My Mundane Musings

Growing up I longed for the fast paced life of big city life and corporate America. Now I’m a stay at home mom of 4 in a small rural community! And I wouldn’t have it any other way! (At least for now).

Menu Plan Monday – September 29, 2008… September 29, 2008

Filed under: food,menu,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 8:00 am

Oh. my. word. I hate Mondays. They make me growly and snarly and I never want to get it. Just a little over a month until the time changes and I’m already dreading it. I need to stock up on the coffee I guess.

A few people have asked about my Sunday meal plans since we always have the same thing. It’s the day we eat leftovers. Some people are shocked when they find out that we don’t have a big family meal on Sunday afternoons (we did yesterday – baked ziti – put it on the calendar, it likely won’t happen again soon). But by the time we get home from church on Sunday afternoons, Chip and I are so tired that the last thing on our mind is making something for lunch. So, we do easy things like sandwiches or even cereal. The kids like it because they can come home and gulp something down and go outside to play with their friends – I mean, it’s been a whole 15 hours or so since they last saw them. How does the world go on? – and Chip and I can eat at our own leisure. Oftentimes, I don’t even eat in the afternoon. A nap is much more appealing. And my husband has mercy on me and we usually go out to eat if we have company on a Sunday. That man deserves an award, y’all!

We ate out twice last week. Friday, I had a migraine. The worst in a long time. We ordered pizza for dinner. And then Saturday, we were out and about well past dinnertime, so we grabbed some McDonalds to eat in the van. So, I still have quesadillas for dinner. I made the ziti yesterday.

Monday – Quesadillas

Tuesday – Beef Stew

Wednesday – Pork Sandwiches at the football field. The last game of the season.

Thursday – Coca Cola Chicken – at Elijah’s request. You can use any seasoning you want, not just onion soup mix.

Friday – Baked Ravioli

Saturday – Chili

Sunday – CORN (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

So, what’s on your menu for this week?


Menu Plan Monday – September 22nd… September 22, 2008

Filed under: food,healthy living,life,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 8:13 am

It’s early, so forgive me any typos. I just almost typed May 22nd into the title. It was a long night of weird dreams. Crazy weird.

Someone forgot to tell the weather people that today is FALL and they are calling for temps in the mid 80’s all week. I’m ready to start breaking out the fall/winter meals, but it really does need to cool down first. It’s just not the same eating chili or a nice thick soup when it’s so warm outside.

I’ve added a new page to my blog – it has most of the recipes that I’ve posted on my blog in the last year. The ones we actually liked anyway. I really need to go back through the archives, but y’all – there are a LOT of archives. Next month, I’ll celebrate my 7th year of blogging! I’ll get through them all eventually.

Monday – Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes

Tuesday – Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday – Stromboli

Thursday – Sweet & Sour Chicken

Friday – Quesadillas

Saturday – Baked Ziti with garlic bread

Sunday – CORN (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

What are you having for dinner this week?


Menu Plan Monday – September 8th… September 8, 2008

Filed under: family,food,healthy living,kids,life,marriage,menu,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 7:56 am

Well, Chip threw his back out last week, so we never ate any of the meals that required grilling. That’s right – we’ve been married 12 years and I’ve never once been forced to endure the grilling. Chip enjoys it and I enjoy letting him! rofl Hopefully we’ll get to those meals towards the end of the week.

I’m going to try letting the kids cook with me more often. If nothing else, they can help with side dishes. I’ve heard one story too many lately about people who just don’t know how to cook. There was a time when I was convinced that I couldn’t cook. It just wasn’t a talent that I picked up on as I was growing up. But I’m learning. Chip and the kids even tell me that I’m an excellent cook and request food all the time. I never thought I’d get to that point. Seriously, I couldn’t even boil water successfully at one point. So. not. kidding.

So, I know if I can cook, then my kids can definitely learn to cook. And I figure I might as well teach them when they are still at an age where they *want* to help me. So, for the most part, my menu this week is kid friendly and has stuff they can do to help me…

Monday – Black & Blue Nachos

Tuesday – Homemade gnocchi with marinara sauce and cheese sauce (or both I suppose) and garlic bread

Wednesday – We’ll eat out this day because of football

Thursday – Grilled pork steak

Friday –  Shrimp lettuce wraps and/or springrolls

Saturday – Garlicky Grilled Orange Chicken

Sunday – CORN (Clean Out Refrigator Night)

How do you involve your kids in helping prepare your main meal? Or do you just let them do the dishes?


Apples, apples everywhere… September 6, 2008

Filed under: food,friends,fun,life,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 9:14 am

And I’m not talking about the computer! (Although, if someone out there were to want to gift me a MacBook I definitely wouldn’t complain).

Chip’s dad brought me about 2 bushels of apples. My kids have eaten about 1/2 a bushel. I’ve made applesauce. And apple bread.

