Saturday and Plans for the following week

We had another warm winter day today. We spent the day outside in the sun. The littles jumped on the trampoline. I played basketball with my big boys David and Daniel while my husband sat in the sun and watched.

I did not cook. We ate cereal for breakfast, sandwiches and fruit for lunch and pizza and fruit for dinner.

Kayla and I ventured off to Aldi for some weekly groceries.

This week is a busy basketball tournament week. So I planned some easy meals.

This week’s menu plan in no particular order:

-beef hot dogs, crockpot baked beans,slaw

-crockpot cubed steak and gravy, brown rice, steamed zucchini squash with onions

-baked hamburgers made with my meat loaf recipe, romaine salad

-If I need a quick meal but have no time to cook, we’ll have a tuna pasta salad on that day.

I plan to make more banana chocolate chip muffins. We have 2 quarts of yogurt left so I may need to make some more by Friday. I will be making homemade applesauce also.

Stealth Chip-Napping:

As I set out my ingredients for banana chocolate chip muffins this morning, I noticed over half a bag of chocolate chips are missing.

I remembered last night that my husband went to bed super early. He has been trying not to get the flu that is going around. I thought whoa he feels really bad he went to bed without saying goodnight. My children wont sneak ingredients, they always ask.

Everyone knows my least favorite place is the grocery store. I am sooo NOT fond of shopping and I plan out treats in our home. Trying to be thrifty and healthy.

I make a once per week, and sometimes once every two weeks, trip to Aldi and Walmart. I may stop in other stores once a week if there is a big sale and if I acquire a coupon making the item near free.

I saw a chocolate chip in our bed when I made it this morning. Then to find less than half a bag of chocolate chips today. UGH!

I am using up some spent bananas to save them from becoming food waste. I’d love to join Kristen in Food Waste Friday. My husband says  we never have food waste… we have dogs. Since I have been made more conscience of food waste we have, I plan much better, cook less excess and save money. Thank You Kristen!!

My children do not care for banana muffins, but they will gladly eat banana chocolate chip muffins. A suggestion was made that I make banana cupcakes and put icing on it. Icing covers a multitude of sins. I will use the chips I have and happily bake away.

Diagnosis……Tamiflu to the rescue

So…… Noah has Influenza A  and a red-hot ear. He has had 2 doses of Tamiflu. Samuel is recovering from a mild case of the flu and Jesse  recovering from  double ear infections and sinus infections. The little  boys had a good night sleep with the phenergan cough syrup and singular. I don’t remember hearing a single cough after 930pm.

So far today I have spent the day disinfecting bedding,bathroom, living room and toys. The plan is to finish disinfecting the kitchen this afternoon and do some baking.  I have several spent bananas waiting to be made into banana chocolate chip muffins! {{{{{{{YUM}}}}}}}

Last night ,before bed,I fried cubed steak and put it into my small crockpot with gravy. Today I am making seasoned brown rice and may saute or stir fry cabbage, garlic and onions to go with it.

This will be my third week missing my small group meeting. They have plans to eat dinner at a restaurant. Sounds like fun but not currently in our budget. I know they will have fun!

I am still trying to figure out how to upload my photos here from linux?

Lovely Sun Day

Nice warm but windy Sunday. I have taken the little boys out to play. First time in weeks with all the sickness we have had. Everyone we know has been really sick with something or another lately. It is like a mini epidemic. Jesse and I have been on antibiotics for over a week or so for severe double ear infections and sinus infection.

I so appreciate my deck. We put the dogs in our kennel. Kids on the trampoline and I sat down to enjoy my coffee. Ah Heaven!!

Watching my boys. If I could bottle their energy, I would take it and join them.