Family Foodies and more!

I have a new gig!

Well I’ve been blogging at Family Foodies for about 2 months now, but in a couple weeks if all goes well I’ll be the new editor! Yippee!

What does this mean for Polka Spot Farm? Well instead of posting foodie type posts here like my Menu for Menu Plan Monday, it will be moved to Family Foodies. All of my old recipes and menus will stay here on this blog, but a lot of the new things will go to Family Foodies. I will be concentrating more on homemaking here at Polka Spot Farm, like I had originally intended.

Eat Sweat Lose

If you’ve missed it, I’m also blogging at Eat Sweat Lose with a great chick named Heather. This blog is about our weight loss journey. Check us out on Tuesday and Thursdays for our weigh-in’s. I know that all of the great food we had this weekend has me at a gain instead of a loss…but lets just see what the scale says for me on Tuesday’s

I’m also still blogging monthly at Sensational Divas Review. This group is full of ladies that I’m very close to, and most of them have great personal blogs.

When its all written out like this, I seem kind of busy don’t I?! That’s 4 blogs so far…what’s going to be next?! Just keep reading to see!

I hope that you will join me in my new ventures and leave lots of comments! lol I’ll be happy to see some familiar faces over at these other blogs.

Menu Plan Monday

This week my husband is home, and we already have enough food to feed an army! Not sure why he cooked so much on the grill this weekend but it keeps me from having to cook this week, well except a lot of sides. What’s your favorite sides for grilled chicken?

Monday: Grilled Chicken Salad

Tuesday: Fried Chicken (at mom’s!)

Wednesday: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Thursday: Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Friday: Homemade Pizza for 7

Saturday: Smoked Ham and sides

Sunday: Chicken and Dumplings

Next week we’ll be starting our Stay at Home Summer Camp. I can’t wait to share what I have in store! I’ll be bringing you great tips throughout the week so don’t forget to subscribe.

Menu Plan Monday

This week I’m cleaning out the pantry, fridge and freezer so I hope that there will not be a run to buy groceries for anything other than milk between now and the end of the week. These are meals that I know we will have this week, just from what I have on hand. Do you keep a well stocked pantry, so that you could eat for several days without running out to get ingredients?

Monday: Hot Dogs, Mac and Cheese

Tuesday: Chicken and Dumplings

Wednesday: Vegetable Beef Soup

Thursday: Grilled Salmon

Friday: Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad

Saturday: Grilled Hamburgers with homemade buns

Sunday: Fried Chicken, Potato Salad

Of course I will be adding side dishes from things made out of the pantry. I will use up some of the dried fruits and cereal into Granola Bars. I may even be baking cupcakes, and sticking them in the freezer for a rainy day. I will add an update next week on MPM, to how I did with emptying my pantry.

Stick around by subscribing to my feed or Facebook “like” page I will be working on a Pantry List, Freezer list and Fridge list, to keep an idea of what we need to keep them well stocked. I’ll be sharing my forms!!

Menu Plan Monday March 1-7

Only 19 days til our wedding! *GASP* We are getting the house ready for d-day and like yesterday, I’m forgetting to start dinner. Its late, we go out, we spend money. I don’t like spending money on food that’s not that great. Well I’ll be planning better this week. I’m going to do some recipes that can be doubled and frozen, or at least buy some new containers for lunch sized portions. I used to be so good at this, but then I wasn’t getting ready for d-day. So here goes…

Monday: Grilled Chicken (and a lot of it!)

Tuesday: Baked Raviolli

Wednesday: Homemade Soup

Thursday: Hamburger Steak, hash brown casserole

Friday: Hot Dogs

Saturday: Homemade Pizza (will make crust and put in the freezer this week0

Sunday: Pot Roast

For more menus go to Orgjunkie.com

Menu Plan Monday – Jan 4-10

Happy New Year to all of you from ORG Junkie! Thanks for visiting. I love MPM and try to participate most weeks of the year. I’m going to be focusing on ways to make your home run a little more simple this year, as we are trying to do the same here in our home. I’m also planning a DIY wedding and will be trying out a lot of things before the end of March and asking for a lot of opinions, so stick around and help a girl out!

This week the kids are going back to school on Tuesday from their Christmas holidays. Tuesday is also my daughter Kayla’s 8th birthday. She has asked for cupcakes at school on Tuesday, church on Wednesday and then again at our Girl Scout meeting on the following Wednesday. So I’ll be making about 6 dozen in the next week which is a good 1st trial for the wedding. Do you have a favorite recipe for cupcakes? Please share with me.

