Monday, March 26, 2012

Menu Monday-3/26

So far for the month, we’re on budget…  WOOHOO!  But, it’s been tough.  I mean really!  And we’ve bought very little meat, been eating out of the freezer, so I’m a bit worried about next month…  I have very much enjoyed shopping with my sweetheart, though Smile

Here’s the menu for this week:

Monday:  Pancake supper courtesy of Gregory Smile

Tuesday:  BBQ Chicken and Potato Salad

WednesdayChicken Tortilla Soup for the Soup Supper at Church

Thursday:  White Castle Burgers and Fries

Friday:  Pizza and Movie Night Smile

SaturdayChicken, Ham and Swiss Wraps

Sunday:  Drive Through

Monday, March 19, 2012

Menu Monday- 3/19

Ok, we have a light grocery shopping week this week…  Which is good, since we have very little grocery money available right now….  I am really trying to focus on cooking from the freezer and not buying everything in the recipe, but actually looking to see if I have or need it first.  I know..  Brilliant, isn’t it?  ;P 

  Monday:  Pancakes/Waffles

Tuesday:  Tater Tot Casserole

Wednesday:  Soup at Church

Thursday:  Frozen food for the kids

Friday:  Pizza and Movie Night with the kiddos Smile

Saturday:  BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad

Sunday: Sloppy Joes, Fries


Monday, March 12, 2012

Menu Monday- 3/12

Is it St. Patrick’s Day already?????  Where has the time gone?  I can’t believe how fast this year is going by!  When did time start to go so fast?  I feel like the first third of this year has been so busy, it’s just a blur.  I don’t even remember a good lot of it.  Am I the only one?

Budgeting this month is going alright.  My husband and I are enjoying shopping together, and it’s good for him to see how much the grocery store costs.  I’m still frustrated at the rising cost of food, but we’re on budget at this point….

I try to do special meals for the holidays, and this week will likely be no different, with some green food on the menu on Saturday Smile

Here it is:

MondayTater Tot Casserole (Didn’t make it last week)

Tuesday:  Boys to make Pancakes Smile

Wednesday:  Soup at Church (I don’t have to cook this week)  Open-mouthed smile

Thursday:  Date Night, White Castle Burgers for the kiddos

Friday:  Pizza and a movie night with the kids…  We’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks, and we really like it Smile

SaturdayMint Chocolate Chip Milkshakes, Irish Chicken and Leek Pie, Irish Soda Bread, Colcannon

Sunday:  Group- eating at someone else’s house Winking smile

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Then Sings My Soul- Book Review

Recently, I received the book, Then Sings My Soul Book 3: The Story of Our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our Faith (Then Sings My Soul (Thomas Nelson)).  I was excited to get the book in the first place, because, as you know, I love the music of the church.  However, when I received the book and opened it up, I was met with something that I wasn’t expecting at all.  This book is amazingly rich in the format of diverse music types, from traditional to contemporary, and the history of such.  It is set up as sort of a “history tour” of music in the church, starting back in David’s time and bringing us through the ages to the present.  I found some hymns in this book that I have loved in the contemporary setting, and had no idea they dated back so far.  I found myself engulfed in the richness of the music of the church, and my love for it has been deepened significantly. 

The description of the book from the publisher is this: 

The long-awaited third installment! In 2003, Robert Morgan released what would become a future classic for over a million readers, a unique book entitled Then Sings My Soul. This collection of the world’s greatest hymns and the stories behind them stirred an entire generation to better understand the heritage of our faith through song.

Now, in the long-awaited third volume of this series, Morgan expands his material to include the great history of worship, the first biblical hymns, biographical sketches of the most interesting composers, and almost 60 generations of hymn singing. The new book also includes a collection of the greatest hymns you’ve never heard, with lead-sheets included.

All of this is in addition to even more standard hymns and the stories of the composers behind them.

Morgan’s conclusion guides the reader into enjoying all of God’s music, blending the old and the new into a symphony of praise that keeps the worship alive for a new generation.

My review of this book is that it completely satisfies the description of the book, and then some.  I really can’t say enough about how much I love this book.  It is my first experience with the "Then Sings My Soul" Series, and I will definitely be purchasing the other two.


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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Menu Monday 3/5

Went grocery shopping with my sweetheart last week, and really enjoyed having him go with me.  We’re at a place where I just really, really like to be with him, no matter what we’re doing Smile…  We didn’t spend a whole lot because I had a lot of stuff already on hand, but he did get to see that even with the very little that we bought we still spent some cash!  The one thing I AM doing is trying to avoid the store if it isn’t our grocery trip.  I make one trip to the store last week without him because we ran out of bacon and I needed it for the soup, but I bought the bacon, cream for my coffee, and milk.  I made it a point to not wander so I didn’t fill my basket up.  I only spent $16 that trip which I think is a record!!!  I also have a built in cheap night with our Soup and Bread series during Lent at church.  I’m cooking several of the nights, but soup, so that’s fairly inexpensive Smile  And, having the boys make Pancakes on Monday worked out very well last week, so I think we’ll keep that up for a while Smile and that should also help to lower our grocery spending Smile

Here’s the menu for this week:

Monday:  Pancakes, Fruit Salad

Tuesday:  Turkey.  For Real.  I swear!  LOL  I actually remembered to get it out, but it still isn’t thawed, so it will be ready by Tuesday to cook, I’m sure Smile

WednesdayCauliflower Cheese Soup for the Lenten Series at church

Thursday:  Date Night…  I hope….  Freezer food for the kids

Friday:  Pizza

SaturdayTater Tot Casserole

Sunday:  Left Overs