Monday, April 26, 2010

Menu Monday

Today I am linking up with Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday. Be sure to check out all the wonderful menus at .
White Enchiladas
Brown Rice

Beef Stew


Sloppy Joes on Whole Wheat Buns
Corn on the Cob
Baked Beans

Homemade Chicken BBQ Pizza
Garlic Breadsticks

Mexican Dip

About 10 flour tortillas
2 cups shredded Jack cheese
2 cups cooked chicken
1/2 onion, diced
3 Tbs. butter
3 Tbs. flour
1 can chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 can diced green chilies (7 oz.)

Mix together 1 cup of the cheese, the chicken and the onion. Put some of this mixture into each tortilla, roll and place seam side down in a 9x13 casserole dish.

In a skillet, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute. Add the chicken broth, whisking till smooth. Cook this over medium heat unto it thickens and bubbles. Stir in the sour cream and green chilies. Pour over the top of the enchiladas. Top with the remaining cheese and bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes. ( )

Our family loves these enchiladas and they are easy to make. I usually cook and shred a big batch of chicken up so that I can make some other dishes to freeze for later.

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." Psalm 100:1-5 KJV

Have a wonderful Monday!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

Thank you to Susan, over for at for hosting the weekly Outdoor Wednesday event. Be sure to check out all the wonderful outdoor posts. It is a great time ( except for the extreme pollen count! ) to be outdoors. Everything is looking great and the weather has been wonderful. This is our hosta ,which lines the walkway to our front door. I love when it comes in!
This burst of color at the front of our house just thrills my soul! I absolutely love this time of year and looking out at all the color by the front door.

This is an area in our backyard. I hope to be able to work on it some this weekend. We have a bench for reading and such. I want to make this a nice place to sit and relax. I really neglected this area last year, so I did to do some extra maintenance now. There is also another area on the other side of the back that needs some attention. Hopefully, I will be able to start in on these areas this weekend.

Have a wonderful Wednesday and be sure to get outside and enjoy God's beauty!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Menu Monday

I am linking up to Organizing Junkie's Menu Monday. Please be sure to check out the all the wonderful menus over at What a wonderful weekend we had! The weather was great. I cannot wait to work in the garden and get my house in gear for summer!! Woo-hoo!!!

Our menu for this week is:
Chicken Fingers

Grilled Hamburgers on Whole Wheat Buns
Green Beans
Green Salad

BBQ Sandwiches*
Baked Beans
Veggie Salad

Grilled T-Bone Steaks
Baked Sweet Potatoes

Homemade Pizza Night
Frozen Yogurt

Picnic for lunch
Out for dinner

2 lbs. chuck roast, boneless and trimmed of all visible fat
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/8 cup honey
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder

In a Crock-Pot, place chuck roast. Salt and pepper it to your personal taste.
In a large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients until well blended. Pour on top of the roast, cover, and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Remove roast from Crock-Pot and shred meat with a fork. Return meat to Crock-Pot, stirring well to coat evenly with the sauce. Cook for another hour and serve.

418 Calories
24 g Fat
**If you trim the fat from the beef before cooking and blot the grease from the sauce, the fat is significantly lowered. This amount is not in the fat gram calculations. ( Saving Dinner, Leanne Ely, )

Enjoy a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sunday's Thoughts on Saturday

"And David spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies." II Samuel 22: 1-4 KJV


Yes, we'll rally round the flag, boys, we'll rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom;
We will rally from the hillside, we'll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom!

We are springing to the call of our brothers gone before,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom;
And we'll fill the vacant ranks with a million free men more,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom!

It's Freedom forever, Hurrah boys, Hurrah!
Down with the shackle and up with the star!
While we rally round the flag, boys, we'll rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom!

George Frederick Root (1820-1895)
He composed this song after the outbreak of the Civil War.
A PATRIOT'S HANDBOOK Selected and Introduced by Caroline Kennedy

Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Healthy Life Friday

I am on a journey to become a healthier me. Not just for me, but also for my family. We do fairly well on some levels with having a healthy lifestyle, but there is room for change and I really think that change needs to happen now! So, on Fridays, I will be blogging about my journey in this area and I will be posting recipes, tips, and anything else that might help to encourage others to live a healthy life. First, I want to be all that God has made me to be. I feel that when I am not living as healthy as I can that I am not able to do all that the Lord has out there for me to do. Also, I really believe that "mom" sets a tone in the home for how healthy or unhealthy a lifestyle her family will follow. So, today I am going to set some short range and long range goals and write down some ways to achieve those goals. As we have all heard, writing down those goals is so very important to actually achieving them. Also, by blogging about this journey, I will be more accountable to see it through. So, come along with me and let's make some changes!

