Menu for the week of 5/7

Busy week ahead with baseball games on Wednesday and Friday nights and my big field trip on Friday, too. And Mother’s Day!

M – steak, sweet potatoes, green beans

T – turkey rubens, hot dogs for the kids, onion rings, salad

W – picnic: sandwiches at baseball game

Th – hamburgers, sweet potato fries, yellow squash, salad

F – ???? Crazy night. Concession stand food or cook when we get home?

S – BBQ chicken legs, macaroni and cheese, broccoli

S – leftovers from Mother’s Day brunch that we are hosting

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Anna’s First Birthday Cupcake

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Menu for the week of 4/23

Busy week coming up! Quick meals planned for the nights we have baseball.

Monday: pork chops, sweet potatoes, broccoli

Tuesday: hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, salad

Wednesday: ziti and sausage, salad

Thursday: roast chicken, potatoes, green beans, salad

Friday: homemade hamburger helper, salad

Saturday: chicken soup

Sunday: breakfast for dinner

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April Vacation So Far

This week is school vacation for all of us! We are definitely enjoying it to the fullest. Anna will turn one on Friday and her family party is Saturday so I’m focused on getting the house in shape and getting ready for the party with decor and some treats. I made this pretty letter A as part of the party decorations! We’ll move it to her room afterwards. We also planted blueberries and raspberries, went fishing, took some nice walks, made pretzels for the first time, and made chocolate covered marshmallows and pretzel rods. And the big news- Anna took her first steps!!!

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Menu For the Week of 4/16

Monday – steak, sweet potatoes, salad

Tuesday – roast chicken, red potatoes, green beans, salad

Wednesday – spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli, salad

Thursday – chicken soup

Friday – breakfast for dinner

Saturday – Anna’s birthday party! It’s a garden themed party with lots of yummy food planned!

Sunday – pork chops, rice, salad

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Chicken Flavored Brown Rice in the Instant Pot

My middle son David is a very picky eater but he loves packaged chicken flavored rice. I have been working on coming up with a copy cat brown rice version for a while and I think I finally mastered it! Cooking this in the Instant Pot is my favorite method because I don’t have to watch it like a hawk (I always seem to let rice boil over and/or run out of water!). If you prefer to cook it on the stove top, just adjust the water and cooking time based on your rice package’s directions. The turmeric gives it a great yellow color and the Better Than Bullion gives is a nice chicken flavor, and it’s more flavorful than cooking it in chicken stock.

Chicken Flavored Rice in the Instant Pot

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp Chicken Better Than Bullion
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot. Set it to manual high pressure for 28 minutes and close the pressure valve. When done cooking, you can do a quick release or natural release of pressure.

David mentioned that he missed the orange and green pieces, so next time I’ll add some shredded carrot and chopped parsley. You never know what he’ll like!

Variation: stir in some cooked, chopped broccoli at the end to make Chicken Flavored Rice with Broccoli.

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Getting Ready for Anna’s Party

Anna’s first birthday party is coming up so I’ve been working on some crafty decorations for the garden theme. We are doing a very small party with just our immediate families, but I still want pretty decorations! Here are some progress pictures. I’ll be sure to share the finished products!

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