Sunday, January 5, 2014

January 2014 Meal Plan

It's been so long since I've visited this space...there are a lot of reasons (school, work, kids...), but several people have asked about my January 2014 meal plan that I posted on Instagram and Facebook and I thought that this might be a great place to share.

My busy schedule over the past year led to bad eating habits for my family--a lot of fast foods and quick, convenience foods.  I want to feed my family well and teach my kids healthy habits that they can carry throughout their lives. I also need to lose weight and be healthy. There are two obstacles to this goal:

1. I don't "like" to cook.

I'm not a natural cook. I can cook, I just don't enjoy it.  I never know what to make and when I do cook it makes a big mess that I then have to clean up.  Limited time only compounds this problem.  

I knew that I needed to start 2014 off with a plan.  I also knew that I didn't want to set myself up for failure by starting another "diet."  I needed good, healthy meals that I could prep for ahead of time.  I put the meal plan below together using the resources here and here.  I was inspired by the Thriving Home's REAL food philosophy. I put together a meal plan that used as many unprocessed "real" foods as possible--I even made homemade pasta sauce!  I then made the trip to Trader Joe's (It was my first time, it's amazing!) and then I stopped at Harris Teeter to get the rest of the items on my list. I then spent yesterday morning making the 11 freezer meals on the menu and organizing the remaining food.  Now, I'm set for January.  For the next month I should only have to stop at the store to buy milk and produce. 


  A couple of notes:
-As I was shopping/cooking I realized that I had picked a lot of recipes that use red meat--next month I will try to reduce the amount of meals with red meat. (I'm learning!)
-I buy frozen soup at Ladles ($4 for 1 pint).
-I also plan to exercise and drink less diet coke more water.
-I'm definitely not an expert, if you have any ideas please leave them in the comments.

Here's the plan:

Saturday, January 04, 2014
·       Lunch: Whole Wheat 5 Ingredient Mac and Cheese, & apple slices
Sunday, January 05, 2014
·       Dinner: leftovers

Monday, January 06, 2014: Italian Bolognese Sauce with Pasta
Tuesday, January 07, 2014: Taco Bar (using homemade taco seasoning) & corn
Wednesday, January 08, 2014: leftovers
Thursday, January 09, 2014: Low Country Smothered Pork Chops & green beans
Friday, January 10, 2014: soup & bread
Saturday, January 11, 2014
·       Lunch: Parmesan Quinoa Bites, Oven Roasted Broccoli, fruit salad
 Sunday, January 12, 2014
·       Lunch:  Honey Sesame Chicken
·       Dinner: leftovers

Monday, January 13, 2014:  Burrito Pie & corn on the cob
Tuesday, January 14, 2014: soup & bread
Wednesday, January 15, 2014: leftovers
Thursday, January 16, 2014: Crockpot Meatloaf & green beans
Friday, January 17, 2014: potato bar & soup
Saturday, January 18, 2014              
·       Lunch: turkey burger/black bean burger
·       Dinner: My Favorite Cobb Salad
 Sunday, January 19, 2014
·       Lunch: Slow Cooker Pot Roast & bread
·       Dinner: leftovers

Monday, January 20, 2014
·       Lunch: Baked Nachos & apple slices
·       Dinner: Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
Tuesday, January 21, 2014: Turkey burgers/black bean burger
Wednesday, January 22, 2014: leftovers
Thursday, January 23, 2014: Crockpot Meatball Stroganoff
Friday, January 24, 2014: soup & bread
Saturday, January 25, 2014
·       Lunch: turkey burger/black bean burger
·       Dinner: Homemade Pizza Pockets
 Sunday, January 26, 2014
·       Lunch: Cream Cheese Chicken
·       Dinner: leftovers

Monday, January 27, 2014: Baked Beef Ravioli
Tuesday, January 28, 2014: soup & bread
Wednesday, January 29, 2014: leftovers
Thursday, January 30, 2014: Chicken Parmesean Casserole & oven roasted broccoli
Friday, January 31, 2014: potato bar & chili




Freezer Meals:
6. Crockpot Meatloaf with mashed potatoes

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Making skirts or

or taking Instagram photos!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Adventures in Skirt Making

My girl has a theory on what defines a princess--a skirt! If she has on a skirt she is a "princess" and if she does not have on a skirt she is "Lily." When we ask her if she is a princess she always checks to see what she is wearing before she answers. She takes this stuff seriously!

I found a great tutorial on how to make this Market Skirt here. This is the first time that I have attempted to sew any kind of clothes and I am really happy with it. Here are a few things that I learned:

#1. Read the entire tutorial before jumping in.
#2. Your sewing machine manual is a great resource and should be read. (I've had mine for over 10 years and just began using it last night.)
#3. I NEED a serger! I'm actually in a negotiation with a lady on Craig's List as we speak.

Here's my little "princess" showing off her new skirt.

And because everything looks better in Instagram Pictures:


Linking up:

  Positively Splendid
I Heart Nap Time
It's Overflowing

Friday, July 6, 2012

Red, White & Blue

We hosted the Fourth of July celebration this year!

There was food...



and great friends!

What a great way to celebrate America's Birthday!


We ended the night by walking to the park to watch the fireworks.
We had such a great day and plan to make this an annual event!


Saturday, June 30, 2012


I'm still working on the mudroom, but there is progress!

It's late so these pictures aren't great, but I wanted to share. 

Hopefully I'll be back to share the completed project tomorrow.

Friday, June 29, 2012

I'm not an outside kind of girl!

I don't like bugs...

I do like air conditioning.

But this week I braved the elements and took on the huge job of cleaning all the dust, pollen, mildew crap off of our house and fence. I mean, y'all, it was black and green.

The job involved a ladder...

and bleach...
lots and lots of bleach.

 Not even the toys escaped!
Now we are ready to celebrate the 4th!