Monday, January 7, 2019

Meal Plans

A few people have said they get inspiration from my meal plans so I will continue to share them. 

Amanda from The Fundamental Home has been a big inspiration to me and I use her method of planning. She has blog posts explaining her method in detail. Recently she also made a video series with detailed instructions. 

She spends $65 a week for her family of six. But... their family dynamics are not nearly like mine so I haven't been able to spend that little. It has been a tool for me to know how to shop for the best prices though. 

Amanda says to make yourself a menu, like restaurants have, to help you with meal planning. For myself, I've used Google Docs to create lists of many foods we enjoy. Separate documents for salads, breakfasts, main dishes, soups, and etc. Meal planning is a breeze when consulting these lists.

Check the pantry, freezer and fridge to see what your inventory is. Look at the menus to see what you might make with the ingredients you have. If you need any additional items to make these meals, add them to your grocery list. After purchasing these items, look for things on sale. Try to incorporate these into your weekly plan. 

Oh, just go visit Amanda. She explains it very well.

Here is the menu for Jan 9 -13, 2019.

Hearty hamburger soup
Beef Roast
Mashed potatoes
Tomato soup
Hot dogs
Tuna salad
Potato bar
Lettuce Salad
Scrambled eggs
Re-fried beans
Fried eggs

You might notice that about every other meal is a soup dinner. We like soup. Winter is a great time to eat soup. It is also a very frugal option. 
More eggs are coming in from our chickens. So exciting!
A few breakfasts are missing. Thomas & I plan to be gone this coming weekend to a seminar at Penn Valley. The boys will get their own breakfast. Breakfasts will likely include another item such as fruit and/or yogurt besides what is listed.

We'll be gone Friday eve through Sunday noon, Lord willing, so I'll leave some meals ready for the boys (or are they men?). They know how to cook but they don't choose to when I'm gone. 

This past weekend we were gone to a seminar as well. The Marriage Enrichment seminar. Four couples from here went, leaving behind 16 children. 
A basket of goodies we found on our bed at the Marriage Enrichment seminar
I think all but one of the children got together at my sister's house for Sunday lunch. Melvin decided to make a large pan (equivalent to two 9 x 13 pans) of rhubarb crunch to take along. My sister and husband were gone too, so this was a bunch of young people. The oldest was 21 and the youngest 4.

A number of the recipes are linked to the ones I use or something similar. To thicken soup I use cornstarch instead of flour. Pancakes are made with buckwheat flour. Bread for hot dogs and tuna salad is made with spelt flour.

For the potato bar- Bake potatoes. Fry burger and season it with taco seasoning. Make a cheese sauce. Then layer the potato, meat and sauce on your plate and enjoy.

I linked the Caesar salad to the dressing I make.

Have a blessed week, feeding your hungry family.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Crazy Cat

This cat finds all the queerest places to sit or take a nap. Often he is found in a very strange position as well.
On the "top story" of Melvin's desk
On Matthew's desk
On Austin's desk
Same place, different position
Back on top of Melvin's desk
On top of the printer/copier
 On the Pictionary game
 On a book
 Under the rocker
On Matthew's desk
 Atop the drawer unit.
This boy is getting old. He's probably 12 years old. His name is Rascal.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Ham & Cheese Omelet Roll

I have occasionally listed omelet roll in my breakfast menu. I thought you might enjoy some step by step photos to see how I do that with ease.
Here's the recipe I use-
12 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
4 oz cream cheese 
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp salt 
Yellow mustard
2 cups shredded cheese
2 cups diced ham

Preheat the oven to 350° and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
Put the first five ingredients in the blender pitcher and blend smooth. Pour into the pan
I use the butt end of a table knife to get the corners to square up in the pan. Put it in the oven and bake 20 minutes. Check to see if it's puffed and done. If so, remove it. If not, bake a little longer- not longer than ten more minutes.
I use any cut of ham. Sometimes I can find cubed or julienne cuts of ham at our thrift food store. Or I'll dice up leftover ham. Here's what I used this time. (You could use sausage or another meat if you wish.)
Cut the ham and shred the cheese while the eggs bake (if necessary.)
There! It's baked.
Squirt the desired amount of mustard over the top.
Sprinkle the ham over the top.
Then the cheese.
Starting on the short end, roll it up using the paper to help you.
There it is. Bake it a few minutes longer, then slice and enjoy.
One nice thing about this roll is that it can be made ahead and reheated in the morning.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Eating again...? wonder you're fat!

