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Back in the Swing of Things....

First week - 1 (1)Well, we survived the first week of school!

We hit the ground running with a 9th grader, 6th grader, 4th grader and 2nd grader.   This mama started her 19th year of teaching.    

It is always a big transition, for me especially, as my responsibilities and care of children increases exponentially with the onset of the school year, but we are all getting back into the swing of things.

This year I am continuing to work on self-care and stress management strategies and I also have a goal of "working smarter, not harder."

Here are three things I am focusing on to start the school year:

Drinking More Water.    On our summer vacation to the Pacific Northwest I got a new Hydroflask Water Bottle as a souvenir.  I am trying to drink two full 32 ounce bottles during the day.   I have been adding Nuun Immunity Tablets to give me a little boost as well.

Yoga.  I am continuing to incorporate yoga into my life.   I am aiming for one session a day.  My go-to home practice is a video from Yoga with Adrienne.  This week I have done her Sunrise Yoga, Stress Melt, and Yoga for Neck, Shoulders and Upper Back.   These free, quick videos have really helped me feel better.

Getting Help with Meal Planning.    Meal planning is a huge chore in my life.  Last school year I had a whole series of meal planning posts. where I created a collection of posts with weekly family meal plans.   This school year I am trying out a recipe meal planning service called emeals.   I subscribed to the "Kid Friendly" plan and every Wednesday I get an email with dinner recipe ideas and grocery lists for a whole week of meals.  I have been trying this out for a couple of weeks and I like it so far.  It is making this big responsibility in my life a little bit easier.  

There are several different meal planning menu theme options (ex. Quick and Healthy, Vegetarian, Budget Friendly and Clean Eating to name a few).   If you are interested in trying checking it out, try it free for two weeks using my referral link:   http://emeals.com/invite/megan-devine.    

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I hope your school year/September is off to a good start.   If you have some strategies that you are using that are working for you to get back into the swing of things I'd love to hear about them!  

 


Meal Plan Monday

IMG_4338This snapshot is from my first Spring trail run!   Although we still have snow I am feeling the shift of the seasons!
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I put strong value in family dinners.   It is a time that our whole family can connect, sit down together, have conversation and share a meal.

I do not want to portray the illusion that every family dinner in our household is calm and blissful.   Nor do I want to brush aside the effort it takes to plan, prepare, and time everything so that it works with a busy family's schedule.

I do want to emphasize that, however, that this habit, has paved the way for daily family connection in our family.  As much as it is a chore, the benefits make it all worth it.

I know too, the opportunity to spend this time with my four children around our family table is fleeting.  My children are growing up quickly.   I want to share this experience with them.

To make this happen I take some time each week for meal planning, which I am choosing to share with you as well!

I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

------Our weeknight family meal plan - April 8-12------

Lasagna Rolls (I made these over the weekend)  & caesar salad

need:  lasagna noodles, cheese, ricotta, Italian sausage, romaine lettuce, croutons

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Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado   

These were so good we're having them again this week - thanks Kel for the recommendation!

need: ground pork, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, coconut milk, pineapple juice, lime juice, avocado

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Venison Brats & Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries (with leftover chili)

need:  brats, yellow potatoes, sweet potatoes, hot dog buns &  leftover chili

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Savory Sandwich Ring with homemade relish & cranberry preserves

need: deli meat & cheese, lettuce, tomato, relish and cranberry preserves

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Spicy Shrimp Burrito Bowls

need: shrimp, black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, spices

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Have great week friends!


Meal Plan Monday

IMG_4217 2The sap started running this week!   It is officially Spring!!!!!!

Well, I am back in the routine of meal planning.  We are in the transition from soups and hearty winter meals to quick and light spring suppers. 

Here it goes:

------Our weeknight family meal plan - March 25-29------

Chicken Noodle Soup

need: cooked chicken, noodles, carrots, celery, stock, fresh parsley

Spaghetti Carbonara 

need:  noodles, parmesan cheese, eggs & ham

Rice Bowls & Chips

need:   rice, avocado, tomatoes, cooked chicken, canned beans, lettuce

Spring Sheet Pan Dinner

need:  pork loin, asparagus, peppers, potatoes & fresh pineapple

Chicken Ceasar Wraps

need: frozen chicken tenders, romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, croutons & tortilla wraps

 

Have great week friends!


Meal Plan Monday

Duluth - 1Pictured above is a snapshot from an overnight getaway to a hotel in Duluth over our "spring Break".  I totally recommend Girl, Stop Apologizing if you want a quick and inspirational read.
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Meal planning has gone by the wayside the last couple of weeks .

1)  Our three boys (in two different sections) had a two week class of after school swimming classes between 3:30-5:30 p.m. in a nearby community. Instead of meals together we split up, James took the boys to swimming lessons with a picnic supper in a cooler bag.  

2)  A week ago everyone in our household was hit with the stomach flu.

3) We have been off of school for a couple of days for a short "spring break" from school.

Needless to say we have been out of routine.   

Well, now I am back to business, and I have to be!   The track season starts tomorrow and the girls head coach is out of town for two weeks, so I (the assistant coach) needs to run practices.  That means I have to be extra organized with dinners at home as well.

