3 Moms: The Turkey is STILL Frozen

Honestly, I think everyone is going to stop reading my weekly menu plan because lately I have been no good at sticking with it!

Monday morning I had planned to make pancakes but Cora woke up sick and I was able to get an appointment first thing in the morning. The kids ended up with cereal as I had no time to make the pancakes. By lunchtime I wasn’t feeling well, so I put out a bunch of food and the kids made their own lunch. I ended up laying down as I could feel a headache coming on and woke up in time to make dinner. Since my turkey was still frozen solid, we had pink pasta, green beans, and apple slices. I made dinner, but still felt pretty crummy so I headed back upstairs without eating.

pink pasta

Tuesday morning I made our new favorite whole wheat pancakes. My kids skip the syrup if I add chocolate chips.

whole wheat pancakes

After breakfast I started the BBQ pork roast in the crock pot.

It was a beautiful day, so I sent the kids outside to play after they finished school. My kids love eating lunch outside, so they were thrilled when I brought out plates of peanut butter crackers, cream cheese crackers, cheese slices, popcorn, and rice cakes. It wasn’t until after lunch I realized I forgot to slice any fruit!

Even Cora ate outside today, she loved it!

For dinner we had BBQ pork roast, southwestern potato salad, steamed broccoli, and corn. It was so good. At about 3:45 pm I realized I forgot to make the rolls, but the dinner was still delicious. All my kids love the pork BBQ, and we have a little leftover for lunch. I’ll post the recipe later this week.

BBQ Pork

I am so excited about the rest of my week. On Thursday, I will be hosting four of my favorite bloggers as we have a little pow-wow at the Happy House! I can’t wait to share the details.

Don’t forget to visit Jen’s and Kate’s blogs to see what they are eating this week. I made a batch of Jen’s make ahead mashed potatoes tonight, and they smelled so good I almost ate them for dessert!


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3 Moms ~ Weekend Update

I don’t have a lot of pictures of our meals from the weekend, things got crazy and I forgot to take pictures.

Friday

Breakfast: French toast, I was so excited about this recipe because I made 2 gorgeous loaves of egg bread the night before. I just knew this would be an awesome breakfast! Well, I found out Friday morning that I don’t really like egg bread. The kids seemed to like it, but I won’t be making it again.

egg bread

French toast

Lunch: Sandwiches and peanut butter apples. My four year old LOVES peanut butter apples and would eat them for every meal if I would let her.

peanut butter apples

Dinner: Shepherd’s pie, a family favorite that was scarfed down before I could get a single picture.

Saturday

Breakfast: I was gone all day Saturday, but I was told that everyone at leftover French toast and the free sample cereal I received in the mail the day before.

FREE SAMPLES

Lunch: Sandwiches were reported, but I found an empty ice cream container in the sink and popcorn bags in the garbage, hmmmm.

Dinner: I had planned for dh to pick me up from the conference with the kids and then head to Bruster’s for our free ice cream. He arrived six extra kids all in pajamas. It wasn’t until we were on our way that I found out our local area isn’t doing the promotion until March 20th. The kids were all good sports about it and since I felt terrible that I hadn’t called before they all rode around town in their pajamas we took them to McDonald’s for ice cream. I wish I would have taken a picture of the looks on all the other patrons faces when my husband and I walked into McDonalds with 13 kids! I don’t know if they were staring because of the amount of kids, or because everyone was still wearing their pajamas!

mcdonald's ice cream

Sunday

Breakfast: Leftover pancakes

Lunch: We had a family over after church and ate: whole wheat pizza, Cesar salad, carrot sticks, grapes, chips, cookies and brownies. It was great and since we ate late we called that dinner too.

Monday update: My turkey is still frozen solid! I am considering placing it on the basement floor so that we can actually eat it this week.

Don’t forget to visit Jen who has been eating from her fridge, pantry and freezer, and Kate who shared her grocery trip. I loved her before and after photos.


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Snacks

A reader recently asked,

“I enjoy seeing the meals you prepare for your children. We have four children under five and they frequently want to eat between meals. Is there “snacking” that goes on in your home? If so, what options are available?”

To be honest I am not a big fan of snacking for my children and this is why. When I would have daily snacks my more picky eaters would eat less at meals, hoping for a snack (they liked better) to hold them over until the next meal. That being said my children do not go hungry unless it is their choice to not eat the meals they are given. If a child eats all of their meal and then is hungry a few hours later they are allowed a healthy snack.

Here are some snack options in our home:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Oranges
  • Muffins
  • Nuts
  • Crackers (occasionally)
  • Raisins
  • Cheese

I do not buy a lot of prepackaged food so our snacks are usually limited to fruit and vegetables. When we travel, or are out around a meal time I do have snacks like goldfish, pretzels, and granola bars in the car to avoid purchasing fast food.

If you have little kids, one fun way to have snack time is to serve healthy finger foods in a muffin tin. Each tin holds a different food. The kids then pick food out of the tin that they would like to eat. I know that some kids are truly hungry between meals, but I would avoid giving them processed foods that fill them up with empty calories, fat, sugar and preservatives.

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3 Moms ~ Meals Day 20 and 21

Tuesday we enjoyed a fun day at Sea World. We ate cereal for breakfast at my in-laws’ house before we left.

We had a special lunch with friends at the Shark Encounter. Over the years we have found that sometimes you can find a better lunch at a theme park at some of the sit down restaurants. The Shark restaurant has been a favorite of my kids because you sit on the other side of the shark tanks and watch the sharks swim by as you eat your meal. What I like about this place is that they actually serve real food instead of junk. We all had a variety of things ranging from shrimp to salad to pasta.

For dinner the kids had cotton candy and cereal. I have no justification or explanation for this meal, although I hope to win mother of the year for letting them have cotton candy for dinner.

On Wednesday we had a eggs, waffles, and cereal for breakfast. For lunch we had our favorite, Steak and Shake, the kids usually get burgers, but I think one son had chicken tenders. For dinner my mom made shepherds pie as well as a huge Caesar salad, grilled chicken, and some biscuits. Everyone loves shepherds pie so this was a big hit. My mom made a ton so that will probably be our lunch or dinner today.

Our vacation ends today, so it will be back to real meals soon. I feel like we did a good job on this vacation of balancing real food with some treats. Usually we go way overboard on the treat side of things, but I felt like we did a good job of balancing things this time around.

We will be moving to a different house soon after our return to Maryland, so I hope to clean out my pantry and fridge when I return home.

For a bit of normalcy don’t forget to stop by Kate and Joy’s blogs to see what they are up to this week.

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