Monday, June 29, 2015

Menu Monday!


Summer is here pretty early for our area. So I'm focusing on quick meals, easy meals.. and meals that can be prepared outside such as grilling or putting the crockpot or roaster oven on the deck to cook instead of heating up the house and perhaps a little more use of the deli! Ha, ha!!


Monday
Spaghetti & meatballs, french bread, salad

Tuesday
Crockpot orange & garlic chicken, buttered pasta, salad

Wednesday
BBQ (still planning)

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Crockpot tater tot casserole, fruit platter

Saturday
4th of July BBQ & party at our home: burgers, hotdogs, potato salad, watermelon, s'mores

Sunday
Leftovers

 
 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tragedy...


On Saturday evening last week I was in the garden planting my corn starts. I heard the siren of the local fire department going off. I always wonder what is happening when I hear it. Typically I never learn what happened. But, a bit after I heard the siren I heard emergency vehicles like crazy. Shortly after that I saw the life flight helicopter landing at the local school yard. It is the only flat place in our area for it to land. I knew at that moment it was bad.

I learned later that evening from friends that live in the area that it had been a head on collision right down at the end of my road on the main highway. A truck went over the center line and collided with a minivan. A family. They had been in our area on vacation. Had just spent a fun day in the area taking a boat tour and heading back home, near Seattle Wa. The father and 3 of his children died in the accident. The driver of the truck that crossed over the center line died at the scene.

It really hurt me to hear about this happening so close to my house. A horrible tragedy to a family I did not even know. It could have been anyone. It could have been my family. My children and husband drive this highway every single day to and from work. This stretch of highway is known as one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in Washington state. It shook me up.

I hugged my kids and my hubby and said.. please be careful. It is a frustrating highway to drive on. There are semi trucks and tourists (especially in the summer) and they don't know the roads. There are lots of twists and turns. If you drive it every day.. you know all the twists and turns.. if you don't.. you drive slow. And the frustration levels can rise high for those that commute the road. Drive safely.. literally your life may depend on it...

I realize that bad things happen everywhere, every single day... but this was just so close to home. It left me feeling this.. hug your children everyday. Hug your hubby everyday... Life is short, even if you live a “long” life.. it's still short. Heaven is our homeward destination. Don't take a single day for granted. Love and give love to those around you. We never really know how many days any of us have here. Leave a legacy of a love for God and a life lived for Him.





Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Garden Update!!


My garden has been growing like crazy.. but so have the weeds!! This evening my hubby and son Jacob helped to get all under control again.. they string trimmed around it and rototilled the areas where I don't have anything planted... and between a few rows.. I still need to do a lot of weeding by hand.. but at least the major part of it all is looking neat and clean again. My son Isaac and I got it all watered.. takes a bit as some of it is still watered by hand.


Here are a few pics.. really the sun was totally in the wrong place for pic taking.. but what can I say.. that was when I was down there!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Menu Monday!




Sorry for the lack of blogging last week. It was a busy week. Hubby and I were working on projects around the house, there was garden work, and my kids had friends over the weekend which made for lots of activity and not a lot of time for blogging.

Hoping this week to share some garden updates and share about my walking and my new toy (smile)!!

For now, here is my menu for the week.....



Monday
Tuna patties (actually leftovers from Sunday when I finally got them made from last weeks menu. I made a double batch), rice pilaf, salad

Tuesday
Polish sausage, fried cabbage & onions, watermelon

Wednesday
BBQ burgers w/trimmings, chips, fruit platter

Thursday
Ham, crockpot potatoes, green beans, coleslaw

Friday
Leftovers

Saturday
Ham noodle stir fry, salad


Sunday
Leftovers

 
 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Menu Monday!




It's Monday! Time to bring in the groceries today. I'm finding menu planning a challenge lately. I plan and sometimes make the meal and then find out my kids have other plans for that night. If I made the meal, then it's unplanned leftovers. And the meal I'd planned for the next night does not get made. I've had meatball subs on my menu for 3 weeks now and still have not made them. Hopefully, they'll get made this week!! :)



Monday
Sausage gravy over biscuits, strawberries & grapes


Tuesday
Meatball subs, coleslaw, chips


Wednesday
Crockpot peach bbq chicken, rice, salad


Thursday
Leftovers


Friday
Tuna patties, mac & cheese, watermelon


Saturday
Summer pasta (made w/chicken), salad


Sunday
Leftovers


 
 
 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Garden Update


We've had some beautiful hot summer days and my garden is really taking off. The green beans are up, the squash is up, and many of the flowers are starting to peek through as well.

