Monday, August 27, 2007

First Day

Well, today was the first day of school. And the boys did so well getting ready on time, and leaving. We have a rule that TV can not come on unless they are dressed (including socks & shoes), and have had breakfast. They only had 10 minutes left, but did not complain when they had to turn off the TV. I'm sure that will change in the coming weeks :) We can walk to the new school, so I'm loving that.

After I got back from taking them to school, I had about 8 or 9 friends over for breakfast. It was so much fun. My house was a mess when they got here (what was I thinking, first day of school and making a big breakfast for friends), but even more of a mess when they it all worked out. I made two breakfast casseroles this one, which I make for any breakfast event. And then another one, which I'll post at the bottom of this post. They were both big hits. Then I had friends bring muffins, fruit, etc. I ate way too much.

Bacon Potato quiche

3 cups hash browns (country style)
1/3 cup onions
8 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
5 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
dash of ground red pepper

Heat oven to 350. Spread potatoes in ungreased rectangular baking dish 12X7 1/2 X 2 inches. Top with onion, bacon and cheese. Mix remaining ingredients, ecxept paprika. Pour over cheese. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or unil knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - August 27

Wow, I can't believe a whole week has passed....and I haven't blogged once. The days have been crazy here. School starts tomorrow (Monday). I can't believe I have a 3rd and 1st grader. They are so excited. We were rezoned, so they will be going to a brand new school. It is so nice, and hudge. We got lost trying to find science boy's classroom! We met the teacher on Friday, both seem really nice. So hopefully it will be a great year. Little Princess doesn't start MDO for a few more weeks. Well, enough of is this weeks menu. Quick and simple this week.

Monday - Breakfast for dinner
Tuesday - Tacos, enchiladas, rice, refried beans
Wednesday - 40 clove garlic chicken, rice, brocolli, carrots
Thursday - leftover tacos, etc
Friday - Family movie and pizza night
Saturday - going to my in-laws
Sunday - Spaghetti

Have a great week, and don't forget to check out Laura's blog for more menus.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - August 20

Well, school starts next week. So we are busy getting ready for that. I can't believe that science boy will be in 3rd grade, and Lego boy in 1st. They are growing up so fast, it's scary. Little Princess doesn't start back to Mother's Day Out til September, so we'll be able to spend some "girl" time.

Here's this weeks menu:

Monday - Pork Roast, roast potatoes, broccoli, corn
Tuesday - Chick-fil-a (the boys have a cub scout event)
Wednesday - Panfried chicken w/ spinach salad, veggies
Thursday - Brisket, french fries, veggies
Friday - Family pizza & movie night
Saturday - a friend's 50th b-day party
Sunday - Spaghetti

Don't forget to go on over to Laura's to check out more menus.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I'm Home

Well, I went into the hospital on Monday morning and they started to desenseitize me to asprin around 1. They had to start with 3 grams of asprin (I would react to 1/4 of a baby we needed to go real slow at first). Last evening we ended with 650 grams. I had no reaction to any of it worked! Now I have to take an asprin everyday to maintain the desensitization. Today for the first time in 6 years I started to regain my sense of smell. And what, you ask, was the first smell....the cat's dirty, litterbox, quickly followed by the lovely smell of garbage (as I was dragging the bins down to the sidewalk), the my daughter's "accident" in her panties. Yes, and I wanted to regain my smell...what was I thinking :)

No, I'm really thrilled that it seems to be working. So hopefully, once I get a good night's sleep, I'll be feeling "normal" again.

Thank you all, for your good wishes and prayers. I LOVE the power of prayer. I know lots of friends and family, and my MOPs group were praying for me. And I felt it, it really made a difference.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - August 13

Last weeks menu went pretty well, although I have 3 carry overs. So this weeks shopping was a little lighter :) That's always good. I also saved over $65 with coupons and in-store deals. First time I've really tried it, so next week should be better.

