsa; simmer, uncovered, until thickened. Meanwhile, unroll crescent roll dough. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish; seal perforations. Spread cream cheese over the dough.
  1. Stir the refried beans into beef mixture. Spoon over cream cheese layer. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.  
 I baked the crescent rolls first before adding the filling so they wouldn't get soggy. I know we don't care for cooked cream cheese that much so I only added a really fine layers. Otherwise we just followed the adjustments above.
Kid-wouldn't eat it at all, he saw the beans.
Mr.- He said a 4/5. He liked it with some sour cream on top.
Me- I say 4/5 too. I think a bit of fresh tomatoes and lettuce would really top this off.
 Over all, we'll probably have this again. 

April 24, 2010

Menu Plan

Sunday- Waffles with sausage links.

Monday-  Pesto Chicken Breast, buttery parmesan noodles (looking for a method or recipe), and a veggie.

Tuesday- Beef and Bean Crescents with corn

Wednesday- Leftover night or you find it you eat it :)

Thursday- Pork chops with baked potato bar, and peas.

Friday- Ravioli casserole (will post recipe later this week) with bread

Saturday- Needing some inspiration, maybe Chicken and rice casserole

April 19, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday- Beef stir fry (now a family favorite)

Monday- Lil' cheddar loaves, mac and cheese, baked beans (new recipe)

Tuesday- Stuffed chicken casserole over mashed taters

Wednesday- L.O. night

Thursday- Salmon cakes..

Friday- Homemade pizza

Saturday- Apricot onion chops, noodles, and sugar snap peas.

April 11, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday- Stuffed chicken breast casserole over mashed potatoes. (New recipe)

Monday- Ham in the crock pot, Hashbrown casserole, and green beans. (New recipe)

Tuesday- Mac and cheese with diced up ham and peas.
Wednesday- Tuna helper w/ corn and buttered bread

Thursday- Stir Fry I use more than broccoli, I toss a bit of everything in.

Friday- Leftovers night.

Saturday- Thinking something up, one of these nights we'll probably be at the Circus since its in town :)

April 05, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday-BBQ Chicken wings and fries.

Tuesday- Sloppy Jo, Tater Tots, and Corn

Wednesday-Tuna Helper with peas and bread.





As you can see, I have no motivation for dinners this week.. the wings and sloppy joes are both new recipes though. 

April 01, 2010

Ultimate Recipe Swap (Dessert)

Here's a few family favorite desserts.

This one my step-mom made us often. I enjoy switching up the pudding flavors, and crumbs.
Stripped Delight

1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Melted butter
1 (8oz) pkg Cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
2 Pkgs chocolate flavor instant pudding and pie filling
3 1/2 cups Cold milk


1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and melted butter. Press firmly into bottom of 13x9 inch pan.
2. Beat cream cheese with sugar and 2 tbsp of milk until smooth. Fold in half the whipped topping. Spread over crust.
3. Using 3 1/2 cups cold milk, prepare pudding as directed on package. Pour over cream cheese layer. Chill several hours or overnight.
4. Spread remaining whipped topping over pudding. Garnish with grated chocolate or chopped nuts, if desired.

This one my family enjoys at Easter time, and 4th of July. I got this recipe from my soon to be Mother-in-law.

Jello Poke-cake

1 white cake mix
1 sm. (4 oz.) Jello mix, any flavor
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 c. boiling water
1/2 c. cool water
Make cake according to package directions. Cool cake 20 minutes. Using utility fork poke cake at 1/2 inch intervals. Make Jello using 1 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup cold water. Pour Jello slowly over cake covering all holes. Chill 3 - 4 hours. Spread with Cool Whip.
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March 29, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday- Cracker Barrel Chicken, fried taters, and corn.

Tuesday- Taco Ring with all the fixin's.

Wednesday- Skillet Lasagna with Anthony's favorite Bread

Thursday- Steak tips with peppers and onions, cheesy bacon smashed potatoes, and green beans.

Friday- Wings and Fries

Saturday- Leftover night or Shake-n-bake chops, lipton noodles, and peas.

Sunday- Easter @ my Dad's. I'll bring Sweet potatoes, Deviled Eggs, and Poke Cake.

