Monday, November 11, 2013

Menu Plan Monday: Retreats galore!

Life has been so interesting lately!  Two weekends ago we went along with our high school youth group as coaches on their retreat weekend.  Wow!  There is definitely a difference in my energy level now, than what the high schoolers have.  Pregnancy doesn't help.  It was a great weekend though.  We had been praying that they would have soft hearts and many really opened up.  I used to not like retreats because I felt they were high pressure situations that caused people to feel like they need to make commitments they aren't ready for.  That may still be the case in some instances, but now I really appreciate them for what they are- a retreat.

The students are "retreating" from the real world and so, yes, it will be different.  We give them way more opportunities to talk about spiritual or personal things going on in their lives than what they would get normally.  So many of the kids finally get up the courage to discuss really personal and hard things they are going through.  Some may point out that there is little change after, but I want to stress how it might not be huge change, but some of the things might just be floating around in the back of their brain.  It takes a while to process everything, but the freeing power of confessing our problems is worth the whole weekend's worth of little sleep.

The second retreat was for us and by us I mean my husband and I.  We went on a Weekend to Remember retreat/conference put on by Family Life.  Something to note is this is not something that we do- leave town for conferences that is.  My husband might have brought this up repeatedly prior to the conference, but I felt that it was something we should do.  I am still processing everything from the weekend, so I'm not going to write much other than that I am really glad we went.  Hopefully later after it has all settled in I will give you a bunch of details.

The menu for this week will be as follows:

Dinner #1: Tacos, pineapple, peas

Dinner #2: Ravioli, salad, cut up apples, broccoli

Dinner #3?: Crockpot chicken breasts, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans

Monday, October 28, 2013

Menu Plan Monday: Two easy meals!

This week I've got to make this quick!

Dinner #1: Egg and sausage casserole ; cut up oranges; applesauce

Dinner #2: Crockpot chili (watch out if you don't like beans)- about the easiest thing ever- 1 can corn, 2 cans chili beans, 2 cans vegetable chili (Aldi), 1 can great northern beans, 1 can chili tomatoes, a few fresh tomatoes, and add a bit of chili powder, cumin, pepper, onion powder, garlic, and maybe some chopped onions
-currently ground beef is kind of weirding me out so I will make it on the side for hubbie to add to his

Dinner #3: out to eat for youth group

Dinner #4: Leftovers!

Back up plan: Baked chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans

Find more and more varied plans at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Menu Plan Monday: Fall Break!

I have been doing the end of trimester count down for my students for the past two weeks because the end is near!  They (and I) have a short week this week for fall break and then just a short while and bam we'll be switching classes again.  Crazy how fast it goes!  I have to say that is one of my favorite parts of my job is that there seems to be clear start and end times.  I'm not sure if I could handle a job that didn't have that.  I think I would have to make some self imposed project start and end times.

Anyway, I have been feeling soooo much better lately.  Seriously my first trimester I felt like a warmed over turd (excuse my French).  I just didn't want to move or do anything.  Last week I worked out (lightly) 3 times!  Last fall we purchased a Tivo box and it streams youtube, so I have been loving Colleen Riddle's 2nd Trimester Workout.  She's supposedly some type of pre/post natal specialist, so I like her videos better than my typical workout videos (which I have to modify) or some other prenatal workouts because they can be too easy.

This week will be a bit weird because of fall break, so here is a list of possible dinners.

Dinner #1: Chicken and Black Bean Tacos!  This recipe looks really easy, but delicious!  Aldi is running a special on tomatoes, so I might chop some fresh ones up.

Dinner #2: Easy chicken and vegetable fried rice

Dinner #3: Crockpot BBQ chicken, roasted red potatoes, broccoli

Find more menu ideas at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday!


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