Home Work

It never ends, does it? I wanna give a shout out and a HOO-RAH to all the mamas women who joyfully work day in and day out to keep their homes running like a well-oiled machine. If you get up each day to head to a job away from home or head to a job in your home, way to go, girl! I’m not gonna delve into the stay-at-home vs. work-away-from-home divide. Rather, I’m going to celebrate all of us. It is all work that keeps our home functioning, thus: Home Work.

Although sweeping up bread crumbs from under the kitchen table may seem like menial work, it is work that changes the world. It shows our commitment to servant leadership and raising the next generation with hearts and minds focused on making the world a better place. It is the most important work.

Each day you overcome the urge to slap that snooze button one more time is a day of victory. It is a vote for hope. It is a chance for a dream to come true. Each and every day we rise out of bed, we also rise above the desire to just stay there and not fight the good fight.

So go, girl. Be the best you can be. Get out of bed each day and hit the ground with the confidence that you DO make a difference.

*A shout out goes to all you dads men, too. Your work does not go unnoticed. HOO-RAH to you, as well.*


Posted in Home Work, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Back-To-School Menu Plan

Sunday: Caribbean Chicken, tossed salad

Monday: Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs, green beans

Tuesday: Chicken Fajita Casserole, carrot salad

Wednesday: Favorite Sloppy Joes, sweet potato fries, apple slices

Thursday: Bourbon Beef  Noodle Bowls, tossed salad

Friday: Bacon Ranch Chicken, pears

Posted in Weekly Menus | Leave a comment

Camping in the Big Horns Menu Plan








Camping brings its own set of plans. I had to consider limited cold storage space and frankly, I didn’t want to be standing over a campfire all week. This is the result:


Lunch: Cold cut sandwiches, chips, veggies, cookies
Dinner: Bratwurst, pretzels, veggies, s’mores


Breakfast: Pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit
Lunch: Sandwiches, chips, veggies
Dinner: Hamburgers, fries, veggies, banana boats


Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, fresh fruit
Lunch: Sandwiches, chips, veggies
Dinner: Chicken skillet dinner, veggies, biscuits, apple crisp


Breakfast: Instant Oatmeal, fresh fruit
Lunch: Sandwiches, chips, veggies
Dinner: Tacos In a Bag, peach cobbler


Breakfast: Breakfast burritos, fresh fruit
Lunch: Sandwiches, chips, veggies
Dinner: Beef stew, biscuits, s’mores


Breakfast: Instant oatmeal, fresh fruit

Snacks for the week: Jiffy Pop popcorn, cookies, granola bars, trail mix

To save time I cooked the chicken and shredded it, cooked the taco meat, and assembled the breakfast burritos. All of these I froze in zip top bags. Then I also made the trail mix and cookies. I made a mix for pancakes and biscuits so all I had to do was add wet ingredients. Also, I bought pre-cooked bacon. Shelf-stable milk to can save on cold storage space. FYI, you can crack eggs into a container and eliminate the fear of crushing the carton – plus they will store easier. Also, the individual powdered drink packets can add variety to beverages without taking up tons of storage space.

Happy camping.

Posted in Recipes, Weekly Menus | Leave a comment

Summer Cleaning Schedule

SCHOOL’S OUT! I’m thrilled to be home for the summer – my first free summer in years. My cleaning and organization schedules went out the window during the school year, thus my house is a wreck. The dust bunny militia under my couch is starting to take over my home. Scary!

For starters, I have determined to deep clean one room a day for two weeks (not that I have 14 rooms, but I need some free days for maintaining my sanity. My hope is that I will be able to maintain my home once I get it deep cleaned.

Here’s the plan:

  • have three empty laundry baskets available (keepers, donations, and trash)
  • line the donations and trash baskets with garbage bags
  • go through every closet, drawer, pile, etc and sort stuff
  • purge, purge, purge
  • clean each space, drawer, cubby hole, etc as I go
  • clean drapes
  • launder bedding (yes, including the comforter set and blankets)
  • move furniture to clean behind and underneath
  • dust, vacuum, dust, vacuum
  • start at the ceiling and work my way down to the floor
  • start at the door and work clockwise around the room
  • one room a day, and one room only (heehee The Hunt For Red October reference)
  • I will work for no more than two hours each day. If I don’t finish, I will pick up where I left the day before.

With this schedule, I should be able to have our home in tip-top shape in two weeks’ time. Whoo-hoo!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

White Bean Soup

6 cups water

2 ham hocks

1 lb. great northern beans (pre-soaked)

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped carrot

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 Tablespoon fresh minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1/2 Tablespoon fresh

1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 Tablespoon fresh

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 Tablespoon olive oil

15 ounce can tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Place water, ham hocks, and pre-soaked beans in stock pot. Cook for 1 1/2 hours. Add onion, carrot and celery to stock pot. Add spices and garlic. Cook one hour. Drain tomatoes and add juice to stock pot. In a skillet, saute the tomatoes in olive oil for about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the parsley then add to stock pot. Remove ham hocks, cook and trim meat off bones. Add meat to soup. In a blender or food processor, puree 1/3 of the soup and add back to soup. Serve hot.

Posted in Recipes, Soups and Stews | Leave a comment

Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches

1 Tablespoon oil

3-4 pound chuck roast

1 onion, cut into wedges

1 14 ounce can low sodium beef broth

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup red wine

1 Tablespoon black peppercorns

1 Tablespoon fresh chopped basil, or 1 teaspoon dried


Hoagie rolls

Heat oil in a large skillet. Brown roast on all sides. Place onion wedges in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add roast. Mix broth, wine, soy sauce, peppercorns and basil in a bowl or large liquid measuring cup and pour over roast. Add enough water to come up the roast’s sides halfway – usually about 1 cup or so. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, depending on slow cooker.

Remove roast from slow cooker and slice thinly or shred. Fill hoagie rolls with meat. Serve with au jus (strained liquid left in the slow cooker) on the side.

Posted in Main Dish - Beef, Recipes, Sandwiches | Leave a comment

Cuban Flank Steak

I picked this recipe up online, but when I went to search for it, couldn’t find it again. I greatly enjoy this recipe, so thank you to whomever posted it.

1 1/2 pounds flank steak, cubed

3 1/2 Cups water

1 Tablespoon salt

1 bay leaf

2 medium-sized onions, one halved, one chopped

1 Tablespoon olive oil

juice of 1 large orange

juice of 1 large lime

salt to taste

Place the steak, water, 2 onion halves, bay leaf and salt in a medium-sized pot and place over medium heat to boil. Once a boil is reached, cover pot, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

Remove steak and let cool. Shred meat using two forks . Mix the orange juice and lime juice together in a measuring cup or small bowl.

Preheat the oven’s broiler. While the oven is preheating, in a large skillet saute the chopped onion in oil until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Add the shredded steak and half of the juice mixture. Saute for 2-3 minutes then add more of the juice and salt to taste.

Spread the contents of the skillet onto a cookie sheet and place under the broiler until the beef and onions crisp and brown, about 10 minutes. Serve with rice and salad or in a sandwich.

Posted in Main Dish - Beef, Recipes | Leave a comment