Sunday, March 20, 2011

Menu Plan Mar. 21-27

Monday: Baked Ziti, Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread
Last week threw me off schedule with JB's surgery so the kids and I had pizza that night and moved everything back a day. So tonight we are having what we should have had on Saturday. You can find a link to the recipe at The Happy Housewife.

Tuesday: Tuna Casserole and Butternut Squash
This night has to be extremely easy and something that Legs can do on her own incase I am not home at a decent hour to fix dinner. We start our "away from home activities" at 1:00 with Lego Club then onto Girls Group at 3:30, followed by baseball practice at 5:00 and finally Cub Scouts at 7:00. This is just boiled egg noodles, a can of tuna (drained), one can each of cream of celery and cream of mushroom soup and frozen peas. Steam peas while noodles are cooking. Drain noodles, return to pan and add all other ingredients and stir.

Wedneday: Chicken Spaghetti
This is what is on the menu for dinner at church this week. I have another busy day with two appointments so eating at church will be our best choice.

Thursday: Slow Cooker Chili
We have to eat early tonight because Lil Man has his first baseball game of the season. This recipe can be found at Mommy Hates Cooking.

Friday: Breaded Tilapia, Seasoned Potatoes and Green Beans
Late dinner tonight due to another baseball game but it is pretty quick to put together. The Breaded Tilapia recipe and Seasoned Potatoes Recipe can both be found at Mommy Hates Cooking.

Saturday: Birthday Dinner out
Sunday is my actual birthday but my parents will be up to visit and see the Legs bowl and Lil Man play another game today so we are hoping around all that we can go out to eat to celebrate.

Sunday: Leftovers
I think I will leave this up to Legs or JB since I am sure to crash after church or another day at the ball fields.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Menu Plan Mar. 14-20

Monday: Southwestern White Chili served with cornbread or Fritos or tortilla chips
I got this crockpot recipe during a MNO recently. I will post the recipe later.

Tuesday: Cheesy Hot Dog Casserole served with butternut squash
This is a child-friendly recipe.

Wednesday: Crockpot BBQ Chicken and Cornbread Casserole
Another crockpot recipe from the aforementioned MNO. I will post this recipe at another time. I chose this because JB is having out-patient surgery and I needed to not think about dinner prep.

Thursday: Honey Dijion Tilapia served with green beans and a garden salad. And for dessert we are going to have Shamrock Drops with green ice cream.
The Honey Dijion Tilapia can be found at Mommy Hates Cooking and the Shamrock Drops recipe can be found here.

Friday: All Day Salsa Chicken served with rice pilaf and mixed veggies
This recipe is another of my easy crockpot favorites and can be found in this 101 More Things to do with a Slow Cooker.

Saturday: Baked Ziti served with Caesar salad and garlic bread
I found this recipe at The Happy Housewife.

Sunday: Leftovers

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Thirteen and Three

To end the month of February, we had a combo family birthday party for Legs (13) and Chubbles (3). We had a houseful of good fun and tummies full of good food. The cake was split in two with horses and Elmo.

Farm-themed Birthday Party

I have always wanted to do a farm-themed birthday party. We start letting the kids have a party with their friends only (no siblings) at age 3. I started looking around at my option for Chubbles and came across the party option at Sprouts Play Cafe in Owasso. It was a perfect setting because the whole place is decorated in a farm theme.

They were very reasonable and it only cost me $50 since there were five little girls there. Sprouts provided the decorations, goodie bags, gift for the birthday child, entertainment and craft all in my price. All I had to provide was the invitations and cake. The best part, no cleaning the house beforehand and no clean-up afterward.

Feb Girls Group Meeting

Lil Red went to her monthly Girls Group meeting. This month they made bookworms to be used as bookmarks. A very cute project!

As part of the meeting, we walked to the local library to donate some books and on the way, the girls picked up trash. We ended the walking field trip at a local shop called Scoops and Grinds where each girl got a scoop of ice cream.

Blue & Gold Banquet

In February, we had Lil Man's Blue & Gold Banquet with his Boy Scout pack. We had a yummy lunch where they served bbq brisket and smoked salmon. Lil Man was also awarded his belt loops for BB Gun Shooting and Badminton.

The highlight of the banquet was the cake auction. Each scout and their dad had to bake and decorate a cake without any help from the females in the house. I was pretty proud of my men. They ended up with a pirate ship on the cake.

