Menu Plan Monday June 26 thru July 2 2016

It’s been so long since I’ve written anything. Things have been kind of odd recently for us. A few weekends ago we decided to go up and see my family before Gabriel has his open heart surgery. (He has an ASD and a VSD along with perforations between the chambers so he’ll be having surgery to fix this).

We went into town to get some groceries and came home. Now the last thing that I personally remember is telling my husband that I wasn’t paying fourteen bucks for a cheese pizza but apparently I told my oldest daughter and him that my head hurt really bad and I was going to lie down.

So you can imagine about how shocked I was when I woke up in the back of an ambulance speeding down Union Valley Road towards the hospital! Being a mom the first thing I asked was , “Where are the kids and who’s watching them?!”.Never mind the fact that I had two 12 gauge IVs stuck in my arms.

After what seemed like forever the illustrious doctors at the first hospital announced that they had no neurologist on staff so they were transferring me to a hospital that was 45 minutes away. Now this hospital is less time from my parents house BUT since I wasn’t close enough to the county line, EMS technically couldn’t take me there. My kind caring brother said they only take you to the first hospital to die. Uh gee thanks Josh for those kind caring words.

Four days later they released me with a diagnosis of a grand mal seizure and a cardiac drop attack, a prescription with an anti-seizure medication, a list of restrictions about as tall I am, multiple appointments with multiple specialists, a left arm that look like Mike Tyson got a hold of it and a bill from NOT one but two separate healthcare systems (thank you Greg from BlueCross of Tennessee for helping me with the logistics of getting an out of state emergency room and hospital admissions bills taken care of).

As you can imagine, we have been doing simple meals recently. My new to me go to cookbook is The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook printed in 1959. This book is wonderful and to think that someone threw it in the free bin at the local bookstore since it was “too old” according to their sale policies. It covers everything from planning family meals to what to do when one of the children is sick to cooking on a boat to hosting affairs for 100 people to when there’s a death in the neighbor’s family. If you happen across a copy of this book grab it and hold fast to it.

For Sunday dinner we’re having
Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters, Buttered Rice, Green Bean Casserole, Rolls, Cream Gravy and Jell-O for dessert

Monday the leftover chicken will be starring Creamed Chicken served in buttered toast cases, a fresh green salad and cookies for dessert.

Tuesday I’m making Pan Fried Pork Chops, Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples, Mashed Potatoes and leftover cookies.

Wednesday is going to be Hamburgers with trimmings, chips and fresh watermelon for dessert.

Thursday we’ll be having Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, salad and Italian bread. I’m thinking ice cream will be a great end for this meal.

Friday is the first and we have errands to run almost all day. So we might eat out or just grab a pizza from Costco.

Saturday night, we’ll have my folks along with my two oldest daughters for dinner and staying through the holiday weekend. Sandwiches, pretzel nugget tray from Philly Pretzel Factory (I got a coupon for a free Large Rivet Tray with 3 dips to use), chips, fresh veggies and brownies round out this meal . Maybe I can convince Mom to make muffuletta sandwiches for us.


Lunches will be leftovers, canned pastas, sandwiches and the like.

Breakfasts is cereal with milk, French toast strips, muffins etc


Sometimes things including menus don’t quite as planned. That was us, on Monday night the littlest one announced that he wanted macaroni and hot dogs so we had that for dinner instead. We had company on Tuesday so we had a late lunch and instead of pork chops like I had planned, I whipped up a batch of fresh blueberry muffins. To which my oldest son, said “Hallelujah”. Ice cold pineapple rings and glasses of ice cold tea went great with the muffins.
I used to use the recipe on the Bisquick website but since we learned that our oldest son has a severe soy allergy, I can’t anymore. Instead I use the recipe from the 1947, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook better known as The Fanny Farmer book. I did tweak it a little for our family’s tastes.

Fannie Farmer’s Blueberry Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 400. Spray a muffin pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the flour over the blueberries and dredge. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the egg, milk and butter, stirring only enough to dampen the flour. Lightly fold in the blueberries. The batter will be a little lumpy. Spoon batter into muffin pans, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. 12 regular muffins.
Sometimes I add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to help add some extra flavor to the muffins.
Until next time…

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UPDATE! Hank the Cat Safely Returned to Owner

Orange Street News

April 15, 2016

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

Hank the Cat, who went missing on Orange Street last Friday night has been safely returned to its owner.

“I’m happy to say that Hank was returned home safe and sound this evening,” Johnathan, the owner told the Orange Street News. “He’s enjoyed a bath and is currently eating some of his favorite tuna!”

The $50 in reward money will be donated to a local animal shelter.


