Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Monday! Menu Monday and other Musings

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our stove was out of commission for most of the day, so it was really late before we were able to get the turkey heated and the rolls baked. We ate as things were ready. Since we were so behind, we didn't do the homemade mac & cheese or the Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing. We had a great day though and the pumpkin pie with whipped cream was enough for my family to forget the mishaps of the day! Except my son, who decided we were having Chinese for Christmas!

I haven't give much thought to the menu this week, due to the holidays. So far, I only know what I am going to make for supper tonight:

Monday: grilled chicken, homemade mac & cheese, broccoli, rolls
Tuesday: this is the fundraiser night for my son's school at Stevi B's pizza - I think we might have that for supper
Wednesday-Sunday: no idea! Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Gotta head to the grocery store today. Yuck! Grocery shopping is one of my dreaded chores (right up there with cleaning the shower, tub, and toilet). However, it's got to be done or I will have a revolution at my house!

Over the weekend, we decided to eat at Olive Garden and take my 8 year old son to see Santa. My 14 year old daughter just wanted to go out to eat, but she tagged along with us to wait in line. I was so proud of my little man! Because of his autism, I wasn't sure how he'd do with Santa this year (he did great last year). He went right up to Santa and started reading his small wish list to the Big Guy. Santa had to get his attention to put little man on his lap, but the photographer got a great photo of Santa and little man reading the wish list together. I just need to remember to put a date on the back of the photo, because he wore the exact same shirt and jeans as he did for the Christmas 2009 photo!

Have a fabulous week and let me know if you have any suggestions on menus!

Toni

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Menu Monday and other musings

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Unfortunately, the cold I have had since last week has turned into a sinus infection (at least I think it has) and my teenage daughter is congested and running a fever. Yuck!

So on to Menu Monday! I started Menu Monday on my last blog, after being inspired by Erin at Perfect Sentiment. I thought I would try it again in an effort to be more organized. I have to admit that organization and time management are something I struggle with daily.

Since I've been sick, I haven't been to the grocery store and haven't made a menu yet, but I think I'll post some things I might make this week for supper. If you have a chance, please put a comment below letting me know what's on your menu this week! I love getting inspiration!

Monday: Leftover spaghetti, salad, bread
Tuesday: Grilled marinated chicken, toasted pine nut cous cous, green beans
Wednesday: Soup and sandwiches or baked potatoes
Thursday: Turkey, homemade mac & cheese, homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, Sister Schubert's rolls (these are addictive!), pumpkin pie, ice cream, cranberry sauce
Friday: Chicken wings, celery, Tostitos, salsa (this is our pre-game ritual food before an Alabama football game, so we can't break tradition, especially since they're playing Auburn!)
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Maybe pizza? or fast food?

Musings: I am glad to know I'm not the only one who loves Clorox wipes! I could kiss the person who invented them. I love the Clorox disposable toilet bowl cleaners too. Momnivore gave a great suggestion for those who are concerned about the environmental impact from Clorox wipes. She said that Method makes cleaning wipes as well. I know my Target sells Method products, so I will have to check it out. She also mentioned that she uses Mrs. Meyers for cleaning. I have heard great things about both of those product lines. Thanks, Momnivore for the suggestions!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog from Melissa's "My Favorite Things" party at 320 Sycamore. Also, thanks to everyone who left a comment!

My goal with this blog is to try to blog 2-3 times a week. I'll be talking about everything. Some topics might be: autism (my 8 year old son has autism and was diagnosed at 2 years old), redecorating, cooking (more like, "please help me" posts, because I'm not a fabulous cook), homeschooling (I homeschool my daughter), makeup/skincare/haircare/nailcare, and life in general.

I'd love y'all to stop by and visit! Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or other beverage and let's get to know each other!

Have a fabulous week!

Toni

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Favorite Things 2010



Well, hello there! I am not new to blogging, but I decided to start a new blog with a new name. My old blogs are set to private right now and I am saving them for the memories.

Anyway, on to today's topic! Melissa at 320 Sycamore is hosting a My Favorite Things Party today! All you have to do is share what your favorite things are. This is a wonderful idea, especially with the holidays coming up. I have already gotten so many great ideas from the ladies who have been featured this week on Melissa's blog.

So, come on! Let's join the party!

1. MAC Vex eye shadow - OK, I know it probably doesn't look that fabulous in my picture, but let me assure you, this is a great color! I use this on days when I just want a light wash of color over my lid. It also works great as a highlight color when I wear a taupe color on the lid. Seriously, go check it out at your MAC counter!

2. Aquaphor - Is there anything this product can't do? I love this stuff! I use it all the time on my lips. I even have small tubes of the stuff in my purse. This is also great to slather on your feet at night to soften calluses (make sure to wear socks, or your sheets might get a little greasy!).


3. First Aid Beauty Cleanser - available at Sephora. For those of us with super sensitive skin, this is a wonderful cleanser. I was using Olay face wash for sensitive skin and all of a sudden, my skin rebelled. After talking to a sales associate at Sephora, who also had extremely sensitive skin, I purchased this product. I have had no problems with it. It has a slight fragrance that is reminiscent of Ivory soap (which I also use).




4. Hurricanes (or is it a big vase? Or is it called a hurricane vase?) and crystal/clear candle holders. I bought the hurricane vase at Michaels years ago and used them once a year to decorate my mantel at Christmas. I would fill them up with ornaments. I decided to keep them up on the mantel and fill them with ornaments appropriate to the time of year (yes, I will be out the day after Christmas stocking up on all sorts of colors!). I bought the candleholders from Southern Living at Home and they are so versatile and can be used anywhere. This picture is only a portion of my mantel, but I'm not showing the rest, because my son put dead leaves on the mantel and refuses to let me take them down!




5. Keurig - 3 words - oh.my.gosh! This is wonderful for those days when I want a cup of flavored coffee and my husband doesn't. I love getting the Hazelnut coffee. This is also great for cocoa for the kids. My children get such a kick out of making cocoa with the Keurig, especially my son (he has autism and gets such joy out of the small things). I know the coffee/tea/cocoa cups aren't cheap, but I try to get them on sale at Kohl's and use a coupon with it.



6. Clorox wipes - Environmentally sound? probably not, but it makes my life a whole lot easier. It almost makes me enjoy cleaning. OK, not really. But, these things are so easy to use and my teenage daughter actually doesn't mind using them to clean her bathroom. That makes it worth its weight in gold!


Thanks for stopping by and reading the inaugural post of my new blog. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!




Toni