Monday, December 29, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday


Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Toast
Lunch:Fish Cakes and homemade tartar sauce
Dinner:Going into NYC to see lights-eat out at Chipolte-yum!

Breakfast: Apple Omelets, Yogurt (the apple omelets were different, but yummy-will make again)
Lunch: Taco Salad with Tortilla 'Bowls'
(we made tortillas from this recipe-I used sprouted wheat berries that I had dehydrated and ground in my Vita-Mix-yummy, crumbly, but yummy)
Dinner: Brisket and Gravy over Toast (leftover)

Wednesday-New Years Eve
Breakfast: Sprouted Flour Pancakes w/Maple Syrup
Lunch:Chicken Pot Pie (leftover chicken from Sunday)

Breakfast: Scrambled Egg & Bacon, Toast
Lunch:Skillet Millet and Cheese
Shepherd's pie with leftover taco meat (I have not made this yet)

Breakfast: Bacon, fried Egg and Toast
Lunch: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Dinner: Chicken Pot Pie Leftovers

Breakfast:French Toast
Lunch: Deviled Eggs with Toast
Dinner:Tomato Soup leftovers and Toast with butter

Breakfast: Fried egg, bacon and Toast
Lunch:Roast Turkey and Green Beans
Dinner: Leftovers/bread and butter and smoothies

Monday, December 22, 2008

Meal Plan Monday

Well, I am going to attempt to post my meal plan every Monday. At, she has been doing 'Meal Plan Monday' for about a year now. I've been checking in off and on for 6 months. Many are not NT, but can be NTed, and it's just great to see how people plan for the week and to get some new recipes. I won't link in to her 'Mr. Linky' until I feel comfortable with the whole process (and get some variety-esp breakfast, but hah, ya gotta start somewhere!) But I love the idea. I've been keeping my monthly meal plan in Power Point for over a year now and it really helps to organize and to look back at last year's meals for ideas (and esp for encouragment to see how much better I am at providing nourishing meals for my family).

Generally, I make a meal a day (plus breakfast) and the next day, that meal is turned into another meal (often fried together, or put on toast, or something similar), along with my one meal that I make. So I'm only making breakfast and one meal a day, and just being creative with the leftovers from the day before for the other meal. This never actually works out perfectly, but I seem to be getting better at it over time. :) And my 'fill ins' are my homemade bread with PB&J or butter, along with either a smoothie or chocolate milk.

Also, I am trying to get so that I buy our groceries every other paycheck (Drew gets paid every other Friday), so I basically need to get all of our groceries for 4 weeks at once time. Luckily, we have a seperate freezer, otherwise that would not work. And then I buy the fresh veggies every week (about $10 a week-someday we'll grow our own). As a general guideline, it seems to work well. I just need to get more disciplined about following it, etc.

So, here goes, my first 'Meal Plan Monday'

B-Cheese Omelet with salsa and sour cream, bacon and raw milk, strawberry yogurt
L-Chicken Curry Soup (made with home made chicken broth) and fresh bread with butter
D-Left over sloppy joes (my MIL makes the best sloppy joes-and we got all the leftovers-yeah!!)

B-Fried egg, bacon, toast with butter, strawberry yogurt
L-Talapia, onion salad and rice
D-Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches

Wednesday-Christmas EVE
B-Sue Gregg's blender batter pancakes and pure maple syrup and milk
L-Left over sloppy joes
D-Fried fish leftovers from Tuesday

Thursday-Christmas Day
B-make ahead homemade sticky rolls-from my Betty Crocker cookbook
L-Spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread
D-Fried Rice with chicken curry soup

B-Cheese Omelet, bacon, strawberry yogurt and milk
L-Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup
D-Leftover Spaghetti and meatballs

B-French Toast, pure maple syrup, strawberry yogurt and milk
L-Pita pizza
D-Tomato Soup over Rice

B-Fried eggs in toast, strawberry yogurt and milk
L-Roast Chicken and buttery green beans
D-Any leftovers from the week and/or PB&J and homemade ice cream

That's it, my first MPM! :)

Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Nourishing Hot Chocolate

Now that it's snowing like crazy out there, I thought it would be a great time to post (and make a 2nd batch of) my current recipe for Hot Chocolate. We've been drinking it alot the last month and really enjoying it. Today it's perfect, I made a big batch so when the kids came in from their first time out in the snow, they had hot chocolate to warm them up. After they had gone out and come back in again, I just warmed up what was left in the pan. But now it's gone, so I'll have to make another batch after I post the recipe. :)

Nourishing Hot Chocolate Recipe

3 Cups Raw milk
1 TBLS cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
3 TBLS cocoa powder
3 TBLS honey
2 eggs, well beaten (or 3 beaten yolks-healthier, but more expensive/wasteful)
3 Frozen Cubes of Raw Cream

Warm up the milk slowly, stirring with a wisk now and then.

