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Menu Plan Monday, August 14


It’s our first full week of school this week! I can’t believe we’re already back in the swing of things, but I’m also glad. We only had a little over two months this summer, but towards the end — well we can just say that we weren’t wanting to do anything except melt into the carpet. It is pretty hot here in Florida and it isn’t likely to get cooler for months, so time to get some of those 180 days out of the way!



Blueberry Pumpkin Breakfast Bars



My grocery budget has evaporated almost completely already this month, so I’m getting creative with what I have in my pantry and freezer! I have plenty, so time to make use of it!


Breakfast has gotten to be a ticklish subject, but thankfully I remember French toast sticks and the princess has been eating those down pretty much everyday. I’m very thankful.

Toddler French Toast Sticks –of course I used gluten free bread and almond milk. I love that it has pumpkin in it! Extra veggies without a fuss!

Blueberry Pumpkin Muffin Bars–it might be a bit early for fall, but I don’t care! These bars are AMAZING!


For me: I made this strange hamburger helper that was amazingly delicious, but no one else liked it. To bad for them! It has lentil noodles and a couple of veggies so I’m going to be eating that and leftovers and any other days left I will have a bacon sandwich on grain free bread.

Princess: decided to start the school year off with bacon sandwiches. Of course. And after a bit of attitude adjusting she chose green beans as her veggie.


Chicken salad on lettuce or spinach

Pan seared Ahi tuna, zoodles, and coleslaw: do you know the Princess actually ate zucchini in noodle form last week? This is the person who refuses to eat any veggie that isn’t corn this summer. Of course we are having them again!!

pancakes–from Against All Grain’s Celebration Cookbook

Italian sausage with apples, onions and saurkraut

Steak chef salad

Sticky chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies

Leftovers (or soup or a snack supper)

Pizza: I’m not sure how I’m going to do pizza–the last few weeks have either been daiya pizza at the last minute, comfort food after a tough week (chicken, green beans, and rice!) or whatever I can scrap together that doesn’t feel like cooking. So we’ll see what happens Friday.

Snack: I’m hoping to make these Turmeric Bites. Just not sure if I have all the ingredients.

If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family and their July 10th menu plan!


Menu Plan Monday, July 17th!


Halfway through July already–is anyone ready for back to school? I can’t believe its starting in just a few weeks here! We had some deviations from my plan last week–its been raining (when I say rain, I really mean torrential downpour) pretty much every afternoon and one afternoon I just felt like pancakes, so that’s what we had. We liked them so much (the Princess ate TEN!!) that I’m making them again this week!



Sunday’s Dinner



I’m still not bored of eggs and smoothies and they might make an appearance this week, but I need to make some breakfasts that I can grab and go. I’ve made a routine of walking before leaving for work, but the Princess hasn’t been getting up as early so we end up rushing out the door or just getting to work late pretty much every day because I don’t have something pre-made for breakfast. So here’s the plan for this week:

Not-A-Grain Bars subbing apple butter for the blueberry preserves because the Princess is picky about texture.

Blueberry Pumpkin Muffin Bars


For me (I never ended up making this last week, so hopefully it happens this time!)–Quinoa Black Bean Salad

For my daughter: beans and hot dogs


Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

BBQ Chicken, baked potatoes, coleslaw

Salmon and Asparagus

Steak, Baked sweet potatoes, veggie

Leftovers (or soup or a snack supper)

Pizza: I’m going to be trying these new grain free crusts. They look yummy and easy (easy being the key!) I haven’t made pizza crust in a while between sales on frozen and having some bread available, but this looks simple enough that even I can pull it off at the end of a long week.

If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family and their July 10th menu plan!

Menu Plan Monday, July 10th!


Last week went well! We ended skipping a couple of meals because we just had so many leftovers in the fridge, then we got sick and didn’t feel like eating or cooking. So there will be some repeats going on this week! I did manage to eat up all the fruit and veggies–isn’t summer wonderful? I’m seriously excited about the fruit! I’ve got peaches, cherries, and strawberries in the fridge (some of them might end up in the freezer!) and I want to take advantage of a sale before it is over tomorrow to get some more!




