Meal Planning Mondaaayyy! And a whole lotta August.

It’s about time I start documenting our dinners again.  Afterall, referring back to my MPM posts is the easiest way for me to meal plan quickly.  So, here’s our menu for the week:

Monday: Roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions

Tuesday: French Toast Bake

Wednesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (this is a labor of love for me – I am NOT a ham eater, but the hubster?  He LOVES Chicken Cordon Bleu.)

Thursday: Sweet Potato Hash

Friday: Spaghetti

Now! On to some serious picture catch-up from our last days of a hot August.

Weekend wrap-up/MPM

We’re back from a wonderful weekend spent in Minnesota, celebrating the marriage of my cousin Colin and his new bride Jacky.  It was a fun, but quick trip and I’m totally convinced that family weddings are the best.

Before we left on Saturday, Little Man E made his football debut and certainly didn’t disappoint.  It was pure sweetness seeing him out there diving after flags, running patterns, doing his best to refrain from tackling.

{1 & 4 cheering on 2}

We had to hustle out of the football game and hit the road north…but not before I drugged the children with Dramamine.  They have some serious car sickness issues and there was just no time for that on this trip. I’m not going to lie: I feel like this was one of my smarter moves as a mother.  Both trips there and back were as easy as it gets with 4 kids and we {thankfully} made it without any incidents.

What else?  We’re working towards getting on a more regular schedule around here.  J’s back to work, the kids start school in just over a week, and our sweet summer days are coming to an end.  I’m trying my best to get back to meal planning following a brief, but welcome hiatus.  So, here’s what’s on the menu for the Starr’s this week:

Monday: Pizza boats

Tuesday: Turkey Caesar Pita Pockets

Wednesday: Hickory Park Birthday Celebration for our almost 8-year-old Addi.

Thursday: Honey BBQ Sloppy Joes

Friday: Pizza for the birthday girl’s sleepover

Saturday: BLAT dogs

Happy Monday, friends!


Hey, friends!  Just popping in with a quick hello!  These weeks after a holiday just tend to fly right by.  I’m just now getting together a meal plan for the week and am going to do my grocery shopping tonight. Blah.  So, here’s what I’m feeding the circus this week.

Monday: We had Easter leftover…probably along with the rest of America.

Tuesday: We’re finally having the Balsamic Vinegar Chicken and let me tell you – it smells WONDERFUL!  Even my sis-in-law asked if she could stay for dinner when she came to pick up the baby! 🙂

Wednesday: Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Thursday: Baked Penne

Friday:  We’re grilling for the first time this season! Brats and sweet potatoes, it is!

Saturday: Birthday Party for a friend – the kids are being shipped off to the grandparents!  I.can.not.wait!

Of course, I haven’t had the time to download our pics from the weekend, but here is just a quick sneak peak at our Easter Festivities.

I just love my little bunnies!

Happy Monday, friends!


As you may have guessed, I was on spring break last week.  Well, “on” might be a little misleading, as we never did leave our little town, but still!  J and the big kids were on a break from school and if I can’t have a real  vacation away from here to someplace warm, then a week at home with just my people is the next best thing.  We had a blast hanging out, watching movies, playing games, doing projects, going to the gym, and getting out on other little adventures.

So while the ol blogity blog has been quiet, this house certainly has NOT. Amidst the quickly accumulating mess, mass amounts of laundry, and dirty floors, this last week afforded us LOTS of blessings and my heart is full to the max – much like our couch.March2013 076b  March2013 085bMarch2013 082b

Thankfully this we are being eased back into the school/work routine, as this is a pretty low-key week for us.  Aside from a little Easter prep and a to-do list longer than my right leg, our evenings are mostly free.  And since we just kind of played dinner by ear all last week, I am kind of looking forward to getting back into the swing of things…and not stressing about what I’m feeding all these little mouths.   Here’s what’s on our menu…

Monday: Spaghetti & garlic bread

Tuesday: Baked Potato Soup

Wednesday: Bubble Up Enchiladas

Thursday: Roasted Garlic Pasta

Friday: Balsamic Vinegar Chicken with Tomatoes

Saturday: 3rd Annual March Madness Party with dear friends!

