Worthiness

Do I believe I’m worthy of success in my business?  In my family life?  In my marriage?  In my relationship with Christ?

Let me be completely honest and vulnerable right now.  The answer to the above questions when I look deep and search my heart are no.  I don’t truly believe I’m worthy of those things.  Oh, I may have a high self esteem, but that’s not the same.  I know that I’m worthy because of Christ, but do I really BELIEVE it?  No.  If I believed it I would act differently.

Earlier today I watched a video that my Plexus up line posted for our team that got me thinking about this.  In the video Jennifer talked about how our mindset of our worthiness effects our success in every area of our lives.  She made the suggestion of using positive affirmations and reading them out loud to yourself daily.  I was fine with all the suggested affirmations until she got to, “I deserve success.”  My immediate thought was, “That’s ridiculous to say because I don’t deserve it.  I’m not organized enough; I need to work harder; My body isn’t healthy enough; I don’t have the wisdom; etc.”

Here’s the truth.  I didn’t deserve anything on my own, BUT GOD.  God choose me.  He provided a way through Christ so that I am worthy.  Go read Ephesians 1:3-14.  I guess it’s time to add some of those affirmations to my list after all and change my mindset!  Who’s with me?

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3 Weeks Of Meals For $402

I posted a picture on social media of my grocery cart Monday and a few people expressed interest in knowing the meals I am planning and how I meal plan.  Let’s start with the how to section.  

To start off I simply ask our family if there are any meals they would like soon.  This time there was a request for meatloaf and french dip sandwiches.   After the family weighs in on if they have a meal suggestion I look through the local ads to see if there are any good deals.  We do not eat completely organic right now, but we do for the most part eat real food.  For me the front page and back pages are usually all I look at because that is typically where the meat and produce sales are.  This week there weren’t any good ones, so I just planned to do most of my shopping at Aldi with the exception of cheese and coffee and a few things I could get Ibotta credit on.  Ibotta is an app for you phone that gives you cash back.  I’ve made like $28 since using it.  You scan the item and upload your receipt to get the credit.  Once you hit $20.00 you can get a gift card or get the cash sent to your PayPal account.  If you want to try it out and use this link I think I get some kind of bonus or something for referring you https://ibotta.com/r/mmmyoyuare

Now back to planning meals.  Sometimes I will print out a calendar and write meals on that.  Now, ask me how many times we stick to that calendar!  Hardly ever!  I have found it more helpful for our family to have a running list of all the meal options and just decide the night before what we’ll have.  Since I am working my transcription and Plexus businesses more now I have found that crock pot and freezer meals work perfectly for us.  Scott is home full time, so he takes care of breakfasts and lunches and then we have something ready for dinner in the crockpot or to make up quickly.  I will admit I am a bit spoiled. 😉

Another little tip before I get into the meals we’re making with this grocery haul is to look for meat markdowns.  You can always change your meal plan slightly to use them.  Honestly with a real food style meal planning it’s not hard to do on the fly.  Many of our meals are marinated or seasoned meats with veggie sides.  When we lived in Indy I found that Kroger tended to have the best deals on meat markdowns and usually I found more of them on Tuesdays after 9:00 am.  Occasionally I found them at Meijer.  Here in Southeastern Missouri I find that the best ones are at Schnucks in the mornings, but I have yet to find a best day for the most deals.

Moving on.  Let’s talk about what we got today and what meals are on the plan for these items!  Today I spent a total of $402.81 at both stores.  Here is a list of everything I bought.  Take a nice big breath because this is a long list!

At Schnucks:

Chicken drummettes (2 packages)

3 whole fryer chickens

3 pounds of breakfast sausage

6 pounds of Italian sausage

3 pound beef round roast

1 box of beef stock

Reese Puffs cereal (the boys asked for it so sweetly, plus there was an Ibotta discount)

Starbucks and Folgers coffee

Cream of mushroom and garlic soup

Shredded parmesan cheese

6 bags of Sargento cheese (cheddar and mozzarella)

1 package of Sargento provolone slices

Bag of Chihuahua queso cheese (the best for quesadillas!)

