Wednesday, January 2, 2013

More on Planning

 2013 Daily Planner small

Today I'd like to post a link to a guest post on Amy's blog Raising Arrows. I enjoy quite a bit from Amy's blog. It's one of my go-to blogs when I need tips or encouragement. Today she posted an article by the creator of Daily Planner on how to use a planner. It's very informative for those who don't know how to use a planner or just can't seem to make one work. 
 "Written schedules are not laws that can’t be changed, but rather they serve as guide to help you plan what is reasonable. Freely modifying your schedule is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength. It is important to make wise choices that are best just for today."
She is also offering free shipping for her 2013 planner. I've never used this particular one, but you might like to check it out.

The How and Why of Using a Planner in 2013


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

30 Days of Soup

This coming month I'm doing 30 days of soups. It's just that kind of weather and we love soups. My husband and kids aren't the types that need meat at every meal so I get no complaints from them. Soups are also a great way to stay hydrated during the winter when we typically drink less.

As I said in my post Meal Planning Saved My Life  it makes for an easier cooking month to double and freeze half of the months meals. Below is my menu. DF means double and freeze. PL means planned leftovers. If a soup has cream in it it is better to take out your PL and freeze before you add the cream. When you reheat your soup you can add your cream in at the end so it does not curdle when reheated.

I've included links for most of the recipes for your ease and enjoyment.

May you have a blessed time as you use your heart and hands to serve your family!


6th- Sherried Tomato Soup  & Grilled Pesto, Tomato, and Cheese Sandwiches
7th- Cauliflower Soup & Focaccia Bread
8th- French Onion Soup  & Caesar Salad
10th-Vegetable Soup and Cornbread
12th-Baked Ziti, Caesar Salad, Rolls, and Cake (James' Bar Mitzvah)
13th-Corn Chowder w/Chilies & baked potates
15th- Broccoli Cheese Soup in bread bowls
19th- PL Sherried Tomato Soup & Challah
20th- Corn & Cheese Chowder in bread bowls
21st- PL Sherried Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
22nd- PL Italian Meatball Soup
23rd- Lentil Chili and cornbread
24th- PL Homemade Chicken and Noodles
25th- PL Corn Chowder w/Chilies & Challah
26th- PL Italian Chicken Soup
27th- PL Broccoli Cheese Soup in bread bowls
28th- PL White Chicken Chili w/Mexican Cornbread
29th- PL Brazilian Chicken Soup
30th- PL Savory Kale, Cannellini Bean, and Potato Soup
31st- PL Corn & Cheese Chowder
1st-  Cheeseburger Soup & Challah
2nd- PL Vegetable Soup & Cornbread
3rd- PL Lentil Chili & Cornbread
4th- Taco Soup served w/sour cream and tortilla chips