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!!

Review: We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

 

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Title: We Are Not Ourselves

Author: Matthew Thomas

Narrator: Mare Winningham

Unabridged Length: 20 h, 51 m

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio, 2014

Genres: Adult Fiction, Literary

Source: Audiobook Jukebox‘s reviewer program

 

About the Book: (from Goodreads.com)

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed.

When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.
Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.

Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away.

Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.

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Matt Thomas About Author: Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His New York Times-bestselling novel WE ARE NOT OURSELVES has been shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Narrator:   Mary Megan “Mare” Winningham is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is an Academy Award, Tony Award and eight-time Emmy Award nominee, winning Emmys in 1980 and 1998. Winningham began her acting career in the late 1970s on television.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review:   We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas is the story of Eileen and Ed a married couple and parents of Connell.  Eileen and  Ed seem like a typical couple, with their ups and down and hopes for a better future.   As Eileen begins to look at homes in a new neighborhood in pursuit of the American Dream, the family is tested.  Though I questioned Eileen’s feelings for Ed initially, once their relationship was tested, Eileen  was there for Ed.  Her life changes as it become evident that Ed’s condition will progress  and not improve.   Ed’s condition certainly tested their love for each other as well as his relationship with his son, Connell.   The family is forces to learn what really matters most in life.  I was  touched by Eileen’s choices regarding Ed’s care and to maintain his dignity as long as possible. 

 

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas in Audio Version is 18 CD’s long.  In all honesty, the plot is doled out very slowly, which I struggled with.   Had this not been a review book, I am not sure I would have finished We Are Not Ourselves.    I was not initially invested in Eileen and Ed’s relationship, which makes it hard to continue a initially slow read.    In retrospect,  I am glad I finished the book as I really enjoyed the last half of the book.  

 

My Rating: 3/5 – Having experienced the loss of a loved one to the same condition, many of the emotions in We Are Not Ourselves resonated with me.  The decline of the person is a slow process that you try to tell yourself is not really happening.  I think Matthew Thomas portrayed the feelings of loss, grief, guilty and love very well in the later half of the book.  We Are Not Ourselves gives readers a good look into the life of a caregiver and how life can change in a moment. 

My Rating Scale: 1 – didn’t like it; 2 – it was ok; 3 – liked it; 4 – really liked it; 5 – it was amazing

 

We Are Not Ourselves was also reviewed on the following blogs:  Books and Movies, That’s What She Read, Booking MamaPopcorn Reads, and Lit Lovers.

 

Happy Reading!

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**Disclosure – We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas was received from Simon and Schuster in exchange for a fair review.

Menu Plan Monday: March 30th

Menu

March 30th -  April 12, 2015

Friday, 27th – Fish Sandwiches and Fries

Saturday, 28th – (Gala) – Pizza

Sunday, 29th – Beef Enchiladas and Spanish Rice
Dessert:  Mexican Rice Pudding

Monday, 30th – (Off) – Parmesan Pork Chops Oven Roasted Potatoes with Stir Fried Broccoli and Carrots (Emeals A –577 – 55 minutes)

Tuesday, 31st – (Off) – Open Faced Cheese Tuna Melts, Fruit and Chips (Emeals578)

Wednesday, 1st – (Off) – Pancakes / Bacon / Eggs

Thursday, 2nd – Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Friday, 3rd – Meatless Spaghetti – Garlic Bread

Saturday, 4th – Korean Beef with rice and broccoli or string beans

Sunday, 5th – (Easter) Baked Spiral Ham, Garlic –Butter Green Beans (Best Loved 463), Roasted Herb Potatoes
Dessert: Mom’s Apple Pie (Recipe in Emails)

 

Monday, 6th (Working Late) – Tater Tot Hotdish

Tuesday, 7th – Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich, Hashbrowns and fruit salad or orange juice

Wednesday, 8th – (FPU Preview Night) – Spring Greek Pasta Salad (Taste of Home April/May 2015 – pg 52), Sandwich for a Crowd (Best Loved – pg. 653)

Thursday, 9th – Chicken Noodle Casserole with your favorite vegetable

Friday, 10th – Meatball Subs, Simple Pasta Salad (Emeals579)

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)

 

Future Meals:
Chicken & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese (Taste of Home/S&D – April/May 2015 -39)
Crispy Honey Pork Tenderloin
Thai Grilled Chicken
Garlic Herb Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Corn on Cob, and Fruit
Easy Sesame Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables
Roasted Green Beans
Balsamic Pork Chops – Carrots and Roasted Asparagus (Emeals 482)
Creamy Angel Hair with Spinach and Sausage
Chicken Pesto Linguine/Garlic Bread/Zucchini (EmealsA- 577- 35 minutes)
Quiche with Hashbrown Crust
Easy Beef Macaroni and Cheese

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: March 16, 2015

Menu

March 14th -  March 29th, 2015

Saturday, 14th – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Corn

Sunday, 15th – Corned Beef/ Paul’s Gravy and Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots
Dessert:  Chocolate Mint Poke Cake

Monday, 16th – Pancakes / Bacon / Eggs

Tuesday, 17th – (FPU) – Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Wednesday, 18th – Chicken Pesto Linguine/Garlic Bread/Zucchini (EmealsA- 577- 35 minutes)

Thursday, 19th – Patty Melts, Chips

Friday, 20th – Mom’s Mac N Cheese (Double)

Saturday, 21st – Parmesan-Crusted Cod, Pesto Rice , Veggie

Sunday, 22nd – Cordon Bleu Pork Chops/ Baked Potato and Corn on Cob – (taste of Home Grill It – pg 179)
Dessert:   German Chocolate Cheese Cake

 

Monday, 23rd – Parmesan Pork Chops Oven Roasted Potatoes with Stir Fried Broccoli and Carrots (Emeals A –577 – 55 minutes)

Tuesday, 24th -  (FPU) – Last Class Catered Meal at Class

Wednesday, 25th – Almond Chicken/Salad (EmealsA 577 –40 minutes)

Thursday, 26th – Easy Beef Macaroni and Cheese

Friday, 27th – Fish Sandwiches and Fries

Saturday, 28th- Garlic-Baked Chicken Breasts/ Rosemary Quinoa-Brown Rice and Veggie  (EmealsA – 576  – 50 minutes)

Sunday, 29th – Beef Enchiladas and Spanish Rice
Dessert:  Mexican Rice Pudding

Future Meals:
Chicken & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese (Taste of Home/S&D – April/May 2015 -39)
Crispy Honey Pork Tenderloin
Thai Grilled Chicken
Garlic Herb Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Corn on Cob, and Fruit
Easy Sesame Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables
Roasted Green Beans
Balsamic Pork Chops – Carrots and Roasted Asparagus (Emeals 482)
Creamy Angel Hair with Spinach and Sausage

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!!