5 gallons of water

Aldi:

Pie crusts

2 baby carrots

4 boxes of pasta

1 package of egg noodles

2 hamburger buns

Deli rolls

4 loaves of sandwich bread

Crackers

Bagels

Pretzels

Oyster crackers

2 packages of pepperoni

2 muffin mixes

4 dozen eggs

4 bags of frozen corn

3 garlic bread loaves

2 bags of frozen chicken breasts

Halloween sugar cookies

2 pizzas (fresh ones from the deli section, so yummy!)

15 pounds of ground beef

2 packages of cheese ravioli

2 packages of string cheese

Multi colored peppers

Yellow onions

Mini sweet peppers

5 pounds of bananas

Black grapes

Romaine lettuce

Apples

Tomatoes

10 pounds russet potatoes

Mandarin oranges

2 packs of mushrooms

Green peppers

3 zucchini

Sweet potatoes

2 cans of artichoke hearts

3 packs of Mexican cheese

3 packs of ricotta cheese

24 yogurts

Stuffing mix

2 cans of tomato soup

2 cans of cream of mushroom soup

4 cans of refried beans

2 cans of cherry pie filling

4 packs of burrito tortillas

3 packs of fajita tortillas

3 packs of fruit squeezies

Sour cream

2 packs of bacon

Fruit bowls (similar to canned fruit, but in single servings)

12 cans of chili beans

Flour

Sugar

2 packs of cottage cheese

Chipotle mayo

8 cans of tomato paste

2 sugar free coffee creamers

2 pumpkin spice creamers

1 vanilla caramel creamer

Summer sausage

Olive oil spray

Pumpkin pie filling

2 cans of black beans

Mini marshmallows

3 packs of chocolate chips

Peanut butter

Grape jelly

Fire roasted tomatoes

2 packs of cream cheese

2 garlic herb marinades

1 gallon of milk

2 bottles of ketchup

Strawberry preserves

Mayonnaise

Pickles

Phew!  That felt like it took forever to type out.  Now let’s get down to the meals all this food will make.  

Breakfasts:

Pancakes 4x

Bacon or sausage and eggs 4x

Smoothies 3x (I bought pumpkin to make protein shakes with! Yum!)

Sausage and biscuits 2x

Bagels and cream cheese 2x

Yogurt 5x

Cereal maybe 2x

Muffins 3x

Lunches:

Leftovers, we have this most days.

Quesadillas

PB & Js, a ton of them. LOL. We’ll make 3 loaves of bread into them for the freezer.

Freezer burritos, again we’ll make a lot of them.  I think I bought 32 big tortillas.

Summer sausage, crackers, veggies

Dinners:

Hotwings and pizza 2x

Hamburgers and fries 2x

Meatloaf, veggies, and mashed potatoes 3x

Spaghetti with garlic bread and salad 4x

French dip sandwiches and sweet potatoes

Crock pot chicken and veggies 3x

Chili 3x

Sloppy Joes and veggies 2x

Pork chops in mushroom gravy with stuffing and veggies

Tacos 2x

Chicken and dumplins 2x

Chicken casserole

Cheesy chicken and rice

Desserts/Snacks:

Cherry pie

Chocolate chip cookies

Halloween sugar cookies

Fruit

Cottage cheese

Cheese sticks

Peppers

Carrots

Applesauce squeezie things

Marshmallows

I Just Maybe A Pharisee

A few weeks ago our Sunday sermon was about being authentic.  It hit home with me.  I’m just going to be real with you here.  I tend to fall on the side of the religious Pharisee.  I like the rules.  Now, true that doesn’t always mean I follow them or I may get to the same end result my own way, but I like to know what they are.  And when I hit those goals/rules you can bet everyone around me knows just how great I am.  I want to “make it” on my own.  I want to believe that I don’t need help and can do it all on my own.

