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Weekly Update

This week has been so very busy, and my two youngest children were sick pretty much all week.  Spring is in the air but were starting to feel some major cabin fever coming on just because of sickness. I've definitely been feeling that way and am looking forward to getting out of the house more often now that it is warming up (as long as everyone stays healthy), In the meal plan department I feel like I basically stayed on track. This is a good thing. 

Meal Plan

Monday: Goulash
Tuesday: Pancakes, eggs, and breakfast hash with sausage
Wednesday: Pizza 
Thursday: Sandwiches
Friday: Leftovers or soup
Saturday: Chicken and Rice Stir Fry

Leftover items in fridge that need to be used up: rice, and potatoes 
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Actual Meal Plan

On  Monday, I made a big batch of goulash. Both regular and white. For white goulash leave out the tomatoes. I served it with corn and homemade bread.




Goulash

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion chopped
 1 can diced tomatoes drained
1lb box macaroni cooked

Saut√© onion, brown ground beef, combines with macaroni, and diced tomatoes.  Salt and pepper to taste. Yield 6-8 servings
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On Tuesday, my two year old was miserable all day, so while pancakes are an easy recipe it was too hard to safely make with a toddler hanging on me. Therefore I decided to make a french toast casserole. I attempted making my sausage and potato hash in the slow cooker,( not to self, bad idea) so by 4 pm it was clear that it wasn't going to work out. What I had was a mushy mess. Therefore I transferred the mixture into a glass casserole dish and added some cheese then said  little prayer and tossed it in the oven along with the french toast casserole and a batch of banana bread.

The result I feel turned out well. I might even make it again except I would skip the slow cooker step. If I were to become bold, I might even add more ingredients. This recipe would also be delicious with some spinach, mushrooms, bacon, the sky is the limit.



Cheesy Sausage and Potato Casserole

1 onion ( diced)
2- 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
1/2 pound sausage browned.
shredded cheddar and or mozzarella cheese
1 egg

Saute onion, and brown sausage. Combine onion, sausage, potatoes,and egg. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 for hour.
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French Toast Casserole
4 -6 cups bread cubes ( I used wheat)
4 eggs
1 cup milk

Combine eggs and milk, pour over bread cubes in glass baking dish. Bake at 350 for hour.



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On Wednesday my son took a very long nap on this, and I was able to execute this plan very well. I ended up making  a cheese pizza, and a bacon, pepper, and spinach pizza. I made the dough and had my girls help me with putting the pizzas together.  Everyone loved it. My husband said the meal was a "knockout".

Here was the result. I thought it turned out very well.







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On Thursday we ended up eating leftovers, and the kids had some soup that my mother- in-law brought over. I hadn't made anything separate for the sandwiches anyway.
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On Friday, we had  roast beef  and mustard sandwiches. ( no pictures)
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On Saturday, I took my two girls to a ladies brunch at church, then to Target to get my oldest some new shoes and a few other things. We actually didn't get home until almost 5 pm, so instead of making something new I heated up leftovers.
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On Sunday, we celebrated my daughter's first birthday at the grandparents house. My mother-in- law made corn beef and cabbage because St. Patrick's  Day is this week. We ended up getting leftover decorations from the ladies brunch on Saturday which was a St. Patrick's theme.  We are not really Irish, but it was so cute.




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The lightning flashed, and thunder crashed as it poured . I was trying to help my oldest daughter finish her homework assignment. My four year old, who was supposed to be sleeping, came running back out to the living room. "Will the lights go out," she wondered. My oldest daughter chimed in, what if one of our trees falls down? What if it falls on the house? " I prayed for them, for safety in the storm, and gave them a flashlight. After  while the storm dissipated enough and I was able to get them to go to sleep.

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~Cast all of your care upon Him for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7.