Summer Weekly Menu Plan Ideas

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Since it’s almost June and I haven’t made a single menu plan since the first of May, I decided to take a break for the summer from sharing menu plans here (although I’ll be making some very simplified menu plans at our house!) While my kids are home for the summer I’d rather be hanging out with them then getting these gathered up, and hope you understand. 😉

I’ve had menu plans out since last August though, there are plenty you can still choose from. Here are the links to keep you full of menu ideas all summer long . . .

 

Most of these include free printable lists as well, so you should be all set for summer!

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Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  

 

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Beef Stir Fry {In Less Than 30 Minutes}

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With fresh produce in season, there’s no better time to use tons of fresh veggies as you cook! We had this (super) simple beef stir fry last night and I loved that it was loaded with vegetables and protein, and cooked up in under 30 minutes.

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I noticed this recipe also at All Recipes (it looked so good!), but since the marinade needed to mix for several hours I opted for this simple recipe. The flavors are all so good on their own that you don’t need to add too much, and you can have dinner done in less than 30 minutes. Love that!

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Beef Stir Fry (in Less Than 30 Minutes)

  • Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound beef sirloin, cut in 2″ strips
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • broccoli florets or carrots (I didn’t have those but they would have been great to add in!)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional – we were out but I wish we’d had them!)

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Directions

 

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  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.

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  1. Cook beef until browned, 3 – 4 minutes.
  2. Put beef on one side of the skillet, then add in veggies and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.

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  1. Mix in beef and add in soy sauce and sesame seeds.
  2. Continue to cook until vegetables are tender, for another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Enjoy!

Adapted from All Recipes. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

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Guest Bedroom Update Part 2: Spray Painted Wall Art

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See part one HERE.

This week has been crazy.

 

Crazy, folks.

 

I had big plans of sharing all the pictures of our updated guest bedroom, but with a quick night of family in town, three kids going different directions (or almost worst, just staying home some days . . . ), I didn’t get time to take pictures to really give you a peek of the finished results. 

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(Our basement bedroom is DARK, so to get decent pictures I have to be there right when the light comes through the window, which is only for an hour or two each day!)

 

So, here’s a peek of one more finished project I tackled in there. We had these wood hanging art pieces (if that’s what you call them?) in our old foyer, and even though they didn’t match our in our new home, I hated to just get rid of them.

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Here they are hanging in the hallway when the kids made a yarn obstacle course a few years ago – can’t believe I don’t have any other pics of our old foyer!

 

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I sprayed on a little spray paint, and witha few coats they work perfectly in our guest bedroom!

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Next week I’ll share the whole room (surely things will settle down around here . . . ) but in the meantime don’t miss how I updated this $48 Goodwill sleigh bed. I just love this little space!

 

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Love decorating but don’t want to spend too much? Don’t miss my favorite 7 Stores to Shop when Decorating on a Budget. 

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Looking for penny pinched projects? Here are a few of my favorites . . .

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

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4 Ingredient Bisquick Mix Recipe

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I don’t know about your kids, but mine love morning waffles in the summertime. And, since these days with my kiddos feel like they’re fleeting way too fast, I try to indulge them as often as I can. (Thankfully they’re all pretty busy kids, so whatever they eat for breakfast they wear off throughout the day!)

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Our favorite waffle recipe is this one, but I’ve been looking for a way to simplify things in the mornings and finally decided to try out a Homemade Bisquick recipe. Since all that’s really in it is flour and a few other ingredients, I knew I could make it for next to nothing, and I love knowing exactly what’s going into it! Here’s what you’ll need:

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Homemade Bisquick Mix

Ingredients

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 cup cold butter

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Directions

  1. Mix together flour, salt and baking powder in large bowl.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, mix in butter until the mixture is crumbly (I use this pastry cutter and love it, but you could also use a food processor to mix it all in!)
  3. Store covered in refrigerator until ready to use, for up to 4 months (makes enough for 3 to 4 days of pancakes and waffles at our house – so double the recipe if you need more!)

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To make life easier in the mornings, I leave the pancake and waffle recipes right on the container so my kids can whip up a batch themselves if I’m working in the morning (my Caroline is an expert already!) Here are the recipes we use . . .

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Waffles
  • 2 cups mix
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Pancakes
  • 2 cups mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

 

You can also use them to make these Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits. Yum!

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If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

 

 

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How To Make Homemade Chalk Paint + Our $48 Goodwill Sleigh Bed

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Have I told you lately I love me some thrifting? 

 

Good gracious, I do.

 

A few weeks ago I went to Goodwill with my daughter and was so proud that I managed to make it out the door without a single thing.

 

Until.

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I glanced out of the corner of my eye and saw a sleigh bed headboard and footboard for $48.

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Forty. Eight. Dollars.

