Meal Planning Monday Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 stick of butter

2 15 oz cans chicken broth

24 oz. frozen egg noodles (I use Reames)

1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (optional)

Cook chicken, soup, butter, and broth in crock-pot on low for 6-7 hours or high for around 4.

Take chicken out and shred.

Put chicken back in; add noodles (and frozen vegetables if using) and cook on low for 1 hour. Stir a few times while cooking.

I served this over mashed potatoes or biscuits or both 🙂

Good Morning! It’s Monday!

Well Monday is here again.

The beginning of a brand new week.

And this week is going to be a great one!

Why do you ask?

Because I plan it that way.

I always start the week by planning how I would like it to go. So of course I’m planning on a great week. It doesn’t always turn out that way, but I give it my best shot.

Planning is a big part of making things run smoothly through the week. Not perfect but smoothly. Because you know something is gonna come out of nowhere and put a wrench in your plans, but if you have most everything else planned it is easier to adapt.

I try to motivate myself to sit down and make a game plan for the week by reminding myself that-

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

(Thank you Ben Franklin)

So I do my best to at least have somewhat of a plan for the upcoming week by Sunday evening.

One of the most important parts of that plan is my weekly menu. It is definitely not anything fancy but just simply what is for dinner during the week. This helps me to make my grocery list for the week to use on Monday morning when I go to the store after dropping the kids off at school.

Planning my menu has really helped my weeknight evenings be much more productive and less stressful. During the school year, evenings are very busy with music lessons and sports practices so when we finally make it home after all of that running I don’t have to figure out dinner and hope I have the ingredients I need.

I have quite a few recipes that I rotate in my menu planning. A lot of them are for a crockpot (a busy mom’s best friend). Some of them I have memorized because I use them so often, others I do not. I try new recipes out occasionally and sometimes they get put in the rotation.

So I thought that I would share some of them with you. Hopefully you will like them and maybe they will make it into your meal planning rotation. I will (try) to post a new one every Monday.

We will call it-

Meal Planner Monday

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Here is my disclaimer-

I am a down home comfort food cookin gal.

These recipes will not be found on the Weight Watchers Point menu. They will not be vegetarian. They will not be super fancy.

But they will be nutritious. They will be fairly easy. They will be economical. And they will be delicious!

I hope you enjoy them!

Have a great week!

I Love Cleaning Up Messes I Didn’t Make. So I Became A Mom.

I Love Cleaning Up Messes I Didn’t Make. So I Became A Mom.

When I first read that I laughed out loud.

Sarcasm is some of my favorite humor.

But then it hit me.

A big part of my day has been doing just that, cleaning up messes I didn’t make.

I’m not complaining, it is part of the life I choose. There is nothing I love more than taking care of my family. And by taking care of them I let them know how much I love them. That includes, but is not limited to, cleaning up their messes.

As a Farm Wife and Mom, my responsibilities are just not inside our walls . Yes, I keep the house (for the most part) clean, make sure everyone has 3 meals a day and clean clothes. But I also cut grass, clean the barn and chicken coop, feed all of the animals and other farm chores. It truly is a lot of work. But I wouldn’t change it for anything!

I say that my house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

It is spring now and on the farm that brings more cleaning up to be done. It is time to clean up all that winter has left behind. Trees have fallen, fences are in need of repair. Everything is muddy and in need of some cleaning. It has been a hard winter. Not so much because we had a lot of snow but it was very cold. Uncommonly cold for our area. So we stayed cooped up inside most of the time. So needless to say-I am so glad Spring is finally here!

Spring is a time of renewal and reawakening. The birds are singing, the flowers are starting to break through the hardened earth and the sunshine is breaking through the gray clouds. It lifts my spirits and awakens my soul. It feels like a weight has been lifted.

It gets me thinking about life. About how old things becoming new again. How things come back to life. Bloom. Grow and flourish.

Which gets me to wondering about things that I may need to work on and improve in my spiritual life. About how my heart and mind could use an awakening, a renewal.

My heart and mind could use a good “spring cleaning”.

A renewal of my soul.

As I pondered that, I remembered something I had read. It is a cleaning schedule of sorts. A cleaning schedule that we could all benefit from. So thought I would share it with you.

Wash Day

Monday – Wash Day

Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.

Tuesday – Ironing Day

Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others.

