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Menu Plan Monday January 25, 2016 Edition

The Snowpocalypse of 2016 thankfully missed our house. The kids got to enjoy three days off from school though. They played outside and went sledding with the little bit of snow we did get.  They had lots of fun and thoroughly enjoyed their mini vacation. They were off Monday too for Martin Luther King day so they only went one day this week. Not that they were complaining by any chance!
This week’s menu features great buys that I got from Aldi’s and Kroger’s. If you have never checked out Aldi’s do so. They have a whole line of gluten free products called LiveGFree which includes frozen foods like Blueberry Pancakes, Cheese Pizzas and even Chicken Nuggets and snacks like Double Chocolate Brownie Muffins. Another line they have is called Fit & Active which is their lower fat line. We personally like the Fit & Active® Lean Turkey Polska Kielbasa. It’s great sliced into spaghetti sauce for baked spaghetti casserole.
My big savings this week was a Cook’s ham at Kroger. The ham was an eleven pound ham for a little over eight dollars that was originally listed for $22.00. I’m cooking it right now and once it cools, I’ll divide it into meal sized portions to freeze. I have a FoodSaver® 4980 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System that I picked up from Costco before the holidays started. This has really saved our family time and money since I can buy food in bulk and divide it into portions for our family.

Menu Plan for January 25- January 31

Funeral Sandwiches (recipe courtesy of Clever Housewife,
Dutch Apple Pie w/ Whipped Cream (Aldi’s special – twenty five cents for the pie!)
Baked Pork Chops
Cheesy Julienne Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Salisbury Steaks
Steamed Rice
Green Beans
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Garlic Bread
 (Darling husband is cooking tonight. I’ll be out of town with Gabriel at an appointment.)
Hot Dogs
Macaroni and Cheese
Baked Beans
Roasted Chicken Thighs
Sweet Peas
Breakfasts: Cereal, French Toast, Mickey Waffles, Oatmeal etc
Lunches: Leftovers, Sandwiches, etc
I was looking for something pretty for this post and I came across this lovely painting. It’s called Midsummer’s Eve and was painted in 1908 by British painter Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914). Hughes worked mainly in watercolors and was part of the artistic movement called Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. With all the cold weather everyone has been having lately, I thought a picture of something warm would be great.
Until next time…

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Review and Giveaway!

What happens when you take fifteen of the best loved songs from one of YouTube’s most popular family friendly channels and put them on DVD? You get Super Simple Songs – Video Collection 1.  I recently got a copy of this great DVD to review with my kids and boy was it a hit!

Super Simple Learning was incorporated in 2009 in Tokyo, Japan by some North American school teachers. These folks were teaching English at a children’s English school but they were having trouble finding songs that were both simple and fun enough to engage their little learners. So they started making their own. This first group of songs became the CD Super Simple Songs CD. This led to the creation award-winning CDs, books, and other learning materials are used in homes and classrooms around the world. They are currently located to Seattle, Washington.

Super Simple Learning was voted one of Time Magazine‘s 50 Best Websites of 2013, Super Simple Learning produces awards winning DVDs, CD’s and books for children under age 5, young children who are learning English as a second language or special needs students.  Their website has over 600 printable pages of teaching resources plus a “free” resources page that has worksheets, flashcards and tons of other great things. Trust me when I say these are great for anyone who works with young learners. You can visit their store at

My kids loved this DVD! Even my 10 year was watching and singing right along with her younger brothers. The bright colors and catchy songs make this DVD a “win” . Nickolaus enjoyed singing along with the catchy tunes that included Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Rain Go Away (In fact he is watching it for the third time in less than 24 hours as I type this review. Normally if it’s not superhero related he could care less but this DVD has his full undivided attention! Score one for Super Simple Learning!)

Now here is the fun part for you all. Super Simple Learning is letting me give away one copy of Super Simple Songs -Video Collection 1 to a lucky reader.
Just follow the simple directions below so you can win a copy of this great DVD.

The rules are simple and easy:
1) You must be following my blog. Please put your name in the comments section below.

2)Only one entry per person/email! Multiple entries will be deleted. Everyone should have the same chance to win.

3) will be used to pick the winner. Winner will be chosen next Monday October 7th, 2013.

4) I’ll post the name of the lucky winner Monday evening. If you’re the winner I’ll be in touch with you to get your information so your DVD can be shipped to you. (They ship pretty fast. They shipped my DVD on Wednesday and I had it in my hands on Saturday afternoon. I’m not gonna lie, I was impressed with the speed in which it came)

Good Luck everyone!!

Until next time…

super simple



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Another Twitter Party!!

That’s right I’m inviting you all to another awesome Twitter party! If you got a chance to attend yesterday’s that was sponsored by #Pampers Baby Dry diapers you got a chance to get some great idea on helping baby go to sleep, win great prizes and take a break for a little while.

Tonight’s party #EverydayEffect Twitter Party is sponsored by Procter & Gamble makers of products such as CoverGirl, Olay, Pantene, Bounty, Dawn, Febreze, Swiffer and Tide. If you’re like a lot of people you might not have associated those products with P& G.

We ‘ll be giving away some awesome prizes including a Whirlpool High Efficiency Washing Machine! Yep one luck party goer will win a brand spanking new washing HE washing machine. Believe me this is one prize that would be getting a workout in my house.

