Hello from my family to yours. The weekend zoomed by as always, but we are ready to start another glorious week in the Smith house. We’re still trying to get things clean and organized and in order here, but it’s a slow process with a baby and a three year old.
Luckily I am making some yummy meals this week; plus some healthy baby food, and maybe even some blueberry banana oat muffins. Here’s what’s on the menu:
Ranch pork chops with mashed potatoes and green beans
Bacon and eggs
Cheesy chicken broccoli and rice
Chicken and refried bean tacos
Breakfast food twice in one week?! Yes, because I love breakfast, and it is easy, and I have some bacon in the freezer that is dying to be devoured.
I’m sharing our ranch pork chop recipe today. I got it from a Pin linked to this website. It’s an easy meal to make in your trusty slow cooker. Just four frozen chops, a cup of water, and two ingredients that are probably in your pantry, – and you’ve got a delicious dish in four hours with very little prep time! Serve it with rice or mashed potatoes and a side of veggies to complete the meal. It’s comfort food that your family will gobble up and come back for more.
Have you ever felt like your whole life was out of whack, off track, or all around unorganized? That’s how I have been feeling lately. About everything. Budget. House cleaning. Diet. Meal planning. Time management. Everything.
When your whole life is out of control it’s so hard know where start. I try to be realistic. I can’t fix everything at once. I’ll have to start by improving one area of my life, and build on it from there.
I decided to begin with something that has been driving me particularly crazy. This dirty house. Today’s Thursday Top Three is three different cleaning schedules that I am going to combine and use to get our mess under control.
I’m planning on putting these suggestions together to find something to fit my schedule and motivation. I know not to shoot too big, but I have to know where I’m going.
Here’s to hoping.
Do you follow a cleaning schedule? I would love to know how you keep a clean house. I’m starting to think a clean house is for the birds.
We got our freezer loaded up with pork last week, so this week we’re having sausage gravy over biscuits and pork chops. Next week we’ll have to try some of the bacon. I can’t wait 🙂 Here’s what is on the menu!
Crock pot ranch pork chops
Biscuits and gravy
Grilled cheese and ramen
Cheesy chicken broccoli and rice
I’ve been trying so hard to slow time down lately. It’s just now hitting me that Ivy is three. She is so smart and funny and grown up. I’m so proud, but it breaks my heart a little. Then little Reid is six months old and rolling and sitting and even has a tooth peeking through. Ugh 😦 Try as I might, time rolls on, picking up speed. I guess you could say that time keeps on slipping (slipping, slipping) into the future.
The one thing I really wanted in a house, that we didn’t get here, was a dining room separate from the kitchen. But instead we have an eat-in-kitchen that has a little corner for a dining table and chairs.
So far we have thoroughly enjoyed our retro “dinette set”. It is cute and fits our 50s farmhouse vibe.
Eventually though, we’ll have to retire our yellow gem. And when we do, I would love to put banquette seating into our cozy dining corner.
“Banquette seating refers to the built-in benches often found in restaurant seating.”
And here is what I like about banquette seating.
The benches can be used for storage.
Takes up less room than a regular dining table.
Cute and cozy
Fun way to add color to your kitchen
Of course I have went to Pinterest to find all sorts of inspiration for this upcoming project. Here are my favorite images that I pinned. Find more images and photo sources on my Pinterest board banquette seating!
Someday, we will get around to this project! It is really hard on the credit card to constantly be renovating.. Anyhow, which photo is your favorite? I’d love to hear about your banquette seating dining area!
This week’s #mealplanmonday is missing the meal plan. And, this recipe is so simple that I can hardly call it a recipe. But perhaps like me, you would like to make your own applesauce. You’d never guess how easy it is.
A wonderful fall time snack. Great as an ice cream topping. Perfect any time.