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Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Menu - Menu Plan Monthly

Hi Everyone and welcome back to another Menu Plan Monthly. Today I have my August Menu Plan for you. The following meals will get us through most of the month. I have left a few spots open for last minute recipes or for eating out. Any recipes noted with (New) are recipes I plan to make and will post in the near future. 

August Dinner Menu

Rotisserie Chicken Soup (New) & Honey Wheat Rolls 
Sneaky Spaghetti, Texas Toast & Garden Salad
Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders, Baked Brown Rice & Roasted Broccoli
Soft Ground Turkey Tacos, W/Pico De Gallo 
Wingers Sticky Fingers, Skillet Mac & Cheese & Yogurt Fruit Salad
Honey Lime Grilled Chicken, Baked Sweet Potatoes & Roasted Veggies 
Skillet Cheese Ravioli, Salad & French Bread
Smoked Sausage KabobsBrown Rice Baked Acorn Squash
Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken & Rice & Roasted Zucchini 
Roasted Honey Grilled Chicken, Grilled Veggies & Salad
Barbecue Pork Roast Sandwiches & Tater Tots
Pasta CarbonaraGreen Beans  & Salad
Grilled Pork Chops W/Pineapple Salsa & Coconut Rice 
Homemade Sloppy Joe's (New)Fruit Salad 
Pizza Hut Pepperoni Pan Pizza (Pizza Night)
Moms Meaty Mexican Cornbread Casserole , Fresh Fruit & Salad
Taco Salad & Fresh Fruit
PW Comfort Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes & Lady Cream Peas 
Barbecue Chicken & Bacon Pizza (Pizza Night)
Texas Chili Cheese Dogs (New)  & Sweet Potato Fries 
Easy Chicken & Noodles
Grilled Margarita Shrimp, Rice Pilaf 
Beer In The Rear Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Baked Beans & Grilled Corn 
DIY One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni, Vegetable Sticks & Watermelon 

Short Coconut Cream Cake 
Easy Dirt Cake
Strawberry Biscuit Shortcake
So papilla Cheesecake

For more meal planning ideas check out my list of  Monthly Menu Plans on Mommy's Kitchen. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fruit Infused Water {Staying Hydrated during Summer}

Naturally flavored fruit water infused with a variety of fresh fruit and herbs + Summer Vitamins. 

Texas summers are horrible! All that Texas heat and humidity drain my energy every year and have me dreaming about fall. I don't mind when the temps are in the 80's, but when the mercury pushes 100+ it can get unbearable pretty quick. When the temperature starts to skyrocket all I want to do is stay inside an air conditioned house sipping something cool. 

When it's hot outside, it's very important to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water. Personally, I have a hard time drinking plain water, so I don't consume as much as recommended. Recently I've found that the only way I can drink enough plain water is if I jazz it up a bit by adding fresh fruit and make Fruit Infused Water.  

By adding slices of lemons, limes, and other fruits it makes the water more appealing and I chug it right down. Fruit infused water also has a lot of nutritional benefits, because nutrients and vitamins are released out of the fruit and into the water. It's like making my own vitamin water, but without all the yucky ingredients, dyes, and additives. Lately I've become addicted to this stuff. 

Besides keeping hydrated my family has been also trying to include a multivitamin into our everyday life. This is especially important for my kids, because they don't consume enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. My youngest son is a very picky eater, so vitamins are a must for  him.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Improved Homemade Laundry Detergent {Powdered}

New and improved DIY Laundry Detergent with the addition of Laundry Booster Beads. 

Several years back I shared a recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent. I love making my own laundry soap, because it's so much cheaper than store bought. With just one large batch recipe I roughly have enough laundry soap to last an entire year (depending on how many loads of laundry I do a week) for around $20.

Since sharing the original recipe I've found an improved version that I like even better. The current laundry soap I've been using cleans really well, but it doesn't leave much of a scent. Having laundry that smells like fresh daisies is the one thing that I miss when using store bought detergent.

I was poking around on Pinterest awhile back and found an improved version that I love! The only difference in the two recipes is the addition of laundry booster beads which is genius!!! I don't know why I didn't think of that. I also switched soaps from using Fels Naptha bar soap to using the new Zote's Laundry Flakes.