Oct 242015
 

I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

I Had To Survive: How A Plane Crash In The Andes Inspired My Calling To Save Lives by Dr. Roberto Canessa and Pablo Vierci – the title alone caught my attention.

I love reading survival stories, whether it is a fictional or nonfiction, an “end of the world as we know it” type story or one that involves a struggle against nature. There is something about the struggle, both physically and emotionally, that appeals to me.

When I was younger I would imagine myself in the main character’s shoes. Would I make the same choices? What would I have done differently? Would I have the endurance to face the same challenges?

As I started reading I Had To Survive I quickly went from looking forward to a story of struggle and overcoming obstacles to trying to follow the story without being completely lost. Events jumped around in time making it hard to get a grasp of what was going on.  Then it jumped to the present when Dr. Canessa was talking about being a doctor and how his experience with the crash affected how he related to his patients.  The connection seemed forced as if he was reaching for a string between the two that was not there. Then the story would take you back to the time of the crash, but not at the point you left off.

After the first few chapters I was still struggling with the flow of the book, but began to piece things together enough to follow.  Half way through, though, I was ready to put the book down and call it quits.  Not only was I not understanding the point of the book nor in which direction I was heading, but the flow of the words was rough and hard to read through at a quick pace.  I stuck with it and found that the second half of the book was told mainly from the patients point of view.  While these stories were emotional and about the efforts of Dr. Canessa and how he instilled hope in them, I was still not quite sure how this fit together with the story of the plan crash.

At the end of I Had To Survive (or at least the ebook version I was reading) I came across a Note From The Author.  I do not always read these sections, but was really glad I did.  Actually, I would have preferred this to be a Preface at the beginning of the book instead of a note at the end, as what I read explained the reason for the book.  If I had read these few pages hours ago, as the beginning of the book my experience would have been completely different. I would have known to read the book in the context of what the author was trying to achieve – to tell the story of one of the survivors of the crash and how this event affected his life.

In all this was not one of my favorite books, as it took a lot of effort to read and follow.  In retrospect I came away with a bit more hope for humanity.  In the face of extreme circumstances we can still show respect for others and even give hope to others after our last breath has left our body.  We can stand more than we ever thought and make it through the other side.  There will still be scars, but we can do it and live a successful life.

 

I Had To Survive: How A Plane Crash In The Andes Inspired My Calling To Save Lives by Dr. Roberto Canessa and Pablo Vierci  will be released March 1, 2016.

 

Oct 142015
 

Sleep.  That wonderful time of rest that you are supposed to look forward to at the end of the day.  Sometimes it is not as easy to achieve as one might think.  Sometimes it just does not seem so wonderful and there are other things you wish you were doing.

Little Cub did not see the value of a good night’s rest.  It took him having a first hand experience to see that a lack of sleep can lead to a very long, not so fun day.  Afterwards, Little Cub and Mama Bear talked about the importance of good sleep and why it is God gave us this wonderful blessing.

Sleep has been a years long issue in our home.  There was one point a year and a half ago where things began to go smoothly.  Then they were no longer working out.  It has taken us a while, but I feel like we have somewhat of a good routine down.

While the all the kids now stay in bed at bedtime, and usually go to sleep fairly quickly, there are still struggles with accepting that it is time to sleep.  That is one of the reasons I wanted to read God Gave Us Sleep by Lisa Gergren.  Once I did I could not wait to share it with my kids and hear their opinions.

Once the kids positioned themselves to see all the pictures, and they both begged to see each one of them, we set out to read this book before bed one night.  Afterwards I asked the kids what they thought of the book:

George – “I like that it has a bear in it.”

Jack – “I liked the caribou.”

So, while they may have missed the main point, both of them agreed they liked God Gave Us Sleep.  The next few weeks will find us reading the book again, hopefully instilling some of the lessons taught.

Lisa Bergren did a wonderful job putting into story form the issues kids may have with sleep, while gently showing them the importance of this gift from God.  I really appreciated how she showed kids how they may be able to overcome some of the issues they are having.  She did a fabulous job taking a somewhat difficult concept and putting it into a context the kids could understand and enjoy.

 

I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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Oct 102015
 

Owls: Our Most Charming Bird

Owls: Our Most Charming Bird by Matt Sewell is unlike any other book of birds I have read.  Reading the descriptions I could almost see and hear the birds, as well as their personalities.

