Menu for April 21-27



Sunday:  Chipotle.  This was my first time there.. it was amazing.  I got a chicken salad with black beans, mild salsa, corn&chile salsa, and dressing.  We’re addicted.  Look for some copy-cat recipes coming this summer!

Monday:  Subway.  Between coaching and boy scouts, it’s just easier to eat out on Mondays.

Tuesday:  Garlic Parmesan Chicken with potatoes and asparagus.  Thanks, Pinterest!

Wednesday:  Dinner with family.

Thursday:  Maybe Pizza??  Maybe leftovers to clean out the fridge before vacation…

Friday:  Vacation!!  And, I’m going to eat like a pig.

Saturday:  Vacation!!  I wonder how much weight I’ll gain back?


Menu for April 14 – 20

Only two more weeks left in the semester!  I’m sort of excited about it 🙂 Mostly, I’m excited for the warmer weather and all that comes with it.

I’m also excited about waitressing again.  As much as I love what I do as a tutor and a teacher… I don’t like sitting at a desk all day.  I got a whiteboard in my room recently, so now I have an excuse to stand up every so often!!

Dinner and menu planning has been somewhat of an afterthought at our house recently.  Monday and Wednesday the whole family is busy.. Tuesday and Thursday Chris is coaching late… Saturday and Sunday we spend with extended family… so Friday we usually order take out!!  I miss cooking… but I just don’t have much time for it lately.

Not only are we too busy to eat dinner as a family… we’re also too busy to clean.  My amazing husband helped me do a “baby proofing” cleaning session last night, because I was on the verge of a breakdown.  I cannot function in a cluttered house.  But, thanks to my hubby, it’s looking a lot better.. and I’m feeling much more sane.

Menu Plans:



Landon and I make protein shakes.  He likes a chocolate milk shake, and I usually make mine with coffee.  Note:  If your children would like to try a protein shake, check the nutrition information.  The mix that I use suggests half a serving of protein powder for children under 12.


I double my morning shake and drink half for lunch.  I also have half a grapefruit most days with my shake.  Chris makes ham and cheese sandwiches or takes leftovers.  He likes to add pretzels or cashews as a snack.


I pack a veggie (celery or carrots), a fruit (grapes or apple), and high protein snack (almonds, hard-boiled egg, or greek yogurt).  I take my lunch early because Raegan eats lunch at 11:00 at day care, so I try to get there in time to nurse her before their lunch is over.  So, I eat all of my snacks throughout the afternoon.  I get really hungry in the afternoons, so I try to eat a little extra protein to keep me full until dinner.


Sunday – We took my mom out because she finished grad school this week.  Woo hoo!

Monday – Pizza (half leftovers from Friday, half freezer pizza) and salads.

Tuesday – Buttery Balsamic Pasta with Chicken (new receipe.. if it’s any good, I’ll share it)

Wednesday – Marinated Chicken in the crock pot.  Served with rice.

Thursday – Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Friday – Greek Chicken Salads

Saturday – My little brother’s birthday party!!



I am Martha – Simply Helping Him Corner Contribution

“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.  She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?  Tell her to help me!””  (Luke 10:40 NIV)


I am Martha.  I am busy.  I am frustrated.  I am overwhelmed.  I have so much “on my plate” that something falls off.  Something gets pushed to the “back burner”, then it boils over.

I love the story of Mary and Martha, because I can see it vividly.  It looks a lot like my kitchen on a weeknight after working all day.  Martha is frantically cleaning while she cooks.  Her sink is full of dishes and she hasn’t washed the lettuce yet.  While she’s emptying the sink, just enough so the colander will fit under the faucet, the pot on the stove boils over.  Where is her sister?  Why hasn’t she offered to help?  And what is that sticky spot on the floor?


I love this story, because I find a kindred spirit in Martha.  Martha is busy doing her best to serve the Lord.  The scripture says, “the preparations that has to be made.”  She is busy doing what she is “supposed” to do.  She is busy doing what needs to be done.

When I heard this story as a child in Sunday School, I didn’t understand why no one was helping Martha.  Yes, I know, Mary was listening to Jesus and he is the Great Teacher.  But, everyone was going to be hungry in a few hours and there would be no food if Martha didn’t cook it!  Couldn’t someone help her now and they could listen together later?  If Martha sat down and listened, too, what would they eat?

But, none of the translations I have say that Martha was “busy”.  Most often, it is translated that Martha was “distracted” by the preparations.  The King James Version says that Martha was “cumbered”.  I didn’t know what that meant, so I looked it up.  Cumbered means hampered, hindered, or obstructed.  Something was in her way.  Something was blocking her.  Something was taking her eyes off the true goal.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  (Colossians 3:23 NIV)

The cooking and cleaning did need to be done.  But, Martha let them become a distraction.  Martha let the cooking and cleaning turn her heart away from her purpose.  She let them make her bitter.  She was serving, but not with a servant’s heart.

I am stomping around the kitchen, tripping on toys.  I hear the sounds of videogames coming from the next room.  I am reminded of Martha.  “Lord, don’t you care?  Tell them to help me!”

And He replies, “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.” (Luke 10:41-42 NIV)

He is the one thing I need.


Stop by Misty’s blog, Simply Helping Him, to read this post.