Long Range Goals:
Lose 35 pounds
Firm up sagging muscles :)
Be physically active
Be mentally active
Be spiritually active

Short Range Goals:
Weigh in every Friday with weight loss and measurement changes
Develop an aerobic and anaerobic exercise plan
Choose some physical activities to get involved in
Set aside some reading time everyday
Dig deeper in my morning bible study/ prayer time

I am excited about this, as change is really needed. I just want to feel better and have more energy to enjoy my family. I also don't want my boys to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. I want all of us to be participants in life, not just spectators!

I want to share this recipe today. We will be having this on the menu for the upcoming week:
1/2 lb. ground turkey
1/2 envelope taco seasoning mix
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup salsa
1 can black beans, drained
9 ounces lasagna noodles
2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
3 cups low-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded

In a skillet, brown turkey; drain and blot grease. Add taco seasoning and, using half the recommended water on seasoning packet, simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside. In the meantime, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. in a medium bowl, combine enchilada sauce, tomatoes ( and their juice), and salsa. Mix well and add black beans. To make lasagna: in the bottom of a 13 X 9-inch pan, spoon a third of the tomato sauce mixture and spread evenly. Top with uncooked lasagna noodles till sauce is covered. Then add all the meat, spreading evenly, add 1 cup of the cottage cheese and 1 cup of the Cheddar. Spoon half the remaining sauce on top. Add another layer of noodles, remaining cottage cheese and 1 cup of the Cheddar. Add another layer noodles, remaining tomato sauce, and remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese. Tent with foil ( so the cheese doesn't stick to it) and tightly cover. Bake for 45 minutes or until noodles are tender. Let stand 5 minutes before digging in. ( Saving Dinner, Leanne Ely )

Serve with a big green salad and fruit

Calories per serving: 547
Fat: 13 g

We will have this for lunch on the weekend, since it does have a bit more calories.

"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge:" II Peter 1:5 KJV

Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Family Happenings

We thoroughly enjoyed our Spring break vacation to Orlando. We used our Give a Day, Get a Day tickets to go to EPCOT, which is probably our favorite Disney park. Beautiful weather, family all together, what more could we ask for?? Just gotta love the mouse! I do like all the kitchen stuff. This is from one of the shops at Downtown Disney.
We had a great time at the house that we rented. All of us enjoyed the game room!
Taking a break in between Soarin' and Test Track.

Loved relaxing and having fun in the pool at the house. I had a great time reading out there!

Love my super-wonderful husband! He makes me laugh and enjoy life!
Have a great Thursday in your part of the world!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

It's time again for Outdoor Wednesday! Thanks to Susan over at for hosting this weekly event. Be sure to check out all the Outdoor Wednesday post. I wanted to continue this week with pictures from our recent trip to EPCOT. We went during the garden & flower festival and had a wonderful time. There was much to see and enjoy. If you had the time, there were workshops available to take part in. Maybe one day....
I love the water fountains! Water is just so relaxing and enjoyable!

The flower gardens were absolutely stunning!

Brings back memories!

Once again, the water fountains and waterfalls are very relaxing to be around. You can just feel yourself unwind from a busy day while enjoying the beauty of water features such as this one.
I hope you enjoyed my Outdoor Wednesday pictures. Have a great day and be sure to get outdoors!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Clint!

Happy Birthday to my oldest son!!! I have loved every minute of being your mom and I am so enjoying watching the man that you are becoming. I love you and wish you the happiest birthday ever.

Looking forward to this summer!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday! A big thanks to Susan, over a for hosting this weekly event. It is so fun to see everyone's pictures! Our family took a trip to Orlando recently . We participated in Disney's Give a Day, Get a Day promotion. Our favorite park is Epcot, so that was the park we chose to visit. We enjoy the rides in Epcot, but we also really enjoy going around the World Showcase. This time of year, Epcot is host to an annual Flower and Garden Festival. They have lots of lovely flowers to admire and they also put on workshops that you can participate in. Today, I have some pictures of the flowers at Epcot. For the next couple of weeks I hope to show the wonderful flowers that Epcot presented.
This was actually outside one of the resorts. One day, my husband, oldest son, and myself rode the monorail and explored the various Disney resorts. We did this one Christmas and it was alot of fun!

They had a section of gardens displayed at Epcot.

I just love this one! It really brings out the Disney in all of us! Next Wednesday, I will show more of the beautiful flowers that were on display. Have a wonderful day and enjoy God's creation!