Monday, August 25, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - August 25, 2014

I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to crave some Fall dishes!  And I'm not talking about cooking everything with a can of pumpkin, either.  I'm referring to hearty soups, warm apple crisps, chilis, and just about anything made with pecans.  Southern comfort food at its finest!  If only the weather would cooperate.  It's still a little early, but I've got Fall on the brain!  

This week's menu is filled with a few family favorites and a new side dish in which I plan to use instant potatoes {insert gasp!}.  I'll let you know how that goes next week.  Also, looks like I'll be getting not one, but TWO nights off this week!  Benefits of the "carb" planner, I say.  Just look at our menu!

Monday -  Crockpot Spaghetti (my recipe) & green beans

Tuesday - Baked BBQ Chicken, Loaded Mashed Potato Cups, vegetable

Wednesday -  Breakfast Bar (Dad cooks)

Thursday - Spaghetti Boats (using leftovers)

Friday - Mom's Free Night!

Saturday - Pulled pork sandwiches with Paula Dean's Homemade Mac n Cheese

Sunday -  New Orleans Style White Beans & Rice with cornbread

Carb planner indeed!  What can I say?  It is what it is, peeps!

What's on your menu this week?  For more ideas, visit Laura at OrgJunkie's blog and join the link up!

Have a tasty week!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lookie What I Found

I know Wayne thinks I've gone on a shopping spree lately, but I really haven't.  It's been a while since I've bought myself anything and I'm SO stinkin' excited about Fall getting here and saying good-bye to Summer, that, ok.  Maybe I have gone a little overboard.  But I wanted to share a little bit of my "overboard-ness" with you today!  Here are some of my most recent purchases and what I'm loving these days!

First off is the cosmetic brand, Too Faced.  I am LOVING this brand of make up.  At the beginning of the summer, I tried the creme blush and I love it!  Since it wasn't a powder, it took a little getting use to and I know I have to use two coats because the first one seems to fade, but regardless, I'm sold!  Then I wanted to try one of their many eye palettes and finally decided on Boudoir Eyes just because I like the "cat eye" look.  Their newest palettes are Country and Rock & Roll.  I didn't mind splurging on eye shadow because you know as well as I do that it lasts forever and I personally wanted something different than what everyone else seems to be wearing these days, the Naked Eye palettes.

My next favorite thing was giving me a hard time to post a picture of, so I've decided to just link to it HERE.  Y'all know I am all about some leopard and I've been seeing similar slip ons in our local boutique stores.  However, I'm not really a shoe person.  I don't spend alot of money on shoes.  So I decided one day to just google leopard slip ons and wah-la!  Lookie what I found!  I can't wait to wear these with skinny jeans and leggins this fall!

I've mentioned before that I don't do alot with Facebook.  I mostly just stalk.  So one day last week while I was "stalking," I came across a friend who was asking if there was someone in our area that sold Alex and Ani bracelets and I was curious.  Come to find out, there was a local jeweler that sold them and I decided to check them out, but their quantity was low. They did happen to have my initial in the silver tone so I bought it {as a pick me up for Alise starting 4th grade}, but when I went to their website, just lookie what I found! 

This will definitely be my next Alex and Ani purchase!  Visit their website.  There are lots of designs and styles to choose from.

In school news, we have FIVE tests this week!  What a mighty fine way to say, "Welcome Back!"  For the last two nights, we've had 26 math problems for homework.  And I am oh-so trying to cut those strings, but it is so hard!  Alise has a reading and English test tomorrow and I'm trying to let her do some things on her own, but it's killing me.  Reading is not her best subject.  She had to read to her teacher - I guess for fluency and number of words - yesterday and she told me she didn't do well.  She said, "Mommie, I'm just not a good reader."  I blame myself.  She's overheard me talking to others about her non-existing reading skills and I guess now she has her mind set on it.  So I've been reading with her at night.  I read to her and then she reads.  I will be so glad when she can move on to other books beside Junie B. Jones and The Fairy Series!  She's killing me!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tubing, Painting, & School

We had a GREAT weekend!  How about you?

On Friday night, we spent the evening with some friends who just purchased a new house on the bayou.  Now, you can't live on the bayou in Louisiana without a pontoon boat!  So Tom and Jennifer invited us over so Alise and A could spend some time tubing before dinner.  We all had so much fun!  Cruising the bayou is so relaxing and the girls had a blast!

I don't think I have ever heard Alise laugh so much!  It took her a while to get the "scared look" off her face, but soon enough, she was fine.  We did have one small cap-size, but that's because the girls were sitting too close to the front of the raft when Tom took off.  They did end up in the bayou and it unnerved Alise a little bit, but she was wearing a life jacket and climbed right back on the raft and helped A back on, too.  They were fine and so disappointed when the night of tubing ended.

