APR
26
2016

May 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hey guys! I’m so excited for May because that means we only have one more month of school left! I start getting really bad summer fever right about now and with the weather warming up I want to do just about anything else besides hang out in the kitchen cooking. So that’s where my monthly meal plans come in super handy! I have some fun recipes to share with you along with a stress free meal plan to help you enjoy your flowery month of May too!   If you’re new to my meal plans, anything blue and underlined is clickable. It will take you to a recipe on my site to help you out. The other meals I assume are basic enough not to need recipes for. But if you see anything on there that you’d like more information on let me know! I take my monthly meal plan each week and make a grocery list then head to the store. Right now I have to go on weekends usually because that’s about the only spare time I have. I get just what’s on the meal plan for the week and that way I’m sure … [Read more...]

APR
21
2016

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

Hey guys, I have a super easy and delicious recipe for you today. As most of you know I don’t have a lot of time to fuss around in the kitchen, but I still like to have home-cooked meals as well. This recipe covers both needs beautifully! We have sports in the evenings on most days and so my slow cooker has become one of my favorite tools as of late. Anything I can toss in the crock-pot in the morning and have ready for me when it’s time for dinner is a winner in my book! So let’s check out this crazy easy BBQ Pulled Chicken recipe below, I hope you enjoy it too!   Ingredients: 1/4 c. Italian Dressing (any kind will do) 1/4 c. Brown sugar (packed) 1 c. BBQ Sauce (Your favorite kind! We like Famous Dave’s Sweet & Sassy) 4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts Salt/pepper Slow Cooker   Directions: Mix dressing, brown sugar, and BBQ sauce in a bowl and set aside. Place raw (thawed) chicken breasts into your slow cooker and set to … [Read more...]

APR
05
2016

April 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry, but apparently April snuck up on me, and I totally forgot to post my monthly meal plan! Ironically, I’m just finishing up my new cookbook and meal plan book which I thought was funny! Apparently I can’t multi-task these days! I think my brain is in spring fever mode. We only have 2 months of school left, then we’re out for summer! YAY!! And yes, I get excited for the break. School can be crazy. And fun. And crazy. So we all get excited to have some down time to just chill by the pool, play with friends, and hang out. But that’s a couple of months off, so let’s get back to April and what’s for dinner!     If you’re new to my meal plans, anything blue and underlined is clickable. It will take you to a recipe on my site to help you out. The other meals I assume are basic enough not to need recipes for. But if you see anything on there that you’d like more information on let me know! I take my monthly meal plan each week and make a … [Read more...]

MAR
23
2016

Easy No Bake Easter Flower Cookies

Hi everyone! We had a major blizzard today, and so I thought it would be the perfect time to make some fun Easter treats since it’s this weekend! Hopefully the snow will subside by then so we can actually go outside and enjoy it!   So just in case you’re stuck inside like we are I wanted to share these fun no bake cookies with you. They’re super easy and your kiddos can make them virtually unassisted with the exception of a little bit of microwaving!   Ingredients: Candy Melts (We used white and pink ones, but I think green would be lovely too!) Pastel colored M&Ms Square Pretzel Snaps (The lattice looking ones)     Directions: First spread some of the pretzels on a paper plate, then top each pretzel with one candy melt.   Next pop them in the microwave on high for about 1  minute or until candy melt is nice and soft but not completely melted.   Once the melts are softened, place one M&M … [Read more...]

FEB
23
2016

March 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Good day! Are you starting to get overwhelmed with school, activities, and life in general? So much that you haven’t had time to cook a decent meal in weeks, and you’re living off of take out and cereal? Fret no more fellow homeschooler because I have our March Monthly Meal Plan up for you today! These seriously take the stress out of cooking for me. Thankfully I have a daughter who loves to cook and helps me stay on track. It can be so easy to hit the drive-thru on busy days, but hopefully this will help you be better prepared so that you can have home-cooked meals on a regular basis! I take my monthly meal plan each week and make a grocery list then head to the store. Right now I have to go on weekends usually because that’s about the only spare time I have. I get just what’s on the meal plan for the week and that way I’m sure to have ingredients for all of my meals. I also find that weekly shopping helps with things like produce which can spoil easily. And it keeps our budget … [Read more...]

