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This Week’s Menu

Monday Steak bbq, sushi (take out), french bread, green salad w/homemade bleu cheese dressing (Tobin & I celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary at home :) )
Tuesday Chicken stir fry over brown rice, salad
Wednesday Lasagna, french bread, salad
Thursday Leftovers
Friday Sweet & sour roaster chicken (made in the roaster oven, new recipe and I will post if it turns out :), brown rice pilaf, salad
Saturday Mexican hamburger rice bake, tortillas & salsa, salad
Sunday Korean chicken, egg rolls, brown rice, salad

My Dad

This last weekend was Father’s Day. I reflected on what an awesome husband I have. He has been an amazing father to our children, and I am certainly blessed. I am thankful that my children have grown up with a good, hardworking, loving and caring father. I had this as well in my childhood.

Father’s Day also made me reflect on my own father. He was a wonderful father. He was always there for me no matter what happened. He believed in me. He always told me I could do whatever I set my mind to do. He encouraged my life’s endeavors and supported the decisions I made. He was an independent thinker, always thought outside the box and passed this trait on to me. I learned from him that being my own person, having my own thoughts and ideas (even if they go against “mainstream”) is ok. I see this trait in me in many ways.. I homeschooled when no one else I knew was doing this, back in the day when people would find out I homeschooled and ask, “Is that legal?”. I and my hubby had o…

This Week’s Menu

Monday Leftover buffet!  -- several leftovers from the weekend to eat up
Tuesday Fish sticks, mac & cheese, salad
Wednesday Chicken enchiladas, tortilla chips & salsa, salad
Thursday Crockpot pork roast, mashed potatoes, coleslaw
Friday Leftovers
Saturday Korean chicken, egg rolls, brown rice, salad
Sunday Pizza chili, crackers, salad

The Guest Room

While raising 8 children one thing we never had in our home was a “guest room”. Whenever we had company here for the night someone would bunk with a sibling so our guests could use their room or with family they often would camp out in our living room. As my children have grown and moved I suddenly realized I had a room available to turn into a guest room.

My life has been so busy starting back in November with Emily’s wedding, then the holidays, my hand and the adjustments with moving my father in law in, that I had given up my hope to get this room cleaned out, painted and redecorated. But my incredible sister in law, Debbie, has been staying with us and helping us out in so many ways. She and I are not just sisters in law, but much more like sisters. We have the best relationship and I feel truly blessed. She saw the room, listened to my desire to turn it into a guest room and was more than willing to jump in and tackle the project.

I really wish I’d taken before pict…

This Week’s Menu

Monday Tuna noodle casserole (did not make it last week!), salad
Tuesday Chicken n’ gravy over brown rice, salad (another meal that did not get made last week!)
Wednesday Baked ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad
Thursday Leftovers
Friday Tuna patties, baked mac & cheese, salad
Saturday Bqq ham (from leftover ham – going to fry up leftover ham pieces and smother in bbq sauce.. simple and quick!  :), mac & cheese (leftover), coleslaw
Sunday Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, salad

Updates from the Homestead & Garden is Planted!!

This last week has been beautiful! The sun has been shining and I’ve spent as much time enjoying it as possible. Sierra & I spent a couple afternoons getting the garden planted. I put in 37 roma tomato plants and then we planted lettuce, small zucchini squash, beets, green beans, yellow wax beans and pumpkins. Due to my hand limitations and not quite sure what I could handle I planted a much smaller garden than in years past. I am ever so thankful that I have a garden this year, small or not!! I so love being out in the sun and playing in the dirt ~smile~

Sierra took a few pics of the garden for me. Not a lot to see as yet, but here are a few pics…

When the garden season ended last year I left the wild flowers growing.  They are blooming and so pretty right now..

This last week I also spent a wonderful afternoon with my daughters Sierra and Hannah and granddaughters. Hannah has 5 weeks to go before her due date. We are all so excited! Can’t wait to hold this new little …

This Weeks Menu

Yummy pinto beans, french bread, salad
Sour cream enchiladas, tortilla chips, salad
Pizza rice casserole, salad
Crockpot sloppy joes over sandwich rolls, coleslaw
Chicken n’ gravy over mashed potatoes, garlic roasted brussel sprouts
Tuna noodle casserole, salad

Baked Spaghetti

I made this the other night and my budding photographer, Sierra, took pics of it. I have to say not only is a lot of fun to have her snapping pictures but it makes it so much easier for me! Typically I have to stop what I’m doing and take the pics.. but this way I was able to work and she snapped away. 
So a BIG thank you to Sierra for helping mama out!!  ~smile~

In any case this was on our menu this week and so I thought I’d share it with you…

Baked Spaghetti
12 oz whole wheat spaghetti noodles (or rice noodles work too)
1 lb sausage - I used Jimmy Dean
1 medium onion, chopped
1 quart spaghetti sauce – or equivalent store bought size
2 eggs
1/3 cup paremesan cheese
5T butter, melted
16oz cottage cheese
4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

Begin by cooking your spaghetti noodles. While you are waiting for the water to come to a boil chop the onion and cook it a few minutes and then add the sausage and cook until it is no longer pink. Add spaghetti sauce and heat until bubbly. …