2016 Meal Plans

December 25-31 Meal Plan

December 18 – 24, 2016 meal plan

December 11-17, 2016 meal plan

December 4-10, 2016 meal plan

November 27 – December 3, 2016 meal plan

January 1-7, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Overnight Coffee Cake

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Dinner:

New Year’s Meal: Brown Sugar & Honey Glazed Ham, Black Eyed Peas, Greens, Hoe Cakes, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Snacks/Desserts:

popcorn


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Fix It and Forget It Crockpot Chicken30 minute Rolls

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fresh fruit

Dinner:

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Muffins (This meal didn’t get made last week so I just moved it to this week.)

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, fresh veggies w/ranch

Dinner:

Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread **changed for National Spaghetti Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Oatmeal Pie


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Grilled Cheese w/sliced fruit & fresh veggies

Dinner:

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

7 layer cookies


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Upside-Down Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Saturday

Breakfast:

Dutch Puff w/syrup, fruit

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Chicken  Tamales, Yellow Rice, Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

Oh my! This is such a wonderful dessert. I learned this recipe back in Home Ec. I’ve enjoyed making it for a long time now. It is pretty rich so we don’t eat it very often but the kids consider it a real treat when we do. Try this drizzled with some Homemade Caramel Sauce for an extra special treat. Continue reading “Hot Fudge Sundae Cake”

Homemade Chocolate Syrup (with healthier options)

Chocolate should definitely have its own place in the food pyramid. This homemade syrup is so good and can be used for so many things like chocolate milk, over ice cream, on Protein Power Pancakes (3 variations), and on Hot Fudge Sundae Cake! With our updated version this is even better for you than before so you can still enjoy some of those sweet treats while on your journey to becoming healthier.

You can whip up a batch, or two, and keep it in the fridge for those special occasions. Continue reading “Homemade Chocolate Syrup (with healthier options)”

Upside-Down Meatloaf

This has got to be my number one favorite meatloaf recipe. We usually serve it with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. The whole family enjoys this one and even likes to have meatloaf sandwiches if there are leftovers. Sometimes I add a pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix to this. Continue reading “Upside-Down Meatloaf”

7 layer cookies

I love cookies, don’t you? I’ve seen different variations of this one and I am sure they are all delicious. You can play around with the ingredients and make it to your liking. Continue reading “7 layer cookies”

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake

My kids love pizza but with so many kids it can get rather expensive. This is a treat they like and it doesn’t cost me an arm or a leg to make. Add a salad to make it a filling meal.

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/3 c. Original Bisquick™ mix (from a 2 lb 8 oz box)
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 jar (14 oz) pizza sauce
  • 1 package (7 oz) sliced pepperoni
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, or the pizza blend

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Spray 13×9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix the Bisquick and milk until soft dough forms.

Drop half of the dough by spoonfuls evenly in the bottom of the baking dish (dough will not completely cover the bottom of the dish).

Drizzle about 1 cup pizza sauce over dough.

Arrange half of the pepperoni slices evenly over sauce.

Top with 1 cup of cheese.

Repeat layers with remaining dough, pizza sauce, pepperoni, and cheese.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown, biscuits in the center are cooked, and cheese in the center is bubbly.

Oatmeal Pie

I absolutely love this pie! I’m not sure where I came across the recipe but it looked interesting and I am so glad I gave it a try. I normally have to make two of these at a time as they get gobbled up quickly. (This is good with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream as well.) Continue reading “Oatmeal Pie”

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This is one of my favorite cakes! I love the combination of pineapple and brown sugar together. I set this up to have every year as part of our New Year’s dinner. We also have it a time or two during the year.

This can also be made in cupcake pans for individual servings. Continue reading “Pineapple Upside-Down Cake”

Overnight Coffee Cake

This is a recipe that I found a while back. It is really good and smells so wonderful first thing in the morning. I have changed the original recipe around a little bit though. This would make a great freezer meal as well! Continue reading “Overnight Coffee Cake”

Reflections of 2016

Can you believe that this year is almost gone? I can’t but I am ready to start 2017 with a fresh, positive, and energized outlook. I know in my heart that this new year will be better than last year. I also know that God has some truly amazing things in store for me and my family. I can’t wait to see what He has planned for us in the upcoming months!

