Menu Plan Monday: July 27th

 

Menu

June 27th – August 9th, 2015

Breakfast Menu for 2 Week (Repeat)

1. Waffles with Syrup (Kashi 7  Grain) – 1/2 Cup Milk
2. Fried  Eggs – Mixed Berries  – Toast
3. English Muffin with Nut Butter – 1/2 Cup OJ – Hard Boiled Egg
4. Almond Butter Waffle
5. Scrambled Eggs –  1/2 Cup OJ – Greek Yogurt
6. Peanut Butter and Berrry English Muffins – 1 Clementine
7. Oatmeal with Honey and Walnuts & Hard Boiler Egg

 

Lunch Menu & Snacks for 2 Weeks (Repeat)

1.  Tabbouleh Salad (Cedar’s Taboule Salad)  – Green  Salad with Vinaigrette  – 1/2 cup grapes| Blueberries – Mini Light Cheese- Almonds 
2.  Greek Salad Pita  – 10 Baby Carrots and 3 Celery | Sliced Strawberries & Egg
3.  Cream  Cheese Avocado Wrap – Basic Salad -10 Baby Carrots and 3 Celery | Hummus and Cucumbers – Apple
4.  BLT with Avocados – Mixed Green Salad |Mini Light Cheese – Veggies – Crackers
5.  Almond Butter Banana Sandwich – Carrots and Celery – 1/2 Cup Grapes |Hummus and Cucumbers – Apple
6.  Minestrone Soup  (160 –180 calorie)- Basic Salads – 6 Multi Grain Crackers|Blueberries & Strawberries and Egg
7.  Hummus -  Veggie Pizza –Mixed Berries= Baby Carrots and Celery |Mixed Berries – Celery with PB

Dinner Menu

Saturday,  25th   Egg Roll Noodle Bowl

Sunday, 26th Chicken Sausage  -Sweet Potato Hash/ Skillet Garlic Broccoli (Emeals P – 590) 

Monday, 27th – Beefy Tortellini & Caesar Salad (Emeals 596)

Tuesday, 28th – (evals) Soup/Grilled Cheese

Wednesday, 29th – (Orientation) – Baked Ham &Cheese Ciabatta Loaf & Berries(Emeals 595)

Thursday, 30th – Quick Baked Cod , Garlic Mushroom Quinoa and Green Beans

Friday, 31st – Avocado Bacon Turkey Wraps &Fruit  with Fruit Salad (Emeals 596)

 

Paul Cooks for the Week
Saturday, 1st – Tater Tot Hot Dish

Sunday, 2nd  – Pancakes

Monday, 3rd – Spaghetti

Tuesday, 4th – Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

Wednesday, 5th –Hamburgers

Thursday, 6th –Chili Dogs

Friday, 7th – Beef Stew

Saturday, 8th – Leftovers

Sunday, 9th – Order PIzza

Future Meal:Chicken Cordon Bleu Ranch Wraps
Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet, Veggie

Grilled Pork ChopsGreek Pasta Salad – Carrots

Baked Teriyaki Chicken, Mac and Cheese and Corn

 

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 choose from at a very affordable price.  We have switched to the Paleo Meal plan and find it so easy to plan our menu!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: July 13th

Menu

June 20th – July 4th, 2015

 

Home from a great vacation, camping in Forrestville State Park.  Love cooking over an open fire.  Spent the last week at home with my father –in –law, but will return to work on Monday.  This week’s menu is a bit of a challenge, as we no longer have a working oven.  I have been baking outside in the roaster oven so we have been doing fine, but it isn’t the same.  Hoping you are all having a wonderful summer filled with great memories with your families.  

 

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Our Camping Cabin at the State Park Cooking Over the Open Fire…..
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Camping Fun! Camping is such hard work…….