Most of us understand that different dogs have different temperaments and personalities, but have you even thought about that in relation to owls?  Matt Sewell captures these personality difference and uses them in a way which makes learning about the bird seem like meeting someones family.

“Oh, there is old ______ over there.  He might sound harsh, but really is not that scary.  He keeps to himself most of the time and just likes to frighten others away.  Now, the one you do have to watch out for is ________.  He will steal your dessert faster than you can can say “apple pie”, and he is super quiet doing so.”

As I was reading through the books, I realized that this was a book George would love.  He remembers things a lot better if you put them in story form rather than facts, especially dry facts.  I would guess that most of us are like that, really.

The drawings were the things that surprised me the most.  Not only did Matt capture the personalities and characteristics in words, but also in visual form.  The water color pictures of each owl adds another dimension to getting to know these charming birds.

This book is not so much a story as it is a collection of the various owls from around the world.  Each turn of the page reveals a different owl in and its description.  For a bird lover this would be a fun read.  If you are looking for a list of character traits and maps of regions then you are in the wrong place.

I enjoyed reading through Owls: Our Most Charming Bird by Matt Sewell and getting to know some of our owl friends better.

 

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Sep 282015
 

This past summer we were able to take a last minute trip to our nation’s capitol.  Between visits with several different friends, we made stops at various sites around the area.  Many I had been to before, but a few were new.  For our kids, they were all new and most were about times in history they had yet to learn about in class.  A few of the sites, however, really peaked their interests.

The White House was a favorite as they had heard of it before (my husband often watches reruns of The West Wing on Netflix).  The kids found it even more interesting when we finally convinced them that the President is a real person, not just an actor, AND that he actually lives in the big white house behind the gates.

A lot of the history I know about the White House itself, which is not much, has to do with random facts throughout history that I have picked up while reading.  I love history, hearing the how’s and why’s as to events, details that make it come alive in my imagination.

When I began reading All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses, How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America I expected to pick up a few tidbits here and there on the gardening practices used on the White House grounds and long lists of plants used.  In general I thought it would be a boring read that would require cups of coffee to help me stay awake.  What I found surprised me and showed me a new way of looking at this home that has become a symbol over the years. 

Gardening history is not something I have been exposed to previously.  In my past there were mentions of how the Native Americans planted and how the early settlers gardened to provide for the table during winter months.  I have also visited sites such as Mt. Vernon (Jefferson’s home) and the Biltmore Estate, learning about how they landscaped, invented, studied and produced tools, methods and plants that we now think are common.  However, I never had found a book that actually walked a reader through the history of gardening in a particular place and how the look of the gardens were also affected by events of the day.  As it turns out, I had exposed myself to a book that kept me up at nights, long after I really wanted to be asleep, exploring our nation’s history and the people and gardens it contained.

Marta McDowell did a thorough job of researching the various gardeners, plants, sources, designs, struggles, Presidents’ preferences that have resulted in the gardens and the house we now see today.  She showed how the political events of the day – protests about wars, the Great Depression, the war of 1812, etc.- also had a result in shaping the look and use of the gardens and grounds.  The reader was taken along a path showing the various gardening styles and philosophies, and how they flowed from one style to the next – English, Italian, french, formal, practical, native and exotic.

All the Presidents’ Gardens quickly became one of my favorite history and gardening books.  I loved the flow, the story behind the story feel, and how it all felt tied together in a smooth fashion.  It was so seamless that I often forgot when a chapter had ended and another began.  There were a few points that I wondered why they were mentioned, only to find a  few paragraphs or pages later how it was all tied together.

All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses, How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend for you to read.  You will have to wait a bit though, as it will not scheduled to be released till April 27, 2016.  You are able to pre-order it now so you will be able to receive one of the first copies.

I also learned that the White House holds a free garden tour twice a year.  (Last year’s fall tour was in mid-October, so you may be able to get in on this year’s if you keep watching.)

I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for review consideration.

Sep 252015
 

The search for stories to read to the kids is always an ongoing adventure.  Stories with a great story line, with quality writing, without questionable actions or words, without too much magic and which can portray values we want to encourage can be hard to find.   Brambleheart: A Story About Finding Treasure and the Unexpected Magic of Friendship by Henry Cole fits many of these categories.

