Menu Plan Monday 1/11/16

It’s the second week of 2016 and I’m still working on the whole date thing. The weather is turning cooler finally so I can start cooking some warm, yummy comfort foods. That means I also get to use my crock pot a lot! I’ve been reviewing my blog stats this week and next week I plan to post my top ten recipes of 2015, so make sure you come check it out! For now, this is what’s on our menu for this week:

Monday: Chicken and Dumplings

Tuesday: Spinach, Bacon, and Bean Soup

Wednesday: Shrimp and Grits

Thursday: Crock Pot Corn Chowder

Friday: Rosemary Lemon Baked Chicken

Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday. See you next week!

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Juevos Rancheros

On Christmas Eve morning, I made this very easy Juevos Rancheros recipe for my family for breakfast. I used to have this for breakfast all the time in the mornings when I was in high school, because I could roll it up burrito style and eat it while running out the door when I was late for class. My hubby and kids loved it.

Ingredient:

4 tortillas

4 eggs

1 can black beans

1 jar salsa

shredded cheese (any kind-I used cheddar)

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil to coat the pan

Directions:

  1. Heat some olive oil in one small skillet to fry the tortillas.
  2. Add each tortilla one by one and fry for a few minutes on each side until they begin to bubble and brown, then remove them to the plates.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans and add them to a larger skillet with the salsa and cilantro. Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until heated through, then reduce heat to low to keep warm.

4. Cook the eggs in the first skillet, frying them over-medium or over-hard, depending on your preference. I find the key to frying the perfect egg is to crack it and wait for the white to set completely before flipping it over.

5. Place the egg on the tortilla and top with the warm beans and salsa and some of the cheese.

I served this with some bacon too. It’s funny of course, how quickly teenage boys will spring out of bed even early in the morning when they know there’s bacon in the kitchen! Usually I have to drag them out of bed kicking and screaming, but if I cook bacon, watch out! Thanks for stopping by, check out more recipes here:

Menu Plan Monday 1/4/16

Welcome to first Menu Plan Monday post of 2016! As I was typing this I realized I had written the date wrong in the title and I had to go back and change it. I guess I will be doing that for at least the rest of January! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays, we had a nice break, and last week we welcomed the new year with a pig roast with friends. For my side dish, I brought my spicy bacon black eyed peas, since it is a family tradition to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long. I don’t if it works, but it’s fun. Anyway, now that the decorations are put away, it’s time to return to our routine, so here’s what’s on the menu for this week:

Monday: Pork chops with Cabernet mushroom sauce and Lemon Garlic Broccoli (my youngest actually requested this, which is weird because he doesn’t like mushrooms, except when I cook them this way)

Tuesday: Mexican Chicken Skillet

Wednesday: Beef Burgundy

Thursday: Chicken Parm Casserole

Friday: Burgers on the grill

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year to you! See you next week!

2016: A Year Of Changes Ahead

2016 is upon us, and this year brings quite a few changes to my life. For starters, my oldest son will turn 18 and graduate high school this May. For me, this is quite a bittersweet experience, because while I am certainly proud of the young man he has become, letting go of my boy is proving to be quite the challenge. His brother will officially begin high school in the fall, so my years as a homeschool mom are waning, and after so many years of being busy with school and having my time spent with my children I am left to wonder, what happens next? I can’t imagine my days without my kids. I have been preparing them for this moment since the beginning, and I am so excited to see them start their future, but it makes me a little sad at the same time…

However, before then my son and I are going on a trip up to Washington D.C. to look at some schools. He has worked really hard and is paying for the trip himself. He is still a little unsure of what exact career path he wants to take, but he has narrowed it down to medicine or something in law. While he will do his undergraduate work here in Florida since we have done the Prepaid college program since our boys were little, he really likes the idea of going to DC for his graduate work. As a young man, he is dying to get out of our small town and experience life in the big city, a feeling I understand as I too grew up in a small town and I had quite the wanderlust in my younger days. It is just him and I going on this trip together, and it reminds me of the college road trip my mom and I took to New York when I was in high school. I am really looking forward to spending a week alone with him. We will of course get to do some fun things up there too and stay with family in the area.

I also have a lot to do for him between now and the end of the year. There are transcripts to take care of, graduation to prep for (my state has a big homeschool graduation ceremony every year), applications to fill out. It’s overwhelming just thinking about it!

My hubby and I are also involved with some friends of ours in opening a business and boy is that stressful too. However, we believe it will be worth the reward in the end, and so we move ahead in the hopes that by the end of 2016, we will be running a successful and profitable operation.

So, it looks like I will be making quite a few adjustments in 2016. Some will be easier than others, but change is a good thing, right? And no matter what, you can’t stop the world from turning, so I’m just going to put a smile on my face and take it one day at a time.