Monday, June 26, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of June 26, 2017


Last Sunday morning, I was on my iPad looking for some sort of produce delivery.  I was wanting to try to find something to help reduce our grocery bill.  Due to the cost of produce, without Bountiful Baskets, it has gone up.  Luckily, I found Harvest to House.  For my first box, I chose the Mixed Fruit / Vegetable Box, Large which gave an assortment of both fruits and vegetables for $33.  They have a variety to choose from including fresh meat and eggs too!  If you are not home for the delivery, you just leave an icebox out for them to place the food inside.  Ahead of the delivery, they email you what you will receive on your delivery day!


6/23/2017 - Mixed Fruit / Vegetable Box, Large

Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of June 26, 2017


Breakfast Ideas this Week:

  • Breakfast Sandwiches
  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Blueberry Muffins / Donuts
  • Pancakes

Lunch Ideas this Week:

  • Lunchables
  • Sandwiches
  • Leftovers

Dinner Ideas this Week:
  • Meatloaf with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Zucchini
  • Pork Chops with Corn on the Cob (Instant Pot) and Kale Chips
  • Leftovers
  • Hello Fresh
Smoothies this Week:

  • Oh Kale Yeah (Simple Green Smoothies)
    • 1 cup kale, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup pineapple, 1/2 cup strawberries, and 1 banana
  • California Sunshine (Simple Green Smoothies)
    •  1 cup kale, 1/2 cup water, 1 orange, 1 cup pineapple (next time, I will add a banana)

I blended the California Sunshine this evening.  However, next time I will add a banana to help sweeten it up.  It was tart in my opinion and even Ashlyn was iffy on it and she normally likes all smoothies!


Starting back at the end of December, I started receiving meal kits from Hello Fresh.  I tend to get them monthly now based on the selection provided.  I love how our family can pick and choose the meals along with choosing when we receive them!  Try out Hello Fresh and get $40 off your first box!  They have different plans including a classic, vegetarian, and a family plan.  I love how you can choose the menu on the classic plan and select when you receive it. My next Hello Fresh arrives on Saturday, July 1st.

  • Creamy Dill Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Kiwi Salsa and Steak Fajitas with Charred Bell Pepper, Onion, and Blistered Beans
  • Barbecue Pork Meatloaves with Creamy Red Cabbage Slaw and Sweet Potato Wedges
This post is linked up to I'm An Organizing Junkie - be sure to check it out for even more meal planning ideas and inspiration.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jakob's Sixth Grade Report Card - 2nd Semester

Jakob continued to stay busy during his second semester of sixth grade including student council, mathematics and calculator UIL, orchestra club, and after school art club.  Outside of school, his time is well spent helping with church and Boy Scouts.

Subject
3rd Nine Weeks
4th Nine Weeks
Semester 2
Year
Contemporary World Societies
98
96
97
96
Math
92
95
94
94
Orchestra
96
97
97
98
English
94
91
93
92
Reading
90
94
92
90
PE
100
100
100
100
Science
91
90
91
92

Jakob participated in Academic UIL in sixth grade focusing on Calculator UIL and Mathematics UIL.  At the Invitational UIL event, hosted at Navo Middle School, he placed 3rd in Mathematics.  As a team in Calculator UIL, they placed 1st and he also placed 1st individually between the competing schools.

On April 22, students competed at the district academic UIL meet at Harpool Middle School.  He placed 6th place in Calculator UIL out of all of the students completing.
1/28/2017 - Invitation UIL Event
4/22/2017 - District UIL Event
Jakob's turned twelve on February 1st.  The family all came over and we had a nice lunch at Babe's Chicken in Frisco, TX to celebrate.  Afterwards, we all came home, ate cake, and then Jakob opened presents.  Jakob had a few friends over to celebrate and a few stayed the night.

2/4/2017 - Roland, Jakob, and Ashlyn

2/4/2017


Boy Scouts:

Jakob continues to enjoy Boy Scouts.  Since he was in Confirmation with church, he was unable to attend as many campouts during the second semester.  However, his schedule should open up this upcoming school year to allow him to attend the monthly campouts.