Twig, a young chipmunk, was having trouble finding his place in his community.  He was unsure what his future held job wise, which would determine how his life would unfold.  It did not help that he was an unintentional clutz, often making a mess of things that others found easy to perform.  He would much rather have been off looking at his picture books than sitting in metal class, or any class for that matter.

It also did not help that a certain other student seemed to have it out for him.  Basil did not let an opportunity pass to make fun of Twig or cause him to have another ‘accident’.

Lily, on the other hand, was a true friend who believed in him even when he seemed to do everything wrong.  She stood up for him and helped out where she was able.

One day, after a rough patch at school, Twig decided to run away.

Up until this point in Brambleheart, things had been going fairly well.  The author had set the stage for the story to take off, giving the reader a good base and background information.  The adventure Twig faced on his journey to leave the group had great potential for excitement and discovery.  And it did just that for the first half of his ‘running away’ experience.  I think it took a very unexpected and wrong turn when what Twig found was a dragon.

A dragon did not make sense for the story and did nothing to add to what Henry Cole had worked the first half of the book to set up.  It felt like a grab to make something fit a need, rather than molding the story to reach the same end.

Another issue I have with the story is toward the last chapter.  After spending 20-some chapters making Twig’s life harder, Basil suddenly did an about face and wanted to help out, becoming his friend.  There was no explanation given and it again felt forced.

While I was not a fan of the addition of the dragon, I could live with it.  It had taken what could have been a great book to one that was okay.  However, the sudden shift in friendship left me saying “no” to this book as one to read to the kids.  I had really wanted to like this story, but was left feeling like it made no sense.

Brambleheart was a quick read for me, and had not objectionable qualities word or action wise, and so would be okay to read to the kids or for an older child to read on their own.  While there was a dragon involved, there was not a lot of magic or sorcery, which was also nice for a kids’ book.

This book will be available at your local bookstore or online in February 2016.

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Sep 142015
 

How hard can it be?  Sure people who have done it say it is hard, but… well, maybe they are just talking it up.  Come on.  I have been camping all my life.  I have hiked before.  How different can it be?

In my dreams, my imagination during times of boredom, I have more than once imagined myself hiking the Appalachian Trail.  Please, tell me I am not the only one.  The thought of camping for months at a time, the solitude of not a lot of people around yet not too far away, getting to live in nature without being thought of as homeless or destitute … there is appeal in the idea.

A little voice in the head of Bill Bryson presented similar appeals – getting fit, improve his wilderness skills, get to know the country he had been away from for 20 years, and giving him some ‘street cred’ at the Four Aces Diner when all the guys started to talk.  While the allure of the trail for him was a bit different than the little voice presented for me, it was still there.  Another difference?  He actually set about to do it.  Sort of.

What Byrson actually did was mention to a few different people that he was planning to do it.  Then he did research into it and realized what he had actually gotten himself into.  Of course, he could not back down now.  He had already told everyone, including his publisher, that he was going to do this.  So that is what he set out to actually do.  A Walk In The Woods follows his journey from the first concept through to the end reflections.

If you are looking for a guide to hiking the Appalachian Trail, a step by step guide to preparing and hiking through, then this is not the book for you.  If, however, you are looking for a true account of an average guy, someone who does not spend his weekends hiking a 100 miles in all sorts of weather while foraging for wild plants to eat, then you have stopped at the right place.

Every step of the way Bill gives a realistic, and humorous, account of his experiences and conclusions.

For example, more than once his hiking partner grew frustrated and chucked portions of their food and supplies off into the woods, leaving them to eat noodles for days.  Given that noodles was about the only thing either of them knew how to cook, at least they were already resigned to a non-varied trail diet.  The loss of cookies, jerky and canned meat during these fits, though, was felt all the more.  Bill seemed to sort of shrug it off, resigning himself to the new reality.  I am not so sure I would have reacted as calmly to these particular episodes as Bill did.  Maybe that is what makes him a better fit for writing this book than I would.  His ability to kind of roll with things, seeing the humor in them, meant he was able to keep going.

As Bill and his hiking partner worked their way along the trail, having to actually leave it a few times due to previously scheduled engagements, I was impressed with how they kept getting up and going.  With no real previous preparations, here were two guys hiking a trail that other decades younger were doing and found challenging.

