Menu Monday- AK

9 11 2009

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDue to a certain hubby’s birthday yesterday (Happy Birthday sweetheart!), it seems like we’ve been eating out for the past week, or at least for the weekend! While I enjoy the meals, it seems healthier to be eating at home so I’m looking forward to getting back to making dinners this week.

Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Salmon, Pinto bean bake (something like this recipe, omitting the ground beef)
Wednesday: Hawaiian mini burgers, corn/lima beans
Thursday: French onion soup, steaks, baked potatoes
Friday: Chicken Paprikash, spaetzle
Saturday: Chicken Fingers (third try’s a charm?)
Sunday: Shrimp Linguine

Wow, looking back at the menu it looks like it would be an expensive week- steak, shrimp, etc. But we have pretty much everything already on hand. The shrimp is from my FIL- some he caught himself and the steak is moose unless I find a good one on sale at the store this morning. The only items I really need to buy for the week are Hawaiian sweet rolls for the burgers, and spaetzle (unless I decide to try to make it myself which is a distinct possibility).

Well, I’m looking forward to this week! What’s on your menu plan? If you need more ideas hop over to and browse the hundreds of meal plans posted every week. Thank you Laura for hosting!  I have gotten so many ideas from other people’s menu plans, not to mention inspiration to get my butt in gear to make up a plan every (or almost every) week!

Have a great day!


Meal Plan Monday: AK

1 11 2009

Well, last week was a bust as far as sticking to my meal plan!  I made the beans and rice on Tuesday and pretty much ate them all week.  Thankfully they were yummy LOL!  Friday night we went to a Halloween party at the armory (pizza- but they didn’t have a lot so we ended up eating more rice and beans!) and Saturday the kids had salmon quesadillas (shaped like pumpkins) and we ate at a friend’s house.  By tonight I was so tired I just made some turkey ala king (a variation on this recipe).  It turned out so yummy!  But now I have practically an entire week planned for me 🙂

Monday- meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans
Tuesday- Mexican Stroganoff (oamc)
Wednesday- salmon patties (already in the freezer)
Thursday- Chili Verde using turkey (oamc)
Friday- Chicken Nuggets (oamc)
Saturday- Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza (oamc)
Sunday- TBD- hubby’s birthday and he’s thinking about his request (BTW- you have until Thursday morning so I can hit the store if I need to)

I hope everyone has a great week planned!  For more meal planning ideas be sure to pop over to Laura’s blog I’m an Org Junkie



28 10 2009

Most people dread Mondays.  For me it’s Wednesdays.  I babysit two other preschoolers all day Wednesdays so I have four under four.  And while they all are generally good kids, being cooped up inside makes for long days.  This morning we have had breakfast, two episodes of Diego, coloring, play-do, a running/screaming/jumping on the bed session, snacks, and a campout and it’s only 10:30.  I’m hoping everyone cooperates enough to make cookies later because I’m running out of things to do with them.  We got our first snow last night (only a dusting) so I’m hoping it will stay until after lunch and we can go run outside to get rid of some of this hyperness.  Maybe have the first snowball fight of the year or build a mini-snowman!

Anyway, that’s my vent for today… Just needed to tell someone and since hubby’s out of town this week this blog is my outlet!

Any ideas to keep preschoolers occupied this winter (without too much mess) would be greatly appreciated!  I’m too tired right now to come up with any ideas…


Bibi & Mimi Shoes

2 10 2009

I love cute little baby shoes! Bibi & Mimi is another shop that makes adorable footwear for the wee ones. Mighty Man could really use a pair of shoes that aren’t pink and girly! Don’t you think these taxi cabs shoes are fun? If you agree, run over to Mommies Angels and enter her giveaway for your own pair of Bibi & Mimi shoes here. (Ok, so they won’t fit you, but you’ll get to see them on your little guy or gal, so good luck picking your favorite!)

Guacamole Day

16 09 2009

Today,  Sept. 16th is National Guacamole Day! Who knew? Well, the occasion wasn’t lost on Wholly Guacamole who sent me an update this morning in my in-box. I’ve never had much success with store-bought avocados, so occasionally, I’ll get my guac-fix with their pre-packed stuff. Time to scoop up some of the green stuff and toast the noble avocado! Or just play some guac-related games here. (I found some more recipes here too.)

