21 June 2015

Will they ever stop eating?!

 
Let me introduce you to my bottomless pits:
 
 

I think they had a planning meeting a couple of months ago to see what would be the quickest way to eat me out of house and home.  And from the results, it was a very successful meeting.

Every time I turn around we're out of bread, milk and eggs.  And apparently lunch meat has a 2.2 second shelf life in this house.  I honestly wonder if they're eating it as they put away groceries. 

So, what to do?

I still have to have a grocery budget.  We're not the Rockefellers.  I can't just go willy nilly in the grocery store getting whatever strikes their fancy - not only because of cost but also because I don't want them eating a lot of the junk that passes for food or snacks these days. 

Here are some of my tricks and tips that I use to combat eternally hungry boys:

1.  Always make extra.
          Leftovers rule in this house.  If I'm baking potatoes, I make double.  If I'm grilling meat -
          double.  You get the idea.  I want to have good food available for quick meals during
         the day.  As a bonus, Ronnie's lunch isn't that big of a deal to pack at 5:30am because
         it's ready to go from where I packed up an extra meal the night before.

2.  Homemade really is the way to go:
          If left unattended, those sweet little faces will destroy an entire box of graham crackers or
          bag of oreos in 15 minutes.  Some of my go to snacks are granola bars,  popcorn (we buy the
          giant bag of kernels from Sams and store them in mason jars), apples with dip (mix peanut
         butter, plain greek yogurt and honey together for dip), homemade lunchables (more commonly
          known as meat, cheese and crackers) cornbread and cut up veggie and ranch dressing.

3.  Eating your meal is not an option.
          You know this one.  They try to say they're not hungry but 20 minutes later they're waist deep
           in the fridge looking for a treat.  No way.  You don't want to finish dinner or you're not hungry
           no problem.  But I'm going wrap it up and when you decide you're "starving" later, you'll see
           it again.  And again.  And again.  This is probably the most effective of all my tips here
           today. 

4.  Keep cheap, healthy, filling basics on hand.
          Baked potatoes are a staple here.  Each of the boys has the ability to wash a potato and
          hit the potato button on the microwave if they're that hungry.  Apples are filling and cheap.
          We go through an average of 40 pounds of apples a month.   Boiled eggs are kept in a baggie
          in the fridge to snack on. 


 Stick with it.  It's hard to get your kids into eating healthy filling snacks, especially if they're used to
 grabbing crackers, cookies and prepacked granola bars (which are really just candy with a little
 oatmeal). 

Your budget will thank you even if your kids won't.

19 June 2015

Summer Readin'



Is there anything better than lounging in the sun on a hot day with a good book? 

OK, maybe curled up in front of the fireplace on a cold day is pretty great too.

The point I'm trying to make is that I love a good book!

Fiction, non-fiction, something to help me grow, something that's total fluff - I just love a good book.

Here's my Summer reading list:

Nobody's Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship by Melanie Shankle
You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis & Lisa Chan
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child's Heart with God's Extravagant Grace by Jeannie Cunnion
Success Is Not An Accident by Tommy Newberry
Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson



So what are you reading this Summer?

14 June 2015

Menu Plan Monday for June 15th



Hi guys!

Summer is just chugging right along and I'm still wrapping up school.  My portfolio review is on Friday so I'm tweaking a few little things but other than that we are on break until after Kid's camp in the beginning of July.  I'm not taking a full on Summer break from school this year.  I tried that last year and as you can see, I'm just now finishing my portfolio.  It's too hard with working a day at the hospital and running a business from home.  I need that extra cushion that I get from keeping up with math and reading over the Summer.  We may also knock out some science.  I'm still deciding on that one.

This week is just the normal busy of life.  The status quo of craziness that I can handle.

Here's this week's menu plan:

Monday:  Pineapple meatballs over rice (using my pineapple squash I canned last year), salad
Tuesday:  Chicken and stuffing, green beans
Wednesday:  Burgers on grill, applesauce & watermelon
Thursday:  Grilled chicken, asparagus & baked potato
Friday:  Taco night
Saturday:  Grilled steak, sweet potatoes and corn on the cob
Sunday:  Grilled tilapia, spinach salad, baked potato


Can you tell I love my grill?  I really do love my grill.

So what's good at your house this week?

18 March 2015

The Wedgie You'll Actually Want.



Want a quick and easy dinner that no one will whine about?

Here's you go.

It's a wedgie.  A local pizza place makes something similar.  Being the cheapskate frugal gal I am, I totally took the idea and made my own.

Here's what you'll need:
2 pre-made pizza shells
Italian dressing
Meat of your choice
Cheese of your choice

Preheat your oven to 400.  Spread Italian dressing on top of both pizza crusts (where you'd usually put the sauce and cheese).  Bake for 8 minutes on a cookie sheet and remove from oven.  Cover one crust with meat I used a combo of sliced turkey and slice ham).  Cover the other with cheese.  Then sandwich them together on the cookie sheet.  Brush the outside of the sandwich with more Italian dressing.  I then take a cast iron skillet covered in foil and place on top of the sandwich to squish it down.  Bake in the oven with the skillet on it for another 10 minutes until cheese is melted and outside of shells are a little crunchy. 

Serve by slicing into wedges (hence the wedgie name). 

I've made this with just about every type of leftover meat I've had in the fridge.  You can also pry it apart after it's baked and add some lettuce and tomato.  Ronnie & I really like it with leftover hoagie meat, grilled onions, and pickled peppers.  Yum.

It's a quick meal and a great way to use up leftovers.

So go ahead - give your family a wedgie!