Monday, December 27, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  We had such a great time as a family.  We were all spoiled and enjoyed playing my son's new lego game.  I think more Lego games are to come to our house again in the future!  I spent so much time finishing up Christmas crafts last week that I didn't have any time to post!  I promise, the craft ideas are coming.

I'm home for the week, and my little guy is off with his dad for a week of vacation.  I'm thinking about trying my hand at quilting.  I have a couple knitting projects I need to finish, so we'll see if I do start on a new hobby!  Tomorrow, I am taking my stepson to see Harry Potter a little Stepmom/stepson bonding.

So, on top of knitting and sewing, here's my cooking menu for the week...

Monday: Brisket
Tuesday: Meat Pies with leftover brisket
Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan sandwiches
Thursday: Fish Tacos
Friday (New Year's Eve): we will probably have a light snack of leftovers before we head to the local wine bar for NYE celebrations!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Today begins holiday week.  I am off work, its calmer around here and we get to play and have fun.  I have lots of sewing to do and my glue gun will be my friend!  I will have more craft posts than usual.  And, tomorrow, I get to go over to a friend's house and use her embroidery machine, I can't wait!

Here's what's on our menu for the week.

Monday: Little Man and I are out with friends and my husband is out shopping, so everyone is on their own tonight

Tuesday: Chicken Tetrazzini

Wednesday: tomato soup and turkey BLAT's- Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwiches (this was on the menu last week, but with everything going on at work, we didn't get to it)

Thursday: Its our annual gingerbread house decorating with my best friends and their kids.  We'll probably order pizza or grab sandwiches for us and the kids

Friday (Christmas Eve)- Crab, spinach salad and homemade bread

I hope you all take some time to enjoy this week and Christmas with your family and friends.

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Christmas Wreath

I decided I needed a wreath for our front door this year.  I wanted to do something simple, but special.

 I traced the letters on scrapbook paper and cut them out, then painted the edges of the wooden letters.  J and Y are red, and the O is green.  The great thing about this is that if you get the paint on the front of the letters, its not a big deal, its covered by the paper!
 Glue the paper letters to the top of the wooded letters.
With a glue gun, I glued the letters on and on the left is an angel ornament I picked up at Michael's.  I wanted it to be simple and clean, and I am really happy with how it turned out.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby Shower Gift

I went to a baby shower for my niece yesterday.  I made 2 burp cloths, and I lined a basket for her.  I thought I'd post the steps I took to line the basket.  It took all of an hour, and I had lots of fun.  I think my husband is afraid that he's going to come home and find everything in lined baskets!

 I'll start with the finished project.  My neighbor helped me wrap the basket.  I made 2 burp cloths.  The link is here
I also lined this basket for here.  I took pictures along the way, so I will share what I did!

 I used a grocery bag to make the pattern.  Lay the basket down and cut the bag, leaving an inch at the top and bottom.  I cut 2 sides, then cut the fabric on the fold so I had one continuous piece of fabric with one opening.  Cut 2.
 Pin at the fold and cut out your strip.
 Trace the bottom of the basket, leaving about 1/2 inch border around the edge for seams.
 Sew pieces together, right sides together.  On bottom, leave an opening about 1 1/2 inches so you can turn in right side out.  Press seams.
 Sew side seam so you have a continuous circle of fabric.

Pin and sew turned bottom to top.

Voila!  All done, and it turned out so cute.  I think I will make a few more, now where can I put them?  Let's see...
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Menu plan week of 12/13


This is our last week of school before 2 weeks off. I am looking forward to some down time and family time!

Here's our plan for the week:

Monday: bagel dogs and sweet potato fries(we got pizza on Friday, so we didn't have them last week)

Tuesday: pork shoulder tacos in the crockpot
(If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that generally, Mondays are crockpot night.  This week I'm switching it because karate is over for a few weeks and I have physical therapy from 4:30-5:30.  This will make dinner easier for this night, and Monday we get home earlier that usual)

Wednesday: turkey BLTs and tomato soup

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: pizza and movie night,

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Menu Plan Week of 12/6


We had a wonderful weekend together!  Yesterday, my cousin surprised us with front row center tickets to a performance he did here in our town (he lives in LA)  It was a last minute thing, but it was so fun to see him perform and get in the mood with holiday music.  What a treat!

Today, our church had our 2nd annual Advent Snow Day.  We live in California, but by the magic of modern technology, we truck in snow and the kids have a blast playing in the snow together.  After coming home to get out of wet clothes, we headed off to see Santa.  What a great day!

So, with colder weather, rain and the holidays upon us, here's what I'm planning for this week:

Monday: Crockpot chili

Tuesday: Italian Chicken Strips

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Fettuccine with spicy alfredo and asparagus

Friday: Bagel Dogs

How are you getting ready for the holidays?

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