Things I’m Loving – Fall Teaching Outfits

There’s a million things I love about my new job. And one of those million things, is the outfit choices I now have. I’ll be honest, I hated the office environment dress code, and I often pushed the limits. Even business casual seemed rather stuffy for my tastes. So as a teacher, I am loving the more comfortable and casual outfits I can wear every day, while still looking professional for my environment. 

Here’s my fall teaching outfits I’m loving right now…

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1. You will often find me in leggings and a longer top, with ballerina flats. My favorite new purchase is a gray hooded tunic length top, with my black leggings and my silver sparkly flats. I usually pair it with a double necklace – a longer one with a pendant and a shorter one with something small. 

2. I’ve always loved tights in the fall and winter, which is kind of funny because I hate pantyhose. Somehow, they seem different to me! I especially like to pair a brighter colored tight with a solid skirt and boots. I have a khaki corduroy skirt and brown boots I wear often with tights. As the temperatures get cooler, a nice chunky sweater works well with this. I throw in a necklace to compliment the brighter tights, and I’m ready to go!

3. I love, love, LOVE that I can wear jeans on Fridays now!! I usually wear my boot cut jeans with a hooded sweatshirt – most often a football one so I can show my school spirit! Also nice is that a ponytail and headband work perfect with a hoodie, and sneakers compliment the whole outfit. Completely comfy – love it! Bonus – no need to change out of “work clothes” before heading to the football game!

What outfits do you love in the fall?

Favorite Fall Cocktail

Caramel Apple Cider CocktailI’ve said before, I love fall. It has easily become my favorite season. And one of the reasons is the great fall flavors. Spiced anything is delicious and I devour anything pumpkin or apple this time of year. 

My fall cocktail of choice definitely incorporates the flavors of the season. Not really much a recipe to share, just more of a great idea! 

Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail

Apple Cider

Caramel Apple Vodka (I use the one from Pinnacle)

Mix about one part vodka with three parts cider. You can serve over ice, for a more refreshing drink; or heat for a great warm up or an outdoor tailgate!

On to my menu!  I have it easy as far as the dinner planning and prep this week, although only because my week is long and full. I have parent-teacher conferences this week, so as a teacher that means two days in a row of being at school until 8 pm. So The Coach is in charge of dinner Wednesday and Thursday nights. He went for fairly easy picks! Then when conferences are done Friday we’re leaving right from school to head over to visit some family, then stay at a water park hotel the next night. After a busy and stressful fall, we needed a little mini-vacation! Looking for more menu ideas? Check out and follow my Yummy dinners board on Pinterest! Interested in meal planning? Check out my first post on meal planning, or my recent Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning. Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Breakfasts 

(we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)

Lunches 

(This school year, our district received a grant and school lunch is free for ALL students! So unless there is a day where my kids really don’t like either of the options, they will be eating the free lunch. Otherwise, I’ll probably just keep a couple Lunchables on hand for those rare pack-a-lunch days.)

If you’re looking for ideas for Peanut Free School Lunches, see my post from last year here

Dinners

    • Monday  – Bacon-wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken, broccoli & rice casserole
    • Tuesday – Chili, cornbread
    • Wednesday – Fish & chips, mixed veggies
    • Thursday – Pizza
    • Friday – Dinner with Family
    • Saturday – Vacation
    • Sunday – Vacation

What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and feel free to link back to your blog if you have your plan posted!

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{Friday} 5 Tips for Running with Your Kid

I’m a day late on this, but we’ll just pretend it’s Friday, OK? ;) Today, I’m offering up some tips for running with your kid (or kids, if you’re really ambitious). 

Friday 5 Tips for RunningLast spring, I decided to invite my older son to train for a 5K with me. He’s got a naturally good running form and never seems to be able to expend enough energy, so I thought running might be a good activity for him. And as I knock on the door of 40, I’m realizing I need to get a bit more active to stay healthy in the years to come. He was excited to start our Couch 2 5K program, as we got ready to run in our local Blueberry Run in August. I quickly realized running with a youngster is very different from running by yourself. We had some ups and downs as we trained, but after realizing a few things, we ended up having a great time.  

