Monday, March 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 3-17-14, Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

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Happy Monday to everyone.
I hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was filled with errands and laundry, just like every other day.  
This week promises to be crazy, like usual.  My menu has to be full of quick and easy meals if any of us plan to eat until Saturday.  So without further ado, here it is:
Monday: Corned Beef (cooked in the crockpot) served with boiled red potatoes seasoned with garlic and dill.
Tuesday:  Philly cheese steak sandwiches, salad 
Wednesday: Cajun Chicken Pasta, garlic bread, salad
Thursday:  Pancit and Lumpia
Friday: Sloppy Joes (crockpot meal)
Saturday:  Orange Chicken, fried rice
Sunday: Waffles with fruit topping
Breakfasts this week will be the usual fare:  Oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt with granola.
Lunches:  PB&J, Tuna salad, Chicken Quesadillas.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned making shredded chicken in the crockpot.  It makes a great base for tacos, burritos and quesadillas.  Perusing the frozen food aisle at Costco, I saw that they had microwavable chicken quesadillas.  I knew it would be simple enough to replicate.  I've done this several times now, with rave reviews from my kids.
Crockpot Shredded Chicken:
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken pieces (breasts and tenderloins work especially well)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can diced green chiles (chiles, not jalepenos!!)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 onion, chopped.
Place all of the ingredients in a crockpot with enough water to just cover chicken.  Cook on low for 
6-8 hours or high for about 4.  When chicken is done, remove chicken with the chiles, tomatoes and onions in to a bowl.  Use 2 forks to shred the chicken. Serve as burritos, soft tacos, tostadas or quesadillas.
Freezer Chicken Quesadillas:
Shredded chicken
18 medium sized tortillas
1 pound mexican blend cheese.
Add a small amount of cheese to each tortilla (depending on taste).  Top with shredded chicken.  If desired, you can add chopped onion or jalepenos.  Fold tortilla in half and wrap in plastic wrap.  Store wrapped quesadillas in a freezer bag.

To heat:
This one is up to you.  You can microwave them straight out of the freezer for about a minute.  You can also pan fry them in a teeny bit of butter on the stove top.   Diva's favorite way is to cook them in a panini press.  Any way you do it, they are yummy. 
These make a great quick snack or light meal. Serve with your favorite salsa or sour cream.  Enjoy.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Meal Plan Monday 2-24-14

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I hope everyone had a great weekend.  My week promises to be crazy-busy again, so there will be quite a few crockpot meals in this week's menu.  Thank goodness for the crockpot; it's a busy mom's salvation some days! And yes, I did plan this week's menu using the my iPhone on the go

Dinner Menus:
Monday: Meatball Subs (crockpot friendly)
Tuesday: Gulumpki and Mashed Potatoes ( a Polish stuffed cabbage dish.  Time intensive)
Wednesday: Chile Colorado (crockpot)
Thursday: White Chicken Chili (crockpot)
Friday: Pancit and Lumpia
Saturday: Beef Stew and cornbread (crockpot)
Sunday: Cheese Burgers
Left overs
Chicken Quesadillas (from the freezer- see post later this week)
Tuna Salad
Pancakes and sausage

Have an awesome week!  I will be sharing this post over at:
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 2/17/14

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I didn't post my plan last week because I was stuck in a Code White at my hospital.  All I can say is, having a plan saved my hide.  I managed to get the shopping done and my kids and hubby were all set for the 3 nights I spent away at work sleeping on an air mattress!
This is the plan for this week.  Hopefully there won't be any snow to mess with things!
Monday: Chili and cornbread muffins
Tuesday: Fish Tacos, rice and beans
Wednesday: Shredded chicken burritos
Thurs: Pigs in a blanket, mac & cheese
Friday: Chicken Tortilla soup, salad
Sat: Chorizo Nachos
Sun: Sloppy Joes, salad
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Menu planning to go...

