Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys

Monday, January 16, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: January 16, 2017

It's been a while since I posted a menu plan for the week. There are a couple reasons for this, one being that we have been incredibly busy including the fact that hubby and I started an ASL class once a week for the next 15 weeks organized through a friend. We have also all been sick with a cold. 

During that time though I did come up with a plan for our meal plan going forward. We have a number of tried and true recipes that we love that I am looking to build on to give us a robust list of go to meals/side dishes/breakfasts, etc to rely on. From there I am just going to use those well loved recipes to rotate through our meals plans, perhaps adding one new recipe to try once a week to add to our list. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Why I painted my pumpkin teal this year

Halloween is kind of a big deal at our house. I’m not afraid to admit that we have more totes of Halloween decorations than we do for Christmas.

We enjoy dressing up, whether it’s simply throwing on some masks or being a bit more creative with theme costumes that involve a mixture of handmade and store bought aspects such as our Star Wars theme from a couple years ago.



Something else that is actually a real big deal and not something to joke around about is food allergies. I have made sure for years to buy peanut free chocolate bars and usually also have rockets in our stash of treats to hand out.

But something I didn’t really think about before was those kids that have severe allergies and can’t actually eat ANY of the food treats available.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Halloween: This Or That?

Halloween just happens to be my families favorite time of year..we actually on more Halloween decorations than Christmas ones. We love decorating our yard and our house, which reminds me that the decorating hasn't started so we better get with it! 

Also, I just have to share that my daughter said to me the other day: "Mom, when is Halloween and Christmas and Easter?  I need these Holidays in my life then I will not fuss as much. I mean I might fuss a bit, but mostly I have fun. Remember, Easter last time I fussed just a little bit and was really happy."

Apparently now I just need to declare life one great big Holiday and there will be no more fussing..or at least only a little bit..

Getting onto the prompt I chose from Mama Kat's weekly writing prompt, here are my Halloween "This or That" answers.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sticky Garlic Noodles {Gluten Free}

Summer is the perfect time for quick meals and this one fits the bill getting you in and out of the kitchen in just 15 minutes. 

Garlic, noodles, butter and just the right hint of sweet and salty made this a winner in our house. Except of course for the picky 7-year old who had plain pasta with chicken and parmesan cheese. The rest of us declared this a definite keeper! 
The great part is that there are many ways to adapt this recipe for different dietary needs, explained here where I found the recipe. I cooked up some sliced steak, chicken and some shrimp to offer some variety.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's your road trip style?

To be honest, my road trip personality is not something that I ever really consciously thought about. It quickly became apparent when trying to plan a vacation with friends that we have very different road trip personalities though. 

We are most definitely the type who like to take things slow, purposefully planning stops at certain locations/attractions to have lunch, get some amazing pictures, you get the idea.

As they said in the Cars movie, “folks didn’t drive to make great time, they drove to have a good time”