Wednesday – Mending Day

O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others.

Thursday – Cleaning Day

Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.

Friday – Shopping Day

O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love.

Saturday – Cooking Day

Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with the clean, sweet bread of human kindness.

Sunday – The Lord’s Day

O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please come into my heart as my honored guest so I may spend the day and the rest of my life in your presence.- Author Unknown

What do you think?

Could you benefit from it?

I know I can.

So now you know what I will be working on.

Cleaning up messes.

MY OWN

With the help of my Savior- Jesus Christ

I am imperfect but I am working on it.

And I am okay with that.

I AM PERFECTLY IMPERFECT.

Excuse Me, You Forgot To Wash Your Hands

Excuse me, you forgot to wash your hands.

Yep, I’m gonna say it.

But I hope it’s not to you.

It’s that time of year that everyone is sick with some type of yuck and there are germs everywhere!

Going to the grocery store and touching the buggy (yes, buggy- I’m from West Virginia, that is what we call it here. You may call them shopping carts) is like rubbing your hands in a Petri dish! Germs are everywhere. There is no way to avoid them and you can’t live your life in a bubble.

I don’t have time to be sick and I’m sure that you don’t either.

How do we avoid all of these germs?

That is nearly impossible!

So let’s reduce the amount of germs out there by NOT SPREADING them.

I can think of two simple things that would greatly reduce the amount of germs that we may come in contact with.

One would be WASH (pronounced worsh in my neck of the woods) YOUR HANDS!

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people walk out of a public restroom without washing their hands. It disgusts me.

Not only should you wash your hands after you go to the restroom but also before you eat, after you cough or sneeze or even just when you are out in public.

Come on now, we all learned this in Kindergarten.

Which leads me to the second way we can stop spreading germs.

Yep, I am going to say it.

If your child is sick KEEP THEM HOME FROM SCHOOL. And since some have a difficulty defining sick, here ya go-Do they have a fever? A runny nose or congestion that isn’t caused by seasonal allergies (be honest)? Have they been vomiting or had diarrhea in the past 24 hours?

If so, PLEASE keep them home.

I do realize that it is easy to say and harder to do. You may have to find childcare or take a day off of work. But so will the parents of the other children that your child gets sick!

Not to mention what I see is even more important- your baby is sick, THEY NEED YOU! Keep them home and take care of them, baby them. And yes, if you are sick you need to stay home and take care of yourself also! You deserve a break anyway. Your body is even telling you!

We are all in this together, it is us against these stinkin germs.

Let’s show them who is boss!

Somedays Running Late Is The Only Exercise I Get

According to my husband- if you aren’t early, then you are late.

Well then-I AM ALWAYS LATE.

He also says that I will be late for my own funeral. I’m not sure if that is possible, but if it is possible, he is probably right (he usually is).

Somedays (more like most days) running late is the only exercise I get. Yes, I am usually late. Is that a bad thing? Some would say it is. But I will tell you that I don’t do it intentionally. I don’t do it to be rude or disrespectful.

It is just part of who I am.

Perfectly Imperfect.

And I’m okay with that.

Maybe I should explain this a little better.

I am an eternal optimist.

I believe most people are good. I forgive people who I know don’t deserve it. I see beauty where others don’t. I can’t go past a baby, a puppy or a flower with out noticing and more than likely talking to it.

The Oxford Dictionary defines an optimist as follows:

Optimist

NOUN

Definition-a person who tends to be hopeful and confident about the future or the success of something.

Philosophy-a person who believes that this world is the best of all possible worlds or that good must ultimately prevail over evil.

So I guess you could say that my cup isn’t half empty.

It is overflowing (with sweet tea of course)!

But it also means that in my happy-go-lucky mind that I always have plenty of time. I have time to read one more chapter, I have time to get one more thing checked off of my list before I leave the house. I have time to stop and smell the roses. Although I really don’t have that time, I will be late. And I usually am.

I apologize if my tardiness has ever effected you or your plans. And, I apologize in advance because if I am part of your plans, it probably will. I hope that you understand why now.

I am an eternal optimist.

And I won’t apologize for that.

This morning as I was thinking about this (as I was running late getting my kids to school… again) I realized that today is the first day of spring. That made me think of a quote I had read about optimism.

