Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Again my late Tuesday edition to Menu Plan Monday but since I wasn't home this weekend I decided that I get a break on this (although I'm not sure what excuse I'll be able to use next week)

Monday ~ was Mommy and Daddy are drained night and we splurged and had Chinese

Tuesday ~ Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans

Wednesday ~ Chicken parmigiana (we have a ton of chicken thighs in the freezer so we'll use that and I found some mozzarella too so perfect dinner), with spaghetti and salad

Thursday ~ Breakfast for dinner (pancakes, sausage, toast, and eggs for mommy)

Friday ~ Homemade pizza

Saturday ~ Daddy's home on a Saturday night (that rarely happens) and he likes to cook so I'll let him decide on dinner

Sunday ~ Crock Pot chili

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What I learned this week

Ok so I'm so totally late again with my WILTW but whatever.......

The NYC What I learned this week edition:

I learned that unless you want to be run over by a taxi that you pay attention at crosswalks

I learned that the Empire State Building is magical even during the day with the tourist groups and student groups it's still awe inspiring to get the view of Manhattan and to remember what the original workers finished in just over a year and WAAAAAYYY under budget

I learned that Grand Central Station is just what Marty from Madagascar said "It's Grand and it's Central". It was beautiful to see Jackie O's vision put to canvas per se

I learned that it is entirely possible to walk off all the bad food you eat and the alcohol you consume while in NYC since you walk EVERYWHERE, I think I dropped 7 pounds this weekend

I learned that even if you are not Catholic you cannot NOT see the beauty and love and spirituality within St. Patricks Cathedral

I learned that nothing I cook will ever come close to the food I had at Umberto's in Little Italy

I learned that 5 women can still giggle like school girls when out and about for dinner

I learned that my sisters in law (those women above) are amazing and I had a wonderful weekend with them in NYC.

But the most important thing I learned was that as much fun as I had and as much as I needed a break from my life nothing beats the smiles and hugs I got from my babies upon my return....

What did you learn this week?

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

So EXCITED!!!!!!

This weekend I am embarking on a girls weekend. This is exciting for several parts; 1. I'm going with my four sisters-in-law and yes we do all actually really like each other, 2. As much as I LOVE my children and family I need a break from them that doesn't involve me going to work to obtain said break, 3. We're going to NYC, now I live in NY state but the last time I was in the city was in 2004 (before I moved here, got married and had babies)in January and during a blizzard when Mayor Bloomberg had no choice but to literally close the city down, and 4. this may be my very most exciting thing about girls weekend, I am going to find a way to eat here How COOL is that????? Pictures and stories to come later.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Menu Plan Monday (on a Tuesday)

I honestly don't know where the time goes as I always have ideas of grandeaur in making sure that I get my menu plan down and written out on Sunday night and then the day just gets away from me and all of a sudden it's Tuesday morning. So I'm a little late, sue me.

Monday ~ Chicken a la grandma (chicken breasts saturated in olive oil and covered in breadcrumbs)stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn. This is one of the easiest ways to make chicken IMHO and the kids LOVE it!!

Tuesday ~ Bad Mommy night, I have a ton of errands to run (I'll tell you about why later) and will probably be hitting a drive thru for the kids to eat in the car

Wednesday ~ Turkey loaf night!!! I love making meatloaf while using ground turkey as it isn't as greasy and my kids don't know the difference, we'll have green beans and au gratin potatoes with it

Thursday ~ Sandwiches, in the car (I know bad mommy again) but it is because we will be travelling to my SIL's house to drop my kids off for the weekend so all my Sisters-in-law and I (5 of us) can head to NYC for the weekend!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

I have no idea what they'll eat this weekend but seeing as how two of the brothers are chefs and the other one really likes to cook they'll be well taken care of.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

I need them....

It's true that every child needs someone to love them. That no child should ever have to endure not knowing what true unconditional love is. But I think for me, as a mother, I need my children more. I need them to point out the beauties that are in life amidst all the hardships and sorrows. I need them to love me unconditionally as only children can do. I need them to show me the beauty in despair, to show me the face of innocence in evil, to show me how to live and love fully.

