Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

My hands are so cold that I can barely type, but I shall survive. It's a balmy 5 degrees outside on this New Year's Eve. It's about ten o'clock here and I am struggling to stay awake.....sad, but true. Brody is still singing after being wound up from hanging out with our old friend's the Norton's.
In years past I have come up with long and in depth lists of resolutions and goals for the new year but I have failed on most of them. So I'm just going to have two this coming year.

1. Live life with joy and love and enjoy every second no matter what, the rest will follow. Christ first, others second and me third. (okay, so that's more like two but you get the point)

2. Drink more water....even though it makes me pee like a racehorse every 10 minutes.

Hope you all have a wonderful NYE and are spending it with family and friends. See you in the New Year!

I'd also like to thank my husband who stands behind me when I write sometimes (one of my biggest pet peeves) and corrects my spelling and grammar. Thanks, sweet cheeks.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

There's a badge for that....

There are over 100 merit badges that a Boy Scout can earn including archery, bugling, bird watching and dentistry....really! I'm thinking we as parents deserve merit badges of our own. For example, there would be your typical run of the mill badges like the endured teething badge, Boogie man disposal badge and the kiss it and make it better badge. Most parents would get these badges quite easily and of course be proud in the process. However there would be a few badges that would take some extreme parenting skills to come by. These badges would be the caught projective vomit in hands badge, the used tweezers to remove a hard booger badge and my all time favorite....used bare hands to wipe poo from hiney badge. These badges would be worn with pride and be the envy of other parents all around the world.

I'm sure he wouldn't be the first, but my husband would receive the illusive used bare hands to wipe poo from hiney badge. Honey, I salute you! I'll spare you the story on this one, you'll thank me later.

I'm on my way to earning the kids are always naked badge.....

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pirates, cowboys and knights...oh my!

These are just a few of the cool gifts that Aunt Bri and Uncle Kort sent the boys. It is a trunk full of cool boy costumes such as a cowboy, Indian, knight, fireman and pirate. Baylor wanted to wear the pirate costume to vote was yes but I was out voted by the man of the house.

Okay, I'm done now.

It's going to be rough.

Rough, I tell you. Very, very most spectacularly rough. I'm talking about aging. Jiggly wrinkly aging. (insert evil laugh here)

Don't laugh. You can snicker, but don't laugh.

I'm turning 29 on the 24th of January and after looking in the mirror this morning I have a sneaking suspicion it's going to be very very rough on me. Yes, I am still in my twenties....I have one year left, don't rush it people! I wasn't kind to my face when I was in high school. In fact I was down right evil to my face. Who would have thought rubbing on baby oil and baking in the sun would turn out to be a horrible idea. Horrible, horrible, horrible. It was a horrible idea, but I thought being tan was cool. Oh my poor face does not think so. It doesn't help that we are mid winter and everything is dry (including my face) and you can see every little wrinkle and zit for that matter (why on earth do I still have zits!? I'm not in high school anymore! Make it stop!!) It also doesn't help that the man I am married to pointed out a few more lines on my face, "oh yea, I noticed a few more lines on your face the other day....." That is not a way to start a conversation or end one either...because that's what I did...ended that conversation. He also made the point this morning while I was freaking out in the car mirror, that if I'm having a hard time with aging when I'm almost 29, I'm REALLY going to have a problem when I'm 60. Point well taken.

I've also noticed a few areas that were firm before, are not longer firm. In fact there was some vibration in these certain areas and that is not cool at all. Almost not as cool as the lines on my face. Yes, I haven't been able to get outside to run as much as I want but I'm still able to work out inside. It's just not the same and I'm beginning to feel the consequences of the dreaded elliptical. My jiggly body longs get outside on that pavement where I will most definitely feel the jiggle, but hopefully it will go away faster!

So I'm trying my best to age gracefully and with joy, but it's going to be rough. you can laugh.

Oh, I almost forgot! My sister in law Bri got me the coolest Christmas present ever. She had the first year of this blog published into a book! All 380 pages and photos. It is amazing. Since this blog has become a document for all the wild and crazy adventures of my boys' lives, she found it necessary to have a hard copy. LOVE IT. I'm going to save up and publish 2009.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Moving on...

