Monday, August 31, 2009

Menu Monday August 31

It's the last day of August and I got a new recipe book dedicated to the art of cooking chicken. I looked through it and I can't wait to try some new recipes. I am a big chicken lover and often get it very cheap so it makes for good family meals.

Here is my menu plan for this week:

Monday - grilled pork chops, smashed potatoes (add grated onion and garlic for extra zing), corn

Tuesday - Hamburgers, hotdogs, macaroni and cheese, and green beans.

Wednesday - Chicken and couscous soup (featured recipe of the week..stay tuned)

Thursday - Chicken with lentils

Friday - Steak fajitas

Saturday - Couscous salad with turkey

Sunday - Baked Ziti

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Perfect Pantry

So excited! My pantry is featured this week here.

Check it out and also check out my other organizing blog in general. I would love to have you as a reader.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day of School

This post is a bit of a cheat because while my DD's first day of school was today, my older fellows first day of school was actually last week since they are in private high school which follows a different schedule. Either way they all looked adorable and I am so very proud of all that they are doing and have accomplished.

Just wanted to share a few photos of their great days!

High School Junior

High School Freshman

First Grader

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pretty Baby Wipes

I use baby wipes all the time even though my kids are no longer babies or in diapers. But wipes come in handy for an organizer like myself who loves to be clean and have the ability to pick up messes. The product is a really pretty baby wipes case. I love it because it makes me feel good about keeping clean and they are really pretty to look at. Aren't they?

You can get them right here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Menu Monday - August 17

Hello to my fellow moms and bloggers. This week is going to prove to be a big challenge with two kids off to first day of school and one going next week. It's always challenging getting back into a routine even for those of us who are organized. It's still a tough transition. Thank goodness for Menu Monday to at least keep my dinner planning on track. So here it is. My menu for the week.

Monday - grilled bbq chicken, mac n cheese, corn

Tuesday - Hamburgers and hot dogs, mashed potatoes, peas

Wednesday - Shrimp tacos, black beans and rice, green salad

Thursday - Beef soup over noodles, broccoli

Friday - Baked tilapia, squash, green salad

Saturday - BBQ in honor of my birthday!

Sunday - Baked Ziti

Have a great week. What's on your menu?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

School Is Coming - Are You Ready?

Boy it seems like time just flew on by this summer. This summer seemed so more than in the past. I thought I would get a break or that things would slow down some but that never really happened. Now it is time for me to put back into place those organizational systems that work for me when the kids are back in school. Such as:

Morning Routine

1. Set out all of the breakfast bowls, cereals, vitamins, and whatever else you need in the morning to get going.
2. Prepare all school lunches the night before and have lunch boxes all set up on the counter.
3. All clothes get laid out the night before.
4. Shoes and backpacks are at the door. Make sure everyone has their appropriate schedules.
5. Go to bed early to get used to this adjustment.

Weekly Meal Planning

1. Set aside a few minutes of time on the weekend to layout your meal plan for the next week. I coordinate the my meal plan layout right before I go grocery shopping so I can write down any particular food items I might need for the meal plan. This minimizes the surprises during the week and it also helps my husband just in case I am running late at work and he has to help prepare the meal. The plan is right there on the refrigerator. Also, it helps my kids to know what is for dinner on any given night.

2. Do your grocery shopping on the weekend. It is so much more helpful to get that out of the way.

3. Along with the weekly meal plan, I also look over the calendar of events for the week to be sure that everyone knows what everyone is doing and that everyone is taken care of as far as pick ups from school, after school activities, etc.

Do you have any organizational systems that help you throughout the school year? If so what are they?