Creamy Shrimp with noodles and mushrooms



I am not bored of the eggs/smoothie routine yet. I want to make some of the  Vegan Gluten-Free Blackberry/Blueberry Cobbler for breakfast–I didn’t get to it last week before getting sick. Maybe a version with peaches too! I got bruised peaches because they were cheaper, but that means they need to be gone soon!


For me–Quinoa Black Bean Salad

For my daughter: We made some tortilla/ham/egg/cheese wraps for her. She had one for breakfast and said it was delightful.


Best Damn Pork Chops, rice pilaf

Eggs Benedict Strata from Celebrations (Against All Grain) cookbook with strawberry spinach salad


Tuna Salad/Sandwiches


Fish tacos and sautéed veggies


Brownies from a box–I don’t indulge often, but the Aldi’s brand of brownie mix is pretty amazing tasting.

If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family and their July 10th menu plan!

New School Year, New Routines


Yes, I said new school year–we’re starting back up in a month, can you believe it? One thing that makes the new school year go smoothly for me and usually for the Princess is having a simple routine in place with clear expectations. That usually means revisiting the chore charts/checklists and redoing them for new year! I just love new lists!

I love the amount of free printables available on pintrest–I really do. However, they don’t always match up with exactly what I had in mind. So I was thrilled to find this tutorial for a daily routine checklist using This made it easy to customize colors, items on the list, make extra lists and so on. I mean isn’t this beautiful?

Morning routine

While I was creating I made a few chore checklists too. It was time and its nice to have in black and color the very minimal expectations I have for cleaning certain rooms in the house. (Everything off the floor is a big one!)

other rooms checklist

I used this downloadable printable for inspiration of what to put on the chore lists. I honestly needed some help–my house may be mostly clutter free (probably because I keep THROWING STUFF OUT!) but it certainly isn’t clean as evidenced by the chunks of dust I picked up from my new craft station I created over the weekend!

So hopefully, over the next month we’ll work out the kinks in these new routines and I will get these laminated for easy checking off! I’m also planning on punching holes and putting them on a ring to hang somewhere when not in use. My previous lists I put in picture frames so there was no need for laminating, but for some reason the picture frames always walked off and could never be found when wanted!

So how about you? When do you reevaluate what’s working and what’s not working in your routines? Do you use the beginning of the school year too? Or is it more of a beginning of the year thing for you?





Menu Plan Monday, July 3rd!


Um–where did half the year go?

I didn’t really menu plan last week because we were on vacation and we ate out a ton more than I think we ever have on vacation. We were moving around a lot and weren’t gone long, so cooking everything and keeping it cold in the insane heat was not a headache I wanted to deal with. But when we got back we had to go to the store because we did a great job of cleaning out the fridge before leaving…and on the way I totally made a menu plan for the rest of the week on the back of the shopping list. I just couldn’t help it!



My egg breakfast from this morning!!



More eggs probably–I have a source for local fresh eggs and they are just amazing. I also want to make some Chia seed pudding–it seems perfect for a cool, filling breakfast on a hot morning! And of course I have some smoothies–maybe some more of the strawberry/banana/spinach variety.



For me–baked chicken thighs with veggies: beets, peppers, green beans, maybe tomato, onion

For my daughter: she picked out a crustless Quiche that she wants to try. It will have regular cheese, so I won’t be able to try it, but it sounds delightful.


Stew in the crockpot

Burgers, grass-fed hot dogs, beans, corn on the cob, salad

Shrimp with noodles, veggie

Best Damn Pork Chops, rice pilaf


Fish tacos and sautéed veggies

Shepherd pie (family recipe–I don’t think I actually use a recipe when making this!)

Shrimp Fried rice


I would like to make this again–it turned out amazing and I even used frozen berries! I haven’t had a good cobbler in years and since no one else likes it around here I had to eat it up myself. It would be good as a breakfast too! Vegan Gluten-Free Blackberry/Blueberry Cobbler

If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family and their July 3rd menu plan!

