Today has been “one of those days” so far. The kids are home again, all schools have been closed due to snow… which usually I really enjoy, I love playing in the snow as much as the kids do… but today isn’t play outside weather. It is cooold, and the snow is crunchy and icy. My head feels terrible, and I can’t seem to do anything right. Plus, having the kids home puts me totally out of my routine, which is fine for about 3 days I find… by the fourth day I start going a little crazy that I’m not getting my normal day to day stuff done, when and how I want.
By nature I am a very organized person, and I love perfection… however, the more kids we have and they older they get, the less perfect I seem to get! I just can’t keep up. I’ve embraced the fact that I am not perfect, and should stop trying to be so, years ago, however some days like today, it really bugs me. I try to keep this in my mind on days like today:
But, still, I do my best to do what I can and to keep as organized as I can. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I even have a routine for my blog posts. For now anyways, Mondays are about a crafts/projects I’ve completed, Tuesdays are about life tips; how I got organized in 2011 and how I hope to make our home more functional this year. Wednesdays are about things I love on Pinterest, Thursdays are crafts/projects day again, and Fridays are currently my 10 Day YOU Challenge.
So, something else that’s always difficult for me, is deciding what to eat for dinner everynight. If it were up to me, I’d have a bowl of cheerios, or eggs on toast for breakfast lunch and dinner. Apparently hubby and kids don’t enjoy this. So last year, I came up with a 6 week cycle. I went through all the recipes I know the family enjoys, and created a rotation menu. Once a week I always make a freezer-happy meal, doubling the recipe so we can eat 1/2 that night, and save the freezer half for the nights that cooking just isn’t possible. Fridays are always pizza and movie night, and on the weekends we keep it easy with hot dogs or soup and buns. Along the side of the page, I list the ingredients I need for each meal. This way, Monday mornings when I plan my grocery trip, I grap the weeks menu plan, go through the list of ingredients, and jot down the ones I’ll need for the week. (sorry I didn’t make it pretty for you, this is a real example!
Every once in awhile I change a night’s meal, or maybe the whole meal plan, if I find certain recipes just are’t working for the family.
Now on to the Smoothies topic!! I’ve been following an awesome blog called Mommas Like Me. She’s been focusing on a get healthy for this year, and it’s been fabulous to follow along. In this post here Lacee gives some awesome tips on meal planning, and smoothie preparation. Anna and I LOVE smoothies, so following her example was a no brainer for me!
But I have to say, we have a different favorite smoothy… if you’ve ever followed Weight Watchers, you may have heard of the website www.dwlz.com. (Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone) She lists every possible restaraunt, and the points of every meal there, she has recipes for everything, including Smoothies!! Our favorite:
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
2 cups ice cubes
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup low-fat (1%) milk
1 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 squirt chocolate syrup
In a blender, combine all ingredients; puree until smooth. Pour into a tall, chilled glass.
PER SERVING: 135 Calories, 5 g Total Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat, 2 mg Cholesterol, 72 mg Sodium, 20 g Total Carbohydrate, 2 g Dietary Fiber, 5 g Protein, 82 mg Calcium
It is Oh, So Yummy, and it fills us all for lunch. Even my hubby gets full enough from it!
While I’m on the subject, my friend Randee at Randee’s Organized Chaos, just posted today about Smoothies too! Check out her fabulous favorite recipe here. Hers is very similar, but she adds, get this… Nutella! mmmm, makes me drool!!
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