Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Weekly Menu {December 15-21}

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Monday - Slow cooked beef and broccoli

Tuesday -  Chicken salad or Chicken fried rice

Wednesday - Sweet potato hash and fried eggs with asparagus

Thursday - Chicken with buffalo ranch coleslaw and salad

Friday BBQ chicken with green beans

Saturday - Home Group Shindig

Sunday - Leftovers


Still experimenting with Paleo recipes...it's definitely a work in progress.




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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Our Weekly Menu {December 9-14}

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Monday - Spicy Chorizo Chili

Tuesday -  Fridge Frittata (using up veggies and bacon already in the fridge)

Wednesday Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodle Substitute  

Thursday - Spaghetti Squash

Friday - Stovetop "Cheesy" Paleo Chicken Casserole with Asparagus

Saturday - Home Group Shindig

Sunday - Leftovers


Still experimenting with Paleo recipes...it's definitely a work in progress.




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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Our Weekly Menu {December 1-7}

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Monday - Paleo Cashew Chicken with leftover Green Beans

Tuesday - Creamy Sauerkraut & Sausage Soup from Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals

Wednesday - Cashew Cream Chicken Tikka Masala with Wild Rice & Asparagus

Thursday - Spicy Chorizo Chili with Diced Avocado

Friday - Spaghetti Squash

Saturday - leftovers

Sunday - Dinner at Home Group


This week we are starting to experiment with Paleo-ish recipes.  Wish me luck because I love my carbs!!




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Monday, October 6, 2014

This Week's Menu {October 6 - 12}

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Monday - Whatever we can find in the kitchen.  :)

Tuesday - New England Blam Chowder from The Sexy Vegan Cookbook

Wednesday Bowtie Chicken Alfredo (healthy version?) with Steamed Broccoli

Thursday - Farewell Dinner with Family

Friday - Herb and Citrus Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes with Raw Tuscan Kale Salad

Saturday - Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Sunday - Dinner at Home Group (taking either 7 Spice Roast or Oklahoma Cheesecake)


I also want to try out these Carrot Cake Bites this week!

Even though we have a menu for the week, it's honestly pretty up in the air because my husband's parents are moving to Hawaii (i.e. the Oregon Trail), and they fly out on Friday.  We've been helping them empty their house and clean it and etc., so we may end up in Omaha some of these evenings besides our farewell dinner on Thursday.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't mourning for the loss of them being so close and Baby Prez and Miss Coco getting to see their grandparents frequently.




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Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Goals for September 29th - October 2nd

Last Week’s 10 Goals

  1. Write 5+ pages for my breadth review.  - I wrote some, but I'm not sure it was 5 pages.
  2. Finish 2 blog posts. - Yes!  Meal plan and Lincoln Children's Zoo
  3. Do something special for Mr. Harvey.
  4. Find new curtains for living room and hang. - In progress
  5. Grocery shop on Monday.
  6. Organize coupons from recycle bin diving. - I may have given up on this.  Ha!
  7. Decorate the house for fall (my favorite season) - In progress
  8. Create chore chart for Miss Coco. - In progress
  9. Organize buffet counter. - In progress
  10. Sort 3 basement boxes.

At this end of this week, we will be receiving a lot of furniture from my husband's parents who are moving to Hawaii.  Personally, I'd rather have them still here than get new furniture because we have been SO blessed to have them near.  They have been such an incredible support system over the past two years, and a very important piece of our lives will be 3,779 miles away.  So...we get another blessing in that they are allowing us to have some of their furniture that isn't going across the ocean with them.  That means that I have A LOT of work to do before Sunday.


This Week’s 10 Goals

  1. Prep house for influx of new-to-us furniture by Thursday evening.  
  2. Write 5+ pages for my breadth review. 
  3. Publish 2 blog posts.
  4. Do something special for Mr. Harvey.
  5. Find new curtains for living room and hang.
  6. Grocery shop on Monday.
  7. Organize coupons from recycle bin diving.
  8. Finish decorating the house for fall 
  9. Finish creating chore chart for Miss Coco.
  10. Finish organizing buffet counter.

Have a fantastic week!


This Week's Meal Plan {September 19 - October 3}

My experimentation with cashew cream has continued, and it is amazing.  Seriously, amazing.  In the past few weeks, I've made healthy versions of some of our favorite meals that I honestly thought we might never get to eat again.  Two weeks, I created a recipe for Healthy Cheesy Potato Soup, and last week, I made Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala (recipe coming soon).  Like I said last week, cashews are my new best friend.

We also tried Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Potatoes and Raw Tuscan Kale Salad last week, and they were a success with the family, too.  I especially liked the kale salad.  So delicious and nothing but kale and homemade dressing.  But, I nixed the Zucchini Fritters last week.  I just couldn't convince myself that they would be good.  They probably are, but oh well.

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Monday - Burritos

Tuesday - Moroccan-Style Chickpeas with Saffron Rice (from Fresh & Fast Vegan)

Wednesday Bowtie Chicken Alfredo (healthy version?) with with Raw Tuscan Kale Salad

Thursday - Taco Soup

Friday - Dinner with Family

Saturday - Dinner with Family

Sunday - Dinner with Family


We (mostly my hubby) are helping his parents move their furniture into a storage unit next weekend, and then a few days later, they will be flying out to Hawaii (or in other words, the Oregon Trail).  But we have been blessed to get to spend time with them over the past few weekends before they leave.