I'm the kind of person that likes to get things moving. I don't usually linger and only a few things in life make me sentimental, or so I'd like to think. Christmas is over, so before noon I have taken the tree down, put everything away that is Christmasy and given the new toys homes in new storage containers. I've also moved furniture around like it's my job.....because it is. Call me crazy, but I wanted my living room back and the tree, as pretty as it may be, was taking up 1/4th of it. I love Christmas and decorating but I also like to move it along. The goal for the new year is to possibly re-paint the very blue living room and continue up the stairs, paint the stairs and find a new comfy couch for the husband. We will also be waiting for that anticipated tax refund before we start anything. My last student loan is in the $6,000 range which couldn't make us happier. It is also another goal to get that stinkin thing paid off soon!
Speaking of husband. It has been amazing to have him home for a few days. He is a work-a-holic and would be there right now if I didn't hide his keys. Just kidding, I didn't hide his keys but the thought has crossed my mind. He took the boys outside to play today and I have him hard at work doing project that have been waiting for him to be home (which is a miracle in itself) I have also very much just enjoyed his company and conversation. It seems like I don't get enough adult conversation during the day and by the end, find myself mumbling in two year old gibberish. The boys are still enamored by their new toys....this should last for about a week. I am moving on with the new year, contemplating not making any huge resolutions even though I have already mentally started to make a list.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and continue to enjoy some time off. Travel safely (as my parents drive back from Louisiana today!) and keep the reason for the season in mind!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

This pretty much sums up the reaction to every single thing that Baylor opened. Much to our delight we are raising a very joyous and thankful child. The presents were wrapped simply with brown paper and string (I like simple and I have a present wrapping deficiency, I need lessons from Andrea!) He loved every single thing that he received and kept thanking us over and over again. The highlight of his day was the gigantic pirate ship complete with squid and pirates. He hasn't put it down all day and he keeps telling us, "See, I told you Santa would bring it to me!" Well kiddo, it wasn't was Grandma Kris and Papa Steve, but you can think whatever you want. He also got a few books, a tackle box (he's so excited to go fishing with the grandpas) and some dragons.
...and then there's this guy. This look also sums up his present opening experience. GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY GIFTS. We're working on the whole sharing thing and he's slowly learning! He opened one gift, two tractors from my Grandma M.E and was done for the day. He didn't want to open any more. Geeze kid, if we knew that before we got you all of this stuff! We convinced him to finish opening his gifts which included a Mr. Potato head, a Spiderman fishing pole (which can double as a sword) and some Matchbox airplanes. He carried his fishing pole into the kitchen twice proclaiming, "I'm going to grandpa's...see you later!" It was priceless.

Lonnie just got each other stocking stuffers and the t.v that was purchased with some art money a few months ago. I'm going to get to peruse through Lonnie's running catalog for new shoes and outdoor running gear. We were also VERY blessed to have some friends that had a brand new stainless steel dishwasher sitting in their basement....not being used. They generously gave it to us for free. I could hardly wait to get it home yesterday only to my dismay when we realized it was such a new model there would be some hiring of a handy man to help us. The wiring needs to be hooked up somehow and a new tube for the hot water. In our haste...okay, in my rushing Lonnie to put it in, I had him unhook the hot water (which was a very bad idea!) and that only ended in lots of water under the sink and no hot water until the dishwasher goes in. My bad. Needless to say, we are thrilled and thankful for such a blessing! Hopefully we can pay it forward to someone else!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jesus's birthday cake

Waldo has returned and is still alive (no fears mom!) We are watching him while Ma and Pa Koser visit Kort and Bri in Louisiana. Wish we were there!!
That says happy birthday Jesus....just in case you couldn't read the psychedelic green frosting covered in red and green non perils.