Two bloggers that I regularly follow (Kristen and Mckmama) recently embarked on a trip to Kenya with Compassion Bloggers for two weeks to witness the despair, slums, and hope that their sponsored children live in. What these two women do and open their hearts to amazes me. But it also got me thinking as I do sponsor a child as well that as much as that child needs the money that I send to them, I think I need them more. I need to know the wealth that I live in that can be deemed not very much, but when compared to the slums that they live in and the hardships that they go through and are witness to every day I live like royalty. And maybe I do. In their eyes. I'm sure that my modest home, that is heated by the gigantic oil tank in my basement, that has electricity that I so frequently forget to turn off, the hot and more important running water that flows through my house that is clean that I wash my babies in, the hot meals that I can cook, the abundance of food in my home that allows for my 3 year old to "snack" all day long, would be viewed as a palace to these children that huddle together at night just to stay warm, whose families try to keep an impeccably clean living arrangement which can be difficult when the "floors" are made of dirt or even worse garbage. I implore you to read the stories here and here and if you are able sponsor a child through Compassion bloggers. It may not seem like a lot to you but to these children you'd be their hero.

And to my children who have the ability to open their hearts so freely and openly and willingly share everything that they have, you are my heroes.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Works for me Wednesday

I have two beautiful children who have a massive amount of clothes. To ensure that they wear all the clothes that are their size and are gifts and what not we hang up their daytime clothes in their closets and reserve the dressers for socks, underwear, and pajamas. This helps me see when they need to have their laundry done and to make sure that all the clothes that they own are worn before they're outgrown. To find more Works for me Wednesday head here.

Friday, March 5, 2010


Divinely or supremely favored; fortunate: to be blessed with a strong, healthy body; blessed with an ability to find friends.

I am very, very blessed. I have two beautiful children who are in excellent health. I have really no worries in the world when it comes to my children. But I also know that for every child that is healthy there is also one that is not healthy.I have not had to experience the heartbreak that goes along with a child getting sick and there not being an easy cure to it. Today and tomorrow (March 5 and 6) the Hudson Valley radio station WRWD 107.3FM has joined up with N&S Supply for the 20th annual St. Jude Radiothon. This is a truly remarkable event for a truly remarkable and inspirational place that is taking place across the country. There is no child that is turned away due to their parents not being able to afford medical care. It was at St. Jude that they found a way for a 75% cure rate of Sickle cell in children. St. Jude was founded by Danny Thomas and his daughter Marlo Thomas is still very much involved in this hospital that deals with childhood cancers. This is a charity that is very near and dear to me as I lost a friend to Leukemia when she was just 13 and had spent much of her life battling this disease. You can become a partner in hope for less than it cost for a cup of coffee a day. For $25 a month you can make a difference. If you are able to donate please click here and make it just a little easier on the parents and children that have to go to St. Jude. If you want to read more about St. Jude click here

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Works For Me Wednesday

I drink coffee. A lot of coffee. And I have to have creamer in my coffee. So the end result is that I have quite a few coffee creamer containers (primarily International Delight and Coffee-Mate) and while waiting for the recycling man to come one week when he didn't we decided to play a game using the containers. Now I can't take credit for this because it was really my nephew's kindergarten teacher's idea but they used them for bowling!!! Yes bowling! The creamer containers specifically the ones I mentioned are the perfect size for mini bowling pins!! I'm sorry to say I don't have a picture of this since my camera battery decided to die last night when I decided to upload at about midnight but the general idea is that you line up the containers the same way bowling pins are set up, find a small ball (we used a wiffle ball since it had holes for my 3 year olds fingers and no her fingers didn't get stuck) and roll it down the lane. That's what works for me when you're stuck inside for 7 days in a row and are having a major case of cabin fever. Head on over here for more Works for Me Wednesday this week and next as Kristen is headed to Kenya with Compassion Bloggers for the next two weeks. If you want to read about Kristen's journey click here, you can also read about Mckmama's journey of the same trip here. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they share their love in Kenya.