Monday, January 31, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

I am still here. Things are still chaotic. But my mom is suppose to have surgery this Wednesday Feb 2nd. If you are the type to pray or just even think postive thoughts towards my family I'd be grateful. Surgery is suppose to be at 8am PST. But now onwards to the menu plan. As usual I just put our main dish and decide on side dishes the night the meal is made. Thanks! BTW most of these meals are pretty easy as with the way life is I've been using prepared things or the husband has been gracious enough to cook.

Monday- Hamburger Helper (which the husband was kind enough to cook. It wasn't a winner for me though as it was the taco dinner one) 

Tuesday-Turkey Sailsbury (Jennie-O)

Wednesday-Dad's Nuggets (Since I'll be waiting for my mom to get out of surgery) 
Thursday-Pork Chops 
Friday-Oven Fried Chicken 
Saturday-Hot Dogs with Chili 
Sunday-French Toast or Pancakes

So what are you eating this week? And as always if you are looking for more ideas you can find them at! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

And Now

My beautiful mother has pancreatic cancer. So I'm still here. But I don't know how often I will post. I feel so defeated by life right now. Scared and sad. Thank you dear readers for those that still read me. I don't know what else to say. Words fail me. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011


My father died yesterday.

He had some health issues but this was a sudden thing. I am not even sure how I'm suppose to feel so I thought I'd verbally throw up over here over the things that are mulling in my head. I was never close to him as my parents divorced when I was young. Well I did hear I was a Daddy's girl and would follow him when I was a toddler. And we lived on two different coasts. Me on the west and he on the east.

 I feel the worst for my step sister and step mother as they are closest to him and if I calculate right my stepmom was involved with him for over 30 years. My own mother just maybe a fraction of that? 12 years or so. But he could not be happy with what he had and always reminised about the life he had with my mother and us. If it was so great why did he abandon us and make no effort to be a father to us? He was the guy who's wages had to be garnished for child support. Yeah, he was that guy.

When we went to go see him 2 years ago, I remember he made me cry and get angry. That always seemed to the pattern. So I guess my father and I were aquantices more than anything. And now? I don't know if I really want to go back there for a funeral. If there is one as they didn't have life insurance for him. I don't know if I want to take the time for the man who couldn't make time for me. He has never met my husband and my son. I've been married for going on 10 years now.

 I guess I'm frustrated. But I don't understand why I feel this sense of loss when I never really had a relationship to begin with. Maybe this is to personal to share in a blog but this place is my refuge at times and I just needed to spit it out.

Maybe I'll write more later.

April 9, 1947 to January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011


So Life As Mom put out a challange and I am still deciding whether or not I will formally do it. But out of curiousity I wanted to know how much food I actually had in this house. And to my surprise I was able to come up with 6 breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas just 'shopping' with the stuff I had on hand. I was pretty impressed. What about you? If you were to actually take inventory of what you had in your pantry or freezer how many meals can you make? Let me know. I'd love to know! Oh and for the curious these are the ideas I came up with.

Bagels and Cream Cheese
Cold Cereal/Hot Cereal
Pop Tarts
Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches

Mac N Cheese
Tuna Sandwiches
Chicken Noodle/Progresso Soup
Hot Links (big hit around here)
Cheese Quesdillas

Spaghetti with Sauce and Mushrooms (maybe the turkey ground if I don't do what I was originally thinking of doing with it)
Chicken Sandwiches
Hamburgers & Hot Dogs with French Fries
Biscuits and Gravy (Bacon)
Ravoli/Chili (Not enough by itself for a meal )
Hot Dogs wrapped in Crossiants (Pillsbury)

*Of course I also have stuff to make snacks and veggies and fruit*

Monday, January 3, 2011

I'm Such A Geek

I'm always looking for ways to save money or just do something different in normal activites. I decided to actually do some deals at Safeway where they pay me. I hadn't ever intentionally done that before and I did buy things my family would use. And I did it! I got 8 dollars back to use towards a future order. Here's my picture proof.
What deals did you get to do? Please share.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


So we ran to Target tonight cause we needed to get some things. It's not a store we frequent often since it's in the next town etc. I decided to hit the dollar spot as I had heard that things were 75 % off. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. I also liked the fact that I was able to find some school related things for my boy. Here's a couple of pics so you can see what I am talking about.
 A quarter each @ target

Found @ the dollar spot @ target save for the veggie tales

Let me know if you venture out to your Target and what you got. I would love to know! 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

This Was Dinner Tonight

We don't have any traditional New Year's meal plans so no peas or whatever it is your suppose to cook was done in this household. Instead we had this.

The potatoes didn't go like the way I wanted them to. Probably because I used red potatoes instead. I ended up having to put the mixture in the blender to get some kind of topping. I also didn't use smokey paprika. I just used regular. It was tasty and filling. Of course my kids didn't know what to think as they are not big veggie fans. But at least they tried it so I give them kudos for that.

This was actually suppose to be a late lunch as the man and the boy had gone with the Boy Scouts to Christmas Tree recycling . The recipe says it only takes 25 min but it took much longer for me. Probably cause they didn't count the prep. I think it took me close to 2 hours. But even though I was a bit discouraged in how long it took I am not discouraged in cooking for my family. And once I got into my groove I found it pretty relaxing. So what did you have?

Just A Reminder

for those that coupon to clean out your binders, file folders, evenlopes, boxes. Whatever system you use. We are suppose to get 4 inserts in Sunday's newspaper. I also wanted to let you know that military families overseas accept expired coupons up to 6 months. But probably best to go ahead and send them coupons that are only a month 2 months at the most expired as volunteers go thru what is sent. If you are looking for a place to send your old coupons to try here.