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It’s Whats for Dinner Pad Thai

Pad Thai


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Weekly Meal Plan

MONDAY French Dip Sandwiches

TUESDAY BBQ Chicken Pizza –Foccaccia Bread Sticks


THURSDAY Baked Potatoes & Salad


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I don’t really follow recipes! I use recipes as suggestions. And that is exactly what I did tonight. I took a “great recipe” and turned it into an “outstanding” one by adding some extras.

Tonight in the Wheeler house we are enjoying Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya. It’s made from scratch with all fresh ingredients. (Although I didn’t catch the shrimp myself; nor did I raise and slaughter a chicken. It’s a bit easier when you buy it from the store.)

To make this dinner extra special, I made something from a great deal I found at the local growers market. Granny Smith apples were 2 pounds for $1 and Brae-burn apples were 3 pounds for $1. So I picked up a little bit of each and was inspired to bake – not one but 2 apple pies. No, we didn’t eat both of them. I took one to some of our – favorite – neighbors down the street whose wife has been serving on jury duty for the past week.

Will let you know what the verdict is on likeability after dinner.

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For the past few weeks, I have been working diligently to discipline myself in creating a meal plan list and follow through with it.  I’ve been doing really well.  So, to keep me in ;line a little bit more, I thought I would make a quick list of my family menu with a shopping list for each menu item.

My plan is this.  Every week, I will make 1 quick meal, three meals that I make on a regular basis (usually without recipes) and 1 day I will make a special meal that Greg has requested using a recipe.

This week, Greg has requested Chicken Jambalaya.  I’ve set aside one meal this week for leftovers – which is inevitable given the portions I cook when I make food…and one night for eating out.  Next week, I will rededicate myself to making 5.  🙂



Chicken Shrimp Jambalaya

Beef Enchiladas


Salmon Burgers

Clam Chowder Bowls

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…people and food! Huh?


What a fun day! I had a great time volunteering in Daphne’s class assisting her teacher in making pancakes to celebrate the letter P. Daphne was also very excited that I was in her class helping out.

I learned something new while serving in her class. Some parents don’t know how to cook or prepare basic food items. Two other mothers served alongside me. And neither had mixed nor knew how to prepare pancakes – beginning with the batter. For me, cooking comes rather easy. I rarely use a recipe. I guess it’s something that someone like me can take for granted – knowing how to cook basic food items. To me, pancakes is one of those basic food items.

One of the mom’s commented that she gives her kids Eggo waffles only…and doesn’t eat, nor does she serve much fruit or veggies in her house and that candy and potato chips are part of every meal. CRAZY! Well, at least that is my response to it.

Anyway, we finished the pancakes…and the kids enjoyed them immensely.


I love the Dr. Oz show. It provides everyday people insight into what doctors do on a daily basis. It provides us with the opportunity to learn how to take better care of ourselves via what we do and eat and how we live our lives overall.

Yesterday’s episode saddened me immensely. The episode featured a little girl and her family. Mom and dad were overweight and so was the little girl. She was only 4 and she weighed 85 pounds…I believe. It saddened me to see a child…the same age as my own child…in such a state.

I really like the manner in which Dr. Oz promoted a solution the dilemma. He brought pediatric experts on to tell the parents of the current effects the weight and poor food choices had on the little girl…as well as what her life would look like at 20 if she continued on this course. And he provided followup for the family once they returned home.

Both of these experiences opened my eyes to see that there is a huge group of people who need to learn how to cook in a domestic…not commercial setting. I think it is important that people understand the basics of cooking and food. What one puts into one’s body comes out in how we feel emotionally, physically and spiritually – as our bodies are connected via all three. I would really like to be able to help people in this capacity at some point in my life.

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