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the improvement of a southern girl


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Revamping the family supper time.

Anyone that has a job, a spouse, children, pets, bills, laundry, growing grass, etc…  we know how hard it is to decide what’s going to shake down at dinner (i.e. “supper”) time. We postpone the inevitable until it’s 6:17pm and everyone is starving, so that the only solution is hitting up the pizza place down the street.

I am very familiar with the Johnny’s Pizza less than 2 miles from my house (Fun Fact: It was my first job!).

Eating out, or eating unprepared in any form, can do major damage to not only your waistline, but your checkbook too. We are trying to find the best solution for that, and I think I might have found it.

The best day of the week for me has been Sunday because that is “pizza night”. Every Sunday. Period. We know what we are making every single week, and it is such a nice break to have that already scheduled. I have tried to do weekly menus, but let’s face it, that’s just as hard as planning for the evening each day. I don’t know what to make that far in advance! I don’t know what we are going to be “in the mood” for, either.

Solution – Theme nights.

Yep. That works. I gave each day a category, theme, genre… whatever you want to call it. It gives me an outline to follow, but doesn’t make it strict and set me up for failure. I’m an all-or-nothing kinda gal. If I’m going to have a menu, I’m going to stick with it for the week, or I’m going to mess up one day and crumple the paper the plan is written on in the trash and go out for burgers. Theme night seemed to be a good idea for a little structure, but still have freedom to choose what I’m hankering for.

Here is what I came up with:

Monday – Mexican

Tuesday – Southern

Wednesday – Asian

Thursday – American

Friday – Italian

Saturday – Grill

Sunday – Pizza!

I’m pretty happy with this plan. Today I looked at the clock reading 4:00pm. I had no clue what I was making for supper, but I checked the plan and it said “mexican”. I investigated the pantry and decided I had everything I needed for tacos. Boom! Just like that, I had a plan.

Oh, yeah. But I had to make tortillas. That’s cool – every time I go to the grocery store I pick a package up, look at the ingredient list (too many chemicals!), look at the price (holy cow those are expensive!), and put it back down and tell myself I can make my own. A quick google search for a recipe and I was on my way.

I decided that I wanted my tortillas crunchy for taco salads, so I cut ’em up and fried ’em up 🙂

YUM! Don’t let the darkness full you, these are done juuuuust right. I actually made them with a white whole wheat flour that I order from King Arthur Flour. Whole grain chips are less guilt-inducing, even if they are fried!

The girls are always a little more receptive to eating new things when they get to participate in the cooking/assembly.

I ❤ Taco Salads 🙂

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Eatin’ at Home

The Man and I are trying VERY hard to keep all meals at the house this month. This is mostly to keep our budget under control, but it will help the waistline as well, of course. This past week wasn’t perfect, but we did have a few meals that would have never happened had we not had this goal. Being tired and hungry after working all day is a recipe for fast food binging, especially if you haven’t set any meat out to thaw that day! I was non-functional Sunday-Tuesday with my back, so that was another challenge we had to get through. Luckily, I have a great guy who has been stepping up with house duties.
The eats:
Sunday is Pizza Night!!!

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Tuesday-
Forgot the pic of grilled chicken with gravy and asparagus.

Wednesday- Pasta w/ Chicken Sausage

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Thursday- Mexican Bowl w/ rice, black beans, tomatoes, and sausage.

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Friday- Chicken n’ Dumplings at the in-laws

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Saturday- Elected to take Mom out for Chinese buffet for Mothers Day. An exception for the occasion.

All in all it was a great first week of our Eat-at-home challenge. A few of those meals were completely thrown together last minute, but it makes me feel good knowing we saved a handful of cash doing it. And for those wondering, the girls ate everything we did… Mostly. They topped their own pizzas, and didn’t care for the chicken sausage (but tried it, at least). I think try are becoming more receptive to seeing something other than nuggets on the table though, so that’s a good thing.