Menu Plan Monday: September 22nd

Menu

September 22nd – October 5th,  2014

Sunday 22nd – Rotis. Chicken, Stuffing and Corn

Monday 23rd – Seafood Salad

Tuesday 24th – (FPU) – Chili (Crockpot)

Wednesday 25th- Pot Pies (Paul Cooks)

Thursday 26th – Garden Omelets (Emeals A – 552)

Friday 27th -  Gourmet Italian Club Sandwich  & Caesar Salad (Emeals A – 551)

Saturday 28th – Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken (Emeals P – 547) / Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash

Sunday 29th – Split Pea Soup with bacon & Crab (Sept/Oct  2014 -Taste of Home Pg – 50)

 

Monday 29th –  Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese/ Sausage

Tuesday 30th – (FPU) Taco Salad (Crockpot)

Wednesday, October 1st – Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker- 6 hours)  Emeals-P 540 – Rice a Roni – Veggie

Thursday 2nd – Country Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots

Friday 3rd – Philly Cheese Steak Stromboli  – Potato Chips and Carrots/Dip (Emeals A – 552)

Saturday 4th – Chili Sauce Chicken  – Roasted Vegetables (Taste of Home/ Simple – Aug/Sept Pg 42)

Sunday 5th – Hamburger Stew/ Biscuits

BAKING:  Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins ($5Week32)
Peach Cobbler
Glazed Apple-Maple Blondies (Taste of Home Sept/October 2014 Pg 68)
CokeCola Cake (Taste of Home Sept/October 2014 Pg 78)
Apple Almond Bake (Taste of Home Sept/October 2014 Pg 67)

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: September 1st

 

Menu

August  30th – September 14th,  2014

Saturday, Aug 30th – Summer Pasta Salad and Grilled  Chicken

Sunday, Aug 31st – Dijon-Garlic Grilled Pork Chops (Emeals P – 548) - Salad and Vegetable

Monday, Sept 1st – Steak, Thymed Zucchini Saute, Grilled Herb Potatoes – (August/September 2014 -Simple and Delicious – Pg 28)

Tuesday, Sept 2nd – Crispy Fish and Chips (Sept/Oct  2014 -Taste of Home Pg – 22) )

Wednesday, Sept 3rd -  Chicken Pot Pies (Steve Cooking)

Thursday, Sept 4th – Emeals A – 548 – Tomato and Cheddar Pasta – Drizzled Lettuce Wedges

Friday, Sept 5th – Crunchy Beef and Bean Tacos – Emeals 492 / Salad

Saturday, Sept 6th  – Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker- 6 hours)  Emeals-P 540 – Rice a Roni - Veggie

Sunday, Sept 7th – Chili Sauce Chicken  - Roasted Vegetables (Taste of Home/ Simple – Aug/Sept Pg 42)

 

Monday, Sept 8th -Emeals A – 549 – Gourmet Turkey and Pesto Grilled Cheese – Vegetables

Tuesday, Sept 9th -Broccoli Chicken Casserole (Sept/Oct  2014 -Taste of Home Pg – 36)

Wednesday, Sept 10th – Slow Cooker Pesto Chichen (Emeals P – 547) / Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash

Thursday, Sept 11th – Shrimp Pasta Alfredo (Taste of Home Sept/October 2014 Pg 35)

Friday, Sept 12th – Summer Sub Sandwich – (Aug/Sept 2014 – Taste of Home/Simple – Pg 18)

Saturday, Sept 13th – Noodle Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Sunday, Sept 14th – Split Pea Soup with bacon & Crab (Sept/Oct  2014 -Taste of Home Pg – 50)

BAKING:  Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins ($5Week32)    /Peach Cobbler

Future Meals – Oktoberfest – Pork Schnitzel with Dill Sauce, Oktoberfest Red Cabbage, German Potato Dumplings, German Apple Strudel  (Taste of Home Sept/October 2014 Pg 46)

Jen’s Eggrolls, Pork & Chive Pot Stickers (Taste Of Home/Simple Aug/September 2014 Pg 34)

BAKING:  Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins ($5Week32)
Peach Cobbler
Glazed Apple-Maple Blondies (Taste of Home Sept/October 2014 Pg 68)
CokeCola Cake (Taste of Home Sept/October 2014 Pg 78)
Apple Almond Bake (Taste of Home Sept/October 2014 Pg 67)

