Thursday, November 21, 2013

What I'm Thankful For

It's November.  November is the month to be thankful.  On Facebook all you see is daily thankful posts.  Now, I'm not committed enough to do a daily post on what I'm thankful for.  I am grateful and thankful every day for various aspects of my life.  I just can't commit to remembering to post them on Facebook every day.

I have much to be thankful for lately.  I'm thankful for our amazing little baby that came into our lives earlier this year and made it that much richer.  I'm thankful for my two older ones that have adjusted and helped in ways I did not think possible before.  I'm thankful for an amazing husband that busts his butt both at work and at home to support our family. I'm incredibly thankful for Blessings in disguise.

This little one put me out of work. Daycare for her full time and for the other two along with commuting costs and work related expenses were close to, if not more than what I would have been bringing home.  Because of that, I have had the opportunity to stay at home with my babies.  We've done things we couldn't do before.  I have been there for them in ways I couldn't when I was working.  We've had more time together.  I'm more relaxed and not rushing to get everything done in the short span between work and bedtime.  I'm enjoying being their mom more than I ever have. For this I am grateful.

Linking up with Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

This week we are having:

Monday - Ravioli & Meatballs

Tuesday - Apricot Chicken & Rice

Wednesday - Leftovers

Thursday - Pasta

Friday - Pizza night

Saturday - Chicken Tacos

What's on your menu this week?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 9.23.13

I struggle so much with menu planning.  Once I do it though, I feel so much better having a plan.  I think it's because I suck at cooking.  There, I said it.  I suck at cooking.  It doesn't help that the kids are so picky and hate everything I make.  That's great for my cooking confidence, right?

This week we are having:

Monday - Cheeseburger Pie

Tuesday - Slow Cooker Hawaiian Luau Pork

Wednesday - Leftovers

Thursday - Some kind of chicken dish - not sure what yet.  Maybe chicken tacos? Will depend on what I have on hand.

Friday - pizza night

Saturday - Leftovers

What's on your menu this week?

Linking up with OrgJunkie .

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Angel Chicken - YUM!

Way back when, I pinned a recipe for Angel Chicken on my pinterest boards.  I finally got around to trying it last week.  Boy, am I sorry I waited!  It was SO good!

As usual, I made way too much.  I pretty much always make enough to feed 3+ families.  It must be my Italian upbringing.  We didn't have enough spaghetti left to have it again as leftovers so we tried something different.  We made quesadillas!  Yep, I just plopped it on some tortilla shells, spread it around and sprinkled some cheddar cheese on it.  It was delicious!!

Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture, I had to grab a photo quickly before they were gone!

We also had it for lunch - we just rolled it up in some tortilla shells with some lettuce and BAM!  Angel Chicken Wraps. 

Once there wasn't enough left for more than one of us to have - we warmed it up and used it as a dip.  That's right.  DIP!  We dipped tortilla chips and Fritos in it.  This was pretty tasty and I'll have to remember this next time I have to take something to a pot luck. 

Needless to say, this recipe was a HUGE hit in our house.  Everyone loved it and the kids have already asked me to make it again.

Friday, August 30, 2013

A Big Leap

Yesterday was a big day in our family's history.  I took a big leap and quit my job.  I was scheduled to return from maternity leave in a few days but I just couldn't do it.  Once I figured out child care expenses for all three kids, add in my commuting and gas costs and it just wasn't worth it. 

I was also having a really hard time committing to putting the baby in daycare.  My other two were older when they started and I had no problems sending them.  In fact, I absolutely adore the daycare they went to and remain friends with most of their teachers.  I'm starting to wonder if it's because this is our last baby.  I'm feeling more sentimental over the little things. 

While I'm really nervous about not working - I've never not worked, I've had a job of some sort since I was 16 years old and babysat regularly before that since I was 13.  I'm super excited to be able to stay home with the baby and be there for the bigger kids after school.  I'm really letting go and putting my faith in the fact that this will all work out.

Has anyone else made this transition?  How did it work out for you?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 8.26.13

Our menu plan for this week is simple and easy.  I may end up changing a few things or ordering out since I'm not feeling well and don't want to spend a lot of time in front of a hot stove.  We'll see, but for now, here goes:

Monday - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Salads

Tuesday - Ravioli

Wednesday - Angel Chicken & Spaghetti

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Pizza night

What's on your menu this week?


Linking up with The Centsible Life  and OrgJunkie

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Blog fail

Life has been hectic to say the least since adding a third child to the mix.  She's super sweet and an amazing baby, but it's still been a struggle finding a good balance.  Needless to say, as much as I have been wanting to get back into blogging, it just hasn't happened.  The intentions are there, the time and organization aren't.

Right now, the children are nestled all snug in their beds while I'm up hacking up a lung.  I can't get comfortable.  I can't stop coughing.  It came out of nowhere.  I'm just trying to contain it to myself so the kids don't get it too.  Do you know how hard it is not to breathe on a baby that constantly wants to be held?  Today it was like she knew I was trying not to hold her or breathe on her, which made her want to be held all the more.  Of course this happens to be one of thos "sometimes single" times in my life.  With the husband at work, I'm not catching any breaks.

At least I found a moment to blog, right?