Sunday, August 10, 2014


It's the first week of school for us so this is gonna be an easy week! Enjoy!

Grocery list is at the bottom!

Monday: Taco Pizza

Tuesday: Chinese at home

Wednesday: Sweet and Sour Meatball Subs, 

Sweet potato tots, fruit

Thursday: Chicken Spaghetti, Salad, Rolls

Taco Pizza

You can find the recipe HERE!

ChiNeSe at HoMe

You can do this however you want - even just get EVERYTHING from your favorite Chinese 

place. But here's what I do:

1 bag frozen Asian chicken of your choice (we like orange chicken, Kung Pau, sesame chicken)

1 bag Asian stir fry veggies

2 boxes fried rice from our favorite Chinese takeout place 

egg rolls too (also from restaurant)

Just cook the chicken and stir fry veggies on the stovetop according to the package directions. (I 

usually leave out the packet of sauce that comes with the stir fry veggies because sometimes the 

flavors can clash with the chicken! Add a little dash of soy sauce and that's all you need!  You 

could also add a fried egg, chopped, for added flavor!


served with salad and rolls

(Adapted from the Pioneer Woman's recipe)
  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken (I USE AN ENTIRE ROTISSERIE CHICKEN)
  • 3 cups Dry Spaghetti, Broken Into Two Inch Pieces
  • 2 cans Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Finely Diced Green Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Finely Diced Onion
  • 1 jar (4 Ounce) Diced Pimentos, Drained
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon (to 1/4 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
  •  Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Additional Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Preparation Instructions

Cook chicken (if needed) and chop chicken into pieces. Cook spaghetti until al dente. Do not overcook. When spaghetti is cooked, combine with remaining ingredients except chicken broth and additional 1 cup sharp cheddar. Add chicken broth a little at a time, starting with 1 cup, to make the mixture stirrable and moist, but not soupy! Place mixture in casserole pan and top with remaining sharp cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until bubbly. (If the cheese on top starts to get too cooked, cover with foil). 

Crockpot Sweet n Spicy Meatball Subs
served with sweet potato tots and fruit

1 bag frozen pre-cooked meatballs
1 jar Heinz chili sauce
1 10-16 oz jar grape jelly
1 frozen bag Alexia brand sweet potato puffs (they are tots)
1 pkg subway sandwich buns

Put the meatballs, jelly and chili sauce in the crockpot and cook on low for 3-4 hours. (these don't take too long so keep an eye on them!)

Serve on hoagie rolls or by themselves if you are watching the carbs. (not me.)
We like to eat these with sweet potato tots, and I buy the Alexia brand which you can get at pretty much anywhere.

As a little  E x T R a, mix a little bit of mayo with a tiny bit of hot sauce (or leftover chili sauce) to make a dipping sauce for the tots. It should be the color of a Guthrie's sauce, so more mayo than red sauce. It should taste fattening. Amen.


1 green bell pepper
1 onion
fruit (whatever your family likes)
taco toppings (guacamole, jalapenos, tomatoes, black olives, salsa... whatever you like)

hoagie rolls (if you want meatballs SUBS instead of just meatballs!)

1 rotisserie chicken
1 lb. ground beef

3 cups spaghetti
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 jar pimentos
2 cups chicken broth
1 jar grape jelly
1 jar Heinz chili sauce (found with the Heinz ketchup, bottle looks almost identical but smaller!)
taco seasoning
1 can rotel or salsa
1 can refried beans

2 cups sharp cheddar
2 cans crescent rolls
2 cups Mexican shredded cheese
1 egg (optional; only if you want egg in your stir fry)

sister schubert yeast rolls
1 bag precooked meatballs
1 bag sweet potato tots (Alexia brand)
1 bag Asian chicken
1 bag Asian stir fry mix

Lawry's seasoning salt, cayenne pepper, soy sauce

Friday, August 8, 2014

Teacher Favorite Things List

It's that time of year! Back to School!
Mary Ella starts 1st grade next week and I'm more than a wee bit nervous and excited.
She's so ready, though. Today when I told her there was a lunchroom, she took one of our old-school lunch trays, piled it high with plastic food, and carried it around the house for about 30 minutes - ha! Practice makes perfect, right?
Y'all know teachers hold a special place in my heart - I come from a long line of some of the best. Teachers give SO much. More than any of us will ever realize. And they are by far the most underpaid professionals out there. So I love to give back to the ones who give so much to our little ones.
Below is my "Teacher's Favorite Things" printable. The file is a PDF and can be instantly downloaded and printed. Have your child's teacher fill it out and return it to you, and you'll be able to shower your teacher with things he/she loves throughout the school year.

Monday, August 4, 2014

ReViVaL Up in Here.

I'm not posting a meal plan this week, because, to be honest, ours looks a little like this:

Monday: Moe's
Tuesday: McDonald's
Wednesday: ChickFilA
Thursday: Cereal
Friday:  mayyyyyyybe I will cook something but probably not.

Our church is having revival this week and so I won't be cooking much at all, if any.
I will be back with a meal plan next week. In the mean time you can check out a few of my favorite food blogs for ideas:

Mix & Match Mama

Our Best Bites

The Pioneer Woman

You can also click the "Recipes" tab at the top of my page and some of my favorites are listed there!


Lastly, I will leave you with a few words from last night...
Brother Bob Pitman is speaking at our church this week and we studied from Habakkuk last night. Habakkuk is speaking in chapter 3 about God bringing His judgement down on the earth. Part of that judgement is taking away many of the vital necessities ...

Though the  f i g  t r e e  does not bud
and there are no  g r a p e s  on the vine
though the  o l i v e  crop fails
and the fields produce no  f r u i t ,
though there are no  s h e e p  in the pen
and no  c a t t l e  in the stalls...
 <<  Y E T  >>
I will rejoice in the  L O R D,
I will be  
J o Y F u L
G O D  my  S A V i O R.

-Habakkuk 3:17-

Notice the vital necessities are mentioned in this verse... 
figs, grapes, olives, fruit, sheep, cattle... 
and the Lord has taken them away in His anger.
But notice the next word:

  Y E T...

If you feel like all is hopeless,
like all has gone wrong,
like your life is on a downward spiral,
like nothing is worth living for,
like God isn't listening to you,
like no one understands you,
like you are  A L O N E...

REJOICE in the power of "YET..."
No matter how bad things may seem,
trust Him and rest in Him.
He delights in you. He loves you.
He will never leave you.
And He LONGS for you to trust him.

Although this  page  in your life might hold 

u n c e r t a i n t y, 
d o u b t ,
f r u s t r a t i o n ,
s a d n e s s ,
r e g r e t ,
g u i l t ,
a n g e r ,
t e a r s ,
l o n e l i n e s s ,

the STORY is a beautiful one.

Because He writes beautiful stories.

He LOVES you, friend.
And He's not finished.
Not  y e t .
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