Thursday, April 26, 2012

Week 29 Menu

Good afternoon! It's so hard to believe that another week has flown by and it's already time to update you with our menu for the upcoming week! We pray that you are enjoying dinner time with your family and that these meals and menus can become a tradition for year's to come! Enjoy!

As always, you can print by clicking on each individual photo, then right click and select "Print". Each photo is formatted to print on an 8.5"x 11" sheet of paper!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Crock Pot Lasagna

Most all of my favorite dishes to prepare are Italian meals and now that I've made a recipe for Lasagna to go in the crock pot, I have no doubt that this will be a regular!
This recipe is such a simple one and one that I'm sure all will enjoy. So here's what you'll need:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 6 oven-ready lasagna noodles (uncooked)

Brown your beef; drain.  Mix in spaghetti sauce and water. In a separate bowl, mix cottage cheese, 1-1/2 cup mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, egg and Italian seasoning.

Spoon 1 cup meat sauce into crock pot, then top with layers of lasagna noodles that are broken to fit; top noodles with cheese mixture. Next, cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit; cheese mixture and meat sauce. Cover with lid.

Cook on low 4-6.  Top with remaining mozzarella cheese; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted. Happy crocking!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Secret Agent Birthday Party Invitations

Last year for my son, Corban's, 5th birthday, we had a secret agent theme. We'd made these invitations and I'd blogged about it on my old blog, but as I'm realizing, it did transfer over through my Pinterest account, so I thought I better blog about it again and let you know how simple these were to make!
What you'll need:
  • Black Cardstock
  • Basic White Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Paper clips, Small Magnifying Glass, Small Envelopes
You'll need to start with a basic document editing software (Microsoft Word, etc.). I used Microsoft Publisher, but you would be able to use Word as well. For one side of the paper I used basic stats, including a picture of my son to let them know about the party. (Example: Name, Height, Weight, Age, Interests, etc.) I was able to find some small "top secret" images to include in the invitations as well.

On the other side of the invitation we listed details about this "top secret" mission A.K.A, the big party, with details in secret agent lingo. We attached small envelopes that included a word written in extra small font that they would use the magnifying glass to read, which would give them a word to access entry into the party. 

After printing off both sides of the invitations, they were glue to a folded piece of black cardstock, which was trimmed to appear to be a folder. We placed a label on the each folder (invitation) that included the child's name of whom it would go to. The outside of the invitation simply had a label that read "Top Secret". 

All of the kids loved these invitations and couldn't wait for the party! Enjoy!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Week 28 Menu and Grocery List

Good afternoon and WELCOME (if you're new here)!! Each week we provide you with printable menus with four great recipe cards, plus the grocery list to go along with your meals! Feel free to check out the cookbook, "The Gift of Time" in the right hand column if you'd like to receive an entire years worth of weekly meal plans and grocery lists! (All of the recipes are simple, tasty, and kid-approved.)

To print: Click each individual photo, next right click and select "print". Each photo is formatted to print on a letter sized paper.)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cleaning the Dishwasher...with simplicity!

There are household chores that I dread and several that I tend to put off far too long. The next thing I know I'm having one of "those" days. I'm assuming that you know what kind of a day that I'm talking about. It's one of those days that you roll out of bed and it seems that your eyes are directed to every spec of dirt, dust, and grime throughout your house and your daily chores list begins stacking up in your mind.

Well, for me today has been that day. That's just be fine by me though, because those are some of my most productive days. So as I was rushing through the house and cleaning several of the usually unnoticed spots, I realized that it was time to give in and get the dishwasher cleaned. Every single time I'd opened the dishwasher I knew that it was time to be cleaned, but I just didn't have time to do it. 

Today was similar, but I thought I'd try out a few things to save myself some time first. I knew that getting down to scrub the dishwasher would be time consuming, so why not experiment a little first. I started with placing a bowl full of vinegar in the top tray and running the cycle through with hot water to get the inside cleansed.
Once the cycle with the vinegar had completed, I emptied out the vinegar and poured baking soda through the base of the dishwasher and on the inside of the door to cover most of the stains. The baking soda stuck pretty well to the door and base since it had just ran a good cycle. 

Again, I ran one more quick cycle with the baking soda inside. I opened the door and to my surprise, voilĂ , a CLEAN, sparkly dishwasher! The best part was that as the dishwasher was cleaning itself, I was able to get more done throughout the house! Those are my favorite cleaning jobs...the ones that do the job for you! Hope this works as well for you as it did for me!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Week 27 Menu & Grocery List

We hope you all enjoy your menu, recipe cards, and grocery list for next week.
To print: Click each individual photo, next right click and select "print". Each photo is formatted to print on a letter sized paper.)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Week 26 Menu & Grocery List

Happy Holy Week! We pray that all of you enjoy this Easter season and that you and your families will see all of the blessings surrounding you :)

Next week's menu/recipe cards and grocery lists are below! Enjoy! (As usual, you can print the recipe cards and grocery lists by clicking each individual photo and then right clicking and selecting "print". Each photo is formatted to print on a letter sized paper.)