Archive | March 2013

30 Dinner Ideas, a List

What’s for dinner?  That’s a daily question, and there are many ways to easily address it.  The simplest is to plan ahead.  Whether writing a weekly or monthly menu, once the decision is made, it’s much easier.  If you’re not that much of a planner or what you chose doesn’t appeal at all (I have my moments!), then one piece of advice I read that resonated in me is this: Always know what’s for dinner by 10AM.  The stress is gone.  Your mind is free for everything else that day.

Here are a list of meal ideas in no particular order.  It’s something to refer to as needed when your brain is drawing a blank, and someone else can do the thinking for you. 🙂

1. Chicken or Steak fried rice

2. Tacos (beef, chicken, or fish) and beans with toppings

3. Baked chicken with garlic butter, rice, and green peas

4. Spaghetti (slow cook that sauce, Yum!)

5. Cheeseburgers

6. Chili (regular or White Chicken) (slow cooker)

7. Taco Soup with tortilla chips for scooping (slow cooker)

8. Grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, and broccoli

9. Beef stew

10. Broiled, baked, or grilled fish

11. Quiche & fruit

12. Scrambled eggs and all the fixin’s

13. Pancakes or French toast with sides

14. Grilled chicken Caesar salad

15. Beef & vegetable soup with cornbread (slow cooker)

16. Cheddar chicken and broccoli

17. Sour cream chicken, green peas, and corn on the cob

18. Roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, and green beans

19. Chicken, Broccoli, and Pasta Bake

20. Red beans & rice (slow cooker)

21. French Dip sandwiches (slow cooker)

22. Fish tacos with Spanish rice

23. Broccoli Beef & Rice (slow cooker)

24. Tomato soup and Grilled cheese sandwiches

25. Chicken and pasta marinara

26. Pizza (make your own)

27. Honey Sesame Chicken with rice and broccoli (slow cooker)

28. Beef or Chicken and vegetable stir-fry

29. Sandwiches (BLT, deli, fried egg, pb&j)

30. BBQ chicken or pork (slow cooker)

What would you add to this list?


Mommies Should Be Immune

Germs.  Sickness.  Viruses.   None of those words make me feel happy-go-lucky.  I just want to lock the doors, hibernate, and do shopping as needed and quickly.  No contact with others.  Don’t breathe on me.  If you’re sick, then don’t look my direction (especially towards my toddler) and proceed to hack up a lung.  Really???

I took D to the park a couple of weeks ago.  He hadn’t been out of the neighborhood in a few days, and I thought he would enjoy some outdoor play time, especially on the swings and slides.  It was cool outside with rain imminent, so off we went to play.  There were a few other children there, but we didn’t interact much, except as they tried to run over my little guy.  Everyone just played.  When it started sprinkling, we left.  I wiped off D’s hands, and thought nothing more of it…..until the next morning.  Long story short (and sparing details for all of you), D had contracted a stomach bug that fit the description of norovirus.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I dropped the following night and hubby the next night, almost 24 hours between it taking down each of us.  I have never been that worried, stressed, and miserable as I was during that entire week.

When it comes to illness, mommies should be immune.  After all, we’re the care-givers a majority of the time.  Becoming a mom should grant one’s mind and body an impenetrable, invisible shield so that you don’t have to worry about falling prey to the bug while caring for your little darling and then yourself.

For anyone wondering: Yes, now I will be THAT mom with the Lysol can when we go play again.  Too bad we didn’t go after the rainstorm.

Food for Thought … Curriculum

I came across this quotation today, and it struck a nerve.  There is so much more to learning and living than just for a test.

“I have never understood the importance of having children memorize battle dates. It seems like such a waste of mental energy. Instead, we could teach them important subjects such as How the Mind Works, How to Handle Finances, How to Invest Money for Financial Security, How to be a Parent, How to Create Good Relationships, and How to Create and Maintain Self-Esteem and Self-Worth. Can you imagine what a whole generation of adults would be like if they had been taught these subjects in school along with their regular curriculum?” — Louise L. Hay

Your thoughts?

Smoothie Time


Earlier this week, I decided to start having smoothies again, at least a couple of times a week. They’re simple, yummy, and are never quite the same since I vary ingredients. Looking at the picture would you guess there’s at least 1 cup of baby spinach and half an avocado in this? I didn’t think so. 😉 Oh, and our 19 month old drank it up!

Today’s smoothie via the Vitamix includes:
1/2 frozen banana
1+ cups frozen mixed berries
1/2 avocado
1/2 C whole-milk vanilla yogurt (plain works, too)
a few splashes of pineapple juice
a 3-second sploosh of whole milk
1+ cups fresh baby spinach (fill up the rest of the blender)
a little warm water to get it all moving through the blender

Blend on high until smooth and enjoy.  Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?

Dr. Seuss Quotations

Short and sweet:  In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd, I thought I’d compile a list of quotations. Do you have a favorite?

  • “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
  • “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, . . . and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
  • “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
  • “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant.”
  • “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
  • “Sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.”
  • “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
  • “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
  • “Only you can control your future.”
  • “They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”
  • “You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”
  • “Be awesome! Be a book nut!”
  • “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
  • “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”
  • “Nonsense wakes up the brain cells.”
  • “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”
  • “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
  • “Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act.”