Menu Plan Monday

How can it be Monday again already? Ha! The weekend seemed to sneak by…hope yours was good :)

Menu Plan Monday


We are going out of town this week for a tiny little vacation, but will be back to use up our CSA veggies! It was an interesting week with a new-to-us vegetable: kohlrabi. Let’s just say it wasn’t a favorite of ours, although we did try it!

Here’s our menu for the week:

Monday: Sandwiches and fruit

Tuesday: Chili Mac and squash

Wednesday: Chicken and Broccoli stir fry with rice

Thursday: Swedish Meatballs, mashed potatoes and veggies

Friday: Breakfast–Waffles, Bacon and fruit

Saturday: Brats on the grill, kohlrabi slaw, fruit

Sunday: Eat Out

For more ideas for your own menu, head over to Org Junkie and check out the menu plan Monday link-up!

What’s for dinner at your place this week?

This Week’s Kindle Book Round-Up

Good morning! Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful weekend :) I’m still at VBS this week, but I wanted to leave you with my weekly list of Kindle books for you to download…some for free!

Thanks to Shelly at Frugal Family Home for contributing to this list!

Free Kindle eBooks


Fiction (1)

The Prayer Box

The Sound of Crickets

Death by Betrayal (Book #10 in the Caribbean Murder series)

Finding Infinity

Wings of Glass

Non Fiction

Nonfiction (1)

Home Food Dehydration and Preservation: How To Dehydrate, Dry, and Preserve Your Food

Urban Gardening: The Urban Farmer Handbook – How to Grow Beautiful Fruits, Vegetables, and Plants in Any Space (Garden Design – Learn to Grow a Garden … Small Yard, Roof Tops, Balcony, and more)

50 Keys To Better Photography! (On Target Photo Training Book 23)

Speed Reading: Easily 5X Your Reading Speed And Comprehension Immediately

Morning Routine: How to Wake up and Conquer Your Day. With Your New Morning Ritual. Wake Up NOW !!

Surviving Self Sufficiency and Thriving: The Best Manual to Do-It-Yourself and Returning to the Simple, Happy Life


25 Tomatoes: Easy year-round recipes using fresh, canned, roasted and sun-dried tomatoes, from The Perfect Pantry® kitchen

25 Simple Casserole Recipes for Any Occasion

Grilling Recipes: Everyday Healthy and Delicious Recipes for Beginners (Everyday Recipes)

Kids Books


Famous, Fantastic, Fabulous, Fast Turtle A Children’s Story Book with Recipe Bonus Audio Book opt in

Zack & Zoey’s Alien Apocalypse -or- Alien Busting Ninja Adventure (Z&Z Book 1)

Jayden & the Mysterious Mountain: Book 1 (The Sanctum Series)

It’s Mine! Penny Learns to Share: Sharing Time, Bedtime Story for Children ages 2 – 7; Beginning Reader (The Penny and Ronald Series Book 1)

33 Cute Animals of the World (Cool Facts and Picture Book Series for Kids)

Other Kindle eBooks


Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans


Believer, The: A Novel

Non Fiction

10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days!

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk


Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

The Delicious Dump Cake Cookbook: 23 Easy Dump Cakes Recipes That Anyone Can Bake… Even If You’ve Never Baked Before

America’s Best Pies: Nearly 200 Recipes You’ll Love

The Italian Cookbook for Beginners: Over 100 Classic Recipes with Everyday Ingredients

Kids Books

The Day the Crayons Quit

Anna’s Best Friends (Disney Frozen) (Step into Reading)

What Was the Battle of Gettysburg? (What Was…?)

Fantastic Facts about the Oregon Trail


You don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. You can go here to download a Free Reading App so you can read any Kindle book on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69)

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Easy Vegetable Recipes: Roasted Summer Vegetables

Now that we are members of a CSA, I’m on the lookout for easy vegetable recipes that I can make on a weeknight that don’t take too much time.