Well folks...the lights are still on (knock on wood) despite lots and lots of eerie flickering all day long. The trees have a nice ice coating and it's raining as the temperatures drop. We're hoping for an electric and heat filled night. More snow and ice is on the horizon.
I'm going to play my cornet at church for the Christmas Eve service if we still have it. I'm hoping the snow and ice taper off by the time people venture out to church.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Over the top

With Christmas just around the corner and after spending last night wrapping gifts because I just couldn't wait any longer, I had a hard time grasping the fact that we as a society have turned Christmas into such a commercialized holiday. We can no longer say, "Merry Christmas" because we might offend and we can no longer sing Christmas songs, go on Christmas break or eat Christmas cookies! Seriously people. If it weren't for the birth of our savior (which coincidentally was actually in the summer in Bethlehem, but that's another story) you my friend, would not get that cute bright pink iPod you've been begging for. I have also found myself falling into the trap of wanting to buy my kids one zillion little toys to make them happy and see the joy on their faces on Christmas morning. I know it's only going to get worse when they get older and actually ask for things like cell phones (not until you're 25) iPods (borrow mine) and guitar hero ( looks kind of fun) I know, I'm a fun hater....I say his now, I'm sure I'll cave later.
Unfortunately, this year Baylor got a hold of the Toys R' Us insert in the Sunday paper and got a severe case of the, "wants and gimmies" It was so serious in fact, that we had to remind him numerous times of a Rolling Stones song....."You don't always get what you want." We also tried to distinguish the difference between wants and needs. Try explaining that to a four year old! His definition however, varied slightly from ours. A definite, "need" in his book is a pirate ship, Ice Age DVD and a strange looking transformer thingy. My definition is socks, underwear and coffee. So as we try to keep the gifts under control (which is probably the hardest for me!) and read the real Christmas story, one can only hope and pray that we aren't creating monsters.

There is a ginormous winter storm heading this way once again and we are glad to not have to travel in it, but we will say an extra prayer for those who have to! The cupboards are stocked, I'm making lots of goodies and we are ready for the ice and snow.....well, kind of.

Monday, December 21, 2009

He's got the beat

Home for the Holidays

Much to the dismay of our relatives in far away places, we made the executive decision to stay at home this year for Christmas. There were many factors that were included in our decision to plunk ourselves right at home during the holidays, including 1. The fact that we are the only ones (so far!) with kiddos and traveling long distances in a car where the boys can touch and poke each other is considered cruel and unusual punishment for the parents. 2. We want to establish our own family Christmas traditions with the boys 3. The stress that accompanies traveling and getting from here to there stinks. Don't get me wrong we LOVE seeing family and we will do our best to go where we need to go in order to see our loved ones. We're just taking a sabbatical this year.
I'm very excited to be home and to cook a Christmas breakfast and meal for the family. I'm even more excited to wrap (probably very poorly, I am an awful present wrapper!) the boys' gifts. I think I may even be more thrilled than they are. There will be lots of good food that isn't the best for you but it's Christmas.....and my Christmas gift to myself is lots of sugar and carbs for one day.
Speaking of Home for the Holidays.....that was the theme for our brass band concerts this weekend. Saturday night was in Mount Vernon to a sold out crowd! Nearly 400 people packed in the auditorium to hear out Christmas concert. It was simply amazing. To see the faces and expressions after we got done playing one of our most amazing pieces was priceless. I will never forget it. Sunday we hopped on a bus (I hopped in the suburban taking the equipment with my two favorite traveling buddies) and headed to Grinnell to play another concert. Despite the fact that my lips just may fall off, we had a blast and were thrilled to see so many in attendance at our home concert. I'm very much looking forward to learning new music for the Spring as we search out new concert venues (We will be in Iowa City at Parkview in the spring along with the Chicago Staff all of you Iowa City people, I expect you there! :)
Mondays are cleaning, library and meal prep days. I have a mountain of laundry to tackle, lots of mopping to do (oh steam mop, how I love thee) and meals to prepare for the week. Did I mention that I love my job. I'm being completely serious, I know you may often think otherwise seeing as I am the queen of sarcastic comments! What other job allows you to stay at home with the ones you love, work out in your living room in your p.j's and walk a block to the library. I am truly blessed!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chasin' Chasen

Hi, my name is Chasen and I'm visiting the Speidel boys for the next two days. I am trying to remind the lady of the house what it's like to have a very active one year old around again!
I'm pretty much a non stop kind of guy. My new nickname here at the Speidel house is Smiley Monkey. Reason being 1. I like to climb things....mostly things I'm not supposed to like the stairs (see exhibit a) and 2. I am always smiling. (Exhibit b) Except for when Brody takes away my food, then I don't smile at all. I'm pretty sure I could take him if he wasn't sore from his surgery.
(exhibit a)
(exhibit b)
We have played and dumped just about every single toy in this house and my most favorite is the blocks. Both boys seem to like me and the older one keeps asking for another brother. Maybe they could just rent me for a while. I come back tomorrow for round two!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Our little trooper

