Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, August 30, 2013


I’m planning menus for the next two weeks. I have been bad at this. For a number of reasons, I am not sure if they are good reasons… but they are reasons…

When meals are unplanned they are typically not the healthiest, and often I am tired and eat out, spending too much money and eating too many calories. My beautiful Phyllis likes it when I cook too! I’m glad she’s a good eater and likes lots of different things!!

I’m busy. Planning is key to stay balanced. When things like this get away from me, the world wide web just does not do it for me. It makes me crazy and distracted. Instead, I go to the my bookshelf in my dining room, and a pull out a cookbook. The one I chose last night was one of my very favorites. What can I say... I’m simple.

Family Feasts for Under $75 a week. Everyone should have this cookbook. It’s A-MAZING! I used to buy it for every new bride. It has my favorite taco seasoning recipe, ranch dressing, homemade hummus, great casseroles, and even different ethnic foods (their family has adopted from all over the world!!) its really a great cookbook and I’m going to watch for it to be on sale (it used to go on sale for ~$6 every so often!) and that might be my answer to great Christmas presents for cheap!

The next couple weeks will be recipes from the book. I have a lot of cookbooks that I can choose recipes from but I love this one because she cooks with the basics.

I have to do some major stocking up to do in the pantry, and so it will be a pretty expensive trip to the grocery store this weekend. I will get some basics and start watching for things that I keep stocked on sale.

I am going to use what I have in my freezers too!

Here is one recipe I am going to make in the next couple weeks!

I am going to make some freezer meals for some friends too! I like this recipe because it’s A) easy B) yummy!

And I am having a gathering at my house on Labor Day and making these gems for dessert

along with these from Pioneer Woman

That’s my sneak peek to menu planning…

I'm remembering who God created me to be!

Proverbs 31:10-31
10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
 22 She makes coverings for her bed;
 she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
 24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
 and supplies the merchants with sashes.
 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
 26 She speaks with wisdom,
 and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
 27 She watches over the affairs of her household
 and does not eat the bread of idleness.
 28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
 29 “Many women do noble things,
 but you surpass them all.”
 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate

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