Jul 6, 2015

Meal Planning Monday

Welcome to Meal Planning Monday!

Judging from the snugness of my dress this morning we should probably eat salad every night.  :)  But that won't happen!

Monday - Leftover hamburger patties with green beans
Tuesday - Leftover turkey chili (hubs made)
Wednesday - Tuna sandwiches and chips
Thursday - Grilled chicken and sweet potatoes
Friday - Turkey burgers and chips

Yesterday I made my lunches for the week.  Salads for myself and sandwiches for the hubs.  I also bought Lean Cuisine frozen meals for him to bring to work.  He likes the three meat pizza and the spaghetti and meatballs.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful 4th with lots of good food and fun.

I have lots of photos to share with you later this week.

Hope you have a great week!

Take care,


Jul 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!!!

Vintage 4th Of July Special Clipart

I hope you and your family have a fun and safe holiday celebration!!!

Don't eat too much!

Take care,


Jul 3, 2015

Makes Me Smile

I came across these fun sheets at Home Goods and could not resist!  They are by Tommy Bahama and were only $34.99.  They are so fitting for my present state of mind.....just a chillin'.  It adds some whimsy to what is normally a formal look.  I removed the extra pillows and left just the one.

I switched out Brooke's wedding portrait for the mirror to brighten things up for summer.  I wanted to add some more blue so I started looking all over the house for something and came across this scarf.  I tied it around the lamp shade to add more color.  I really like the way it looks.

The next thing I want to do is paint the frame above the lamp.  It does not match anything.  :)  I've put off painting it before now because I liked the color as it was...not anymore! 

I added the white boa to cover up the cables for the TV.

I continue to peruse our home to make small changes that make me smile.

Hope you are having a great week!

Take care,


Jul 2, 2015

My Goals for July

Before I get to my goals for July, here's a recap of what June's goals look like:

Swim laps every day (weather permitting)
In spite of all the rain we had I managed to swim 240 laps and did 1,600 crunches

Watch movies outside from the pool
Because of all of the rain we were only able to watch two movies outside

Meal planning for the week, every week
I have blogged our menu for each week.  However, there were a few times we did not follow it because we chose to eat out.  :)

Use tools received for Mother's Day
Didn't happen!

Decorate hub's office at work
This was out of my control.  We are going to decorate it this Friday.

Finish 4th Harry Potter book - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (1/2 way read)
I am quite happy to report that I finished it.  Phew!!!  I have just started the 5th book and it has more pages than the 4th one!

Now for July's goals:

Swim laps every single day

More pool parties

Watch movies outside pool side

Continue with meal planning

Prepare smoothies for breakfast (night before)

Go to library often (I love going to the library!)

Enjoy the last days at work

Make progress on the 5th Harry Potter book - 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Continue with my Christmas shopping

Have you thought of what you want to achieve this month?  As you can see mine is fairly easy....I'm taking advantage of the summer!

Take care,


Jul 1, 2015

My Family's Favorite Meal

I have to say that, hands down, this roast is my family's most favorite meal.  If you were to ask them, what is your favorite thing for your mom to cook...they would respond with this roast.  I have been preparing this meal for about 23 years now.  Mostly during the cooler months as it gets pretty hot in the kitchen during the summer.  :)

Years ago, a sweet girl, Angela Mosley, and I were talking about cooking.  She said her favorite thing to cook was a roast.  I responded saying I had no idea how to cook a roast.  She convinced me it was the easiest thing ever!  She would put it in the oven, go to church, and when she got home the roast was done!  So she convinced me to try it and I have been cooking a roast like this for years.  Thank you Angela!!!

It really is very easy.  The steps are so few you will say, I can do that!

 I am often asked what piece of meat do I use.  My response is whatever looks good at the market.  On Saturday I chose a beef chuck roast that was minimally processed so it was a little pricey at $19.99.  However, when you break down the cost of this meal to feed nine people, with some left overs, the cost is really low.

I cook the roast in a Magnalite Cast-Aluminum pot that I have had for many years.  Here's a set at Wal-Mart.

Magnalite Classic 8-Piece Cast-Aluminum Cookware Set
These pots are my go-to pots.  We have a set of Cutco Cookware that we like, but in most cases, the Magnalite trumps Cutco.

The first thing I do is pierce the roast with a fork.  The reason I do this is so the soy sauce will penetrate down into the roast.

And here are the secret ingredients....yep...that's it!

Lite soy sauce (if you like more of a salty taste go with the regular)
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Back pepper

After piercing the roast, I season it with the spices, followed by pouring 1/2 half of the bottle of soy sauce slowly over the roast so it will seep down into the roast.

I flip the roast over and repeat the steps, pouring the rest of the soy sauce over the roast.
This is what it looks like.  I pour the rest of the soy sauce around the roast.

I preheat the oven to 300 degrees, place the lid on the pot and bake it for 90 minutes.

After 1 1/2 hours (90 minutes) I remove the roast from the oven.  

I flip the roast over so the other half can soak in the sauce.  I return it to the oven for another 1 1/2 hours (90 minutes).  After the roast is done cooking, remove it and slice it up.  It is so tender you do not need an electric knife.  It literally falls apart.  I wish I had a photo of it sliced for you.

To thicken the gravy, I dissolve two tablespoons of corn starch in cold water.  Once the gravy comes to a rolling boil I add the corn starch and water and stir constantly until it is completely dissolved.  It gives a good consistency to the gravy.

I make the mashed potatoes from scratch.  So easy.  Peel the potatoes and boil them until they are really soft.

I use my hand mixer to mash up the potatoes.  It goes really fast.  I add butter, milk, and season to taste with black pepper.

I cook the rice in the rice cooker (5-6 cups) and heat up the beans on the stove.

The hubs requested brownies so I baked two boxes.  We forgot to buy pecans so these are plain.

The only down side of cooking this during the summer is the heat the oven puts off in the kitchen.  It's great in the winter.

I'd love to hear from you about any special recipes your family loves for you to cook.

Hope you are having a great week!

Take care,