Shooting Sports
February 17-19, 2017
2/17/2017 - Selfie with Jakob

2/17/2017 - Shooting Sports

Camporee
April 7-9, 2017
4/7/2017 - Buying Dinner at Sonic before
heading to Denton
4/7/2017 - Jakob and Ashlyn
4/7/2017 - Selfie with Jakob before the
boys headed out to Camporee
Jakob earned his Second Class rank with Boy Scouts Troop 366 on April 25, 2017.
4/25/2017 - Jakob earned 2nd Class with
Boy Scouts Troop 366
4/25/2017 - Jakob earned 2nd Class with
Boy Scouts Troop 366
Jakob continues to enjoy playing his viola in orchestra.  He continued to stay most days after school to practice.  Near the end of school, we were able to upgrade him to a size 15 viola.  It was a brand new nice looking instrument and he was so excited!

WINDY orchestra concert
March 23, 20017
Union Park
3/23/2017 - Sixth Grade Orchestra Concert
Jakob and the other orchestra players had their last concert on May 23rd.  He received an award for his class for best work ethic.
5/23/2017 - Spring Orchestra Concert

5/23/2017 - Spring Orchestra Concert

With the changes occurring at Cross Way UMC, I am thankful Jakob was able to complete confirmation prior to Pastor Chris leaving to his new church in Greenville, TX.

5/28/2017 - Jakob with Pastor Chris Yost

And... we made it!  Ashlyn finished her first year of Kindergarten and Jakob completed his first year of sixth grade in middle school!
6/1/2017 - Last Day of School
Check out Jakob's 1st semester of sixth grade here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ashlyn's 1st Swim Meet





This little, sweet girl swam in her first swim meet on Saturday, June 17th.  Ashlyn absolutely loves being in the water and her confidence is building each day!  It is hard to believe, but we started weekly lessons with Emler Swim School, located in Frisco, in June 2015 for both her and Jakob.  This summer, both kids are swimming with Swim 380 and at Emler Swim School to continue to practice and build their endurance.  Our next meet is this upcoming Saturday.

6/17/2017
25M Kickboard49.65 seconds
25M Freestyle-
25M Backstroke49.88 seconds

6/17/2017 - 25M Kickboard Race

6/17/2017 - 25M Kickboard Race
3rd Place
6/17/2017 - 25M Backstroke Race

6/17/2017 - 25M Backstroke Race
2nd Place

I was super proud of her backstroke race!  One of the things I told her before she raced was to make sure she touched the wall when she finished racing.  She used her kickboard for this race, more for confidence, and only used her legs.  Another girl, in the lane to her left, was ahead of her.  However, she forgot to touch the wall and from watching the video Jeff took, you could see the adults with the timers talking with her to get her to touch.  In this process, Ashlyn finished her race and touched the wall resulting in her getting 2nd place!  She was ecstatic as you can tell from the picture!  

Ashlyn participated with American Heritage Girls (AHG) during Kindergarten and will continue as a Tenderheart this fall.  One of the bible scriptures she had to memorize was from 1 Timothy 4:12.  She remembered the scripture and meaning behind it.  Her racing group this summer is ages six and under.  I wanted her to remember that even though she might be smaller, she can do anything she sets her mind to.
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.
1 Timothy 4:12 NLT  http://bible.com/116/1ti.4.12.NLT
Lana and I took the kids to the north pool yesterday afternoon.  We had rain in the morning which canceled tennis camp for Jakob and swim team practice.  Ashlyn practice her backstroke using her arms and before we left for home, swam the entire 25M pool length and then went back the other direction!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of June 19, 2017


Last week, I made spaghetti with meat sauce in my Instant Pot.  I was exciting how easy it was to make and is now my weeknight method of cooking spaghetti going forward!


I have cooked macaroni with cheese in the Instant Pot and cooked a recipe from Skinnytaste, called Chicken Enchilada Soup.  Cooking the macaroni and cheese was super simple in the Instant Pot.  I poured a bag of pasta (about 12 ounces, I think) into the Instant Pot.  I added 4 cups of water, 2 TBSP of butter, and a pinch of salt.  I set manual pressure for four minutes and then quick pressure release when it was finished.  It was super hot, so be careful!  I mixed in 1 1/4 cups milk and and 8 ounces of Velveeta cheese.  I continued to stir and sit with the Instant Pot lid until it was melted through.  The kids enjoyed the meal with fruit for lunch.  I should have added a bit more salt and pepper for mine.  Other recipes call for adding dry mustard.  I have never done, but should try to see how it taste.  I suspect it would give it a bit more of a kick.


