Monday, August 29, 2011

Menu for August 28-Sept. 2

So, I purchased a lot of chicken (boneless,skinless,breast) last week at Vons when they were on sale for $1.97lb.  So, you might be seeing lots of chicken the next few weeks:) But it's healthy and my kids love it! I also have some fabulous recipes from Rachel Ray...sissy gave me her latest magazine and it is FILLED with awesome recipes!!!
BBQ Steak (soy sauce, olive oil, pepper, montreal steak seasoning) and Broccoli and Grand Biscuit Rolls

Rosemary Ranch Chicken with pasta

Speedy Easy Cheesy Chicken favorite and I'm busy so it's easy for the hubby!

Kickin' Mini Meatloaves (From Rachel Ray...couldn't find recipe online...)
1 sweet potato (10 oz) peeled and cut into 1/3 inch cubes
3 slices firm white bread, torn
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 egg
1 small onion finely chopped
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 tbsp. finely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, plus 2 tsp sauce
6 tbsp. ketchup
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
salt and pepper
EXTRA...stuff each meatloaf with 2 tbsp. cheddar for a gooey, cheesy center)
1. Preheat oven 20 375. Grease 4 cups of a 6 cup jumbo muffin pan. In a sauce pan of boiling, salted, water, cook the sweet potato until partially cooked (about 3mins) drain.
2. Using a food processor, pulse bread to form breadcrumbsm transfer to a large bowl. Add the beef and egg, onion, cilantro, chipotles, 1 tsp adobo sauce, 2 tbsp ketchup, the garlic, 1 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper, stir to combine. Stur in sweet potato. Divide beef mixture among the greased muffin cups, packing well and mounding slightly. You can add the cheese here.
3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 4 tbsp ketchup and 1 tsp adobo sauce and coat the tops of the meatloaves with the mixture. Place muffin pan on a baking sheet and bake until cooked through and browned on the top. 40 mins.
FREEZE...wrap the cooled meatloaves, in the pan, with foil and freeze for up to 1 month.
REHEAT: preheat overn to 350 place the muffin pan straight from the freezer, in the oven and bake until heated through. 45-55mins.

Hot Dogs and chips to go...High School Football games have begun!!!

Left over buffet for sure!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back to Menu Planning!

Since school is back in session, mama needs to get back to menu planning! I have had the summer off and I have LOVED it...but need to get serious and plan out some sort of menu or I will go crazy! So her is our Menu for Aug. 22-26th, enjoy!

Tacos (ground beef, and all the toppings)
Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Peaches...on the run since we have dance and soccer!
BBQ Drumsticks and rice and broccoli
Left Overs...on the go soccer and a meeting I have to be at!
Greek Festival! Gyro and some Lamb!

Monday, August 22, 2011


Getting organized for back to school was quite an event this year. I spent a whole week preparing outfits, cleaning house, haircuts for four kids and one hubby (I did the boys, friend did the girls for me in exchange for dessert!) washing clothes, cleaning out old clothes and toys, filling out paper work, purchasing school supplies for both kids and teachers, washing car inside and out (that was disgusting, totally paid for that) grocery shopping (since I haven't cooked dinner all summer), and last but not least, creating charts to help us be more organized! I have done SO many charts I really don't stick to just one. I try many, and throughout the year. It seems whenever I do a new one, we (the children) become more interested. This year I have taken on the Dugger Jurisdiction method. Each child gets a "jurisdiction" or "area" they are in charge of. And they are then responsible for that area. Here is our chart.
So you can see I use both pictures and words for my younger ones still mastering reading. If you have the kitchen it consists of wiping down counters and unloading and re-loading dishwasher. Bathroom consists of wiping down counter (with clorox wipes, I buy generic for half the price and they use one a night) leaving NO toothpaste behind-including the sinks! And wiping down toilet and floor in case there is water left behind from bath time. Outside consists of picking up towels and hanging them up to dry and picking up all the clothes left behind from changing into swimsuits...and last but not least great room is cleaning up that area by putting back pillows on sofa, picking up any toys, shoes, cups, etc. This helps me with chores and the only reward is getting your dessert! Done with stickers and rewards costing me more than hiring someone to do it for me!

