Meal Plan Monday 10/1- 10/5

My laptopĀ  is still on the fritz and we have been traveling A LOT!… hence the lack of blogging happening. I have loads of fun beach pictures, but the computer I’m on is not the most uploading friendly… so… those will have to wait.

I figured that I can at least post our menu for the week:

Monday: Creamy Chicken Casserole (Abigail’s request)… incidentally… this is only like 180 calories per cup.. not too shabby for those of us who are calorie counting!

Tuesday: Balsamic Pork RoastĀ 

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Taco Pockets

Friday: Garlic Chicken… this is really easy and really yummy!

For sides, I usually just pick a bag of steam fresh veggies or salad and carrots. Occasionally, we will have bread with a meal… like crescent rolls with the creamy chicken casserole.

What’s on your menu this week?


Meal Plan Monday- 9/10- 9/14

I’m using Brian’s laptop today… mine died… well… is critically ill. I am so sad. I haven’t backed up any of the family pictured since January… Tybi’s first year of life is on that computer!



Okay… that’s out of my system… here’s this week’s meal plan:

Monday… Creamy Chicken Casserole (See Below for Recipe)

Tuesday… Quesadillas

Wednesday… Leftovers

Thursday… Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

Friday… leftovers


Creamy Chicken Casserole (one of the kids’ favorites)

3- 4 breast of chicken, cut up, raw

1 cup instant rice

2 cups sour cream

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

1/2- 1 sleeve of ritz crackers

Preheat oven to 350. Mix chicken, rice, sour cream and soup (I also like to add poppy seeds, but they aren’t necessary) together and cook for 35 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and crush ritz crackers over the top. Return to oven for another 15 minutes.

This meal goes well with green beans and crescent rolls.


What’s on your menu this week?


A Glimpse into Their World

Elijah and Abigail are at dinner right now… for several months now, they have been building stories about two characters named Aurora and Johnson. They speak as if they are reading a book…

For example

“In Chapter one, we meet two young children…. they are toddlers…”

Apparently there are a gazillion chapters.

I just found out that I am part of the story too. My name is Mrs. Peanut Butter. I say “ahem” a lot. I also fly around and dive bomb people with sea urchins… so, of course, we have to travel to the beach often.

Don’t worry though. I can’t hurt Tybi with my sea urchins because she has an invisible force field around her and can “retaliate” (yes they said that) with red hot bombs. She also throws boomerangs at Tiara (the bad guy… who throws hot boiling bullets).

Sometimes, we “read” the early chapters when Johnson and Aurora are babies and at other times, we check in on the later years.
At one point, they were so involved with this line of play, that Abigail introduced her self to someone at the library as “Aurora” and Selah as “Elizabeth” (that’s her character’s name).

These kids and their imaginations… I mean… wow!

Super Kids

I love the imagination that my kids have. They are so creative. They are always making up games and playing make believe. I love that Elijah is not “too cool” for playing pretend and dressing up. I love that they are little! I am doing an artist market here in Hendersonville in October. I was putting together some super hero masks to go with some super hero kits I am planning to sell. I offered the kids each a mask and off they went!

Abigail… a.k.a Captain Nutterbudgin… super power- Shooting pumpkins out of her hands!!

Selah… a.k.a Captain Katie… super power: tossing jump ropes.

Elijah… a.k.a Captain Cool… Super Power: Every super power ever, specializing in jump rope tying!

They are so fun. This morning, Elijah and Abigail were wearing their capes and masks when we started school.

Celebrating Selah at Three Years Old

Three years ago, we had just moved to central Florida for Brian to go to RTS. I was about 34weeks pregnant when we got there. I kept putting off making a doctors appointment… insurance was frustrating, we were settling into a new house and chapter in our lives. Brian was working as a manager at Chick Fil A while also going to seminary full time. Going to the doctor was not high on my priority list. I finally realized that I needed to go at about 36 weeks pregnant (especially considering that Abigail and Elijah were both about a week early). I called to make my appointment and let them know how far along I was, but when I got to the doc’s office, the nurse just kept staring at me. When I asked what was wrong, she said, “we have written down that you are six weeks pregnant!” Clearly there was a miscommunication and she realized that rather than just beginning my pregnancy, I was quickly coming to the end.

Selah was born at around 2:15 in the afternoon. It was the easiest labor and delivery I’ve experienced. We named her Selah… it means “pause and reflect.” With all the craziness that was happening at that time in our lives, we needed a reminder to be still. She was such a good baby… slept and ate like a champ. She was easy to care for and such a reflection of her name.

Selah- August 29, 2009

It’s hard to believe she was born just three years ago. She is so full of life and spunk. And – she has a lot of words for a three year old! She talks all the time… it doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not… she just talks. She loves Abigail and wants to be just like her. She is curious and always ready with a hug. The poor girl is so clumsy, but she doesn’t let it get her down… she just shakes it off and jumps right back in with both feet.