Let’s face it, it’s already a struggle just to get the main course on the table each night…now that I’m not making veggies out of a bag from the freezer, dinner takes even longer to prepare.  That’s why I love this roasted summer veggie recipe…I can prepare all the veggies and then stick them in the oven to cook on their own while I work on the main course!


This is actually more of a method than an actual recipe because you can switch up the ingredients, depending on what you have in your CSA box or what is available at your local grocery store.

You don’t have to just save this for the summer either…I do this with root vegetables in the winter as well :)

Easy Vegetable Recipes: Roasted Summer Vegetables


This particular day, I happened to have a couple of tomatoes and zucchini on hand, so that’s what I used. This dish also works well with eggplant (and it’s so easy to trick the kids into trying it!) and summer squash, and you can mix and match all of them.  Just dice the veggies into about 1/2 inch cubes.


Place the cut vegetables on a foil-lined baking sheet (for easy clean up!), then drizzle them with some olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper to taste. Again, the amounts will vary, but for a 15X12 baking sheet, I usually use 1-2 tablespoons of oil and about 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.  Roast the veggies at 350 degrees for 25-45 minutes, until they are tender.


This has got to be one of the most easy vegetable recipes ever! Not only does it make a pretty and colorful side dish, but I usually have an easier time getting my kids to eat this than when I prepare veggies another way.

Easy Vegetable Recipes: Roasted Summer Vegetables

Easy Vegetable Recipes: Roasted Summer Vegetables


  • A combination of any of the following:
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Summer Squash
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 T. olive oil, depending on the amount of vegetables used


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. While the oven heats, wash and dice vegetables into 1/2 inch cubes. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle olive oil onto veggies, then sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Using your hands or a large spoon, toss the veggies to evenly coat them in the oil and seasonings.
  4. Roast the veggies until tender, about 30-45 minutes, depending on amount of vegetables.

I hope you get a chance to try this out soon! Look for more easy vegetable recipes on the blog soon as I work my way through our CSA share :)

Weekly Goals: It’s VBS week!

Weekly Goals

One of my favorite times of year is back again…VBS week!

For the past several years, my kids and I have attended and volunteered at Vacation Bible School at our church and each year we have a great time. In fact, being at church every day for a week really helps grow our faith because we are surrounded by stories, music, crafts and snacks that talk about God’s love for us.

My goals for this week are a little bit lighter, due to my work there, but I hope to have a lot of pictures to show you later in the week. If you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to sooner rather than later, head over to Instagram to follow me there!

Luckily, our new dryer is now fixed (it turned out to be a wire that was installed incorrectly by the delivery crew that was the fault)! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s actually nice to be able to do laundry again ;)

Here’s how I did on my goals last week:

And this is what I’m working on for this week:

What are you planning for the week?

Menu Plan Monday

Good morning….happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend :)

This week is going to be even more super crazy than usual. We are starting a week of vacation Bible school at our church today…the kids are attending and I’m one of the group leaders…and even though it’s a whole lot of fun, it is also exhausting! (I don’t know how all of you teachers out there do it on a daily basis!) So with that mixed in with piano lessons, doctor appointments and all the other stuff we do to keep our household running, I’m sure I will be one tired mommy come Friday.

Menu Plan Monday

That’s why I’m keeping the menu pretty simple for dinner this week. I”m also trying to use up our CSA veggies, so we are also trying out a couple of new things:

Monday: Borscht with sandwiches

Tuesday: Spaghetti with Italian sausage, roasted eggplant and zucchini

Wednesday: Burgers on the grill, oven fries, fruit

Thursday: Oven Chimichangas, Spanish rice, veggies

Friday: Egg and ham scramble (or quiche if the CSA gives us spinach), toast, fruit

Saturday: Eat Out

Sunday: Steak on the grill, tomato and cucumber salad

If you need more inspiration for your own weekly menu, check out OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday link-up.

What’s for dinner at your place this week?