Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie
  DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY 11/11 YOGURT SALADS BACON CHEESEBURGER HAMBURGER HELPER NOT!
TUESDAY 11/12 TOAST C.O.R.N. NOT YOUR MOM’S TUNA/CHICKEN CASSEROLE
WEDNESDAY 11/13 YOGURT SOUP SEAFOOD CASSEROLE EXTRAORDINAIRE
THURSDAY 11/14 FRUIT CHEESE & FRUIT ITALIAN SAUSAGE BAKE
FRIDAY 11/15 CEREAL SALAD C.O.R.N
SATURDAY 11/16 CARAMELIZED BACON and ONION FRITTATA OUT APPLE DAPPLE CHICKEN
SUNDAY 11/17 PEANUT BUTTER and JELLY PANCAKES C.O.R.N SLOPPY JOES
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MY DAYBOOK for HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY

Happy Homemaker MondayIt’s been awhile since I felt like I was in my regular routine.  It’s time to try and get back into the groove of things.

THE SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK is hosted by Peggy &

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY is hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home MOM

Outside my window/WEATHER… VERY little sun is peeking through smokey hazy skies as firefighters continue to battle and are finally winning the “Mountain Fire”.  As soon as they have it completely contained I am going to have to wash down the house starting at the roof peak and the pool will have to be REALLY cleaned as the ash is settling into the water and filter.

I am thinking… it’s a going to be a busy day as I continue to wade through the paperwork that has accumulated on my desktop.

I am thankful for my family and their love.

In the kitchen… we have a few more new recipes still brewing for the July menu and I’m starting on some new ones for August too.  I’ll post the successful ones on my food blog ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA.

  • Ritzy Cheddar Chicken
  • Lemon Cream Chicken
  • Potato Crusted Tilapia
  • Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken

I’M WEARING… a swimsuit and coverup.

I’M CREATING… some quilt pieces that have been needing finished for a while (I just have problems sitting for any length of time due to the scar tissue from my cancer surgery), Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time and I’m also creating some new recipes. Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAYRitzy Cheddar Chicken
TUESDAYLemon Cream Chicken
WEDNESDAYPotato Crusted Tilapia
THURSDAYGarlic & Brown Sugar Chicken
FRIDAY –OUT
SATURDAY – BIL’s surprise birthday party
SUNDAY –  C.O.R.N. 

I am going… to BIL’s surprise birthday party and am looking forward to seeing family we’ve been missing.I am wondering… just who to contact next regarding the VA mess – seems like we’re always starting over.

MY READING LIST… love my kindle paperwhite and have been enjoying a new author (at least to me) Marie Force.  Since Christmas I have devoured every book she ever wrote.

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  ALL ON DVR SO I CAN SKIP THE COMMERCIALS LATER

  • FALLING SKIES
  • DROP DEAD DIVA
  • RIZZOLI AND ISLES
  • FRANKLIN & BASH
  • ROYAL PAINS
  • LONGMIRE
  • THE GLADES
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH and many more…

I am hoping… things turn around soon

I am looking forward to… getting away for a few days next month for our anniversary.

I am learning… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

Around the house… were finishing a few projects.

I am praying… to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A favorite quote for todayDreams are only thoughts you didn’t have time to think about during the day. ~Author Unknown

  • my morning coffee
  • cooler weather
  • my kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done 

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • getting into a new exercise routine to keep getting my energy back
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture from my camera this week… I had my golden shaved for the oppressive heat this summer and she just looks so darned cute with her paws crossed so politely.

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LEMONS to LEMONADE, MY NEW MANTRA FOREVER AS I TRAVEL DOWN LIFE’S CRAZY ROAD

Life's crazy roadMany of you know that despite my normally always positive outlook on life I have not always been the healthiest of people. Years and years ago I began a life style change that would make today’s college student cringe when I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus during college. I gave up processed food, fast food, drinking and excessive sweets. It worked! I was able to get off most medications, started feeling better and was able to live life to a fuller extent.

I followed a stringent preventative schedule, got well woman exams, took my vitamins, followed a healthy diet and yet several years later was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Miracle of all miracles and a volleyball sized tumor later, my wonderful surgeon got all of the cancer and I began to breathe AND live again as I recovered from surgery.