We have been through alot this past year. The year started off really rocky. There had been some nasty rumors and gossip that caused us to leave our church and lose contact with some people. It was also filled with some nasty messages, hateful comments, and posts from people who chose to believe the rumors.

I’ve learned to forgive even if you don’t feel that they deserve forgiveness. Forgiveness lets you move on and heal from the pain.

My oldest daughter finished up boot camp and then DD17 and DS21 took a road trip to Missouri to bring her back home. Then we had a lot planning to do for DD19’s wedding. It was really hard to stay strong for my kids and my family but I refused to let the chaos and nastiness get me down.

I filed for divorce after being separated for nearly 2 years. It was a painful and difficult decision that I prayed a lot over. It was not the outcome I wanted but it was what needed to be done at the time to protect my family and myself from his behaviors and actions. We have come a long way since then and are working to be the best parents we can be to our children.

I am learning to be content in whatever situation I am in and wherever I may be. I will change the things I can change, focus my attention on God, and let Him handle the things I have no control over.

Our family got larger with the additions of a niece and a nephew, both of which I absolutely adore. There was a camping trip where I got to go salt water fishing for the first time and I loved every minute of it. This was a welcome relief prior to the stresses of the wedding where we had last minute changes that threatened to ruin the whole thing. I am pleased to say that it was a success and it is now a beautiful memory for us to cherish.

During those stressful times I found out who my true friends were and became closer to my best friend. She really came through for me when I needed her. I had another friend who also came through and was a lifesaver, quite literally, and he was the calm in my storm on a few occasions.

There was a brief romance where my already tender heart was shredded and ripped apart. This was harder on me than my divorce as it came at me unexpectedly and then it was over without any warning or explanation. I lost someone who I considered to be one of my best friends with the end of that relationship. I know that my questions will continue to go unanswered and I know that there would never be anyway to get back what it was that we had. It still brings tears to my eyes but I do treasure the moments we had.

I am learning that it is much easier not to question God when something happens but rather to embrace it and trust that He knows best. 

Then I attempted online dating which I quickly learned wasn’t for me. I did meet a couple of really nice people and I went on a couple of dates but we didn’t really click. I quickly found that dating by text is not for me either. I need to be able to see the person and hear their voice. I want to know that they are not a figment of my imagination. I did make a friend through the dating site and we still text on a semi-regular basis.

We had another camping trip where I took the five kids and myself. It was an adventure that we all enjoyed and thankfully survived. There was moment that I wasn’t sure if I would make it as I had fallen in the river. Luckily I had a life vest on and I was able to stay calm until someone was able to reach me. The crazy thing was that he was able to walk out to me but I was just a little bit too short to reach the bottom.I think I swallowed my yearly quota of river water that day.

I’ve had many more episodes of the gossip mill. There were days and weeks that I felt I should just write a soap opera about my life. I finally realized that the problem wasn’t really with me but with the ones who were starting and spreading the rumors. This was a big turning point for me and the way I handled the stress and drama from those situations. I also had some painful revelations about family and friends.

Then there was the flu bug that hit us around Thanksgiving. I was upset that we were not able to visit with family but fortunately God did give me the strength and supplies to make our own impromptu dinner. I wasn’t able to eat but I made up for that at Christmas dinner with my daughter and son-in-law. That was definitely a dinner to remember as the police showed up twice!

I have learned to be ready to receive a blessing at any moment and any time.

These are just some of the ups and downs of my past year. There have been a lot of firsts like the salt water fishing, a low country boil (I actually had twice this year), and online dating. I can say that I have lived, loved, been loved, and have been truly blessed. Life has taught me a lot about myself, relationships, and God’s will for my life. There have been many surprises, good and bad, but all in all it was a wonderful year.

I hope you can also look back on the past year and see what has happened. Take a moment to reflect on what you’ve experienced and then think about what you want to experience in the 2017. I pray that each and every one of you will be blessed abundantly in the upcoming year. I pray that God will touch your lives and supply your needs, whatever they may be.

 

 

 

Mississippi Pot Roast

I’ve had this recipe for a while but I forgot where I got it from originally. I love this recipe as it is so easy to put together and throw in the crockpot. Not to mention the fact that it smells AMAZING! We usually serve it with mashed potatoes and veggies. Continue reading “Mississippi Pot Roast”