Toward the end of A Walk In The Woods I was sure they were almost to the end of the trail and I was waiting for the big “We Did It!!” conclusion.  It never came.

At first, I felt like it had all been a failure.  After all the struggles of their hike and my time spent reading this book … it was supposed to have a happy, wrapped up with a bow on top, ending.  Then I thought about it for a few hours and slept on it.  The next morning I viewed it a bit differently.

Here were two guys, stepping outside their comfort zones, actually doing what I have dreamt of doing more than once but never even started.  They faced personal challenges both physically and mentally, making it out the other side viewing the world around them differently.  They learned things about themselves they had not known before.  How is that not success?

It really was about the journey, not the destination.

Where I would have had a set plan and freaked out when it did not happen the way I thought it should, Bill stepped back and took another look at them.  His ability to think through things and see them from a detached view mean he did not over react and make the trip a horrible one.  Yes, it was not a luxury cruise, but it could have been a lot worse.

Whether this attitude was due to writing the book after the fact, or if it is his personality, I am not sure.  What I do know is that it made me stop and think more than once about my seriousness to events in life.  To reflect on what the purpose really is.  Is it the journey or the destination?  Maybe I have some things backwards.

The ending of the book could have been more conclusive, rather than an abrupt stop that left me hanging.  Perhaps it was done that way on purpose, to make me think. However, it could have been done in a better fashion.

When I began reading this book, I did not realized that it was also being adapted for film.  This review is of the book, not the film, in case that was not clear.

I find it better to read a book before watching the movie so that I am not constantly seeing the actors’ faces and the director’s opinion of how things looked.  Of course, sometime this leads me to being mad at the director for not making the movie look like the one that was playing out in my head as I read the book.  Yes, it is a double standard.

The movie was release here in the US a few weeks ago.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Aug 302015
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013I thought I had our meal plan all figured out this past week, but it does not work out if you do not have all the ingredients.  Surprising, I know.  I was finding myself in the loop of the same meal choices, all of which I was missing a main ingredient.  Let’s just say that sandwiches, or various kinds, made it onto the menu a lot more than is normal for our household.  This week, I was determined not to let that happen.  After all …

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

This morning, my priority was to plan a menu AND make a shopping list of what I needed to carry it out.  After church, I dropped my husband off to do some studying and took the boys grocery shopping.  The thing is, I disdain grocery shopping on Sundays.  It seems as if everyone decides the perfect time to go to the stores is at this time.  Yes, by me being there I am adding to the chaos, but you would think it would be more spread out through the week.  Well, it is not so.  As we go to church in Big Town, I use the times we are there to do errands, such as any grocery shopping we need to do.  This saves on gas and time, though it really tests my patience and focus when I have Jack and George with me.

My plan was to only stop at Aldi, skipping the larger stores and larger crowds.  Then I remembered we needed shoes for Georges and made a stop by Target as well.  (Goodwill was not open yet.)  While getting shoes, I detoured to find the two remaining items on my list – egg roll wrappers and ground beef.  I ended up finding ground beef with a $2 off coupon attached to 4 packages.  It was the perfect number, so I bought all of them.  Added to the sale this week, I scored this meat at a price I have not seen in quite some time.  The egg roll wrappers however are an item they do not carry, so I will stop in Small Town and get them when needed.

We made it through the stores, but I was exhausted.  We picked up my husband and headed to a later lunch.  Supper tonight – crepes and some of the fresh fruit I was able to pick up at Aldi.  I have not shopped there in a while and had forgotten where some of the items were located.  However, I enjoyed not having to walk miles to get from one side to the other, and then back again when I realized I had forgotten something.  Also, the bathrooms were so close to the check-out lanes, we were able to utilize them while waiting our turn.

Kheema Indian Ground Beef and Peas

 

We have not tried many new recipes lately, which is fitting in with my goal of taking it a bit easy.  I am focused more on wrapping some things up while getting the school year started.  Perhaps October will hold a more new recipes.  For now, I sticking with some that we really like but have not had for a while.

