Menu Plan - Aug 25 -31

Progress In The Kitchen!
Last week was a quiet week on the blog because we are in the midst of another big project.  Right now our kitchen looks like this! We have all of the old cabinets out and the new cabinets in.  We are at a standstill right now waiting for the counter top install.  I am sooo excited to see everything finished.  We are putting in beautiful quartz counter tops and a ceramic farmhouse sink.

But of course, without a sink or counter space this week food prep was difficult.  We made do with whatever I could think of that would be quick and easy to clean up.

This week I am posting a normal menu but we actually may not follow it as closely as usual.  The two oldest kids start school this week so I will try to make dinner and breakfast as normal as possible for them even with the crazy kitchen project.  Hopefully we'll get those counters in soon!  When my new kitchen is all put together I'm going to be so motivated to try all kinds of new recipes!  It's always so nice to work in a beautiful space.

Monday:
Breakfast (apple cinnamon oat muffins, bananas)
Lunch (black bean and cheese quesadillas, watermelon, baby carrots)
Dinner (grilled chicken tenders, baked zucchini fries with marinara for dipping, green beans, chocolate peanut butter buckeye brownies)

Applesauce Cinnamon Oat Muffins

Baked Zucchini Fries
Double Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2014/07/17/chocolate-peanut-butter-buckeye-brownies/
Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies
Tuesday:
Breakfast (whole wheat waffles with blueberries)
Lunch (turkey sandwiches, whole grain chips, kiwi slices)
Dinner (baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese)

Light & Crispy Whole Wheat Waffles | The Blonde Buckeye
Whole Wheat Waffles
Wednesday:
Breakfast (whole grain pancakes, cantaloupe)
Lunch (flatbread pizzas with peppers and olives, peaches)
Dinner (chicken and veggie stir fry, rice, healthy peanut butter banana cake)

Whole Grain Pancakes
Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake (Gluten-Free PB Banana Cake w/ Chocolate PB Frosting) - Desserts with Benefits
Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cake
Thursday:
Breakfast (scrambled eggs with cheese, whole wheat toast, turkey bacon)
Lunch (toasted roast beef and pepper jack sandwiches, watermelon)
Dinner (One pot baked ziti, tossed salad)

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!
One Pot Baked Ziti
Friday:
Breakfast (peaches and cream, sweet buttermilk biscuits)
Lunch (tossed salad, cottage cheese and fruit)
Dinner (make your own pizza night, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies)

Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits - A Family Feast
Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2014/06/05/chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookies/
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Saturday:
Breakfast (cereal, yogurt fruit salad)
Dinner (bbq chicken, sauteed zucchini, asparagus, peppers and mushrooms, cole slaw, Italian bread)

Sunday:
Dinner (grilled steak, corn on the cob, cucumber salad)

Moist and insanely delicious Skinny Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. Best healthy muffins ever!
zucchini banana chocolate chip muffins
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House Tour - Back Entrance

Welcome to the second week of my house tour!  Last week I took you on a tour of the exterior and the front porch.  You can find that post here:
Front Porch Tour
If you were visiting our home today you would probably walk up the sidewalk and enter through the front door.  But for this online tour I'm going to bring you in through the back entrance.  The back door enters into a little hallway with a door to the laundry room and a bathroom.  It is easily accessible from the garage and makes the perfect dropping spot for backpacks, shoes, and all the other stuff that gets dropped inside the door.

When we moved in, the hallway was painted a dreary off white and all of the trim, doors and baseboard were an even drearier off white.  It desperately needed to be brightened up.

Before
The first step was to paint the doors and all of the trim.  We also switched out the light fixture and replaced all of the almond colored light switch and outlet covers with white.

During
I painted the doors to the bathroom and laundry room white, but I changed things up a little bit and painted the back door black.  I love how it anchors the space.  After the painting was done we installed a few Ikea shoe cabinets to help us control the crazy shoe mess we seem to always have.

After
I love how bright and cheerful this space is now.  It is so nice to walk into a bright cheerful space.


These shoe shelves from Ikea really hold a lot of shoes, they also give me a great space to display a few fun family photos.


We added this coat rack at just the right height for kids!  They have easy access to the hooks, so we'll see if the backpacks and jackets actually make it on the hooks once school starts.


I love Behr Ultra paint and have used it in every room I've painted for the last few years.  I am using a bright white for all of the trim and doors.  The wall color is called tide pool.


I think that even the smallest space in your home can have a touch of style.  This hallway might be tucked in the back of the house but I love that even this little spot looks pretty.  


This space is close to being completely finished (unlike most of the other rooms int he house!)  The only project we have left is to replace the floor.  The laminate that is in the hallway also runs into the kitchen.  We plan to replace it with this beautiful tile.

Marazzzi Tile - Home Depot
It really looks like hardwood but it is actually porcelain tile.  We have installed it in all of our bathrooms and our sun room and it is awesome.  It is very easy to clean and looks beautiful.  I can't wait to see it in the kitchen, entry and back hallway!

Thank you for coming along on the tour today!  Don't miss the next room on the tour next week.

Menu Plan - August 11-17

Light and Fresh Potato Salad Recipe
Light And Fresh Potato Salad
We had such a fun weekend celebrating Annalise's sixth birthday this weekend! We started the weekend off with a great day at Hershey park.  My oldest two LOVE roller coasters and are fearless on them.  After the day at the park we spent the rest of the weekend relaxing with lots of god cousin time and of course lots of delicious food!

Last week's menu was one of my favorites so far and I was thinking about reviewing a few of the new recipes I tried, but I decided to post my favorite recipe of the week on my facebook page instead.  Make sure you "like" me on FACEBOOK to keep up with my favorite recipes as well as everything else going on here at raisingmayflowers!

This week my oldest is away at soccer camp and the rest of us will just be working on house projects and relaxing a bit.  I plan on doing a couple fun things with my younger kids while big brother is away.  But of course we always need to eat, so here is the meal plan for this week!

Monday:
Breakfast (multi-grain pancakes, cantaloupe wedges)
Lunch (chef salad with deli turkey and cheese)
Dinner (hamburgers, light and fresh potato salad, sliced veggies with ranch, chocolate chip cookie bites

Multi-Grain Pancakes
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites | Cooking Classy
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
Tuesday:
Breakfast (veggie omelets, whole wheat toast, orange wedges)
Lunch (light chicken salad in whole wheat pita, pear slices)
Dinner (steak on the grill, asparagus, watermelon)
Light Chicken Salad
Wednesday:
Breakfast (waffles, strawberries, whipped cream)
Lunch (hot ham and cheese sandwiches, fruit salad)

Classic Crispy Waffles
Waffles
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Meat. Photo by Delicious as it Looks
Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
No bake chocolate lasagna recipe on iheartnaptime.com -layers of crushed oreos, cream, chocolate pudding and chocolate chips!
No Bake Chocolate Lasagna
Thursday:
Breakfast (citrus cream smoothie, scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast)
Lunch (salmon patties, salad)
Dinner (skinny macaroni and cheese, salad with grilled chicken, peas)

skinny mac-n-cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
Friday:
Breakfast (breakfast burritos, orange wedges)
Lunch (turkey sandwiches, baby carrots, watermelon)
Dinner (Pizza night)

Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Burritos
Saturday:
Breakfast (mango pineapple smoothie, whole wheat toast and peanut butter)
Dinner (hot dogs on the grill, broccoli salad, cantaloupe wedges)

Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe
Broccoli Salad
Sunday:
Breakfast (granola with blueberries and yogurt)
Dinner (Santa Fe Veggie Quesadillas, veggies with ranch dip, sliced plums)

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Aug 11/14.  Join us!!

How We Took Our Home From Haunted to Happy

We have lived in our new home for about three months now and we really love it.  The surrounding area is beautiful and we are settling in, making friends and learning all about the area.  We are also working hard to make this house our dream home!  When we first moved in we could see the potential but the large trees, overgrown shrubs and odd paint job made it look more like a haunted house than a happy family home.

Before

After three months of work I think we have definitely taken all of the haunted look out of the house!

After
The biggest change of course is that we pulled out all of the trees and shrubs and just started over!  I love that you can see the pretty brick now and really appreciate how beautiful this front porch is.


We added in a tiny patio in this corner for a little extra character and to create a spot to put all of my potted plants.


The most time consuming project has been the painting.  We painted the entire floor and all of the rails, posts and the gingerbread scrolls.  I love how clean and fresh the white paint looks against the red bricks.


This adorable light post was a great thrift store find and I couldn't be happier with the charm that it adds (and of course having light at night is great too!).


The new plants add a lot of much needed color and will be really beautiful once they fill in a little bit.


A new light fixture adds a touch of elegance and a fresh paint job freshens everything up!


We replaced the original door and added a storm door which we love.  Every morning I walk down the stairs and open the door to see all of the little finger prints on the storm door.  Evidence of little people running in and out all day long.


The steps make a great place to display my lanterns and plants.  I can't wait to fill this area with fun fall decor in a few months!


The far end of the porch is the perfect spot for our dining table.  I have been loving this spot for a cup of tea in the afternoon.


We feel so blessed to be able to live in this beautiful place and to be able to work together to make this our dream home!  Next week we'll start the tour of the inside and I'll share with you all of the plans and ideas we have for each room!  But for now I'll leave you with a picture of the lane, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots.


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