Saturday, 11th – Sloppy  Joes & Chips

Sunday, 12th – Roasted Chicken, Corn on Cob, Bread, Salad

Monday, 13th  – Seafood Salad

Tuesday,14th – Chicken Sausage  -Sweet Potato Hash/ Skillet Garlic Broccoli (Emeals P – 590)

Wednesday, 15th – Egg Roll Noodle Bowl

Thursday,16th –  Paul’s Birthday – Ribs, Chinese Cabbage Salad,   Beans – Sour Cream Peach Pecan Pie

Friday, 17th – Hamburgers,   Chocolate Malts

Saturday, 18th – Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet, Veggie

Sunday,19th – Quick Baked Cod , Garlic Mushroom Quinoa and Green Beans

 

Monday,20th – Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Cukes and Fruit

Tuesday, 21st – Spaghetti  & Garlic Bread

Wednesday,22nd – Creamy Angel Hair with Sausage and Spinach

Thursday, 23rd- Easy Skillet Lasagna

Friday, 24th – Hotdogs, Beans

Saturday,25th -  Grilled Pork ChopsGreek Pasta Salad – Carrots

Sunday, 26th – Baked Teriyaki Chicken, Mac and Cheese and Corn

 

Future Meal:Chicken Cordon Bleu Ranch Wraps

 

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 choose from at a very affordable price.  We have switched to the Paleo Meal plan and find it so easy to plan our menu!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Recipe: Mom’s Chocolate Chip Spice Bars

Do you have those recipes from childhood, that just one bite makes the world better??  I have a few  that always brighten my day.  We recently went camping and I made these bars, which our boys love.  They remind them of their Grandma Martell. This year I had misplaced the recipe and had to call mom for the recipe.  I thought it is about time that I put this recipe on the  website!  I would hate to be without it again!    When searching on the internet, I could not find a similar recipe.  I will have to ask my mom where the original recipe came from!  One bite brings me right back to Redfield, SD and my mom’s kitchen.  Great memories!

 

Chocolate Chip Spice Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Butter

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1 tsp Vanilla

1  Cup Flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 – 6oz chocolate chips

 

Beat butter, both sugars, egg and vanilla until fluffy.

Blend in flour,  baking soda,spices and salt.

Spread into a 13×9 pan.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and press.

Bake at 375 for 13 – 15 minutes.

Menu Plan Monday: June 22nd

Menu

June 20th – July 4th, 2015

Life has been so crazy this last week.   Youngest son was gone at camp for a week, returned in time to participate in a weekend long soccer tournament.  Then we heading out of town to Duluth, MN for a conference that I needed to attend for work.  Hubby and our youngest enjoyed the time exploring while I worked.   So now, it is time to get back to healthier eating.  Many meals from Emeals Paleo meal plan the next two weeks, such an easy way to get back on track! 

Saturday, 20th –Chef Salad 

Sunday, 21st – (Father’s Day) – Steak, Green Bean & Potato Salad (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg53) and Brussels Sprouts w/ Bacon & Garlic (Simple and Delicious Dec/Jan 2015 pg 47) – Turtle Fudge

Monday, 22nd – (Soccer 6:00 – Away) – Bakes Teriyaki-Style Chicken Thighs, Spinach Salad with Plum Tomato Dressing (Emeals P – 587)

Tuesday, 23rd – (Soccer 5:30 – Away) – Soup and Grilled Pesto Ham and Provolone Sandwiches (Taste of Home Simple/D – April/May 2015- Pg 19)

Wednesday, 24th –(Soccer 5:30 – W St Paul- working late) Leftovers or Sandwiches

Thursday, 25th – Korean Beef and Rice (Simple/Del –April/May2015-pg 24)

Friday, 26th – Ground Pork Taco Salad

Saturday, 27th –Italian Mushroom Meat Loaf/ Tomato-Zucchini Noodles (Emeals P – 590)

Sunday, 28th – Grilled Lemon-Dijon Turkey Cutlets/Blueberry Spinach Salad (Emeals P – 590)

 

Monday, 29th – (Soccer 6:00 – Home) – Tex Mex Beef Lettuce Wraps/ Jicama-Cucumber Salad  (Emeals P – 590)

Tuesday, 30th – (soccer 7:00 – Away) – Avocado-Basil Grilled Chicken Salad/ Tomato-Nectarine Coleslaw (Emeals P – 591)

Wednesday, July 1st –(Work Late Orientation) Tuscan Beef-Stuffed Peppers/Arugula-Strawberry Salad (Emeals P – 591)