Menu Plan Monday, June 19!


We loved the lemon chicken recipe! Coming soon to the blog. Doesn’t that picture look delicious? Just imagine some sauce to go with–I hadn’t made the sauce yet when I took this picture. The Strata turned out well too! No one liked it except for me (of course the sauce was a big hit, so I ran out before I ran out of strata) but that was okay because I enjoyed the whole pan by myself.



My daughter helped plan some meals this week and we used cookbooks she got out the library. One thing she wanted to try was eggs cooked in a muffin tin with ham underneath. They turned out super yummy this morning!

We will also have some bread/grain free bread.

And I’m really into strawberry banana smoothies with almond butter right now!



For me–chicken (I picked up a cooked chicken at the store yesterday) with honey mayo mustard sauce and lots of veggies. We have lettuce to use up, tomatoes, peppers from the garden, some cucumber, and broccoli.

For my daughter: she wants mac and cheese with some of the chicken. We have a box of gluten free mac and cheese with chickpea noodles, so we’ll be trying that out!


Sticky Ribs with Baked potatoes and corn on the cob –this is my daughter’s choice from her cookbook and she’ll be helping me make it tonight.

Shrimp Fried rice

Burgers or BBQ chicken from the freezer with salad/potatoes

Eating out


Cookout at a friends (I will probably bring some sort of salad and my own grass fed beef burger)

If time allows I would like to try the following–still haven’t tried this and this week isn’t looking good either. We did go blackberry picking this weekend, so I have some blackberries to use up. I will definitely be trying this cobbler recipe that I found even if I am the only one who eats it. Bring on the coconut whipped cream!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding

Vegan Gluten-Free Blackberry/Blueberry Cobbler apparently blackberries aren’t very good by themselves–I didn’t get to go blueberry picking this year, so I’ll be using some up from the freezer (even though the recipe says to use fresh!)

If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family and their June 19 Menu plan!

Menu Plan Monday, June 12!


Vacation Bible School was last week and it was a blast! And now I’m tired–the special kind of Vacation Bible School tired! 🙂

My favorites from last week were the Sweet Potato Brownie (it really was amazing!) and the Taco Pie. Well at least two of us enjoyed the taco pie–the hubby wasn’t a fan, but as always around here he had a choice: take it or leave it! He took some, so there you go!

And not my favorite? The crock pot Ravioli. I actually never finished making that because when I put a meal in the crockpot I expect it to be hands off and this one wasn’t–I had to cook the meat before I put it in the crockpot, then cook the noodles and add them and the spinach last minute…yeah doesn’t happen around here! So no thank you 🙂


*Please note: some of these recipes are family favorites and I either make them by taste or am still looking for the recipe. I will update the post if I find the recipe!


Grain Free Bread, eggs

Whole Grain Apple Strata –I will be using up my grain free bread and of course it will be dairy free with almond or cashew milk and dairy free cream cheese.

Chia Seed Pudding–I’m still looking for a good recipe or maybe I will just do this smoothie instead

Maybe some waffles if I have time–it was too hot to do breakfast for dinner one night, so we don’t have any leftovers.


Burrito Bowl–the usual onions, peppers, beans, and rice yummies with probably some guacamole on top

Leftovers including steak on top of some lettuce and other salad goodness.


Stuffed Peppers–I don’t have a recipe, but if I’m not in a rush I’ll take pictures and post it later in the week!

Spaghetti with a salad or cooked spinach–with the leftovers from the Failed Crockpot Ravioli from last week


Lemon breaded chicken with mashed potatoes and snow peas

Shepherds Pie for Father’s Day per request of the hubby

Pizza–There was a sale on Daiya pizzas at the store, so I’m hitting the easy button for a couple of weeks!

Breakfast for dinner

If time allows I would like to try the following:

Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding

If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family and their June 12 Menu plan!