Friday, August 20, 2010

Not for me...

Hello all! Yes, it has been a very long time since I've written in this blog. I've been extremely busy, but I also have not been inspired to write. I've been giving it a lot of thought and have figured out that while I LOVE reading other people's blogs and learning from them, I am just not a blogger myself. For a while I think I was in denial, but now that fact is very clear to me. So, I won't be posting on this blog anymore. I will keep reading all of your blogs and other informative blogs out there though, because that is really what interests me. I think I kept blogging for this long because I know how much I've learned in the process from all of you! I hope that all of that learning continues. Take care, Greta

Monday, July 26, 2010

This Week's Menu Plan

Hey there! Long time, no write! It has been such a busy time for us. Most likely you've been busy too! We just returned from our week at the cabin in Wisconsin and are settling back into our normal routine. Here's what's cooking at our place this week: Monday: B- Apple granola D- Hot dogs, beans and corn (dogs leftover from the cabin week) Tuesday: B- Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins from the freezer D- Taco Tuesday with Homemade Refried Beans from the freezer Wednesday: B- Apple Granola D- Cheesburger Macaroni, Green Beans Thursday: B- Breakfast Burritos from the freezer D- Hot Dogs, Beans and Corn (again! we have a lot of hotdogs to eat) Friday: B- Toast, yogurt with fruit D- Pizza night with homemade dough Saturday: B- Butter Braid D- Steaks and Potatoes on the grill, Corn on the cob Sunday: B- Perpetual Pancakes, sausages D- Hobos, Fruit (mmm, I'm already missing our cabin week menu, so that's why I threw in these hobos) This week's menu is all about easing back into things here. I love Kitchen Stewardship's Cheeseburger Macaroni recipe for that purpose. It's easy, healthy AND my guys love it! I also love the Apple Granola from Finding Joy in My Kitchen. Yum...a great cereal substitute. What are your favorite go-to recipes when you're taking it easy?
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Friday, July 9, 2010

We're Back!

We had a great 5 days together with both my family and my husband's family and now we're getting settled back into our normal routine...wait a minute. That's not exactly true. Although we're home this week and next, starting a week from tomorrow we'll be gone for another week. It seems our vacations this year are scheduled very close together. I'm still cooking and trying to provide as healthy a life for our family as I can, but it just seems like there hasn't been time in the day to post any recipes lately. It must be one of those busy times of life... How do you other bloggers deal with the busy times in life? How do you find time to live life and to document it through your blog?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

On Vacation!

I forgot to mention earlier that our family is going to be on vacation this week. That's right, no meal planning or grocery shopping for me, as my mom, grandma and mother-in-law are treating us to great meals through the 4th of July holiday. Aside from helping cooking, I'm looking forward to swimming, fishing and enjoying all of the holiday festivities. You can expect my return sometime after Monday, July 5th. Have a happy holiday!

Monday, June 21, 2010

This Week's Menu Plan

Ah, another week...and I really didn't even have time to share any recipes last week! Things are really starting to pick up with summer activities here, so I will try to post as much as possible. I am cooking up a storm though these days, so if I could carve out some time, I would have good things to share. Here's what we're having this week: Monday: B- toast with peanut butter and honey D- Chow Mein Casserole (new recipe) Tuesday: B- Scrambled Eggs D- Leftovers Wednesday: B- Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins from the freezer D- White Bean and Apple Chili (new recipe) Thursday: B- Apple Cranberry Granola D- Egg Salad Sandwiches Friday: B- Breakfast Burritos (new recipe) D- Pizza Night Saturday: B- Pancakes D- Sunny Broccoli Salad for a potluck Sunday: B- Egg Bake (new recipe) D- up in the air, we may be visiting family for this meal For more menu plans and recipes, head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Monday, June 14, 2010

This Week's Menu Plan

Ah, another Monday and another menu plan and grocery shopping day. Today is my bigger shopping trip to our neighboring town, while next week's trip should be fairly small as I will pick up most items today. We have a family camping weekend coming up this week, so I have a few dishes to make for a group of about 20. The women in my family really got detailed with our menu plan this year, which I think is great! A weekend of fun and great food sounds amazing to me! Last week we had some delicious dishes. Top on my list were homemade refried beans and skillet enchiladas. If you're looking a dish that is a 10 out of 10, those enchiladas from Amy are your best bet! I will share the refried beans recipe this week. Who knew making your own refried beans was so easy and tasty!
Mmm, the best enchiladas!
Oh-so-yummy refried beans
Here's the plan for this week
B- Granola
D- Homemade Chicken Nuggets and French Fries (moved from last week)
B- Scrambled Eggs
D- Leftovers Wednesday: B- Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins (from the freezer) D- Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce and Meatballs (new recipe) Thursday: B- Apple Cranberry Granola (new recipe) D- Dinner Our (we will be gone all day and evening) Friday: B- Perpetual Pancakes Camping Weekend: Appetizer- Cowboy Caviar Main Dish- Seasoned Chicken for Tacos Snacks and Desserts: Crockpot Yogurt Oatmeal Chocolate Cake (new recipe) Homemade Chewy Granola Bars (new recipe) Oh, did I mention that I scored a TON of rhubarb at our Farmer's market no too long ago? I froze it and am so excited to use it all up!
Do you have any foods (like my refried beans) that you make from scratch and are extremely easy to make? I'd love to give them a try! Now I know that some of you make everything from just one idea will be plenty :)
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Windowsill Garden is Growing

As we have limited space in our garden, I decided to try growing some herbs on my windowsill this year. We have a wonderful window in our kitchen that is very sunny and I hope it will be perfect for this purpose. Last weekend I planted parsley, thyme, basil, cilantro and chives and as of yesterday, all five had showed their little green heads! I just love that I can be doing dishes AND be admiring my little herbs too.
Have you had any luck growing herbs indoors?
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