Thursday, 2nd – Chicken Sausage  -Sweet Potato Hash/ Skillet Garlic Broccoli (Emeals P – 590)

Friday, 3rd – CAMPING

Saturday, 4th – CAMPING

Sunday, 5th – CAMPING

 

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 choose from at a very affordable price.  We have switched to the Paleo Meal plan and find it so easy to plan our menu!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: June 8th

Menu

June 5th – June 21st, 2015

June 5th – Friday (last Day Of School) – Hamburgers, Fries & Sweet Potato Fries & Chocolate Malts

Chocolate Chip  Cookies

June 6th – Saturday (Hugo Good Neighbors Parade) Tater Tot Casserole

June 7th – Sunday -(Tommy Leave for Okoboji) Bakes Teriyaki-Style Chicken Thighs, Spinach Salad with Plum Tomato Dressing (Emeals P – 587)

 

June 8th –Monday – Tuscan Pork Zucchini Boats and Balsamic Baby Carrots (Emeals P – 587)

June 9th –Tuesday – (working late) – Cajun Turkey Sausage – and – Mushroom Egg Casserole – (Emeals P – 587)

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars.

June 10th – Wednesday –(last FPU Class) LEFTOVERS

June 11th – Thursday – Leftover Donatelli’s

June 12th -  Friday – (Tommy Returns) – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Mom’s Chopped Coleslaw (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg43), Corn on the Cob

June 13th – Saturday – Rotisserie Chicken (Crockpot) , Creamy Skillet Noodles with Peas (Simple/Del –April/May2015-pg 30) Salad

June 14th – Sunday (Out of Town) Beef Stroganoff, Noodles and Peas

 

June 15th – Monday (Out of Town) Biscuits and Gravy

June 16th – Tuesday (Out Of Town) – Korean Beef and Rice (Simple/Del –April/May2015-pg 24)

June 17th – Wednesday (Soccer Game 6:00) – Pizza’s

June 18th – Thursday (Soccer Game 18th ) – Soup and Grilled Pesto Ham and Provolone Sandwiches (Taste of Home Simple/D – April/May 2015- Pg 19)

June 19th – Friday – Ground Beef – Chorizo Burgers, Arugula-Jicama Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette (Emeals P – 587)

June 20th – Saturday – Ground Pork Taco Salad

June 21st – Sunday (Father’s Day) – Steak, Green Bean & Potato Salad (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg53) and Brussels Sprouts w/ Bacon & Garlic (Simple and Delicious Dec/Jan 2015 pg 47) – Turtle Fudge

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 choose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: May 18th

Menu

May 17th – May  30th, 2015

 

Sunday, 17th – Quick Chicken Caesar Salad  (Rotisserie Chicken)

Monday, 18th – (Josh’s Party)  LEFTOVERS

Tuesday, 19th – (Soccer Game Away 7:00) BLT and Fruit Salad (Emeals A 585)

Wednesday, 20th – (FPU Class) Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup &  Garden Salad (Emeals A 585)

Thursday, 21st –(Soccer Game Home 7:15) Creamy Egg Salad on Toast (April/May 2015 – Taste of Home) & Fruit

Friday, 22nd – (Vacation Day) – Chicken Fajitas and Spanish Rice

Saturday, 23rd – Dad’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg37) and Eggs

Sunday, 24th -Grilled Chicken Breasts – Green Bean & Potato Salad (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg53) Garden Salad 

 

Monday, 25th – Anniversary Dinner

Tuesday, 26th – (Tommy Choir Concert) Turkey Salad on Wheat Bread (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 19)  & Fruit

Wednesday, 27th –(Soccer Away 5:00) Green Chili Grilled  Cheese Melt (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg43) & Soup

Thursday, 28th – Hamburgers, Summer Macaroni  Salad (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg86) Baked Beans

Friday, 29th -Ground Pork Taco Salad

Saturday, 30th – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Mom’s Chopped Coleslaw (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg43)

Sunday, 31st – Fried Chicken , Red Potato Salad Dijon (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 35) Corn on the Cob, Slow Cooked Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce and Angle Food Cake  (Taste of Home – June/July 2015- pg 14)

