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Weekly Menu

August 15-21 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Menu

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A great big dose of Happy Monday morning to you!!  Today is the day when I share a weekly menu with you to help get your dinner meal time off to a great start.  Planning is key for success in so many areas in our life and for me meal planning is life changing.  When we were stationed in California, we lived a little over an hour from the nearest big commissary, so we would make a day trip once a month for our grocery shopping.  I would plan out 30 days of meals, then make a big huge shopping list of ingredients.  After hubby retired from the Army, we settled down in a small town in Ohio and once again over an hour drive from the nearest base.  I continued my monthly meal planning until more recently when hubby went back on active duty and this time we lived right on post.  Since we are within a few miles of our commissary, I can now plan our meals on a weekly basis.  Yay!  So lets get started with this week’s meal plan.JPEG image-3F01DE08AFBB-1


  1. Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken & Spanish Rice
  2.  Jack Daniels Double Kick Pork Chops, Red Mashed Potatoes
  3. Taco Casserole & Salad
  4. Burgers & Fries, Carrot Sticks
  5. Cuban Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit
  6. Cashew Chicken & Lo Mein Noodles
  7. GO! (Go out)

I must say…this looks like a great line up this week.  I hope you are able to try one or all of these mouth watering recipes this week.  If you do, please comment!  I’d love to hear from you.

Have a fabulous week!

“O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples!”

1 Chronicles16:8

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August 8-14 Weekly Menus

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Hello and Welcome to our first week of weekly menus based on our new Pinterest board “Weekly Menus”.

We have had a great reaction to creating this board.  Within one week we have over 130 followers, which in my book is pretty awesome….I’ll take it! 🙂

These posts will be short and simple showcasing 5-6 dinner meal ideas, derived directly from the Pinterest board.  Eventually, I would like to create a shopping list from these menus, so that all the ingredients are in one place making shopping and prep super easy.

Each week on Monday, you will find menu suggestions to help you with your weekly meal planning, and the best part?  It will always be FREE!   I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have some type of menu plan, our eating choices are horrible.  We’re more likely to eat out, blow the financial budget, eat later than desired or just grab anything and that usually ends up not being very heathy at all.  Please feel free to share these posts and invite a friend to follow along as well.  You don’t have to cook the exact meal for the days I have listed..switch up the days and make whatever you want based on your time and tastes for the day.

So without further ado…here ya go..

Monday: Beef Noodle Stir-fry, Fried Rice, Egg Rolls

Tuesday:  Taco Salad Lettuce Boats, Pinto Beans

Wednesday:  Honey Siracha Chicken, White Rice

Thursday:  Mexican Corn Cobb Salad (using leftover Honey Siracha Chicken)

Friday:  BLT Wraps, Watermelon, Chips

Saturday:  Italian Herb Meatballs, Pasta, Garlic Bread

Sunday:  GO!  (Go out to dinner)

Some of these recipes have been tested, and some have not.  I’d love your feedback!  When you try these recipes please comment with your experience. Have a great week and enjoy your meal planning 🙂

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“For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

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“Do It Afraid”

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Do you remember the Nike phrase, “just do it”?


(Photo courtesy of Nike)

This week at our Bible study on post, the leader of the group gave a short tidbit of her testimony.

She also spoke some about Joshua, and about having courage, and about fearless faith!

She said something so powerful, that resonated deep within me.  “Do It…Afraid!”  Then she said, “Courage is forged in the midst of fear.”

“Do It……Afraid!”

About a year ago, I read or should I say skimmed though one of Beth Moore’s books called, “So Long Insecurity”.

In this particular book, Beth told of how she would allow her imagination to run rampant with the worst case scenarios. Of tragic events that could or

possibly would happen to her.

 She would plan the whole event out in her mind and the devastation that would follow.

The Lord spoke to her one day and said, If you’re going to borrow the sorrow from events that haven’t taken place,

then you might as well borrow Me intervening and restoring the situation.  (my paraphrase)

I do the same exact thing!  I imagine horrible situations and allow my thoughts to get so out of control that it destroys me emotionally and spiritually.

After reading Beth Moore’s book, I have learned to make conscience decisions to take every thought captive, and for someone like myself,

and my very vivid imagination, it is difficult to say the least.

But with God’s help, and my determination to not be destroyed, I am able to catch myself and take those thoughts into captivity.

Along with a vivid imagination, those thoughts and feelings of fear tend to join the party.

So when I heard the words, “Do It Afraid!”

I thought, that’s it!  It is better to step out and do something afraid, than to do nothing afraid!

Did you get that?  It is better to do something afraid, than to do nothing afraid!

Faith is all about stepping out with whatever feeling or emotion you have, then allowing God to provide the next step.

That’s the is doing “IT” afraid!

Whatever your “it” is today….just step out and do it….even if you are afraid!

I pray that this thought from our women’s group, will strike a chord with you as it did with me, and that you just step out and do it afraid!

You got this, and God’s got you!

Have a blessed Friday!

Blondray <3

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Grass is Grass; It’s the investment that makes it beautiful!

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Today, marriages are on my heart!


I think so often we look at other marriages and begin to compare ours to others.

We see other couples laughing, going places or doing special things and wish our spouse would do those things, or we secretly we become jealous.

We don’t like to use that word very often…”jealous”, but yes even christians feel jealous, or envious.

But today, can I tell you that, you may not know or see that marriage behind the scenes.

You may not know the struggles that they have been through, or maybe they’re putting up their own smoke-screen.

We can’t look over the fence and think that what someone else has is better than ours and desire it.

I’m convinced that if we spend our time and energy investing in our own marriages, then we won’t have time to gaze at the grass on the other side of

the fence.  Marriage takes work!  It is not 50/50, but rather 100/100.

Gazing and daydreaming about another person’s marriage will cause you to become side-tracked, complacent and discontent.

No marriage is perfect and if someone says theirs is, they’re lying!

Last evening, my husband and I took our youngest son to an indoor bounce place to burn some energy.

While he was playing we played air-hockey and acted like a couple of teenagers.  That is our favorite game and I end up snorting, laughing and

hollering at levels of embarrassment that you can’t even imagine…my poor hubby!

This isn’t a show or a smoke-screen to behind the scene problems…we love to play games, sit outside on the porch and talk, go out to dinner…the list

goes on. My point is this, if someone were to see us at home interacting or out and about they would think what a perfect marriage.  It’s not!

BUT it is pretty darn close and only because of Jesus!


What you don’t know or see is the struggles we have had, and just how close to divorce we were.


God gave us a new perspective…’s called work and understanding.

We both make the choice DAILY to work and invest in our marriage.

Through our chapel on post, we have a marriage ministry, not because we think we have all the answers but because we want to give others tools to use as an investment in their own marriages.

On one of our marriage nights, we used a sports theme and came up with 4 tools to use.

Team Huddle Before the Game

1.  The Playbook – Communicate, communicate, communicate!  A team has a language unique to the team.

2.  The Team Roster – Only the team players are allowed on the field, and in the locker room. Don’t allow others to have a say or be involved in your marriage.

3.  The Quarterback – There is only one quarterback on the field and he (hubby) leads the team.  Support your quarterback!

4.  Score! – The most important object of the game!  Don’t neglect this!  He needs it, you need it!

These are not the be all/end all tools but when you establish these, it will steer you in the right direction.

Remember every team has an owner….GOD!

So today, I want to encourage you to begin investing in your marriage.  Make it fun!

Date again and put one another first!

Don’t look over the fence and want what you see, instead focus on your own backyard and make it a place that you love to be!

Have a blessed day and go invest in your marriage!

Blondray <3

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