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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Labor Day at the Lincoln Children's Zoo

The Harvey family was blessed to get to spend time with both sides of our family over Labor Day this year.  The Johansens drove up to Nebraska from Oklahoma on Friday, and stayed until Monday.  Baby President was so excited to get to see Grandpa, Gramma, and Aunt Kiley!

The big event of the weekend was taking Baby Prez to the zoo for the first time.  After lunch, we all loaded up and headed to the Lincoln Children's Zoo.

We arrived at the zoo just in time to watch the Humboldt Penguins get fed.  Baby Prez had a great view from Daddy's shoulders.  Then we checked out the Amur Leopard!  Baby President wasn't sure whether he should be excited or scared, but Miss Coco was right there with him and they looked at the leopard together.

Watching the penguin feeding Lincoln Children's Zoo.

Kids checking out the leopard at Lincoln Children's Zoo

Two cuties at Lincoln Children's Zoo

Miss Coco got to feed the Dromedary Camels and the Nubian and Pigmy Goats. And she had the chance to pet a Frilled Lizard, several different turtles, a rabbit and goats. She thought the lizard was pretty neat and wants to volunteer at the zoo next summer once she's old enough!  She also found a real bald eagle nest.  It was huge and pretty cool!

Feeding the goats at Lincoln Children's Zoo

Miss Coco is a frog at Lincoln Children's Zoo!

Miss Coco in an Eagle's Nest at Lincoln Children's Zoo

In the butterfly house, Baby Prez thought the rocks were way cooler than the butterflies!  We also saw a momma ring-tailed lemur with her babies hanging out on her back.  They were just adorable.  There's nothing like the love between a momma and her babies.

Rocks are cooler than butterflies Lincoln Children's Zoo!

Ring-tailed lemur at the Lincoln Children's Zoo

Feeding the goats was one of Baby President's favorite parts of the afternoon.  Gramma helped him out and showed him how to feed them. He was fascinated by the goats and was surprised when they ate the food out of his hand!  We also enjoyed watching the squirrel monkeys.  Daddy propped Baby Prez so that he could get a front-row seat!

Feeding the goats Lincoln Children's Zoo

feeding the goats at Lincoln Children's Zoo

Daddy and son looking at the squirrel monkeys at Lincoln Children's Zoo

We tried to find the lion, but it turned out to be a fake plastic lion that "eats" trash. Not cool.  Instead, we walked over to the aviary to see the Snowy Egret, Wood Duck, Tawny Frogmouth, Scarlet Ibis, and the Great Malay Argus Pheasant, where Miss Coco tried to scare the birds and then got scared of them herself.  Silly girl!  And Baby Prez tried to escape into the habitat by limboing under the rope barrier.  Silly boy.  (Later, he tried to jump into the koi pond, so this was a recurring theme).

Aunt Kiley and Baby Prez at Lincoln Children's Zoo

Our first trip to the zoo with Baby Prez was a success.  I love the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, but the Lincoln Children's Zoo was perfect for our family.  (Luckily, we had a great navigator who loved reading the guide map.)  We got to see some great animals, and it was the perfect size for an afternoon with a toddler.  Baby Prez saw everything without getting too tired and cranky.  And it wasn't too busy.  Baby President walked around most of the zoo, and we only used the stroller a few times.  I would definitely recommend the Lincoln Children's Zoo to families with small children.  

Baby Prez at the Lincoln Children's Zoo

Baby Prez at the Lincoln Children's Zoo

Harvey Family at the Lincoln Children's Zoo

Have a fantastic day!  Bye, bye!

Daddy and son at the Lincoln Children's Zoo



Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Goals {Week of September 22nd}

Last Week’s 10 Goals

  1. Write 5+ pages for my breadth review. - 3 pages done
  2. Finish 2 blog posts. - 1) Menu and 2) Healthy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe
  3. Do something special for Mr. Harvey. - Movie (at home) Date
  4. Plan weekly menu + school lunches based on grocery store deals.               (Weekly budget = $80) - Done!
  5. Grocery shop before Thursday. Done!
  6. Organize coupons from recycle bin diving last week. - In progress
  7. Catch up on laundry from our weekend trip; then do one load per day. - Done!
  8. Create chore chart for Miss Coco. - In progress
  9. Organize buffet counter. - In progress
  10. Sort 3 basement boxes. - Not even started.

This week, I need to really focus on these goals and not allow myself to become distracted by other things, but overall, I'm pleased with how last week went.  Meal planning is becoming easier each week as well as grocery/deal shopping!


This Week’s 10 Goals

  1. Write 5+ pages for my breadth review. 
  2. Finish 2 blog posts.
  3. Do something special for Mr. Harvey.
  4. Find new curtains for living room and hang.
  5. Grocery shop on Monday.
  6. Organize coupons from recycle bin diving.
  7. Decorate the house for fall (my favorite season)
  8. Create chore chart for Miss Coco.
  9. Organize buffet counter.
  10. Sort 3 basement boxes.

Have a fantastic week!