Here’s my tips for running with your kid:

  1. Start at his level. As an adult, and a slightly competitive one, I wanted to push myself and train hard. As a seven year old, even a competitive one, my son wanted to run when he could run and walk when we needed to. In the beginning, I had to adjust my pace and my expectations. But before long, we had worked into a groove that fit for both of us. 
  2. Allow for bad days. Some days, my son just didn’t feel like running. And while I am able to tell myself to suck it up and just do it because it is good for me, he’s not there yet. I quickly found out, if I made him run on a day he really didn’t want to, we just ended up bickering and having a terrible time, as well as a terrible work-out. So I told him he had three free passes during our eight-week training program. Knowing he only had three, actually made him really think about if he wanted to use one or not. And of he decided to run instead of using a pass, he was all in since it was his choice.
  3. Set goals and build in rewards. We set goals for each and every run. While I can handle having an end-goal of running in a 5K race, he needed something more immediate. So each workout, we would either decide how far we hoped to get, or sometimes it was simply not taking any extra walk breaks. And we got popsicles after every run, for completing it. Our reward wasn’t big, but just enough to feel like we got something for our effort. 
  4. Let him learn his own lessons. My son is just like me (unfortunately), and needs to learn things the hard way. One day I tried to tell him we should run before we ate lunch, because running right after eating was sometimes hard on the gut. He argued, so I said ok. Sure enough, about 10 minutes into our workout, he was complaining that his stomach didn’t feel very good. I pushed him a little and he ended up learning to not eat and then run. Likewise, he didn’t want to listen to me about pacing, so I let him go all out in the beginning one workout, and then let him see how he was completely dragging by the end. He was much more ready to listen to my advice after learning his own lessons the hard way. 
  5. Teach lifelong skills. While I love my kids being involved in organized sports such as football, basketball, and baseball, those are not how you see most adults getting their exercise. I wanted to teach my son some skills that would benefit him for most of his life. Running is an activity he can enjoy into adulthood and a great way to stay fit. I tried to teach him lessons about stretching, hydrating, taking breaks between work outs, and listening to your body. 

We completed our program, set our goal for our time in the 5K, registered for the event, and ran our hearts out. Seeing how excited he was on race day was awesome! And we completely beat our goal with all the adrenaline from the big event. My favorite? When he asked me at the end of the race if we could do another one together.

Do you exercise with your kids? What tips can you share? 

My Favorite Soup

Photo credit: Cozycakes Cottage

Photo credit: Cozycakes Cottage

I have no original recipe to share this week. Instead, I am sharing a favorite from a blogging friend of mine – Danielle over at Cozycakes Cottage. I discovered her Take It Easy Tortellini Soup a little over a year ago when she shared it on her blog. It instantly became a favorite of the entire family. 

I’ve tweaked it a little to suit our particular tastes. I leave out the ground beef (it’s filling enough without it.) I alternate between using cheese tortellini and sausage filled. And I don’t always add the spinach because the rest of my family complains about it. It’s perfect made just as Danielle shared, but it’s also very easy to leave out or add in things to suit your personal preferences. Make sure you click over and give her recipe some love – I promise you will be glad you did!

On to my menu!  This week we are finally slowing down a little. Not much after school and just the wrap up of football with the end-of-season banquet and a fun family evening going to see a play off game. While we wish we were watching The Coach in the play-offs, it will be nice to get to sit next to him for a game! I got input from the family this week for the menu plan, so you’ll see hot dogs (Monkey), breakfast for dinner (Roo), and tacos (Coach). Looking for more menu ideas? Check out and follow my Yummy dinners board on Pinterest! Interested in meal planning? Check out my first post on meal planning, or my recent Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning. Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Breakfasts 

(we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)

Lunches 

(This school year, our district received a grant and school lunch is free for ALL students! So unless there is a day where my kids really don’t like either of the options, they will be eating the free lunch. Otherwise, I’ll probably just keep a couple Lunchables on hand for those rare pack-a-lunch days.)

If you’re looking for ideas for Peanut Free School Lunches, see my post from last year here

Dinners

    • Monday  – Hot Dogs, chips, carrots
    • Tuesday – Steak, potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli
    • Wednesday – Breakfast for dinner
    • Thursday – Football banquet
    • Friday – Football game
    • Saturday – Tacos
    • Sunday – Nachos (with leftover tacos)

What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and feel free to link back to your blog if you have your plan posted!

Like the recipe or feature this week? Please consider sending it to a friend, sharing it on Facebook or Twitter, or pinning it to Pinterest. Thanks so much!

Friday 5 – Ways to Use Up Halloween Candy

Halloween CandyMost families will have enough candy to feed the entire population of some small countries by about 8 pm tonight. And the exception of extra candy because it’s Halloween only gets rid of so much (unless you really want to clean up vomit). So what to do with all that candy? We’ve tried doling it out a piece or two at a time for nights on end after the big trick or treating event has passed. But then we have a candy bucket still full when Christmas treats arrive, then even more candy by Valentine’s, and when we get to Easter – ridiculous. So I’ve been searching for creative ways to get rid, er, use up Halloween candy. Here’s today’s {Friday} five:

Trail mix. Mix some peanuts, almonds, and pretzels in with some of the candy and feel less guilty about serving it up as an after school snack.

Eat it yourself. Those Halloween costumes didn’t make themselves (or buy themselves, I’ll admit to it). So you have certainly earned a treat…or 20. And kids who think gummy anything is great loot, seriously cannot fully appreciate a Reese’s peanut butter cup like you can.

Candy Apple salad. Bonus – this also uses up some of those apple from the apple picking trip! There are tons of recipes for this salad on Pinterest, but the basic idea is chopped apples, Coo, Whip, and crushed snickers bars. Technically more of a dessert, but this time of year no one is going to judge if you want to cal it a side dish!

Bribe your kids. Yeah, yeah. If you want to pass judgement, go read another blog. Eliciting exceptional behavior and extra chore completion gets real easy in the stretch between Halloween and the arrival of the Elf on the Shelf. It’s amazing what you can get kids to do for a measly Twizzler!

Get crafty (or mathematical). Use small candies in art projects. Make rainbows with Skittles, use M&M’s for leaves on trees, or make an original abstract using whatever candies they want! Or, make them earn those M&M’s, Reeces Pieces, and Skittles by having kids count them, graph the colors, or make patterns. Go a step further and use as manipulatives for addition, subtraction, and multiplication. If you have three groups of four M&M’s, how many do you have? Now if Mama eats four, how many are left? :)

Halloween Books We Love

I absolutely love reading seasonal books to my kids. I always pack them away after each holiday, and bring them out about a month before. It builds the excitement and makes these favorites have even more of a special air to them. And for each holiday, there are some books we can’t wait to open and jump into again, like old friends we’ve dearly missed. Here’s the Halloween books we love the most:

Halloween Books We Love

 

  1. Room on the Broom. I love this cute story about a witch making room on her broom for some very helpful friends. 
  2. Five Little PumpkinsWhile this is meant for the younger set, I love that my kids now know it by heart, as well as the movements that go along with it. And it’s short enough that we read it a couple times every night that we pick it. 
  3. BunniculaThis is new to our list this year. I loved this short chapter book as a kid, and was so excited to share it with my boys this year. We’re about half way through and there have been nights where my kids are laughing out loud, and ones where they are clutching my arm in anticipation as well!
  4. The Legend of Spookley the Square PumpkinThis is one of my favorite books. Such a cute story with an important lesson about the value of differences.  
  5. We’re Off to Find the Witch’s HouseHow could a word nerd like myself not love a book that includes lines such as, “Which house? The witches’s house!” I love that the pictures add to the story and my kids can pick out the clues in each one. 

What are your favorite Halloween books?

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A Week of Halloween Dinners

So, it’s Tuesday. And I’m just now posting my Menu Plan Monday post. Sigh. Such is life these days. If I get thrown for a loop anywhere in my schedule, it seems hard to get back on track these days. But better late than never, right? ;)

This week, I’m bringing you a week of Halloween dinner ideas. I’ve been slacking on the fun in our meals lately, so I thought I would use all my fun Halloween ideas this week and offer up a spook-tacular week of dinners for the littles! Here’s four great ideas, including a recipe I adapted for a fright night version of Sloppy Joe Pie, sure to impress kids little and big in your house!