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Hello everyone!  I've missed the bloggy world!  My life seems like non-stop chaos these days.  Working full time again has kept me on the road and constantly sleep deprived.
Because I'm in constant go/panic mode, meal planning has kind of fallen by the wayside again.  It's one of those things I know I should do,  but it seems like inspiration strikes at the oddest times.  When I actually sit down to make the list out, I never come up with any ideas. To combat this, I've created a master go-to meal list of my family's favorites.  I keep it in a note on my computer and on my phone.  Why on my phone?  I'll explain more in a minute.
Like I've told you before, I work night shift. When I am home, I'm either sleeping trying to get ready for a shift or sleeping trying to recover from a shift.  My "awake time" is in the middle of the night when I am on my break.  I don't want to think about what I am going to make for dinner by standing in front of the fridge in between shifts.   Therefore, having a plan is the only thing between my kids and eating frozen pizzas 5 nights a week.
To make my planning easier and to keep up with my weird hours, I've started keeping my menu on calendar.  I use the calendar that comes on my phone and my Mac, though using Outlook or Google Calendar will work just as well.  To do this, I created a new calendar in my main calendar called "Menu plan"

Then, I add an "event" and apply it to that particular calendar.  It shows up in my monthly and weekly print outs.

Monthly view

Weekly view

Because I am using iCloud Calendar, it automatically "Syncs" with my phone when ever I add a new item.  It also works the other way around, I can add the plan from my phone on my lunch break at work and my home calendar is updated.  Cool.  No more writing the menu on the back of an envelope  and losing it between work and the car.
And the best part?  When I go shopping, my meal plan is there with me.  I just switch my view to "List"  and there it is in all it's glory to make sure I pick up the right things from the store on my way home.
If I'm feeling a little more organized or have more time, I can print out a "Day" view instead and have spots to write down all my ingredients to make sure I have everything I need.

This is saving my time, sanity and dinner!  It works for me.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rolled Pillow Case tutorial with 3 options for the seams.

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I'm back to having a sewing room. Yay!  It's not quite set up yet. In fact, it's still a giant mess.  But that didn't stop me from getting the urge to sew something, anything!  Since it's been a while, I decided to start with these simple pillow cases.  They are fast, easy and inexpensive.  I chose fabrics to coordinate with Pumpkin and Diva's rooms.  Pumpkin is in a brown and teal phase. Diva, on the other hand, loves anything and everything Parisian.  I love these cases because they can be done in under an hour (including setting up my machine)  There are also several options for finishing the seams, depending on how detailed I want to be.

Rolled Pillow Cases with 3 options for the seams

(straight, French Seam and Serged)

For standard size pillow:
  • Main fabric (body of pillow)- ¾ yard
  • Cuff- ¼ yard
  • Trim (optional) 2 inches to ¼ yard, or ribbon/lace the same width as your fabric. This piece doesn't affect the finished length of you pillow, so it can be as narrow or wide as you desire.
 King sized pillow:
  • Main fabric- 1 yard
  • Trim and cuff as above
In addition, you will need thread to either match or contrast your fabric. Scissors and/or a rotary cutter.
Wash, dry and iron your fabric.  I’ve found it easiest to was the material inside a garment bag to keep it from twisting and the frayed ends from knotting as much.
Trim selvedges and any frayed ends so that your fabric is even. If you are using a trim piece fold it in half length wise and iron it. 
Lay the cuff fabric piece face up on your work surface.  Line the unsewn edge of your trim piece up to the top of the cuff piece and pin in place with just a few pins.
Cuff good side up with trim piece.
Next, lay your main piece wrong side up, lining it up with the top of the cuff and trim. You are making a fabric sandwich.  Pin through all layers.
Don't let it slip. Make sure all the edges line up and are pinned!

Starting from the bottom of your main fabric, roll like a burrito until you are about 2 inches from the top edge.  Do not mix the cuff or trim in to this roll.
Wrap the bottom edge of the cuff piece over your roll and pin in place so that you have one long tube of fabric.
Sew with a  straight stich along the pinned edge with a ¼ inch seam allowance, pulling out your pins as you go.  I am using a Husqvarna machine, so my plate is measured in millimeters.  I do my first seam with a 10 mm margin.
Now you have one gigantic tube of fabric!  Carefully pull the fabric until you have turned the whole thing inside out.  At this point, you may want to give the whole piece another quick touch up with the iron.  If you’ve used a wide piece of trim, you may want to run a row of stitches along the free edge just to save yourself some ironing next time you wash the pillow case.
Different case, but you get the idea!