Happy Easter Everyone. I'll be starting my mini Easter advent with Anthony today. If I remember I'll get pictures and tell you all about it.

March 23, 2010

End of March Goals

Here is my goal list for the rest of March.
  • Stay on top of things, do it now so it doesn't need done later.
  • Get the house ready for spring cleaning, clean & purge.
  • Make up our monthly budget & stick to it for the rest of the months.
  • Open a savings account. Put 5-10% of each pay up.. hopefully hours pick up.
  • Get curtains hung in livingroom.
  • Rug scrub.
  • Get an organizer for all the coupons I clip, and keep them organized better.
  • Either go for walks, or go to Grandparents to use the Elipitcal.
  • Pray more.. especially for Mimi.
  • And lastly, "Bloom where I am planted".

March 21, 2010

Menu Plan

Monday- We've had this recipe before, and its really good Cabbage, Potato, and Smoked Sausage. I have all 3 ingredients here. I'll probably make some green beans too so the kiddo will eat them.

Tuesday- Spaghetti w/ meatballs and garlic toast. This is the boys favorite dinner, they could eat it weekly or daily.

Wednesday- I am thinking about making beef stew one last time before the warmer weather starts to kick in, or here's to hoping it won't be cold anymore.. I am still looking for a good stew recipe.

Thursday- Pork chops with pasta or rice, which ever the boys choose, and whatever veggie compliments.

Friday- Stir fry, I haven't decided if we'll do beef and broccoli again or if I'll do chicken teriyaki.

Saturday- MY BRIDAL SHOWER! WOOT! I am so excited, I hope I remember my camera. The boys can fend for themselves.

Sunday- FFR Barrel Chicken with ranch potato wedges, and corn.

Only one new recipe this week, sorry. I am in a rut. In the midst of my wedding bliss, we found out that my soon to be hubby's Grandma has stage four cancer in her liver, which isn't where it originated so they have to run some more test. We think it might be too late but I refuse to be anything other than positive. All things are possible threw God. Please pray for her, her family, and my sweetie. This is a very difficult thing for them since they are a close knit family.

March 20, 2010

Recipe Review: Beef and Broccoli

Beef & Broccoli

3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
1/2 cup water, plus
2 tablespoons water, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 lb boneless round steak or charcoal chuck steak, cut into thin 3-inch strips (I used sirloin steak)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 cups broccoli florets (stir fry veggies)
1 small onion, cut into wedges (left out)
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
hot cooked rice

1. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water and garlic powder until smooth.
2. Add beef and toss.
3. In a large skillet or wok over medium high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until beef reaches desired doneness; remove and keep warm.
4. Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes.
5. Return beef to pan.
6. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and remaining cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the pan.
7. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
8. Serve over rice.

Review- I hate soy sauce and ginger both. I however loved this recipe. Super fast even though it had a couple steps. This was great with the stir fry mix of veggies. I give this a 5/5 rating and 4/5 from the Mr. I will be adding this to our regular rotation. Mmmm!

Recipe Review: Tortellini with Ham and Peas

Tortellini with Ham and Peas


  • 1  pound  fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1  cup  frozen peas
  • 3  tablespoons  unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2  cup  heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2  cup  grated Parmesan
  • 1/4  pound  ham, chopped


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook tortellini until just al dente (do not overcook), as package label directs. Add peas to pot for last 30 seconds of cooking time.
Drain tortellini and peas and return to pot. Stir in butter, cream, salt, pepper, Parmesan and ham. Turn stove on to medium heat and cook, stirring, until ingredients are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Review: This was a 2/5 for me and a 3/5 for the Mr. He said he would have liked it much better if it had more sauce, so next time I will double the sauce if I make it again.

March 15, 2010

Menu Plan

So I survived the tooth pulling.. it really wasn't that bad besides the after care.. and the trying to eat part. So hopefully tomorrow I will feel 95% better. Right now I am at about 85%. My poor little guy has pneumona right now so I am hoping we don't catch it too. Although I think it might be too late for me. :( I hope we can keep on track this week with the sickies going around.

Monday- PW's pot roast with onions and carrots I'll have some potatoes and if the kid chooses gravy I'll mash them. Some leftover corn will likely get tossed in too.