During the surgery they discovered a Hiatal Hernia, but let it be since the cancer was more important. It was a long surgery with a 10 inch scar to remind me everyday how blessed I am to still be among the living. It was also a long recovery with a multitude of side affects along the way.

As I got stronger and began to live again, the Hiatal Hernia reared its ugly head and made me more and more miserable. The pain and side affects increased day by day and eventually led to a new surgery last June. This surgery was a Nissen Fundoplication that ended in stomach reconstruction when they needed to remove several inches of shredded esophagus and build a new valve. It also left me on a liquid diet for several months. Even after that I have been slowly adding food by food to test my ability to tolerate and digest certain foods – kind of like teaching a baby to eat one food at a time. Recovering from yet another surgery left me fighting for my strength and energy. Water Aerobics and walking became my daily friend and life saver.

The first side affect that is really making life difficult is searing pain. Until recently I was seriously afraid the cancer was back. But after a recent CT scan I’m told there is no sign of recurring metastatic disease. Yet they did manage to find a few other things! DAMN it’s always something. FLD for one. What is FLD aka Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease? Well it’s something I shouldn’t have given how well I eat! But, yet I have it. I will be going for a Cardiac CT scan in the near future to determine if my life is about to change yet again by adding a dreaded lifetime drug to maintain the FLD.

Then comes the second of the side affects that bothers even more, my vision. After the first surgery one of the doctors mentioned that changes in my vision might happen and recommended not changing to contacts right away. Unfortunately I did begin to see changes and my sight was getting worse, blurry and distorted close up. I recently met with a new eye doctor and was told I have a macular hole. Between the eye doctor, my primary and my new oncologist we all agree on one thing – there is NO good reason that these things are happening to me – I eat well, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of exercise and rest.

So here we go for more drastic changes. ALL my adult life my mantra has been about turning lemons into lemonade and some days I find it difficult to understand how it is even possible that the pitcher of lemonade is still half full and able to replenish itself. I do realize I would do whatever was necessary to stay healthy and be able to care for my family. I’ve been given a list of supplements to add to my diet, to eat even more fish, fruit, leafy greens and told to wear sunglasses ALL the time. The rest I’m choosing to do as I continue to deal with adding foods to my diet and dealing with new conditions that can’t be eliminated, but CAN BE controlled.

Being removed from my diet on a regular basis is bread in general, red meat as a whole, fast food (what little I eat) and ALL processed food!  Now you might notice on future menus red meat recipes, but that’s okay as I won’t force hubby to adapt to my new ways all the time.

PERMANENT MENU REVISIONS

menu planning 2013Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie


DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY 2/25 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA & ORANGE LEMON GLAZED RED SNAPPER, BROCCOLINI, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & SALAD
TUESDAY 2/26 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS & SNAP PEAS
PINK LEMON CHICKEN, BROCCOLINI 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & SALAD
WEDNESDAY 2/27 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA & ORANGE AVOCADO SALAD, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & ROAST CHICKEN
THURSDAY 2/28 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS & SNAP PEAS CRAB SALAD, TOMATOES, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & SNAP PEAS
FRIDAY 3/1 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT CRAB SALAD ROCKFISH COD, SPINACH SALAD, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & FRUIT SALAD
SATURDAY 3/2 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA & ORANGE BAKED WHITE FISH, BROCCOLINI, TOMATO SLICES & SNAP PEAS
SUNDAY 3/3 SCRAMBLED EGGS PROTEIN DRINK MAHI MAHI IN ORANGE SAUCE, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS, BROCCOLINI & SALAD
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HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY ~ SIMPLE WOMAN & MENU PLANS

Happy Homemaker MondayDIARY OF A STAY AT HOME MOM

Outside my window/WEATHER… a light rain is falling and fog is still hugging the pavement AGAIN.

I’M THINKING… about the future.

I’M THANKFUL… for my family and their love as well as my renewed health.

IN THE KITCHEN… we have a few new recipes brewing for the February/March menu.
I’ll post the successful ones as we go.

  • CASHEW CHICKEN
  • COWBOY BURGERS
  • CHINESE HAMBURGER HASH
  • INDONESIAN PORK
  • SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN
  • CHINESE STEW
  • SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF
  • DRUNKEN PORK CHOPS
  • PORK BURGERS
  • CHOCOLATE CHICKEN
  • JAMAICAN CHICKEN SANDWICHES
  • PUERTA RICAN CHICKEN STEW
  • AUSTRIAN CHICKEN STREUDEL
  • FIESTA CHICKEN & RICE

I’M WEARING… very worn levis, a gray turtleneck and cozy socks.

