I just cannot keep up anymore. I have fallen behind on my blog, making new recipes, and just cooking in general! My schedule has changed for me since all of my kids are now in school this year. I have become so unorganized! I have been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, and now that all the kids are in school, I have just let everything go. No more routines or schedules in the daytime. I have finally learned to relax a bit. Yay for the people around me, but boo for my household chores and duties. Yikes! I have also ventured into a part-time job recently, too, so I am going to try and do at least one crock-pot meal a week. Now, let's see how I prioritize my life with no kids at home and working part-time! I completely understand how you have little to no time to cook (nor do you want to) if you work. On the days I have been working, we have had grilled cheese and tomato soup, or something simple like that. Who wants to cook when you have been on your feet all day long? I really need to keep this meal planning going so that I can get out my crockpot and use it on those long work days. Ok, so here is a quick meal plan.
Monday- Creamy Orzo with Ham and Peas
Tuesday- Tuna Noodle Casserole
Wednesday- Chicken Spaghetti (I am going to try and turn this into a crockpot recipe. I am going to cook the chicken breasts with the soup, pimentos, green chilies, onion and s&p in the crockpot. When I get home I will add the sour cream and stir to heat through while the noodles cook on the stove (and the oven preheats). I will then mix everything together, pour in a 13x9 baking dish, cover with cheese and bake until cheese is melted. Sounds like a plan to me!).
Thursday- Roast with potatoes and carrots (in which I will be doing this in the crockpot)
Friday- Baked Penne Pasta with a side of green beans
The weekend will consist of some type of Pork Chops. I am not sure how I want to make them yet. I have contemplated between these two: Smothered Pork Chops or Ranch PorkChops and Rice and some type of veggie on the side. Then I also bought some Chicken legs and thighs to make one of my kids favorite meals Butter Baked Chicken with a noodle side dish and a veggie of course.
I am also hosting a Christmas party for our Ladies Book Group for Church. I am not making to much since we decided it should be a potluck. I usually make some sort of soup, but again, with working I am not in the mood to go all out, so I am making something simple and actually not that holidayish, but it will taste good!
Tortilla Appetizers, and my home made strawberry rhubarb sauce mixed with diced jalapenos poured over cream cheese. We use crackers to dip. Yummy. I had also made Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies to go along with their presents, but we kind of ate them all. The party was delayed from last Friday to this coming Friday, so I didn't want the cookies to sit there for over a week. If I can manage to find time I will make more for them. These are the BEST holiday cookies you will ever eat!