And this apple bread? Y’all, it’s like I got a little taste of heaven when we tried it! Oh. my. word. It’s really *that* good! And I will so completely blame my friend Suzanne for giving me the recipe when I gain 30 pounds because my family is insisting that I make it again. Very, very soon.

So, without further ado, for your gastronomical pleasure, I present…

Suzanne’s Apple Bread

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
2 cups chopped apples

Mix all together and spread into a greased 8×4 loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes. 

I went a step further and put a glaze on it since we were having it for dessert. After it was done baking, I moved it to a cooling rack. I mixed together 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar (that’s just plain powdered sugar for those of you who don’t like to get all fancy) and about 2 tablespoons of water until it was thin and pourable. Then I poured that over the bread and let it all cool.

I’ll be making it again very soon.


Menu Plan Monday – September 1st… September 1, 2008

Filed under: family,food,life,menu,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 7:18 pm

What a day! I’ll have more on it tomorrow because it has a lot to do with my tomorrow. Parades, horse races, county fairs and 2 bushels of apples…  Are you intrigued? Let’s just say I’ll be baking tomorrow.

Our week is thrown off a bit with a Monday holiday. We’ll be doing our erranding tomorrow, including grocery shopping. I’m looking forward to falling into a normal routine with school this week. Hopefully Elijah’s curriculum will come in tomorrow’s mail.

I’m going to try a couple new recipes this week. My family is always on the fence about being my taste test audience, but hopefully they’ll enjoy these meals…

Monday – Baked Ravioli

Tuesday – Garlicky Grilled Orange Chicken

Wednesday – Bean & Rice

Thursday – Something with Smoked Sausage? Maybe?

Friday – Grilled Pork Steak with sweet potatoes

Saturday – Turkey Stroganoff – I substitute ground turkey for ground beef.

Sunday – CORN (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

What’s on your menu for this week?


Menu Plan Monday – August 25th… August 25, 2008

Filed under: family,food,life,menu,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 7:51 am

School starts this morning. Which means that any delusions I have about making big healthy meals for my family will soon be flying right out the window. I enjoy it because our schedule makes things a bit easier to remember to do, but settling into that schedule is just a bit more difficult for little ol’ me than most. I’ve known it was coming for three months and yet I’m still not ready to settle back in. Which is easy to prove, since Kait’s computer – that’s *needs* for school since her curriculum is all computer based, is still sitting on the floor unassembled. And I haven’t even thought about putting the curriculum on it before *right this very minute*. Guess it’s a good thing I had to get up early today!

So, a lot of my meals this week are going to be for those who are short on time or energy. Nothing fancy. Definitely nothing gourmet (because we are so fancy around here, we do occasionally eat gourmet types of foods off of our paper plates). And definitely nothing that requires me to think or do conversions or any sort of math.

Monday –Crockpot Pizza

Tuesday – Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Wednesday – Chicken Wraps (I’ll make up extra chicken for these on Tuesday night)

Thursday – Monical’s for Pizza (the youngest three have certificates for free pizza from the summer reading program)

Friday – Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken

Saturday – Baked Ravioli

Sunday – CORN (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

What meal are you looking forward to most this week?


Monkey Munch… August 20, 2008

Filed under: family,food,fun,kids,life,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 8:53 pm

I made monkey munch last night for the kids and it was gone by this afternoon after snack time. I was going to make more tonight after sending them all upstairs. Even had Chip’s mom stop and get some more cereal for me on her way home from work. All was well until I went into the kitchen to find that I only had 1/2 cup of chocolate chips left. I had checked around 4pm to make sure I had enough before asking Chip’s mom to get more cereal, so I thought I might be loosing my mind. Until Chip walked in the kitchen and I told him I what I was doing (or not doing) and he gave me a goofy grin. Yep, he ate my chocolate chips this afternoon. He’ll be picking some more up tomorrow after his doctors appointment.

Now, for those of you wondering what Monkey Munch is…

I’ve heard it called by many names – puppy chow, people chow, monkey munch, gorilla grub. We call it monkey munch. I’ve had it several times in my life, but never made it until they were talking about it recently on an episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 (it’s the episode where the boys go golfing for those of you who watch – Seth makes me watch that episode over and over and over…)

Monkey Munch
9 cups Chex cereal
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter/margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter for 1 minute. Stir. Remain heating until melted together with no lumps. Stir in vanilla. Pour over cereal. Pour half of powdered sugar into the bottom of a 1 gallon freezer bag. Pour in cereal mixture and top with remaining powdered sugar. Shake gently until sugar has coated the cereal. Spread on parchment lined cookie sheet until cool. Enjoy!

OH! And if you’re going to let your kids help you – remember that sugar is EXTREMELY hot after placed in the microwave! Let them help you measure things out as you get everything ready. Let them help shake the bag after it’s started cooling off a bit. But be careful if you let them help once the heated sugar/butter mixture is poured on the cereal!