Weekly Menu & Goals

Fall is officially here!  This season brings a lot of mixed feelings for me.  I love the fall colors, apple picking and Halloween.  The little nip in the air that’s perfect for a light weight jacket.  However, it also signals that summer is over and we have a long, long winter to look forward to.  Not!!

Last Sunday I mentioned that I had a cold brewing, it erupted full force on Monday.  I couldn’t believe how miserable I felt.  Fortunately my dinner plans for Monday were cancelled so I left a couple hours early and spent the rest of the afternoon/evening sleeping.  I really hate being sick!

By Friday I was feeling much better so Mike and I took a vacation day.  We went for a long ride through Kettle Moraine State Park.  The plan was to stop at a nice place for lunch but we couldn’t find anything open!  We did come upon the Hamburger Hut so we grabbed a burger there.  The place was hopping and it was nice to relax in the sunshine.  We had such a fun, relaxing day.  Hopefully we’ll be able to get in a a couple more of those before the weather gets bad.

On the down side, Belle hasn’t been feeling well.  She’s lost some weight, bruising easily and exhausted all the time.  We took her to the doctor Thursday where they ran a bunch of tests.  Fortunately everything came negative with the exception of the mono test.  Her mono is still hanging around after six months!  Not much we can do for her except make sure she doesn’t over do it.  The doctor also told us to have her take a B complex every day to try and get her energy levels up.

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread - Mom_WWIN


Today’s post is from my mom, Gina

As all my family and friends will tell you, I never follow a pattern or recipe exactly as it instructs.  I always have to add a little ‘something-something’ to make it uniquely mine.   Well I found you can do all kinds of things with beer bread, savory or sweet.  This is one of the sweet breakfast breads I like to make.  If I am doing savory I use beer and if I do sweet I use Sprite.

Dealing With Migraines – Seeking Relief


As I shared last week, the first step in dealing with migraines is identifying your triggers.  Until you do that, you won’t be able to start breaking the cycle of them.  If you are dealing with migraines and haven’t identified the triggers that needs to be the first step.

Once you’ve identified the triggers, you now have two different paths to take.  Avoidance and pain relief.  Obviously you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid what triggers your migraines.  Unfortunately that’s not always possible.  In my case, hormones play a big part in my migraines.  Not much I can do there!  However, I do have other triggers that I can deal with.

Get Enough Sleep

Many women (and men) I talk to complain about a lack of sleep.  Sometimes the problem is being able to fall asleep, sometimes it’s staying asleep.  I could go into a whole bunch of suggestions on how to sleep better (I think I have a post idea for later this week!) but let me start with the basics.  Even though your chore list isn’t done sometimes you just need to go to sleep!  I KNOW I’ll end up with a migraine if I go more than one night with insufficient sleep.  There’s rarely anything important enough of my to-do list to accept the punishment of a migraine.

Weekly Menu & Goals

What a gorgeous weekend – at least in Wisconsin!!  While a little chilly, the sun has been out both Saturday and Sunday.  It was a nice change from the wet, dreary weather we had during the week.

As expected, this was a pretty busy week.  On Monday, Belle and I had her senior photo shoot.  The studio that we went to did her hair and make-up prior to shooting.  We did six outfit changes and went all over the city shooting at different locations.  Belle really felt special which is what I was hoping to accomplish.  Score one for mom!

While we were getting her pictures taken, Michael texted me to invite me to dinner at our favorite sushi spot.  As I don’t get to spend a lot of time with him I took him up on it.  Plus, who could resist this?


The Gift of Sight

Twilight Zone

I’ve needed glasses since middle school, well over 30 years.  Most of those years I’ve worn contacts.  However, the last few years contacts have been getting more and more uncomfortable resulting in more time in my glasses.  Mike has been nagging me for years to get Lasik done but I kept putting him off.

While the thought of spending all the money on myself made me shudder, a big portion of my putting of Lasik was the fact that I had been told that usually you needed reading glasses afterwards as well as the thought of what happened during the procedure.

Do you remember the Twilight Zone episode where the cantankerous book lover was griping about people wishing they would all disappear so he could be left in peace with his beloved books?  Some kind of disaster happens leaving him to be the only one left in the world.  In his glee over the thought of all those books with no one to bother him he somehow loses his glasses and steps on them leaving him completely blind and in despair because he was unable to read his book.

Dealing With Migraines – Identifying the Causes

Migraine Triggers

I’ve made no secret here that I deal with migraines – a lot.  Anyone who has regular migraines know that they aren’t a lot of fun.  Typically when I get them I have them for a few days, up to a week.  One episode lasted about six weeks.  Kind of puts a damper on life.

The severity of them tends to vary.  Sometimes they’ll be so bad that I’m in bed for the day.  The majority of the time I can keep them at a level that allows me function so they don’t disrupt my life to much.  It’s not unusual for me to have a low level headache several days a week.

Weekly Menu & Goals

Welcome to another week.  I typically like to post my menu on Sunday but we were crazy busy yesterday and Saturday I was down all day with a migraine.  Needless to say it’s put me a tad bit behind this week.

Mike is traveling this week and I have a couple of outings planned.  Given that there’s not a whole lot of cooking going on in our household I really debated whether to post a menu or not.  However, I did do some cooking yesterday and I’m not eating out EVERY meal so I figured I’d stick with what I’ve been doing.

