Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday mish mosh

Happy Monday friends!

I thought you may like to know some of the stuff going on in my little world. This is what I WANT to be doing today.

But alas, I am not 91 years old in dog years (like Cal is), or I'd have a good excuse.

Since school started, I've been on the ball with meal planning on Sunday night for the whole week - dinners and breakfasts! Booya. (OK, it's not that impressive. That means I've done it twice now.)

So Sunday night, I make a small stack of my fav cookbooks or magazines, and grab two notepads and a pen. One notepad is for my grocery list (right column = produce, left column = everything else). The other notepad is a special one that is broken up into the 7 days of the week. I got it in the dollar bin at Michaels, but you could just make your own. The top sheet is for dinners, the second page is for breakfasts. I mark off the nights we will be out of the house. It's nothing fancy, people. We're not talking five - or even three - course meals. In fact, this week, I tried as hard as possible to choose things that make for a one-pot meal. A protein, veggie and a carb all in one dish. If I had pre-planned blogging about this, then I would have tried to write more neatly.

And the only reason I plan out breakfasts is that my mind doesn't work at 6 a.m. My mind wakes up somewhere around 9. But life unfortunately requires that I function like three hours prior. I'm not a fan of that requirement.

My lists are making me so happy and I feel so organized. When it comes to the middle of the day, I don't need to drum up a meal plan or scrounge the kitchen for something to assemble. I have all the ingredients I need for the whole week. OH, and weekends aren't on the list. But by Saturday, we usually either go somewhere, or have leftovers we can enjoy. So my plan only covers M-F.

Tonight, I'm making Chicken and Orzo Soup. It's like in the top 3 soups in our house. Everyone loves it.

Also, I took some time this morning to continue reading this.

I'm really enjoying it. It's about how even though 2 million Israelites were delivered out of Egypt, only two of the original crowd ever made it to the promised land of Canaan. Two out of 2 million. Here are a couple excerpts.

Let's be honest: we tend to like and remain fond of certain parts of being enslaved. We're not always totally convinced that God has a match for some of the things that made bondage feel deceptively satisfying...The problem is not necessarily with desiring some sweet pleasure from the past; the problem is with wanting what the enemy offered instead of the new thing God is providing. Looking back keeps us from looking forward...But you and I can never climb out onto that exhilarating ledge with God until we've accepted and applied His deliverance to our lives. Until we know release, we will never know freedom. Until we turn away from Egypt, and refuse to look back, we can never truly set our sights on Canaan. Deliverance comes first, or destiny never comes at all.

If you ever have a chance to attend a women's Bible Study on one of Pricilla Shirer's books, then do it. We did her study on Jonah last year and I was pretty blown away with her gift at delivering truth with power and authority. She is an amazing teacher. I'd love to hear her speak live some day.

Finally, I'm trying my hardest to stave off a cold. And with Blog Sugar this weekend...!? Really? If you think of it, please pray for my overall health this week. And for those of you asking what I'm wearing: I don't know. But I can tell you this. I'll be trying hard to appear like I'm not trying too hard. Just like every single other lady there. Let's just be honest.

Oh, and one last thing....I'm super stoked that Heather featured my Cake & Cotton post on Life Made Lovely today! Yay! Love that Heather.

So what are you up to today?



  1. i do the meal planning for the week too. it totally helps. my problem is, i don't do the weekends either so we usually end up eating out which doesn't help the budget. but honestly, it's hard to think of even three things for the week.

    priscilla shirer is amazing. i love that excerpt. wow.. i haven't read any books or done any of her studies... but i did hear her speak. it was a weekend with her, beth moore, and kay arthur. obviously incredible.

    so sorry you're getting a cold. i just got over mine. i did lots of vitamin d and vitamin c and it went away pretty fast.

    i love your comment about blog sugar, and that you'll be trying hard to look like you're not trying too hard ;) so true.

    this is a novel of a comment. i must be bored. see you in 5 days :)

  2. Meal Planning makes me sane. If I do not do it, I take forever in the grocery store. I over-buy. Most importantly, I am a total bear during the dinner prep/homework finish/ everyone is hungry time. Not a good scene! Lists are so satisfying too... don't you think? :)

  3. I LOVE meal planning, though I never really make it happen in my home. I love the idea of it, I suppose. Kudos to you for taking the plunge! Good luck in keeping up with it. :)

  4. i'll look for your pretty face at blog sugar and come give you a hug. i'm going solo and have been on he fence about going (silly me to have registered by myself) but i'm going - i'm forcing myself out of my comfort zone.
    bummer cold will go away - it can't stick around for this weekend!

  5. I've been trying so hard to keep up on my meal planning. I'm doing ok. I just got a membership to Sam's Club and I'm pretty excited. I was constantly running out of food! Can't we just go to blog sugar in our jammies? No? ok. Praying you stay healthy! Can't wait to see you again!

  6. Also...I LOVE Priscilla!

  7. Praying that you're better by the weekend! :) Thanks for the encouragement on meal planning! gulp. I REALLY need to start. :)

  8. Hi there!! I just found your blog this week and I'm so glad I did! I too have recently started menu planning for my family and it's done a WORLD of good for my sanity! :) I am also in the middle of Priscilla Shirer's study called "He Speaks to Me"... AMAZING! It's a DVD series and a study guide to go along with it. She is so great! I am loving it. God Bless! ~Bri~