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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Just popping in…

Hi everyone. I hope you are all safe and well. This year is just flying on by and boy what a year it's been. I just wanted to pop in to say yes, I'm still exercising and doing portion control. I'm so happy we have been getting our meats from the Butcher Box. It has really helped make meal planning easy for me. I normally get the same things each month. A few times I swapped out for something different if I needed something to go along with a holiday meal. With Winter arriving next month, I wanted to focus on things for soups, chili, and one-dish meals.

Below I have listed what I got in our box for this month.


This time around we have:

2 lbs. Ground Sirloin
2 lbs. Ground Pork
2.25 lbs. Bottom of Round Roast
2 lbs. Ground Sweet Italian Sausage
3 lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
3 lbs. Bone-in Chicken Thighs

I also added on 2 lbs. Ground Turkey to this month's box.

We have been able to afford these monthly boxes by planning them into our budget and rarely buying meat at the grocery store. With that being said I hope you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

My November 2020 Simple Woman Daybook

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For Today: 11/2/20
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Looking out my window
The leaves are covering the ground. It feels cold out there. Our high today was 53 degrees.

I am thinking
I'll be glad once we hear the outcome of our presidential election tomorrow. I’m just ready for this all to be over so we can move on.

I am thankful
For our health and strong immune systems.

One of my favorite things
Fall scented candles.

I am creating
A weekly layout in my planner.

I am wearing
A light gray jumpsuit.

I am reading
Articles on biblical womanhood.

I’m watching
Season 1 of the “Green Acres” T.V. show.

I am hoping
I find a good deal on some brown boots before it really starts to get cold.

I am learning
To relax and just enjoy the moment :-)

In my kitchen
I’ve got Thanksgiving on my mind.
I'm planning to make some Zucchini, Pumpkin, and Banana breads real soon.

Post Script
Here is an encouraging little read for you called "Why we must Live One Moment at a Time".

Shared Quote
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
-Ephesians 2:8-9

A moment from my day
I got a great deal on these Happy Planners. 
This will be my first time using a Happy Planner 
and I think I'm going to like it.

Closing Notes
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to read other ladies Simple Woman Journal posts. Just head on over to our host site to see more.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Weekly Meal Plans for November 2020

Hi everyone. So not only is Fall my favorite time of the year, but one of my favorite holidays will soon be here. I don’t know how Thanksgiving will look this year, but that doesn’t stop me from looking forward to it.  As the days get shorter and colder I just want to stay under a warm blanket and hibernate. Too bad I can’t do that all day cause I gots to keep the house in order. With that being said, are you ready for a list of home-cooked meals I have planned for the upcoming month? Please keep reading to see what’s on the menu.

Breakfast-
1. Smoothie Packs- Each mixture is placed in 2 different gallon size Ziploc bags (these will be consumed 2 times each week using Kefir, protein powder, chia seeds, fresh Spinach, and fruits like bananas, and frozen berry blend.)
2. Taco Scramble Breakfast Bowls (We will eat these 3 times during the week.)
3. Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (we will eat these with Bacon and a boiled egg 3 times during the week)
4. Brown Sugar Grits Bowls (will be served with oven-baked sausage links and eaten 3 times during the week.)
5. Cheesesteak Scramble (will be served with oven-roasted sweet potatoes and eaten 3 times during the week.)

6. Breakfast Casserole (We will eat these 3 times during the week.)


Lunch-
1. Loaded Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup (will be eaten 4 times during the week)
2. Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup (served with a slice of crusty bread. Will be eaten 4 times during the week)
3. Pork Stew (with modifications and will be eaten 4 times during the week)
4. Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque (served with chopped crab on top and a slice of crusty bread or Oyster crackers. Will be eaten 4 times during the week.)

5. Chili (served with crackers. Will be eaten  4 times during the week.)

Dinner-
1. Pepper Steak (served with brown rice and roasted Brussels Sprouts. (Will be eaten 4 times during the week.)
2. Indian Butter Chicken (will be served with Jasmine rice, Indian Dahl and Naan. This will be eaten 4 times during the week)
3. Apricot BBQ Chicken Thighs (served with Quinoa and Wild rice blend as well as steamed cabbage. This will be eaten 2 times during the week then replaced with Lemon Pesto Salmon Fillets and the same sides on the other days.)
4. Chicken Pad Thai (Will be eaten 4 times during the week)

5. Chili Lime Boneless Pork Chops (served with steamed California blend veggies, and Garlic Mushroom Quinoa. This will be eaten 2 times during the week then replaced with Chili Lime Salmon Fillets and same sides on the other days.)

Snacks-
1. Hummus and Pita Chips  (to be eaten 2-3 times during a week)
2. Granola Bars (to be eaten 2 times a week each week)
3. Small glass of Protein shake (w/banana and ice cubes)
4. Quick “DIY” Flavored Yogurt (to be eaten 2 times a week each week)
5. Healthy Breakfast Cookies (eat 2 cookies a few times during a week)
6. Bento type snack Boxes (made with fruit, meat, cheese, and crackers. Will be eaten 2-3 times during the week.)
7. Flavored mini rice cakes (eat 1-2 times each week)
8. Small baked sweet potato (served with honey cinnamon butter and eaten 2 times during a week.)
9. Some type of sweet bread muffin (eat a muffin a couple of days each week)
10. Chia Pudding (small bowl---to be eaten 2-3 times during a week)


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Monday, October 5, 2020

My October 2020 Simple Woman Daybook


For Today: 10/5/20
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Looking out my window
Woke up to a chilly morning. Although it was a sunny day we had to wear jackets while out and about. Our high today is 66 degrees.