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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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The Moscow Ballet is Coming!!

Growing up it was a tradition for my mom to take my sister and I to the opening night performance of the Nutcracker at Christmas time. We would dress up and have dinner before hand. It was one the gifts that we looked forward to each year. This year thanks to the Moscow Ballet, you too can feel the magic of the Nutcracker.

The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker s coming to a city near you.  My Readers Can Save on Tickets Now with this exclusive offer from US Family Guide .

It’s the ultimate holiday tradition and creates memories for a lifetime. The production includes over 200 romantic costumes and 10′ tall playful animal puppets; shimmering colorful, backdrops splashed with 3-D effects; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls and a puppet show for shadowing the Nutcracker Story at the opening Christmas Party. During the battle with Nutcracker Prince and the 3-headed Rat King, a golden cannon shoots roses! In the Magical Snow Forest an authentic Russian style Troika Sleigh, known as the fastest sleigh in the world, is escorted by Father Christmas (Ded Moroz) and Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) on their way to Act II. The Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its dedication to world peace with Act II named the “Land of Peace and Harmony.” The first scene of Act II features a stunning “Dove of Peace” with a 20′ wingspan and danced by 2 dancers each with one feathered wing. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! By using the code JOY to get the biggest discount of the season for your family.

Again remember by using the special promo code you can save on your tickets to this incredible event: JOY

Watch this video to see the sheer beauty of the Moscow Ballet in action Dove of Peace.

If you have ever been to the ballet comment and let us know what your experience was like.

Until next time…

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Stroller Organizer Review

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I moved so come visit my new site

I’ve moved my blog to Here you will find all my new posts along with some of my favorites ones from here that I have moved to share with my newer readers. Drop by and let me know you’re at the the new site.


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Well Beginnings Review

First of all the legal stuff…

I rreceived this product in exchange for a review on my blog.The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


I’m Mom Ambassador Blogger which means in exchange for my honest reviews and opinions I get to try different things out. I recently received a goodie box with things from the Walgreens Well Beginnings line of products. In my box I got a package of diapers, a bottle of baby wash, a package of wipes and a bottle of Walgreens Pediatric Oral Electrolyte Solution with Zinc Unflavored.

I was surprised when the box came in the mail since I wasn’t expecting anything in the mail. Besides who doesn’t like getting stuff in the mail that isn’t junk or a bill. I tried once to tell “Bill” that he just wasn’t welcome but he came the next month like clockwork and the month after…


The diapers are made with an extra soft inner liner with natural botanicals, vitamin E and aloe. This inner liner helps to keep baby’s bottom from being irritated. We all know what happens when baby is irritated. Another great thing about these diapers is that they have a nice soft outer cover. Don’t be fooled thought these diapers really do have great leakage control. We used them on Gabriel and they worked great especially overnight.


The Well Beginnings Baby Wash is wonderful. The baby wash can be used on baby’s entire body. No separate bottles of shampoo, soap and bubble bath to have in the tub with you and baby anymore. I put a few caps under running water and got loads of bubbles for Gabriel’s bathtime. I also used for our middle son, Nickolaus, who has skin issues. According to the Walgreens website
“Unlike baby soaps, this baby wash cleans without drying because it’s 100% soap-free, dye-free and pH-balanced. In fact it is milder than any baby soap. The tear-free formula is clinically tested hypoallergenic and is dermatologist and allergy tested. Paraben and phthalate free.”
The wipes were nice, thick,soft and good sized.  I really don;t like wipes that are thin and fall apart easily when used.  These wipes did the job and didn’t fall apart on the job so to speak. I used them for diaper changes, wiping dirty faces and sticky hands. A bonus is that they didn’t irritate anyone’s skin.  They are even made alcohol-free so people like my husband who is allergic to alcohol can use them safely. Another good thing is that they only come out one at a time!  No more dealing with a bunch of wipes coming out at once.

My personal favorite was the  bottle of Walgreens Pediatric Oral Electrolyte Solution with Zinc Unflavored.   The reason is that Gabriel is on a feeding tube 22 hours a day and  bottle of Walgreens Pediatric Oral Electrolyte Solution with Zinc Unflavored. can be added to his formula mix to add calories to it. Gabriel is allergic to all red dyes and soy also. This makes adding stuff to his formula difficult for us. The  bottle of Walgreens Pediatric Oral Electrolyte Solution with Zinc Unflavored is completely dye free so it made it easy for us to use it to mix his formula up.

Overall I have to say that the Well Beginnings line from Walgreens is a great lineup of products that will keep both Mom and baby happy.


Until next time…

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