24 February 2014

Menu Plan Monday for February 24th.

It's Monday again!

I'm trying to sound excited, but I'm really a little tired.  One thing I am excited about is that Antiques Roadshow is coming to Charleston in August.  I love this show!  Before we had kids, Ronnie & I used to like to go antiquing.  We have a lot of neat old pieces - now stored away.  I signed up last night to be in the drawing to get tickets to go, but I won't know if we're chosen until May. 

This week is my Momma's birthday.  I used to always say that she was 50.  She loved it, because I never advanced her age.  Of course, when you did the math, it was like she had me at age eight.  And even in WV, that's not possible.  Anyway, she's requesting my homemade meatballs and peanut butter cake.  I think I can do that.

Here's this weeks menu:

Monday:  Steak hoagies, salad and peaches
Tuesday:  Pineapple habanero pork roast, baked potatoes and green beans
Wednesday:  Grilled chicken, carrots and green beans
Thursday:  Cheesy Taco Soup
Friday:  Breakfast for dinner
Saturday:  Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread and peanut butter cake.
Sunday:  Leftovers.

And that's it.

So, what's good at your place this week?

19 February 2014

My Favorite Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season.

Let me just state in the interest of honesty - and also because my co-workers from yesterday will probably rat me out - I am so stinking sick.  I've made it through and I'm feeling better today but I now have no voice.  I think the family is secretly rejoicing in this fact.

Anyway, here are my favorite ways to ward off sickness without running to the pharmacy.  Or to at least survive it without feeling too horrible.

When I feel the first signs of a cold or flu coming on I head straight to three things that usually work great for me.  Without having the least bit of scientific evidence to back me up, I would guess that four out of five times this does the trick and I don't get sick.

As soon as I start with the whole achy, whiny, just don't feel good stage, I take one teaspoon of minced garlic (don't chew, just swallow whole and follow with a lot of water) and follow it with a teaspoon of local raw honey.  I take probiotics or if I don't have any I eat yogurt a few times a day.  And lastly, I diffuse Thieves Oil and Frankincense and apply diluted Thieves oil to the bottoms of my feet at night. 

Seeing how this didn't exactly kick it for me this time, the next step involves riding out the fever with lots of fluids and rest and a good old fashioned flu bomb with essential oils.  I take a gelatin capsule and fill it with three drops of oregano oil, three drops of melaluca oil and three drops of thieves.  I take one of these 2-4 times a day.  It tastes awful if you don't put it in a capsule and even if you do use the capsule you'll kind of burp it for a little while.  Also, I personally will only used therapeutic grade oils if I'm ingesting the oil - so it's only DoTerra or Young Living for that.  If I'm diffusing, I use Now oils or Plant Therapy due to the cost difference. 

My last tip involves a good old fashioned hot toddy.  There are tons of recipes for something like this but here's what I do.

1 cup of hot tea brewed with a stick of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of local raw honey
Splash of bourbon (or we use apple pie moonshine)

It breaks up the congestion in your chest and you'll have a much needed good night's sleep.  And I feel much less "hung over" then when I used to use Nyquil for the same thing. 

As always, this is just what I do.  The nurse has to tell you to do what you feel is best for you. 

Stay well! 

17 February 2014

Menu Plan Monday for February 17th.

Hey there.

Guess what?

It's still a snowy mess here in good ol' WV.

I'm trying my best not to complain because it's winter.  It's kinda what it's supposed to do right now.

But I am getting a little tired of mucking through the snow to take care of the chickens. 

Anyway....... today is not just MPM, it's also my nephew Shawn's birthday.  That boy is pure joy and energy!  We're a big February birthday family - me, Brent, Shawn, Leslie and my mom.  Just more proof that all good people are born in February.

I feel like I'm coming down with a cold, so it's full force on all my hippie tricks - oils, probiotics, garlic, honey and if I'm not feeling better by tonight I'm pulling out the apple pie moonshine for a good old fashioned hot toddy.  Talk about a good night's sleep.  Check back in Wednesday  and I'll post all my tricks that I use to avoid both illness and pharmaceuticals. 

Anyway, enough about me, here's the menu for this week:

Monday:  Kielbasa and potatoes, applesauce
Tuesday:  Soup beans and cornbread (I didn't make this last week)
Wednesday:  Steak bites, baked potatoes and carrots
Thursday:  Grilled chicken, buttered noodles, green beans.
Friday:  Pizza night
Saturday:  Beef enchiladas, refried beans (from soup beans), salad
Sunday:  Potato soup and sandwiches or leftovers.

And that's it!  Don't forget to hop on over to orgjunkie.com for more great menu planning ideas.

10 February 2014

Menu Plan Monday for February 10th.

Back to cooking for me this week.  Although last week was lovely.  I only made dinner two nights the whole week.  

This week is back to our normal level of chaos - and that's a good thing too.

I'm actually excited about school too.  I've been in a bit of a slump since Christmas but for the next two weeks, we're sitting everything but math aside and doing an awesome unit study on the Olympics.  We started this morning and it's been great so far.  I think it's just what we need to get back on track during this cold spell. 

We also have a fun night planned for Valentine's Day.  Our Kidz Church team does a great fundraiser on Valentine's Day where you can drop your kids off at the church and $5 they have games, food and fun while you have some time with your sweetie.  It's for a couple of hours, so we're meeting some friends for at the Mexican restaurant while the kids have fun.  The only thing we get less than time alone is time with friends minus the kids.  I'm really looking forward to it.

Without further ado, here's my menu:

Monday: Baked chicken, roasted potatoes and green beans
Tuesday: Soup beans and cornbread
Wednesday:  Steak, sweet potatoes and green beans
Thursday:  Baked spaghetti, salad
Friday:  Valentine's dinner out with friends.
Saturday:  Pancakes & eggs
Sunday:  Pot roast, potatoes and carrots.