Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Am I the only one or do you ever get burnt out to the point where you detest the whole menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking routine?  I think I am at that point, which is sad because I really do love to cook.  I think it is mostly because I have SO many recipes (and am indecisive by nature) and they are not organized so when it comes to figuring out what to make for the week, I stare at a blank page for hours (seriously) completely overwhelmed.  I have to take in dietary issues, picky eaters, busy schedules and different tastes...makes for a not so loved chore.

I am in the process of organizing and purging my cookbooks, magazines and ripped out recipes and in the meantime I am going to try out "theme nights" to help narrow down my decisions (and to help organize the thousands of recipes I have).  I have tried these before but I think they were just too specific and I couldn't stick with it so I did a google search to see what other people do and came up with the ones listed below. 

Fall sports are ending and although basketball starts up on Monday, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel as far as getting back to some sort of normalcy in our dinnertime routine is concerned.

Here is what is on our menu this week:

Sunday|Family Dinner:  Rotisserie Chicken, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese

Monday|Soup &/or Sandwich Night:  Paleo Chicken Tortilla(less) Soup served w/ Tortilla Chips

Tuesday|International Night: Chicken Marsala with roasted red potatoes and smoky haricot vertes with mushrooms and bacon

Wednesday|Pasta Night:  Spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs

Thursday|Mix it up or try something new:  Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, kabocha squash

Friday - Pizza

Saturday - YOYO (your own your own) or leftovers

linking up to orgjunkie.com

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Purging the Stash - Embellishments, Albums & Everything Else

I have spent the better part of a week purging my craft room.  I am not done, but things are beginning to be manageable (I can see the floor...lol!)  Items will most likely be added to this list but I will use this page to list the embellishments, albums and everything else that isn't a stamp. 

If you are interested in stamps:
 CTMH Stamps can be found here & Studio Calico Stamps can be found here.

The details - All prices include shipping to continental US.  I will ship internationally for an additional charge.  I will combine shipping if purchasing multiple items.  All items come from a smoke free/ 1 dog home.  Items are posted on mulitiple sites.  I will update this post as items are added/sold.  If you are interested in anything, please leave a comment below.  (Comments are sent to my email so I will respond to your email).

Thank you for looking -

KaiserCraft Resin Flower Blossoms - $6

My Mind's Eye Pins & Buttons from Miss Caroline Collection - $6

Pebbles Crystal Candy Dots - $6

My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Collection Twine - $5
(includes 20 yards)

Amy Tangerine Mini marks Dream Rub ons - $5 
(from SC Neverland Kit)  SOLD

simple Stories Urban Traveler Chipboard Stickers - $6

Studio Calico Die Cut Shapes - $6

hambly Screen Prints Mini Overlays - $4

Canvas Butterflies - $5 7/23 Sold pending payment
17 pieces; from SC So Cal Newport add on kit

CTMH Dark Blue My Legacy 6x6 Album  - $18
post bound; includes 10 page protectors

CTMH Metal Frames - $3 7/23 Sold pending payment
Paintable Metal Frames.  New, but have a few scratches from storage.

CTMH White 6x6 My Legacy Album - $18
includes 12 page protectors; post bound

Cosmo Cricket Ready Set Chipboard Tick Tock Alphas - $4

Purging the Stash - Studio Calico Stamps

I adore my Studio Calico Stamps, but there are some that I know I just will never use.  They are listed below. 

Prices include shipping to continental US.  I will ship internationally for an additional charge.  Stamps come from a smoke free / 1 dog home.  If you are interested please leave a comment below.

I will update this post as items are added / sold.

Thanks for looking -

Banner Mini Stamp from SC Neverland Kit (March 2103 Main) - $5 

SC/Hero Arts Smile Stamp - $8

SC/Hero Arts Your are Fabulous -$8 
From SC So Cal kit Newport add on

SC/Hero Arts Frame stamp - $5 shipped

To view all of my items for sale, click on the Items for Sale Tab at the top of my page or click here.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Menu Plan Monday


Thought I would jump on board this week for Menu Plan Monday over at orgjunkie.  I have been meal planning for quite some time now as it takes the guess out of whats for dinner and with a hectic life and picky eaters it is a blessing.  I must confess though...it can take me quite some time as I have way too many recipes and always want to try something new...some weeks, I would just like to serve cereal for dinner every night (is that a bad thing?)

So here it goes...we are trying out some new pinterest recipes this week:

Family Dinners

SundayChicken Bruschetta Paninis with waffle fries / bruschetta salad (this is a regular on our menu...yummy!)

