Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dinner tonight

Normally we eat dinner around 5pm.  I don't know why we didn't today; other than having a big lunch and I just wasn't hungry.  The boys internal dinner clock went off but I told them they had to wait.  Well, they waited, and waited, and waited.  Finally, Pastor Husband gets home from prayer and we still hadn't had dinner (he got home around 8:30).  At 9pm I was convinced these fellas weren't going to let me off the hook so, 4 hours late, I go to the kitchen to find something. 

By this time I don't want to cook.  I open the pantry door and start digging.  We're not as low as I had wanted to be after my pantry challenge, thanks in part to blessings from others and in part to failure on my part.  Anyway, I find two bags of "prepared" fettucine alfredo.  All I have to do is add water, milk, and pop it in the microwave.  Ok, I can handle that.  I also had some frozen broccoli in the freezer.  Yep.  That's what I whipped up tonight.  Probably not the healthiest but I'm standing my ground that at least it had a veggie in it...and milk!

Here's how it rated:
Pastor Husband gives it a thumbs up but he wouldn't want it every day.
Oliver gives it a thumbs up with, "Wow mom!  I love you and I loved dinner!  I want some more!"
Noah gives it a thumbs down and made himself a sandwich.
Me?  I liked it.  It tasted pretty good but would have been better with chicken chunks and some kind of seasoning.

All in all, I guess we can call this a win.  At least we ate, even if the boys were up 2 hours past their bedtime waiting on mom.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

More Pantry Challenge

Well, I figured I wouldn't be all that faithful blogging about our pantry challenge.  I also figured we wouldn't do all that great.  Well, we've done much better than what I thought!  LOL...probably helps that we're broke, huh?  ;)

Today for breakfast we had something from the grocery store.  Doughnuts from Albertsons.  Ok, that's one of our not so good moments.  Lunch was ham sandwiches.  Dinner tonight was extra cheesey cheeseburger macaroni.  I added garlic to mine.  Mmmmmmmm good!

Tomorrow will be an unusual day for us because Pastor Husband has a doctor appointment.  I'm going to figure out something easy for breakfast in the morning, after I balance our checkbook I'll decide what we'll do for lunch, and I'll throw something in the crockpot for dinner.  IF we have the money, we'll go out for lunch somewhere cheap.  Think Cici's Pizza.  If not, I'll make some sandwiches and take bottles of water to drink.  Everyone but little man #2 will have ham (no cheese since that little snot ate all of our sliced cheese today).  Little man #2 will have an almond butter sandwich.  I'm hoping I can trick him into drinking a refilled bottle of water.  I'll be thinking in the next little bit (while I'm being tortured watching High School Musical 3) what I'll be putting in the crockpot.  Guess that depends on what is available too. 

Everyone have a blessed day!  Enjoy what God has blessed you with!

Happy belated Mothers Day to me!

Pastor Husband forgot he bought me a Mother's Day gift a few months ago.  He ended up giving it to me yesterday.  I LOVE it!  It's a three movie set of....Gidget movies!  It's got Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiin, and Gidget Goes to Rome.  I love me some Gidget movies.  They always make me want to learn to surf.  LOL

These movies also make me realize that I'm not a typical "gidget".  If you've seen the original, you know that gidget is a combined word for girl midget.  Mmmmm....no. I'm not a girl midget.  At 5'8" I'm actually kinda on the tall side.  Gidget is outdoorsy.  Yeah.  Not me.  I probably would be if I weren't so fair skinned.  I just burn so I prefer to stay inside.  Gidget had a boyish figure.  Ok, well, I have a big boyish figure; does that count?

Does any of that bother me?  Not really.  I love my name.  I haven't always but I do now.  It's young.  It's cute.  Somehow it also suits me.

Thank you, Pastor Husband and family for the great gift!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

God is good!