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: August 18th

 

Menu

August 16th – August 31st,  2014

Saturday – Chili and Salad/Diabetic Corn Bread

Sunday- 17th  - Spiral Ham in CrockpotPesto Rice and Broccoli

Monday – 18th  - Beef Enchiladas, Spanish Rice

Tuesday, 19th - French Toast,  Cantaloupe, Sausage (Grandpa’s Syrup and French Toast)

Wednesday, 20th – (Back to School Kick off) – Chicken Salad Sandwiches- Fresh Fruit

Thursday,21st – Spaghetti & Meat Balls

Friday, 22nd - Ranch Burgers, Steak Fries and Green Beans (Emeal A –545)

Saturday, 23rd - Country Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

 

Sunday, 24th – Slow Cooker Pesto Chichen (Emeals P – 547) / Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash

Monday, 25th – Sloppy  Joes (crockpot) and Fries(shoestring)

Tuesday, 26th – Asian Beef and Broccoli (Emeals P-547) Green Onion Cauli-Rice

Wednesday, 27th – Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

Thursday,28th ( Book Group) – Pork Chops and Rice (extra rice)

Friday, 29th  - (sausage) Pizza Bagels and Salad

Saturday, 30th – Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker- 6 hours)  Emeals-P 540 – Rice a Roni - Veggie

Sunday, 31st-  Summer Pasta Salad and Grilled  Chicken

BAKING:  Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins ($5Week32)    /Peach Cobbler

Shopped at: Sam’s Club, Aldi and Walmart

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Next Menu:  BBQ Pork Chops / Rice a Roni and Corn on the Cob

Menu Plan Monday: August 4th

Menu

August 2nd – August 16th,  2014

Saturday, 2nd – Lasagna Roll Ups – Salad (extra for meal train)

Sunday , 3rd – Chicken Noodle Soup – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Peach Cobbler

Monday, 4th – (Working late – 4:30HV) – Tater Tot Hotdish

Tuesday, 5th – (Working Late – 5:30 HV) – Pulled Pork Sandwiches/ Fries

Wednesday, 6th – (Working Late/ Orientation) – Pot Pies

Thursday, 7th – Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker- 6 hours) Lemon Chive Mashed Cauliflower–  Emeals-P 540

Friday, 8th – (day off)  – Ranch Burgers, Steak Fries and Green Beans (Emeal A –545)

Saturday, 9th – French Dip Sandwiches/ Pasta Salad

Sunday, 10th – Best Broccoli Soup – Croissants

 

Monday, 11th –

Beef Stroganoff – Peas

1 lb ground beef (left over Roast Beef
8 oz sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
(1 t salt, 1 t onion powder)
(¼ c water, 1 t beef bouillon cube)

1 pkg egg noodles 1 pkg frozen peas

In large skillet, brown the ground beef; drain.  Add sour cream, soup, salt, onion powder and water to skillet. Heat to a low boil; add bouillon.  Stir to dissolve; reduce heat to simmer.

Boil noodles while preparing meat mixture. Serve stroganoff over cooked noodles. Serve with steamed peas

Tuesday, 12th – Spaghetti  with Meat Sauce and Garlic Bread

Wednesday, 13th – Summer Spinach Salad – Cream Cheese Biscuits (Emeal A –545)

Thursday, 14th- Spiral Ham in CrockpotPesto Rice and Broccoli

Friday, 15th – BLT Wraps,Pineapple Spears and Potato Chips (Emeal A –545)

Saturday, 16th -  Chili and Salad/Diabetic Corn Bread

Shopped at: Sam’s Club, Aldi and Walmart

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Gear Up Financially for Fall…..

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Hello Friends!

Can you believe it is August 1st today??  Summer is winding down and thoughts soon will start turning towards back to school!    Do school expenses sneak up on you???

As tempting as it might be, you don’t want to put your budget on auto pilot.  It is different every single month – those irregular expenses (school expenses,car insurance) will pop up and wreck havoc on your progress if you let them.   We have a separate account were we sink funds for our irregular expenses.  You can read more about the type of expenses we sink for in our blog post “FPU: Sink Your Debt with a Sinking Fund”

If you just need a refresher on budgeting here is a great guide by Dave Ramsey about budgeting.  August is month with a lot of irregular expenses.  Dave Ramsey posted a wonderful article about budgeting for August.  He highlights some of the August irregulars that can sneak up on you.

