Menu Plan Monday

Good morning moms! I hope you had a great weekend :)

It was super chilly here this weekend…it went from warm-ish to downright cold literally overnight…and it got me in the mood for some nice warm comfort food. I’m so glad fall is really on its way now.

Menu Plan Monday

Here’s what’s on our menu this week:

Monday: Italian Mac and Cheese, salad

Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Tenders, sweet potatoes

Wednesday: Pot Roast in the slow cooker, potatoes, acorn squash

Thursday: Southwestern Layered Beef Casserole, veggies

Friday: Eggs, linguica, toast, Crockpot Applesauce

Saturday: Eat out

Sunday: Eat at birthday party

For more inspiration for your own menu plans, check out OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday!

What’s on your menu for the week?

This Week’s Best Kindle Books

Hello there…happy Friday! Or should I say TGIFKBF? (that is, thank goodness it’s free Kindle book Friday!)

Here are some of the best free Kindle books for you today. A big thank you to Shelly from Frugal Family Home for contributing to this list!

Please note, this post contains affiliate links.

Free Kindle eBooks


Fiction (2)

Wishing on Buttercups: A Novel (Love Blossoms in Oregon Series Book 2)

Code Breakers: Alpha

Strong & Wilde

Sixty Acres and a Bride (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #1)

An Unforgivable Secret (Amish Secrets – Book 1)

Non Fiction


Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils For Beginners: How To Improve Your Life With Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Speedy House Cleaning: How to Clean, Organize, and Declutter your Home in Half the Time

76 Productive Habits: How to Accomplish More, Overcome Procrastination, and Supercharge your Productivity

The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch


halloween food

Halloween Food (Instructables Halloween Book 3)

Easy Recipes for Back to School: A short collection of recipes from the cookbook Wholesome: Feed Your Family For Less

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Quick and Easy Mug Recipes: A Complete Mug Recipes Cookbook

35 Stir Fry Recipes For Weeknights – The Stir Fry Cookbook

Kids Books

KidsEbooks (1)

Monster Diaries 1: The Negative Monsters!: Negative Nelly & Negative Ned

The Scare: A Halloween Story

The True Princess

Children’s Book: Sacred Stories (Moral Stories for Children (Volume 1))

Prairie Academy (Carlile Corners Book 1)


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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Help Fight Domestic Violence with the Purple Purse Challenge

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Football is a huge part of life here in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Many, many people around town sport football-themed bumper stickers on their cars, the schools have children wear their favorite football shirts or jerseys on Fridays, and the game is on at restaurants and barber shops on Sundays.

Unfortunately, football hasn’t been all fun and games lately. I’m sure by now you’ve all heard of Ray Rice, the star running back for the Baltimore Ravens who infamously punched his fiancee so hard that she passed out in a casino elevator, and was then caught on camera dragging her unconscious body out of said elevator. Seeing a very much-loved football hero do something so violent and despicable was hard for Ravens fans to accept, but fortunately, this case has shed light on a terrible, but rampant, problem: domestic violence.


Many of us think that domestic violence is exactly like the Ray Rice incident: physical abuse of one partner by the other, but that’s not solely the case. Financial abuse happens much more frequently, and is a way for an abuser to trap his or her partner in the relationship. According to statistics, roughly 98% of domestic abuse cases involve some sort of financial abuse. When a person doesn’t have the financial resources to leave, they usually have no choice but to stay with their abuser.

The statistics sound grim, but there is hope! In order to bring awareness AND financial support to victims of domestic and financial abuse, The Allstate Foundation has started the Purple Purse Challenge. Along with their own investment of over half a million dollars, Allstate is asking us to help provide funding to local domestic abuse offices through Purple Purse.

These funds will go straight into our local communities for the express purpose of helping people leave abusive situations and gain financial knowledge and skills they need to live on their own. Recent research from the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University shows that when an abuse survivor’s skills, resources and financial literacy are increased, they can start down a path of long-term safety and security.


To show your support for the Purple Purse movement, you can attach one of these purple purse charms to your own purse (purple or not!) and wear it all year long. They are available though Purple Purse Challenge participants and Allstate agency owners.

Most importantly, please visit the Purple Purse website to find out how you might be able to help someone you know who is experiencing domestic abuse. The site lists signs to look for and ways that you can start a conversation to help free someone from their terrible situation. If someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Weekly Goals: When the House is Turned Upside Down!

Weekly Goals

Well, it’s been a crazy week around here!

Not only is my dad here from the West Coast for his annual visit, but the contractors picked this week to fix our roof and ceiling leak, which has turned our whole house upside down!

After the ceiling was patched, we got another rain storm and the roof leaked again, getting the patch all wet. I guess the contractor was banking on there not being another rain before he could fix the roof. So the painters had to start all over again after the contractor fixed the roof.

Kitchen Repainting

Despite all the craziness with the house, we were able to take a few day trips with Grandpa so that he could have some fun. We toured Hershey (Chocolate World!), the Monocacy Battlefield, and Fort McHenry, but I didn’t get around to many of my goals. Hopefully I can get back to them this week.

Here’s what I did last week:

  • Complete my Bible reading each morning (I’m following along with Courtney of Women Living Well)
  • Read Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson (affiliate link)
  • Take 1 Spin and 1 abs class
  • Help my daughter with piano practice
  • Trim bushes in the yard
  • Shop for a new bathroom vanity
  • Write one chapter of the ebook

And this is what I’ve planned for this week:

What’s on your to-do list this week?

Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday to you! How was your weekend?

It’s time to start off a new week, and so that means a new menu plan! My dad is still here for a couple more days, so I’m fixing more of his favorites. One of the things I’m going to try is a simple cut of round steak dredged in flour, then fried until golden brown. My grandmother used to make this quite often, and I hope I can come close to the way her round steak tasted.

We are also eating dinner at school and church this week. I’m in charge of feeding about 100 people at church on Friday, and I’m so nervous about making enough for everybody.

Menu Plan Monday


Here’s what we’re having for dinner at home this week:

Monday: Round Steak, mashed potatoes, squash

Tuesday: Make-Your-Own Taco Night

Wednesday: Dinner at school

Thursday: Italian Mac and Cheese, salad

Friday: Dinner at church

Saturday: Eat Out

Sunday: Pork Chops, mashed potatoes, green beans

For more inspiration for your own menu, check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday link-up!

Have you ever cooked for a really big crowd before? What are some of your tips for making it all go smoothly?