From the time we got to the surgery center Brody was his usual joyful self. He contently played and laughed and flirted with all of the nurses. I wish I would have brought the camera, but thought they might think I was a tad odd...Hey! I have to blog about this later! He was put into mini scrubs with tigers on them that were five sizes too big, then they wheeled him away in a bright red wagon and he didn't blink twice. He also never cried. All of the I.V's were put in after he was put under general anesthesia and the surgery lasted a little under two hours. The incisions were a lot bigger than we expected but should heal up quickly. The nurses told us he was the perfect patient and didn't want him to leave. The only tears that were shed the entire time were when daddy wouldn't let him have a bite of his sandwich because he was on clear liquids. Why am I not surprised! We are still pumping him full of fluids in hopes of the pee to flow because if he doesn't pee by 4:30 we get to go back and get a catheter.

Both he and daddy are taking a nap while I baby proof the house. No....we don't have news we are stand in babysitters for little 1 year old Chasen tomorrow and Friday. Brody and Baylor are going to teach him how to streak, but judging from the pictures I see on his blog, he's already got it down. Hopefully Brody's pain will be tolerable enough to hang out with the little guy.

Thanks for all of the prayers and thoughts, we really appreciate it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Surgery and muffins

Brody man has his double hydrocelectomy tomorrow morning bright and early. Please pray for the little guy for a speedy recovery and the chance to heal, because we all know how still he is. It's supposed to be an easy surgery, but it is a surgery! I'm a little nervous but I know God has everything under control. I'll keep you updated on how things went.

So when the weather is icky and the boys are content playing I always get the baking itch. Yesterday I decided it was time to use the blueberries that I had frozen from the summer. I found this really good recipe for blueberry muffins and they were gone before morning! I made them again this morning, but I think my oven hates me so they were a tad brown on the bottom. Nonetheless, here is the recipe from

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins
  • ½ cups Shortening, Butter Flavored Is Fine Too
  • 1 cup Sugar, Make That A Heaping Cup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • ½ cups Buttermilk, Or Vinegar Soured Milk
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1-½ cup Blueberries, Frozen (they Keep Their Shape Better If Added Frozen)

Preparation Instructions

First, preheat your oven to 450F. Completely grease a standard-sized 12 cup muffin tin, including the top edges between the cups. I like to go ahead and add liners too.

Cream generously the shortening (butter flavored is fine too) and sugar, then add the vanilla, eggs and buttermilk.

In a separate bowl, mix the salt, baking powder and flour.Gently fold blueberries into flour mixture as to not break up the berries. Then add this to the creamed shortening/sugar mixture. Please don’t over mix or you’ll have hockey pucks. Less is more! Fill your muffin cups all the way to the top. Mound them up good. Don’t worry, it’ll be okay. Your batter should make about 10-11 muffins.Sprinkle the tops with raw sugar for some sparkle ;) Bake at 450F for 5 full minutes, then reduce the heat to 375F and bake about another 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t over bake. The initial 5-minute baking at a high temperature will help them make a high dome. Shhh! That’s a bakery secret.

I like to cool these off then put them in a large Ziploc bag and let them rest overnight. For some reason they seem even better the next day. If you can keep grubby hands off them long enough! For another option, you can sub out the blueberries for frozen diced cherries, raspberries or blackberries!

Monday, December 14, 2009

My next project....