DEC
27
2015

January 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

What in the world happened to 2015? Is anyone else wondering that? I think I have to start paying better attention, because 2015 seriously slipped by me. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the things that went on for the COAH household in 2015, honestly it was hard remembering everything and I had to look back at my Facebook and Instagram to see what we did LOL! The kids are all one year older which makes me sad. I wish they could stay babies forever, but at the same time it’s been fun having older kiddos around too. Strawberry Shortcake turned 12, and will be 13 at the end of this January, Tinker Bell turned 9,  Turbo turned 11, and Miss Lady Bug made her debut as a 7 year old! We’ve successfully completed 2 years of homeschooling in the new house. And I think I finally have our school room set up in a functional and mostly organized manner. We lost one of our border collies to cancer, then had to put the other one down due to old age this past … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2015

December 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Good morning everyone! It’s finally December, and that mean’s it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you already know that I love Christmas time. I love driving around and enjoying all of the twinkle lights, sledding, snow fort building, and hot chocolate drinking If you live anywhere near us, you’re also getting to enjoy snowy evenings by the fire. And if you’re like me, then you’re also standing outside in the snowy cold night waiting for your new puppy to go potty. It’s seriously a good thing he’s cute! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve already met him, but I’d still like to officially introduce you to our newest family member, Bandit. He’s was originally named Cosmo after "Cosmo’s moon" in the movie Moonstruck with Cher and Nicolas Cage. I saw it years ago, and when I saw him I start singing… “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore” I also used it as a selling point for … [Read more...]

NOV
12
2015

Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Hey guys! I have a delicious new recipe to share with you today! As most of you know, I’m a big meal planner. Mainly because if I don’t plan our meals, then we don’t eat. Trying to figure out what to make at the end of a busy homeschool day doesn’t usually go well, and since we’re usually running to sports in the afternoons it can get hectic. So a good plan is essential! So is an easy and good dinner, that everyone likes! I recently tried this recipe from my mom, and everyone enjoyed it, so I thought I would share it with you too! And there are two ways to make this one. The long way…and the fast way. Both are good! Ingredients: (Long way) 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1 - 8 oz. package sliced mushrooms 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 - 14 ounce can low sodium chicken broth 1 1/3 cups half and half 3 tablespoons dry sherry (Optional, we skipped this and it was still yummy!) 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1 4/ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground … [Read more...]

OCT
29
2015

November 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Hey guys! I feel like I just posted the October meal plan, and here we are again ready for a new month! I am telling you the time period between August and December flies by like nobody’s business doesn’t it? It’s like I step into a vortex of school, sports, holidays, and shorter days that seem to make time fly by. That said, I do love this time of year. There is so much going on, and the cooler weather in our area is a welcome relief from the hotness of summer. I love the changing leaves from fall, and the drizzly days that make for fun afternoons crafting in jammies. And if we’re lucky we might even see some snow here pretty soon! And…it also means we have some yummy soups and more meals to look forward to as well. I hope that my monthly meal plans help relieve a little bit of stress in your home. And maybe they’ll even save you enough time to enjoy some afternoons relaxing too!     Download the 2015 November Monthly Meal Plan: 2015 November Monthly Meal Plan … [Read more...]

SEP
24
2015

October 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Good morning fellow hard working moms and dads out there! I have my October 2015 Monthly Meal Plan ready for you today! I’m hoping my monthly meal plans make your lives a little bit easier, and stress free! I know it helps my sanity levels since I barely have time to even think about what we’ll be eating on any given day! And I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to the cooler weather that October brings. Fall is probably one of my favorite seasons. I love all of the leaves changing colors along with the crisp cool air. And…it also means we have some yummy soups and more fall meals to look forward to as well.   Download the 2015 October Monthly Meal Plan: 2015 October Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2015 October Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I hope this helps all you homeschooling warriors who are in the final stretch of the year! The … [Read more...]