Selah is usually the second one up in the morning (tybi is the first). She comes out with sleepy eyes and crawls up into my lap for morning cuddles. She is such a sweet girl and so full of life (did I already say that… well… it’s worth saying twice).

Selah loves to be on stage. She took her microphone in the car the other day so she could sing on the way to the post office. She is full of sass.. in a good way.

Happy Birthday to our Big Three Year old Selah!!!! We love this sweet little bundle!

Meal Plan Monday 8/ 27- 31

Brian planned the meals this week. I’m glad he did. Its nice to have another perspective now and then:

Monday: Key West Chicken Kabobs (again… this was on the menu last week… are we seeing a pattern here. Not every meal planned actually gets to make it on the table)

Tuesday: Taco Pockets … we just had these a couple of weeks ago, but they were a big hit.. so we’ll have them again.

Wednesday: Crock Pot Lasagna (see below for recipe)

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Tater Tot Casserole


My Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

2 Can Tomato Sauce (you might only want to use a can and a half. I make sure there’s extra liquid to account for the no cook noodles)

Italian Seasoning


1 package no boil lasagna noodles

8 oz. cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

large carton cottage cheese

1 bag of Kraft Italian Cheese w/Philadelphia cream cheese


1. Brown Meat in Skillet and drain grease. Add tomato sauce and Italian Seasoning and Garlic to taste. Heat through and remove from heat.
2. Mixes Cheeses and Sour Cream in a separate dish

3. In crock pot, layer sauce, noodles, cheese and repeat until full… you’ll probably have to break the noodles to make them fit. Don’t be afraid to do a couple of layers of them at a time.

4. Cook on low for 6- 8 hours

Let me know if you try it!

We gave Tybi puffs for the first time and she kept sticking them to the edge of her mouth like this… She looks like she already has teeth up top!

Elijah, on the other hand, lost his third tooth recently!


Tybi Week by Week- 25- 30

Keeping up with our weekly pictures of the littlest Dugdale:

Apple Picking

We seriously are in love with living in the mountains. We’ve been here for a year now. The kids have noticed the trend in our family that we move a lot. They have been nervous that we are going to move again sometime soon. They were relieved when we signed our lease to stay in this house for another year. We had a talk the other day that it’s ok to want something. It’s okay to like where we live and want to stay here. But we always need to remember that what God wants for us is the more important thing and if we move again, it will be because he has something even better for us (Elijah suggested Hawaii).

We also told them to not worry about the future, but to enjoy our time here, however long it may be.

So.. on Saturday, we headed over to Sky Top Orchard for some apple picking. It was so fun! We were the first people there. For about half an hour, we were the only people there.

All four of the kids in a wagon. I’ve given up hope of having them all look at the camera at the same time!


Sampling apples before we headed out to get our own


Mary Ingalls driving her wagon to town!


Apple Picking




Look at those growing kids! Brian and I were talking about how we hope these kinds of days are great memories that the kids take with them as they grow older. We hope that even when they are teenagers, they will still want to come out and apple pick with the family. One can hope… right?



Meal Plan Monday- 8/20- 8/24

I’ve got a few blog posts coming this week… be sure to check back soon to see what we’ve been up to.

But first, here’s the menu for the week:

Monday: Honey Apple Pork Roast (I was going to make this last week, but the kids ate all my apples before I got a chance)
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wednesday: Key West Chicken Kabobs

Thursday: Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Friday: Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Pasta Shells (these got neglected last week to, but Elijah’s been really excited about them.. .so we’ll try again this week)!


We will also be having LOTS of apple treat this week… we went apple picking over the weekend. We’ve already made a pie and apple butter!


Here’s your fun photo of the day… Tybi has learned to crawl!

What’s on your menu this week?

Meal Plan Monday- 8/13- 8/17

Last week we started school and I inevitably got sick… I’m still sick, but I’m sick of being sick… so I’m pretending that I’m all better. On a bright side, however… school went well and the kids seem excited about the new school year!

Here’s the Meal Plan for the week:

Monday: Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings with Peas on the side and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for Dessert

Tuesday: Taco Pockets (new recipe for a twist on Taco Tuesday)… the recipe calls for chicken, but I am using beef. Corn on the cob from the garden on the side

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Apple Honey Pork Roast (trying two NEW recipes this week… watch out… this girls unstoppable) with whatever steam fresh veggies I have lying around the freezer.

Friday: Lentil Soup… one of Brian’s favorites with sour cream biscuits

Saturday: Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Pasta Shells with salad
That’s what’s on the menu this week… what’s for dinner at your house?