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Supper Menu Plan 11/3 – 11/8

Monday – Meatloaf in crock, Mashed Potatoes & carrots

Tuesday – Burgers, Fries & Salad

Wednesday – Fettuccine Alfredo, green beans

Thursday – Pork chops, applesauce, corn, & Crescent rolls

Friday – Bubble Pizza & salad

Saturday – Kids cook (spaghetti & meatballs)

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Coleslaw Dressing

Broccoli Slaw

I usually make my cole slaw dressing without using a recipe – just make it to taste. But a friend asked me for my recipe so I wrote this one down one day. It is sweet and tangy and my kids love my broccoli slaw! I put this on the menu when we need a quick supper. Today we had brats, broccoli slaw and green peppers. It took us about 5 minutes to prepare! Gotta love that when we get home from volleyball practice at supper time!

Slaw Dressing

3/4 c. Miracle whip (I use Aldi brand)
1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar (Balsamic works well, also)
1/4 c. sugar
2 TBS milk
Celery seed (optional)

Combine first 4 ingredients and stir until smooth. Add shredded cabbage or broccoli. Sprinkle some celery seed on if desired.

Pre-Packing Snacks

granola bars

My kids have to take their lunch to school every day. One of the hardest parts of making lunches for me is packing snacks. That’s why I like to get snacks ready for the whole week at once. This week I made granola bars. Once they had cooled I packed them into snack sized bags so all I would have to do is grab them in the morning. They can do the same when they get home from school.

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I also like to cut cheese in chunks at the beginning of the week. Again, I pack them into small snack sized bags so they are easy to grab when needed.

bagged popcorn

Sometimes my husband pops a BIG batch of popcorn on Sunday evenings. This also is bagged for snacks later in the week – either at home after school, or for their lunch boxes.

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Dried fruit, trail mix, crackers, raisins, grapes, etc… All get packed at the beginning of the week. My mornings go so much smoother when all this prep is done ahead of time.

Good Intentions

I had good intentions. I was going to come home from work this week & get things done around the house. My arthritis did not agree with this plan. By 2:00 P.M. this afternoon, I had lost all my motivation. My arthritis was flaring up and I was feeling very tired and achy. Even though I had intended to get more things done, I felt like I hadn’t accomplished anything. When I sat down and reviewed the day, I realized I had gotten some things done and I needed to stop being so hard on myself.

I did three loads of laundry (including folding and putting away). I cleaned out my t-shirt drawer by taking out some shirts I don’t want anymore. Some will be donated to Bethesda, other cut up for rags. I had supper in the crock pot, so my family would eat well. I got my clothes out for tomorrow. I had accomplished something today. I could sit down and take it easy without feeling guilty. I could also get some things sitting down: cut up the shirts into rags; plan our next few meals; catch up on my emails and my blog.

I had the kids help pack their lunches while supper was cooking (something I need to have them do more often). Dishes got done after supper. Everyone got their clothes out for tomorrow. They even set the table for breakfast and put out what they want to eat (cereal; bread & cinnamon sugar for toast). All I have to do in the morning is make sandwiches and pack their lunch bags.

When arthritis flares up and I’m not feeling well, I often camp out in my recliner, turn on the tube, and relax. I get up and work during the commercials. I am always amazed at how much I can get done during the commercials! This way, I am accomplishing something, but not overdoing it.