Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Fixins'

The #1 thing I do to stay organized is have a menu!  If I don't know what's for dinner I practically function.  Yeah, I love food, LOVE {cooking} food!  Adore eating food....dishes not so much.  I like to create my menus thursday and shop on friday's.  This way I guarantee I have what I need for the weekend.  When my family is home and we can soak up eachother for 2 full days, there is nothing I hate more than spending that precious time in the checkout line at the grocery store!

I recently read a blog post by one of the sisters from The Sisters Cafe blog and it reminded me of all the reasons I love cooking for my family and sitting around a table with them.  You can read Melanies post here.

Also be sure to check out her monday menu ideas here.  All of her ideas look so awesome, I'd love to have a seat at her dinner table!

You will see my menu has some quirks to it.  We have salad and fruit EVERY meal!  I also have themes to my planning, but I will go into that another time.  I also try to only serve meat for dinner once or twice a week.

My menu:

Friday - Date night!  WOO HOO!  Leftovers for kids!
Saturday -  New recipe from Pioneer Woman - steak sandwich and onion rings....sure to be delightfull!
        Salad, and fruit
Sunday - Lasagna, homemade french bread, green beans, salad, fruit
Monday - Homemade Pizza, salad, fruit
Tuesday - Pinto Beans, grilled corn salad, green salad, fruit, corn bread.
Wednesday - Baked potato bar with homemade chili, brocolli, green salad and fruit
Thursday - Use up Pinto beans with bean burros (that's what they call a burrito here in AZ) and tostados,
         Salad, and fruit.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Jeans
This Christmas I bought myself 2 pairs of a size bigger Jeans and a black leather planner, Franklin Covey style.  That’s right, 2010 was a full year, sigh, in more ways than one, hence the new fat jeans.
This last year, I did a lot of things for a lot of people.  It was a good year.  They were good things, very time worthy.  But as I reflect on all the things that didn’t get done for me and my family I am feeling some regret.  There are some things WE are missing out on.  Some “deeper” stuff I wish we had.  I need to find a way back to being the mom I always wanted to be! 

Okay, maybe she isn’t’ exactly it.
RE – organizing life is at number 1,  hence the planner.

Scheming around in my head for the last 6 months or so is the Grand Plan, more on that later.
I begin this year 10 lbs. heavier….yes the holidays were plentiful!  I’ll be staring 30 right in the face in 7 short months.  My oldest daughter turned 8 last Friday and will be baptized on the 22nd.  And the Farmer and I will celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.
I feel happy and old.
My body creaks, 4 kids later my bladder is shot.  Said goodbye to trampolines 3 years ago.  I now Google eye creams and spanx.   Well, at least I think about doing that, haven’t found the time for it yet.
Maybe somewhere in this journey I can get even more organized and finally get all the laundry done!
Let the journey begin!