Monday:  Burgers & Chips / carrot sticks

TuesdayGrilled Chicken with lemon, capers & oregano with baked potatoes / cucumber and olive salad (new to us)

Wednesday:  Homemade pizza / stuffed portabellas

ThursdayBacon Wrapped Smoke Gouda Stuffed Chicken with rice pilaf and Smoky Haricot Verts (green beans) and mushrooms (the chicken is new to us...the green beans are delicious)

Friday:  Free for all / leftovers....mom's night off

Saturday:  Fireworks picnic at the lake...not too sure what I am bringing yet.

Side Note:  For the most part, my family (with the exception of my daughter) claims they are allergic to vegetables, and I don't eat carbs or sugar...just meat and veggies, so I get a bit creative with dinners sometimes.  I won't cook 2 meals at dinner EVER...I cook it, you eat it...but I do tend to cook meals that everyone will/can eat (they are getting better about a little bit of veggies) and I just make a veggie for myself (and little tweaks like leaving out sugar and flour).  If you see anything with bread, I tweak the recipe for me.  On Pizza night, I either make mine on a chicken crust or usually stuff a portabella with my toppings.  I also plan my breakfasts and lunches which makes it easier for me to eat right and frankly remember to eat at all sometimes.  I like to mix up my food so I plan 3 lunches and 3 breakfasts and just repeat on or two that week.  My husband takes a lunch to work (sandwich or leftovers) and the kids are old enough to make their own breakfast/lunch during the summer.


Baked Tomato & Egg with bacon
Paleo Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Salad (with Spinach)


Egg Salad with green olives, onions & dijon (no pita) with ham rolls
Lettuce Wraps and carrot sticks
Chopped Chicken Salad

I am working on a post about my weight loss / getting healthy journey if you are interested in learning more about how and why I eat the way I do.

Enjoy - Tracy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Project Life Tuesday

Hello -

I'm back again with another installment of Project Life Tuesday.  This past weekend was cold and rainy (45 deg on Saturday and we are looking at 90 deg by Thursday....yikes!)  I had hoped to spend Saturday & Sunday holed up in my craft room catching up on Project Life & the past 3 episodes of Secret Life of the American Teenagers (such a bad show but I can't stop watching it) and a few good movies, but my plans were foiled (although I did have a good weekend anyway!)  So instead of sharing my next installment of 2013 PL I am sharing weeks 18 & 19 of 2012.  Still doing fine with the fact that I am behind a few weeks months in 2013 but I do hope to share some 2013 with you next week.

2012 Weeks 18 & 19 (April 28 - May 11)

Left Closeup

Right Closeup

This was a very busy 2 weeks with lots of activities and fun stuff.  We had a:
  • birthday celebration
  • a good look at Bob's "freedom 'stache"
  • camping with the Boy Scouts (which re-affirmed the fact that I don't like to camp)
  • my sorority's 50th anniversary and time spent with long lost friends & sisters
Thanks for stopping by!  Are you behind?  All caught up?  I would love to hear what you are working on...


BTW...did you see my new For Sale tab up above (underneath my picture)?  I am cleaning out my stash (making room for more ?) and have alot of items up for sale.  I would love if you took a peek...new items will be added every week. 

Linking up again this week with the Mom Creative...check it out for some great PL inspiration every Tuesday!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Purging the Stash Sale #2 - CTMH Stamps

7/20 - Prices dropped

Still cleaning - and still adding things up for sale.

Warning!  This post is photo heavy!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items listed, please comment or contact me (oleksak5 at comcast dot net).  These items are offered for sale on other sites also so I will be using a time stamp indicator to offer to first come first serve.

All items come from a smoke free home (I do have a dog).

Items are as pictured...some are new...some are used.  All items are in their original packaging. 
Prices include shipping HOWEVER I will adjust the price to combine shipping if multiple items are purchased.  Shipping to continental US only.

Once you comment I will invoice you within 24 hours, please kindly pay within 48 hours or receipt.  After 48 hours I will offer the item back up for sale.  Paypal only.  All sales final.

Shipping - Shipping is included in the price listed.  Unless noted items will be shipped in a bubble mailer by USPS.  I will ship within 2 business days of  payment clearing my account. 

 CTMH B1192 Snap, Crackle, Pop $5 
2 images used once or twice

 CTMH B1155 Uptown Girl $5 - SOLD
1 image (first) used once.  Stamps are yellowed from age but are in perfect working order

CTMH C1244 Glistening Snow $7
2 images used in set

CTMH D1421 Cherish the Moment $9
new, never been inked

CTMH D1245 In My Heart $9 
2 images used once

CTMH D1310 September Word Puzzle $9
only 2 stamps in the set were used (see stained stamps)

CTMH D1218 Summertime $9
New, never inked 

Thanks for looking - Tracy

To view all of my items for sale, please click on the Items for Sale tab under my header photo or click here.


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