Menu Plan Monday for the Week of February 23, 2015

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Coconut Shrimp
Oven Roasted Potatoes


Bonnie’s BBQ Burgers with Onion Rings & Bacon
Potato Salad
Baked Custard

Eye Doctor’s Appointment
Eat Out at Red Lobster
(We eat out free with Credit Card
Bonus points!)

(Grocery Day)
Fried Chicken
Left Over Potato Salad

Ckn Leek SoupChicken Leek Soup
Rice Pudding

stuffed pepper casserole
Spanish Rice Casserole
Corn Muffins

Left Over Spanish Rice Casserole

Have a Yummy Week,


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Menu Plan Monday for the Week of February 16, 2015

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Cornbread Salad
  Crockpot-Chili-crockpot Crockpot Chili
Cornbread Salad
Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Chicken in
Poulet en Papillote
( Chicken Breasts in Parchment)
Chicken Gravy
Celery, Carrots & Potatoes

Garlic Bread
Tossed Salad

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Father’s Favorite Fish Filets
Oven Roasted Potatoes

Creamed chipped beef over potatoes
Creamed Chipped Beef
Over Oven Roasted Potatoes
Green peas

Chicken Enchilidas with egg
Chicken Enchiladas
Topped with Eggs
Sour Cream, Lettuce, Salsa


Eat Out After Church

Valentine’s Devotion – How to Really Love Your Husband!

I thought that Jennifer’s webpage, Loving Life At Home,  kinda said it all!  Sage advise!  Please check out her webpage for these free printables.

25 Ways to Communicate Respect

Actions speak louder than words. You can say you respect your husband, but he’ll have a hard time believing that unless your behavior backs it up.

What does respectful living look like? Here are 25 ways you can communicate respect to your spouse without uttering a word. If you’ll make it your habit to do these things, the next time you tell your husband how much you respect him, he won’t have to wonder if you really mean it.

