Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Preschool Open House!!

Yall, he is going to LOVE preschool! He had the best time tonight! He said his teacher was his new friend! So sweet! She gave them each a bag with pictures of places in the class room on it and they had a scavenger hunt to find all the things! Once they found it, they got a piece of candy and put a sticker on the picture of that item! He loved this "treasure hunt!"

He did not want to even think about leaving when it was time to go, but we told him we needed to get home so we could go to Mississippi! He promptly ran to the teacher yelling "Bye Miss Tina, gotta go see my Whoop!!" Haha! This kid!! :)

 Do I even need to tell yall that this was his fave spot!!

He is going to have such a great time this year! And even though I really don't want him to grow up, it will be so good for him! And good for McCoy, he needs some Mommy time too after all!! :)

Meal Planning!

One of my friends was wondering about my monthly meal rotation, so I thought it would make a good blog post! 

I sit down every month and choose 20-25 (depending on what we have going on) recipes that we will have, most come off my Pinterest Cooking board (https://www.pinterest.com/beefhayley/cooking/) some are just old standbys! 

 Once I figure it all out, I print the list (see pic above) and put it up on the fridge, then we just mark them off as I make the meal. It works great since I do my big grocery shopping trip once a month too (with the exception of running to our local store for milk and fresh fruit when we need it). So I have all the ingredients for every meal on the list! Every morning I just choose from the list what we will be having for supper! Super simple!

I started doing once a month grocery shopping when I was 7 months preggo with McCoy and it was way too hard to shop with Merritt and my big bump! I could certainly take them both with me once a week now, but I just really love going once a month and not have to worry about what's for supper or when I can get to the store! It's kind of my Mommy Time to leisurely peruse the aisles with no whining! And I spend less this way too! Win/Win!

Fall is the most fun for meal planning for me! I love Soups and Chili! Yummo! 
Below is my line up for September:

Meals for September:
1. Hamburger Helper
2. Pulled Pork (I use a McCormick Season pouch-this roast will make 3 meals for us) & broccoli slaw
4. Pulled Pork Pizza (I use canned dough, BBQ sauce, red onion, cheese, and the pork)
5. Sloppy Joes and Fries
6. Pizza (I use canned dough, pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni)
7. Chicken tortilla soup (in Set It and Forget it Cookbook, will do a post about it, best I've ever had!)
8. Cream Chicken buns (canned chicken, cream of mushroom soup, ranch season)
9. Steak
10. Burgers and Fries
12. Roast Beef Crescent (I use leftover roast beef from French Dip)
13. Frito Pies (a bowl, Fritos, canned chili, nacho cheese sauce- amazing!)
20. Slow Cooker Beefy Nacho Soup (will be first time trying)
21. Cheeseburger Party Buns (haven't tried these yet, but how could they be bad?)

We eat a lot of beef (and you should too! hehe!), I usually only buy one bag of frozen chicken breast a month, which usually gets me through 2 to 3 recipes. Unless stated otherwise, I have some sort of veggie/easy side with every dish! I love frozen vegetables for a quick side! This summer we have had a lot of Suddenly Salad! Soo good! We will also have the corn we froze, at least once a week! A few of these recipes will make enough to eat it two nights, but for the most part any leftovers get eaten at lunch the next day! What am I gonna do when these babes get grown boy appetites?!?! :)

Maybe I will share my meal list every month for inspiration!! 

Orange is the new Black!

I just had to get pics of the boys before church in their cute orange pants!! :)  I'm a boy mom, these are the things I get excited about...don't judge! Hehe!  Merritt calls them his Great Pumpkin pants!! Love it!

Merritt's Open House is tonight, then we leave for Mississippi in the morning!! Soo excited! Merritt says "Just one more sleep!!"  :)

Saturday, August 22, 2015


I have been trying to get this sign done for awhile, but couldn't decide exactly how I wanted to do it! I finally settled on tracing and painting the letters and I loved the way it turned out! Bonus: I didn't spend a dime! Just used paint I had on hand!!

I thought it would be easier to use pre-made wooden/metal letters but I couldn't find any that looked western, and the ones I liked would have cost way more than I wanted to spend! So I printed out the letters on cardstock (used the font, Saddlebag, get it here free) cut them out, stapled them on the old door (I didn't have to worry about little holes since it is a rustic sign!), traced, then painted!! It really was SOO easy!!

The door..before!

I had The Farmer cut it down smaller so it wasn't too big!

The cardstock letters, all stapled on, ready to be traced!

Traced!! I used a brown Sharpie, worked perfectly!

All painted, I thought this was going to take forever, but it went so quick! It helped that the letters were big, so there wasn't much detail work.

Mommy's big helper!!

Love the way it looks by my front door!! Next project is spray painting the gold hardware on the storm door a pretty hammered bronze!

I will update again when I get all my outdoor fall decor up! It's going to look super cute with pumpkins and mums surrounding it!! Can't wait! 

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