January 2010 archive

Life As A Domestic Goddess: 2 Week Menu Planning

Hey Everyone,

I have a long post about my 2 week menu plan! As an Army wife, with payday every 2 weeks, it is very important to plan out a menu for two weeks and STICK TO IT! Military wives must make do with shoestring budgets. So, here’s my menu, links to recipes that are online, and my grocery list!


  • M- Yakitori Chicken
  • T- Turkey Chili
  • W- Tomato & Basil Soup w/ Tortellini (schwans)
  • Th- Sausage and Penne Soup (Ashley N. Newell’s Recipe)
  • F- Laura’s Lasagna
  • Sa- Erin’s Chicken Tacos
  • Su- Bloody Mary Chicken (Susan Opel’s Recommendation)
  • M- Asparagus Carbonara
  • T- Baked Cheesy Enchiladas
  • W- Keilbasa, Peppers, and Onions
  • Th- Frozen Pizza Night
  • F- Toasted Orzo Soup
  • Sa- Grilled Cheese & Soup
  • Su- Leftover Lasagna
  • M- Spam, Veggies, & Rice (Our islander family LOVES spam!!!!)

GROCERY LIST (some items for the recipes are already in stock)

Canned/Dry Goods:

Coconut milk, water chestnuts, pinto beans, hot chili beans, diced tomatoes, 2 Spaghetti Sauce, Lasagna noodles, whole tomatoes, penne pasta, italian herbs, bloody mary mix, black beans, salsa, orzo pasta

Produce (I use green bags to extend the life of my produce):

green beans, sprouts, 3 garlic bulbs, basil, spinach, lettuce, tomato, cilantro, asparagus, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, zucchini, flat leaf parsley, lime, ginger


mozzerella cheese, frozen peas, cream cheese, sour cream, mexican blend cheese

I bought all of this plus the necessary cleaning items and milk, bread, eggs, cereal, snacks, etc. for under $200. My grocery budget is $300 every 2 weeks, including eating out.



Etsy Inspired #73

This week's challenge is brought to you by…

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Isn’t the model TOO CUTE for words!!!! And look at those adorable handmade hats!

My Card:

A little birdie told me…

I created a card for a mom-to-be! This card with one of those cute hats would be awesome!


  • American Crafts Letterpress Zing Finish Paper
  • American Crafts Letterpress Flair
  • PTI Ribbon Dark Chocolate
  • Maya Road Stick Pin
  • Prima Marketing Flower
  • Sewing Machine and Thread

For more details about this challenge and the special new release, Blueberry and Strawberry Fairies, from Pixie Dust Studio, go to the Etsy Inspired Challenge Blog! Pixie Dust Studio is kind enough to give away one prize package of the new releases to one lucky participant!


New Bam Pop! and it’s ON SALE!

I adore Bam Pop! Stamps and have already ordered all the new stuff! Just click on the pictures above and it will bring you straight to the Torendi Sale! Also, check out Jenn’s BLOG CANDY and CHA Anaheim 2010 posts HERE!


CHA Anaheim: Susan Opel and Yours Truly

Me and Susan Opel

Meeting this spectacular lady has made my year! Susan Opel has been such an inspiration for me! The entire Paper Crafts Magazine crew was so sweet and patient with all us groupies 😉

If you get a chance, you’ll definitely want to purchase Stamp It! Cards! It’s my favorite issue yet with tons of inspiration and innovative designs as well as some easy to execute designs for those short on time!


Meeting Elizabeth Kartchner (aka Dear Lizzy)

Kelly, Latisha, Elizabeth, and ME!

Elizabeth Kartchner is one of the sweetest people in the industry! She’s genuine and kind!

Be sure to check out her new book, 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges! Courtney Baker and I were talking about how much we loved the book! I’ve gone through it a dozen times :)

Dear Lizzy, the line from American Crafts, hits stores in March, so keep your eyes peeled for this delightful line!

picture taken by Charlene!


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