Breakfast:

  1. Shakes
  2. Cream of Wheat
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Waffles (frozen leftovers from last week)
  5. Shakes
  6. Cereal
  7. Camping

Lunch:

  1. Eat Out
  2. Kheema, rice
  3. Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, shredded carrot salad, mashed potatoes
  4. Salad
  5. Supper Fast Salisbury Steak, Sarah’s Smashed Potatoesshredded carrot salad
  6. Meatballs and gravy, rice, vegetables
  7. Camping

Supper:

  1. Crepes and fruit
  2. BBQ chicken quarters, mashed potatoes, vegetable
  3. Pulled Pork Egg Roll, rice
  4. Falafel, lentil quinoa salad
  5. Salad
  6. Camping
  7. Camping


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Aug 252015
 

homeschool children pe and fine motor collage

Part of the changes we  have made in the past year have involved trying to figure out how to help work through various sensory issue with one of our kids.  At first, we were not really sure what it was or what was causing it.  We still are not really sure, but we are working on at least using out words to talk through things rather than just reacting to them.

One of the things we have tried this summer was Occupational Therapy.  When this was first suggested, I was not sure how therapy to help someone be able to get back to work could work to help our kid function better in social settings, but I was willing to try anything.  Turns out that Occupation Therapy for kids.  wiseGeek explains it here:

Occupational therapy for children is basically any sort of hands-on, interpersonal treatment between a medical professional and a child or group of children that is designed to help the equip the young participants with the skills needed to participate in everyday activities appropriate for their age.

Some of our sessions lately have covered Expected and Unexpected Behaviors.  Here are a few examples:

  • An expected behavior would be to sit in your chair and listen during class.  The result would be that the teacher would be happy and you would learn something new.
  • An unexpected behavior would be to sleep in your chair. The result would be that your teacher would be upset and you would not learn what you need to know for the test.
  • An expected behavior would be to brush your teeth after breakfast.  The result would be that your breath smells good.
  • An unexpected behavior would be to run around the house after breakfast.  The result would be having bad breath and people not wanting to talk with you.

The child who is going to OT was having a lot of issues tolerating these scenarios.  It was too uncomfortable for this child.  It was getting to a point where we were considering stopping OT services all together and waiting for more maturity to happen. (That still might take place.)  This past time, the therapist changed things up a bit, adding in two read aloud books (via Youtube videos) instead of just talking through situations.  Not only did this create a change in the routine, but it also allowed the child to step back and look at the situation from a less personal view point.

A few breaks added in helped break up the session and make the uncomfortable parts not so long.

In both of these books I could very much relate to the adult, as it also mimicked how I reacted to these situations.

The first book, “Miss Nelson is Missing”, that they went through had to do with a teacher who changed her behaviors based upon how the children were behaving.

The second book, “No, David”, very much shows what my life is often like right now.  I have tried to set up our day and life so as to not have to say “no” so often, though at times you just can not help it.  It has become a routine for me to automatically say “no”, so I am trying to change up my answers.

“What do you think I am going to say? Why would I give you that answer?”

“What was my answer last time you asked?” or “What was my answer when you brother asked me that question just now?”

One of my favorite parts was the end, where the therapist stressed that even at the end of a day full of “no’s” that his mom still loved him.

You may not need the stress these points as much as we do, but they are still good books to share with your child.

Aug 042015
 

Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary quickly became a book that grabbed my attention and would not let go.  It showed me a whole new world that is right where we live, but which we often do not see.  Living in the U.S. of A. we often assume those around us believe and see the world in the same ways we do, making the same assumptions and conclusions we would make.

While I do not think we are necessarily a ‘Christian nation’, the fact that so many here have that faith background, or at least an understanding of Christianity, means we look at life and people a certain way.  We assume those around us have the same views, but that is not always the case.  There are times when a off-handed comment can be the beginning of changing someone’s life.

Rifqa was born in Sri Lanka to a strict Muslim family.  She had very happy memories of her childhood, which is in stark contrast to her later years.  When she was a young girl her family moved to the USA for her father’s work.  This change was bad as her father became more abusive and her mother more dismissive.  However, it was also a good move in that Rifqa was enrolled in school and gained a bit more freedom in her movements.  Over time, Rifqa began asking more questions and seeking to learn more about Christianity.

Another move found the family leaving the big city and heading to a smaller, though still big, Midwestern town.  While her family life became unbearable, Rifqa began to find the answers she had been looking for.  Rifqa was able to find a support system and friends, though all had to be kept a secret from her family.