I’M CREATING… some quilt pieces that have been needing finished for a while (I just have problems sitting for any length of time due to the scar tissue from my cancer surgery), Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time and I’m also creating some new recipes.

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie


DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY 2/18 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA LEMON PARMESAN CHICKEN
TUESDAY 2/19 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD C.O.R.N.
WEDNESDAY 2/20 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA PINK LEMON CHICKEN
THURSDAY 2/21 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT BRAUNSWIEGER BBQ CHICKEN IN BBQ SAUCE
FRIDAY 2/22 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD BAKED TACOS
SATURDAY 2/23 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA C.O.R.N.
SUNDAY 2/24 PANCAKES C.O.R.N. SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN

I’M GOING… to the eye doctor, grocery store and for a walk.

I AM WONDERING…when we’ll wrap up this VA mess – seems like we’re always starting over.

MY READING LIST… Marie Force’s The McCarthys of Gansett Island

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  is a long list, but that’s the beauty of all of them being on the DVR – we can do series marathons on rainy days and still skip the commercials

  • BUNHEADS
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
  • BONES
  • CASTLE
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LOS ANGELES
  • RISSOLI & ISLES
  • VEGAS
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • ARROW
  • L & O SVU
  • CHICAGO FIRE
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • PERSON OF INTEREST
  • SCANDAL
  • ELEMENTARY
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST
  • CSI NY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • THE MENTALIST
  • ZERO HOUR

I’M HOPING… SPRING IS ON THE WAY

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO… THE JEFF DUNHAM CONCERT NEXT MONTH. I got hubby tickets for his birthday.

I’M LEARNING… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

AROUND THE HOUSE… organization is finally winning – rooms are being painted, baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I’M PRAYING… for a meeting of the minds and less political interaction between friends.

A FAVORITE QUOTE…

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.   ~Hannah More

SOME my favorite things

  • my morning coffee
  • my new kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • painting
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture from my camera this weekGunner & Bear

 

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY / MENU PLANNING

Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

 

Outside my window/WEATHERa light rain is falling and fog is still hugging the pavement.

I am thinking…it’s going to be a long week!

I am thankful… for my family and their love.

In the kitchen… we have a few new recipes still brewing for the January menu.  
I’ll post the successful ones on my food blog ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA.

  • Kentucky Hot Browns 
  • Cream of Tomato Soup w/ Rice
  • Cream of Vegetable Soup
  • Pork Chops w/ Roasted Apple & Onions

I’M WEARING… very worn levis, my comfiest turtleneck and cozy socks.

I’M CREATING… some organization for the VA files, recipe files and various other paperwork, some quilt pieces that have been needing finished for a while (I just have problems sitting for any length of time due to the scar tissue from my cancer surgery), Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time and I’m also creating some new recipes.

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie


DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
Monday 1/28 Cereal Sandwiches Marry Me Champagne Chicken
Tuesday 1/29
Toast C.O.R.N. Week Night Chicken Enchiladas
Wednesday 1/30
Yogurt Soup Chile Lime Chicken Patties with Lime Remoulade Sauce 
Thursday 1/31
Fruit Cheese & Fruit Experiment Night
Friday 2/1
Oatmeal Sandwiches Fried Egg Sandwiches
Saturday 2/2
Hash Brown Ham and Cheese Quiche Out C.O.R.N.
Sunday 2/3
Baked Eggs C.OR.N. Roasted Red Pepper and Ham Statas

I am going… nowhere until I’m done scanning in ALL the VA documents and composing more letters to our congressman in hopes of clearing things up – yay, like that’s going to happen, but I have to follow procedure.  For every step forward we seem to take 3 backwards!  This week though we’re moving onto multiple letters.

I am wondering… just who to contact next regarding the VA mess.  We’re finally meeting up with a new service officer this morning – seems like we’re always starting over.

