Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Home Management: Schedule Around your Meal Times

Edith Schaeffer writes, “What is a family? A formation center for human relationships—worth fighting for, worth calling a career, worth the dignity of hard work.”

Do you think of your family this way?

Like it or not, everyone has routines and schedules. Yes, even you who decide to "wing it" everyday.

Even if you choose to fly by the seat-of-your-pants in your day-to-day life you are still held to a routine to a certain degree. We all wake up, take a shower, and eat during the day, right?

Why not take it a step further and organize your day and time a little bit better?

Do you have routines or schedules for your home? It really is quite simple to create. There are several great sites to help you out, but I have found that the best routine is one that I have come up with myself.

Your schedule should be an outline of how your day should flow. You don’t need to be chained to your schedule, it should allow for those unexpected events that seem to pop up.

If you don’t have a schedule, get out a piece of paper and work on a rough draft of one. Start with everything you have to accomplish during the day. We are all different people and your list is going to look different than mine, so go ahead and take a few moments and jot down some things you have to get done (meals, clean, laundry, devotions).

I’m not asking you to list things that you’d like to get accomplished, I’m talking the bare bone minimums.

Do you notice a pattern?

If your household is anything like mine, your day revolves around your meal times.

What time do you eat in your home? What times does your husband need meals to be ready, do you know? Ask him his opinion. Husband Dear doesn’t expect dinner on the table, but he loves to come home and see (or is that smell) that I’ve gotten things started.

We eat breakfast around 8AM, Lunch is at Noon, and Dinner is normally ready around 5:30.

Once you have an idea of what time you eat, think about what kind of time you need to prepare a good, healthy meal for your family and how long it takes you to clean up.

Breakfast around here is normally put together rather quickly so I can prepare it and the boys have it eaten all in a half an hour. Lunch is the same way. For Dinner I give myself about 45 minutes to prepare it and about a half hour to get the kitchen cleaned up afterwards.

Figure out what times you'd like your family to eat and let those be the anchors to your schedule.

~Home Management Homework~

1. Pray before you begin your schedule ask God to reveal to you how to prioritize your day that would bring the most glory to Him.

2. Ask your husband what he expects out of your day, when he wants the meals to be served, and what you can do during the day to help him out the most. Remember if you are married, your husband is your primary priority after God. You are your husband’s helper!!

3. Focus on your children’s schedule. Take note of when they wake up, nap, and when do they need to go to bed at night? Keep these notes fresh in your mind or jot them down because you will need them tomorrow.

What do you think? Is this doable for you? Leave me some comments or suggestions.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Here is our menu plan for the week. My Husband Dear is getting in on the cooking this week. He has been reading through the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, and he wants to try his hand at making Spice Soup. I think that is great!! Maybe I can get him to read through some Paula Dean books next??


Ravioli Casserole, Salad, and Breadsticks

Tortellini Sausage Soup, Homemade Bread

Asian Style BBQ Pork Loin Sirloin Chops, Brown Rice, and Steamed Broccoli

Spice Soup, Homemade Bread


My Favorite Granola, Homemade Yogurt, fruit parfaits

Biscuit and Gravy

Boiled Eggs and Banana Crunch Muffins

Oatmeal and Apple Crunch

Cinnamon Toast on homemade bread

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Facing Death

My Grandfather is in the hospital and not doing well at all. To be as blunt as possible, he is dying. My Grandmother passed away in May (the first death ever in my family).

I am so conflicted at the moment.

On the one hand, I know that my Grandpa misses my Grandmother and longs to be with her. I also am convinced that he has a personal relationship with Jesus and knows Him as his Saviour. His death is not a terrible thing.

On the other hand, it is so hard seeing him fade away. I keep thinking of their home and what it will be like when neither of them are there, will it be just another house? I feel selfish for having those thoughts.

I'm finding it very difficult to concentrate on much.

I am working on taking every thought captive and washing my mind in Truth, but my emotions sometimes get the better of me.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The BEST Meatloaf

Fishmama is having a "Where's the Beef" Ultimate Recipe Swap and I thought I'd contribute our favorite meat loaf recipe. When the kids know this is being made they cheer in anticipation. It is THAT good!! I think the sauce on top is what makes this meatloaf the BEST meatloaf.

Traditional Meat Loaf

1 egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup milk
3 slices bread, crumbled
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup finely shredded carrot
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 pounds ground beef

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture
and mix well. Shape into a loaf. Place in a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. In
a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, ketchup and mustard; spread over loaf.
Bake at 350° for 60-75 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat
thermometer reads 160°. Drain. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Yield: 6 servings

(From Taste of Home Magazine)

Check out other beef recipes at Life as Mom.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Here is our Menu Plan for this week. I'm so glad fall is in full gear and I can start adding in more soups to our menu!


Homemade Yogurt Parfaits

Boiled Egg and Fruit Salad

Apple Crisp Oatmeal x2

Pancakes, Turkey Bacon


Tuna Salad Sandwiches made with Raw Spinach

Pita Pizzas, Small Salad

Peanut Butter and Honey

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese with Tomato Slices, and Steamed Broccoli

Bean Burritos, Corn, Spanish Rice

Leftovers x 2


Grilled Marinated Steak, Asparagus, Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Whole Roasted Chicken, Homemade Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and gravy, Steamed Carrots

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup and Salad

Traditional Meat Loaf, Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Lasagna, Salad, and Garlic Bread

Chicken Pot Pie and Salad
Check out other menu plans at Menu Plan Monday.