Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's on the Table Tuesday

Here are this week's 5 meals, one of each meat type, with some additional notes to add to what I've already mentioned in my meat breakdown:

Monday - Chicken
Yet another hectic week on the schedule, today is no exception, have some training on printing promotional material for Friday nights right after work, so going to need to be a quick one after I get home. Going to throw together some chicken tacos with this recipe Shredded Taco Chicken already made, frozen and now thawed, along with some brown rice left over from last week. Whipped up some homemade salsa Sunday night and good to go.

Tuesday - Turkey
Homemade Mac & Cheesy Broccoli Bake with turkey this time, for my Tuesday on which I'll actually have time for longer prep time. The turkey is pre-cooked and the pasta I cooked for all this week's meals Monday night, so still not all that labor intensive, giving me time to prep some other meals for this week ahead of time.
Wednesday - Beef
Quick and easy this night, with Easy Beef Strogonaff, for our now consistently busy Wednesday night for both of us, off and running to Church by 6 pm, so the pre-cooked ground beef and pre-cooked noodles get heated up in a pan with the rest of the ingredients, easy peasy.

Thursday - Pork
Tropical Mustard Glazed Pork Chops are on the menu for Thursday, my other night I actually have time to cook. The sauce has similar elements to the Potato & Asparagus Toss so having that as a side again, due to asparagus that needs to be used up...again. That asparagus is becoming a constant around here :) 

Friday - Seafood
Last one dish of the meal of the week, I love recipes that meat, starch and veggies are all thrown into one :) We're both involved Friday nights now as well, so the Turkey, Bacon Pasta Salad With Lemon Basil Dressing is in order, but I'm switching the turkey for Tuna.

Here is the host blog of Titus 2sdays, a great place for house-wifery and godly woman(wife)hood!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Right Now


~ trying not to be nervous about our recovery launch night, TONIGHT!

~ taking just a short lunch because I'm trying to get as much work done as possible since I'm only working 7 out of the next 15 work days.

~ skimping on lunch because we're soon going to have chocolate birthday cake to celebrate 2 b-days in the office.

~ staring at my 'corner of joy' and missing the kidlings.  I really need to call the girls and ask how school has been these last few weeks (yes they are both in school now!)

~ hoping I win the Ted Dekker - Mortal contest for a trip to Rome! I really need a free get-away!

~ looking at my chipping nail polish and peeling nails, I really need a manicure.

~ debating between Facebook and Google +, I haven't looked at Google + enough to know if it does or doesn't have the same privacy concerns....and I REALLY don't want to start over with all my pictures and stuff. I purposefully use FB as a visual 'catch up' for those my friends I don't get to see/talk to often or who are far away....it's taken me since I joined FB 4 years ago to accumulate my albums, I don't want to have to do that all over again.  Plus it's a tool we might be using for our recovery groups, an info page if you will, I don't know that Google + will be as 'organization' friendly. hmmmm......

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What's on the Table Tuesday

Here are this week's 5 meals, one of each meat type, with some additional notes to add to what I've already mentioned in my meat breakdown:

Monday - Turkey
After a busy weekend I'm glad I can just pull out some roast turkey drumsicks/thighs, heat those up, and make a quick salad for this Monday night dinner I had no time to prep for :) For the salad I'm going to make one of my favs, Sweet Summer Salad. I think will go well with turkey, and I have some feta to use up.

Tuesday - Pork
Sweet Apple Pork & Potato  is a delicious crockpot, one dish meal, which I'll make ahead on Tuesday and then just turn on the crockpot as I leave the house for work Tuesday morning. I cut back on the apples a little because it was a bit sweet for hubby's liking last time, but apples, sweet potato and pork are a fantastic combination. It doesn't hurt there's bacon, which is why hubby drew my attention to this recipe in the first place :)

Wednesday - Beef
Quick and easy this night, with some pre-formed hamburger patties, I'm just going to cook those along with some potato wedges and it's burgers and fries for us. Wednesday has now become one of our busy nights instead of Tuesdays, and not only will Sean be leaving for Church early in the evening, but I will be joining him to use the Church photocopier and supplies to print bulletins and handouts for my Friday night recovery service.

Thursday - Seafood
Smoked Gouda Tilapia Rolls  are on the menu for Thursday. The sauce used in this recipe is almost identical to that used by the roast I'm making on Tuesday, so I actually cheat, save the sauce from the crockpot after I've removed the roast, and then I just use it in this recipe instead of the broth & vodka :) Makes this gourmet-like dish 'fast food'. Gotta love that!  I think it will go well with the Sundried Tomato & Bacon Risotto

Friday - Chicken
Going to crockpot it again during the day with Barbecue Cola Chicken  so we have a quick, yummy meal ready for us when we get home and then I can quickly be off for a long and busy Friday night. I'll probably have just enough time to roast some veggies 'grilled' style  for a delicious and healthy side.

Here is the host blog of Titus 2sdays, a great place for house-wifery and godly woman(wife)hood!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What's on the Table Tuesday

Here are this week's 5 meals, one of each meat type, with some additional notes to add to what I've already mentioned in my meat breakdown:

Monday - Pork
Meat-Lovers Pizza Salad is a great meal to make ahead and have ready for a night you need a quick meal, I made enough for leftovers another night in case traffic kept me from getting home in time to make a quick meal Tuesday or Friday. You can throw in just about anything you put on a pizza, this time I used leftover italian sausage, bacon, ham, turkey pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives and red peppers.  Yum!

