Monday, January 26, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Well - my plan for last week was foiled by me being sick! I have the worst sinus infection I've ever had, so my grocery budget has been spent on take out! Ya know- after cooking our dinner almost everynight for the last couple of weeks I almost don't want fast food anymore! I think it's a good thing- and I can't wait to start feeling better, I think I'll make it a point to start freezing some extra meals so we don't HAVE to go out to eat when Mama is sick! Anyways, here's the plan for this week:

Mini Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (I'm going to make an extra batch of these to freeze! The daycare kids love the mini muffins!)
Turkey sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast burritos

Turkey Hot Dogs
Homemade Mac n Cheese
Chicken and Rice with mixed veggies
Bean Burritos w/ mexicorn
English Muffin Mini Pizzas

The Big D's:
Taco Salad w/ authentic mexican rice and homemade guacamole (didn't get made last week)
Ham and Beans (got some ham in the freezer)
Chicken and Broccoli Hot Pockets
Chicken Parmesan and Salad
Cheesy Black Bean Burgers (recipe from the current issue of Cooking Light Magazine)

Tonight we're having pizza because my head feels like one big balloon of pain, so that's it for this week :)

I am going to actually try to post a pic or two and recipes this week, we'll see if I can make it happen!

And because I can't leave you guys without something scrappy:

Lately I have been having a lot of ideas of pages or projects I want to scrap but I don't have time to do right away- so I knew I HAD to make somewhere to write down my ideas so they'd be "safe"! I used a notebook from the dollar store and dolled it up with some basic grey papers and ribbon from my stash.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Some Valentine's and other things!

Yes, Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Do I have anyone to give these cards to? No not really, but I couldn't resist the adorable stamps and hearts and pink and red.... And yes, the tall skinny card has a square that fell when I was taking the picture- I didn't even realize it til I was editing photos! I have some neat ideas for the daycare kids for some Vday crafts- I think we are going to make valentine's for their parents and decorate some heart shaped cookies.
This is a teeny tiny little gift bag- it would be perfect for CANDY and a valentine ;)

This card is one of my favorites, I really like the dimension of all the embellies- and when you open it up there's a sucker inside!

And a few mini 3x3 cards, I love doing 3x3's because, well- they are short and sweet ;)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

First things first- something new to my blog! I have decided that I want my blog to be more about ME and not totally about my scrapbooking. Perhaps by sharing some of my other passions I will also hold myself more accountable to getting time for all of my projects squeezed in. Sooo... Something I've been doing for quite awhile now is menu planning. Being a stay at home mom and childcare provider means that I have to have a plan for what I'm going to cook- or it won't get done! Lately I have begun to plan my lunch and breakfast menus as well as dinner since I could have anywhere from 6-8 children eating breakfast and lunch here. Needless to say, I was more than excited when I found a site where lots of freaks like me plan their menus and then share them! Many of these people are working with a budget to feed their family- just like me ;) Hey- the less $$$ spent on food the more money that can be spent on scrapbooking- or sewing or gardening! Anyways, I am planning to start sharing my menu plans and recipes when I can! Here's my road map for this week:

Monday: French Bread Pizza (I'm making homemade french bread!) and Salad
Tuesday: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and green beans
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Terriyaki, rice, and chinese vegetables
Thursday: Leftover Buffet
Friday: Tacos and Authentic Mexican Rice, Homemade Guacamole
Saturday: Hot Dogs and homemade mac n cheese
Sunday: B: BLT Breakfast Bake (a Kraft Foods recipe but their website isn't working right now!)
D: Broccoli and Chicken Hot Pockets (made with homemade bread dough) and Salad

You didn't think I'd leave you without something scrappy did you?? Here's my newest layout of Katelynne. And yes, if you were wondering, I have not scrapped her "monthly" layouts since two months so I have some catching up to do between two and seven months lol! You can also find this layout on the Sketches! By Tamara blog this week :)

This layout is extra special to me as well because I used handmade Yo-Yo's from my grandma. She had started to make a yo-yo quilt years ago but her eyesight is not good enough to sew them anymore so she doesn't think she'll ever get that quilt finished. She brought me a little baggie of the yo-yo's thinking that I might be able to use them. I hope that maybe someday I can help her to finish the quilt. If you don't know what a yo yo quilt looks like clicky here!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

They're all sick

Ya know... having two kids has not ever really been a challenge for me, except when they're both really really sick! They both have bronchitis and for that matter- so do all of my daycare kids!! They all pretty much go to the same dr. and I think my entire daycare as been to see Dr. Han this week! Lucas has had fevers off and on to top it all off. Oh well, super moms like me don't need to sleep at night- didn't you know that?
In my absence a lot of things have happened- I've made new year's resolutions, gotten back on the weight loss/eat right bandwagon, started sewing a new quilt (and got a new sewing machine!) and on a more serious note my husband's grandma passed away. I have never felt like such a different person over such a small time before. I don't know when it happened but it has come to my attention that sometime over the last few years I have become the "shy girl" and I am determined to change that! I am definitely not the life of the party - I'm the one who planned the party and made (or attempted to make) every detail perfect, if ya know what I mean ;) Sooooo.... here's to getting out of the house more often and not being afraid to jump into a new situation or ask for help when I need it.
Ok Ok Ok I know you were probably not here to read all that- you wanted to know about my scrapbook pages! The above page was a miracle in the plain fact that I actually got decent photos of Lucas- it was made using the January Life Preserver's Kit. You'll be seeing this layout on the We Kit You Not blog this month too (YAY!).
The layout below was made using the January Addicted Scrappers kit! And yes, I am so obsessed with all the adorable girly paper that I dressed katelynne up in a valentine's outfit just to get a photo to match my paper. I'm a scrap dork, I'll admit it!
I've got more to share but I am officially WITHHOLDING those photos for another blog post, on another day, enjoy :)