Pink Olive

12 09 2009

Want to share some happy thoughts about NY today. Here is Pink Olive, a beautiful, friendly boutique with locations in Park Slope and the East Village. They have a wonderful collection of artist-created baby clothes like these fun tees:


I’m also smitten by the cheeky onesies for fashionista babies like “Pradada” and “Gucci Coo

The cuteness runs over into other categories too. I’ve contemplated these kitty crayons before at the artist’s Etsy site.

I don’t have a superstar budget, but maybe I’ll window shop the next time we visit NYC. Meanwhile, I’ll be stopping by the Pink Olive blog here.

Food goes stylish

10 09 2009

May 2009 006Flipping through channels today, I saw part of the Food Network’s Challenge Something Long Title Food Styling Event. It seemed like a foo-foo sport, and their location on the beach didn’t help the seriousness much either. But, I was intrigued!

Later this evening, I stumbled on this photo in one of my folders. It doesn’t look that great, but I’m quite proud of my little food styling techniques and just wanted to share my little fan of snap peas and a mound of rice with you. Enjoy!

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

1 09 2009

mpmpencilNot having access to a car during the day has made it very hard to get to the store for the past three weeks.  I am thankful my father in law is here helping us get a lot of work done on our house and cabin, but it was getting a little hard to be creative with a dwindling pantry.  Here are some of the meals I came up with.  Not too bad- just goes to show with a little creativity you can avoid having rice and beans all week!

steak and eggs, soft pretzels, browniesWe still had some moose backstrap in the freezer.  I sliced it, dredged in seasoned flour and pan fried in little olive oil; we had 5 eggs left so I made 4 sunny side up; soft pretzels are suprizingly easy to make from scratch, as are brownies

leftover polish sausage and hotdogs, creamed spinach, rosemary roasted potatoes:  creamed spinach is also easy to make… click here for the recipe I followed; there were about 6  potatoes left that were starting to go soft so I peeled and diced them, tossed them with olive oil and a few spices (including rosemary) and roasted at 350 for about 25 min

whole wheat spaghetti with broccoli cheese saucemade a basic white sauce and added cheese and some frozen broccoli… served over 1/3 package of whole wheat spaghetti

chicken and stars soup: found some homemade chicken broth (complete with chunks of chicken) in the back of the freezer, to this I added a few handfuls of leftover corn, peas, and some tiny star pasta

blueberry pancakes: frozen blueberries and premade pancake mix (we got 10lb for $5 at the discount store a few months ago).  These inspired us to go blueberry picking however when we got up far enough to find some it started raining.  We came back with almost enough for a pie.  Thankfully I have some frozen blueberries left so I can fill it.

I had enough success with this week I was almost tempted not to shop another week, but I didn’t- I hit the store to stock up a little Sunday afternoon.  I was surprized I only spent about $100 considering I felt like we’re out of everything. 

And now, since you’re still reading I’ll share the plan for this week.  And as always you can find hundreds of ideas for your meal plans at I’m an Org Junkie.

Monday: ate at the State Fair
Tuesday: halibut, broccoli and maybe blueberry pie!
Wednesday: beef stroganoff (crockpot), salad
Thursday: chili, cornbread
Friday: homemade pizza
Saturday: eat out (father in law’s last day visiting)
Sunday: leftovers

Have a great week!


Speaking Alaskan

1 07 2009

I found a fun article yesterday that gives the definitions of local terminology.  I had to laugh because when I first moved here I didn’t know what most of the terms stood for, but after only two years I feel like I’ve become “Alaskacized.”  Yesterday the high temperature was 67.  We were almost dying of heat!  I can’t remember now what it was like to enjoy 80 degrees!

Alaska is such a different place that it sometimes feels like I’m living in a different country altogether.  So, if anyone wants to come visit, we’ll teach you the lingo and show you around!

Now I have to get out and enjoy the sunshine before the fireweed blooms and the termination dust shows up!
UPDATE:  a few hours after typing this I drove to the store and noticed the fireweed is starting to bloom- OH NO!!!


Learning to Create

6 06 2009

I had a fun time last night at a two peas online crop. This is my layout for the second challenge: scrapbooking milestones. The milestone I chose was “learning to create.” Bean really took me by surprise when she started making this sandwich, using lingo she’s picked up from watching cooking shows with me. I guess I need to let her make lunch more often!create layoutThe digital kit is from Shabby Princess—their products are great!