Tuesday- Tortellini with ham and peas finally.

Wednesday- Beef and Broccoli but I am using stir fry veggies with this, and adding some rice maybe.

Thursday- Leftovers or PB & J, oodles of noodles, or soup. Mama isn't cooking tonight.

Friday- Seasoned Pork Chops, with sauteed cabbage and egg noodles, and green beans.

Saturday- Ranch parm chicken with mac and cheese, and baked beans.

Sunday- Meatloaf topped with kc masterpiece sauce, baked potatoes or roasted, and peas.

This week I plan to get a fresh pineapple and some stuff for salads. I will add salads in when I get the stuff to make them. I will probably make a funfetti cake with the kiddo too. I hope it starts to be more spring like, and less flooding waters for us.

March 08, 2010

Recipe Review: Apricot Onion Pork

Apricot Onion Pork


  • 1  pound  pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch slices ( I used boneless sirloin pork chops)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  tablespoon  unsalted butter
  • 1  onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2  cup  canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2  tablespoons  apricot jam
  • 1  tablespoon  Dijon mustard (I used regular)


Flatten each pork slice to 3/4 inch by placing it between sheets of plastic wrap and pounding it with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle both sides of pork with thyme and salt. Warm oil over medium-high heat in a large heavy skillet. Cook medallions, turning once, until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes total. (Work in batches, if necessary.) Transfer to a plate.
Add butter to pan and melt. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add broth, jam and mustard and bring to a boil, stirring. Cover, lower heat and simmer until onion is very soft, about 5 minutes.
Return pork to pan, turning to coat with sauce. Cover and simmer until pork is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer pork to a platter, cover with sauce and serve immediately.

Mr. Bear gave this recipe a 5/5, and I did too. This was great. A few steps, but they all come together quickly. Don't be put off if you don't like mustard, Mr. Bear isn't fond either, but still enjoyed this. The sweet and tangy taste went well with the pork.

March 03, 2010

Family Favorite Recipe: "Barrel Chicken"

Grilled Chicken Tenderloins
(Like Cracker Barrel’s)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips.
1 cup zesty Italian dressing
2 tsp lime juice (I always use lemon)
3 tsp honey

Place chicken in gallon ziplock bag. Combine all other ingredients and pour over. Seal and marinate for at least an hour.

Pour all ingredients into a large skillet and cook over medium heat until liquid evaporates and remaining marinade becomes thick and caramelized. Coat
each piece of chicken in marinade by rubbing it around on the bottom of the pan before removing it.
 This is delish! We have it often since we always have the stuff on hand for it. Full of flavor, tender, and goes with just about anything. I found this recipe at Southern Plate.
She also has some great pictures to check out. 

March 01, 2010

First week of March Goals

I want to stay on track this month. I mean really on track. I have had an earache/infected tooth off and on since September, its really cramped my flow of things. Some days I think if anyone crossed me I'd rip them apart the pain is pretty bad. Luckily and I say luckily in a scarsastic way.. I get the darn tooth pulled on the 9th. That is if the receptionist doesn't mess up and I end up having to wait another 3 months. So anyways.. here are some of my goals, I hope I can check them off!

  • Drink more water, for all 3 of us.
  • Bedtime routines, we are all 3 so off schedule. Like right now I should still be sleeping, and I am sure I'll go back to sleep after this for 2 more hours. 
  • Formulate a bedtime routine for the little.
  • Do more positive reenforcment for my fellas.
  • Work with little bear more on his rhyming, opposits, numbers, letters, and phone number.
  • Stick to our menu plan. This week has a handful of new recipes.
  • Make a Spring cleaning list up.
  • Finish my laundry and put it all away.
  • Take inventory for already bought clothes for fall/kindergarten (sniff sniff).
  • Might as well try to enjoy this darn snow too.
  • Last but not least, enjoy a lovely date with my sweetheart. :)
I can't wait to get it all checked off! For whatever reason I can't find the spell check button.. ugh.

