Sunday, January 5, 2014

1st Meal Plan of 2014

Obviously I haven't posted my goals for 2014 but one of them is to meal plan every week. I was really good at meal planning for a few months last year but then started slacking. It makes the week nights so much easier when you know what you are having and don't have to go to the store every day! I have a few blogs that I love to get recipe ideas from but most come from pinterest. If you meal plan and post it, leave a comment so I can go check it out and get new ideas!! 

Here is what's on our menu for this week:

Bubble Up Breakfast Bake
I have never made this recipe but I have made the bubble up pizza, bubble up BBQ chicken, and bubble up enchiladas and they all are amazing!! This is such an easy week night recipe and I definitely recommend any of the above!!

Chicken Enchilada Soup
I have never made these either but I have seen it pinned a ton of times and it sounds really good!!

Meatloaf Muffins w/ BBQ sauce
I have never made these either (Do you see a pattern lol I am kinda nervous about trying all new meals but it's a new year so we shall see!) but they look and sound amazing!!

Week night out! This is one of my favorite restaurants ever and they have half price fajitas for two on Wednesdays.. even better!! YUM!

Oven Baked Beef Tacos
Guess what... this is a new recipe too!! A good friend swears by them so I hope they don't disappoint! 

Friday & Saturday are normally dinner our or my husband grills something. I will definitely be back with reviews for these meals!! Happy first full week of 2014, make it the best! Tomorrow is my first day back to work in 2 weeks. I am kinda in denial about going back but really ready to see my kiddos!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas Recap!

Better late then never right.. 

We had a WONDERFUL Christmas with our families (much better than Thanksgiving when my husband was sick). It's hard to live away from family but even harder during the holidays. Thankfully we are within driving distance and are able to see all four of our wonderful families. We had such a wonderful visit but there is nothing like coming home to your own house, space, and bed. I am up to my ears in laundry and needing to find new places for our new Christmas goodies! Once I get off this computer it is go time... this house will be clean and put back together before I go to sleep tonight!! I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking...

We celebrated our first Christmas with his mom a few days before Christmas. We would be seeing her Christmas day also but it would be a little crazy so we did Christmas with them early. 
We spent Christmas Eve afternoon at my mom's house. Her having a tree up and lots of goodies underneath is huge! We have had a rough few years and it made me so happy to see all of this out! 2014 is a new, happy beginning for this fam! This is the tree at my mom's house!!
One of the few pictures I have of us (or people in general).
We went to my dad's house for Christmas Eve night. We have finally figured out a system to get to all houses on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day!! Who knows what next year will bring though?!? Love their tree, it is super tall and always decorated so pretty! We had an amazing dinner that I should have taken a picture of but instead I stuffed my face and then fell asleep.             

We made our way back to Chris's dad's house and went to bed pretty soon after. I didn't get a picture of their tree but it was the only real tree of the 4 and smelled amazing!! We spent Christmas morning there before heading to his grandma's house. 

Unfortunately, Chris had to work the next day so he had to head back home later that night. I headed back to my dad's and spent the night playing with my little brother and sister. 

We were unbelievably blessed with gifts but it was so much fun to watch the others open their gifts that we really put thought into. We have some new exciting pieces for our house that I will take pictures of soon. My sister put together one of the most creative gifts I had seen!! Needless to say, it went over really well with everyone that saw it and I really didn't want to take it apart!

Coming up is our snow skiing trip recap... Stay tuned!!