We haven’t added these items into our budget.  We were happy to have the reminder provided in the Budgeting for August article.   We will need to add lines into our budget for back to school supplies, a few new clothes (we will shop second hand  at Plato’s closet), lunch tickets (yeah, this working mom can’t seem to make a lunch for her kiddo) and fall soccer fees.   We have only accounts for an saved for soccer fees out of the list.

The Budgeting for August article includes a reminder that Christmas is 4 months away so hopefully you have been socking some money away.   We did sock away some money from our tax return for Christmas and we are very proud to say, “It is still there!”  Christmas is usually the category we take funds out of if we have run low in our Emergency Fund or our emergencies have come too close together.

For me, Fall is the time of year when I once again am motivated to get my life organized.  Get the house more organized and clean and menu plan more consistently.  It is great to get back into routine after a little bit of a summer slide.   See, I am even posting a article that isn’t a menu plan, which I have let slide a bit :-)

Fall also brings to the our household our car insurance bill.  We pay every 6 months for the 4 cars we insure.  So this morning, we get the email that $1302.00 is due by the end of August.   In the past this would put us into a panic or we would have to do the installment plan and pay monthly costing us an additional $250.00 in fees.   But this morning, Hubby said,  “do we have enough money saved for car insurance”??  I wasn’t sure so we looked at our Freedom Account spread sheet and we had set aside $1309.00 from our tax return for car insurance.  Seven dollars to spare…..now that is some financial peace that can make you smile!!!

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Do you wish you could feel a bit of that Financial Peace???  If you aren’t feeling that Financial Peace, join us for our Fall session of Financial Peace University starting on September 16th at 6:30 at First Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake.    Attend the first class for free to get a feel for the class or you can register for the class online on the Dave Ramsey Site.   We have a page on the Dave Ramsey site that is for our specific class.

Remember it is never too late to change your financial future.   Please share this information with others that could benefit as well.  Financial Peace University is a wonderful gift for those newly married.  Give them the gift of starting out on the right foot and missing out on the years of fighting over money!

Financial Peace University, changed our lives, marriage and family tree forever.   That is why we keep coordinating these classes, we have seen the real life changes it has made in us and others.  We have more hope for our future and retirement.   We know we will be able to retire  with dignity   The biggest change was the improvement in our marriage.  Our marriage was strengthened and I can honestly say I can’t recall the last time we have a disagreement about money.  We are in it together, support each other and are a great Team!

The part of our journey that always nearly brings me to tears is the changes in our family tree.   That is amazing!!   Our children’s thoughts on credit, entitlement and finances are forever changed because of our journey.  The life style our oldest and youngest child have lived are a bit different, but the lessons learned are invaluable.  Of course sometimes, my youngest child has said, “I wish we could be a normal family”.   Normal meaning living beyond our means, accruing credit cards debt for vacation that we could not other wise afford, making car payments on new cars, going to movies at the theater and eating out regularly at restaurants.  Sorry, my son, I don’t think we will ever be normal again, thankfully.

Our oldest son is 26 and married.   He has been saving for retirement for a number of years already.  They own their home.  They are living in a modest home they can afford easily.  They have a funded Emergency Fund, live by a budget and pay for cash for most things.   I for one could not say that at the age of 26!!   I would hate to tell you how I was living at age 26, but suffice to say it was  BROKE!  The success of our son, is directly related to our decision to change our life and begin the Financial Peace journey.

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Our son and his wife are also teaching a Financial Class for teens (Generation Change) at First Lutheran starting on September 16th.   Generation Change is an all-new suite of Bible studies designed to lead teens to a better understanding of God, themselves and their money—and how it all works together.   Can you imagine the life your child will have if you equip them with information on how to handle money God’s way at an early age???  Think of all the stress and heart ache they will miss out on!   Our son and his wife taught this last year and the story that impacted me the most was of one young girl getting ready to head to college.  She was working over the summer and saving money for her mission trip, but she also started to save for her retirement.  A 17 year old girl decided that it was a priority for her to save for her retirement !!  Wow, she is going to have one bright future!