Call me crazy but I have a deep hatred for carpet. Especially dog worn kid tested nasty nasty carpet. So I pulled it out. I also have a bad habit of just starting projects on a within five minutes of thinking of them. This time, I was pleasantly surprised at the shape the stairs were in. There was hard wood going all the way up. See all of those little nubs? Those my friends are staples. Lots and lots and lots of staples. They are also the reason why my hands are bleeding. The goal is simple 1. New paint for the living room and going up the stairs and 2. Either paint the stairs black and white (trust me on this) or rob a bank and get carpet again. The upstairs really needs new carpet because there is just a nice plywood sub floor in both bedrooms. If we happen to get carpet, the dogs will be banned from any carpeted room in the house. I did some measuring and we aren't looking at too much square footage, so maybe Santa will bring carpet to my house? Nothing fancy, just tough and stain resistant. The first step is to remove all 1,254 staples and tack strips....but not during nap time. Here is a photo of black and white painted stairs to give you an idea of what they look like. Loud, yes? Still better than carpet though. We'll see how long this project will take. Another goal is to get Lonnie a nice comfy couch to sleep on. Since he currently sleeps downstairs due to his amazingly loud snoring. Don't worry, our marriage is fine, we just can't sleep together right now or we will have to very grumpy people in the morning. I feel awful for him now though, he is sleeping on this very very old green couch that is probably from the 60's. It's so uncomfortable and it's hurting his back. I offer the bed to him and offer to wear earplugs (which don't work by the way) and he still sacrifices his sleep for me by sleeping on the couch. What a man. He deserves a nice couch. As my list of to-do's and dreams of new carpet, a couch and working dishwasher seem unattainable and unrealistic, I have to bring myself down to earth and remember that we can do one thing at a time. Rome wasn't built in a day.
The snow was sticky enough to make this masterpiece in the front yard. Baylor keeps threatening to jump on it and I keep threatening to jump on him. His name is Rex.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A very Girswold Christmas we tried. We tried very hard. I tried to make my hair as 80's as possible....and failed. I tried to get the ugliest 80's Christmas sweater and look like Ellen Griswold....and failed. Lonnie on the other hand, looks awesome. We had Lonnie's staff party last night and the theme was National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. It was absolutely hilarious. I have many incriminating photos, but I'll save those for blackmail later. Tons of fun.

Let us know if you want to borrow our sweaters...... because I know you're dying to.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday photos

Today we took a vacation after being stranded in our home for about four days due to massive amounts of snow and wind. A vacation to a much warmer climate (mama K's house...they have a nice heater there!) The roads were still pretty messy and of course the idiots driving large trucks and SUV's thought they were invincible.....and judging by the number of big trucks and SUV's I saw in the ditch...they most certainly were not. That's another story though.....
We made ornaments and the boys painted them.
My mom took the day off because we had planned a cookie baking party with my grandma. We ended up making this caramel instead. This day was planned before she had run in with a feisty race horse and tore her rotator cuff and bicep far away from any bone. I'm thinking she might need those later. Needless to say, Grandma ME is in a lot of pain (prayers much appreciated) and was super bummed that we could not come bake cookies with her. She's such a trooper though. When I'm 81, I hope I'm kayaking, walking four miles a day and getting up at the butt crack of dawn to take care of feisty racehorses.
So the boys really really really wanted to play in the snow even though it was 6 degrees outside. So I bundled them up and sent them outside. Baylor was hiding...probably because I made him wear a pink scarf. Sorry dude.
Brody was thrilled, he just grinned and grinned. Probably because he couldn't move due to the fact he had seventeen layers on.

Do I see a pocket protector in your future?

Tomorrow Lonnie and I are headed to a National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation party. We have some sweet costumes. We are Clark and Ellen Griswold....and trust me, there will be plenty of pictures coming.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

From the mouth of babes....

Baylor: "Mooooommmmm, I have to poop!?"

Me: "Thanks for sharing....go poop then!"

Five minutes later....

Baylor: "Mooommmmmm! I pooped!!" (which is code for, please help me wipe my butt)

Me: "okay, I'll be right there" (which is code for, I'm so excited to wipe your butt....not really)

Baylor (grinning from ear to ear and showing me, using Vanna white hands)
"Look! It's humongous! It's super big! You should take a picture and show it to Daddy!"

Me: "Holy cow, did that just come out of you?"

Baylor: "Yes, isn't it's super huge!"

Me: "you have a super colon."

End of story. Good night. Amen.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Baby, it's cold outside

...and it's snowing....a lot. Expected snow fall will be from 9-15 inches. The boys have already ventured outside and I got quite a laugh watching them from the warmth of my kitchen. They were both on all fours trying to lick the snow up and then came the full on body tackles. It was only a matter of time before Baylor thought that the extra layers of insulation made him invincible. He pummeled Brody to the ground a few times. The snow must have made it easier on his little body because he was actually laughing. Laughing until he knew that I was watching and then magically turned on the water works. Funny how that works. They stayed out for a good half hour by themselves and just played together. I love watching them play together, it does good for my heart and soul. We can in and had hot cocoa after stripping them down of all wet clothes in the mudroom. I am thankful for a mudroom!