Sewing this edge down now will save you lots of time later. The trim has a habit of flipping up during the wash cycle!
Now it’s time to finish the case.  If you are going to use a regular machine, you have 2 options.  If you don’t mind an unfinished edge inside the case, fold the fabric, width wise,  printed sides together and pin.  Sew around the pin edges and bottom using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Turn right side out, iron and you are done.
If you’d like a more finished edge, a French seam might be more to your liking.  Fold your fabric so that the wrong sides are together and pin. Run a row of stiches along the pinned side and bottom using a ¼ inch seam allowance.
Now turn your case so that it’s inside out and press along your new seams. Make sure your turn your corners out.  Now, using a ½ inch  (15 mm on the Husqvarna) seam allowance, run another straight line of stitches around the edges of your case.  This will enclose the previous seam inside the new seam and give you a finished edge.  Press and you are done!

A finished French Seam

The third option for this case is to use a serger to make your seams. Fold your material so that the printed sides touch, pin and serge the pinned edges using the serge stich of your choice.  I used a 3 thread narrow overlock stitch. Turn case inside out and press. Voila.

Diva is happy!

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 4-15-2013

Pin It Now! Last week got away from me and I forgot to make a menu. That led to a couple nights eating out. I'm back doing Dave Ramsey's TMMO, so that's something I have to knock off.

Here is my menu for this week. I'm working 3 nights, so that leaves 3 dinners up to DH to make.

Ham and turkey Pannini
Pigs in a Blanket (hot dogs in crescent rolls), Mac and Cheese
Spaghetti Carbonara
Chicken Pot Pie
Cheese Enchiladas
Grilled Chicken and Baked Potatoes
Chili Colorado

I should have plenty of left overs to take for my middle of the night meals at work.Yum.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 4-1-2013

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Happy April.  No jokes here, just my plan for the week:
Left over ham and potato salad
Chicken and Dumplings
Chile Colorado

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday Link Love

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I am always in awe when I see some of the amazing and creative ideas that are shared so freely with the blogosphere. There are so many talented women out there! This week, many of you took the time to post some beautiful, meaningful gift ideas. This is just a small sampling of my favorites:

Yellow Blackbird shared her idea for a gorgeous necklace and verse to remind her friends why we celebrate this season.

Celeste over at Greenbrae Cottage shared directions for some super caaauuuttte towels that I would love to have hanging in my kitchen.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Why no posts about jeans?

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See way up there?  At the top of my blog?  That little line about finding the perfect pair of jeans?  Now, check out my labels on past posts?  Do you see a single post about clothes where it relates to me?  Go ahead and look.  I'll wait.

You didn't find one, did you?  

When I started this blog a couple of years back, I had high aspirations.  I had dreams of dazzling you Martha-esque crafts. I was going to regale you with witty tales about my wonderful kids.  I was going to lose 50 pounds and dress every day like I had some place important to be.

But I didn't.

More often than not, my crafts were an utter fail.  My kids mouthed off and moped. One graduated and moved out.  I gained 20 pounds.  And lately, if I'm not in scrubs, I'm in my faded out, tattered jeans and a too tight t-shirt.

Surfing the blogging world, I've become more and more convinced that I am the only one who just doesn't GET this stuff.  I look at Hope Studios and see Jennifer with her awesome tutorials and her soul sister crafts.  I read Kristen's posts over at We Are THAT Family and some how she even manages to make vomit funny. Bethanny over at The Glamorous Housewife manages to look fabulous while chasing around little ones. My house will never be mistaken for anything out of The Inspired Room. I follow FlyLady but I never quite manage to get off the ground.

I could go on, but you get the point. I'm in a funk and not sure how to shake it.  Any suggestions? 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Funny

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