I water my garden with the “ditch irrigation” method. I have a small spring pond that has a pipe that runs underground from the pond to the garden. The elevation is so small that it would be impossible to run sprinklers. The pond has bits of algae and such that end up plugging up soaker hoses. So the best method we came up was to run PVC pipe to each row, make a ditch and let the water run down the ditch. When it gets to the bottom of the row, I put the next pipe on and continue until all the rows are watered. This method has worked great for the many years of gardening I've done.

Below are the updated pics....


 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Crockpot Aloha Chicken


This recipe was not on my menu last week. I'd planned something else, but life happened and I wanted a quick meal for the day that I could put in the crockpot and not think about until dinner time. This was the ticket.

I found a recipe but had to tweak it some to make it to my liking. A warning.. it is a big recipe. You can cut it down, or just freeze some of it if it is too much for your family size. This lasted us one night for dinner, a couple meals for my hubby's lunch and my kids finished up the leftovers.
 




Crockpot Aloha Chicken

5#'s boneless, skinless chicken thighs... I'm sure breast would work as well. If using frozen chicken, defrost first
1 can coconut milk
1 cup frozen orange juice concentrate (undiluted)
1 cup soy sauce
¾ cup brown sugar
2T lemon juice

Combine everything in the crockpot. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve over rice. Add a nice green salad and you have a delish meal! 


Talk about simple and yummy!!



 
 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Menu Monday!
 



What a week.. had several things happen, some good, some not.. but for sure last weeks menu planning did not go completely as planned. You may see a few repeats this week that did not get made yet..


Monday
Leftovers: I have leftovers from two meals, plus some extra things my son brought home from his job


Tuesday
Meatball sub sandwiches, coleslaw, watermelon


Wednesday
Chicken stir fry w/noodles, egg rolls, salad


Thursday
BBQ chicken, tater tots, fruit salad


Friday
Leftovers


Saturday
Lasagna, french bread, salad


Sunday 

Clam chowder, biscuits, salad




Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Easy Crockpot Italian Chicken


I made this meal last week. It was not on my menu but I had about 3# of chicken thighs in the fridge that needed to be made into something. So I put this meal together based on what I had to work with. It turned out very good and was super easy to make.

I served the Italian chicken with some buttered pasta sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

I started by cutting up a medium size onion in slices. Then cut up one can of olives and about 5 or 6 large mushrooms.



For spices I used pepper, granulated garlic, Italian seasonings and pink Himalayan salt.



I put a few of the chicken thighs in the bottom of the crockpot and sprinkled my seasonings over the top...




Then put a layer of onions, olives and mushrooms...




Then continued repeating the layers until I had used up all the veggies and all the chicken...



I cooked it on low for around 7 hours. Served it with the pasta and a green salad...




Like I said, it was good and very simple to make.



Easy Crockpot Italian Chicken

3# boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 medium size onion, sliced
1 can olives (about 14oz), sliced
5 or 6 large size mushrooms, sliced
Seasonings: pepper, granulated garlic, Italian seasonings and salt, amounts are according to your own taste


Begin by putting a layer of chicken thighs on the bottom of the crockpot. Sprinkle on seasonings, according to taste. Add a layer of onions, olives and mushrooms. Repeat layers until all chicken and veggies are in the crockpot. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with pasta and a green salad.


 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Menu Monday!

 



We had such a beautiful weekend! Loved the summer like weather. Has me thinking about BBQ's and fun summer times. Unfortunately, today the forecast calls for rain and cooler temps. Such is life in the Pacific Northwest. It keeps you guessing. No bbq's planned quite yet.... I'm starting the week off with soup! :)

How's your menu planning coming along?


Monday
Beef potato soup, french bread, salad


Tuesday
Creamy burrito casserole, chips & salsa, veggie platter


Wednesday
Meatball sub sandwiches, coleslaw, chips


Thursday
Leftovers


Friday
Polish sausage, fried cabbage & kale, cornbread


Saturday
Tuna noodle casserole, salad


Sunday
Chicken stir fry w/noodles, egg rolls, salad