This knitting project is like life...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This is a dress I'm making for my daughter. I'm using rather small needles (size 4) and very thin yarn. It feels like it will never end. However, if I remain consistent and just take it one stitch at a time, before I know it, I have a row...then two rows...then lots more. For quite some time you couldn't tell what I was even doing...but I stuck with it and now you can tell! I've made a few mistakes along the way. If I go back and dwell on th, I'll get no I soldier on...learning from the mistakes and trying not to focus on them. Instead I look at the thousands of perfect stitches...but sometimes it's hard to ignore the few mistakes. I'm doing the same thing countless times, but eventually when progress is made, I feel accomplished and want to work at it even more. Yes, it is a lot of work and I could take the easy way out and just buy my daughter a dress...but I'll get more pride out of finishing this one.

Knitting can teach you a lot, eh?

Meal Plan February 9th

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Last night I was dinkin' around on the internets and found a couple recipes that sounded yummy, so I jotted them down and realized I had planned most of the meals for the week...usually it doesn't come together so easily. Here is what I planned:

Monday: Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken, brown rice (make extra for meatloaf tomorrow) and edamame

Tuesday: Southwest Meatloaf

Wednesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu 

Thursday: Cilantro Steak & Potatoes (for Valentine's Day)

Friday: Crockpot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Then today I went grocery shopping. I stopped by Sam's first, to see if I could find a deal on meat (usually I have a lot of my proteins for the week in the freezer, so my grocery bill isn't too I had it was going to hurt!!)

Lately I have been getting killer deals on skinless, boneless chicken thighs, today there were NONE! While scoping out the meat section, I spied Corned Beef!!! I have been wanting Corned Beef SO bad and have some cabbage in the fridge just screaming to be in the cart it went. I had to remove something from my list, so off came the Teriyaki Chicken.

I did find a 5 lb pack of ground turkey, so the Southwest Meatloaf secured its spot on the meal plan for the week. And I figured I could make a spaghetti sauce with some of the meat and throw the rest in the spaghetti was added and Broccoli Cheese Soup was removed.

Then I passed this artichoke stuffed chicken that was pretty much heat and eat. I thought about how much I have been cooking from scratch lately, and how it has been healthier...but I'm feeling a little burnt out. In jumped the Artichoke Chicken and Chicken Cordon Bleu fell off the list.

So, this is what the meal plan ended up looking like:

Monday:Corned Beef & Cabbage

Tuesday: Southwest Meatloaf


Thursday: Cilantro Steak & Potatoes (I need to pick up the steaks still)

Friday: Artichoke Chicken

Another week, another meal plan

Saturday, February 2, 2013

So, it is obvious that my life is extremely exciting lately when my ONLY blog posts are meal plans...but it is pretty much my only blog worthy activity. Our days are fairly mundane, filled with grocery shopping, trips to the library, preschool, working out at the Y (as much as humanly possible), making meals, cleaning up the neverendingmesses and being thankful I made it through another day. Thrilling, eh?  

We are also trying to purchase a house, which seems to be a lot of leg work...but we won't know for 3 months if we actually get it. It is fun to dream though, and if we don't get it...I have many photos and plans on how to update it that I can drop in the mail to the new owners. That's not creepy at. all.

I usually meal plan on Sunday for the rest of the week, but decided to walk on the wild side and meal plan on Saturday...whooo hoooo I have found that posting my meal plan for the week is also helpful for me when I'm in the grocery store and forget my list, I can at least see what the meal plan is for the week on my blog! Win, win!

I think I've mentioned it before, but we get a basket from bountiful baskets each Saturday. And the haul today really helped me plan our week. We received a huge head of cabbage, head of cauliflower, 2 huge sweet potatoes, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, bananas, strawberries, lots of little apples and a couple asian pears. All the fruit will be demolished by my kids within days (maybe hours), the tomatoes, radishes and cucumbers make a great salad for lunches and all the other stuff found its way into a dinner. It was a great basket and I'm continually shocked at what $15 buys you in produce.

Alright....on with the show!

Chicken, Potatoes & Green Beans

I received this recipe from a it is as she wrote it...
4-6 raw chicken breasts, new potatoes, green beans (fresh or canned-really any green veggie would work. Broccoli is good, too). Arrange in 9x13 dish. Sprinkle with a packet of Italian dressing mix and then top with a melted stick of butter. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Enjoy!

I'm going to switch it up a bit and use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, regular potatoes, green beans, ranch dressing mix and butter. If it turns out, I'll let ya know. If it sucks, I'll come and cross out all this stuff! :)

Chicken & Rice Soup
I'm going to use this recipe, but use rice instead of pasta 

Pork Chops & Cabbage
Going to actually use this recipe...and not change anything. wow! There are very few I think I can stick to it!

Mexi Crockpot Chicken 

I'm actually going to triple this and bring two meals to mommas that just had babies

Tilapia & Roasted Cauliflower

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Stew