Menu planning

What’s for dinner? Week of Dec. 17

Monday
B: power up smoothie, fruit
L: almond butter sandwich, granola with Greek yogurt, fruit, veggie
D: beef tacos, chips and salsa
S: Larabar, fruit or veggie

Tuesday
B: oatmeal, cheese stick, fruit
L: minestrone soup, granola with Greek yogurt, fruit, veggie
D: teriyaki chicken, brown rice, broccoli
S: almonds, fruit or veggie

Wednesday
B: power up smoothie, fruit
L: almond butter sandwich, granola with Greek yogurt, fruit, veggie
D: eat whatever you want night
S: Larabar, fruit or veggie

Thursday
B: smoothie, fruit
L: ???
D: ham sandwiches with veggie soup
S: ???

Friday
B: oatmeal or breakfast at school
L: minestrone soup , granola with Greek yogurt, fruit, veggie
D: chicken and broccoli ranch casserole
S: Larabar, fruit or veggie

Saturday
B: smoothie, fruit
L: ???
D: spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
S: ???

Cookies, Holiday/Christmas, Recipes

Molasses Spice Cookies

Every year I try to find new cookie, candy, or treat recipe to add to my Christmas baking.  This year I made molasses spice cookies which has a similiar taste to gingerbread.

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Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Once a Month Mom

Stars of the recipe:

  • 3/4 c. butter, softened (1.5 sticks)
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c.molasses (original)
  • 2 c. flour (all purpose or white whole wheat)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. Chinese five spice or 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • granulated sugar for rolling cookies – I also used colored sugar.

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add egg and beat well.
  3. Add molasses, mix well.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.  Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  5. Chill dough overnight.
  6. Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar.
  7. Place two inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  9. Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Printable Recipe

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Randomness

Elf for Health

I signed up for Elf for Health.  Every two weeks, we are paired up with an elf to encourage you, share tips, and recipes.  I’ve been lucky with my two elves – Lyndi and Gretchen. 

There are also daily challenges.  This week’s challenges have been to drink enough water, clean your pantry or fridge or both, eat at least 3 servings of veggies before 2 pm, pay it forward, workout with a friend, and donate to a local charity.

I will be the first to admit that I don’t drink enough water.  When I was pregnant with the Wee One, I had a lot of problems because I was not hydrated.
A few years ago, I gave up pop (soda) for over a year.  I then started to drink pop again.  So a lot of my drinks were pop instead of water.
On Monday when I drink the water challenge, I was up for the challenge.  I ended up drinking around 80 ounces of water or black coffee!  I’ve continued to drink at least 64 ounces of water.  Today I drank 84 ounces of water or coffee.  I had a Cub Scouts’ Christmas party.  I brought a glass of water with strawberries in it.  The strawberries were to flavor the water. 

Tuesday’s challenge was to clean out my pantry or fridge.  I have one shelf in the pantry that was just awful.  I cleaned that up.  I’m planning to clean up the rest of the shelves in the pantry but I’m doing it in stages.

Wednesday’s challenge was to eat as many veggies as possible.  I cooked an egg scramble with wilted spinach, mushrooms, and onions.  I had it on 10 grain bread with 5g of fiber per slice of bread.  (I had 2 slices.)  I also topped it with a slice of thin cut Swiss cheese.  It was delicious.
For lunch, I had cream of broccoli soup and celery sticks.
We ate out for dinner.  Even though I had turkey and dressing with the option of mashed potatoes, I opted for green beans instead of the potatoes.  I also had a salad with my dinner.  I think I did pretty well with the challenge.

Today’s challenge was to pay it forward.  Last week when I had my chiropractor appointment, I took my chiropractor a coffee.  Everytime I come in, he says something about my coffee I bring or the fact I don’t have a coffee with me.  So I stopped at Starbuck’s and got him a coffee.  It was a super busy day in his office so it was a nice treat for him.
Today I also got my elf from round 1 and my current elf e-cards to Starbucks so they can treat themselves.

Some positives about this whole process:

  1. I have lost a least a couple of pounds.
  2. It was easy for me to get my wedding ring off so my husband can get it cleaned.  (I usually struggle to get it off.)
  3. I’m trying new foods.  🙂

 

Menu planning

What’s for dinner? – week of Dec. 9

Sunday
B: power up smoothie, mandarin orange
L: salad, popped tortilla chips
D: at in laws
S: fruit, chocolate almonds

Monday
B: baked oatmeal, kiwi, cheese stick
L: almond butter sandwich, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D: sweet and sour turkey meatballs, brown rice, salad
S: Larabar, pistachios

Tuesday
B: power up smoothie, mandarin orange
L: corn chowder, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D: pork chops, sweet potato fries, veggie
S: KIND bar, chocolate almonds

Wednesday
B: baked oatmeal, kiwi, cheese stick
L: almond butter sandwich, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D: chicken pot pie soup
S: popcorn, pistachios

Thursday
B: power up smoothie, mandarin orange
L: corn chowder, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D: eat whatever you want night
S: chocolate almonds, Christmas party goodies

Friday
B: baked oatmeal, kiwi, cheese stick
L: almond butter sandwich, Greek yogurt w/ granola, fruit, veggie
D: sausage and red potatoes, veggie
S: popcorn, pistachios

Saturday
B: power up smoothie, mandarin orange
L: ????
D: grilled roast beef sandwiches, fruit, veggie
S: ???

Menu planning

What’s for dinner? – Week of Dec. 3

I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants for dinners during the last couple of weeks.  This week I have a plan.  Yeah, me!

Monday – roasted chicken thighs in crockpot, quinoa with broccoli, mac and cheese, and veggies

Tuesday – sausage and red potatoes, veggies

Wednesday – roast, mashed potatoes, green beans

Thursday – chicken pot pie soup, biscuits

Friday – eat at church

Saturday – potato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches