Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Judgement time

Why do we judge ourselves so harshly? I, for one, am so guilty of this. Being a girl that struggles with filtering what I say, I am CONSTANTLY replaying in my mind everything I say in any given situation over and over wondering if it was OK and hoping every one's OK with it. I am what you call a "yes" person. I like making people happy. I like cooking for people, helping with their homes, entertaining them, all of it. My very favorite thing is making people laugh. Who doesn't love to laugh? But in order to do that, you have to be willing to say what people are thinking, but may not be willing to say out loud. When someone actually does say those things, there's usually laughter, right? But then there's the times when it's just to much and that's what I'm left with. The self doubt, paranoia, and second guessing that comes with putting it all out there. The thing that bothers me the most is how much of what I say probably isn't pleasing to God. He's the ultimate judge and I want to be Christlike while still entertaining my friends and family. What a fine line to walk! So, as we all do, I struggle each day with my sinful self and try to be me while striving to be like Him. Will I ever not fall asleep at night playing back the soundtrack from my day in my mind? Who knows. All I know is this is how I've always been. What you see is what you get with me and it's hard to turn that off...even when I sometimes know I should.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Menu Planning and sharing

So my friend Angela from her blog, has decided to do a menu swap. This is a fantastic idea for someone like me who loves to plan and plans our meals for the week in advance. And as much as I love being this organized, I get into ruts...especially when dinner is involved. I have three kids and a husband who all like routine and it's easy to slip into a pattern. By menu sharing with people form all over, we can really mix things up and discover new recipes and meal ideas that can really surprise (and maybe even impress) my family! So, here's my menu for this week. Prepare to be amazed...he he he.

Monday: Chicken Crescent rolls--Mix one can chicken breast meat with two 8 oz boxes of reduced fat cream cheese (softened slightly for mixing) a bag of frozen peas and carrots, 2 T softened butter, 1 T parsley, 1 tsp onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Combine ingredients and spoon onto reduced fat crescent triangles that have been rolled thin. Fold over and crimp to seal. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Mmmmmmmmm. I serve sliced apples with this meal

Tuesday: Grilled tuna steaks brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper, steamed broccoli and rice, all topped with sesame seeds.

Wednesday: My husband and I work and my son will eat with my inlaws. The girls are out of town this week!

Thursday: Crock pot pork chops-can of golden mushroom soup, packet of onion soup mix, fresh cracked pepper. Mashed potatoes and peas.

Friday: Daddy cooks!

So, what do you think? Does my cooking scream Hoosier or what? Enjoy!