On to what you are here for:

Monday: Mexican is the theme. I’ll do a taco bake and a few other things like nachos and cheese.

Tuesday: Kayla’s choice: French Fries, Chocolate Cake (cupcakes), Pizza and Corn Dogs

Wednesday: More cupcakes for church potluck

Thursday: Fried Chicken, potato salad and green lima beans

Friday: Vegetable Beef Soup

Saturday: Grilled Chicken

Sunday: Barbecue Chicken Breasts, pasta salad and Green Bean Bundles

Menu Plan Monday (Cool Whip Cookies)

This week is going to be so busy! We have a cookie party, a Girl Scout party, 3 class parties, shopping with my mom and a partridge and a pear tree. So needless to say, Scott will be helping with dinner a lot of the nights.

Monday: Scott’s Mac and Cheese along side Roast Beast with carrots and potatos

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Loaded Potato Soup

Wednesday: Vegetable Beef Soup

Thursday: Mexican Taco Bake

Friday: Grilled Chicken Salad

Recipe: Cool Whip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box cake mix (any flavor desired)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. #1 Mix all ingredients. #2 Form into balls. #3 Roll in confectioners’ sugar. # 4 Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes. #5 Cool in pan a few minutes before removing.

Quick Notes

Use any Cake mix that you enjoy, experiment with different combinations.

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Menu Plan Monday, Getting a little Healthier

As most of you know, I’m still participating in the Bloggest Loser contest. I’ve lost a little weight and I’m now on a diet prescribed by my Physician. I can still have just about what I want, but as he says my portions should be one third less than normal. That part has been no problem at all! Yay me! Scott is home these days, so I need to keep us all on a healthier diet without everyone noticing. So here are a few things I’ll be trying this week.

Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup

Tuesday: Vegetable Beef Soup (requested by ds12)

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Salads

Thursday: Pork Tenderloin, steamed veggies

Friday: Cornish Hens, green beans and oven baked potatoes

For more menus run over to Orgjunkie.

Menu Plan Monday (Hurricane Ida and Funeral)

This week is full, and I do mean full. With Hurricane Ida likely to hit this evening and the death of Scott’s grandmother, a doctor’s appointment and at least one dental appointment we are busy. Even though we don’t live on the cost, we are close enough tot get the rain and wind, which means the possibility of not having power for a few days is always there, so we prepare for the worst.

So this week I’ll plan to grill, smoke and use simple things for our menu. If you have any ideas, please let me know.

Just imagine these leaved flying everywhere with Hurricane Ida

Just imagine these leaved flying everywhere with Hurricane Ida

Monday: Smoked Turkey Breast with leftover mac and cheese.
Tuesday: Grilled hamburgers with chips.
Wednesday: If the weather permits, we will buy Pizza because of the funeral or we will be eating with family or at church.
Thursday: Meatloaf with mashed potatoes. This can be cooked inside or out, but I may mix it up today in the pan and freeze it.
Friday: We will have 5 kids for dinner, so we will have something easy like hot dogs because of possible football game that night. If we stay in, we will be popping popcorn and having a family game night.
Saturday: Roast, potatoes and carrots.
Sunday: Leftovers.

Menu Plan Monday (Balanced Reward Meals)

If you read often, you know that I’m on this Carb Addicts Diet. The weekends are really putting a stick in my spoke so I’ve decided to plan the whole weekend, which I don’t normally do. I want this to be 1/3 veggies, 1/3 protien and 1/3 carbs. I can’t really go wrong, but I’m not a big veggie person so I have to stick with that.

Monday: Hamburger Steaks, Salad and rolls
Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie, Salad
Wednesday: Pizza, Salad
Thursday: Vegetable Beef Soup, a small slice of Chocolate Poundcake
Friday: Grilled Chicken, grilled green beans, salad and Chocolate Poundcake
Saturday: Meatloaf, green beans, salad, Pouncake and or candy
Sunday: Smoked Turkey Breast, Mac N Cheese, Salad,

Menu Plan Monday (Protien, Protien, and Salads)

I’m on this diet, and well Saturday I got off of it, and if I don’t start eating more veggies (aka. salads) I’m not gonna lose any more weight, so I thought I’d do a lot of protien and salads this week, don’t you love when someone uses commas way to much to keep from using a capital letter and a period? 🙂

Monday: Grilled Chicken Salad

Tuesday: Smoked Boston Butt, salad and potatoes

Wednesday: Pizza and Salad

Thursday: Turkey Salad

Friday: Chicken Salad

Whew that was hard! lol!