 

FUTURE RECIPES to Try:

Chipotle Turkey Club Sandwiches (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 24) 

King Burgers (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 25) / Fries

Bacon and Pea Macaroni & CheeseEasy Chicken Parmesan

Bruschetta Chicken Wrap (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 46)

Blue Plate Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches  (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg45)

Skillet Texas Hash and Corn on the Cob (Emeals A 585)

Ribs, Chinese Cabbage Salad,   

Strawberry – Chicken Pasta Salad (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 48)

Vermicelli Pasta Salad (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 50) & Veggie

Stovetop Mac and Cheese (S&D – April/May 2014 –pg 51) & Brats

Creamy Angel Hair with Sausage and Spinach

Colorful Quinoa Salad (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 42)

Spring Green Risotto  (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 44)

Creamy Roasted Garlic & Spinach Orzo (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 46)

 

DESSERTS

Dessert:  Peaches and Cream Bars – (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 53)

Rhubarb Berry Cheesecake Pie – (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 54)

Dessert:  Better Than Mounds Bars

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake  (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg28)

Cape Cod Blueberry Pie (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg40)

Sue’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Creamy Fudge Frosting (Taste of Home – June/July 2015 – pg80)

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 choose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: May 4, 2015

Menu

May 2nd  -  May 17th, 2015

Saturday, 2nd – (grocery day)  – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Corn

Sunday, 3rd – Wings, Parmesan Potato Wedges, Dip – Apple-Rhubarb Dump Cake (Rhubarb Cookbook pg 23)

Monday, 4th -  (soccer practice) – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Wavy Chips and Dill Pickle Spears (Emeals A – 581)

Tuesday, 5th – (Game – Hudson Wi) –  Biscuit and Gravy & Scrambled Eggs  

Wednesday, 6th – (Working Late & FPU)  LEFTOVERS or Soup

Thursday, 7th – ( Game –Home) – Weeknight Sausage & Zucchini Skillet Lasagna

Friday, 8th – (Soccer Tournament) – Old Fashioned Coney Hot Dog Sauce (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 36) and Chips

Saturday, 9th -(Soccer Tournament) – Chicken Fajitas and Spanish Rice  

Sunday – 10th -(Soccer Tournament) Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Salad

 

Monday, 11th – (Game – Home) – Roast and Vegetables

Tuesday, 12th –  Ground Pork Taco Salad

Wednesday, 13th – (FPU) – LEFTOVERS

Soup and Pesto Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Friday, 15th – Chipotle Turkey Club Sandwiches (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 24) 

Saturday, 16th – (Tommy to Washington, DC) – Quick Chicken Caesar Salad  (Rotisserie Chicken)

Sunday, 17th – Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, Garbanzo Bean Salad and Corn on the Cob – Apple Rhubarb Crunch (Rhubarb  Cookbook pg 23)

 

Breakfast Options

*Cheesy Eggs with Toast
*Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins & Yogurt
*Waffles with Cream Cheese and Peanut Butter
Cheese Wrap and Fruit
*Oatmeal with Raisins
*Peanut Butter Toast and Berries
Cool Summertime Oatmeal (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 11)

Snack Options

*Fat Free Vanilla Pudding
*Hummus and Cucumber and Carrots
Boiled Egg
Hard Salami
*Celery with Peanut Butter or Cream Cheese
Cheese and Crackers

Lunch Options

*Egg Salad Pita, Grapes and Pudding
*Tilapia with Wild Rice or Vegetables
Squash Spaghetti with Ground Turkey and Sauce
Peanut Butter Sandwich – Celery with Cream Cheese and Grapes
*Greek Burger (Emeals A – 584) Apple & Pecan Salad
*Turkey Swiss Pita with Spinach
Turkey Sausage Zucchini Boats (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 12)
Arugula & Brown Rice Salad (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 24)
*Mini Caprese Pizza

Future Meals:

Apricot Pork Chops, Over Roasted Potatoes, Country Green Beans (465)
King Burgers (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 25) / Fries
Bacon and Pea Macaroni & CheeseEasy Chicken Parmesan

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 choose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: April 13th, 2015

