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Menu Plan Monday April 24th

Happy Menu Plan Monday!!!

 

This Sunday we have to go to a birthday party which means I don’t have to cook dinner! Hooray! It is birthday party pizza for us!

My Once A Month Meals are going great and this weekend I plan on making some more for the freezer. However this week I feel like I have an issue because I don’t like to have the same type of meat two nights in a row. I have a freezer chicken and a freezer pork planned as well as a pork roast….So Wed was hard to determine.

The meal I figured for last night (Sun) got discarded and I made tortellini with meat sauce, so I didn’t want to make spaghetti, or another Italian dish….and I don’t really want to make tortellini again, but it is what I came up with. Maybe I will change my mind in the next couple days though….maybe I will make Korean Beef for us and something else for the kids…

 

 

What is on your menu board this week?

 

Menu Plan 04/24-04/30

 

 

Brown Sugar Pork Cheesy Garlic Noodles Ckn Bacon Ranch Pasta Beef Bourguignon Mashed Potato Cakes Chkn Cordon Blu Soup Image Map

/// Mon: Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast with Mashed Potatoes /// Tue: OAMM~ Spicy BBQ-Stuffed Chicken with Bacon Green Beans /// Wed: Chicken Tortellini Soup /// Thr: OAMM~ Garlic Lime Pork Chops with Cheesy Garlic Noodles /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Pizza ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

 

Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Find more recipes at I’m an Organizing Junkie

 


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Menu Plan Monday April 17th

 

Happy Monday! You know what Monday brings, right? Menu planning!

I realized after the fact that last Sun was Easter, and we had planes with family, so I kept the Sun menu choice the same for this week.

Monday (today) is my Hubs birthday and I am unsure of what he wants for dinner, because he won’t make a decision. But whatever he picks, the kids will be having chicken with mac & cheese.

Last week I used two of my freezer meals that I discussed in last week’s post and it worked out great!  I had prepared five dinners from  Once A Month Meals that made enough for two dinners each. That’s 10 dinners I don’t have to think, or prepare. Both baseball nights was super easy dinners. The boys were in the bath while I finished up dinner. One night I even put the dinner in the oven before we left, so I only had to boil some noodles when we got home!

 

What is on your menu board this week?

 

Menu Plan 04/17-04/23

 

 

Brown Sugar Pork Cheesy Garlic Noodles Ckn Bacon Ranch Pasta Beef Bourguignon Mashed Potato Cakes Chkn Cordon Blu Soup Image Map

/// Mon: Chicken with Mac & Cheese /// Tue: OAMM~ Aloha Pork Chops with rice /// Wed: Dinner Out /// Thr: OAMM~ BBQ Sub Sandwich /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Parmesan Honey Pork Roast ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

 

Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Find more recipes at I’m an Organizing Junkie

 


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Menu Plan Monday April 10th

 

Happy Monday! You know what Monday brings, right? Menu planning!

So I realized this week that I haven’t posted a menu in over a year….that’s right, I am the worst. I can’t even promise that I have been planning all this time. Let me tell you I felt it when I didn’t though. I seriously can’t say it enough times, menu planning saves my sanity.

Starting this week we have both boys in baseball, and both of us working full-time. The Hubs also started a new job less than two weeks ago, so he is working tons. Time at home is becoming scarce.  On a typical day Hubs gets home with the boys at 5:30ish, starts homework. I get home 6ish, starts dinner, try to start eating 6:45-7:00.  And fingers crossed boys are fed, clean, read to, teeth brushed, in bed by 8:30.

It’s the dinner that kills me every time. Even when I have it planned, it still takes so much work, and now throw two baseball practices in two different places in the mix….we would be lucky to get in bed by 9:30, and I know we would eat a lot of pizza.

So I decided to try something new. And in comes Once A Month Meals to my rescue!  I have been to the site before, and have some of their old menu plans but never used them. Their new site is amazing! Here is the low down: they plan out freezer meals for you to prepare on one day and freeze to use when needed. There is way more to the site, and I will go into that in another post, but for now go and take a preview yourself.

I spent yesterday preparing 5 different recipes that made enough for two dinners each. That’s 10 dinners I don’t have to think, or prepare. Perfect for baseball (and soccer, or any sport) season, and easy enough for The Hubs to pull out of the freezer and finish cooking! I still plan these meals in during the week, so I don’t plan something similar the day before. No one wants chicken pasta two nights in a row.

 

What is on your menu board this week?

 

Menu Plan 04/10-04/16

 

 

Brown Sugar Pork Cheesy Garlic Noodles Ckn Bacon Ranch Pasta Beef Bourguignon Mashed Potato Cakes Chkn Cordon Blu Soup Image Map

/// Mon: Cheese-steak Stromboli with no-yeast pizza dough /// Tue: OAMM~ Porkchops in Garlic Lime Sauce /// Wed: Cowboy Casserole /// Thr: OAMM~ Swiss Cheese Chicken /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Parmesan Honey Pork Roast ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

 

Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Find more recipes at I’m an Organizing Junkie

 


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Running Log ~ Welcome back

Forgive me readers, it has been months since my last post.

So much has happened this year, at least for me.

At the beginning of the year I got a new job that has taken up so much of my time and has made me slacking in my posting. I have still been crafting and running and meal planning but I haven’t had time to tell you about it.

I became a homeowner. For the very first time my husband and I bought our own house. There were a million reasons we had been renters for so long, but all that came to an end this spring.  So of course all that came with getting financed, finding a house and moving took up so much of my ‘free’ time.

I became a marathoner. Yep, I did it. I ran (well, ran/walked) my first marathon. While I am very proud of my accomplishment I am highly disappointed in my time. I will tell you all about it in another post.

I am of course ready to run my next marathon and wondering about one in Oct. There are a number of ones I would like to do in Aug or Sept but the timing just doesn’t work out.  Then there is nothing past Oct, until the next year. But I was hoping to beat my time this year….

As it has been working out, I have run at least one race every month this year.  Some months there are two and I have already participated in 3 virtual races with 2 more coming (those are not included in the monthly total!)  If I don’t do the marathon in Oct I will have to find another race to keep my streak going. I already have races planned for Nov & Dec.

I am trying to decide if I want to focus on a few big races next year or keep doing what I am doing and running all the races 🙂  I do know that there are a number of them that I have not run, that I would like to.  So next year may be the year for new races only.

I also bought my first fitness/GPS watch and couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s the Garmin Vivoactive HR. So if you are a Garmin owner and want to connect I am @MamaSonshine

I am finally on a Hood to Coast team this year! We decided to join as a fundraising team, so we are raising money for Providence Cancer Center. It has been a real challenge keeping a team of 12 people together and fundraising. Currently we are selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser and the proceeds from the running window decals I make and sell in my Etsy shop will go towards our fundraiser.

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Here are the two new stickers I made to sell as a fundraiser.  You can purchase them through my Etsy shop.  And again the proceeds will go towards our fundraising goal.

 

I know there is more but I am tired and need to do some wall sits.  I just wanted to check in and let you know that while I haven’t been writing I am still running.

Just. Keep. Running.

Want to find out what is on my race calendar?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

 

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