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I am finally getting back on track with my menu planning.  I know things are not going to slow down as fall descends upon us.  In the next two and a half months our family has, in this order: Baby’s First Birthday party, Halloween, husbands birthday, father’s birthday, Thanksgiving, and finally, Christmas.  Whew!  I’m exhausting just thinking about all of it.  So, I’m going to rely heavily on planning and organization to get me through.

How is your fall shaping up?

Monday:  Baked Macaroni and Cheese and veggies

Tuesday:  Homemade Mushroom and Olive Pizza

Wednesday: Pesto Chicken and Rosemary Potatoes with Homemade Pull Apart Dinner Rolls

Thursday: Grilled top sirloin and Caesar Salad

Friday:  Lemon Artichoke Chicken (will do a post on this recipe if there is interest!) 🙂

What’s going to be on your dinner table this week?

For more menu ideas, check out I’m an Organizing Junkie!


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This is going to be a busy week.  Dentist appointments (first one for my 2 1/2-year-old!), the carpets are getting cleaned (baby is finally crawling, really can’t put it off any longer!), and I’m leaving my husband alone for the weekend (what a treat!), because I’m packing up the kids and taking them to my friend’s house for the weekend.  It should be a crazy, fun, weekend with 6 kids between us.  Ahhh!  

On top of all this, I’m prepping for our upcoming trip to Disneyland!  This will be the boys’ first trip, and the baby is staying with my parents.  My in-laws, and my brother and sister-in-law will be coming, too.  I will never again be spoiled with so much adult supervision for my children.  I simply cannot wait!

Because the week is already going to be busy, I have a very simple menu on deck.  Nothing fancy, but family favorites all around.

Monday:  Tacos (Still have not gotten this on the table, in two weeks!)

Tuesday:  Homemade Pesto Pizza (using pesto and pizza dough recipe from Simple Bites)

Wednesday:  Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Soup

Thursday:  Breakfast for Dinner – Scrambled Eggs and Overnight Forgotten Coffeecake  (trying to use up leftover buttermilk in the fridge!)

Friday:  Off to my friend’s house for the weekend, so husband is on his own with leftovers or whatever he can find.  🙂

What’s going to be on your dinner table this week?

For more menu ideas, check out I’m an Organizing Junkie!

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My kids, like most, love waffles.  Although I don’t have much extra time, I have found that it doesn’t take much longer to throw together homemade waffles (and make some extra to throw in the freezer) than it does to pull out a box of mix.  And, they are much healthier for them.  (So glad they don’t know it yet!)

This is such an easy shortcut to healthier eating.  You really don’t have to sacrifice money or time to prepare a nutritious meal.  Just having the right tools (a good recipe, and the right ingredients) can make it simple!

Get ready to wow your kids, and if your husband is anything like mine, and actually prefers things to be healthy, you can impress him, too.

Note:  I’ve adapted this recipe from one I found on Cooks.com years ago.  Most recipes for whole wheat waffles that I found were either a) hardly qualified to be called whole wheat waffles, or b) were so tough and chewy that not even the neighbor’s dog would want them.  This is a nice, happy medium, and is a definite keeper in our house.  Enjoy!

Photo from Plan to Eat

Whole Wheat Waffles

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

(Note: Feel free to substitute half of the flour with white whole wheat flour, or all-purpose.  Really, whatever you’ve got on hand works, using all whole wheat flour is just the healthiest option)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 T sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1 large egg

1 1/2 cups milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined.

This recipe makes about 8 waffles in a standard 8-inch waffle iron.  A lot of times I will make a double batch.  The boys like to snack on them, and I tear them up in little pieces for the baby.  So, one batch hardly makes enough for the freezer.  And, while you’ve got the waffle iron hot, might as well make the most of it, right?

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Loving this Menu Plan Monday, and actually holding myself accountable for it.  A whiteboard in the kitchen wasn’t really doing it for me.  🙂  I found the recipe for Thursday from Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife.  She got the recipe from Jules at JustJules.  Thanks to both of these ladies for this awesome recipe!  My recipe for Tuesday was found courtesy of Laura at I’m An Organizing Junkie, it was on her menu last week.  Can’t wait to try it!

Monday:  Tacos (didn’t get to that last week)

Tuesday:  Baked Ziti with Spinach and Sausage  (Looks like real comfort food!)

Photo from Your Homebased Mom

Wednesday: Homemade pizza

Thursday:  Chicken with Spinach and Mushroom Sauce  

Photo from Musings of a Housewife

Friday: Parents are visiting, so we’ll most likely go out or go pick something up.  🙂

Saturday: Leftover Potluck

Sunday:  Who knows, something simple!