If you have any questions about either of these classes simply contact us through our Financial Peace Class page on the Dave Ramsey website.  If you are in the White Bear Lake area, feel free to stop by for the first class to check it out!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Blessings…

Paul and Jen
Joyfully Living Below Our Means

What a difference 30 minutes makes……

In the summer I try to leave my office for a walk or lunch in the park at least once a week. I just have not made time for these types of breaks this summer. I rarely even leave my desk for lunch. I work through lunch so I can get home to my family and my responsibilities there. Starting to feel like I am racing through life. Do you ever feel like that?

Today, I am taking a lunch break. I had about 40 minutes between home visits. I zipped through the drive thru for some not so healthy lunch and drove to a nearby park. A small, quiet park tucked away in a residential area of W St Paul.

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Those who know me, know I am an introvert. I love being around people, but it takes a lot of energy to be on, so to speak. In my employment, I talk to people all day. So going out for lunch with friends does not renew my energy, but 30 minutes in the park does me a world of good. Beautiful green trees, bees buzzing from flower to flower, a gentle breeze rustle the leaves…….all pure heaven. And of course having a few minutes to do something I enjoy, like blogging makes it all the better.

A reminder to you and me: busy moms, caregivers and employees….don’t forget to take a moment for yourself. Take time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, that we tend to take for granted. What a difference these 30 minutes has made…….I am leaving the park with renewed energy.

IMG_20140729_130651My thoughts from the park…….let’s hope I follow my own advice and you see more posts from the park before this wonderfully warm weather leaves Minnesota. Hope you found time to enjoy the day and renew your energy!

Blessings….

Menu Plan Monday: July 21st, 2014

Menu

July 20th – August 3rd,  2014

Sunday, 20th – Chicken Caesar Salad with homemade Croutons

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Tear the bread into big, ragged croutons or, if you prefer, cut with a bread knife. Spread over a large baking sheet or tray and sprinkle over 2 tbsp olive oil. Rub the oil into the bread and season with a little salt if you like (sea salt crystals are best for this). Bake for 8-10 mins, turning the croutons a few times during cooking so they brown evenly.

Monday, 21st – (WORK LATE) – Hawaiian Slow Cooker Pork – Boxed Rice and Vegetable– Emeals 541 (8 hrs 20 mn)

Tuesday, 22nd – Homemade Cheesy Tuna Helper with Peas

Wednesday, 23rd – Italian Mushroom Meat Loaf – Tomato –Thyme Zucchini  Noodles– Emeals 540 (1 15mins)

Thursday, 24th – (BOOK GROUP) – Hot Dogs – Chips

Friday, 25th – Pizza Bagels and Salad

Saturday, 26th – Grilled Pork Chops – Pasta Salad – Carrots

Sunday, 27th – Grilled Salmon – Roasted Potatoes – Corn

 

Monday, 28th – Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwiches/ Fries – 8 to 10 hours

Tuesday, 29th – Easy Skillet Lasagna

Wednesday, 30th -Sausage & Butternut Squash Casserole – Fruit (45 minutes)

Thursday, 31st (OFF WORK) – Quick Baked Cod – Lemon Chive Mashed Cauliflower– Emeals 540 (20 minutes)

Friday, August 1st  (OFF WORK) – Peperoni Loaf and Caesar Salad (Emeals A – 542)

Saturday, August 2nd – Lasagna Roll Ups – Salad (extra for meal train)

Sunday,August 3rd  – Chicken Noodle Soup – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Shopped at: Sam’s Club, Aldi and Walmart

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

 

Future Meal – Basil-Avocado Chicken Salad Wraps – Tomato-Peach Coleslaw –Emeals 541 (20 minutes)

Celebrating Everyday Life: May, 2014

Seems like it has been FOREVER since I posted anything but our weekly menu.   Life seems to be always moving so fast.  During the summer I try to be outside as much as possible, which means I have been getting a lot of reading done!   Looking for some good books to read, check out my recommendations on my book blog, Reading in White Bear Lake.

Our summer is full of many everyday moments that we wish to celebrate.   Life is good!

May was a time of great celebration…

Our nephew Joe married the beautiful Liz on May 3rd.
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Sweetest Flower Girl Ever…Fiona, our great niece.

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Our Family

paulandjenPaul and I celebrated our 14th Wedding Anniversary on May 27th
my best friend…..my love, my heart, my one and only.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we decided it was time to update Tommy’s bedroom.  He is in Middle School and it is WAY overdue.  The thought of painting over the pirate murals that I spent so much time painting really was sad.   How could our baby be so grown up!! 

