Monday, October 13, 2014

 So, it's been a bit since I posted on the blog, make that a long bit!  I enjoy doing things and posting however, since I really don't know all the rules and regulations for posting some things, I had to take a few things off my blog.  That's why it looks empty...  yep, got my feelings hurt as I was just trying to make things easier for me and others to find.  Well, I'm gonna try again without putting up any recipes that might get me in trouble.

We had a daughter diagnosed with Celiac disease last year and wow did I have a learning curve!  About 6 months after her diagnosis I purchased the Trim Healthy Mama book and began following the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) lifestyle with some results however, it's very difficult for me.  I apparently have too much freedom with that way of eating.  :)  So, the daughter that has the auto-immune disease went to a nutrition class for PCOS, yes that can go hand in hand with celiac, it's called linking and balancing.  You may read more about it in The Insulin-Resistance Diet by Cheryle R. Hart, M.D. and Mary Kay Grossman, R.D.  Quite informative! 

So here is my heart. I enjoy planning meals for my family of 12, yes we had a grandbaby added to our family in January.  I dislike that our grocery budget is $1000 a month and I am trying to trim that down.  I'm thinking $800 a month would be better!  One way that I know of to help this situation is for me to plan all our meals and cook from scratch as much as is practical.  Be gentle with yourself because we live busy lives and sometimes it's okay to open that can, add a little extra goodness to it, heat it up, and eat it.  Saves my sanity! 

Here is our meal plan for the next 2 weeks:  Yes our week starts on Saturday since I usually shop every other Friday, payday for us.

My inspiration and idea for this came from the blog Owlhaven by Mary Ostyn. 

Go on over to this website and check it out.  She has wonderful ideas and her cookbook is one that our family really enjoys 'Family Feasts for $75 A Week'.  I'm actually trying to do a price notebook (instructions in the cookbook) so that I am able to compare items in the grocery store.  My version is a bit different from hers as I enjoy creating Excel worksheets and then printing them.  :) 

Please remember that I'm still learning how to do all this stuff so if the links don't work, please copy and paste into your browser window.  Thanks for your patience!

Week One

Breakfast - Pumpkin Bread, eggs
Lunch - Indy Chicken Salad served in Joseph's Pita with sliced tomatoes
Snack - Apple and peanut butter
Dinner - Grilled pork chops, steamed cabbage with ham

Breakfast - Cake Batter Frappa (
Lunch - Roast cooked with carrots, potatoes, and onions, steamed green beans, good salad
Snack - pepperoni and cream cheese
Dinner - Left Overs!

Breakfast - Eggs with sausage patty
Lunch - Cottage Cheese with fruit (crushed pineapple is my favorite but any will do)
Snack - Cucumber sandwich (
Dinner - Chicken Broccoli Bake (Fix, Freeze, Feast by:  Kati Neville and Lindsay Tkascsik)

Breakfast - Ham 'n cheese Breakfast Muffins
Lunch - Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad (Trim Healthy Mama by:  Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett)
Snack - Apple and peanut butter
Dinner - Spaghetti with Meatballs, Granny Dyal Salad

Breakfast - Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Lunch - Quick & Easy Salmon Cakes (Practical Paleo by:  Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC)
Snack - Wasa crackers with Light Laughing Cow Cheese
Dinner - Baked Potato bar (we usually have a meat, steamed vegetable, cheese, sour cream)

Breakfast - Joseph's Pita Quesedilla
Lunch - Spanish Rice Bake (Family Feasts for $75 a Week by:  Mary Ostyn)
Snack - Peanut Butter Balls (Family Feasts for $75 a Week by:  Mary Ostyn)
Dinner -  Spanish Bean soup

Breakfast - Cake Batter Frappa (
Lunch -
Snack - Cheese Sticks
Dinner - Homemade Pizza (for those of us who are gluten free, I use this recipe from Karen Kingsbury and for those who aren't gluten free I use the recipe in Family Feasts for $75 a Week by:  Mary Ostyn)

Week Two

Breakfast -
Lunch - Almost Campbell's Soup (Trim Healthy Mama by:  Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett), Grilled cheese on Joseph's Lavish Bread
Snack - Pepperoni & cream cheese
Dinner - Shrimp & Chicken Fettuccine (Family Feasts for $75 a Week by:  Mary Ostyn - This recipe
doesn't call for chicken but some of my family don't care for shrimp.  I know, they really don't know what their missing and we aren't telling them!)