Once it's warm, add the vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa powder and honey. Wisk together until well blended.

Beat eggs and pour into hot chocolate mixture. Beat well until the egg is totally blended. If you don't do this part well, there will be little chunks of egg-yuck! The trick is to start beating it (with a wisk) right away and quickly. I stir it for about a minute I think to make sure it's good and blended. If you have egg chunks, just strain them out, it'll taste fine. It adds a great dimension to the milk and makes it so much more nourishing.

Once it's done, I turn the heat off and add 3 or 4 frozen cubes of raw cream. Which makes it incredibly rich, and it cools it down some, AND it adds enzymes.

Truly delectable and nourishing. What more can you ask for?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Hum, I was 'tagged' for a meme. Not exactly sure what it is, but I can answer the questions. I have to since both of my sister-in-laws (Lauralin and Kelly) did it. The peer pressure is too great to not cave in to! So, here goes...

6 Things I Value:
God-his patience, grace, mercy, love, holiness, and that list will grow as I learn more about Him.

Relationships-my husband, children, family and friends.

Health-something I would struggle with greatly if I were to lose. Having had a bad back for awhile, I came to really appreciate health in a new way and strive to be as healthy as possible (hence this blog).

Truth-I hate being lied to. And I hate misleading someone. I always get neauses afterwards. For one thing, I simply can not remember lies well enough to live them and get away with it. And since I hate being lied to so much, I hate that I would mislead someone else and break their trust.

Freedom-To worship, to teach my children what I feel they need to learn, to eat what I think is nourishing, to read what I want, to believe what I want. I also value freedom from sin, slavery, debt (someday...maybe), fears, lies. Freedom is a truly wonderful thing.

Nature-I love natural things. I strive to be more 'one with the earth', as silly as that sounds. It just makes sense. While I know Jesus will return and create and new heaven and a new earth, I still think it makes sense to take care of the earth he gave us control over. I more and more crave simplicity, making less of a 'footprint' on the earth and learning to live in harmony with how God made things to be. The further we get from it all, the more of a nuisance the little things become. My husband, on the other hand, all for city life. :)

6 Things I Support:

The local church


Eating locally sustainably grown food

The family structure, one man and one woman, raising children to glorify God

Parent-led education (homeschooling)

Local Libraries-and snuggling on the couch under a warm blanket while reading amazing picture books to my kids

6 Things I Do Not Support:
McDonalds (ok, I love their ice cream cones!)

Genetic Engineering

Government intervention

Rude drivers


Movies with any mean people (and yes, that does include Disney movies)

This was not on the Meme list, but I've been sending it out to friends who sent it to me:

1.Wrapping paper or gift bag? both
2.Real tree or Artificial ? Real-this year it's a small potted Moravian pine tree-I love it!
3.When do you put up the tree? I like it Friday after Thanksgiving, Drew prefers it Dec. 24th, so we settle on or around Dec. 1st
4.When do you take the tree down? Dec. 26th
5.Do you like eggnog? Yuck!
6.Favorite gift received as a child ? I never liked gifts for Christmas. Personal are best-like handmade pictures from my SS kids. :)
7.Hardest person to buy for? We don't buy gifts much
8.Easiest person to buy for? Stocking stuffers for kids we do-and I love that!
9.Do you have a nativity scene ? Small one, but I want a nice one-I loved ours growing up-it was the best
10.Mail or email Christmas cards ? Umm... Christmas cards? What are they?.... I never seem to get to those
11.Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A sweater when I was young-I was heartbroken that I didn't get a toy like my cousins
12.Favorite Christmas Movie ? The Story Lady
13.When do you start shopping for Christmas? I don't really do much of that-and when I do, it's usually Dec. 23rd
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Oh yes.
15.Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cookies and fudge
16.Lights on the tree? Oh yes, I love them and wish I could leave them on year round-and they're colored
17.Favorite Christmas song? Christmas Carol by Oak Ridge Boys
18.Travel at Christmas or stay home? We stay local
19.Can you name all of Santa 's reindeer? Probably not
20.Angel on the tree top or a star? Bow
21.Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Stockings Christmas morning, family Christmas Eve
22.Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Too commercial and busy
23.Favorite ornament theme or color ? Anything with meaning and memories-not into ornamental ones
24.Favorite place to go for Christmas dinner? Mother in laws
25.What do you want for Christmas this year? Some special memories and traditions