Menu Planning, Recipes

Weekly Menu 4/21 to 4/27

This week we’ll have to see how it goes – I have a lot of work to get done and Maddie has a late band practice one night.  Last week we had to improvise Thursday night – Maddie went to a Soccer game and I got home later than usual.  Todd started breakfast for dinner before we got home and had the bacon all done – so we didnt get to try Alton Brown’s Gyros.  We’re going to do those Monday night this week.  Here is the plan.

Saturday 4/21 – Homemade Pizza.  I use Wildtree pizza dough mix and it was dead easy.  Mix it up – knead for 2 minutes, let rest for 10 minutes, roll out.  I’ll set out italian sausage, pepperoni, sauteed mushrooms, cheese and sauce and let everyone build their own.

Sunday 4/22 – Grilled Chops, basted with honey, soy and garlic.  I’ll serve with roasted brussels sprouts and Maddie wants me to try a parmesan potato dish from this month’s Taste of Home.

Monday 4/23 – Tonight we’ll try to do Alton Brown’s Gyros again.  I’m super excited and found some nice Pita (a rarity around here.)

Tuesday 4/24 – Hamburgers on the grill with grilled zucchini and summer squash.  Yum!

Wednesday 4/25 – This is usually pasta night, but this is Maddie’s late band practice so I might grab a rotisserie chicken on the way home.

Thursday 4/26 – Day 2 rotisserie chicken and noodles.  I have the frozen dumplings we like in the freezer right now so that’s a great plan.

Friday 4/27 – Skillet Rosemary Chicken.  I modify this recipe some – I don’t have rosemary handy so might do something slightly different.  Honestly the chicken is great without the herbs, and I have lemons left from last week’s veggie box so that should work well.

Crafts & Projects, Homemade Not Storebought

DIY Statement Rings

I love these big chunky rings – and the best part is they’re easy to make for yourself!  I buy ring “blanks” at Hobby Lobby for about $2.50 for around a dozen – and hot glue any manner of thing on them.  Here are what the blanks look like:

Here’s one I made last night from the Fabric Flowers we made a few weeks ago.  The best part is that if you use hot glue, you can get them apart if you want to re-use the ring base for something else.


Weekly Menu – Quick and Yummy

Lots of bloggers post their weekly menu plans, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and let you all know what’s going on the table in Hillville this week.

I just got back from picking up my Bountiful Basket of fruit and veggies, so that will deinitely figure prominently in my menu.  If you havent checked out this food co-op, give it a loo – i save about 60% on veggies for the week when I order, and their breads and case quantities are great.  This is where i got the case of apples for my Apple Butter.

So here’s what we’re having this week:

  • Saturday 4-14 – Nachos – with everything but the kitchen sink…the kids are weenies, so we put all the toppings on and everyone builds their own.  For dessert, chocolate brownies – This is a recipe from A Flexible Life and I’d NEVER heard of it before – I’m so trying this!
  • Sunday 4-15Pork Green Chile – A recipe that I found over at but have tweaked a lot, I’ll be rewriting and posting it here shortly.  I got some tomatoes and onions in my basket that will go into this – need to get some green chiles at the market tho.
  • Monday 4-16 – Leftover Green Chile – either with eggs or beans and tortillas
  • Tuesday 4-17 – Chicken Caesar Salad – I got a really nice head of romaine with my veggies – so this will be perfect!
  • Wednesday 4-18 – Spaghetti with meatballs – the sauce is made from the Wildtree Spaghetti Sauce mix I love – try out their stuff – you will love it too.
  • Thursday 4-19 – I’m craving street food from NYC – since that’s not going to happen this week, I’m going to try Alton Brown’s Gyros – with beef.  This recipe has lots of steps, including an overnight step, so i might improvise a bit.  Note:  I don’t do lamb.
  • Friday 4-20 – Grilled Cheese (Maddie Specials, of course) and Sweet Potato Fries….yum……
Homemade Not Storebought, Recipes

Homemade GORP or Trail Mix

My kids are nuts….about nuts….

Well truthfully they like trail mix, but I was really tired of spending a ton of money and getting baggies of raisins back in their lunches.  I finally got smart, asked them what they LIKED in trail mix, and started making my own.

I dont even get the baggies back anymore…..

It’s pretty straight forward – the mixture above has M&Ms, chocolate chips, roasted & salted almonds, dried cranberries, salted cashew pieces and dry roasted peanuts.

Mix well, put in a jar, send in lunches……the end!

Crafts & Projects

Free Baby or Toddler Slipper Pattern – Crochet – EASY!

A few months ago I was invited to a Pampered Chef party at the Team Jones clubhouse – and I was so excited because I got to see Princess A – the super adorable.  I had to bring her a little gift, so I found this tutorial online for easy Mary Jane Slippers and gave it a try.  They were super fast and easy to make – I think start to finish it took me about an hour to an hour and a half, and they turned out great.  Luckily, they were the perfect size since I didn’t have the princess’s slipper size 🙂

Aren’t they adorable?

Here is the pattern I used, I ended up sewing the strap on tight with a button instead of a flower, as I didn’t want anything to come off and be a hazard.  You can embellish as you like.

Find the Pattern at

Crafts & Projects, Homemade Not Storebought

Napkin Tote Bag – Easy DIY Directions for Beginners

My mom is a thrift store junkie – you need something and dont want to pay retail?  Tell my mom and she’ll find it at a thrift store for a fraction of the price.  It might take her a few months, but she’ll find it – or something that will work.

I was at her house last week and she handed me 3 striped cotton napkins and said, “Make me a tote bag for my trip to Branson in May.”  Ummmmm ok….. I’ve stated before I am NOT very good at sewing – and my patience is a bit lacking – so this actually scared me a bit. Continue reading “Napkin Tote Bag – Easy DIY Directions for Beginners”