 

***Did you hear me?***

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(Guest bedroom before – yikes! I bought that comforter in a pinch before we sold our last house because I just needed something, but have absolutely hated it from the minute I bought it. Bleck!)

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Needless to say I made a beeline for a tape measure to see if it would fit the queen bed that we have in our guest bedroom. And sure enough, it did.

 

WOOHOOO!

 

It’s only a few years old (I found a sticker with a 2009 date on it underneath), but was pretty seriously beat up. While I would love to have kept it stained, there were a few parts in it in horrible shape and it would have taken a lot of work to refinish, so I decided to try making my own chalk paint.

 

Now, I’ve shared before how I’ve purchased Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for projects (check out this one too), however that stuff is not cheap (about $34 per quart + the wax you’ll need to have), so my daughter and I made a trip to Home Depot to see what we could find.

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As luck would have it, my oh-so-wise-she’s-her-momma’s-favorite-this-week- girl found a mismatched paint sample for 50¢ that was exactly the color I was hoping to use. So for a whopping 50¢, I had everything I needed to tackle the job.

 

Success!

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Here’s what we used:

  • 1/3 cup plaster of Paris (found in the paint department – we had some in our paint supplies but it costs around $5)
  • 1/3 cup cool water
  • 1 cup latex paint
  • paste wax (you can also find this in the paint department – I had some left over from my last chalk paint project so I just used that)
  • stir sticks
  • measuring cups (don’t use them again for food – we measured everything out in paper cups to not ruin our measuring cups!)
  • plastic bucket for mixing

 

How to Make Chalk Paint (find more detailed instructions here)

  • Mix together 1/3 cup cool water and 1/3 cup plaster of Paris in small bucket
  • Add in 1 cup latex paint and stir completely.
  • After paint has dried on your project, rub paste wax into wood to finish the project

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I spent all weekend painting last week, and have a whole new room to show for it now. I’ll share the complete room with you next week (every single thing in it is thrifted except the bedding), so be sure to stop back by!

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Looking for more projects like this one? Here are a few of my favorites . . . 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Red Robin Whiskey River Barbecue Chicken Wrap

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Not sure this qualifies as real cooking, but if you’re in a hurry and need a quick meal this week, this recipe is perfect. My friend Shannon keeps reminding me about it, so I figured it was time to update the recipe and picture from when I originally posted it way back in 2012. 😉

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Grill the chicken yourself of make life easy on a busy night like I did and take advantage of pre-cooked chicken. Either way dinner will be done fast, and your family will love it! Here you go . . .

 

Mix together equal parts barbecue sauce and ranch dressing and warm chicken up in microwave.

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Add chicken to wrap.

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Then add lettuce,

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and onions (red onions are my favorite.)

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Top with tortilla chips or French’s onions.

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Drizzle with ranch dressing and barbecue sauce mixture,

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Wrap it all up . . .
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And enjoy!

Red Robin Whiskey River Barbecue Chicken Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 package flour tortillas (we use the Mission Spinach variety)
  • 1 cup cooked and sliced chicken breast (to make life easy I used pre-cooked Tyson Grilled & Ready Strips, but you could easily make them yourself – try out this chicken marinade!)
  • 1/2 cup light ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 red onion
  • tortilla strips or French’s onions we used stockpiled French’s onions
  • bacon (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix together barbecue sauce and ranch dressing, set aside.
  2. Chop onion.
  3. Warm chicken according to package directions and cook bacon.
  4. Add lettuce, chicken, bacon, cheese, onion, and tortilla strips to wrap.
  5. Drizzle with barbecue sauce dressing mixture, and enjoy!

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Dollar Tree Spelling Practice Board (Perfect For Summer Traveling)

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Traveling this summer? This is an easy project you can make for the road (or even just for home) for just $3 at the Dollar Tree.
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Here’s what I used:

  • Cookie Sheet – 2/$1 at the Dollar Tree
  • Leftover scrapbook paper
  • Modge podge (I love that stuff!)
  • Magnetic clips – $1 at the Dollar Tree
  • Alphabet letters – $1 at the Dollar Tree

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All I did was modge podge the scrapbook paper onto the cookie sheet (you could easily leave yours plain if you wanted to.) 

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Then I added the clips and checked out the 3rd grade spelling word list for my daughter to work on this summer, and she can practice next year’s words ahead of time!

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Easy peasy. Love that. Hope you’re enjoying summer as much as I am!

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Looking for ways to save while you travel? Here you go!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

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The Best Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Folks, this is the best spinach and artichoke dip you will ever eat.

 

Promise.

 

So, if you’re planning a summer get together and need an appetizer to share, here’s the one for you. Enjoy!