Homeschool Valentines Party

The huge snowstorm at the beginning of the month moved our homeschool co-op party back to February 19th. The team of moms of who planned and hosted this party did a great job!


We got unusual warm weather the Thursday after Valentine's Day so we met up with some of our homeschooling friends to play at the new playground in Skiatook.

After we played for a couple of hours, the kids and I stopped at the local library to make snowflakes and puppy chow snack mix. Yum!

Valentine's Day

We kept Valentine's Day simple. The kids woke up to the table being decorated with red placemats, a centerpiece and confetti sprinkled all over. JB, Legs and Lil Man each got a box of candy with their favorite Nascar driver while Lil Red and Chubbles got chocolate-covered animals crackers in cute little animal-shaped boxes.

Big Girl Bed

One of Chubbles' birthday presents was a "big girl" bed. We were blessed that she never tried to climb out of her crib so we able to wait until she was 3 to move her to a toddler bed. She was so excited about it and we had been talking about it for a month or so.

It was the same bed that Lil Red used. When we got it, it was pink and lavender but my dad sanded it down and painted it red to match the ladybug theme. It is a little beat-up and could use another coat of paint but it still serves it purpose and Chubbles is proud of it.

Bye-bye crib and changing table for the last time. This will be in storage until one of our children has their own babies because my dad made it, the changing table and dresser to match.

New bed together and the cat thought she needed to check it all out.

Chubbles is very proud to show off her new "big girl" bed.

Going to sleep the first time in her new bed.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chubbles Is Three!

After the snowstorm, we were able to enjoy our time with Chubbles and help her celebrate her third birthday. It is still hard to imagine that she is already three. I still think of her as that small bundle being cuddled by her big brother and sisters.

She woke up to her door that was decorated by the birthday fairy. I just started this tradition a year or two ago. The kids like it so much they insist that the birthday fairy has to come to decorate our bedroom door when JB or I have a birthday.

I took the kids bowling during the afternoon to get them out of the house after being cooped up for over a week. Bowling is always a favorite with the gang. Chubbles won the second game.

Later that evening, we ate as a family at Chick-fil-a for dinner. We let the kids pick where we eat on their birthdays unless their birthday falls on a weekend and we have a party on the same day. the three littles played in the playground while we waited on daddy. After eating it candles and singing and then onto presents. She had been saying for months that she wanted gum, a library card and a big girl bed. She got the card the day before, more gum than she can chew and we put up the bed during the weekend after her birthday.

One For The History Books

The beginning of February came in with a huge snowstorm that rocked our area of the state. In fact, the next town to the east got the most with over twenty inches and it was reported that we got about 19. It was hard to measure because of all the drifts. We watched it fall for what seemed all day and it just kept coming down and down and down.

We did see some sun finally but we did not attempt to get out until the second day
but JB's dad had to come down our driveway with the tractor. JB then rode back to his dad's house where he cleared out his dad's driveway and road, followed up by clearing out his grandma's driveway and road and finally our driveway. Thank goodness for heated tractor cabs and headlights.

When the kids were not outside playing, they stayed warm with our pellet stove while playing the Wii and dressing up. It was predicted that we would get up to another nine inches just a week later so inbetween the storms, the kids and I headed to the Tulsa Zoo. They were having a special and we were able to get in free after noon. It was not too bad and we just stayed bundled up. We got to see some animals we do not normally see when it is warmer.

Before all the snow melted away, I had promised the kids I would make snow ice cream and as a surprise, I made brownies to go along with it. It was quite yummy and not a treat we can have just anytime we want.

The kids were getting cabin fever but the thing I was most worried about was that we were supposed to go to our local library on the 10th so that Chubbles could share cupcakes with her friends for her birthday and see Ms. Shelly for the last time. She has been the children's librarian for the last 5 years but she took a new position at another branch that was a promotion.

JB trekked down the snow covered driveway where his friend picked him up in a truck and then took JB to his dad's to get the tractor. Daddy saved the day and worked well into the evening clearing our driveway so we could get to the library the next morning.

Chubbles not only got to spend time with Ms. Shelly and her friends, Ms. Shelly had the honor of giving Chubbles her first library card. Chubbles was SO proud to write her name and check-out books "without helps."