On Saturday morning, I had an appointment for a highlight and cut.  Remember my new Alabama friend that cuts hair?  What was suppose to be "the usual," ended up turning into a near return to my natural color and some low lights {I had been perusing Pinterest last week for hair styles and color and had originally thought about going a tad redder, but when I mentioned to Anna that I kinda liked my natural color, that's the direction she decided to go in.  I think the color is darker than I've ever been - I really don't believe my natural color is this dark, maybe it's the low lights that makes it look darker - I've never had low lights before -  but she told me it would lighten up in a few weeks.  We'll see.  Anyway, Anna and I hit it off again and talked non-stop the entire time!  She's as much ready for Alabama football season as I am!

Last Wednesday, after I picked Alise up from half a day at school, she wanted lunch at McAllister's.  There I ran into the girl that hosted the painting class that Alise and I took last Fall. She showed me a picture of what most of the painters would be painting this week - an LSU door hanger and when I asked if she thought I might do a Bama one, she was all for it! So Thursday night, I had a fun evening of painting!  Here are some pics of my progress.

I'm nearly finished.  I didn't stick around the class to finish with the bow, raffia, and hanger. I figured I could do that myself.  Wayne had a nice surprise waiting on him Friday morning on the island when he went to work at 2 AM!  He is so funny!  I sent him pictures of my progress in the class and at one point, he told me that my "crimson" looked more like MSU's color, so I had to go back and add more red paint!  I can't wait to finish it and hang it on my front door!

On Sunday, we went to church, to lunch, and then came home for naps.  Alise said she hadn't slept good all weekend, so I was concerned about her coming down with a migraine.  After she woke up, she and Wayne watched a movie in the theater room while I ran to the mall to try and find her some shoes.  Don't ask why I didn't take her.  Sometimes it's just easier that way!  I really hoped that I would be able to find her a nice chevron dress for a Fall portrait, but I had no such luck!

I found this in Alise's backpack last week and it made me smile.  She's still loving her teachers.  This week will tell, though, with the first full week of school.  I'm still hoping and praying for a great year!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - August 18, 2014

It's that time of year again and school has started.  Back to a routine for us.  Back to menu planning for me.

It's been a while since I've joined OrgJunkie's link up and I've REALLY slacked off this summer in the menu planning category!  Entertaining around the pool this summer on the weekends with friends has been about the extent of my cooking.  During the week, it's been BLTs or frozen pizza for Wayne and Alise.  And of course, we've been eating out more.

Time to remedy the situation.

Monday - I see football games and cheer in our future for Monday nights, which probably means future crock pot meals for this day of the week!  Until then, it's smothered deer meat, rice & gravy, and green beans this week.

Tuesday - Taco Soup

WednesdayWhat's another BLT?

Thursday - Dirty Rice and corn

Friday -  Hamburger sliders and fries

Saturday - Steak, baked potatoes, salad & garlic bread

Sunday - Make your own pizza and salad

With this menu, I'm able to use some things that I already have in the freezer and pantry. I spent $105 at the grocery store for this week's menu.

What's on your menu this week?  For more ideas, visit OrgJunkie's blog and join the link up!

Have a tasty week!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back To School

Alise had a great day yesterday at school!  She likes all of her teachers, especially her homeroom teacher, Mrs. O.  And let me just say that I'm really liking her, too!  I don't know if you can tell in the picture from yesterday of Alise sitting at her desk, but Mrs. O made them all chocolate chip doozies.  She told the class that they had to wait to eat them last night with a glass of warm milk.  Alise could not WAIT to finish supper so she could have her doozie!  

I walked Alise in this morning - I don't do that very often, but I had tons of things that I needed to return to her friends from this past weekend - and because great minds think alike, this is similar to what we gave Ms. O this morning for her back-to-school happy!  We simply had too much going on yesterday to take it to her, so we waited a day.

If you give a teacher a cookie back to school printable | Thirty Handmade Days

I forgot to take a picture of the one we did, but Mrs. O was SO excited!  She hugged Alise AND me!  She told me that she prayed for all her students this morning.  I nearly cried! What a GREAT teacher (I hope I still feel this way six months from now when I'm beating my child over the head with a notebook)!!

Yesterday, Alise's reading teachers - yes, plural.  Don't EVEN get me started on that whole saga - had them fill out a questionnaire about themselves.  One of the questions was, "How many books have you read since second grade?"  What does MY child answer?  46!!  Forty-six books?!  She is living in a dream world!  When I questioned her about it, she said, "Mom, they said give your best estimate!"  Estimate my butt!  Ain't no way she's read 46 books since second grade!!

Y'all, I'm worn out!  A half a day of school yesterday plus art lessons last night just did me in! I just get so worked up every year over school starting.  It's like an adrenalin rush and eventually I crash.  I don't think I've fully crashed, yet, though.  Next week will be bad!  

So for what it's worth, we're enjoying the last two full days of homework-less nights and plans are to enjoy this last weekend as well.  Hope you can do the same!

P.S.  I'm back to menu planning on Monday!