Then, I made a Routine Chart which kids use to keep them on track in the morning. I think I should make a night routine chart as well. It went really well this morning and I didn't have to repeat my self a thousand times!  I got the idea from How Does She? I created this on Printshop like they said and got most of the pics from the site they offered. I also looked some up on Google.  I think I have to tweak it a bit and add a few things, but this is just a good reference for the kids to get used to a routine again. I like this procedure because I don't have to stick stickers on 10 different things 4x! 

My little man looking SO big in this picture!

My sweet pea starting full day...where has the time gone?

The lover of the family...biggest heart I've ever met;) Big boy today!

Little spit fire waiting to join the big wigs at school...we had to pretend with a sign!!!

The same spot I have taken pictures of all my Kindergartners!

Besties in class together! So cute are these two!

Mrs. Reagan...has had all my kids so far!

She's ready!

Niko had A LOT of books on his desk this morning!

Snuck in at lunch and caught these two sitting together in the cafeteria...caught Kenzi in the middle of lunch...literally!!!

So after all this work, we had a successful morning! Hurray! Love these moments, trying to soak them up and breath them in! Will savor these for as long as I am allowed! Enjoy! And I hope you had a wonderful First Day...

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Sitting here watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians, an old episode, but one that I might remember for a bit.  One that spurred me to my blog to write. During this particular episode Kris Jennar, the mom who has really been the brains behind this family realizes how she is missing these "moments" of her teenage daughter's lives and how she wants to be a part of those "moments" before there aren't any to be a part of. And I thought about my week I just had. Full of parties for friends and clients, ups and downs, and moments. Moments that will shape who I am. Moments with friends, family, and events going on all around us. I took this picture today after I took the kids school supply shopping. This was a moment I thought about a lot today. Here my kids are excited about picking out pencils, glue, binders, paper, etc. Excited to pick out a pink scissor and the package of markers that had their favorite color. Excited about their outfit that will shape this first day of school picture that mom always takes in front of the black door with a sign. And I think about their faces and how this moment was captured and one I will hold on to dearly. Simple moment in my life that makes me excited for all the moments we will have together. Life can be so good with these moments we continue to create. So instead of folding the 5 loads of laundry awaiting me, I am enjoying this moment that puts a smile on my face. A peaceful house, sleeping children who were exhausted tonight, sleeping hubby who loves me so much it humbles me. This moment of pure happiness, totally enjoying it, blogging it, remembering, anticipating even more. Moments...we have so many moments, don't want to miss a single one.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

This has gotta be a good life, good life

This past weekend I was able to enjoy a care-free life with  my hubby for 4 days! We lived it up in Vegas and played like we were 21 years old and had no responsibility to anyone! We laughed, we danced, we hung out. Just me and him and some close friends as we celebrated our 10 year anniversary. It was like we were boyfriend and girlfriend once again! I just loved our time. Had our make-up done everyday after lounging by the pool all day, tanned, mani/pedi, hair made up, dresses and heals every night. Lots of fun was had by all! And of course, it ended all too soon and we were quickly thrown back into the swing of life. Life...this life we try to escape from for a few days and rest and re-energize ourselves and our relationships. This life that we do everyday to the best of our ability. This life that we wake up to everyday and re-live over and over. We wake up, start our day, face our challenges, enjoy our coffees, our jobs, our house, our activities, drop off, pick ups, try new things, make dinner, clean up dinner, clean up ourselves, our house, and go to sleep to wake up and do it again. Vacation just takes us away for a small moment and give us renewed energy to keep doing it. Everyone needs a break, a time to NOT live our lives. We came back on Monday in the afternoon...came home to my 4 babies, my stowaway, and my niece and nephew-break was over immediately! Oh, but this much we love it...this has gotta be a good life. Left the glitz and glam, the pampering, the dressing up and feeling like a pretty young thing, back in Vegas and put my workout clothes on, no make-up, flip-flops, ponytail, sweated all day long taking kids to camp, entertaining them with water parks, ice cream, and laughter...this has gotta be a good good life. Good, good life.
We have 12 kids between the three of us! This has gotta be a good life!