I have the best memories of playing in the snow as a kid. We would be out there for hours or until a part of our anatomy couldn't be felt anymore. We made these amazing snow forts and went sledding down dangerous hills with trees and sharp rocks. Only 1 concussion and one trip to the ER for a rock to the head, not too shabby. I can't wait to take the boys sledding as soon as we find the sled....wait, I don't think we have a sled....yes, we's at Grandma's house.
The boys and I also made a skillet cookie today. A friend of mine got me a skillet for a whopping $1 at a flea market and her father cleaned it up for me. I'm mastering the art of skillet cooking and I think everything just tastes better. It also adds extra iron to your food.

Stay safe in the snow (if you're a local yocal) and don't be an idiot when you drive. I'm going to find our shovel now....

Monday, December 7, 2009

Maybe if I cover my eyes.... will make Santa disappear!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The rest of the meals

Here is the second half of the meals for the month. Keep in mind that these produce lots of leftovers so you probably won't need all of them. You can always make a whole recipe and then freeze half for later! Enjoy!




Ranch marinated chicken, baked taters and green beans

4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 packet ranch mix (dry)

3 T or a glug of olive oil

3 T Worcestershire sauce

Place in a bag and marinate in fridge, turn

Roast , grill or pan fry…your choice. Serve with baked potato and green beans.

Chicken breasts

Ranch mix packets

Worcestershire sauce

Olive Oil

Red potatoes

Can of green beans

Crock pot southwestern chicken

1 small bag frozen corn
1 can black beans
2 large frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 16-oz jar mild salsa
Layer in this order: corn, chicken,black beans rinsed, drained, salsa. Cook on high for 1 hr, low for 4 hrs. Shred chicken with forks.

Serve with:

shredded cheddar cheese
tortilla chips
sour cream
chopped cilantro

diced avocado


1 can black beans

1 small bag frozen corn

1 16oz jar salsa

Tortilla chips

Shredded cheese

Sour cream


Pulled BBQ pork and coke sandwiches

1 pork roast without bone (shoulder perhaps)

2 bottles (small ones) Coca-cola (seriously)

BBQ sauce of choice

Put roast in crock pot, pour coke over it. Pour a generous amount of BBQ sauce over it. Cook all day on low. Add onions, salt, pepper or garlic if you’d like. Serve with buns and chips.

Shoulder roast of pork

Bottles of coca-cola

BBQ sauce of choice (I like cookies)



Zesty shrimp and pasta

1 pkg linguine noodles cooked

¾ cup Italian dressing

1 small red onion chopped

1 jar artichoke hearts drained and chopped

Parmesean cheese

1 1lb cooked and cleaned shrimp

2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms

Cook pasta according to pkg. In skillet combine dressing, artichokes, onion, mushrooms and shrimp. Toss until mushrooms are tender. Add to pasta. Sprinkle with parm. Cheese.

Linguine noodles

1 1lb frozen shrimp (cooked)

Italian dressing

1 sm red onion

Parmesan cheese

Jar of artichoke hearts

Pkg fresh mushrooms

Scrambled cheesy eggs, whole wheat toast, smoothies

Mix eggs and cheese in skillet, make scrambled eggs. Smoothies: vanilla or plain yogert, OJ, frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries, blend.

Vanilla yogert



WW toast


Frozen fruit

Marinated salmon, wild rice

4 small salmon filets

Marinade in bag: 1 squirt lemon juice, dill, brown sugar, soy sauce, olive oil, salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Marinate all day. Grill or broil. Serve with wild rice.

Pkg frozen salmon filets

Pkg Uncle Ben’s minute wild rice

Marinade ingredients (if not in pantry)

Chicken Cheese and Spinach manicotti

1 ½ cups finely chopped and cooked chicken

Minced garlic (2 t)

1 pkg frozen spinach thawed, drained, chopped

2 C. cottage cheese

2 egg whites

10 manicotti shells cooked

Mozarella cheese

Jar of spaghetti sauce

Oven: 350, Mix chicken, garlic, spinach, cottage cheese, egg whites and ½ c. mozzarella. Spoon into manicotti. Place in 13x9 sprayed pan, cover with spag. Sauce and remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes.