“An optimist is the human personification of spring”-Susan J. Bissonette

How perfect is that quote for today?!

So go out and enjoy this first day of spring, even if it is raining there as it is here.

After all, rain is just liquid sunshine!

And remember, if I’m supposed to meet you, I will be there…. eventually.

I just stopped to smell the roses.

Carrots and Chocolate Cake

Did that title say carrots and chocolate cake?

Yes, it did.

Actually I could have titled it a few different things.

Like- Salad and Ice Cream,Kale Chips and Fudge Brownies, Salmon and Bacon.

All are things I should be eating and what I really eat instead.

Meal planning is very important. Remember that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. These are all things I try to tell myself as I sit here and stare at the blank grocery list before me.

I try.

I really do.

I make a sort of menu for the week before I go grocery shopping. I take my time, plan it out and make good choices. I think about what we have going on during the next week so I know what days the kids need lunches for school. I take into account what evenings we have activities which will determine if it needs to be a quick meal or possibly left overs and also what I can fix that everyone will eat. A lot of thought and planning goes into feeding your family healthy meals.

So I make my list and head to the store. I get all of the fruits and vegetables listed. I get all of the lean meat and whole grains to follow the menu for the week. I stick to the plan and head to the registers.

Hey what is that on sale over there?

Oreos?

That’s a good deal. I’ll get some for the kids as a treat when they get home from school.

Oh no, I forgot the frozen corn. Guess I have to head over to the freezer section.

Ice cream is BOGO this week?

Guess I should get 2.

And so it begins. The implosion of my healthy menu.

I have good intentions. And as long as everything is in moderation it will be fine.

Until everyone else has gone to bed and I remember the Oreos I bought and eat half a package by myself.

Until the kids “don’t feel” like eating what I made for dinner and they want something else and I’m too tired to argue so I just tell them that they can find something else to eat because I already made a meal. Then they walk out of the kitchen with a bowl of ice cream.

I had good intentions.

Really I did.

HELP!I’m talking and I can’t shut up!

I have a confession to make.

I talk to myself.

A lot.

Sometimes I even answer myself.

Sometimes during the day that is the only social interactions that I have.

Well, human social interactions that is.

My husband works out of town quite a bit. My children are in school most of the day and and all of my friends have full time jobs. My job during the day is taking care of our home and farm. So two way conversations don’t happen around here during the day.

Other than to myself.

I am not lonely. I just have a lot to say. It may be something as small and insignificant as how I noticed that my daffodils are blooming or something as big as the oven is broke and if anyone wants to eat around here we need to buy a new one.

I have many things that I am responsible for and if I don’t say things out loud I can’t keep myself straight. If anyone was listening to me they would surely think I was crazy!

But someone is listening.

Actually I do talk to someone other than myself that listens all day.

They just don’t respond.

I talk to the dogs, the cats,the chickens and the horses.

So really, I’m not just talking to myself. And I’m not crazy.

Right?

No, I’m not crazy, I’m just perfectly imperfect.

(There I go again)

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Ain’t nobody got time for that!

I have always wanted to start a blog. It is one of those things that I have never gotten to cross off of my list.

Until now.

I am a farm wife, a mama, a daughter, a sister and a friend. Blogger was not a title that I had time to add.I have children to care for and a farm to run. That is a lot of mouths to feed! I have a home to run and keep clean. I have errands to run and calls to make.

Start a blog???

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

The to do list never ends!

Until it has to.

About a month ago I had to have a fairly major surgery. So no heavy lifting or exerting myself for 6-8 weeks. So what does that mean for someone who isn’t used to stopping? Who is usually the one to take care of everyone and everything.

It is hard to accept.

To sit and watch what you normally do (your way) being done by someone else is hard to deal with. It is hard to accept help when you are the one usually helping. That being said, I am very grateful for all of the help that we have received. Our farm and home couldn’t have kept running without the help of our amazing family. The meals that they provided, the help on the farm and the help running the kids kept everything running like a well oiled machine. And I am very grateful.

But, that left a lot of time on my hands.

Time that I have had to slow down and reflect on my many blessings.

Time to think.

Time to rest.

Time to heal.

Time to start a blog.

So please follow me on this journey as I share how I simply live as a perfectly imperfect farm wife.

To learn more please visit the Introduction and About Me pages.

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