I am thinking
About what upcoming holidays are going to be like.

I am thankful
For chili, stews, chowder, and soups to warm our bellies on chilly or cold days.

One of my favorite things
Feeling the cool breeze coming through the windows during the Fall season :-)

I am creating
Printing out some pretty Fall pictures to put around the house.
I found some free online :-)

I am wearing
A mocha-colored poncho, black pants, and comfy caramel colored shoes.

I am reading
Traditional Cooking cookbooks.

I’m watching
Just watching various old movies with my family.

I am hoping
I can finish stocking up on essentials before cold weather sets in. Thanks to COVID-19 that seems to be what I mainly focus on when shopping these days.

I am learning
That portion control is the best way for ME to lose weight. This is actually something that doesn't "feel" like a diet. This is a lifestyle for me. I know that (unlike other trendy diet plans) I'll stick with this through the long haul.

In my kitchen
Making a BIG batch of Apple Butter. A large portion of it is going
in the freezer to use during the upcoming months.

Post Script
I was reading something very interesting the other day. It's called "Women and False Teachers: Why Men don't get it..." There was much to ponder. I invite you to check it out.

Shared Quote
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
-2 Timothy 1:7

A moment from my day
Glad I stocked up on loose-leaf herbal teas at the local Farmer's Market.
Now with cooler weather, I'll be drinking a cup of yummy hot tea daily.

Closing Notes
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to read other ladies Simple Woman Journal posts. Just head on over to our host site to see more.
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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Weekly Meal Plans for October 2020

Fall is finally here my friends. It’s my favorite time of the year. Time to break out the chili, stews, and chowders. Happy Fall y'all! Let me share what I have planned for the month as we begin to see the end of warm temps and the start of cooler days. Here is what’s on the menu:

Breakfast-
1. Smoothie Packs- Each mixture is placed in 3 different gallon size Ziploc bags (these will be consumed 2-3 times each week using Kefir, protein powder, flax and/or chia seeds, fresh Spinach, and fruits like bananas, strawberries, blueberries, frozen berry blend (or whatever is on sale during the month).
2. Peanut Butter Brownie Baked Oatmeal (We will eat these 2-3 times during the week.)
3. Maple-Pecan Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apple Bowls (we will eat these 2-3 times during the week)
4. Cheesy Grits Bowls (served with smoked sausage with gouda cheese, and a  fried egg on top. Will be eaten 2-3 times during the week.)
5. Bacon, Cheese, and Spinach Egg cups (will be served with Protein Pancakes, and mandarin oranges. We will eat these 2-3 times during the week.)


Lunch-
1. Italian “Sub” Salad with a homemade Vinaigrette salad dressing (will be eaten 4 times during the week)
2. Club “Sandwich” Salad with Lori’s homemade salad dressing (This will be eaten 4 times during the week)
3. BBQ Pulled Chicken Cobb Salad with Ranch salad dressing (will be eaten 4 times during the week)
4. Seafood Bisque (served with drop biscuits or Oyster crackers. Will be eaten 4 times during the week).

Dinner-
1. BBQ Pulled Pork Dinner served with Baked Beans, and Corn. (will be eaten 4 times during the week.)
2. Yogurt Chicken (will be served with a blend of Quinoa and wild rice, and steamed California blend veggies. This will be eaten 4-5 times during the week)
3. Korean Beef and Pork (served with brown rice as well as steamed green beans and carrots. This beef and pork mix will be eaten 2 times during the week then replaced with Korean BBQ Chicken Thighs on the other days)
4. Spaghetti (served with a cornbread muffin, steamed green beans, and will be eaten 4 times during the week)


Snacks-
1. Deli meat and cheese rolls with crackers, a boiled egg, and 1/2 an apple,  (to be eaten 2-3 times during a week)
2. Homemade Trail Mix (to be eaten 2 times a week each week)
3. Small Antipasto Plate (w/Artichokes, green or black olives, salami, and mozzarella cheese cubes)
4. Quick “DIY” Flavored Yogurt (to be eaten 2 times a week each week)
5. A piece of Fresh Fruit (to be eaten 2-3 times during a week)
6. Homemade Energy (Bites) Balls (Only 2-3 balls will be eaten 2 times during a week)
7. Fresh popped Popcorn (eat once each week)
8. Small baked sweet potato (served with honey cinnamon butter and eaten 2 times during a week.)
9. Tuna salad (served with crackers and eaten a few times during the week. Make a batch every other week)
10. Chia Pudding (small bowl---to be eaten 2-3 times during a week)


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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wordless Wednesday~ 9/23/20

It’s such a blessing to be given LOTS of turnip greens for FREE.

I blanched, rinsed with cold water, and
froze these in 2 gallon sized Ziploc bags.


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