Meal Plan Monday returns to AK

28 02 2011

While shopping at Michael’s the other day, I stumbled upon the “every calendar for 30 cents” display. They had a cute weekly planner that sticks to the fridge that I thought was perfect for planning meals and grocery lists. And so I am motivated again to get my meal plan made each week.

Here is what I am planning for the week. And a note to my husband- be flexible. I now have another interruption to contend with!

Monday: ribs, spicy mac ‘n cheese bake, salad
Tuesday: slow cooker sloppy joes, corn on the cob
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: turkey fajitas with homemade tortillas and rice
Friday: spicy pepperjack salmon
Saturday: chicken and dumplings
Sunday: brunch- salmon broccoli quiche
dinner- polish sausage and pierogies with grilled onions

Join the fun of meal planning at I’m an Organizing Junkie. It’s never to late to get back in the game!


Pocoyo goes to Hollywood!

24 02 2011

Bean and Mighty Man both enjoy watching Pocoyo. Alright, I secretly enjoy watching him and the crazy escapades of his friends too…like the time Pato tries to read his comic books underwater while visiting Fred.  How fun to hear Pocoyo is going to be at the Academy Awards this weekend! Why not  download the awards ballot so you can look like an expert on Hollywood’s Big Night? Thanks, Pocoyo!
Through next Monday, 2/28, you can also enter the giveaway at Being Alison to win a 3 Disc Collection of Pocoyo.

What do you think—Is Pocoyo too young to have his own facebook page?

Hungry for more organic meat coupons…

23 02 2011

Quick links to some valuable coupons for some tasty organic products…

Al fresco chicken sausage $1 off any one product (Coupon prints at top of page, nothing underneath. Press the back button to print twice!)

I love their apple variety…heat them up then slice in half lengthwise and crisp them up in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil. Yum, yum, yum!

Coleman Natural Meats Take the quick survey on their homepage and be rewarded by 5 $1 coupons for different products. If you print from the pop-up-menu, they’ll all print on two pages, in color.

Laura’s Lean Beef If you sign up for their email list on their homepage (first name, last initial and a zip code is sufficient) you can print a coupon for $1 off any product. (The coupon prints at the top, with an ad in the middle. Press the back button on your browser to print twice.)

Since meat freezes well, I always keep a lookout for organic meats approaching the sell by date that are reduced for quick sale. Just watch out for any very brown “red” meats and packages that look or smell funny. If it doesn’t look good now, it sure isn’t going to improve in the freezer!

Valentine’s week!

16 02 2011

Making valentines for friends.

Valentine's pizza

Grandpa visits!


It’s been a busy week and it’s only Wednesday!

Ah, tasty cookie, my nemesis!

11 02 2011

I stumbled across Gourmet magazine’s latest collection of cookies at the library. I knew it was probably wasn’t a good idea to check it out, (I really shouldn’t eat more cookies!) but the recipe for “Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch” looked so tasty with the golden bars all lined up. Had to giggle though when I saw the printed summary of borrowed books. Apparently, it isn’t just a bad idea, it’s a sin! Now I must really try this recipe!

Soup to make you love lentils

9 02 2011

It’s perfect weather for soup! Here is a comforting soup recipe that I like. It does come out very sweet, but you could omit the apricots, switch out some of the carrots for more celery, or use a different variety of sausage if you like your soup less sweet.
I usually puree the whole batch before adding the sausage since I’m weird that way. I eat more soup when it has a smooth texture. And we all should eat more lentils! Especially this preggo girl in need of more fiber!

Sweet Sausage Lentil Soup

2 C lentils, washed and picked over (easiest to pick over, then wash)
1 lb carrots, peeled and sliced
2 medium white potatoes, washed and cut into small cubes
1 celery stalk, chopped fine
6 dried apricots, quartered (optional)
3 bay leaves
3 pinches dried thyme
1 big pinch ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 dash allspice
8-12 C chicken broth (you can use veggie too)
2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2-3 T minced garlic
12-16 oz breakfast sausage links
Pepper/Salt to taste

Cut the breakfast sausage in small rounds and cook. (or vice versa; cook then cut) Chop up all your veggies while the sausage is cooking. Remove the sausage from the pan and drain the grease. Put the olive oil in pan and add the onions and garlic, cooking on medium low for about 5 minutes. The onion should be soft and translucent. Remove the onion mixture to a separate bowl.

Put the lentils, carrots, potatoes, celery, bay leaves, thyme, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the pot with 8 cups of the stock. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat to low and keep it there, stirring it occasionally.

Cook the soup for about 30-40 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Take the bay leaves out and put the onions and garlic in. Taste it and add more seasonings if you want.

To thicken the soup, puree small amounts in the blender and stir back into the pot (about 1 cup at a time) until thick.  If you want it to be more soupy, add more broth. Add the sausage and heat till sausage is warmed through. Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes about 3 quarts
Adapted from a recipe at We Are Not Martha. Love their site!


Do you have any great soup recipes to share?

Happy Birthday!

7 02 2011

Handsome little Peep (aka Mighty Man) is turning two this week!

mmm, cake!

Yes, there are two cakes, because after making the round ice cream cake, we remembered he doesn’t like ice cream. Happy Birthday!