Of course you can’t forget about our party panelist who worked hard to get this party together for us. So show some “twitter love ” and follow these gals on Twitter:@Zipporahs, @StacieInAtlanta, @LisaSamples, @MommyBlogExpert, @WiCProject, @MommaDJane.

Our great party host is @SheSpeaksUp .

This great soiree is sponsored by @ProcterGamble

A quick detail list with links to make it easier to find us tonight:
When: Thursday April 11 at 9pm ET
Where: Twitter – follow hashtag #EverydayEffect
Custom TweetGrid:

And if this is your first “rodeo” to quote the expression here’s a link to some Twitter Party tips and hints. It basically covers the basics for Twitter partying. It’s like being at a “real” party- be nice, thanks your host

I look forward to seeing everyone tonight at 9pm ET. Oh and if you’re a guy don’t feel like you can’t join us. Guys cook, clean, do laundry and all sorts of things.

Until tonight…


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Falcon Camp

Today I am posting on behalf of Falcon Camp in Carrollton, Ohio. I was not paid or compensated for this post in anyway.

Fun for Now, Skills for Life   Widely recognized throughout the Midwest as Falcon CampOhio’s premier summer camp since 1959, Falcon Camp offers a beautiful lakefront setting, talented experienced staff, and a wide range of activities. “Fun for Now, Skills for Life” is not just a catchy motto but truly defines what Falcon is about.

Camp is designed for boys and girls ages 6 – 16 in 2,4,6 or 8 week sessions. Each day campers choose their own schedule within a general framework. Daily activities are separate for boys and girls with planned coed events. Riding, sailing, swimming, riflery, crafts, tennis, drama, archery, mountain biking and so many more activities are offered. Instruction from beginner to advanced is offered in each activity.

We have a strong reputation for making sure a camper’s first overnight experience is very positive. Our non-competitive environment is inviting to campers who may be hesitant to try something they have never done before, while our awards system challenges our most experienced campers. The 1:4 staff/camper ratio allows individual instruction and attention. Most of all it’s great fun!

Falcon also has a special Young Adventure program for campers ages 6 -9. These one week intro sessions are designed for first time campers. ACA accredited, many NE Ohio references are available along with campers from all over the United States and the world. Being so close to several major cities allows families to visit beforehand, meet staff and feel “at home” prior to attending. Falcon is an outstanding opportunity for fun and learning.

A summer at Falcon is a special experience where good things happen by design. Visit our website,, call 800/837-CAMP or email for more information. Located on Leesville Lake in Carrollton, Ohio.

Coupon: Get $125 off a two week session at Falcon Camp!®ionid=261falcon

Until next time…

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Baby or Bust 2012 an update

Last year about this time I wrote a post about a friend and her Prince Charming who were trying to raise funds for a donor egg. Well, fast forward to 2013 and I am happy to report that Melissa and Cory are going to be parents!! That’s right they will be the happy parents of a baby boy later this year.
I just wanted to thank all of you for your prayers for them and ask that you keep them in your prayers as the pregnancy progresses.

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Youngest daughter’s surgery went fine. She will be recovering at home for a day or two. Thanks

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Menu Plan Monday -The Rachael Ray and AllFoods Edition

I admit that this week’s menu ideas were cue dramatic music…borrowed! Oh horror of horrors you mean you didn’t come up with the recipes on your own? Sadly nope I did not. I have to give credit to two great magazines that I got in Friday’s mail, Everyday with Rachael Ray and a small sample issue of All Foods that was sent with the Everyday magazine.
I usually just flip thru my magazines and toss them. For some reason I didn’t do that this time but instead decided to actually read them this time. I am so glad that I did. Both magazines had some great recipes for easy dinner menu starters.

I have provided links to recipes that I used for each of the nightly menu if they were available.

Stir-Fry Beef and Veggies (I use the Sweet-Sour Stir-Fry Sauce on the right side. Stir Fry Sauce)
Steamed Jasmine Rice

Corned Beef Melts with Sweet and Sour Onions and Wilted Cabbage
Note: I baked a corned beef brisket in the oven myself when I was unable to find deli sliced corned beef available locally. Also instead of the breads she suggested I used Pepperridge Farm Simply Oatmeal Bread.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork on Slider Buns
Homemade Coleslaw – My coleslaw dressing recipe comes from my 1970 Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.

Quick Chicken Soup with Pasta 
If we do not go to church. Depends on how everyone is feeling that afternoon.

Broccoli Ham Ring

Meatloaf (I use ground turkey instead of beef in mine. Even though is says the fish sauce is optional do add a few drops if you can find it.)
Spring Blend Veggies

Fish Fillets
French Fries

Breakfasts are cereal, English muffins, waffles and eggs.
Lunches are sandwiches, salads, macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and leftovers

I am so glad these are easy to do recipes and menus. This afternoon our five year old son took a fall and so he and I went to the local children’s hospital to get him looked at. Thankfully he is fine and he has to take it easy for a few days.
Youngest dear daughter has outpatient surgery to remove an ear tube this week so she’ll be out of school for a day or two. I got her frozen lemonades, ice pops, pudding and Jello to eat after her surgery.
If you remember my last post I mentioned needing to see a specialist for my knee. Well, I did and I have to probably have surgery on it. I will know something definite on the 22nd after my consult with the knee surgeon and my MRI.
If you folks could keep us in your prayers we’d appreciate it tons. Thanks a million !!

Until next time…

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