Life at home had become much worse.  Rifqa was struggling with acting out her family’s requirements to fulfill their Muslim beliefs, while being drawn towards following Christ and his teachings. It was becoming increasingly hard to hide her new belief, which was against the laws of her family’s faith.  Things finally reached a point where her father, in a rage, confronted her and threatened her life.  She knew him well enough to take it as more than just a threat and began to carry out her plan to leave.

The carrying out of the plan turned out to be more difficult and involved than even Rifqa could have imagined.  In the end, a court battle ensued in which 2 states, their respective child protective services, and some great lawyers, tried to figure out what was to be done and even if this girl was in danger.  The media caught hold of the story and a media storm ensued, which probably helped Rifqa more than she could have imagined.

Reading through Hiding in the Light, I was amazed at the possibility of something like this happening right here, in a neighborhood like mine, and no one even really knowing about it.  I was also taken back by the fact that God really does want to be found and make it possible for people to find Him, even in the least likely of situations.

Rifqa sacrificed everything to follow Jesus, risking her life to find out more about Him.  Hiding in the Light is not a story from a hundred years ago or from a land far away.  This is something that happened right here in the past 5 years.  Her determination, desire and faith are admirable.

I gained a newfound appreciation for how life inside families different than ours can be so vastly different.  It also highlights the struggles of Christians, or those seeking Christ, in cultures like the one mentioned in this book. Hiding in the Light is a book I would highly recommend to everyone, especially those who may have in interest in working with the Muslim or international community.

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Aug 032015
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013 We made it! The month of traveling, visiting friends and family, and vacation is now over and boy oh boy are we tired. We started off the month with a reunion of sorts with friends from college, followed a week later by a week long trip that also involved visiting four different couples from college.  A week later we had a family reunion on Saturday and a special church celebration at the church  I grew up attending.

At the church pot luck (pitch-in) I saw people I had not seen since high school or even my elementary years.  Later I told my husband that it is very frustrating to have my shyness reappear when I go to events like this.  I would so love to go up and talk to people, but suddenly I feel shy.  Me. An adult woman.  And I know these people!  So why do I feel shy?  It can be very frustrating.

To make things easier at the family reunion and church pitch-in, I took the same thing to both – a veggie tray.  My thinking was that not all the veggies would be eaten the first day and I could reuse the leftovers the second day.  What ever was still left remained with my parents when we traveled back home. This morning my husband said, “Enough! We are NOT going anywhere for the next month!”  Good thing the calendar agrees with him.  🙂

Last week’s menu sort of unfolded all by itself.  There were two days the kids and I were out of the house and another day my  husband had lunch at work.  Add in the traveling and there were not a whole lot of meals I had to make from scratch for everyone all at once.  There were only so many choices in the freezer/pantry and they all fit together without any planning.  That does not happen often, which is why I usually meal plan.

This week, yeah, this week needs a meal plan.  And a maid.  And a drywall installer.  And a private gardener.  And … well, for now I will focus on the meal planning.  🙂

I stopped by the grocer in Small Town to pick up a few items, but will do a larger trip on Wednesday in Big Town.  Because of this, I am limited on a few item.  For example, I do not feel like paying close to $3 per dozen for eggs, when I can wait another 2 days an pay less than $1.50.  Same goes for milk, though I did pick up a half gallon as the individualized containers of shelf stable milk I had at home apparently were way too far past their best use by date.  Yeah, my husband had to inform me of that this morning, poor guy.

Breakfast:

  1. Visiting Family
  2. Cream of Wheat
  3. Oatmeal
  4. ???
  5. Shakes
  6. Muffins
  7. Eggs, toast, fruit, bacon

Lunch:

  1. Visiting Family
  2. Spaghetti with meat sauce
  3. Ribs, lemon potatoes, beets, corn on the cob
  4. Sandwiches
  5. Beef curry and rice
  6. Pork loin, potatoes, left over vegetables
  7. TBD

Supper:

  1. Visiting Family
  2. Watermelon, sandwiches, leftovers/what-not-from-pantry
  3. Tomato soup
  4. Pizza
  5. French onion soup, cheese sandwiches
  6. Sandwiches, chips
  7. Leftovers

And there we have it, the menu I have been trying to create between other activities today.  It really does go a lot faster if you just sit and focus for a few minutes. What is on your plan for this week?  Anything new or exciting? Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat Linked up with: This Week For Dinner – seems I am not the only one who occasionally skips meal planning.  🙂

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