February 28, 2010

Menu Plan

Monday- Apricot Onion Chops, Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and sugar snap peas.
Tuesday- Daddy's special dinner.. we're off to Red Lobster. I am not a fan of seafood, so we'll see. :)
Wednesday- Beef and Broccoli and rice. I might look for a simple fried rice recipe.
Thursday- Tortellini w/ham and peas and bread/rolls.
Friday- finally I want to get this in Roasted Chicken and Gravy mashed potatoes, corn, and stuffing.
Saturday- Knock off KFC Bowls with leftover chicken, mashed, gravy, and corn. Mmm!
Sunday- Pot roast with onions and carrots PW style, buttered egg noodles and green beans.

Oh, p.s. Happy March Ya'll, I so can't wait for spring with all this snow we've been getting in Central PA. I went to the Dollar Tree today and got myself some Easter/Spring decorations, and even made some Easter crafts. I can't wait to decorate. My poor Sweetie will have to shovel a path out to get my stuff out of the shed! LOL

February 21, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday- Sauteed Ham, Cabbage, and Potatoes
Tuesday- Tuna Helper with peas and butter bread. I have to get fillings :( Daddy's cooking.
Wednesday- Shopping if the weather is good. We'll go to CiCi's pizza since I have a coupon.
Thursday-Turkey bacon roll ups, pickles, corn, chips
Friday Lipton noodles, sweet pea pods, and Grilled Chicken Tenderloins (without the grill)
Saturday- Apricot Onion Chops Butternut squash with a sweet potato too, and noodles.
Sunday- MIL's.

UPDATE: now I have the menu figured out, once again the dentist office messed up so I am home with an infected tooth to treat. :( The roll ups we're making with out own ideas, and Apricot chops are new along with butter nut squash, we've never had.

I will post the remainder of the week once I get back from shopping, I have a couple recipes I wanna try soon. Hopefully my mouth won't be too sore. I seriously hate the dentist!!

Oh yeah, if you have any good Bridal shower recipes, feel free to send them my way! My shower is being thrown March 27th. :)

Family Favorite Recipe: Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna

1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup green pepper chopped
3 cups uncooked mafalda noodles
4 cups water
1 jar tomato pasta sauce
mozzarella cheese for sprinkling on top

Cook beef, onions, and green peppers in dutch oven over med. high heat until beef is cooked, drain.
Stir in remaining ingrediants except cheese.
Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally: reduce heat to low.
Simmer uncovered until pasta is cooked, serve with sprinkled cheese on top.

*If you use the whole box of pasta add a bit more water or sauce. I always use the water to swish around in the sauce jar to get it all. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get too dry. This is much tastier than Hamburger Helper Lasagna.

February 13, 2010

Menu Plan

Happy Valentine's day ya'll!!

Sunday- Valentine's day dinner. Marinated steaks, baked taters, shrimp alfredo, and salads. Chocolate eclair cake. I am looking for a good marinade.

Monday- Tacos

Tuesday- Ham, cabbage, and potatoes. (new recipe)

Wednesday- Chili dogs with french fries

Thursday- Country style pork roast (new recipe), mashed, gravy, green beans.

Friday- Skillet lasagna with Anthony's favorite bread.

Saturday- Chicken cordon bleu casserole

February 05, 2010

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

I am super excited for the new season of Survivor. Heroes vs. Villains sounds so fun and scandalous! I am really pulling for James this time around since he was hurt last time and had to leave early. I am also excited for Rupert, JT, Colby, and Boston Rob. None of the girls are really appealing to me. Although I am excited to see how Russell stirs the pot with Richard.

Recipe Review : Ranch Parmesan Chicken Breast

Ranch Parmesan Chicken Breast


    * 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I diced this up into 1 inch chunks.)
    * 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
    * 1/4-1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
    * 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
    * 1/2-1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    * 1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder
    * 1 cup prepared ranch salad dressing (I just used enough to coat the chicken, less than half a bottle.)


   1. In a resealable plastic bag, marinade chicken breasts in ranch dressing for at least half an hour.
   2. Set oven to 400° degrees (set oven rack to lowest position).
   3. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
   4. In a shallow bowl mix together the dry breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt, black pepper and garlic powder.
   5. Remove chicken from marinade, allowing any excess to drip off.
   6. Coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
   7. Place in a single layer onto a greased baking sheet or line with non-stick foil (do NOT bake in a smaller baking dish or the bottom of the chicken will be soggy).
   8. If desired you can sprinkle black pepper over the chicken pieces.
   9. Bake uncovered for about 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked).