  • Mummy Dogs. These are as easy as they come. Simply unroll crescent roll dough and use a pizza cutter to cut it into strips of dough. Wrap the strips around hot dogs to make “mummies.” Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until the crescent dough is baked and golden brown. Add mustard or ketchup dots for eyes, if you like!
  • Pizza Fingers. You can get all fancy and make your own pizza, if you like. But I’m going simple and preparing two frozen cheese pizzas per the directions on the package. Instead of slicing pizza-style, cut in straight lines to make strips. I’m going to cut the strips in half, as well, to make them more manageable. Then add red pepper pieces cut into triangles for the “nail” at the end of the pizza “finger.” Add marinara or pizza sauce for dipping.  
  • Spiderweb soup and Jack O’Lantern grilled cheese. I’m making tomato soup. Place sour cream in a plastic baggie and cut off the corner, to make a squeezable bag. Pipe the sour cream in concentric circles on the soup. Drag a toothpick from the center circle out, to give them the look of a spiderweb. For the grilled cheese, simple cut a pumpkin face out on the bread for one side of the grilled cheese, so the orange cheese shows through. Your best to use a less “melty” cheese, like cheddar slices, rather than the simple American cheese slices. 

Halloween Sloppy Joe PieJack O’Lantern Sloppy Joe Pie. This recipe is adapted from one that appeared in the Pillsbury Come & Eat booklet from the Fall of 2001. I made it less spicy to suit the tastes of my kids, and then The Coach and I add a little Tabasco or red pepper flakes to spice up our own serving. 

1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on package

1 1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey

1/2 cup diced onion

1 cup salsa

1/2 cup ketchup

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 cup frozen corn

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Unroll pie crust onto a baking sheet and cut out a Jack O’Lantern face using a sharp knife. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until crust is light golden brown.

Meanwhile, brown the ground beef/turkey and onion in a large skillet. Add remaining ingredients, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until the corn is cooked. 

Carefully place the pie crust on top of the meat mixture to serve. 

 

On to my menu!  I’ll be linking up on I’m an Organizing Junkie if you’re looking for more meal planning ideas! I also often link up at Feeding Big. Or check out and follow my Yummy dinners board on Pinterest! Interested in meal planning? Check out my first post on meal planning, or my recent Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning. Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Breakfasts 

(we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)

Lunches 

(This school year, our district received a grant and school lunch is free for ALL students! So unless there is a day where my kids really don’t like either of the options, they will be eating the free lunch. Otherwise, I’ll probably just keep a couple Lunchables on hand for those rare pack-a-lunch days.)

If you’re looking for ideas for Peanut Free School Lunches, see my post from last year here

Dinners

    • Monday  – Mummy Dogs, fries, apple slices
    • Tuesday – Jack O’Lantern Sloppy Joe Pie, salad
    • Wednesday – Pizza fingers, salad
    • Thursday – Spiderweb soup with Jack O’Lantern grilled cheese
    • Friday – Halloween Party
    • Saturday – Birthday dinner with family
    • Sunday – Leaving open to decide on Sunday!

What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and feel free to link back to your blog if you have your plan posted!

Like the recipe or feature this week? Please consider sending it to a friend, sharing it on Facebook or Twitter, or pinning it to Pinterest. Thanks so much!

{Friday} 5 Reasons We Love Football

Coach of the week blog

Photo credit: Junfu Han | MLive.com

So I know this is going to come in just under the wire, since I am writing it after a football game, with only a little over an hour left on Friday. So it’s a little funny that my Friday 5 today is 5 Reasons We Love Football. 

Tonight was the last game of the season for The Coach. This year, I think I’m actually slightly more sad to see the season end than happy. This was my husband’s first season as a head coach. I’ve been blessed to watch him lead a team of exceptional young men, honored to graciously accept the compliments from so many in our community on his leadership and skill as a coach, and humbled by his grace through the ups and downs of the season. The very first time the thought ever crossed my mind that I loved him was when I was watching him coach on a football field. And this season, I have truly fallen in love with him all over again so many times. I am so proud of him I could burst. 

So today’s Friday 5 is a tribute to my amazing husband – 5 reasons we love football…

  1. The action and pace. While I like other sports, nothing has the same balance of action and pause like football. Baseball moves a little too slow, hockey and basketball a little too fast. Not to sound like Goldilocks, but football is just right. I love the spurts of action with each play, and the pause to regroup and focus before the next spurt. It moves fast enough to keep me from getting bored, yet slow enough to keep me from getting overwhelmed.
  2. The fanfare. Ever been to a college tailgate at a Big 10 school? Nothing like the fanfare, the hoopla, the spectacle of football. Fans range from tame to insane. Even at high school games, you see the crazy outfits, hear the chants, and feel the excitement buzzing.  The Coach and I have made it an annual event to go to a Michigan State game every year because we love the tailgate and fanfare of being there. 
  3. The food! You know I’m a food lover, so I can’t leave out the food. I’ll be honest – the kids and I look forward to nine straight weeks of concession stand entrees. From burgers and brats to nachos and dogs, I honestly love it all. Concession stands that offer walking tacos score big points in my book. And then there’s the tailgating fare – appetizers that are enough to make a meal of and chili for the late fall games. There’s a reason my kids beg to have a “tailgate dinner” often – we love our football food!
  4. The multi-faceted game. Football is a complex game. While I have been seriously trying to learn it for the last eleven or twelve years, there is so much still to figure out. There are countless offensive and defensive strategies. Every game has its own balance between player skill and coaching strategy. Every match up is unique because players are constantly changing, coaches are constantly evolving, and unknown factors are constantly popping up into play. For someone who loves to learn, football will always hold something new for me, no matter how many years I study it. 
  5. The teamwork. A team with one star player can be ok, but for a football team to be great, it takes teamwork. No football play is ever made by one person. A quarterback may run the ball, but without his team blocking, he won’t make it anywhere. Without a great receiver, a quarterback’s pass will never gain yardage. Without the effort of the entire line, a defensive will never stop the efforts of the opponents. In a culture that seems to be losing the spirit of teamwork, it’s comforting to see something that relies on collaboration and joint effort. And I feel like even if it is just my small voice in the stands cheering, I am still standing behind a world that values working together. 

So here’s to my husband – the best coach I will ever know. While the long hours and the constant call of the game sometimes wear me out, I still love it. And I love you all the more for your passionate love of the game. Thanks for letting us be a part of it. 

Living the Dream

I lay in bed, willing my eyes to open, in the haze between the alarm sounding and actually getting up. I had one thought in my head – I’m living the dream.

I often say this phrase with a fair amount of sarcasm dripping from my words. But the day after Labor Day I lay there thinking it in all it’s literalness and honesty. Because while I may not be living the proverbial American dream, I am certainly living my dream.

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For the last several years my dream has been to find where I make a difference. Where I can answer God’s call with my particular talents. Where I can be a part of my community. Where I can be a mom and make a difference both. Where I can be a part of something bigger. For the last several years I have prayed, and wished, and hoped. I have had prayers answered with a no, and wishes gone ungranted, and hopes fade into dust. All to bring me to right here.

My dream I am living started with a move to a small town on a big lake, that was meant to be a stopping point on our path to where we wanted to really be. Then we grew to love this town, and we started to imagine raising our boys here and growing old while watching sunsets over the lake and taking walks on the beach and window shopping along the downtown.

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While this love was taking shape, another dream was starting – to lead a program of young men, both on a football field and off. And along side all of this, discontent was growing with the climate of healthcare and the ability to make a difference at work, and the lack of time to make a difference at home. The idea of having it all was seeming impossible and the idea of having nothing seemed probable.

Then things began to fall into place, although sometimes they seemed like they weren’t. After a long interview process, my husband earned a head coaching job in this little town we love. And they had a position in the school for him that is both challenging and rewarding.

Then I lost my job doing training in healthcare. Two steps forward, one back. But that allowed me to examine what I really wanted to do, and it really wasn’t training in healthcare. I got my teaching certification back, and was offered the perfect job for me – teaching technology to K through 3rd grade students.

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The course was never smooth, with waits that seemed too long, people who viciously and revengefully tried to derail our train, and moments that, well, sucked. But the thing is, living the dream isn’t about life being ever blissful and problems never arising. It’s about feeling like you are where you belong, and feeling content with that place. I’m not so naive that I think we will never have tough times again, but I have the belief that the dream will come again when we do.

