We survived our crazy week! I’m incredibly grateful for the warm weather and sunshine we had and that my mom was able to stay with me while Dan was out of town on a business trip. Under normal circumstances, I would have been exhausted going that long without a break, but a couple of the kids caught colds and that would have put me right over the edge… especially since Logan doesn’t handle extra phlegm very well, and he threw up ALL. OVER. the school room floor.
Our family has been Lutheran for about five years now, but I’ve found myself missing some of the Catholic traditions. I still make the sign of the cross in worship, and Dan and I decided we’re going to be meat-free on Ash Wednesday and during the Fridays in Lent. I’m also going to be giving up chocolate. These things won’t buy my way into heaven, of course, but I think it will keep my mind more focused on Jesus during this time of year, especially considering the extra self-control that will be required. I know there are lots of people who look down upon giving up chocolate, but I thought it would pair well with the spiritual journey I’m on inspired by my reading of Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave.
Also, I wanted to say a few words about last week’s Ginger-Peach Chicken. It was the first time I had tried the recipe, and I was disappointed. It tasted fine, but it had been cooked so long (8 hours on low) that the peaches had completely broken down, and a lot of the flavors were unrecognizable (most notably the peaches, ginger, and onions). Slow-cooker meals are great, but they do have a tendency to sometimes leave you with one big pot of mush. #sigh I kind of want to try it again with a shorter cooking time. I think it’s got potential. 🙂
Without further ado, here’s what we’ve having for dinner this week!
Freezer Meal #1 from Lauren Greutman’s Meal Plan #4
(We’re starting round two of the freezer meals! This one is our favorite out of the ten meals included in her plan.)
Spaghetti and Meatballs, Italian bread, salad
Meat-free takeout following the Ash Wednesday church service
(I have a BOGO coupon for Noodles & Co., so I’m going to be trying the Thai Green Curry with Shrimp.)
Garlicky Alfredo Shrimp Bake, Italian bread
(Shrimp is on sale at Pick ‘n Save this week.)
(a recipe that was included with Dan’s and my Valentine’s Day “Date Night In” box)
White Sloppy Joes, salad
(Have you ever tried White Sloppy Joes? They look pretty unappetizing, but they’re so easy and yummy!)
Do you have any favorite slow-cooker meals? Please share if you do!