Here’s how it goes.  I think I’m doing great.  I’ve got this thing down.  Oh, I try to be humble about it, but it’s so hard to be humble when you’re perfect and everyone else is so jacked up.  *Note the sarcasm here.*  Praise the Lord he then gives me a good dose of reality!  It can be a sermon to remind me to check myself or sometimes it’s just life.  Yahweh is so good to me!  He loves me enough to show me that I cannot keep all the rules on my own.  He reminds me that I NEED his one and only son.  He reminds me that this life isn’t meant to be lived alone, but with other believers.  I don’t have it all together and I never will!

So, this post was originally going to be about our family eating nothing but crappy foods lately and how to get back to eating better.  How does that have anything to do with what I just wrote and how did it change?  My best guess is that eating whole foods is an idealist Pharisee thing for me.  I give myself such a hard time and feel like a complete failure as a mother because we’ve had frozen pizzas and donuts.  I hate to admit it, but I look at and treat mamas who feed their families organic/whole foods differently than I do those who don’t.  James 2 talks about showing partiality and how it is a sin.  Ouch!

Now, I definitely want to feed our family more healthfully, but I do not want to become legalistic with it.  There has to be a balance.  I need to get back into the swing of making meal plans, eating good wholesome foods, and yet give myself mercy to say, “Let’s get a pizza.”  How about you?  What do you tend to be a Pharisee about?

Six Weeks of Goals

ImageGoals.  How are you at setting goals for yourself?  I will admit I kind of suck at it.  When I do make goals I set them so high they’re unattainable.  Oh, I think they’re perfect when I make them, but then reality sets in and they never get done.  Usually the reason I don’t hit the mark is because I set too many goals for myself to complete at one time and I don’t pray about them.  I rely on my own strength to make those goals.  Well, it’s time to do it differently.  As I stated in my last post I want to use this blog to become a better homemaker, wife, and mother.  With that being said I’m going to make one goal a week for the next 6 weeks starting on Mondays.

Week 1 starts on 7/29/2013:  Read my bible daily.  This is something I feel is very, very important, and yet I find it hard to achieve.

Week 2 starts on 8/5/2013:  Exercising 15 minutes 6 times a week.

Week 3 starts on 8/12/2013:  Organize our home school area and schedule.

Week 4 starts on 8/19/2013:  Finish a quilt.

Week 5 starts on 8/26/2013:  Start a scripture memory plan with the boys.

Week 6 starts on 9/2/2013:  Decorate the kitchen.

Will you join me for these next six weeks in completing goals? Write a blog post with your goals and leave a comment here with the link so I can come along and encourage you too!

Falling Off the Blogging Wagon

Well, I fell off the blogging wagon a few months ago.  It happened slowly.  For a while there I was hanging on with one hand running beside it by posting meal plans and then ker-plunk!  To ground I went.

Well, I’m ready to climb back on and try again now.  It’s time to get back to what this blog was originally planned to be.  Now, come join me in the adventures of my life as an obsolete homemaker who loves Christ.  My goal is that I’ll discover how to be a better help mate to my husband, parent to our children, and how to eat natural real foods on a budget while seeking Yahweh through it all.

Meal Plan for 4/22/2013

I really, really want to be one of those women who plan out meals for the week and stick to it.  I admire Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers for that.  I try, oh, how I try.  I’ll have the plan and put it on my fridge only to forget to take something out of the freezer or get distracted by something else.  I really want to make our meals throughout the day more balanced with each other and I know planning is the best way to do so.  So, that being said I’m going to try again.  Prayers and tips would be much appreciated.

Monday, April 22
Pizza
Grilled chicken salad

Tuesday, April 23
Homemade granola and fruit                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pizza
Hamburgers, homemade fries, salad

Wednesday, April 24
French toast, fruit
Quesadillas and veggies
Pulled pork sandwiches, greenbeans, fried potatoes

Thursday, April 25
Chocolate chip pancakes and fruit
PB&Js and veggies
City Group – we’ll be taking ham

Friday, April 26
Breakfast cookies, fruit
Tuna casserole
Chicken fried rice

Saturday, April 27
Big brunch
Pizza

Sunday, April 28
Cereal and fruit
Veal stir fry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crockpot chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Need some ideas?  Check out Organized Junkie for the Meal Plan Monday link up.  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.