Menu

April 10th  -  April 28th, 2015

Friday, 10th – Meatball Subs, Simple Pasta Salad

Saturday, 11th – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Peas

Sunday, 12th – Garlicky Pork Chops, Cheddar Twice -Baked Potatoes (Bet Loves pg 499), Corn
Dessert:  Banana Pudding Dessert (Best Loved pg 428)

 

Monday, 13th – Sausage and Rice Casserole – Green Beans (Emeals A – 581)

Tuesday, 14th – (soccer) – Chicken Sandwiches, Fries

Wednesday, 15th – (FPU) – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Wavy Chips and Dill Pickle Spears (Emeals A – 581)

Thursday,  16th – Easy Garlic Tortellini

Friday, 17th – Pepperoni Pizza Rolls, Veggies

Saturday, 18th – Waffles, Bacon  and Fruit

Sunday, 19th – BBQ Aisan Chicken,  Asian Noodles, Green Beans , Chocolate Zuchinni Cake

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Teriyaki-Chicken/

 

 

Monday, 20th – (Grandpa’s Birthday)  Beef Stroganoff, Noodles and Peas

Tuesday, 21st – (Soccer) – Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes & Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Crispy Bacon and Mixed Fruit Bowl (Emeals A – 581)

Wednesday, 22nd – (FPU) – Flaky Chicken Pot Pie  (Mom’s Best Recipes pg 141)

Thursday, 23rd – Mac and Cheese and Brats

Friday, 24th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Tater Tot Hotdish

Saturday, 25th -  (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Pot Pies

Sunday,26th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Grilled Pork Chops

Monday, 27th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Make Your Own Sandwiches

Tuesday, 28th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Pizza

 

FUTURE MEALS
Parmesan Pork Chops with Spinach Salad and Oven Roasted Potatoes (Taste of Home – April/May 2015 pg 31)
Inside Out Ravioli (Mom’s Best pg 149)
Beefy Mexican Casserole, Seasoned Black Beans and Ranch-Avocados Salad (Emeals A – 580)
Chicken Noodle Casserole with your favorite vegetable
Elegant Stuffed Cornish Hens (Best 496)Bacon Squash Saute, Orange N Red Onion Salad and Banana Cream Pie
Mom’s Roast Beef (Best Recipes 464), Over Roasted Potatoes, Country Green Beans (465)

 

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 choose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Our FPU Story: That was then……..This is now…….

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Our Financial Peace Journey started in the fall of 2010.  Hubby and I were in church and the pastor announced a new class called Financial Peace University starting.  Hubby asked me if I wanted to attend.  I was sort of non-committal as usual and said “I don’t care”.   Little did I know what God had planned for us and our family!

We had debt, but then everyone does, right??  That is normal, isn’t it??   We were able to meet our minimum payments each month, we paid private school tuition for our youngest son.  We had a house and two cars, none of which were paid for, but we had them!  We went on vacations and worried about how to pay for them later.  Living the American dream……

Arguments we had usually touched-on money issues and honestly we otherwise didn’t really talk much about money or our family finances.   We, like many people were supplementing our income with credit cards.   We did little to no planning for the future and I am not so sure we would be saving anything for retirement.  Actually, I know we would not have.  We were living in the moment and retirement was years away…about 25!

I paid the bills and handled the household finances alone.  It was very stressful for me and I didn’t feel comfortable saying no to my new hubby.   We were a newly blended family in 2000 and we didn’t plan a lot on how we’d handle money together before we were married.  We were definitely living like everyone else, and going into debt.

We started FPU and are thankful every day for God leading us there.  He knew what we needed, more than we did.  We sort-of had our head in the sand regarding our debt.  If you had asked me how much we had in debt back then, I would have had no idea.  FPU pulled our heads out of the sand to face the debt we had accumulated.

I have never shared this publicly before, except in the safety of the FPU panel, as it is embarrassing, we had $109,000 in credit card and student loan debt.    Putting a real number on our debt, really opened our eyes!  I am sharing this now as we want everyone to know that financial peace is possible.  We are sharing our story in hopes that other families will join our family in the journey to beat debt and discover the financial peace we all yearn for.

