Meal Plan – Jan. 20th-26th

At it again. Another week another meal plan. This week is rather busy for us so we will have limited meals.

Tuesday – Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun Dried Tomatoes
My Pinterest recipe of the week comes from The Art of Comfort Baking.
Check out the recipe on her site.

Wednesday-None

Thursday- El Nop night! This is our town’s local Mexican restaurant. The best in town!

Friday- Jack Daniel’s Marinade Pork & Vegis
I have found my favorite marinade! It is Jack Daniel’s marinades that come in different flavors and they are all great.
1. Marinate 2-3 pork chops in the Jack Daniel’s marinade for at least 30 minutes. Longer is better.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3. Bake pork for 40-45 minutes.
4. Serve with vegetables or your choice.

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Meal Plan – January 6th-12th

Meal Plan

Since my husband gets paid once a week and our schedule can vary week-to-week we decided to make a meal schedule once a week and go grocery shopping every week. Not that I like going to Wal-Mart, but it seems to save us from throwing tons of food away because we aren’t home and saves us money! I like both of those options. One thing I have done for awhile is create a meal schedule for the week.

Well if you are like me you are scrambling around and trying to find something for dinner. I hate…I mean HATE to cook (just ask my husband), but I want to eat healthier and save money. I am going to start posting my weekly meal schedule here. Hopefully you will be able to find some new recipes to try and this will help your family as well.

This week’s meal plan is as follows (No fancy pictures yet but hopefully they will be here soon!)

Monday: Crockpot 3-Packet Shoulder Steak with a side of corn
I use my fancy slow cooker liners from Reynolds
1. Place shoulder steak in crockpot
2. Mix 1 cup of water with the following packets
1. Brown Gravy Mix
2. Italian Dressing Dry Mix
3. Ranch Dressing Dry Mix
3. Pour the mixture over the steak
4. Set on low and cook for 6-8 hours

Tuesday: Grilled Cheese & Soup

Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie
1. Cut 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts into small cubes
2. Add a tablespoon of butter to a skillet on medium
3. Cook chicken until white on the outside
4. Mix chicken with 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 pkg of mixed vegetables
5. Place a pie crust (I purchase a pkg of 2 from Pillsbury) at the bottom of a pie pan
6. Pour in chicken mixture
7. Place a pie crust over mixture and pinch the sides (cut a couple of holes in the top crust)
8. Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 30 minutes
9. After completely cooked place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes

Thursday: BBQ Pork
1. One boneless pork lion – I usually get a pork that is around 2lbs.
2. Place pork lion into crockpot (I use my liners again!)
3. Add about 1 1/2 cups of water
4. Sprinkle black pepper over the pork lion
5. Set crockpot to low and cook 6-8 hours
6. Once cooked shred the pork and add BBQ sauce to your taste
5. Serve with hamburger buns and my husband’s favorite Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream chips

Friday: Eat Leftovers from the week.

Saturday & Sunday: We don’t generally have any meals planned because we usually go out on of these days or we eat what’s in the house.

If you have any recipes you would like to share comment below and we can all try them out!

Questioning leads to an Answer

Over the past year and a half I have followed the updates of a woman I didn’t know that well. Updates on how she was fighting the fight against the awful disease of cancer. This woman worked with my husband many years back and became neighbors to my parents a few years ago as well. I would get emails telling about the medicines/therapies she was taking and where the cancer was or wasn’t. Until a few months ago these emails were only little reminders to say a prayer for her, her husband and two small kids. She would cross my mind from time to time but never a constant thought about how she was doing. My mom and I bought her a little gift and put it in her mailbox letting her know that we were there if she needed anything. We didn’t have to answer that call until a few months ago…

The cancer had returned and the call for help went out. Because of having a small child it would have been hard for me to take her kids to daycare almost every morning and then drive her to cancer treatments. But my mom stepped up to the plate without hesitation. I know for her it was a hard thing to do because she would get close to this lady and then maybe the worst case scenario would happen, but she did it anyways. She never even blinked when she had to get up early everyday and be out of the door before 6:30. She was there as a friend and as someone this family could count on.

This lady was a fighter and had beat the odds for the last year and a half but today was the day of the worst case scenario. Her family had to make the tough decision to take her off of life support and she passed away at the young age of 40.

All day I have been asking God the question “Why?” I don’t understand why a young wife and mother would be taken so early and taken away from her children. I don’t understand what good can come from this. It brings up memories of all the people in my life who have or are being affected by this stupid cancer. Why, why, WHY!? The only answer I have is because God’s thoughts are higher than mine. God has a plan for my, everyone’s lives, that are not to harm us. Yes, there will be trials in this life and things we just can’t wrap our minds around but God in His infinite wisdom sees further than we could ever think.

The events of today make me think about the life I live. It makes me thankful to have such an example of a Godly person in my life, my mom. She gave of herself to this family in their time of need. Sure this might not have been how she would want to spend her days. Becoming friends with a lady that could and did die. Reliving a disease that has taken too many people away from her. But she did it anyways. If I could give of myself half as much as she has given to this family and to many more…Thanks mom for being a true example of the hands and feet of Christ.

As I move on from here I can only continue to pray that I will be a Godly impact in the lives of the people I meet, even when it’s not convenient. And that I continue to look to God as my source of hope in a hopeless world.