This upcoming Friday, I have produce being delivered from Harvest to House!  I'm looking forward to using that in helping me plan upcoming weekly menus.  I have been looking for an inexpensive CSA since Bountiful Baskets is currently not an option in our area.  Harvest to House will allow you to decide when deliveries are made and really appreciate the email today letting me know what I will receive this upcoming Friday!  This will sure help with planning next week's menu!

ProductPriceQty
Mixed Fruit/Vegetable Box, Large$30.001
Eggplant, Black Beauty1
Onion, Local1
Bananas5
Corn, Bi-color2
Cucumber, slicer2
Grapes, green1
Kale1
Kohlrabi1
Oranges1
Squash, Summer mixed2
Tomatoes1
Okra1
Peaches, East Texas1

Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of June 19, 2017


Dinner Ideas this Week:

Starting back at the end of December, I started receiving meal kits from Hello Fresh.  I tend to get them monthly now based on the selection provided.  I love how our family can pick and choose the meals along with choosing when we receive them!  Try out Hello Fresh and get $40 off your first box!  They have different plans including a classic, vegetarian, and a family plan.  I love how you can choose the menu on the classic plan and select when you receive it. My next Hello Fresh arrives on Saturday, July 1st.


  • Creamy Dill Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Kiwi Salsa and Steak Fajitas with Charred Bell Pepper, Onion, and Blistered Beans
  • Barbecue Pork Meatloaves with Creamy Red Cabbage Slaw and Sweet Potato Wedges
This post is linked up to I'm An Organizing Junkie - be sure to check it out for even more meal planning ideas and inspiration.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Story

When I was nineteen, I moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex from Central Texas in November 1999.  My parents are believers, but we did not have a church home.  After moving to the metroplex, I started attending Prestonwood Baptist with a past boyfriend and was also baptized.
  • Jeff and I married October 21, 2002 at First UMC in Coppell, TX
  • Jakob was born February 1, 2005
  • I resigned from GameStop in April 2005 to finish my degree.
  • Jeff resigned from GameStop in August 2007 to finish his degree.
  • Jeff finished his Bachelor's Degree from University of North Texas in December 2007.
  • Jeff started working for Southwest Airlines in January 2008.
  • I finished my Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Texas in May 2008.
  • I was hired by Denton ISD at Navo Middle School in August 2009.
  • Purchased and moved to Little Elm, TX after purchasing our first home together in 2009.
  • I place the above bullet points, because I know now this was part of the process to get us where we needed to be.  God's prevenient grace.
Good friends of ours invited us to attend a Saturday service at Grace Avenue UMC summer of 2011 prior to Ashlyn, our second child, being born.  We learned about Cross Way UMC, a daughter church being started along the 380 corridor.  Jeff, Jakob, and I began attending the preview services and we started feeling connected.

The Yost family have been in our lives since before Ashlyn was born!  Pastor Chris Yost and Melissa Yost came over to visit along with getting to know us on July 18, 2011 before she was born.  Prior to leaving, he blessed her room and Melissa asked if we had anyone to come over in case she decided to come overnight.  Ashlyn was born overnight (July 19th) at 3:11AM and Melissa came over to stay with Jakob until our parents arrived from out of town.  

After she was born, the members of Cross Way UMC set up to have dinners delivered to us.  From this point on, the Yost family was always there for us along with other members of the congregation.  We were amazed by the generosity of all of them and were so thankful.   

In the last six years, I have grown in my faith.  I am more actively reading my bible, attending different classes, am involved with life groups, and prefer Christian music over other genres.  My husband and I both agree with John Wesley's quote, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."  Pastor Chris always stated, "Church is a verb, not a noun.  Go be the church."

3 General Rules:
1. Do no harm
2. Do all the good you can in all the places you can and all the ways you can.
3. Stay in love with God.


Through my experience at Cross Way UMC, I have learned how God as a Trinity, three persons in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  I believe in salvation through Jesus Christ.  His life, death, and resurrection demonstrate God's redeeming love.  The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst.  John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, describes God's grace.  Grace is a gift from God, undeserved, but God loves me.  Everything always starts with God.  Looking back, Jeff and I always discuss did we find Cross Way UMC or did Cross Way UMC find us?  Overall, I am thankful because our lives have been forever changed.

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