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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday



“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan

Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Monday

Oh boy, here we go! Its time to get serious around here. School is beginning again and here's what's on the schedule for this week alone: We move our first born to college for her second year, school for the other four begins (I have 2 in high school - what!what!), hubs starts his student teaching ... Soccer ... Sports ... Homework ... Routine ... aaannnnd I work full-time!

It's insanely busy. That's why I preplan meals and in this week's Menu Plan Monday I'll be doing some double cooking; cook once, make twice the meals. So far I have 3 prepared meals in my deep freezer after this week will add 2 more.

Here's what the Tribe is eating this week! With links for you to try:


Sunday: French Toast Bake & Crockpot Chicken Wings
(I was out of soy sauce & substituted with Teriyaki Sauce)
Monday: Chicken Parmesan Casserole x2 
(I cooked 2 bags of chicken breasts in the crockpot on Sunday  to prepare)
Tuesday: BLTs because its August and tomatoes are a plenty! 
Wednesday: Texas Toast Turkey Melts
(this open face sandwich is a fav among my kids!) (also, I already have the bacon made from last night!)
Thursday: the Pioneer Woman Pasta alla Ladd x2
(new to my family, hope they like it because I'm making twice the sauce for a future recipe)
Friday: Bread Dough pizza
(we'll make this individual pizzas as I bought dinner rolls)


Also, p.s. stop going through the drive-thru for Yogurt Parfaits! Make these and take these ... they're just as good + you can keep your $ in your pocket!

p.p.s. You don't have to buy Sweet Tea either. Check out this recipe for making a gallon of that delicious southern nectar for your fridge!


Follow me on Pinterest - I have boards for Tribe approved meals, food I want to make and crockpot dishes.
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As always, go check out www.orgjunkie.com on Mondays. She has the biggest Menu Plan Monday linkup I've seen! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


"Perched"

Monday, July 28, 2014

Menu Monday

Here's what our Tribe had on the menu this week! Check it out:

Monday - Chocolate Chips or Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Tuesday - Deli Ready Pizza & Bread sticks (please make these - they are delicious!)
Wednesday - Taco Night! Cheesy Rice and Mud and Chips too!
Thursday - Chicken Strips & French Fries
Friday - Pizza Night (a special treat!)
Saturday - Hamburgers & Squashed Potatoes
Sunday Brunch : Hootinany Pancake (family fav! easy to make!), Scrambled Eggs, Bacon (have you cooked it in the oven? So easy!!), Sausage Links, Doughnuts (my family thinks I'm the bomb when I make these)

Coffee w a friend is my fav!
Bonus:
Beverages: Blueberry Lemon Water &
Coffee Ice Cube Frappe's

(leftover coffee in the pot? No prob. Freeze it in an ice cube tray and throw in the blender with milk, creamer or sweetener ... however you like it! What are the proportions? Who cares? Trial & error, baby! After all, you're using leftover coffee so ... bonus!)




Be sure to follow all my Tribe-Approved recipes on Pinterest
and check out orgjunkie.com for a HUGE! Menu Monday link up! 

As always, thanks for reading To Write a Better Story!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

My first Wordless Wednesday post.

These photos are my life. My reality. My little surprises. My twins.






Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Monday


Mom of 5 (thats me!), went to work full time in June.  That's JUNE! The month school got out and our daughter returned home from her freshman year of college. JUNE where DH had a semester off before the final push towards graduation. And yes, JUNE where even the other four kids were released from the confines of school yard only to wander aimlessly between the pool and my pantry.   Yep, everyone got home the same time I went to work. So ......  depending on how one looks at it you could say I have the world's best or worst timing. 

That said, Menu Monday has been a wee bit challenging but no worries! I know eventually we'll find our groove. For summer I tried something different. I relinquished planning menus and transferred that responsibility to my family. 

I ask each member to pick a meal they like, I make a corresponding grocery list and DH (bless his heart) does the shopping. Then each evening, who ever choose the meal for that day, would begin dinner prep for me and in return, I teach them how to prepare that meal. 

It's been great! I get some one on one time with the kids, they learn how to do a little cooking and I'm not slaving away all day and all night! 
Win/Win

Now more than ever I treasure family dinner. It can be a struggle to make it happen but it's worth it as this article from The Atlantic recently reminded me. The stats don't change, folks. Breaking bread together is a tremendous way to keep ourselves mentally, AND physically nourished!


 Here's what we had to eat this week with links!

Also, as always, I'm linking my Menu Monday up with orgjunkie. She has the largest linkup I've
seen! Its a great resource if you love gathering recipes.


Sunday - Chili Sauce Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli Salad & Cheddar Biscuits
Monday - Blue Cheese Burgers & Potatoes on the grill
Tuesday - Fettuccine Alfredo 
Wednesday - (Family Fav!!) Cheeseburger Wraps & Tator Tots
Friday - Chicken Patty Sandwiches & Macaroni & Cheese

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest! All our Tribe approved recipes are on my 'For My Recipe Box' linked below. Enjoy!



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