Here it goes:

------Our weeknight family meal plan - March 18-March 22------

Taco Soup with Chicken & Fritos

need:  chicken broth, cooked chicken, salsa, canned corn, canned black beans & fritos corn chips & cheese for topping

 

Fried Rice with Orange Chicken & wontons

need:   rice, egg, frozen peas and carrots, Aldi's frozen orange chicken, frozen wontons

 

Italian Chicken Pasta Salad

need:  cooked chicken, noodles, olives, feta, cherry tomatoes, hard salami, red onion, olive oil, parsley

 

Chicken Burgers & Fries

need: Frozen Chicken Burgers, buns and fries

 

Orange Chicken, Broccoli Stir Fry and Rice

need:  frozen orange chicken (Aldi), broccoli, soy sauce, ginger, brown rice

 

Sheet Pan Dinner with Bratwurst and Roasted Vegetables

need:  brats, onions, peppers, buns, relish

 

Weekday Lunches:   peanut butter and jelly calzones

 

Have great week friends!



Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday - 1It was a hit!  Pictured above are the chili and cornbread waffles that I tried last week.

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I put strong value in family dinners.   It is a time that our whole family can connect, sit down together, have conversation and share a meal.

I do not want to portray the illusion that every family dinner in our household is calm and blissful.   Nor do I want to brush aside the effort it takes to plan, prepare, and time everything so that it works with a busy family's schedule.

I do want to emphasize that, however, that this habit, has paved the way for daily family connection in our family.  As much as it is a chore, the benefits make it all worth it.

I know too, the opportunity to spend this time with my four children around our family table is fleeting.  My children are growing up quickly.   I want to share this experience with them.

To make this happen I take some time each week for meal planning, which I am choosing to share with you as well!

I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

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On the family agenda this week:  Nordic Ski Team Banquet (a night off of cooking!).  I'm sharing   Friday this mama is taking off for a girl's weekend

Our weeknight family meal plan - February 25-March 1

Venison Sloppy Joe Noodles - I will be using a variation of this recipe.

need:  ground venison, egg noodles, onion, garlic, brown sugar, tomato sauce canned tomatoes

Fried Rice with Orange Chicken & wontons

need:   rice, egg, frozen peas and carrots, Aldi's frozen orange chicken, frozen wontons

Chicken Tacos, Spanish Rice and Chips

need:  cooked chicken, tomatoes, avocado, black olives, lettuce, Spanish rice mix, tortilla chips

Chicken Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries

need: Frozen Chicken Burgers, buns and sweet potatoes

extra meals to have on hand for the daddy when the mama's on her girl's weekend:

  • extra batch of beef stew (in the freezer)
  • frozen pizzas

Weekday Lunches:   Homemade Mac and Cheese!!  I made a huge batch with some cheese I needed to use up.

Have great week friends!


Meal Plan Monday

Bagels - 1Seeded Bagels from Alana Chernila's Homemade Kitchen Cookbook- which I highly recommend!

I put strong value in family dinners.   It is a time that our whole family can connect, sit down together, have conversation and share a meal.

I do not want to portray the illusion that every family dinner in our household is calm and blissful.   Nor do I want to brush aside the effort it takes to plan, prepare, and time everything so that it works with a busy family's schedule.

I do want to emphasize that, however, that this habit, has paved the way for daily family connection in our family.  As much as it is a chore, the benefits make it all worth it.

I know too, the opportunity to spend this time with my four children around our family table is fleeting.  My children are growing up quickly.   I want to share this experience with them.

To make this happen I take some time each week for meal planning, which I am choosing to share with you as well!

I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

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On the family agenda this week:  No School Monday & after school ski practices are done for the season!

Our weeknight family meal plan - February 18-22

Monday:  Homemade Bagel Sandwiches & Tomato Soup

need:  homemade bagels from the recipe in THIS COOKBOOK, {I have been making a batch of bagels on the weekend, we have loving them.   I am planning on deli meat and cheese with tomato soup.

Tuesday:  Sheet Pan Pork Loin Supper & Brown Rice

need:   baby potatoes, pork loin, onion, Brussel Sprouts, brown Rice

Wednesday:  Chicken Noodle Soup

need:  cooked chicken, celery, carrots, stock, dried parsley, noodles

Thursday:  Something New!!! Cornbread Waffles with Chili Fixings

need:   ground venison, chili beans, canned tomatoes, sour cream, cornbread & the waffle iron

Friday:   Chicken Tender Ceasar Wraps

need:  tortillas, frozen chicken tenders, romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, 

Weekday Lunches:   Calzones!!   I have been making a big batch (18+) calzones on weekends for school lunches and second suppers for my growing children (and husband).   I originally thought they would make it through the week.   They have been gone by Tuesday.   Calzones are working for our family.   I am finding making a double batch of pizza dough, rolling out balls of dough, filling and baking them into calzones is a satisfying and cost effective way to feed my family.   I am going to be experimenting (and sharing) the variations I create from week to week in this space as well.

dough:  I double THIS RECIPE and make it using the dough setting in THIS BREADMAKER.

Calzones of the week:   Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Have great week friends!


Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday - 1

We have a busy week ahead and a slightly different schedule with all that is involved with the State Nordic Ski Meet Competition and a Friday and Monday off of school for an extended President's Day break.  

Last week we were able to extend and feast on leftovers of the ginger peanut rice noodle meal I made on Monday and Thursday we ended up packing up a big picnic for a day at the section meet, when we got home instead of making a meal I made a big batch of stovetop popcorn.    So, sloppy Joes are still in the rotation!

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Our weeknight family meal plan - February 11-14.

Monday:  Sloppy Joes (using a ground venison with this recipe)

need:  tomato sauce, onion, ketchup, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper, hamburger buns

**read my interview with Maya Wilson HERE

Tuesday: Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage (I will be making a variation of this recipe.)

need: Italian sausage, onion, garlic, canned tomatoes, broth, dried basil & tortellini.

Wednesday:  Rice Bowls

need:  chicken, taco seasoning, brown rice, chili beans, cheese, cilantro, avocados, green onion, cheese & tortilla chips

Thursday:    picnic lunch for the ski meet and stovetop popcorn!!!

Friday-Monday: -- LONG WEEKEND!!!  

 

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I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

Have great week friends!


Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Mondaypictured above: Beef Stew & Jo Jo's Biscuits from the Magnolia Table Cookbook as recommended by Maggie Martin.   I made a big double batch of this last Wednesday when school was canceled.  We ate half and I froze half so I would have an easy go-to meal in the freezer when I need it.

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I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after-school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

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On the family agenda this week:  parent-teacher conferences & a ski meet.

Our weeknight family meal plan - February 4-8.

Monday: (Trying something NEW!)  Ginger Peanut Hoisin Noodles with Chicken  (from The Alaska from Scratch Cookbook)  

**read my interview with Maya Wilson HERE

need: cilantro, green onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, peanut butter, chicken, rice noodles, honey, peanuts, limes, red pepper, ginger, carrots

Tuesday:  Sheet Pan Dinner With Bratwurst and Roasted Vegetables

need:   baby potatoes, brats, brussel sprouts, onions, peppers, hot dog buns

Wednesday:  Sloppy Joes (using a ground venison with this recipe)

need:  tomato sauce, onion, ketchup, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper, hamburger buns

Thursday:  Chicken Noodle Soup

need:   noodles, stock, celery, chicken, dried parsley, carrots

Friday:  Chicken Enchiladas (didn't get to this one last week-)

need:  cooked chicken, tortillas, enchilada sauce, rice

 

Have great week friends!


Meal Plan Monday

Calzones

calzones!   (see notes at the end of this post)

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I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

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On the family agenda this week:  parent-teacher conferences & a ski meet.

Our weeknight family meal plan - January 28 - February 1.

Monday:  Lasagna Soup  (from Alaska from Scratch)  **read my interview with Maya Wilson HERE

need:  lasagna noodles, Italian sausage, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella

Tuesday:  Sheet Pan Baked Parmesan Pork Chops

need:   baby potatoes, thick cut pork chops, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs & asparagus

Wednesday:  Chicken Enchiladas

need:  cooked chicken, tortillas, enchilada sauce, rice

Thursday:  Crock Pot Venison Chili & Cornbread Muffins

need:   ground venison, chili beans, canned tomatoes, sour cream, cornbread

Friday:   Chicken Tender Ceasar Wraps

need:  tortillas, frozen chicken tenders, romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, 

Weekday Lunches:   Calzones!!   I have been making a big batch (18+) calzones on weekends for school lunches and second suppers for my growing children (and husband).   I originally thought they would make it through the week.   They have been gone by Tuesday.   Calzones are working for our family.   I am finding making a double batch of pizza dough, rolling out balls of dough, filling and baking them into calzones is a satisfying and cost effective way to feed my family.   I am going to be experimenting (and sharing) the variations I create from week to week in this space as well.

dough:  I double THIS RECIPE and make it using the dough setting in THIS BREADMAKER.

Calzones of the week:   BBQ Chicken   - filling:   cooked chicken, bbq sauce, provolone, red onion 

Have great week friends!

 


Meal Plan Monday

IMG_3063I set aside some pretzel knots from the (4x) batch I made this weekend to have with our soup on Monday (recipe link below)

I am getting into a routine of sharing my meal plans for the upcoming week.   I know so many of you are challenged, like me, with this ongoing chore, working to prepare nutritious weeknight meals that already before your kids fill up on after school snacks.   Read more of my ramblings on this topic HERE.

I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).  

I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well! 

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Our weeknight family meal plan - Jan 21-25.

Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup with Soft Pretzel Knots

need:  cooked chicken, dried parsley, chicken stock, noodles, carrots, celery

Tuesday:   Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas with Spanish Rice

need:   steak, peppers, red onions, cilantro, avacados, spanish rice mix

Wednesday:   Crock Pot Porketta Sandwiches

need:   porketta & brioche buns

Thursday:  Power Bowls (with fajita and porketta leftovers)

need:  leftovers & brown rice

Friday:   Burgers & Salad

need:  frozen burgers, canned relish and pickles, buns, lettuce/salad mix