Meal planning

One of the most time consuming things that a wife and mother has to do is meal planning and preparation.  And as you will always hear me say here, having a plan is best.  Check out our menu plan for this week here.


Menu plans

Currently I am directing a CHIP program in our church.  If you have never heard to CHIP you just have to check it out.  We are currently beginning week 4 of the program.  Each week we have a menu plan that helps us stay on track with our healthy eating goals.

Week 1–Jumpstart

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Stay tuned and I will post each new weeks menu plan.  Also it may be helpful to have the cook books, The Optimal Diet, Vital Vittles, 7 Secrets Cookbook, Of These Ye May Freely Eat, the Full Plate Diet and The Engine 2 Diet.

Happy cooking!



What’s on the Menu this week

My week did not start out as I had planned.  I have some kind of  illness.  I see the doctor tomorrow to have me sorted out.  Last year I discovered I was gluten intolerant and I have a feeling my poor health now is food related.  But while I get things sorted out I am so thankful for my menus that I have printed and posted on the refrigerator door.  This morning Tobin was able to get breakfast going for the kids because I was very slow-moving this morning.  Well, enjoy this weeks menus.  I am sorry that I have not posted recipes with these.  I will get around to that soon.

October Menus–part 1

Okay, I know we are 4 days into October…and all I have is menus for this next week.  But I am holding myself accountable to have the whole month completed this week.  October Menu calendar for the first week.

We really enjoyed having a ready-made printed calendar of menus for the entire month.  We posted it on the refrigerator.  It made my life a little easier.  I also had a notebook with all the recipes on the counter so I would not waste time trying to “find that recipe”–and then decide to make something easy, which usually means something not very healthy.

You will noticed that I am doing several things differently this month.  Last month we were able to feed our family of 8 on $420.  I am trying to do it on $400 this month.  I will write more about that in the next post which will have the complete month of menus.

What does your menu look like this week?  Make a plan, write it down, make it happen.

Gluten Free

I have recently discovered that my body is much happier when I do not eat gluten.  This is very difficult for me because I normally bake 6-8 (large) loaves of bread for my family.  I am still learning a lot about this new gluten free world. 

If you are noticing some frustrating things happening to you when you eat things containing gluten (especially wheat) there are several reasons for this increasing trend.  I found some wonderful insights and advise from one of my favorite bloggers Robin Sampson at Heart of Wisdom Blog.  Check out her post for additional information.

If you are like me you have no idea how to bake without using wheat.  So I have been doing research in order to find good recipes for baking gluten free.  A great site I found was Jules Gluten Free.  But the best overall mix I have found is at Gluten Free Cooking School.

This is another great site Book of Yum that will get you connected to the gluten free world.

Even my family, none of which seem to have problems with gluten have been troopers in sampling my “new” creations and my husband says that he has felt more energetic going gluten free.

Check out the links and give gluten free a try.  With a little experimenting you can start enjoying some really nice bread again.