Menu Plan Monday #1

I saw this on The Horton Family's blog, and thought it might be a way to #1 encourage another post during the week, and #2 make sure I don't get lazy with my menu planning. The weeks that I'm just too lazy to make a menu  then a grocery list we call "European week" because I end up going to the grocery store every day to get what I need for supper. As a result, I end up spending much more than I should. So...I thought I'd give it a go.
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Since I get paid on the 15th & 30th of every month, I usually try to plan for 2 weeks at a time. This week isn't going to be a full week, since the 30th is Friday.

Monday:  Meatloaf (my Daddy's recipe!)
                 mashed potatoes
                 green beans

Tuesday: Red & White Chili (crockpot) Keep in mind mine never looks like the picture on the website!

Wednesday: Chicken Strips (I use the frozen Kroger brand...they're the best!)
                     Macaroni & Cheese (This is just about CH's favorite food in the whole world! I use 
                                                       Kraft's Homestyle 4 Cheese...it's the "grownup" mac & cheese!)
                      Salad (mainly for me. I put the chicken on top & use honey mustard dressing for my meal.)

Thursday:  Chili (I use a recipe that a nurse I once worked with gave me.  Oh, okay, here it is:
                    1 pound ground beef
                    Dice onion and put in pan while browning the ground beef.
                    Add & bring to a boil:
                    Large can of diced tomatoes
                    Salsa (I usually eyeball it and add however much I want. Lori said to use a big jar of Old El Paso, but I usually just use                      Kroger brand)
                    2 packages chili mix (whatever brand you want to use. I like to enjoy my food, so I use mild)
                    1 can Chili beans (again, I use the mildest I can find)
                     Simmer for 30 minutes

We'll go out on Friday since it's payday for me, and Sunday nights are almost always eat out nights for us...usually Mexican. 

For more ideas on what to plan for your meals for the week, visit I'm an Organizing Junkie. Thanks. Laurie, for introducing me to this site!

Excuse Me!

People being rude
Let's talk about rudeness, shall we? I don't know what the deal is with people being so rude.
A couple of weeks ago, YS & I were having dinner out. A family came in: grandparents, parents, & 3 children. The oldest child looked to be a young teenager, the middle appeared to be around 10 or 11, and the youngest appeared to be 8 or 9. The youngest immediately went into a booth, took her shoes off, and threw herself on the middle child. He tried to get her off, but she persisted. She ended up sitting on the back of the booth (still no shoes). I could just see her tumbling off. The grown ups were oblivious at first, but then one of the grandparents said something to her. And she stayed up. Mom said something to her and she slid back down, only to jump back on her brother and end up back on the back of the booth. The adults were oblivious. No lie...this went on for at least 10 minutes. YS works in a restaurant, and he said that the bad thing is that if she were to get hurt, the family could sue the restaurant. Unbelievable!
It didn't appear that this was a special needs child. If she were, I could halfway understand. Halfway. Being special needs is no excuse. But I digress...
Tonight, we were in the same restaurant. I was sitting down and a girl who appeared to be late middle/early high school age had to get by. There was no "excuse me", she just pressed by, pushing me in the process. If she had just said, "Excuse me", I could've moved up and there wouldn't have been a problem. 
I can deal with being bumped and pushed if someone will just be polite and say those 2 little words. When they're rude, I want to be like this:
Sometimes, okay...most of the time, I will say "excuse me" for them, but I am kind of nice about it. At least, I think I am. CH may have a different opinion!
So, please. Next time you bump into someone, just say those 2 little words.
And now, I'll climb off of my soap box.


Drawing a Lot of Blanks Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. American Idol is back for a 14th season. Are you watching? Have you ever watched? If you were to audition for the show (or were made to audition), what song would you sing?
When the show first started, I watched it faithfully. Now...not so much. I do like the judges this season, though. I have no idea what song I would sing. 

2.  Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." 

So when did you last have to 'eat a frog'? Or two? How'd that work out? 
I'm just not getting that quote. In fact, I even googled it for some help and still have no idea. Unless it means to do your toughest things first to get them out of the way.
This past weekend, I wanted to catch up on some shows & do some laminating for school, but I really needed to clean the house. So, I made sue I cleaned before I did anything else.

3. If you were going on safari, what is the number one animal you'd want to see?
Giraffe. I just love how big, yet graceful they are. 

4. January 21st is National Granola Bar Day. I know. Do you like granola bars? Chewy or crunchy? Your favorite flavor? How about regular granola? Let's exhaust this topic in honor of the holiday okay?
Give me a chewy granola bar anyday. Better yet, one of these:

Probably not the most healthy bars, but they are really good!
5. If only__________________________________________. 
I could think of something profound to fill in this blank, I wouldn't look like such an idiot!

6. You can add one item to your bedroom. What will it be? Keep it family friendly please.

More room.  Or, maybe a bigger closet. I've said this before: One thing I miss about my house in SC is the master closet. Our current house was built in the 60's...need I say more?

7. What is one thing you've enjoyed about winter thus far? If it's not winter in your corner of the globe, what season is it, and what is something you've enjoyed about whatever season it happens to be?
Gosh, it seems like it just started! No snow days yet, so nothing to get excited about.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I've got nothing for the random this week. Absolutely nothing.