What’s on your menu for this week?

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I’ve been following along, and lurking in the shadows at Laura’s Menu Plan Monday roundup at I’m An Organizing Junkie for a long time now.  I’ve menu planned (off and on) for almost a year.  It is by far one of the most simple ways you can 1) save money 2) be more organized and 3) save time.  Plus, it almost assures you that you will try new recipes.  I’m finally linking up!

So, here’s what’s on our menu for the week:

Monday: One Pot Spaghetti

Tuesday:  Homemade Pizza – here’s the recipe I’ll use for pizza dough for the rest of my life! Scroll down in the post to find it.

Wednesday:   Tacos

Thursday:  Oven-Fried Chicken 

Friday:  Breakfast for Dinner – scrambled eggs, fruit, and Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread (photo and recipe from Joy the Baker)

I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat this?  I may have to make a double batch!  

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Links to Love

For the long weekend, a little fun reading for you.  Enjoy!

1.  Here is the recipe I settled on to make my pesto.  Yes, I’m hammering away at my to do list!  While I’m at it, I’m going to make a couple batches of the pizza dough included in this post as well.  We love to make homemade pizza at our house, but for some reason, it’s dropped out of rotation.  I’m bringing it back, baby!  Can’t wait to try this recipe for Classic Summer Pesto from Aimee at Simple Bites.

2.  I just picked up a whole bunch of Fuji apples.  These are popular around our house, and can definitely be served in simple slices.  My kids gobble them up.  But, I’m going to introduce them to delicious, hearty, rustic, baked apples.  Don’t this just look perfect?  Check out Kristen’s recipe over at Dine and Dish.

3.  You may have heard about the uproar over JC Penney’s t-shirt.  You know the one.  If you don’t, Scary Mommy summed it up quite well.  There are so many takes on this, although they all pretty much end up at the same place.  In the end, we know if they chose to continue selling this shirt, certain people would buy it.  Certain other people would not.  End of story.  Move on, people.  In the meantime, check out Too Pretty To Do Homework.

4.  This last link is not something delicious to make, or a controversial topic, it’s purely a chance to win something cool!  Stacey, over at I’m a Lazy Mom, is giving away a Kindle and an $80 gift card to start loading up your new Kindle.  So, need I elaborate?  Go ahead.  You’ll dilute my chances of winning, but really, it’s ok.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!!

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With three kids, dinner time at our house can be a flurry of activity.

“Sit down!”. “Don’t spill your milk!”. “Do you want broccoli or green beans?”. “Ok, ok, it’s almost ready!” These are often heard, much repeated phrases around the dinner table and kitchen. To make the witching hour a little less chaotic, I rely on this recipe quite a bit, especially in the winter. It is super easy to make, gives my crock pot a rest, and pleases everyone (well, there’s no pleasing my picky eater, CW, but we’re working on that one).

I found the original recipe from Lynn at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures. She actually adapted her recipe from Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie. And, now I’m giving you my version. It’s totally delish. For real.

First, go grab your ingredients:

Dice your onion and throw it in a large pot with your ground beef (or ground turkey).

Once the meat is browned, drain off any fat and add your garlic. My opinion is a little garlic is never enough. Let that simmer for just a bit, but be careful not to burn the garlic! Next, add your broth, spaghetti sauce, and water. Your pot will look awfully soupy at this point.

Go ahead and bring ‘er to a boil. Then reduce the heat and add your noodles. I typically use a mixture of half regular spaghetti noodles and half whole wheat noodles. No one knows the difference, and I sleep a little better at night.

Cover it and let it thicken on low heat. When you’ve let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, it should be nice and thick, like this:

You might find you need to add more water, and give it an occasional stir. Once it has thickened to your liking, serve it up with a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

This is a very hearty, flavorful, comfort food. I know, I know, it doesn’t have any fresh vegetables, and I’m even using jarred spaghetti sauce (audible gasp!). But, it makes it easy, and really delicious. We always serve it up with a fresh vegetable or salad, and some yummy bread.

One Pot Spaghetti

  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic (at least!) minced
  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth (or more, to taste)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 10-12 ounces spaghetti noodles, broken into pieces
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. In a large pot with a lid, cook meat and onion together until the meat is browned, and onion is soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Drain any fat off, and add garlic.
  3. Add broth, spaghetti sauce, and water and bring to a boil.
  4. Add noodles and reduce heat.
  5. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stir occasionally, and add more water as desired.
  6. Serve with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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