This has been a crazy week for us. We were out of school last Friday for snow. We had a long weekend because we were out of school on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. And then, snow came again Tuesday and we’ve been out of school since then. My children have not been to school in a week. I have consumed more Homemade Hot Chocolate than I care to admit and a routine is begging our names. Amidst all the chaos and hot chocolate (grin), I’ve been thankful for my menu plan and freezer meals. We have had the best time, but all good things must come to an end. These kiddos are going to school tomorrow! I know their teachers have missed them. Wink.
I remember when Clayton was a newborn baby and we were brand new parents. Everybody had advice to offer:
Co-sleep vs. Don’t co-sleep
Breastfeed vs. Formula
Go back to work. vs. Stay at home.
Rock them to sleep vs. Let them fall asleep naturally.
And my list could go on and on. Everybody seems to have an opinion these days, don’t they? And everybody seems to be vocal about their opinions. Want to know the most difficult part of being a parent? [Read more…]
We’ve had some snow in my neck of the woods, which is in the Southern part of the United States. People lose their minds when it snows. They immediately go to the grocery and get bread, milk, and eggs. I’m not really sure why these three things are important, but when you go to the grocery the shelves will be bare where these three items are found. I don’t know about the bread and the eggs, but I can speak to the milk. I want milk in the house when it snows because you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be making some delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate
Do you ever think about dinner and wonder what in the world you need to put with your main dish? We normally have some sort of protein, something green, and some fruit, but every now and then I just want something different, you know? Enter Pineapple Casserole. Pineapple Casserole is the perfect side dish when you are wanting to add something different and a little special. It’s super simple to throw together, plus there are Ritz crackers and cheese involved. I call that winning. Right??
Freezer cooking is one of my favorite things. In fact, my Freezer Cooking Club met last Saturday so now my freezer is full of great meals I can just thaw, cook and serve. Could anything be more wonderful? Except for one thing…last week my menu plan had Bolognese Sauce on Sunday. I was all ready for this. I pulled it out of the freezer, thawed it, and then Sunday morning I dumped it in my slow cooker before I left for church. When I put it in my slow cooker I thought it looked funny. What I thought was Bolognese Sauce was actually Super Sloppy Joes. Whoops. All of this could have been prevented had I just printed my friend Emily’s Freezer Meal Labels. Hop on over and grab your copy. Maybe you’ll thaw the right thing when you look at your menu plan.
Well, hello winter. I’m in the Southeastern part of the U.S. so winters are pretty mild, but today the high was in the mid 20’s and the rest of the week the temperatures are continuing to drop. I know some of you reading this in the Northern parts of the country are rolling your eyes, but to me, that is cold. I don’t want to leave the comfort of my home. I want to go to bed at 6:00 pm. I want to sit by the fire and work a puzzle and eat soup and cookies and drink hot chocolate. Anybody else with me? I sure hope so.
If you, like me, want to embrace winter for all its worth, here’s a list of a few must haves that will help us push through until we can bring out our flip flops.
Growing up my grandmother, Helen, always had the same things on her holiday table: Turkey, Ham, Dressing, Corn, Peas, Cranberry Salad, Hashbrown Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Potato Salad, Curried Fruit, and Rolls…plus dessert. And she would always leave the Curried Fruit in the microwave. Which was a really a good thing because Curried Fruit is nasty. But you know what’s not nasty? Hashbrown Casserole. I would eat spoonfuls of it and enjoy every bite of creamy goodness. She would even send me home with a little plastic dish of it to enjoy once I got home. I wish I could sit at her table with her one.more.time.