AUG
07
2016

Busy Mom’s Guide to Home-cooked Meals

As a busy mom of four, I find meal planning a little on the stressful side. I actually enjoy cooking, however when we’re busy with school and other activities, I don’t always have time to run to the store, or think of something healthy and tasty for my family. I don’t know about you all, but it’s really easy for me to want to run out and grab something quick when we’re in between activities, or coming home late from something. But as we all know, that can get expensive, and it’s really not very healthy depending on what you grab on the go.   But with just a little planning, it’s easy to skip the take-out and create a variety of home-cooked meals for your family, even when you’re busy like we are! As most of you know I always post my monthly meal plans here on my blog, but I’ve had also ton of requests for weekly shopping lists as well as a list of all of my recipes in one location, so I put all of that together in my new book! I’ve also added in a new customizable … [Read more...]

JUL
28
2016

August 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hi everyone! We’re already gearing up for school within the next couple of weeks! The summer always flies by no matter how much I try to slow it down. I don’t know about you, but the school season brings a whole new level of chaos to our day. And one of the things that helps keep me sane is having a meal plan! So without further ado, here is August 2016 Monthly Meal plan for you! I hope it helps you out as well!     Download the 2016 August Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 August Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 August 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 like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the store. I find that I spend less when I shop off of a list, then flying by the seat of my pants. I also end up with ingredients that will actually go together instead of a bunch of random items that don’t amount to … [Read more...]

JUL
01
2016

July 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hey everyone! It’s July first, can you believe it!? Summer is already flying by for us, and there’s so much I still want to do before school starts! But worry about what to cook isn’t one of them. So today I’m sharing my July 2016 Monthly Meal Plan with everyone. This way we can spend time having fun with the family, and not worrying about what to make.     I don’t know about you, but being home all day with 4 kids makes me feel like I’m just going from one meal to the next. As soon as breakfast is cleaned up, people start asking about lunch! Not to mention snacks and dinner prep. So if you’re like me and don’t want to worry about it, this meal plan is my gift to you! Go forth and enjoy your summer!   Download the 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 July 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 like … [Read more...]

MAY
30
2016

June 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

School is out for summer! Whoohoo! I don’t know about you guys, but I am so excited I could pee! But I won’t. Because that would be gross. And also not fitting for a monthly meal plan post. But I really am so excited to be done with school this year. I can’t wait for long summer days, sippin’ sweet tea on the front porch, and hanging out at the pool. Oooh, and grilling up some yummy summer food too! Since my plan is to relax and have fun, I don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen all summer. But I do like to make fresh salads, fruit salsas, and grill up a storm! So if that sounds good to you…here’s my way of keeping it simple for the summer! Oh, and don’t worry I’ll be back next week with all new Tip Tuesdays for you all! Yay! Hope my monthly meal plans help you as much as they do me!     Download the 2016 June Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 June Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 June Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can … [Read more...]

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...]