Menu Plan for 4/15/2013 – 4/21/2013

I realized that when I don’t plan our dinners by day I do not prepare for it and turn to quick foods which were not on my original list.  It definitely didn’t save us money, if anything caused us to use more.  Back to the original way I did things.

Monday – Tacos

Tuesday – Spaghetti

Wednesday – Tuna casserole

Thursday – Sandwiches

Friday – BBQ pork steaks, mac & cheese, veggies

Saturday – Scott and I will be gone.

Sunday – Baked chicken and veggies

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.

Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe

My friend recently asked me for the recipe for our pancakes.  Here it is, Stephanie!

2 cups flour (I have used rice flour to make them gluten free with great success)

1 t. baking soda

1 t. sea salt

2 cup milk

2 eggs

6 T. melted butter

1 bag of Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

Mix together dry ingredients.  Stir in the egg, melted butter, baking soda and salt.  Whisk together, adding extra milk for the desired batter thickness you prefer (I only need to add extra when I use rice flour).  Gently stir in chocolate chips last.

Cook pancakes on a well buttered, hot skillet or griddle, flipping once bubbles begin to form.

This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite websites, Heavenly Homemakers.  She has them listed as Simple Soaked Pancakes and soaks them.  I don’t typically soak mine because honestly I forget to.  Make sure you go over and check out her site.  She has a ton of great recipes and tips!

Menu Plan for 3/25/2013

My normal grocery budget is $125.00 a week for our family of 4 eating local (when possible), organic, real foods.  Last week I tried not posting specific days for meals and it worked out well.  So, with that being said I am going to just post 7 breakfast ideas, 7 lunch ideas, and 7 dinner ideas again this week.  You’ll notice a few things on our list are the same as last week as well because we ended up not using them last week.

The following is our meal plan for this week:

Breakfasts

Donuts

Egg in a hole x2

Smoothies x2

Oatmeal (This is a weekend thing. Apparently according to the boys I can’t make it good like Scott does.)

Big breakfast (eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and biscuits)

Lunch

Chicken nuggets and veggies (whatever we have in there)

Pizza

PB&Js with veggies

Sandwiches

Dinner

Fried chicken legs, a gratin turnips, and greenbeans

Tuna Cassarole and salad

Bratwurst, onions, and peppers with rice

Spaghetti with meatballs from deer sausage (Thanks, Mom & Dad!)

Pizza

Pancakes with all the fixins

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.  Need ideas?  Check out the other menu plans on of Menu Plan Monday at Organized Junkie.

Menu Plan for March 18, 2013

I didn’t make a meal plan for last week because it was just Scott and I so in all honesty we went out a lot.  The boys went to my parents house for a week, and then my mother-in-law brought them home on Friday and spent the weekend with us.  It was great to spend time with her.  We don’t get to do it often enough.

This week I am not going to be buying much, if anything, because we did eat out so much last week.  Our fridge is full and I want to keep the spending low.  My normal grocery budget is $125.00 a week for our family of 4 eating local (when possible), organic, real foods.  One thing I’ve noticed from previous meal plans is I am really bad about not making the meals I have for specific days, just call me a rebel. 😉  So, with that being said I am going to just post 7 breakfast ideas, 7 lunch ideas, and 7 dinner ideas.

The following is our meal plan for this week:

Breakfasts

Egg in a hole

Bacon and eggs

Smoothies and eggs

Oatmeal (This is a weekend thing. Apparently according to the boys I can’t make it good like Scott does.)

Big breakfast (eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and biscuits)

Homemade poptarts x2

Lunch

Homemade fish sticks, celery, and tomatoes x2

Leftover Pizza

Dinner

Fried chicken legs and greenbeans

Nacho bar including guacamole

Rubens and a gratin turnips

Bratwurst, onions, and peppers with rice

Pizza

Lasagna wraps and salad

Bacon and eggs

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.  Need ideas?  Check out the other menu plans on of Menu Plan Monday at Organized Junkie.