I miss you!

Yesterday would have been my Fathers birthday. He had past away 10 years ago. October 2015 will make it 11 years. I miss him so much.

I have been with my husband 10 years this May and married 8 years this October. I truly believe my Dad sent him my way. Knowing he’d be the man for me. I miss him on days where I need insight of a mans perspective. I miss him when I’d like something fixed quick. I miss him for all the big things he has missed. The birth of his grandchildren, My wedding, our Father daughter dance. All the birthday parties past, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, all the little things that make me think of him.

Today I am taking a drive out the the graveyard to say hello. What breaks my heart is my Mom. I really know the meaning of missing someone when they are gone. Gone forever. I just wanted to pay respect to a man who battled a fast fight. He was diagnosed with cancer and 3 months after he was diagnosed he passed. It was hard to see but at the same time was a life experience I learned from. Truly opened my eyes to never fear the end.

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Oh Monday!

Today I have stuff to do! I get a blog post up (CHECK) 2 do a quick 20min work out (next on my list! But first eat breakfast! Has anyone fallen off the wagon? Did you make a New Years resolution? Are you still going strong or have you fell off track and said never mind. Ok I admit I missed one of my blog post last week by one! But guess what? I’m here and I vow to do 3 this week. See I have 1 down and 2 to go!! yahoo me!

So my goals that I set for myself in January are to work out 3’x a week, so I signed up for dance class with my 16 month old daughter so that makes 1 (automatically) and I usually clean 1 or 2 houses a week so that puts in another good work out. And I usually followup with 1 at home making that 3 workouts a week. So my goals are complete and I force myself to stick to it. 21 days’ to create a habit. We are day 19. So 2 more days will make it a habit. So far it’s going great with 1 slip up. I am back on track. It’s ok to fall off but always remember to jump back on and get on track! Who said goals are easy?! They are easy once they are habit.

Oh a little plug for Paddington Bear! I loved that movie. I took my 6 year old to see the movie with me on Friday and we both fell in love with this movie! A must see.

Also the hockey game on Sunday was fantastic!! Here are a few photos from the game. I love watching my boys play. So much fun! Both my boys are on the same team #4 and #8 🙂

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Meal planning on a price matching budget.

I don’t know about you, but I meal plan. Sure it’s a pain but I know it has saved us money in the long run. We also waste less food because we only buy what is needed. I started meal planning around 2 years ago. With the tools out there today it’s so easy to sit down and take 15 to 20 minutes that is needed. Well maybe if your not new at it. I use the old fashioned paper and pencil and write down my list and go from there. Nothing fancy for me. I have the flyers out too. Why? To see what’s on sale and what I can price match!

I use Pinterest. Feel free to follow me. I have special boards like Paleo foods, Gluten Free foods, 21DSD foods and I quite sugar boards. All with recipes I have given a thumbs up to. I don’t post anything on there that I have not tried as fear of passing it on to someone who may dislike the recipe. Sure you may dislike it as much as the next person but for me they work. I’ve pined some recipes and have unpinned them due to my own personal dislike after making the recipe. Feel free to give me any feedback if you have found a recipe that you made and liked or disliked. Either way to each there own I say. *shrugs*

So when I do my meal plans they are for 2 weeks. My family budget for 5 people (3 kids under 6 & 2 adults) is $200.00 every 2 weeks and $300.00 every 6 weeks. The $300.00 is our bulk (ie: MEATS) we buy at Costco. the $400.00 a month is fruits, vegetables and other food that is required like bread, milk cheese. I am  not 100% PALEO. I do eat dairy and follow a paleo and gluten free lifestyle diet.

I’ll share my two weeks with you and most of the recipes can be found on my personal pinterest site, under the boards mentioned above. Feel free to comment below if you have issues locating the recipe. Also I love trying new meals so if you have any yummy ones feel free to pass along. I love to cook.

Depending on when we last did groceries is when our meal plan starts. So for this 2 week meal plan it starts on a Monday.
This is what we plan on eating for the next two weeks. We are pretty good at going in order sometimes we will switch it up depending if something takes a bit longer to make and we where out busy that day I can pull something fast and easier to make but that’s the list we stick to.

M: Teriyaki Chicken with Rice
T: Tuna Casserole
W: Clam Chowder
T: Gluten free pasta chicken & sun-dried tomato sauce
F: Chicken wings with french fries (sweet potato)
S: Stake with green beans and baked potato (sweet potato)
S: Quiche with avocado salad
M: Pizza
T: Hot dogs and french fries
W: Lasagna
T: Meatloaf with curry rice salad
F: honey balsamic chicken with sweet potato
S: cabbage & sausage stew
S: gluten free pasta Mac & hamburger (I call it Mac Madness)

How are your new years resolutions going (or goals) Mine are going good. I worked out 2x’s this wee so far have one more to go and then I already did 3 blog entries this week! Yah me for staying on top of my goals and achieving them! With time I will get better and not so boring with my blogs!! Right now I’m doing what is my best. That’s just getting it down and doing it.

Our dinner meal plan

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Made it to day 12 on the #21DSD so our following meal plans is for 2 weeks (less thinking the following week) So I work now and don’t have to do it every week and saves me time and works better that way!

So for the 14 day meal plan below the first 7 days are #21DSD friendly (level 1) as hubby and I are still following it till the 21 days. We’re still going strong and have yet to have a drop of sugar!! Crazy how motivated we are. As it’s been such a short time yet we’ve seen such positives about this program that it actually works!

For each meal that I post I will paste the link beside it. Please note if there are any natural sugars in the first 7 recipes I do omit it just because it’s not aloud in the 21DSD plan. I’m starting with baby steps to feed our kids this way to. I have one boy oldest who has embraced the shepherds pie (cauliflower on top) the little guy not so much a fan but he will be introduced to it again in do time he will like it over the mashed potatoes.

There are some of our favorites that we enjoyed over the past 12 days and they will for sure be rotated on the following meal plans that worked great for us. And we found BREAD I’ll post the bread recipe that I made . It was nice to have a tuna sandwich for lunch rather then wrap it up in lettuce. If you’d some lunch suggestions just comment below and I’ll post a few.

**A LOT OF EGGS in these recipes just to give you a heads up buy yourself a HEN (lol) support local farmers and buy your eggs**

Here we go!

12 Days of Meal Planning for Dinner time!

Monday: Bacon vegetable quiche ~ Day 15
Tuesday: Cilantro and Lime Shrimp with Broccoli Salad ~ Day 16
Wednesday: Pizza *My boys loved this!* ~ Day 17
Thursday: Shepard’s pie ~ Day 18
Friday: Carrot ginger soup  ~ Day 19
Saturday: Lemon buttered cod ~ Day 20
Sunday: Clam Chowder ~ Day 21
Monday: steak with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto *no recipe* it’s simple as it sounds! We’re done #21DSD
Tuesday: Meatloaf with avocado salad
Wednesday: Eggplant pizza with spicy green beans (for the bolognese sauce I use the homemade pizza sauce from the pizza recipe)
Thursday: Cobb salad
Friday: Shrimp Scampi
Saturday: Honey apple pork loin with side veggies
Sunday: Buffalo Chicken Alfredo with sweet potatoes

here is the bread recipe I doubled it as my loaf pan is bigger.

enjoy and eat clean