Monday, November 30, 2015

I love keeping it under the budget! - Meal Plan and Grocery Trip Breakdown for November 30th - December 6th

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Even with the leftovers from Thanksgiving, we still needed to get groceries for this week.  To be a little honest with you, I'm getting tired of turkey leftovers.  Here's my dinner plans for the week:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

20 Board Game Gift Ideas for a 4 year old

list of 20 board game ideas for a 4 year old's Christmas gift or birthday gift,

It's only been within the past year that Michael has really gotten into actually wanting to sit down and play board games with us.  I love that he's finally taken an interest in them, just we don't have many that are age appropriate for him.  I've come up with a list of games (some we do have and play often) that I feel that any 4 year old would love to get as a gift.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Doing good for a holiday week - Meal Plans and Grocery Trip Breakdown for November 23rd - 29th

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I had already purchased my turkey weeks ago because I wasn't sure what our budget would like this week.  Here's what's planned for this week:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bacon Ranch Chicken

four ingredient chicken meal that is delicious and moist, banch ranch chicken,
Ever get in one of those ruts where you're making the same meals over and over again?  Yeah, I seem to get them all the time.  That's when I head over to my ever growing food boards on Pinterest to find something that at least Jon and I will both eat.  I ran across this recipe on my chicken board and was a little hesitant about it because of the fact that Jon does not like Ranch.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Keeping it under our normal weekly budget! - Meal Plan and Grocery Trip Breakdown for November 16th - 22nd

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It's the middle of the month and I'm slowly getting tired of planning what to have for dinners.  I wish I was good enough to make a plan at the beginning of the month and have already prepped dinners.  Even though I'm a stay-at-home mom, I'm all about simplicity.  Since that's not happening anytime soon, here's what I have planned for dinners this week:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Bad Wolf Cafe

Restaurant review of Bad Wolf Cafe in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Bad Wolf Cafe,
Review guidelines:
1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

What to do on a loved one's birthday when they're no longer with you

how to celebrate and not morn someone who's no longer with you on their birthday,
This year has been the crappiest year of my entire life.  I think during the past 9 months, I have probably shed the same amount of, if not more, tears that I have shed during my whole 34 years on this Earth.  Yesterday was my dad's birthday.  The first birthday that I've not been able to call or text him to wish him a "Happy Birthday".  The first birthday that I didn't go searching (even though I did) for a birthday card and then accidentally send it to Dad late.  I wanted to be able to enjoy my dad's birthday and not morn it.

North Lime Coffee & Donuts

Restaurant review of North Lime Coffee & Donuts in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of North Lime Coffee & Donuts,
Review guidelines:
1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Trunk-or-Treat 2015 - Peanuts style

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Since last year everyone was impressed with my Toy Story trunk-or-treat theme, I had to up my game when it came to this year's trunk-or-treat at Michael's school.  I knew that whatever I did, it wasn't going to work with my trunk.  My brother was awesome enough and let me borrow his SUV.  I knew that the theme had to be Peanuts.  Here's how Jon and I pulled it off:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Crock pot apple pork loin

delicious crock pot/slow cooker apple pork loin recipe,
Several weeks ago we went and picked a half bushel of apples at one of our local orchards (Apple Picking at Marker-Miller Orchards).  Once we got home I started looking for ideas of how to use the apples.  One of my food blogger friends, Sissy over at The Busy Cooking Momma, had just the recipe that I needed!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Neighbors Helping Neighbors" 2015 - filling a stocking for a 2 - 5 year old boy

filling a Christmas stocking for a 2 - 5 year old boy ideas, "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" Christmas stocking ideas for a 2 - 5 year old boy,
Is it me, or does Christmas just seem to come faster and faster each year?  Well, it's fast approaching and that means filling stockings for the Loudoun County's Holiday Coalition, "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" through Michael's preschool.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Another under budget week! - Meal Plan and Grocery Trip Breakdown for November 9th - 15th

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This week's grocery trip was rather simple since we had most of the items already.  Here's the meal plans for dinner this week:

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Portofino's

Restaurant review of Portofino's in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Portofino's,
Review guidelines:
1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Operation Christmas Child 2015 - packing a 10-14 year old boy box

Packing an Operation Christmas Child shoe box for a 10-14 year old boy through Samaritans Purse, ideas for a 10-14 year old boy Operation Christmas Child box,
I was really debating on doing Operation Christmas Child this year just because of our money situation.  Plus now that Michael is in school there's more spending with their Christmas project and different fundraisers.  I decided that since this was a wonderful organization, I had to at least do one box this year.  I chose to pack a box for the least packed group of kids, the 10 - 14 year old boys.  It really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, just the boxes aren't exactly big enough to hold all of the items.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park

Fall time family fun at Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park in Leesburg VA, family fun in Northern Virginia,
A few weeks ago, we took Michael to the Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park to have some Fall time family fun.  A few years after moving here, we were taking a drive and ran across the animal park and it all decorated for what they used to call Pumpkinville.  I knew that once we had children, we would want to take them there.  It took a few years, but we finally got around to go.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Back under budget! - Meal Plan and Grocery Trip Breakdown for November 2nd - 8th

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Last week I did go grocery shopping and did have a meal plan, but we unfortunately did not follow through with the laid out plan.  I had gotten lost track of time every night due to working on getting the trunk-or-treat theme done (look for a post for that later).  I didn't get around to going grocery shopping until today because of Michael being off from school and my mom visiting.  So, here's the dinner plans for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Minton's

Restaurant review of Minton's in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Minton's,
Review guidelines:
1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Boone Tavern

Restaurant review of Boone Tavern in Berea KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Boone Tavern,
Review guidelines:
1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Meal Plan Run Down for October 2015

dinner meal plans for the month of October 2015,
Does anyone else seem to have a hard time trying to stick with the meal plans?  I was hoping that this month would be different from September and that we would make almost all the meals planned.  Here's what was planned for October.

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