Chicken breasts

Cottage cheese

Minced garlic


Manicotti shells

Spaghetti sauce

Baked Lemon pasta (yummy, not lowfat) From Pioneer Woman

· 1 pound Thin Spaghetti

· 4 Tablespoons Salted Butter

· 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

· 2 cloves Garlic, Minced

· 1 whole Lemon, Juiced And Zested

· 2 cups Sour Cream

· ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt, Or More To Taste

· Plenty Of Grated Parmesan Cheese

· Flat-leaf Parsley, Chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook spaghetti until al dente.In a skillet, melt butter with olive oil over LOW HEAT. When butter is melted, add minced garlic. Squeeze lemon juice into the pan. Turn off heat.Add sour cream and stir mixture together. Add lemon zest and salt. Taste, then add more salt if necessary. Pour mixture over drained spaghetti and stir together, then pour spaghetti into an oven safe dish.Bake, covered, for 15 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. (Don’t bake too long or the pasta will dry out.)When you remove it from the oven, squeeze a little more lemon juice over the top. Top generously with Parmesan cheese, then chopped parsley

1 1lb thin spaghetti


Olive Oil

Minced garlic


Sour cream

Parm. Cheese


Tuna Casserole, fruit and yogert

375 for 40-45 min

1 pkg egg noodles cooked and drained

2 cans tuna drained

½ mayo (or light)

½ c. minced onion

¾ t. salt

1 c. milk

1 can cream of mushroom soup

2 c. mozzarella cheese shredded

Combine noodles, tuna, mayo, onion and salt and set aside. In sauce pan melt cheese, soup and milk until smooth. Add to noodles. Place in greased 4 qt pan. Bake.

Egg Noodles

Cream of mushroom soup

Pkg Shredded Mozzarella


Minced onion


2 cans tuna

Cream wild rice and chicken soup, crusty bread

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cooked and cubed. 2 cans cream of celery soup. 1 box uncle Ben’s long grain rice (original) Milk.

Cook chicken, cube. Cook rice. Add chicken and rice and soup and then milk to desired consistency. Heat and eat.

Crusty bread loaf

2 cans cream of celery soup

Chicken breasts

Uncle Ben’s original wild rice


Grilled club sandwiches, veggie slices

Sliced turkey (thin) sliced Ham (thin) Bacon (cooked) Mayo, tomato, lettuce, toast and swiss cheese. Toast bread, add mayo. Layer on lettuce, tomato and meats. Melt on cheese.

Whole wheat toast


Sliced deli meat (turkey, ham)




Swiss cheese

Carrot and celery slices

Ranch for dipping

Greek Pasta Salad

1 ½ C. penne pasta cooked

½ C. cubed cooked turkey or chicken

1 can sliced black olives

¼ c. chopped green pepper

¼ c. chopped red pepper

¼ crumbled feta cheese

1/3 c. Caesar salad dressing

Crutons (if wanted)

Cook pasta. Mix other ingredients except dressing. Add together and drizzle with dressing. Chill until eating.

Penne Pasta

Can of sliced black olives

Sweet red pepper

Green pepper

Feta cheese

Caesar Salad dressing


Chicken or turkey

Pizza Margherita

Crust: 3 t. active dry yeast, 1 c. warm water (not too hot) 2T olive oil, 1 t. sugar, 3 c. bread flour. Dissolve yeast in large mixing bowl with warm water. Add oil, sugar and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Add in remaining flour. Turn on to floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic. Place in cooking sprayed bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hr. Punch dough down and divide in half. Transfer to two 14 inch pizza pans greased. Let rest for 10 more mins.

Toppings: 2 cans diced tomatoes (drained) 20 fresh basil leaves, 8 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 t. dried oregano, salt and pepper to taste, 2 T olive oil. Place tomatoes on pizza crust, add other toppings and drizzle with oil. Cook at 450 for 15-20 mins.

Yeast packets

Olive Oil

Lg. bag shredded mozzarella cheese

2 cans diced tomatoes

Bread flour

Fresh basil leaves