Weekly Menu

Now that the kids are back in school I feel like it’s time to start pulling out the winter menu.  I know – it’s not quite winter but I’m starting to get a hankering for some warm, comfort foods.  While I’m not going totally crazy I did decided to start the week by throwing on a pot of chili.  What a great way to start off the winter menu!


White chicken chili, fresh bread

Pulled Pork_WWIN

Weekly Menu & Goals

Dad came shopping with us to help carry the packages!

Dad came shopping with us to help carry the packages!

Happy Labor Day!  It’s been a rainy day here, kinda of blew our plans for the last family cook-out of the year.  That’s OK, we sent grandpa out in the rain to cook and then ate off paper plates in the dining room.  Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches!

Last week was a hodge-podge of stuff.  I went to Chicago for a day, stayed home one day with a summer cold, Started Belle’s school shopping (the picture above is some of the loot she scored) and made my mom a birthday dinner of barbecueribs.  I changed up my menu a little bit from what I originally planned!

Yesterday Mike and I spent some time on the bike.  It was suppose to be a gorgeous day but someone forgot to tell the sky that.  It was a little cold and overcast.  We made the best of it though and had a nice time.  When we got home we put steaks on the grill – and then we ran out of propane.  Yikes!  We ran down to Walgreens to exchange our tank but I do have to admit those were not the best steaks I’ve ever made :(

Mike is traveling this week and Belle is back in school tomorrow so we’re keeping the menu pretty simple.  Here’s what we’re having.

Weekly Menu

Steak on the Grill

Steaks on the grill, Texas toast, corn

Bratstomato and black bean saladroasted potatoes

Grilled  Chicken (I’ll be cooking up an extra for the pizza I have planned)

Hawaiian Pizza - Slice_CCTNT

Hawaiian Chicken Pizza

We’ll also be eating out once or twice and doing a fend for yourself.

Are you planning anything fun at your house?

Weekly Goals

As I said, last week was pretty busy and I wasn’t feeling the best.  I did make some progress on my goals but not a whole heck of a lot.  Here’s what I had planned to do:

Pre-schedule two – three weeks over posts over at Chick Chat This and That Write and post three times here – I did get two posts scheduled over at CCTNT but I didn’t do so hot over here.  I’ve been struggling to stay in my groove.  Hopefully now that school is back in session and we’ll be settling down into a more regular routine I’ve find my writing groove again.

Sew one new slip cover for couch (I have some left-over material from last time that I’m going to use) - Our couch cushions are in such bad shape I decided to make all new ones.  Yes, I did recently order some but since our current ones are ripped so bad I can’t wait another 8 weeks.  Trust me, one can never have to many slip covers!  I’m about 1/3 of the way done with four cushions (three for the couch and one for the basement chair)

Finish up my last on-line class – I finished and am taking a short break

Swim twice this week before week - Didn’t swim at all  :(

 I’m hoping that I’ll have some free time this coming week and won’t be feeling as lazy as I have been the last couple of weeks  No trips to Chicago this week!

  • Here’s what I’m planning on getting done.
  • Write three times here
  • Work on the slip covers
  • Help Belle go through her clothes and figure out what she still needs (we picked up a few things already but will probably need to get her at least a couple more tops)

That’s it for me.  What are your goals for the week?

I”ll be linking up at I’m an Organizing Junkie and Money Saving Mom

Being Satisfied With What You Have



The last few months I’ve driven a lot of rental cars.  The company policy for my employer is that when driving more than 100 miles they prefer that you rent a car instead of driving your own.  I’ve been driving a lot lately.  The problem with renting a car is that the dealer always gives us nice, shiny ones with lots of new gadgets.  Be still my heart!

My car is five years old with about 100,000 miles on it.  It’s seen a lot of wear.  While it’s nice and has my most important features, I never really liked it.  Mike’s truck is 10 years old and has seen better days.  It’s rusting and every time I drive it I’m always a little fearful that something may break.  We’ve put quite a bit of money into Mike’s truck and I’m not anxious to put a lot more into it.

When I drive these new vehicles I start getting the urge to go out and buy a new car.  A shiny new car with lots of bells and whistles that will come along with a big ol’ payment to match all the bells and whistles.  Ah – that’s the rub.

Weekly Menu and Goals

Brats on the Grill

As low key as my menu was last week I didn’t do a very good job sticking to it.  I did make the steak – I mean come on, who would pass up steak!! but taco night I ended up taking Belle out for wine and cheese.  OK – I drank wine while she had lemonade but we had a nice evening.

I also ended up taking an impromptu trip to Chicago for a day so that also messed up some of my plans.  Oh well, I try to roll with the punches and not get uptight when my week doesn’t go as planned.

This week is a little weird because Mike and I ended up grocery shopping last week Wednesday – I know, crazy early! – so I didn’t really have a chance to menu plan before shopping.  Fortunately our freezer is pretty well stocked so I did have some choices.  I also ran to the store yesterday for some snacks (I think I overdosed on chips and dip!) and grabbed a couple of steaks again.  My guilty pleasure!

In the past I’ve shared that my grocery bill is out of control.  Over half of the bill is specific stuff that Mike wants for his special diet.  There really isn’t much I can do about that stuff as he wants what he wants.  I’ve learned to pick my battles and as long as we can afford it, that’s not a sword I’m willing to fall on.  However, I do know that saving money on groceries is on many of your minds so I thought I’d share a resource that I found.