Menu for November

Here I am again, on a Wednesday… talking about my menu. Last time I did a menu, I had ten meals planned, and the food ended up lasting us for about 3 weeks, with a few small trips to the grocery store to pick up fresh items, and a few extras. Seeing that we are needing to keep a tighter than usual budget, I’m going to try this again and see if I can stretch it out for the whole month of November. Here they are with links to the recipes I can find…

-veggie spaghetti with salad and garlic bread (a staple)
-ground elk tacos, made just like your regular beef tacos, except with ground elk meat, which I picked up at our local health food store.
Thai Peanut Chicken Tortilla Wraps
burritos
chicken fajitas
-general tso’s chicken, this recipe is not yet up on the Everyday Food site, but I will link to it, once it is. Very easy and good to make.
-chili
beef and scallion stir fry
-chicken pot pie, I’m just going to use two frozen pie crust, frozen peas,carrots and corn and some MSG free cream of chicken soup and see how it goes.
chicken with asparagus and mushrooms
pesto pizza

… and the really impressive thing about this is that I recalled my whole list from memory, after having thrown the written list away…

My Hair is Falling Out

Sorry it has taken me so long to write, I know many of you are wondering what the deal is, but I had quite a crazy week last week. I experienced quite a bit of stress to both extremes, meaning good and bad.
Monday started out with my neighbor offering us tickets to go see the Sarah Palin rally. Then throughout the course of the day, trying to find babysitters and what not, my husband called to let me know he had basically been laid off. Yes, you read that right. Add to that, me worrying about Beau possibly having bedbugs. Then we went to the Palin rally and stood up for two and half hours. I was wearing boots with four inch heels. Ouch. By ten that night after eating, I finally exhaled. And quickly acquired a headache. I went to sleep (early) with the headache, thinking I would just sleep it off, right? WRONG. When I woke up it was worse, accompanied with nausea, light, smell, and sound sensitivity. I thought I was going to crawl out of my skin when my husband turned on the faucet. Yikes. Oh, AND I had Drew’s parent teacher conferences that day. My hubby came to the rescue, gallant man that he is, and took care of me, Drew’s conference and Selah and Beau. Then my mom came down to pick up the ropes and take care of all of us the rest of the day. THANK YOU, MOM! Tuesday I also found out that my mom’s annual MRI came back with NO new lesions, meaning that her MS had not progressed at all. Also the pituitary tumor they had found last year was actually smaller in size, so praise God for the good stress there! Wednesday, Kevin had a side job to do up-valley so we headed up with mom, and went a pumpkin-patching. Brrrrrr! We spent the night with my folks that night, and headed back to GJ early in the morn. The rest of the week and weekend was nice and slow. I stayed home with the kids most of Saturday, so Kev could play a concert, and we made some really yummy fall cookies. Skip to Monday, today, and you’ve got me trying to put away a truckload of groceries and simultaneously feed the kids and myself lunch. I had made myself a bid salad and a bowl of clam chowder. I had just gone to grab myself a glass of water, when I hear the sound of spilling liquid and Selah starting to really scream in pain and surprise. She had reached up to the table and pulled my soup down right on top of her. Freaking out, I ripped her clothes off of her as fast as I could and put her in the bath with cold running water. I can see now that mostly just her arm is burnt, and bright red. She is still crying and fighting me, so I give up, wrap her in a towel and make a doc appointment. They take care of her there, and inform me that Selah has a second degree burn. Her skin was starting to peel and blister. She will be just fine, thank God!

So that was my crazy stress-filled week. As for my husband losing his job, we will be okay. Kev always has several irons in the fire, and will still be working for his former employer; just as an independent contractor. It’s a little unsettling not having the feeling of security that a salaried position holds, and I’m not looking forward to finding affordable health insurance. However, we have been contemplating going self-employed for quite some time, we just weren’t quite prepared for it to happen so soon. We are kind of excited at the possibilities we have ahead of us though. Who knows? Maybe we’ll go rogue- taking jobs anywhere and everywhere, traveling around the country in an RV while home-schooling our kids. It just might work.

As for Beau, I was not able to get him into the doc last week. He’s had no new bites, which makes me think I was wrong about the bedbug theory. (This is one instance where I would be glad to be wrong!) I’m thinking the bites on his leg were more likely due to a spider, seeing as it is that time of year. He still has a bit of a traveling rash on his face, and I don’t know what it is. I’m going to let his body fight it and create an immunity to whatever it is, unless it takes a turn for the serious side. It doesn’t seem to be effecting him in any other way. He’s still just as rambunctious and energy filled as ever. I think my last post was just internet fueled hysteria. Sorry about that.