Hot Spinach, Artichoke & Chile Dip

Ingredients

  1. 2 8 oz packages cream cheese
  2. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  3. 4.5 oz can chopped green chiles, drained
  4. 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  5. 12 oz jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  6. 10 oz box frozen spinach chopped, thawed and drained

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Directions

  1. Mix together softened cream cheese and mayonnaise in a bowl and stir until mixed together.
  2. Add in Parmesan cheese, drained artichokes, spinach, and chiles.
  3. Pour mixture into baking dish
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips – enjoy!

Note – I doubled the recipe and it made a TON – I used an 8×11 Pyrex dish and there was plenty to serve 25 people. 

Need a little more menu inspiration? Go HERE

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The Ultimate Roundup Of Summer Bucket List Ideas

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Goodness, I’m so stinkin’ excited that summer is here! This morning for the very first time in fifteen years, on the first day school was out all three of my children slept until 7:30.

 

Pretty sure this means I’ve officially arrived. :)

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We made a homemade waffle bar, and they’re already off getting things together for a trip this weekend. For you moms of little tiny kids, I promise you kind of get control back one day . . . it just may take a few years! :)

 

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Last night when we were talking about summer, my girls helped me put together our Summer Bucket List (see the one my son helped me come up with a few years ago over here.) We can’t wait to start enjoying some traveling, hanging out at home, and exploring Ohio a bit this year!

 

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Here are a few of the ideas they came up with . . . 

  • Re do bedroom (meaning move furniture around)
  • Do an act of kindness
  • Play Scrabble
  • Catch fireflies
  • Make cakepops
  • Facepaint
  • Get nails done
  • Make a stage
  • Make giant bubbles
  • Play Twister
  • Volunteer
  • Make smores
  • Try to get a world record
  • Have a picnic

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We found so many great (penny pinched!) ideas while scrolling around Pinterest, I thought it would be fun to do a big roundup of Summer Bucket List ideas so you can get started too! Here you go . . .

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Ummmm . . . practicing our spelling might just be on our bucket list too, but I love that they did their list all by themselves!

 

Summer Bucket List Ideas

 

Toddler Summer Bucket List Ideas

1. The Tailored Mama Summer Bucket List for Toddlers

2. More Fun Mom Toddlers Bucket List of Day Trips

3. A Mouse In My Kitchen Toddler’s Summer Bucket List & Free Printable

Preschooler Summer Bucket List Ideas

4. Mary Martha Mama Summer Bucket List Preschool Edition

5. Camp PBS Summer Bucket List 

6. Crafts On Sea Summer Bucket List for Preschoolers

Elementary Aged Summer Bucket List Ideas

7. Creative Family Fun 100 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

8. The Pinning Mama 50 Ideas & Activities for Kids & Families

9. Digital Mom Blog 50 Summer Ideas for Kids

Teenage Summer Bucket List Ideas

10. Evan Nickel Summer Bucket List for Teens

11. Sugar Beans Teen Summer Bucket List

12. Parenting Teens 101 Fun Things for Teens to Do This  Summer

Family Bucket List Ideas

13. Keeper of the Home Backyard Bucket List

14. No Time For Flashcards Summer Reading Bucket List (love these ideas!)

15. Summer Bucket List Bingo

16. 101 Almost Free Things To Do With Kids This Summer

 

Have you made your summer bucket list yet for the summer? I’d love to hear what fun ideas are on your list this year ~ leave a comment to share!

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

 

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Cake Mix Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake

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My neighbor Sarah shared this recipe with me years ago for Cake Mix Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake, and I’d forgotten just how yummy it was until I made it again over the weekend!

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My girls helped me mix up two of the cakes for the baby shower we hosted, and it was just perfect. One of the guys couldn’t believe I actually made it myself, and my kids have been fighting over every last  morsel.

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Sweet success :)

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I’m telling you what, I know you should be out making all kind of Memorial Day recipes this weekend, but this is a no-brainer-gonna-be-perfect-I-promise-your-family-will-love-it cake to make too. Here you go . . .

 

Sarah’s Cake Mix Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake

Ingredients

  • 18.25 oz package devil’s food cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 5.9 oz package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (plus 1/4 cup extra to sprinkle on top at the end)

Ingredients for the glaze

  1. 2 Tbsp. butter
  2. 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  3. 2 c. powdered sugar
  4. 3-4 Tbsp. water
  5. 1 Tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  • Mix together first 6 ingredients.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean (cake will be moist though.)
  • Let cool in pan for at least one hour before turning out on plate.
  • Once completely cooled, drizzle with glaze, and sprinkle with additional chocolate chips.

Directions for the glaze

  1. Melt butter & chocolate.
  2. Add sugar, vanilla and water.
  3. If needed add more water to thin frosting. (Whisk the frosting if there are any lumps).
  4. Drizzle over cake and sprinkle on extra chocolate chips if you’d like. Enjoy!

 

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