 

God will generously provide all you need – 2 Cor. 9:8

 

This is now………

Our marriage is stronger than ever due to FPU and learning to work together as a team.   We frequently discuss our finances and make decisions together.  I can hardly recall the last time we argued over money, it is that rare.  We sit down together every week for a budget meeting and pay our bills together.  We try to identify and share a weekly victory to keep us (me) motivated. We plan, (MAJORLY), for our future and retirement.   A big part of this journey is staying motivated.  It takes some sacrifice to become debt free.

Honestly, we feel we live like no one else, but we have not found it uncomfortable.   We both agree we still have a very pleasurable life with a brighter future.  At times one of us may feel discouraged (usually Jen) but the other person is always there to remind them of our goals.   We have goals and dreams.  We discuss those and the steps to achieve them.  The most amazing thing is these dreams are achievable.

We have an emergency fund to help us avoid using a credit card.   We only use one credit card for things that MUST be paid-off each week.  We are accumulating ZERO new credit card debt.

We are very hopeful and excited about our future.   As of this month, we are down to only one vehicle loan and one student loan.  Our snowball is starting to gain some serious momentum!  After 4 years on the FPU program, we have paid-off $89,000 in debt,  and the debt is decreasing MUCH faster now.  We should be debt free by April 2016.  As we pay this off, our retirement planning will also skyrocket! (Instead of paying interest to creditors, we are investing that same money into retirement!)

We hope our story inspires you and helps you to realize it is possible and worth all the sacrifice and hard work. (It is really not that hard!)   Join us in living like no one else………

 

Blessings,

Paul and Jen

 

Other Articles in our FPU Series:
Financial Peace University
Change Takes a Leap of Faith
Budgeting…Time to Make a Plan
FPU: Inside Our Weekly Budget Meeting
FPU: Sink Your Debt with a Sinking Fund
Groceries: Cut the Dance and Start to Wiggle!

Menu Plan Monday: April 13th, 2015

Menu

April 10th  -  April 28th, 2015

Friday, 10th – Meatball Subs, Simple Pasta Salad

Saturday, 11th – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Peas

Sunday, 12th – Garlicky Pork Chops, Cheddar Twice -Baked Potatoes (Bet Loves pg 499), Corn
Dessert:  Banana Pudding Dessert (Best Loved pg 428)

 

Monday, 13th – Sausage and Rice Casserole – Green Beans (Emeals A – 581)

Tuesday, 14th – (soccer) – Chicken Sandwiches, Fries

Wednesday, 15th – (FPU) – Flaky Chicken Pot Pie  (Mom’s Best Recipes pg 141)

Thursday,  16th – Easy Garlic Tortellini

Friday, 17th – Pepperoni Pizza Rolls, Veggies

Saturday, 18th – Thai Grilled Chicken, Asian Noodles, Green Beans

Sunday, 19th – Mom’s Roast Beef (Best Recipes 464), Over Roasted Potatoes, Country Green Beans (465) Chocolate Zuchinni Cake

 

Monday, 20th – (Grandpa’s Birthday)  Beef Stroganoff, Noodles and Peas

Tuesday, 21st – (Soccer) – Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes & Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Crispy Bacon and Mixed Fruit Bowl (Emeals A – 581)

Wednesday, 22nd – (FPU) – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Wavy Chips and Dill Pickle Spears (Emeals A – 581)

Thursday, 23rd – Mac and Cheese and Brats

Friday, 24th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Tater Tot Hotdish

Saturday, 25th -  (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Pot Pies

Sunday,26th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Grilled Pork Chops

Monday, 27th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Make Your Own Sandwiches

Tuesday, 28th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Pizza

FUTURE MEALS
Parmesan Pork Chops with Spinach Salad and Oven Roasted Potatoes (Taste of Home – April/May 2015 pg 31)
Inside Out Ravioli (Mom’s Best pg 149)
Beefy Mexican Casserole, Seasoned Black Beans and Ranch-Avocados Salad (Emeals A – 580)
Chicken Noodle Casserole with your favorite vegetable
Elegant Stuffed Cornish Hens (Best 496)Bacon Squash Saute, Orange N Red Onion Salad and Banana Cream Pie

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 choose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!