  1. Choose Joy
    It’s true: A happy wife makes a happy life. Please don’t use moodiness as an attempt to manipulate your man, but in all things rejoice, because that’s the right thing to do. (1 Thessaonians 5:16; Philippians 4:4)
  2. Honor His Wishes
    Give weight to what your husband thinks is important. Make those things a priority that matter most to him, whether it’s having dinner ready when he gets home from work or keeping the house tidy or limiting computer time. Don’t make him ask twice. (Philippians 2:4)
  3. Give Him Your Undivided Attention
    Yes, I know that women are masters of multi-tasking, but when your husband is speaking to you, make a point to lay other tasks aside, look into his eyes, and listen to what he is saying with the goal of understanding and remembering his words.
  4. Don’t Interrupt
    Have you ever been around a person who won’t let you finish a sentence? That gets old fast. Even if you think you already know what your husband is going to say, allowing him to say it without cutting him off mid-sentence shows both respect and common courtesy.
  5. Emphasize His Good Points
    Sure, he has his faults (as do you), but dwelling on them will only make you (both) miserable. Choose instead to focus on those qualities in your husband that you most admire. (Philippians 4:8)
  6. Pray for Him
    Ruth Graham advises wives to “tell your mate the positive, and tell God the negative.” Take your concerns to God. Faithfully lift up your husband in prayer every day, and you will likely notice a transformation not only in him, but in yourself, as well. (Philipians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  7. Don’t Nag
    Your husband is a grown man, so don’t treat him like a two-year-old. Leave room for God to work. You are not the Holy Spirit, so do not try to do His job.
  8. Be Thankful
    Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Don’t take your husband for granted. Be appreciative for everything he does for you, whether big or small. Always say thank you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20)
  9. Smile at Him
    Smiles spread happiness. Smiles have even been shown to create happiness. Smiles are contagious. And a smile makes any woman more beautiful.
  10. Respond Physically
    Did you know that the way you respond (or don’t respond) to your husband’s romantic overtures has a profound effect on his self-confidence? Don’t slap him away when he tries to hug you or make excuses when he’s in the mood. Your enthusiastic cooperation and reciprocation will not only assure him of your love, but will make him feel well-respected, too. (1 Corinthians 7:3-5)
  11. Eyes Only for Him
    Don’t compare your husband unfavorably to other men, real or imaginary. It is neither fair nor respectful and will only breed trouble and discontent. Avoid watching movies or reading books that might cause you to stumble in this area, as well. (Psalm 19:14; Proverbs 4:23)
  12. Kiss Him Goodbye
    I once read about a study done in Germany which found that men whose wives kissed them goodbye every morning were more successful than those who weren’t kissed. Success and respect often go hand-in-hand, so be sure to send him off right, and don’t forget to greet him with a kiss when he returns home, for good measure. (2 Corinthians 13:12)
  13. Prepare His Favorite Foods
    Although the rest of the family is not overly-fond of spaghetti, my husband loves it, so I try to make it at least two or three times a month as a way to honor him. Next time you’re planning meals, give special consideration to your husband’s preferences. (Proverbs 31:14-15)
  14. Cherish Togetherness
    I love to sit near my husband, whether at home or away. Our church shares potluck dinners every Sunday afternoon, and although the men and women normally sit separately to visit, I like to position myself close enough to my husband that I can listen to the conversation, as I think everything he says is so interesting. At home, I’ll take my book or handwork to whatever room in the house he’s working in, just to be close to him, because I enjoy his company, even when neither of us is talking.
  15. Don’t Complain
    Nobody wants to be around a whiner or complainer. It is grating on the nerves. Remember the serenity prayer: accept the things you can’t change, courageously change the things you can, seek wisdom to know the difference. (Philippians 2:14)
  16. Resist the Urge to Correct
    I know one wife whose spouse can’t tell a story without her stopping him fifteen times to correct inconsequential details: “It wasn’t Monday evening, it was Monday afternoon…. It wasn’t blue, it was turquoise…. He didn’t ride the bus, he took a shuttle.” Please. Please. Please. Don’t ever do that to your husband — or to anyone else, for that matter! (Proverbs 17:28)
  17. Dress to Please Him
    Take care of your appearance. Choose clothes your husband finds flattering, both in public and around the house.
  18. Keep the House Tidy
    To the best of your abilities, try to maintain a clean and orderly home. Seek to make it a haven of rest for your entire family. (Proverbs 31:27)
  19. Be Content
    Do not pressure your husband to keep up with the Jonses. Take satisfaction in the lifestyle he is able to provide for you. (1 Timothy 6:6-10; Hebrews 13:5)
  20. Take His Advice
    Do not dismiss his opinions lightly, especially when you’ve asked for his counsel in the first place. Make every effort to follow your husband’s advice.
  21. Admire Him
    Voiced compliments and heartfelt praise are always welcome, but you should also make it your habit to just look at your husband in a respectful, appreciative way. Think kind thoughts toward him. He’ll be able to see the admiration in your eyes. (Luke 6:45)
  22. Protect His Name
    Honor your husband in the way you speak of him to family and friends. Guard his reputation and do not let minor disagreements at home cause you to speak ill of him in public. Live in such a way that it will be obvious to others why your husband married you in the first place. (Proverbs 12:4; 22:1)
  23. Forgive His Shortcomings
    In the words of Ruth Bell Graham, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” Please do not hold grudges against your husband. Do not allow a root of bitterness or resentment find a home in your heart. Forgive your husband freely, as Christ has forgiven you. (Mark 11:25; Matthew 18:21-35)
  24. Don’t Argue
    You are not always right, and you do not always have to have the last word. Be the first to say, “I’m sorry.” Be willing to accept the blame. It takes two to argue, so “abandon a quarrel before it breaks out.” (Proverbs 17:14; 21:19; 25:24)
  25. Follow His Lead
    If you want your husband to lead, you must be willing to follow. Neither a body nor a family can function well with two heads. Learn to defer to your husband’s wishes and let final decisions rest with him. (Ephesians 5:22-24)

Proverbs 18:22 tells us, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” Do these 25 things consistently, and your husband will never have trouble believing that fact.

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Menu Plan Monday for the week of February 9, 2015

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Ham & Scalloped Pot_
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
California Vegetables

Meatloaf (recipe from A feast for the eyes)
Mashed Potatoes

(Doctor’s Appointment)
Eat Out or Leftover Meatloaf Dinner

Firehouse Chicken BBQ
Firehouse Chicken
BBQ Beans
Potato Salad
Mixed Berry Cobbler with Ice Cream

Tuna Pot pie
Tuna Pot Pie
Harvard Beets
Tossed Salad

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Rick’s Favorite Meal:
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Garlic Bread

Left over pasta

Have a Yummy Week,

Valentine’s Devotion: How to Really Love Your Wife!