I didn't let it cook on the bottom rack because I was afraid of it burning.. and it did get a little browned on the bottom really fast, so I moved it up to the middle.

Mr. Bear says- 4/5 stars
Myself- 4/5 and very good dipped in bbq sauce.

February 03, 2010

Recipe Review: Sweet n' Sour Meatloaf

Sweet n' Sour Meatloaf

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup, divided
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix (whole pack)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Directions
  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, mustard, bread crumbs, dry soup mix, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into an oval loaf.
  • Place in a shallow 1-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 10-12 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°; drain.
  • Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the sugars, vinegar and remaining ketchup; drizzle over meat loaf. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes longer or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 4 servings.

I doubled this recipe since we love meatloaf. I also baked this in the oven for about an hour and 20 minutes on 350.  Mr. Bear gave this meatloaf a 4/5 stars. I gave it a 3/5. I will use this meatloaf recipe from now on, but not always the sauce. Next time I make the sauce I will cut back a table spoon of mustard. This meatloaf sliced very nicely and cooked well. I used 90/10 lean ground beef. I will make this again, with or without the sauce. I think the sauce would go well with chicken breast too.

February 02, 2010

What I am reading: A Time to Embrace

I picked this book up at the library, they were selling it for a buck. A friend of mine enjoys these books and recommends them. I think a dollar is a good way to see if I like the series. Does anyone else enjoy Karen Kingsbury?

This is what the back of the book says:

After twenty-one years, John and Abby Reynolds are back together and feeling like newlyweds. Together they are convinced they can handle the issues of their past, the questions from their children, and even the high-school politics that drain the joy from John’s coaching career. But then tragedy strikes.

An accident tears at the hearts of their family and the depth of their existence. Fumbling for forgiveness and hoping for a miracle, John and Abby must remember what is important and cling to that above all else.

Together, they’re determined to move on with their lives. But is “together” enough for a future they never expected?

February Goals

Here are my goals for February. January was just a rough month for me for some reason, I had absolutely NO motivation.

  • Again, Sleep better.
  • Menu Plan
  • Clean out the kiddo's room (I really need to get this done so I can start organizing things for him. Come fall he'll be an official student.)
  • Keep an eye on clothes for the school year coming up.
  • Do more studying for myself.
  • Organize our freezer.
  • Check out the local church.
  • Get out of this funk I am in.

January 31, 2010

Menu Plan

I can't believe its the first week of February although January seemed to drag on for me. Anyone else? I am a bit down in the dumps.. I think its cabin fever, or certain family members knocking me down whenever they can get a shot in. 

Monday- Cheese steak subs cooked with onions, and pasta salad.
Tuesday- Ranch parmesan chicken breast with leftover pasta salad (new recipe)
Wednesday- Sloppy joes, fries, and corn
Thursday- Sweet and sour meatloaf with twice baked potatoes and green beans (new recipe)
Friday- Homemade pizza, I am still looking for a good crust recipe.
Saturday- Homemade chicken noodle soup (new recipe)
Sunday- Superbowl Sunday!! Shrimp cocktail, cheese ball and crackers, teeny weenies.. whatever else I dig up..mmMMmm

January 27, 2010

New Recipe: Chocolate Eclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake


  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (16 ounce) package graham cracker squares
  • 1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting


  1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly blend the pudding mix, whipped topping, and milk.
  2. Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers. Top with another layer of crackers and the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.
  3. Spread the frosting over the whole cake up to the edges of the pan. Cover, and chill at least 4 hours before serving. ( Peel off foil wrapper and microwave for 30 seconds, that will help spread it, I just poured it evenly and used the back of a spoon smooth).          
  4. Enjoy.
I will let you know how this goes tomorrow, when we have it for dessert after Mr. Bear's Mimi's birthday dinner. I might even get a picture in. Look for the update.

