Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

My mother brought over a rotisserie chicken while I was recovering from surgery (whey-free- we check every time!). This meant we had a lot of leftover chicken. We can't use any boxed mixes or canned soups for casseroles due to allergies,

This dairy free chicken casserole was good, though it took a bit more work to make the dairy free white sauce. I added lots of peas and a package of mushrooms, browned ahead of time.

The big people and the little people both enjoyed this. If you can eat dairy, melted cheese on top would probably go well with this.

Monday, September 24, 2012

My Home Command Center

( You can read what I've written for the CareSource blog about creating a family plan. There are plenty of links at the bottom of the post!)

I am not organized by nature. I love how much the internet has made it easy to find ideas to control the clutter that comes into my house. I've developed a good-sized Pinterest Board filled with organization ideas, and I've slowly been working through projects one by one.

Since my son is now in pre-k, and I have loads of papers coming in day care on a daily basis, I've been working this summer on creating a command center near the entry from our garage .

Pictured above- the first thing we see when we walk in our door and the last thing we see as we grab our keys to leave. This is a picture frame with a vinyl chalkboard sticker and hooks for hanging keys. I bought mine on Etsy, as I am not even remotely good at making such things, and my husband has no time.This chalkboard allows us to see at a quick glance what we have on tap for the day.

This project was an extension of my refrigerator redo I did in the spring.

 The right-hand side holds our family folder. My son does get some "home-fun" from pre-k, and it is clipped to the outside of his folder with a binder clip. Papers that need to be signed and brought into work or day care go in these folders.

Our fridge is right next to our garage door, so this is in the direct line of vision as we are heading out the door. On the left side is a chalkboard sticker bought on Etsy that lists our menu for the week.  I make my weekly menu plan every Saturday and post it here with links to the recipes I need. I then write in out on my fridge chalkboard.

My next plans: Making a Drop-Zone for shoes and backpacks in the garage, medicine cabinet redo, long term school paper organization, and a dollar store pantry makeover.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Weekend Cooking: Healthy Apple Crisp, Mushroom Stock, Zucchini Oat Muffin

Sunday: Birthday Party!

Monday:Spaghetti Squash with Olive Oil, Kale Chips

Tuesday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Asparagus

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chili, Roasted Cauliflower

Thursday: leftover chili

Friday:      Black Bean BurgersSweet Potato Cottage Fries

Saturday: hunt and peck

Sunday: Broccoli Mac and Cheese for the big people, chicken nuggets for the littles

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Spinach Stuffed Meatballs

Tuesday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Balsamic Asparagus

Wednesday: Bacon Lentils, fruit, salad

Thursday: Beef and Cabbage Stew in the Slow Cooker

Friday: leftover stew

Saturday: Mustard Lime Chicken, Sauteed Kale

Sunday: dinner out

Snacks: Cinnamon Muffins

Pantry Needs: Mushroom Stock

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Menu Plan Monday-

Monday: Spaghetti Squash and Marinara

Tuesday: Strange Conconction of Scrambled Egg, Bacon, Onion, Peas and Carrots, which was surprisingly good

Wednesday: Pork with Plum Sauce

Thursday: Slow Cooker Turkey Cutlets With Stuffing

Friday: Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza with Roasted Veggies

Saturday: Mushroom Risotto, Asparagus

Sunday: Out to eat

Hundreds more menu plans here!