Pastor Husband and I have been under a lot of stress lately.  Satan wants to knock us down and keep us there.  God has other plans though.  God has GREAT plans for us.  It's really good to know that even when I don't know God's plan, HE is in control.  I don't have to worry.  LOL...I have enough of my Nanny in me that I do, but I don't HAVE to.  In fact, God doesn't want me to.  He wants me to just trust in Him.  That's something I'm working on.  Time after time I've seen God work miracles in our family and ya know what?  He'll do it again!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 9? of Pantry Challenge

For breakfast this morning we had bacon, eggs, and biscuits.  YUMMY!  Lunch was different for all of us.  Pastor husband wasn't here so he waited until dinner, kids had ramen soup, and I had three slices of bologna, three slices of cheese (american), and 2 TBSP of sour cream.  Yes, sour cream.  I love bologna, cheese, and sour cream.  Dinner was chipolte seasoned italian sausages from the freezer, mashed potatoes from the freezer, and salad.

While I'm doing this, I'm working to keep my blood sugar under control.  It's NOT easy to do since I have a lot of things I don't need to eat in my pantry.  Today has been good though.  It hasn't gotten over 174 (that was after the tators).  Not too bad!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 8 Pantry Challenge

Let me begin by saying I'm sorry for not doing better at posting about this.  I kinda have a lot going on right now.

Next, we were blessed by some friends with about $170 worth of groceries.  God is good!  Not sure how this effects our challenge, but I'll keep plugging away on it anyhow.

Today we kinda blew breakfast.  We had McGriddles on the way to Lubbock.  For lunch we had Nutella and PB (well, almond butter for Noah) sandwiches on the road.  I put dinner in the crockpot before we left.  It was pork sirloin steaks and stuffing mix with cream of celery soup (and a can of water).  I've made this before and it turned out fine.  This time it was a mess!  The steak was falling apart and the stuffing was on the runny side.  Soooooo, not wanting to have to toss all that food, I mixed it all up, plated it, put some whole cranberry sauce on top and called it pork chop casserole.  It was a hit!  Pastor husband had seconds.  It was good if I do say so myself. 

What's on the menu for tomorrow?  Probably a big breakfast with biscuits, eggs, and bacon.  Lunch of SPAM taco salad and dinner...hmmmm...I don't know yet.  I need to see what's in the fridge freezer that needs to be used up.  ;)  I'll let ya know what I find.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pantry Challenge

This morning it was a cold cereal day.  Lunch was a bust...we bought burritos.  I forgot to take out the pork chops to thaw so we didn't have that for dinner.  Of course the kids immediate response was "let's go OUT for dinner!"  Um, no.  I went in the kitchen and found some soup and biscuit mix.  I mixed the canned soups, a can of stew, and put it in a baking dish.  I mixed up the garlic cheddar biscuit mix and added some regular baking mix and made a topping.  Put it across the soups by the spoonful then baked at 400 for almost an hour.  YUM!  Everyone liked it save Noah.  Oh well.  Can't please them all.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 2 of 30 Day Pantry Challenge

Here's what we had today:
Breakfast--Eggs, sausage, and biscuits with coffee and/or milk
Lunch--a boxed "complete" meal
Snack--movie theater size dill pickles
Dinner--tacos (I had preseasoned ground turkey, some lettuce, canned tomatoes, and premade taco shells), black beans (canned), and spanish rice (from a mix).

Tomorrow I'm planning to do oatmeal for breakfast, Tuna helper for lunch, and stuffed pork chops for dinner.  I'll let y'all know how that goes. 

Right now this is easy.  Might not be so easy further into the month.  I plan to empty the fridge freezer before I dig into my big upright.  It's at the church and I'm not even sure what all I have in there besides some ground beef and milk.  I know there are a few veggies but I'm not sure what exactly.   I wanted to make a casserole that I learned from my sister in law but I don't have any butter crackers.  Oh well.  We'll figure something out.  Maybe one day a broccoli and rice casserole.

Hmmmmmm...love making plans.  :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

30 day pantry challenge

I am borrowing this from Anna at Molding Minds Homeschool and taking my own family on this challenge.  Here's what we're doing:

The Challenge: Eat mostly out of our pantry and freezer stockpile. Shop only for fresh fruit/veggies, dairy, and bread.

The Rules: Besides shopping only for the above each week, we will not be eating out at all the rest of the month except for the two special occasions that happen this month. We went out today for Mother's Day and will go out again around May 21 for our 16 year wedding anniversary (which shouldn't cost anything since we have a gift card).  I will pack us a lunch for everything else.

The Budget: $100 for the entire month. This includes $15 that I spent this morning at Albertsons

The Goal: To not only use up what we have neglected or forgotten in the pantry and the freezer but to also teach the kids good stewardship of the resources we have been blessed with. We will be no doubt be getting creative as the month goes on, so it will be a chance for us to work together to find unique alternatives for the foods we have.

I have to admit, I'm a little nervous about this but since our budget is REALLY limited, we're going to go for it.  The good news is I bought 5 gallons of milk this morning and we have 2 in our freezer.  I also have the stuff to bake bread and a stockpile of hamburger buns (don't ask).  LOL...we may end up eating oatmeal for breakfast every day or being REALLY creative for breakfast. 

I'll try to remember to update daily but please don't hold your breath.  You might pass out!


I bought new curriculum in January.  I was really excited about it and couldn't wait to use it.  Now I'm not so crazy about it.  I've been trying to sell it but it just hasn't sold.  I had prayed about it to begin with and really felt like it's what God wanted me to use.  I'm starting to think I was right!  LOL...I've decided that if it doesn't sell, I'm just going to keep it and start it in the fall.  Maybe it just wasn't the right time to start it for my family.  I'm praying that God shows me.

I have sold quite a bit though.  Stuff we really weren't using anymore.  It's really nice to let go and bless someone else with it.  Some of it we used and really loved.  Some of it we never used at all.  Most of it I didn't pay retail for and it's a blessing to me that the people buying my stuff aren't having to pay retail either. They're all getting great deals! 

Even if I don't use the curriculum I was going to switch to, I'm so thankful for the opportunity to homeschool my children.  It gives me great pleasure and I know God has a great plan for our homeschool...no matter what is used to teach them.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Beginnings and Endings

Ok, so I've been meaning to blog about the Royal Wedding.  I just haven't taken the time to do it.  Now Osama bin Laden is dead.  Decisions decisions!  So, I thought I can just do both.

The week ended with the marriage of Prince William to his beautiful bride, Kate Middleton.  Yes, I was up at 3 a.m. watching.  How did I differ from everyone else who watched?  My wonderful husband stayed up the entire night watching while I slept on the sofa.  He woke me up for everything he knew I wanted to see.  THAT, my friends, is love!

The wedding was beautiful.  Kate's dress was divine.  I loved it!  IMHO it was much prettier than Princess Diana's.  Dutchess Catherine's dress was timeless. 

Wanna know my favorite part????  That they drove off together, him driving her, the car decorated, just like everyone else in the world.  So sweet.  So normal.

I pray that they grow old together.

So we ended the week with a new marriage.  A new beginning.

Today is the start of our week.  We get to begin our week with the ending of a life.  Osama bin Laden is dead!  It seems weird to be glad of someone's death.  Yes, I am glad he is dead.  I'm glad the US military is responsible for his death.  I am proud to be an American!

I also have to mourn.  Mourn a soul gone to hell.  I know I don't know for sure that he didn't, at the end of his life ask Jesus into his heart, but I think it's something we can be relatively sure of.  It really does make me sad for anyone to go to hell.  I want everyone to know the joy of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ.  Jesus died for us all.  Even Osama bin Laden.  How sad it must make our Savior when someone, even someone as evil as bin Laden, dies and goes to hell.

So, I leave you with this tonight...if you don't know Jesus, meet him.  Accept him.  Admit your sins and ask him into your heart.  Don't let it wait.

If you know Jesus, tell people what He's done for you.