UPDATE: Cake was crazy good, all the teenaged cousins fought over it. Will definitely make this over and over.. yum! We rate this 11 out of 10 stars!! :)


January 25, 2010

Family Date Night

Last Tuesday we had a family date night. I meant to write about it earlier and take a picture but I had forgotten. I decided since we like to eat out and its hard for us to get a hold on it, that we'd start a once a month we all go out as a family instead of random take out. So each month Mama, Daddy, or Little Bear will pick where we go as a family for dinner. This month we let Daddy chose since he has been really wanting a Stuffed Crust Pizza from Pizza Hut. They were running a 10$ any size, crust, and toppings deal. We paired it with their kid's night special which let little bear eat free between 5-10 with our order. Daddy got his pizza all to himself since I dislike Stuffed Crust. I got the buffet so we could pick and choose whatever we wanted. With drinks and a nice tip, it came in under 25. Next time I think we'll get a pitcher of ice water or pop to share. Individual glasses of pop really add up. It was a great time, and I look forward to our next date night with the kiddo, I just hope doesn't pick the golden arches!!

January 24, 2010

Weekly Goals

This weeks goals should be fairly easy since we don't have a whole lot planned.
  • Keep on track with the menu plan.
  • Get enough sleep, no sleeping till 10.
  • Clean out the car.
  • Keep up with house work.
  • Work on letter "E" with little bear.
  • Library time with little bear this week.
  • No groceries unless its meat for the freezer or milk.
  • Take pictures at Mimi's birthday dinner.
  • Spend NO money unless its gas.
  • Mop my floors.
  • Go threw little bears room, sort threw clothes and toys for the shelter my mom works for. 
I think this is good for the week. We're suppose to get some snow again. It all melted off and we've been getting rain which I hate getting rain cause of all the mud. The weather man says we're to get more lake effect snow. The lake effect snow is the big wet heavy snow.. the boys will love it. Other than worrying about Mr. Bear going to work, it doesn't matter much to me. But I am looking forward to spring, since I'll officially become Mrs.Bear!!

January 23, 2010

Menu Plan

This week we stayed on track, other than we didn't do left overs because Little Bear was invited to a birthday party that had tons of food. So we ate there instead. 

Monday- Leftovers from Sunday. Chicken, mashed, gravy, corn, stuffing, sweet taters.

Tuesday- Sweet Italian sausages with salads

Wednesday- Stuffed chicken breast with broccoli and cheese (pre-made), baked potatoes, and green beans.

Thursday- Birthday for Mr. Bear's Mimi, I'll be bringing Chocolate Eclair Cake. (new)

Friday- BBQ cups, mac and cheese, and baked beans. (new)

Saturday- Pot roast with potatoes, carrots, and veggies, in the crock with cream of mush, and onion soup mix

Sunday- Roast beef sandwiches, fries, and peas.(using leftover roast)

January 22, 2010

Anthony's Favorite Bread

Anthony's Favorite Bread

Any reduced bread at the grocery store (frugal tip- store it in the fridge until ready to use, could be a couple days)
Butter at room temp.
Garlic salt
Parmesan cheese

Butter all the bread up with a thin layer of butter (real butter taste better and better for you). Sprinkle lightly with garlic salt, then parmesan cheese. Stick in 350* oven until butter is melted and bread is warmed threw.

We usually have this with spaghetti or the like. Enjoy.

January 16, 2010

Menu Plan

Ok, as usual things get jumbled up and plans change. Last week we did have Taco ring, Olive Garden, Sausage with onions, peppers, and potatoes. Thats all we managed to have that was planned, we did have Deer steaks with taters and peas, and we went over to Mr. Bear's mother's house. Saturday night Mr. Bear is going out with his Dad and brother so little bear and I went for dinner with my Dad and his family. Mr. Bear's Grandma took us for pizza earlier Saturday afternoon which was nice. So here is the weekly plan.. hopefully we'll get it all in.

Sunday- Shake-n-bake pork chops, parmesan egg noodles with peas, and broccoli salad.
Monday- Chicken stuffed with cheese and broccoli (store bought), still thinking up what to make with..
Tuesday- Stuffed cabbage rolls (New recipe)
Wednesday- Breakfast for dinner pancakes, sausage, and orange juice
Thursday- Spaghetti with meatballs, and garlic parmesan bread
Friday- Whole chicken, stuffing, mashed taters, corn and gravy.
Saturday- Leftover chicken for Chicken-n- biscuits.

