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Make It Simple Mommy: This Weeks Meal Plan (5/15-5/21)…

In my post Six Tips To Revolutionize Your Family Dinner I made a point to mention the importance of a meal plan. So, to keep myself accountable, and to hopefully inspire you, I am posting our meal plan each week.

This week, swim team practice begins…in the evening…right during our normal dinner time. I usually like to grill a lot this time of year, but with swim practice I will be relying on make ahead meals and my slow cooker. I’m keeping it pretty simple this week as we are limping along toward the end of school, and we are all pretty burned out.

Monday: Meatless Monday – pasta spirals, marinara sauce, parmesan and mozzarella cheese in the crock pot. In order to make this work, and have the pasta cook you need to add a cup (or so) of water (or beef/chicken broth). I’ll also serve a tossed garden salad with vinaigrette dressing.

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday!! Taco Salads: crumbled tortilla chips topped with seasoned ground beef (or shredded chicken), lettuce, black olives, sliced avocado/guacamole, shredded cheese, plain Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream) and Pico de Gallo from our favorite local Mexican restaurant. I love this salad because everyone can modify as they see fit.

Wednesday: Ranch Chicken (chicken tenderloins rolled in ranch dressing or ranch spices to lighten it up a bit then rolled in panko style breadcrumbs and baked) with greenbeans and roasted potatoes ( I will do mac&cheese with peas for the kiddos, as their like/dislike for green beans and potatoes seems to vary daily). I’ll make this all ahead and put it in the crock pot to stay warm.

Thursday: Sloppy cheese burgers (brown ground beef, make a cheese sauce with butter, flour, a little broth, a bit of mustard and cheese) add pickles and sauted mushrooms. Serve on a bun (or not) with fries, and a salad. (This can be made on the stove or slow cook)

Friday: Pizza and antipasto salad from our favorite local pizzeria.

I shopped prior to doing my meal plan this week, but I did have an idea of what I wanted to make prior to going to the store.

If you want to know any more specifics on any of our dinners (or need a specific recipe) drop a comment below, I would be happy to share or point you in the right direction to find a specific recipe. I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest and adapt them to work fro our family. If you would like to follow me on Pinterest click here.

Have a great week and make it simple mommy!

Cathleen

Crafting With the Kiddos: Glittered Easter Eggs

Yesterday in the Six Christies world was glitter project day. While I originally planned to work on other projects, I saw a bunch of plain ole everyday plastic Easter eggs sitting on my craft table left over from the post the other day: Tips For Hosting A Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt.  It is common knowledge that glitter makes the boring better, so I grabbed my Mod Podge, and got to work. The result: sparkly, fun, and pretty Glittered Easter Eggs. I am not going to say this was a “clean” craft, but if you find yourself dying eggs in the next few days adding a few glittered eggs won’t add much mess. I minimized the mess by having Lil’ Bit help with some of the less messy aspects of this craft, and it worked out quite well. While high on the mess factor, this craft is low on the skill factor, and easy to boot.

Glittered Easter Eggs

  • Plastic Eggs
  • Mod Podge (I used matte)
  • Zip top sandwich bags (one for each color of glitter, for a quicker craft use one for each egg)
  • Glitter
  • A foam brush

    Glitter, plastic egg, foam brush, zip top bag, and Mod Podge

  1. Gather up some plastic Easter Eggs. You can do a bunch to fill a basket or just a few to add a bit of sparkle here and there.
  2. Find coordinating glitter colors for the eggs. You can use non-coordinating colors but it will take significantly more glitter to cover the egg.

    Coordinating the glitter and egg color will give the best results

    I used green eggs with green glitter, purple eggs with purple glitter, pink eggs with pink glitter, blue eggs with both blue and turquoise glitter, and yellow eggs with gold glitter.

  3. Put a little glitter in each bag, you don’t need much just a little “pillow” for the egg to land on so it doesn’t just stick to the bag.
  4. Working with one egg at a time, coat the outer surface with Mod Podge. You don’t want to over coat the egg nor do you want too light of a layer.
  5. Drop the egg in the glitter bag. Add a generous sprinkle of glitter to the bag. You will want to zip the bag closed with as much air inside as possible.

    Fill the bag with air, and shake, shake, shake.

  6. Shake the bag, this is a great “clean” part of the craft if you don’t want the kiddos coated in glitter. Once you are done shaking set the egg down in the bag and allow the egg to dry a bit. This can be anywhere from 5 minutes to a couple of hours.
  7. Carefully remove the egg and set it down (I recommend on a piece of cardstock or cardboard) to dry.
  8. Once your eggs are dry, decorate as you see fit.

**I don’t recommend the eggs for play or hunts, the glitter will likely flake off if handled excessively. You could possibly seal them with Mod Podge for less flaking if you wanted to use them as prize eggs.

Voila’ Glittered Easter Eggs. Happy decorating!!

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