"Home is the nicest word there is." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
In love with Jesus. Wife to my best friend & man I love more than life. Mama to 4 amazing God given blessings. Proud Homemaker & Homeschooler. Living life with it's ups and downs and blogging about it!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Monday Meanderings...

This is so helpful in planning out my week! It takes a little bit of planning and time to do this but it is so worth it!

*Memory Verse: (
actually, I will be working on memorizing this for the next few weeks!) Romans 12:

1 And so, dear brothers and sisters,a]">[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.b]">[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

3 Because of the privilege and authorityc]">[c] God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.d]">[d] 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,e]">[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.f]">[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”g]">[g]
says the Lord.

20 Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”h]">[h]

21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good

*Husband Encouragement:

~Work on Helpmeet list (see Sarah's here)

~Mow the yard

~Keep house organized and picked up

~Keep cookies made for his lunch

~Have kids make artwork just for Daddy

*Train them up:

~Make new behavior and consequences chart

~Working on immediate obedience with Lily, anger issues with Claire and obedience with Drew(he is at that 1 yr. old exploring stage and not wanting to hear the word, "No"!!)

~Continuing potty training with Lily (it's a back and forth thing, so far)


laundry and bedrooms

*Must do list:

~Keep laundry folded and put away

~Keep surfaces (table, bedroom dressers, nightstands) clear of clutter

~clean out refrigerator

~clean out car(again!)

~weed garden

Menu Plan:

*Stuffed shells, salad w/Italian dressing (recipe below)

*Cauliflower soup, salad, homemade rolls

*Taco salad

*Crockpot Jambalaya, cornbread (slow cooker day; Homeschool P.E.)

*Meatloaf, mashed cauliflower(for me), mashed potatoes (for everyone else), broccoli, corn on the cob

*This is Claire & Lily's favorite recipe from their Paula Deen Cookbook for Kids (Thanks, Aunt Cheryl!!!) This is what the book says, word for word:

Wondering how to get your kids excited about working in the kithcen? Celebrity chef Paula Deen shares delicious, easy-to-follow recipes from "Paula Deen's My First Cookbook," which offers fun ideas from Mother's Day breakfast to Father's Day dinner. Learn how to make stuffed shells, a campfire stew, porcupine balls and frozen bananas — all while creating lasting memories with your little ones.

Stuffed Shells
Paula Deen

6-8 servings

What you’ll need:

Measuring spoons
Dry measuring cup (1-cup)
Large pot
Medium bowl
Wooden spoon
13 by 9-inch glass baking dish
Rubber spatula
Regular teaspoon
Oven mitts or hot pads


1 teaspoon salt
20 large shell noodles
1 pound small-curd cottage cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cooking spray
2 cups spaghetti sauce, your favorite brand
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese


Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. Fill the pot three fourths full of water and add the salt. Put it on the cooktop and turn on the heat to high.

When the water is boiling hard, add the noodles and cook until they are tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Have an adult drain the noodles for you in a colander in the sink. Let them cool for 20 minutes, until they are cool to the touch.

In the bowl, combine the cottage cheese and Parmesan, stirring well with the wooden spoon.

Spray the inside of the baking dish with the cooking spray. Pour a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the dish and spread it out with the rubber spatula. With the teaspoon, place a heaping spoonful of the cheese mixture into each shell. Place the shells side by side on the sauce in the dish. If there is more cottage cheese left, use the teaspoon to drop the cheese onto the shells. Cover with the rest of the sauce, spreading it with the spatula. Sprinkle the mozzarella evenly on top of the sauce.

Put the baking dish in the oven. Bake it for about 25 minutes, until the mozzarella is bubbly and brown. Have an adult helper take it out of the oven with the oven mitts or hot pads, and let the shells cool for a few minutes before serving.

*This is super fun to do with the kids; they LOVE helping Mommy make supper!!! :)

~Have a blessed week!



Denise said...

Enjoyed this.

Malisa @ My Lil' Corner of the World said...

I love the "Clean the car again." I totally understand. Kids just bring things into the car that you aren't aware they brought until you can't find things in the house anymore!!

If we don't find Him in the small things, how will we ever find Him in the big ones? ~Elisabeth Elliot