Guaranteed to Make Your Skin Crawl

Right now I’m thinking, “Dude, are kidding me?” And the reason is because I am beginning to think that my son, Beau, may have either bed bug bites, or scabies. And I’ve just spent a good hour looking up info on both of these here on the good ol’ interweb. I have not been able to refrain from spontaneously itching. And I am taking deep breaths in an attempt to try and calm myself down, but a big part of me wants to get up and do a freak-out dance and let out a big freaked-out yelp.
He has several welts on his face that look like a cross between pimples and mosquito bites, and a few big ones on his thigh, a couple on his belly. I’m a little stressed about what this could mean, but either way… tomorrow we need to head to the docs and do quite a bit of deep cleaning! Argh!
I know there are a lot worse things in life, but why oh, why me?! Sleep tight, y’all.

I’m a Finalist!

Remember this?
Captain Hook Taking a Snooze

Well…
Our photo got chosen as a finalist, and you can help me win by voting for me- just follow the link and vote for Sermon on the Mount of Laundry! Thanks! And if you feel so compelled as to ask your readers to vote for me, I would greatly appreciate that too. (Pretty please.)
Help Sarah Win!

Time for Some Laughs

Corn Holder with your Butter Anyone?
Any guesses as to who and what?

Bearded Lady
Selah is again eating black beans here. She is becoming quite the little performer.

Silly Head
The Mowhawk brothers, afresh with new faces.

Beau and the Maverick
Had I been the one that told Beau to do what he is pictured doing here, I would have been met with much resistance, but alas…it was my mother who he obeyed. Mom… can’t you get him to anything useful?!!

Out on a Limb

I’m going to creep out carefully on a rather shaky and weak limb here, and talk a little bit about politics and the upcoming election (less than a month!) Let me first state that I have still not decided who I am going to vote for. I’m finding it increasingly difficult to make an objective decision amidst the number of opinions I’ve heard, things I’ve seen and been sent, the expectations of people dear to me and so forth. I don’t feel like I can stand up after the election and say “I voted for so and so, and this is why,” and I desperately want to be able to do that.

That being said… (and I know this annoys the heck out of some people, but I don’t care) there is one issue that is a “deal breaker” for me, and that is the issue of abortion. As you might have ascertained, I am pro-life. I am pro-life and I believe that life begins at conception. Recently, I found some kind discussions happening about this such issue, found here and you must read the link which this one mentions as well. I also, (like Bridget) wanted to share my response to these discussions.

I love how you’ve brought up these important issues in such a non-threatening, and thoughtful fashion. Abortion has been one of my main concerns, a “deal-breaker”, if you will. It appears to me, that the stance of both candidates is pretty similar and equally wishy wash. I honestly do not think that abortion will ever be made completely illegal, so I guess that leaves it to the voter to decide which candidate will help to lower the number of abortions that do happen every day in our country. 4,000 per day is an astonishing and saddening number, and if we can’t stop it, I would at least hope that it could be drastically reduced. Whether that is through relegating the decision to each state, or through a better economic system, I still haven’t decided…

And there you have it… a little peak as to what I am thinking as far as the election goes. I still feel like I’m at square one with either of the candidates though. My mother and I are thinking about writing in a name instead… my mom’s idea: “Mickey Mouse” 😉

Menu

I’m am trying something new. I’ve planned, and bought for 10 meals, which will hopefully keep us fat and happy for the next two weeks. I’m hoping that we will be able to save a little bit of money by buying the groceries two weeks out. What about the 4 extra days, you say? I say: Leftovers, and I’m sure we’ll be out and about here and there which will certainly knock out one night or two of dinners.
So…if any of that made sense to you, read on for the meal ideas: (sorry this is 4 days late!)

*burritos (you didn’t know these would be on here, did you?)
*spaghetti with salad and breadsticks
*tacos!
*chicken fajitas
*grilled chicken
*Lighter General Tso’s Chicken (from this month’s Everyday Food)
*Tomato Soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
*Chicken Curry
*Open Faced Hamburgers with horseradish sauce and green beans (also in this months Everyday Food)
*Pot Roast

(Um…can you say “chicken”… hello chicken…we’re eatin’ a lot of chicken I guess…)