Years ago we read of a device you could get to put in your fridge that would spew these words at you when you opened the door. We thought it was so funny. It's one of those things that just sticks in one's memory and we repeated it many times. (Maybe that's why it stuck?)

Anyway, we're eating again. And again. And again.

Here's this week's (Dec 26- Jan 1) menu plan. Breakfast and main meal. The rest of the time it's leftovers.
Scrambled eggs & sausage
Yogurt & fruit
Chili soup
Rice with Alfredo sauce
Lettuce salad
Baked apples
Spinach quiche
Vegetable soup
Sheet pan dinner
Honduras meal
Fried potatoes and eggs
Yogurt & fruit
Cranberry salad
Creamed eggs
Yogurt & fruit
Potato soup
Pepperoni rolls
Veggies & dip

I love how the veggies and meat are so colorful in the mix for a sheet pan meal.
I've once again linked a number of the recipes for your convenience.

You notice we have barley for breakfast? I cook pearl barley and then the next morning I fry some diced apples in butter and maple syrup, stir in the cooked barley and heat it through. It's a favorite here. Eat it with milk as a cereal.

The rice with Alfredo sauce was leftover rice and chicken. I made a plain Alfredo sauce (no meat added), stirred in leftover ham broth gravy, and put it atop the rice and chicken. Oh, so yummy!

The Honduras meal is rice and chicken, beans, cabbage salad, Central American salsa, sour cream and tortillas.

I asked my sister if these menus are helpful to her at all? Give her any ideas? She said they just make her tired. She doesn't think she could cook that much. 

I'll admit it is tiring. 

Blessings to you in the new year! God bless you, go with Jesus.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Just Whatever

We brought the potted plants indoors this fall before they froze. I had started marigolds from seed and that tall one grew and grew all summer but never bloomed until it was inside! 
It was appalling how iced up and dirty the freezers were. We cleaned them out before we butchered the steer. How wonderful to once again have clean freezers, though they are half empty. 

We didn't have a fruitful year in the garden. Sometimes I think it would be nice to live in Lancaster, PA where the Amish raise food that one can buy for reasonable prices.
Christopher working to get the ice off the sides.
Christopher decided one day he wanted to refinish this little table. He promptly did just that.
 Reference the picture below for the former appearance.
On December 17 my sister, her daughters and I spent the afternoon at Mama's place, in honor of her birthday (the 18th). We had a tea party and played a game together. Poor photo, I know. I'm not a pro at sellfies.
The cute nephew who came along, sitting in a cute little rocking chair.

The same little party got together for my birthday on the 10th. We had a tea party and a sugar free, gluten free, yummy cake! Not something I get very often. And Verina gave me an Instant Pot! That is also not something I get very often. Ha ha. I'm having fun learning to use it.
Austin gave me this nice, big mug for my birthday. The I in HIS is an arrow pointing up, to indicate the mind of God. Okay, you want to know how old I am? 46. (I just used the calculator to make sure that's correct!)
Christopher carved a heart out of a cedar shake and put it in the fire. See how it glows in there?
A contradictory church sign we saw during one of our recent trips.

Please come.....worship with us
This is hard to see, but in the top photo the house windows glow with the sunrise. A few minutes later they're dark (bottom photo). 

Okay, that was a bunch of random stuff. None of it worthy of a post of it's own, so there! 😀

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Vehicle Maintenance

Today is vehicle day here at the Lapps.
Austin cleaned the interior of the car and is taking time to fix the basketball hoop.
Christopher washes the van. 
He's already shined up Grandpa's car.
Thomas, Matthew and Melvin work on the black Ford. (Melvin has a bite of apple in his mouth.)
Stephen repainted the dump trailer this week.
Now he's unloading equipment from his truck of a car. He had hoses, power washer and paint sprayer in there. Who knows what else.

Too many vehicles around here and then sometimes there are none here for me to drive!