I finally opened my eyes and got up that day. I went to my new job, where I had fun and laughed and smiled. I had people offering kind and encouraging words, and I had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in my community. I got to see my kids while I was at work. Later that month, we walked in homecoming parades through our downtown, and celebrated football victories like we were local celebrities. I soaked it all in.

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My dream may be simple to some. It may seem like a story line out of a Friday Night Lights episode, with the small town teachers and football games and parades through town. But it’s my dream. And I can’t help but tear up when I stop and think about the fact that I’m living it. Life is good, and I’m living the dream.

Tailgate Favorites

Tailgate favoritesAs you already know, we love football at our house. And one of the things I love about football is tailgating – and more specifically, tailgating food! Here’s a few of our faves we bring to tailgates and are enjoyed by all!

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip. The Coach asks me to make this all the time, and I’m usually pretty willing to oblige since it is so simple and so delicious. I love that I can throw everything in the crockpot, turn it on, and just stir it up once in awhile until everything is smooth and creamy. I serve it with tortilla chips, but you could also do crackers. 
  • Man Dip. This is a Coach original. I’ve never actually seen all the steps to making it, and he’s a little secretive. I do know it involves Velveeta, taco meat, green chiles, and a can of Nacho Cheese soup. Maybe some day I can get him to guest post his recipe over here! ;)
  • Meat & Cheese plate. I’ll admit, I often pick up the pre-made Hormel version from the deli. I like it even more when it comes in the cute football shaped container. But any variety of meats like pepperoni, sausage, or ham, and cheeses like cheddar, Colby, and pepper jack are perfect. Add some crackers and you’re ready!
  • Chips & Dip. I usually will mix things up and sometimes bring salsa or Queso and tortilla chips, and sometimes bring potato chips and French Onion dip or garlic dip, and sometimes corn chips with taco dip or chili dip. Seriously, I could make a meal out of dip, so I love this!
  • Smoked Sausages. I found a recipe on Pinterest one day and decided to give it a try for a post-game party. As I hurriedly pulled everything out before the game to get it going, I realized I was out of brown sugar, which was one of the three needed ingredients. Rather than panicking, I thought about what I could substitute that was sweet and would be somewhat thick when heated up. Maple syrup. So I created my own recipe – I simply slice smoked sausage into inch thick chunks, pour some maple syrup over them, add a tablespoon or two or spicy mustard, and turn the crockpot on low for a few hours. They have been a HUGE hit every time I’ve made them! 

On to my menu!  This is our last week of football for both the little guys and for the big one. Which is always a little bittersweet. I’m glad the crazy schedule will calm down a little bit, but I wish we were heading into play off season and continuing on with the team. But this week will be full of fun – a parents vs kids flag game with my little guys and our annual Blueberry Bowl for Rocket football, which is an all day event that wraps up our season with games against teams from four other neighboring communities. If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably figured out what my area is known for, since my son and I ran in the Blueberry Run, which was during Blueberry Festival, and our event is the Blueberry Bowl. ;) If you’re looking for more menu ideas, check out and follow my Yummy dinners board on Pinterest! Interested in meal planning? Check out my first post on meal planning, or my recent Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning. Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Breakfasts 

(we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)

• Cereal
• Granola bars and yogurt
• Pancakes
• Cream of Wheat or oatmeal
• Toast or English Muffins
• Breakfast sliders
• Banana smoothies
• Breakfast bites 

Lunches 

(This school year, our district received a grant and school lunch is free for ALL students! So unless there is a day where my kids really don’t like either of the options, they will be eating the free lunch. Otherwise, I’ll probably just keep a couple Lunchables on hand for those rare pack-a-lunch days.)

If you’re looking for ideas for Peanut Free School Lunches, see my post from last year here

Dinners

• Monday  – Soup and Sandwiches, apples
• Tuesday – Chicken Tacos
• Wednesday – Fettuccine Alfredo, garlic bread, broccoli
• Thursday – Pizza
• Friday – Game Day
• Saturday – Blueberry Bowl
• Sunday – Mac & Cheese, smoked sausage, broccoli

What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and feel free to link back to your blog if you have your plan posted!

Like the recipe or feature this week? Please consider sending it to a friend, sharing it on Facebook or Twitter, or pinning it to Pinterest. Thanks so much!