I so wanted to write a post for Valentine’s Day that would reflect what I have been hearing from God’s Word over the past month about the family and home and the need for  us to build stronger homes and relationships therein.  Love is a verb; it is something we do, not just say.  So how do we better love our husbands, wives, and children.   This post focuses on the wife’s needs and how her husband can show his love for her.  The next devotional I will focus on the husband’s needs.  These devotional notes are from Adrian Rogers’ message entitled, “Divine Design.”  Don’t you just love the subway art above!
Perhaps I will frame this one for my husband’s bed table, and one for me (from my next devotional post) for my bed table.  How we need to be reminded!

7  Things Every Woman Needs from Her Husband:

  1. She needs her husband to be the Spiritual Leader of the home. This will stabilize her like nothing else.
  2. She needs to know that she is number one in his life among all human beings beyond a shadow of doubt.
  3. She needs to know that her husband delights in her and cherishes her as a person.
  4. She needs to have her husband to take the assignment to watch over and protect her in her area of limitation.
  5. She needs her husband to be responsible to set quality time and intimate time with her.
  6. She needs her husband to be aware of her presence even when doing other things.
  7. She needs him to invest in her life so as to fulfill the things of her world.

Husband role Biblically:

Provider in the home – Man was made stronger to dig, chop and work by the sweat of his brow, and to be the principle bread winner. To provide not only for physical needs (house, car, food, etc.,) but also for his family’s spiritual and emotional needs. His wife is to be the child bearer, the nurturer, and caretaker of her home.

Protector – She was made to be the weaker (not inferior) vessel which needs to be protected, to be presented  as a beautiful creature without spot or wrinkle. He is not to allow anyone or anything defile her or scar her spirit or character.

Pastor –  The husband needs to be able to say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”   The husband needs to be the spiritual leader of the home. His heart and his home need to belong to Jesus. If this is not done, the prayer of the husband will be hindered because he IS NOT honoring his wife (as above.) 1 Peter 3:7

References: 1 Peter 3 –  Genesis 3 – Ephesians 5: 22-33

Hope you will be back to check out the upcoming post on   “How to Really Love Your Husband.” 

Hear Adrian Rogers’ complete teaching on this at:

Love in a Box

Grandchildren are such a blessing!  How fun it is to send “Love Packages” cross country to our beloved grandchildren.  It is so difficult for us to be so far away from them.  We consistently want them to know just how much we love and appreciate them, so a “Love Package” seems to be a good way to keep us close at heart in spite of the distance.

This month’s “love in a box” looks like this:

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Necco hearts candy dispensers made with my Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine.

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A Valentine’s Card made with the Silhouette Cameo
sporting a little extra spending cash.


For Sean Michael
A Valentine’s Card made with Silhouette Cameo
and Sticko’s Raised Heart Stickers and some extra spending cash.

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Sean Michael just received his orange stripe at Karate so I included this little celebratory card made on the Silhouette Cameo with the inside printed on Word.
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02_15_kids_coverAlso we tucked in a few of his favorite things…fruit rollups, matchbook cars, some glow sticks, coins saved for his piggy bank and CTG Kids, his monthly devotional booklet.

 CTG Kids is available for viewing and ordering here.

Hope you all have a Heart-filled day,


Card Crafting

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Ladies day out was such fun at Valerie Harding’s Stamp Camp here in AZ City!  Two of my friends and I spent an enjoyable afternoon crafting cards.  We were able to make 6 cards in just 4 hours, while chatting with some new friends and munching on some tasty snacks provided by Valerie.  You will notice that one card is missing…I gave it away!

We certainly did leave inspired and we so look forward to February’s Stamp Camp.
Please do check out Valerie’s webpage below.  You just might like to join us!

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This is how I used the left-over butterfly cut out from Stamp Camp.
So sorry for such blurry pics.  I guess I really do need my upcoming
eye surgery.  Hopefully next pics will be a bit clearer.

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Another after-camp inspired card!
This was made with my Silhouette cameo and the inside
done on Word with stamped butterfly.

Have a crafty day,

Menu Plan Monday for the Week of February 2, 2015

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Roast Chicken
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Acorn Squash

I will be having cataract surgery today, so we plan on eating out
after surgery and before early p.m. doctor’s appointment follow-up.
EAT OUT or Left over chicken

parmesan tilapia

 Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Roasted Red Potatoes & Veggies
Creamed Spinach

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Fried Eggs
Chipotle Rice

French Onion Soup
BLT Sandwiches

Sweet sour meatballs
Egg Drop Soup
Sweet Sour Meatballs
Almond Cookies

Crockpot BBQ Burgers
Bonnie’s BBQ Burgers in Crockpot
Oven Fries
Honey Roasted Corn

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Have a Yummy Week,