First there was the nursery….a wonderful gift painted by our neighbor, Jessie.

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Then came the pirate bedroom in 2008.  Now it was time to say goodbye once again!!

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We said good bye to his pirate bedroom…..And hello to a bedroom fit for a teenager, who lives and breathes SOCCER!

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I think this is the last mural I will be painting, until I have grandkids.    I do really enjoy painting them….a lot of work, but fun!

Hope your days are filled with wonderful everyday moments with family and friends!

Blessings,

Menu Plan Monday: July 5, 2014

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Happy Independence Day from White Bear Lake!!   Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!

I had a quiet evening at home on the 4th of July.   Hubby, brother in law and youngest son went to cheer on the MN United FC.  Two of the players are my youngest son’s soccer coaches. 

I spent my evening at home with my father in law.  I worked on our menu in hopes of getting to the stores early.   I signed up for a new Emeals menu plan, Paleo Diet – as we are working on eating more healthy as a family.  The switch is mostly to hopefully address some of my father in laws stomach trouble.  It was interesting researching gluten free alternatives to his favorite foods.   We will see how well they are received.   If you would like to see some of the meals we are eating on the Paleo plan and my families reactions.   Like Living in White Bear Lake on Facebook to see the pictures we post each night of the Paleo meals. 

Menu

July 5th – 19th,  2014

Saturday, 5th – Lemon-Dijon Grilled Turkey Cutlets – Blueberry-Arugula Salad – Emeals 540 (25 minutes)

Sunday, 6th – TEx-Mex Beef Lettuce Wraps – Carrot, Jicama and Cucumber Salad – Emeals 540 (40 minutes)

Monday, 7th -

Tuesday, 8th – Leftovers

Wednesday 9th – Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

Thursday, 10th - Hawaiian Slow Cooker Pork – Sauteed Zucchini and Mushrooms – Emeals 541 (8 hrs 20 mn)

Friday, 11th – Hamburgers -

Saturday, 12th – Italian Mushroom Meat Loaf – Tomato Thyme Zucchini Noodles – Emeals 540 (1 15mins) 

Sunday, 13th Grilled Pork ChopsRoasted Kohlrabi

 

Monday, 14th – Chicken Thighs – Slow Cooker – Roasted Cauliflower and Apples – (6 hrs 20m)

Tuesday, 15th – Sausage & Butternut Squash Casserole – Fruit (45 minutes)

Wednesday, 16th – Quick Baked Cod - Carrot Cauli-Rice  – Emeals 541 (20 minutes)

Thursday, 17th – Basil-Avocado Chicken Salad Wraps – Tomato-Peach Coleslaw –Emeals 541 (20 minutes)

Friday, 18th – Taco Salad – Emeals 541 (Aldi)

Saturday, 19th – Rotis Chicken – Lemon – Chive Mashed Cauliflower – Emeals 540 -(20 minutes) – Corn

Possible Bread Replacement:   Perfect Paleo Biscuits

Shopped at: Trader Joes, Sam’s Club, Aldi and Walmart

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

 

Menu Plan Monday: June 23, 2014

Menu

June 23rd – June 30th, 2014

Sunday 22nd – Rotis. Chicken (Crockpot) – Stuffing – Corn

Monday 23rd – BLT’s and Fruit

Tuesday 24th – Seafood Salad on Lettuce

Wednesday 25th

Camping
Meals for 6

Home

Supper -  Ribs, Stovetop Mac and Cheese, Canned Corn

Snack – Warm Cheese Dip and Chips

 

Pot Pies

Thursday 26th

Camping
Meals for 6

Home

Breakfast – Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Fruit

Lunch – Brats, Chips, Veggies & Dip

Supper – Steak, Potatoes, Canned Green Beans

Dessert – Campfire Cones

Snack – Campfire Smores Dip

Alfredo Pasta

 Friday 27th

Camping

Home

Breakfast – Breakfast Sandwiches,  Fruit

Lunch – Cup of Soup – Ham And Cheese Pull Apart Sandwiches

Supper – Hot Dogs, Beans, Chips

Snack – Crackers and Cheese

Sausage Pizza

Saturday 28th

Camping

Home:

Breakfast – Eggs & Bacon

Biscuit and Gravy

Sunday  29th – Stir Fry – Egg Rolls

Monday 30th – Bacon Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Tomato Soup

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning -  Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!