Tuesday - Turkey
Toasted Tasty Turkey Melt with sweet potato fries of course :) Quick and easy for our busy Tuesday nights.

Wednesday - Beef
Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry another one of our favorite 'chinese' meals, going to make this with some sticky white rice.
Thursday - Chicken
Aussie Chicken
This is our fav chicken recipe, and they are so loaded and filling we often just have veggies on the side, like maybe even more fried mushrooms :)

Friday - Seafood
Spaghetti Supreme with Shrimp. Another quick and easy all-in-one meal, a different way to serve pasta without resorting to my usual italian recipes. 

Here is the host blog of Titus 2sdays, a great place for house-wifery and godly woman(wife)hood!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

~ well, I haven't done a 'catch up' Miscellany Monday for awhile, so much seems to have happened since, yet not a lot to 'write home about' as it were.  the last few weeks I've been holding back on a lot of doing, trying to not let myself get overwhelmed during the very busy period before/during our launching of our recovery program at Church. not to mention the season change has seemed to contribute to making me exhausted because I've purposely held back on my vigorous exercise and increased my sleep but I'm still pretty tired/lacking energy. so therefore I don't have all that much to catch up on.

~ for my promotional role I've done so much already; I've created a weekly bulletin template and inserted the first 4 weeks worth of lessons into the template, created the preliminary brochure/handouts for more information to newcomers, created powerpoints for some of the worship music lyrics, created a script and premise for a video promo - as well as taped a clip for said video, wrote my testimony, created a schedule calendar for the year, am maintaining an inventory of our materials for purchase, created signs and building maps, and a few other little things. this is in addition to the couple hours I've spent each week studying the materials for the program, a few hours at a team leaders meeting which will continue each week in addition to time I spend involved in the Friday night program, where I will be running the resource table, running visuals (for now), co-leading a table for sharing women's hang-ups, and just helping things keep a float in general while we're still building a team to run the program. and breathe.

~ I have had several of my dear friends who also happened to be going through a few struggles these last few weeks, and have all reached out to me for prayer and support.  Sean reminds me not to take on too much but I can't turn down a friend in need, I will always be there to talk with them, and pray for them.  it really doesn't drain me, other than it's hard on the heart sometimes. 

~ we spent the last 2 Sundays watching football with my brother-in-law and will be spending the next Sunday there too for his birthday. I have been trying to encourage Sean to spend more time with him so this has been good, if only we didn't have to watch the Bomber's lose while doing it.

~ we did go on two dates the last two weekends, first dinner at Fude again, although we weren't as impressed with the menu this time, however we didn't know until after it was Vegan month which made for much less selection for us meat lovers. then we saw Planet of the Apes: Rise of the Apes on Saturday and it was awesome! we've fallen for the franchise, being that we really like monkeys I don't know why we didn't ever watch the originals before the remake a few years ago. I cried for the main ape and I said 'holy crap' about a dozen times!

~ the rest of the time I've been trying to keep myself on the couch (feels more like I'm resting my body that way), so I've been reading, digital scrapbooking, video gaming, and painting my nails so then I physically can't so anything :)  I'm hoping I'll be feeling more rested after we've settled into autumn, new routines, and our program, but until then I'm going to be giving myself hefty doses of rest and relaxation. we'll see what that means for my blog time....sorry in advance for the absence.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Laugh of the Day

Oh if only I could be satisfied with this cleaning routine all the time, but alas I will just have to be ok with letting my sense of humor conquer my sense of organization today :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


In the last 3 weeks I have added so many people's pain to my prayer list. I am pained by all the hurts around me, I hate to see the people I care for in turmoil....for any length of time. Some are dealing with years and years of pain. Others have painful decisions to make, torn between two options, neither of which feels like they are good. Others hadn't realized the depth of the pain until it spilled all over their life.

I've been in those places, I know how much it hurts.

I know how alone you can feel in that pain.

Like you are the only one.

Like no one could possibly understand.

Like everyone looks at you differently when they know.

Until you finally find a 'me too'. A weight gets lifted. And then another 'me too'. You begin to feel some comfort and hope. And the more 'me too's' you meet the more light is shed on the pain and you begin to find what you need to overcome it.

2 Corinthians 1:4 says "He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us."
This is exactly why I had to become involved with a group who aligns themself with this same belief. Where we can help people share so they can find their 'me too'. Where pain doesn't have to be hidden, struggles that are spoken can be broken. Where no perfect people are allowed, because that's called being in denial. Where no pain is too big or too small.  Where you can find hope and eventually peace.

It might break my heart a little to relive their pain, and my own, but it's worth it, because I just me be their 'me too.'

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tune Tuesday - God Gave Me You

I'm pre-empting What's on the Table Tuesday for Tune Tuesday.  I was going to do Musical Monday but then my Monday just disappeared all of a sudden :) And this week being short, and busy, I am not really following the meal plan this week anyway!

So here's the music I wanted to share.  I love, love, love this song. It's stuck in my head and I don't mind one bit.  See lyrics and hear song with this youtube video.

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