January 12, 2010

Deals and Steals

I was looking threw the Staples flier since Mr. Bear's Grandma was looking for a lap top. While I was looking I found some one dollar in store coupons for some odds and ends. Apparently they don't put these in the Ads at the store only the newspapers that are mailed out. We were already headed to State College for dinner and Wegmans so I stopped in for this deal.

4pack of dry erase markers- 3.99
5pack ballpoint pens-           2.99
4pack glue sticks-                1.99
1 8.5 dry erase board-         6.99

Total                                   15.96 plus .06% tax

Minus 4 one dollar coupons (ones that make them a dollar each)

Total                                    4.24

YAY! The markers I use often, the pens as well. Little bear pastes a lot for preschool. And the dry erase is for his little goals/chore chart instead of printing a new one each week.

Family Favorite Recipe: Taco Ring

Taco Ring

1 pound ground beef, cooked, drained, and seasoned with taco seasoning

1 package taco seasoning mix 
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 
2 Tbsp. water 
2 packages refrigerated crescent roll dough

Optional: (these are what we like)

Shredded lettuce
diced tomoatoes
taco sauce
sour cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange crescent triangles on a greased pizza pan. The bases will overlap and points to the outside. Scoop the meat mixture over the crescent rolls and sprinkle with cheese. Fold the triangle over filling and tuck under the base at the center. Filling will not be completely covered. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into wedges and top with your favorite toppings.

I won't be making this today since my MIL last minute invited us over for dinner tonight. Tomorrow will be different also since Mr. Bear's grandfather got a deer on Saturday, so we'll be having fresh venison steaks. I'll try to capture pictures of both.

January 10, 2010

Whats in the pantry??

Here's my menu plan.. instead of only eating from the pantry this week I thought I would kinda play along and list what I am eating that is already in my pantry.. those things will be highlighted and/or listed.

Monday- Olive Garden (Giftcard from my Dad and Stepmom)
Tuesday- Taco ring with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheddar.
Wednesday- Sloppy joes, pickles, and tots--I have tomato paste and mix for the sloppy joes already waiting.
Thursday- Homemade mac and cheese, salmon cakes, and peas--I do already have the cheese and milk for this.
Friday- Smoked sausage, peppers, onions, and potatoes
Saturday- Whole roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, stuffing--stuffing is homemade but I'll need a loaf of bread for it.
Sunday- Chicken n biscuits with leftover chicken

Menu Plan

Monday- Olive Garden (Giftcard from my Dad and Stepmom)
Tuesday- Taco ring with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheddar.-will post recipe
Wednesday- Sloppy joes, pickles, and tots-new method
Thursday- Homemade mac and cheese, salmon cakes, and peas-will post recipe on mac&cheese
Friday- Smoked sausage, peppers, onions, and potatoes-new recipe
Saturday- Whole roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, stuffing
Sunday- Chicken n biscuits with leftover chicken-will post method hopefully

List for shopping- Going to stock up at WM and Wegmans this coming week so my list is huge. Although I need the following for dinners...

Cresent rolls
Sour cream
smoked sausage

January 07, 2010

Vikki's BBq Chicken Bites

Ok so I've gotten a bit of interest in my Bbq chicken bites. They are so simple and yummy.

As much chicken as you need.

3 Chicken breast
salt, pepper, garlic powder
your favorite bbq sauce (KC masterpiece for us)

Dice up your chicken into bite sized pieces. Fry in a lil butter, or olive oil, and season up. Once its cooked threw, coat the chicken with your sauce and let it simmer so it can thicken up... tada!

January 04, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday- Take out (coming home from staying all weekend at my mom's about an hour and a half away).
Tuesday- Tacos with cheddar, sour cream, tomatoes, and lettuce
Wednesday- Ham sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, pickles, and baked beans
Thursday- Spaghetti w/meatballs, salads, and bread
Friday- BBq chicken bites, broccoli and cheese rice, and green beans
Saturday- Leftovers?
Sunday- Meatloaf, mashed taters, gravy, and corn

Desserts- jello, apple sauce, cantaloupe.