Breakfast - Cake Batter Frappa (
Lunch - Cheryl Casserole, salad
Snack - apple with peanut butter
Dinner - Left Overs!

Breakfast - cheesy eggs
Lunch - Egg salad with Joseph's Pita
Snack - Wasa Cracker with Light Laughing Cow Cheese
Dinner - Sausage with Cabbage & Corn (Family Feasts for $75 a Week by:  Mary Ostyn)

Breakfast - Regular Oatmeal for children
                    Overnite Oatmeal for mom (Trim Healthy Mama by:  Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett)
Lunch - BLT Salad for Mom (Trim Healthy Mama by:  Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett)
               BLT wraps for boys use Joseph's Lavish Bread for wrap
Snack - Celery with peanut butter
Dinner - 13 bean soup with ham bone/diced ham, rice

Breakfast - Peanut Butter Muffins (Cooking with Coconut Flour by:  Bruce Fife, N.D.)
Lunch - Tuna Casserole (Casseroles by:  Sue Gregg)
Snack - cheese slices, carrots, ranch dressing
Dinner - Egg Roll in a Bowl (

Breakfast - Pumpkin pancakes (Practical Paleo by:  Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC)
Lunch - Sweet & Sour Hot Dog Stir Fry  (Family Feasts for $75 a Week by:  Mary Ostyn)
Snack -
Dinner - Taco Salad made with Slow Cooker Salsa/Cream cheese Chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips

Breakfast - Cake Batter Frappa (
Lunch - Fotato Soup  (Trim Healthy Mama by:  Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett)
Snack -
Dinner - Bacon Cheeseburger Soup (

Whew, that's a lot of information!  Next pay period I believe I'm going to try planning meals out of my pantry and freezers to see if I can minimize my grocery budget.  A great idea that I read on the Owlhaven blog.  See the information above these menu plans for the Owlhaven website.  This blogger is taking a spending challenge for September, I'm gonna try it for just 2 weeks in October and see what happens. 

Happy Cooking!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Children Leaving the Nest

Well, its finally happening, one child is getting ready to move out for the remaining of her Junior and Senior year of college.  Now mind you she is just moving 25 miles away but I hardly ever go to the town her college is in.  I now wonder how often I'll see her since this is the child that when she would go to camp during the summer she NEVER called home.  It will be an interesting transition seeing how long it takes for her to call or come visit.  My guess is that I'll call first because my mama heart will want to know how she is doing.

I know this is what we have been preparing our children to do, leave the nest, but oh how difficult it is to believe that they are ready.  God is in control and I know that in my heart but my mind sure does struggle.  He loves this child more than I ever could but my knees will be down on the ground just a bit more interceding for this step into adulthood.  Now is the time for this child to really know what faith is to her, to know where she stands on convictions, and to seek God for herself, to really own these things not just rely on what her Dad and I believe.  Growing pains for her and us...

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.          ~John 14:27  

I'm praising the Lord that we have 8 more to love and instill God's grace and love in before they take flight...  This doesn't mean we don't love the one moving and that we won't show God's grace and love to her but I believe it will look a little different from here on out.  A new chapter in our lives.  A chapter of new beginnings.  We love you daughter.

Mom of Nine ~ 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Here is one of our favorite Fall foods.  We are eating it this morning for breakfast, yum!

Pumpkin Bread

4 large eggs, beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 cup oil
2 cups pumpkin, canned
3 cups sugar
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 cup chocolate chips

Grease 2 loaf pans.  Mix eggs, oil, milk, and pumpkin in large bowl.  Add flour, salt, baking soda, sugar, spices, and chocolate chips to pumpkin mixture.  Mix well and divide evenly between loaf pans.  Bake at 350* for 1 hour or till knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool slightly in pans before removing to cool completely on wire rack.  Slice and serve.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Blogging for Large families

Yes, I'm up and running this morning and looking forward to sharing little snippets of my week with you.  My goal is to post once a week, minimum and more if I can. 

I'll be back after we get done with our school, haircuts, bank run, etc. See you soon!