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

MPM! And Meyah!!


Anyone else feeeeling that time change?  Like big time? Oofda!  I am struggling today!  Lucky for me, though, it was MEYAH DAY!  As in, my sweet niece’s first day hanging out with me and my posse while her mommy and daddy were at work.  As expected, she was awesome.  I think it’s safe to say that she has 1 HUGE fan (ME!) and 4 little groupies in my Starr-lets.

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On to the good stuff: Food!

Monday: I’m off to a meeting and J is making homemade hot pockets.

Tuesday: Again, I have a meeting, but am going to make Easy Potato Soup (a carry-over from last week) before I leave.

Wednesday: Chicken and Noodles

Thursday: Cheeseburger Casserole

Friday: Sweet & Spicy Carmelized Onion with BBQ sauce grilled cheese

Saturday: Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

I had someone comment on a previous MPM post and ask about what we feed our kids….do they eat what we eat or do I make separate meals.  I couldn’t reply to them directly because it was an “anonymous” commenter, so I figured here was the best place to answer that.

In this house, I make one meal.  And the kids are, for the most part, expected to eat what J and I eat.  Of course, there are times that we switch things out, but almost always they are served and eat the same main course that we are.  And I will say — our kids are really very good eaters.  Eli is the pickiest and often times eats very little for dinner.  That being said, however, he eats like a ravenous giant at breakfast and lunch.  And we’re ok with that.  The kids know what we expect and make choices according to that.  I should also mention, that I really do try to meal plan according to everyone’s likes and dislikes.  For instance, when Addi was smaller and didn’t like corn, I didn’t make many dishes with corn in them OR if I did, I’d wait to make that meal until a night when I knew she was going to be with the grandparents.  Now, I’m NOT saying that this is the right way to do it.  At all.  As a matter of fact, I’m sure there are plenty of parents out there who DO make multiple meals for each member of their family and, hey! if that works for them, then GREAT!  As far as I’m concerned, to each their own!  And we just do what works for us!

Anyway, keep those questions coming!  AND remember to attach your email to your profile, so I can email you directly!

Happy Monday, friends!

MPM/ “shop” update

Hey, dudes!

I promise that my Monday-only posting isn’t intentional.  It’s just that on Monday I’m all physically and mentally organized for the week ahead, then as the days go on, I tend to become scattered, flustered, and short on time.  So, until I get my mid-to-late-week crap together, Monday afternoon posts are what you get!

I have this week’s meal plan to share, as well as a recap of our weekend and some pictures, but I’m thinking that I might split them up into 2 posts.  That way I can’t blame only one post a week on lack of content.  With MPM today and weekend recap/pictures another day, you’re assured at least a double post week.  Lucky you.


Dinner this week?  Quick, easy, and cheap.  Notice I didn’t say healthy? You know what they say:  You can’t have your cake and it it too.  Literally.

So, here we go:

Monday: Chicken, Ranch, and Rice Soup (a carry-over from last week!)

This actually IS a healthy recipe and one of our faves!

Tuesday: Spicy Sausage Pasta

Wednesday: French Toast Bake

Thursday: Grilled Apples/Pears & Cheese

Friday: Easy Potato Soup

Saturday: Spaghetti

What’s up for supper at your house?


And now how about a little “shop that I don’t have” update?

First up – a sign I made for my sweet niece.  Probably not my best business move photographing the sign next to a cute baby.  I mean, no one will be able to take their eyes off of my little Meyah.  Oh-well.

Next, here’s a pic of the chalkboard I made for my cousin Chandra.  (Thanks for letting me steal your photo, cuz!).  Don’t you just love the color of her walls?!?

Here’s a quick wooden sign made for a friend of a friend.  I love it and would really love a farmhouse to go with it!

Finally, a digital print I made for our master bedroom that will never get printed or hung BECAUSE I SCREWED UP MY HUSBAND’S BIRTHDATE (YEAR!).  For the love!  Welcome to my world – I’m ridiculous!

And that’s a wrap!

Be back later this week!