Monday, June 10, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

I always have a menu plan for our suppers throughout the week, but I've been lacking in a plan for breakfast and lunch, and because of that, some days we come up short and end up at the local fast food joint.  This week, I have a plan, and it is posted on the 'fridge for all to see.  Let's see how this works. :>)  Grocery day was Friday, so I'm backing up and starting there.

Friday - 
Breakfast - Immaculate cinnamon rolls 
Lunch - Homemade chicken salad on croissants
Supper - Chicken strips sauteed in butter and olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, ginger and anything else that looked good in the spice cabinet!, greens salad with red peppers, red onions, carrots and cucumbers, sauteed zucchini and yellow squash in oils and spices leftover from chicken, sweet potato casserole

Saturday - Crazy day, no plans

Sunday - 
B - cereal
L - Spaghetti, same salad as on Friday
S - Church fish fry

Monday -
B - cereal
L - Cheese quesadillas, homemade guacamole w/chips
S - Roast beef, sauteed cabbage, and provolone cheese in whole grain tortilla wrap, carrots & celery

Tuesday - 
B - Sprouted whole wheat pancakes w/dark chocolate chips and maple syrup
L - Snack lunch w/boiled eggs, cheese, crackers, and apples
S - Stir fry w/grass fed beef, kale, carrots, cabbage, onions served over organic brown jasmine rice

Wednesday -
B - Muffins 
L - Turkey and avocado wraps, carrots & celery
S - Salmon served over creamed spinach, Spanish rice (recipes from Great Physician's Rx by Jordan Rubin)

Thursday -
B - Baked oatmeal
L - Chicken & broccoli casserole
S - Mexican Omelet (from GP Rx), muffins, fruit 
Head over to Organizing Junkie for more meal plans!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

First of the Lasts

I'm guessing this will be the first of many "last" posts throughout this coming year.  With an upcoming senior in high school, that's just the way it is.  This week began Madison's last opportunity to play high school summer basketball.  Every year, as soon as school has ended for the year, sports begin again.  Basketball in June - softball in July.  The past two summer ball seasons have been practically the whole month for each, but this year they're getting a bit of a break, and next week will be it for basketball until sometime around October when they meet up again for the "real" season.  Basketball isn't Madison's favorite, so she seems quite happy about it.  Of course, it makes me a little sad, but Amelia informed me yesterday that she intends to play every year and even in college so I still have plenty of years to watch one of my children play basketball.  ;>)

Summer ball is exhausting for the girls ~ six games in two days!

This doesn't qualify as a last, but here are some pics from the powder puff football game that took place at the end of the school year.  Madison was quarterback, and her team (the juniors) won!  This was quite entertaining - especially the football player "coaches" on the sideline.  They take it quite seriously!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Daytona Beach - 2013

This time last Sunday, we were just checking into our condo at Daytona Beach.  After a week of fun in the sun (and lots of wind!), we returned home on Friday evening.  We spent a lot of time on the beach and playing in the sand.  I love to play in the sand!  We got in the ocean a little bit - Cari even rented a surfboard for one hour and tried to do a little surfing, but the waves were crazy rough.  In fact, there were red flag warnings all week, and we even witnessed a rescue - thankfully the man appeared to be okay as he was being loaded into the ambulance.  All the beach-goers were strongly cautioned to not get in the water above their waist, and around knee level was fine with me! Besides the fact that the riptide was so dangerous, that water was cool!, and the strong winds ruled out any danger of getting hot.  Getting hot is sort of a prerequisite for me to get into cold water. LOL

We also spent some time at the Boardwalk, and on another day we enjoyed one of Brad's favorite past times of playing video games.  We raced around the local go-cart track (Matthew enjoyed bragging that he and daddy were the big winners), and one of my favorite things that we did was the experience of a dolphin cruise where we did actually get to see some dolphins.

Last week flew by super fast, but it was so nice to get away with the family and have everyone in the same place for a few days.  Very thankful for this blessing!

The beach can do crazy things to hair!

Brad and Matthew on the Ferris wheel.
My girls and Madison's friend Caitlyn about to experience a "hurricane."
 I had this experience two years ago and had no desire to "go green" again,
if you know what I mean....

Lazy River time.

I lost count of how many times Amelia went down this slide.
 I'm thinking this was her favorite part of the trip.
  I went down it a few times myself.  It was pretty fun!

My mom gave the kiddos spending money for souvenirs,
 and this is what they bought.
 I'm thinking this phase is not going away any time soon.  ;>D

The pelicans we saw nesting while on our dolphin cruise.

We watched a crab race while waiting on the dolphins to appear........
The two in the middle were not very motivated.
I guess that trip was the signal that summer break has officially begun.  I'm hoping the next several weeks do not fly as swiftly as last week did because when the school year begins, I'm gonna have a senior!!  I don't think I'll go there right now.  I think we should just concentrate on enjoying the here and now.  :>)


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