Meal Plan Monday 6/27/2011

Our 7th anniversary is July 6th!

I don't know if you caught that but our anniversary is this week.  :)  I've been so blessed to be married to such an amazing husband, father, and Jesus chaser.  I can't wait to spend many more years with him!

We tried a few new recipes last week and they were yummy!  One was a new pizza dough instead of the planned meal on Friday.  It was so good!  You can find that recipe for here.  Scott (yes, he cooks and excellently I might add!  I told you I was blessed.) didn't use dry milk because we don't use it.  It's because of the way it's processed, which causes oxidized cholesterol.  "Oxidized cholesterol is used in research to cause atherosclerosis.  So when you drink skim milk or low fat milk because you think that it will help you avoid heart disease, you are actually drinking this oxidized cholesterol which initiates the process of heart disease." (taken from DIRTY SECRETS OF THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRYI'll pass on that, thanks.  Anyhow, Scott used 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of real milk.  It turned out beautifully.  We also don't use vegetable oil because of the process by which it's created.  There's some explanations of the process on the link for the milk information as well for oils.  Anyhow, he used olive oil but I think we'll try real butter next time with a bit of garlic added in for extra flavor.

We also tried the 5 Minute Marinara from the cooking class at Trader's Point.  I'll type that up and post it as soon as I get a chance because it was delish!  And I also got permission from Jen, the instructor to do so.  :)  You're welcome to visit her website in the meantime, http://lovewellnessindy.comIn other exciting food news, we have an itty bitty cucumber growing in our container garden!

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Okay, onto the main event, the menu for the week.  The prices are for our family of 4, unless otherwise noted.  I didn't include prices of spices because they can be stretched such a long way that it's very minimal.  We have only spent $160 for this week and next week so far, which includes things for breakfast and lunch and eating out yesterday for lunch.

Monday: Brats, veggies/butter in foil packets, salad, $7.89

Tuesday: City Group

Wednesday: Tacos, we're having the Daniels over for dinner, $9.89 for 6 people

Thursday: New Recipe!  Chicken Piccata with Mushrooms and Rice Pasta $7.82

Friday: Chili Dogs (can I just say I really like Hebrew National hot dogs?) $7.23

Saturday: Out.  We'll be on the road because we're taking the boys to my parents for a few days!

Sunday: BBQ & Pool Party with Redemption Hill peps.

 

Check out Organized Junkie for more menu plans.

 

 

How Can I Get Peace?

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. – Isaiah 32: 17

As a mother and wife my goal is to make our home a place of peace and rest for our family and any guests as well.  Sometimes I forget that it's not going to be achieved by me alone no matter how much cleaning, cooking or organizing I do.  2 Corinthians 5: 21 says, "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."  Did you catch that?  We can become the righteousness of God through Jesus!  Isn't that amazing?  Jesus came and died to give us life.  Because of him we have peace.  If we make our life in Jesus we will have peace no matter what storms life brings us.  Am I saying you'll never be sick or hurt?  Absolutely not but you can have peace in trusting God.  He is sovereign and good.  Everything will work out to for his glory.  We have to cling onto that will all our heart even when we're scared.  When we don't understand the things that are happening we have to put our trust forever in the Lord. 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Cling to that promise.

Giving your life to God isn't all roses.  There will be hard times but you are not alone.  The Holy Spirit is right there leading, guiding, and comforting you.  Once you let God in you'll never be the same.  You will be different and that shows most during the trying times.  You usually learn the most about yourself and what needs to change in those trying times.  Just remember in Christ we can be the righteousness of God and the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.  All you have to do is give your life to God.  Let it be sincere.  You're never too jacked up for Jesus to come in.  Now, go get plugged into a good gospel centered church.  If you are in the St. Louis area try Red Tree, Mineral Area try The Bridge, and if you're in the Indianapolis area come visit us at Redemption Hill.  If you live in another area please feel free to send me an email and I'll help get you connected.

Have a wonderful weekend and let's remember that this weekend is to celebrate the gift that was given to us through Christ, not bunnies and baskets.


 

 

Perfectionism

Are you an all or nothing person?  I am.  I confess.  If I can't do it perfect I am very likely to not do it at all.  I think I've been like this my whole life.  I can't tell you how many times I quit something because I couldn't get it perfect. 

This is true in my eating habits.  If I am not keeping track of calories then I just eat uncontrollably.  I've been doing this lately.  I have only been watching what I eat as it goes in my mouth.  I could careless.  I'll eat those 4 slices of pizza if I want to, thank you very much.  This is why I weighed myself yesterday and I was back to the weight I was after having Eli, before losing 30 pounds.  What ran through my head after weighing myself?  "Screw it!  Why do I even try?"  Yep, sad but true.

I do the "all or nothing" when it comes to homemaking too.  If I can't have the house spotless why clean it at all?  I go through these "people don't visit to see the house" phases.  Do they?  Not really but who wants to go to a house that nasty and try to relax there?  My job is to make our home a place of rest and welcoming, not perfection.  If someone feels like they'll get yelled at for messing with my schedule there's an issue.  I recently posted a schedule I'd like to do.  I don't want this to become an all or nothing thing.  I just have to remember it's not going to happen perfectly.  There will be days when nothing gets done except feeding the kids and keeping them alive.  This is where you come in.  I'd like to ask for your prayers in this area.  The following is my mission statement.  Please pray for me to keep this mission in my mind and not perfectionism. 

My mission statement (rough draft):

To grow in my relationship with God through Jesus by pursuing and learning about Him.  To remember and let God's love, mercy, and grace pour over me so I can trust Him fully.  To support Scott in his decisions, respect him, and love him.  To teach our children that no one is perfect and our only hope is Jesus.  To grow and support the gifts that God has given our children and to love them unconditionally.  To be a faithful friend.  To be someone that will help and serve with a joyful spirit no matter how much of an inconvenience I feel it maybe to me.  To point everyone to Jesus and the cross in my actions and words.  To make healthy and wise decisions for my physical, mental, and spiritual being.

 

Do you have a mission statement?  Please share it with me!  If you're intersted in creating a mission statement but don't know where to start check out http://inspiredtoaction.com/category/mission-statement-for-moms/

 

Love to you all and goodnight!