Monday, August 15, 2011

Breakfast Back on Track

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain, Rolled Oats, 32-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)

As far as meal planning goes, we have been off track for the summer.   The kids are getting up at different times.  It had been hot even early in the morning.  I have become a short order cook (at lunch too, but one meal at a time).  Even at 9, Kid #1 is realizing that without a bit of protein he is hungry again sooner.

Here is the plan:

Monday: Breakfast Sandwiches
Tuesday: Oats (Oatmeal, berry crisp, etc)
Wednesday: Eggs
Thursday: Sweet rolls,  biscuits, muffins, etc.
Friday: Breakfast leftovers
Saturday: Waffles or pancakes
Sunday: Big Breakfast

As I begin to put things back on track I am starting at the beginning with breakfast.  We are finishing up the little bit of cold cereal we have in the house.  I realize it isn't that healthy and my kids prefer it for a snack in the afternoon or before bedtime.  So when it is gone, I am not replacing it.  My kids enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast.  This is something that requires a little prep, so I am getting ready by prepping and freezing pancakes, waffles, sweet rolls.  I boil up a dozen eggs for the week.  I also have plenty of low fat breakfast meats and cheese on hand.  My kids also love cream cheese and a slice of lunch meat on a toasted bagel.  We love Meal Makeover Moms breakfast recipes too!  I need to find a gluten free breakfast bar recipe.  I am sure I will find one!  Any suggestions?

Friday, August 12, 2011

No Car Payments

This month will be the first month in my adult life that I have no car payments!  We paid off my husband's car when we received our tax refund.  Last month, we found a big truck that fits everyone and the wheelchair, walker stroller and dog!  It is huge, but we paid cash.  We were able to sell the newer car I was driving with enough profit to buy new tires are a few things for the big truck.  This has freed up $1000 of our family budget.

So, what are my plans for that money you ask?   I am taking half and paying towards some other bills we want to be done with.  The other half is going into a car fund.  There is bond to be a repair or two.  My husband needed a new transmission 2 weeks after we paid off his car!  I have to say, I am really proud of us.  We resisted the temptation to buy a new car and found a good one at a nice price.  I must also add that my husband is handy.  He was able to replace the shocks in a couple of afternoons and does all the oil changes and stuff.  Those things can really add up.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

This Mom recommends...

Large Family Logistics

Large Family Logistics is the book I have been waiting for.  I have spent the last year feeling like I needed to get a plan.  A laundry plan, a shopping plan, a meal get the idea.  In this book Kim Brenneman, whose large family makes mine look small, carefully outlines in small readable steps how to organize and carry out the plans I have been been searching for.  She also blogs at Large Family Logistics.

Let me also say this book is beautiful.  Not only is the info valuable, the book is large and light and stands out from any other book I own.  Right now it covers my bedside table.  It is lovely.