Meal planning Oct 29th-Nov 11th

mine is not as cute or SMALL:)

mine is not as cute or SMALL:)

 

PAY day!! SO that means grocery shopping!!

We need a bunch of odds and ends.. (paper products, staple items) BUT I am determine to stick to our budget this week since last shopping trip… was uh… not such the case:)

Meals for oct 29-Nov 11th

Meals:

  1. Chicken pot-pie
  2. Northern bean soup
  3. Pork chops/mashed/asparagus
  4. Sunday Italian crockpot
  5. Taco nachos
  6. French toast with sausage
  7. Pizza (homemade)
  8. Chicken salad wraps with fruit
  9. Baked southwestern egg rolls
  10. Taco soup- small group
  11. French dip subs/ corn
  12. slow cooked honey ham w/rice and broccoli  *new recipe

Snacks:

  1. Oatmeal raisin rolls  *new recipe

Lydia’s food: to make

  1. Pears
  2. Peaches
  3. pumpkin
  4. Sweet potato

SOO tell me what you are making..

i need ideas:)

~Jessica

Christmas Experience…

Last year we decided to switch things up a bit … for Christmas we have always done 3 gifts. Why .. well Jesus only got 3 AND because my children are beyond blessed to receive many gifts throughout the Christmas season .. so why just continue to throw gifts at them!?! My kids don’t make lists, so listening to them all year long to find out what they really want is so so much more meaningful! AND we feel that those 3 gifts from us should count.

BUT not break the bank.. our budget on all 4 kids is 150$. TOTAL (not each). Last year we decided to change the 3 gifts to 2 gifts and do a Christmas Experience with each child. Levi’s was to legoland, Judah was to ride a horse. Selah didn’t get the concept so we decided they had to be 3.

A few weeks ago we took Selah on her Experience. She as with every other girl in America loves Frozen.. so we took her to see Frozen on Ice. My sister-n-law found some amazing tickets and we were all able to go for $60. (5 of us!!) I went to Walmart and picked up Elsa and Anna shirts and light up bracelets and planned on getting a treat once we arrived.

arriving at the rink.. she was in heaven!

arriving at the rink.. she was in heaven!

We had amazingly close seats and sat with Joels family. It was fun to see the excited of my niece and my daughter as each character was introduced! Having my in-laws there was so nice and festive!! 🙂

My 3 oldest littles

My 3 oldest littles

We decided to take all the older ones to each experience.. we just make it more about the one.. and that one gets the special ‘extras’. BUT all 3 kids LOVED the show!

Seriously beautiful and so worth every penny!

Seriously beautiful and so worth every penny!

Like I said Joels family joined in on the fun.. Great memories for all!

the whole crew minus lydia (and WITH 2 growing babies in tummies!)

the whole crew minus lydia (and WITH 2 growing babies in tummies!)

The grands with the grands!

The grands with the grands!

 

So Selah will only receive 2 gifts from us.. but will have this memory for a long time we hope! Love doing special things with our family. TIME is a gift and we are giving it to them in the form of a christmas gift!:) Now to get the boys set up and pick out their 2 gifts!!!!

YEAH!
Do you do any fun christmas tradition!??

Bringing back – Meal planning!!

***UPDATED with my thoughts on the new recipes****

As I was talking to a dear friend, who blogs over at From which fills the heart the other day she said she LOVED it when I posted about our meals, and how I cook for  my crew! SO I thought.. why not try to bring it back?!? Here it goes! I shop every two weeks and normally two stores.. Walmart for EVERYTHING expect meat which I purchase at Publixs .. My normal budget is 150$ but this week I blew it and spent $240. And Yes i have to take all my kids to the store with me so this is a glimpse of us!!! haha

Oldest pushing the goods, and i have the 2 littles in the cart i am pushing.. Yes we are sight to be seen.. not to mention my GROWING tummy!

Oldest pushing the goods, and i have the 3 littles in the cart i am pushing.. Yes we are sight to be seen.. not to mention my GROWING tummy!

Oct 15-29th

Most of them have recipes if you click the name!

Meals:

  1. Taco’s
  2. Hashbrown casserole-small group
  3. Chicken Gravy/biscuits
  4. Lasagna casserole
  5. subs
  6. tamale pie  ***family favorite!
  7. potato kielbasa **new recipe this was a huge hit! although we didn’t use the mustard.. didn’t have any
  8. BLT’s , cut up apples
  9.  chicken noodle casserole w/ sweet peas **new recipe  Very good but to hard to replace the dairy will not make again
  10. Roast beef, mashed potatoes & asparagus
  11. Chicken pot-pies
  12. ham & bean soup “ w/cornbread   **new recipe Good and really easy.. the kids loved it but Joel wasn’t a fan
  13. crockpot corn & potato chowder ***new recipe  didn’t make it yet

Snacks/things to make

  1. cinnamon coffee cake : http://beautyandbedlam.com/cinnamon-pecan-coffee-cake/
  2. homemade refried beans **to try!:)
  3. pumpkin muffins
  4. brownie bags
  5. cook a whole chicken

SOOO what are you cooking????

~Jessica