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 (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


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


  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.

Menu Plan Monday – Thanksgiving!

This week is gonna be a tough one it looks like, but I’m trying to plan a lot of things that I normally wouldn’t like breakfast and snacks. We will have an indefinite amount of kids on any given day of the week, along with Thanksgiving at both of our mother’s homes on Thursday and hopefully we will finally finish moving Scott from his apartment. Scott is still not working, please keep our family in your prayers. There have been 3 losses and the loss of his job, we can use all of the prayer that we can get at the moment. Christmas is going to be about family this year more than ever.

I’ll stop rambling and get on to the good stuff. I’m naming my days but really it doesn’t always go that way, sometimes Monday’s menu is cooked on Friday. We never know around here! lol Oh and don’t forget to check out the deal I found on the Kitchen Aid Mixer that’s NOT a get out of the house in the cold on Friday deal.

Monday: Hamburgers with Homemade Buns and fries.

Tuesday: Vegetable beef soup.

Wednesday: Chicken and Dumplings

Thursday (only what I’m cooking): Turtle Cheesecake Pie, Scott’s Mac and Cheese, Turkey cupcakes from Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make

Friday: Leftovers made into Turkey Pot Pie

Saturday: Any leftovers from the week, along with sandwiches.

Sunday: Scott’s Beef Roast, mashed potatoes, green beans and um more Mac and Cheese!


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,

Bloggest Loser Update #5

Last week…ahhh…well I’ll put on my big girl panties and admit it. I cheated, a lot. My numbers were down half a pound until I left to go out of town. I don’t even want to talk about it. So I’m starting over. Lots of water. Plan to walk or exercise in some way daily. I’m gonna stick to my diet. I’m gonna do the Entry plan for 2 weeks to see how it goes. I really want to lose more money to fit in one particular dress (hopefully a size or two smaller than normal) this spring.

I’m going to be playing around with some recipes for my “diet meals” and my reward meals are on my menu this week. Yes I’m going to plan for the weekend also because that’s when I get all messed up.

I hope everyone else had a great weekend and I’ll check in again next week.

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!

Menu Plan Monday (Protien and veggies)

I’m still on the diet! Yay! Its working even when I’m bad and mother nature is against me. This week I’m not going to cheat and gonna try to get this water weight back off plus some.

I know that I’m addicted to carbohydrates. I love having something sweet for breakfast and then my snacks. I could eat brownies with or for every meal. So on with my menu:

Breakfast for every day: Omelet with cheese and bacon, ham or sausage.

Lunch for every day: Grilled chicken or other protein from leftovers with a salad or green beans


  • Monday: Grilled Chicken, salad, french bread and brownie
  • Tuesday: Nachos with black beans, lettuce, tomatoes and a brownie
  • Wednesday: Pizza and salad
  • Thursday: Hamburger steaks, Mac n Cheese and green beans
  • Friday: Steak, baked potatoes and salad

Snacks: Cheese sticks, Vegetable Tray, Beef Jerky

This week I want to be a lot more careful about what I have over the weekends and have at least 4 bottles of water in the truck so that there’s not a temptation to drink sweet tea if we go out to eat.

Now I need to finish cleaning out my fridge so that I can buy a whole lot of lettuce this week, because I missed some veggies last week and can’t do that anymore.

Bloggest Loser Update 3

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Well the scale doesn’t look as good as it did this time last week. It went up 4 pounds and gradually down a half pound here and there all week til now I’ve only gained back 2.5 pounds. It’s that time of the month and I’m more sedentary and just plain out tired!

I did cheat a bit on my diet this weekend. Not a bit, a good bit. But even with the cheating the PMS bloating is leaving. I mean I wouldn’t believe it, but I had pancakes one morning and blueberry muffins the next and lost weight both days.

My craving for sweets has slowed down a LOT. I think I’m going to get some Hershey’s Kisses because now and then I want chocolate, and I figure one of those will satisfy me. The one problem that I’m having is that my sweet tea is way to sweet. I don’t care for Splenda for multiple reasons that have everything and nothing to do with taste (that’s for another blog post) I do want to drink some sweet tea now and then, but I’m going to need to half the sugar that I’m used to. Cokes taste way to sweet also, but I want something other than water and sugar free drink mixes with my dinner. I don’t want something fruity.

I have my menu for next week up if you’d like to check it out this week. I’m not really having any challenges staying on this diet (other than my bf nearly bribing me with muffins and pancakes that were not that great after all) I’m proud of myself for sticking with this and making pretty decent choices even away from home.

Now on to this weeks question:

Now that you’ve had a few weeks…what is your exercise routine? What does it consist of and how often?

Lets just forget this past week because I slept more than anything else, okay? I’ve worked out more in the last few weeks than in quite some time. That being said a couple times a week is a lot for me right now. But there is good news to come. I’m joining a gym with a friend so that I will have a workout buddy. She has a new baby and her hubby was just deployed to the Middle East affair so she wants to get out of the house. Neither of us have worked out since we both were in High School. The early years for me! I was not as athletic as my friend was in school, but since then there hasn’t been anything steady for either of us. I’ll be updating about that as it goes along, but hopefully by next week We will have a little to brag about 🙂

Menu Plan Monday: Carb Addicts Diet

I’ve been doing this diet for about a week and lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks. Nope I don’t have the book, but I’ve read a good bit and its working so far. The book hasn’t shipped, but will soon I hope. I have my weekly update done!

I know that I’m addicted to carbohydrates. I love having something sweet for breakfast and then my snacks. I could eat brownies with or for every meal. So on with my menu:

Breakfast for every day: Omelet with cheese and bacon, ham or sausage.

Lunch for every day: Grilled chicken or other protein from leftovers with a salad or green beans


  • Monday: Grilled Chicken, salad, french bread and brownie
  • Tuesday: Nachos with black beans, lettuce, tomatoes and a brownie
  • Wednesday: Pizza and salad
  • Thursday: Ham, Mac n Cheese and green beans
  • Friday: Hamburgers, fries and a small salad

Snacks: Cheese sticks, Vegetable Tray, Beef Jerky

Weekends aren’t ever planned for me until the weekend. We never know which way we are going or who will be with us.

Menu Plan Monday: Bloggest Loser

I’ve joined the Bloggest Loser and I’m looking for healthy recipes, and better alternatives for the ones that I usually make. I’ll be getting lowfat cheese, and other “good for you” alternatives to substitute in my recipes.

Monday: Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Packets

Wednesday: Vegetable Beef Soup

Thursday: Taquitos for me, Nachos for the kiddos

Friday: Chicken Parm from Hungry Girl


Do you have any go to recipes or substitutes that you’d like to share? I hope so, because I really need them!