Monday I'll be going into the hospital for this . So my mom's here to help with the kids. Monday & Tuesdays meal plan is easy & quick for her. I should be home Tuesday, if not there is enough in the house to give them something different or move things around.

Monday - BBQ chicken, corn, Blueberry muffins
Tuesday - Spaghetti, cheesebread
Wednesday - Porkchops with maple mustard glaze, mashed potatoes, veggies
Thursday - sweet tarragon chicken (crockpot)borrowed from , rice, corn & spinach
Friday - family movie & pizza night
Saturday - Not sure yet
Sunday - Grilled flank steak, mushroom Madeira sauce, mashed potatoes, lemony broccoli & peppers

I hope everyone has a good week. Don't forget to check out the other menu plans at Lara's

Friday, August 10, 2007

When in Rains...

Well, yesterdays post was about my Doctor's visit. Today's post is about lego boys. As well as having speech apraxia, and being on the autism spectrum, lego boy also has profound hearing loss in one ear. His other ear has always been great. No changes in 6 years. Today we went to a new ENT....closer to home and hopefully a better informed doctor. This new doctor is wonderful...I really loved her and her staff. What a difference.

But they did find out that lego boy is losing his hearing in his other ear. He's never had a hearing aide, something our first ENT did not recommend, since he could hear fine with the other ear. But he does have an FM system at school. But now we are looking into the best hearing aide for him, and possibly a cochlear implant. So I'm also going to look more at support groups for his autism, and hearing impairments.

I'm actually doing fine about the whole thing. Trying to keep it in perspective. My mother-in-law says it's devastating. Not a word I would use for hearing loss. It's hard, but there are solutions for it. I can think of many more things that could happen that would be devastating. We always knew there was a chance his hearing would get worse, and that his "good" ear would be affected. We do not know the cause of his hearing loss. We have had every test done, but there is no explanation, just one of those things. So now another adventure begins.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

My Life

Ok, so when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2001 not many people had heard of it. Gluten free food was hard to find. Now, most people I run into have heard of it, a lot of stores are carrying Gluten Free food. A lot of brands are even putting "GF" on their foods that are gluten free. I went into Wal-Mart and they had a Gluten Free Pantry brownie mix and a muffin mix right in the "normal" baking section. I must admit I did "the happy dance" (not a pretty site, I admit) in the middle of the aisle, and called my friend whose two young daughter have celiac. It was an exciting moment.

So anyway, being celiac no longer makes me unique. Therefore I had to go and find some other disease that no one had ever heard of. Last year I was diagnosed with "Samters Triad". Well, anyone ever heard of it? Thought not. For a quick low-down on it, just go to the link. I'll wait...............................

Back? ok. So I've decided to be desensitized to aspirin. Not fun, and admittedly, totally scary. I react to 1/4 of a baby aspirin. They need to get me up to 2 adult aspirin. Last time I took Motrin I ended up in the hospital, because I went into anaphylatic shock. Not an enjoyable experience at all :) I get a rash all over, then swell, then my throat and tongue swell. Attractive huh. So, sometime in the next few weeks I'll be undergoing this procedure. Please keep us in your prayers.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - August 6

Last week's menu went really well. I didn't follow the lunch one...well basically at all last week. and this week is looking to be extremely busy as well, so I will not be "planning" lunches. With my mom coming to visit, and various Dr. appt's for the kids and myself, who knows what we will be having.

Since it's also been an emotionally hard two weeks, I noticed that I'm doing a lot more carbs than normal. And mashed potatoes twice....and the good ones with cream cheese, etc. YUM! Potatoes are probably my favorite comfort food.

So here is this weeks dinner plan:

Monday - Cheese tortellini
Tuesday - Kielbasa & fried potatoes, carrots, salad
Wednesday - Sweet tarragon chicken, rice, corn, spinach
Thursday - Pork chops with maple mustard glaze, mashed potatoes, veggies
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Over to my SIL for my niece's b-day
Sunday - grilled flank steak, mushroom Madeira sauce, mashed potatoes, Lemony broccoli & peppers