MY READING LIST… 

  • Cook’s Illustrated The Science of Good Cooking
  • The 4 Hour Chef
  • The Fortune Quilt

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  is a long list, but that’s the beauty of all of them being on the DVR – we can do series marathons on rainy days and still skip the commercials

  • BUNHEADS
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
  • BONES
  • CASTLE
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LOS ANGELES
  • RISSOLI & ISLES
  • VEGAS
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • ARROW
  • L & O SVU
  • CHICAGO FIRE
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • PERSON OF INTEREST
  • SCANDAL 
  • ELEMENTARY
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST
  • CSI NY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • THE MENTALIST

I am hoping… things turn around soon

I am looking forward to… getting away for a few days next month.

I am learning… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

Around the house… organization is finally winning – rooms are being painted, baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I am praying… to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A favorite quote for today

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt 

SOME my favorite things 

  • my morning coffee
  • my new kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done 

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • getting into a new exercise routine to keep getting my energy back
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture from my camera this week… this guy has been hanging around for several weeks.  I’ve been trying to get a picture of him in the backyard, but he’s always too quick for me.  I did catch him on the power pole out back though.  He loves to annoy the dogs!

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WEEKLY MENU

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
Monday 5/21 Cereal Sandwiches Marry Me Champagne Chicken
Tuesday 5/22

Toast C.O.R.N. Week Night Chicken Enchiladas
Wednesday 5/23

Yogurt Soup Chile Lime Chicken Patties with Lime Remoulade Sauce 
Thursday
5/24


Fruit Cheese & Fruit Fruity Chicken Salad
Friday
5/25


Oatmeal Sandwiches English Pea and Ricotta Tarts
Saturday 5/26

Hash Brown Ham and Cheese Quiche Out Chicken and Sugar snap Pea Stir Fry
Sunday
5/27


Baked Eggs C.OR.N. Roasted Red Pepper and Ham Statas
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WEEKLY MENU

NEVER GOT TO THIS MENU A FEW WEEKS AGO, SO WE’RE TRYING IT AGAIN.

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
Monday 5/14 CEREAL SANDWICHES KRAB AND PEA FRITTERS with SCALLION SOUR CREAM
Tuesday 5/15 TOAST LEFTOVERS SAUCY SPICY BBQ CHICKEN WINGS
Wednesday 5/16 YOGURT SOUP APPLE PIZZA
Thursday 5/17 FRUIT CHEESE & FRUIT BEER & CHEDDAR FONDUE with CHICKEN CHUNKS & CRUSTY SOURDOUGH
Friday 5/18 OATMEAL SANDWICHES GREEK SALAD SKEWERS
Saturday 5/19 BACON & EGGS LEFTOVERS CABBAGE, LEEK & BACON TART
Sunday 5/20 PANCAKES C.OR.N. PARMESAN LEMON CHICKEN
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WEEKLY MENU

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
Monday 4/30 CEREAL SANDWICHES KRAB AND PEA FRITTERS with SCALLION SOUR CREAM
Tuesday 5/1 TOAST LEFTOVERS ASIAN BBQ CHICKEN WINGS
Wednesday 5/2 YOGURT SOUP APPLE PIZZA
Thursday 5/3 FRUIT CHEESE & FRUIT BEER & CHEDDAR FONDUE with CHICKEN CHUNKS & CRUSTY SOURDOUGH
Friday 5/4 OATMEAL SANDWICHES GREEK SALAD SKEWERS
Saturday 5/5 BACON & EGGS LEFTOVERS CABBAGE, LEEK & BACON TART
Sunday 5/6 PANCAKES C.OR.N. LEMON SAGE CHICKEN
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WEEKLY MENUS

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
Monday 4/23 CEREAL SANDWICHES CHICKEN MARSALA 
Tuesday 4/24 TOAST LEFTOVERS CHICKEN FRIED CHICKEN with PEPPERED GRAVY
Wednesday 4/25 YOGURT SOUP CARIBBEAN PORK CHOPS
Thursday 4/26 FRUIT CHEESE & FRUIT GOLDEN FUNGUS BURGERS
Friday 4/27 OATMEAL SANDWICHES MORROCAN BEEF and NOODLES
Saturday 4/28 HASH BROWN HAM and CHEESE QUICHE LEFTOVERS CHICKEN WELLINGTONS
Sunday 4/29 EGGS ala ROOSEVELT aka DEPRESSION EGGS C.O.R.N. CHICKEN SCAMPI
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