Menu Plan Sunday, February Meal Planning - 2/7

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Welcome to weekly menu plan Sunday. We are starting of this week with Superbowl Sunday so today is full of snacky foods and good football appetizers ideas.
February dinner ideas

Menu Plan Sunday

Sunday: Superbowl snack food ideas - 7 layer bean dip, barbecue buffalo wings, creamy Italian ranch pasta salad, pigs in a blanket and easy football cupcakes.

football cupcakes

Monday: Chicken pot pie from freezer and green salad.

Tuesday: Crock pot cheesy potatoes and smoked sausage (recipe coming this week), sliced oranges and steamed spinach with red wine vinegar.

Wednesday: Dinner with in-laws

Thursday: Roasted Chicken, baked potato salad, sauteed greens from the garden

Friday: Date night

Saturday: (Hosting my father in law's b-day) Barbecued tri-tip, grandma's baked beans, crock pot mac n cheese, green salad, grilled herb bread, best banana cake ever.

The banana cake recipe is so good and such a moist cake recipe and great use of bananas from the freezer. Always a hit whenever I make it. Enjoy!

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party, 2/6

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #90 

Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient!


Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop!

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!
Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

 This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

  What Can I Post?

Anything and everything related to a more Simple way of life OR Self Reliance....
Homesteading, Prepping, Gardening, Cooking/recipes/food, Livestock of all varieties, Off-grid, Natural Living, Wellness/wholeness and Healthcare, Herbal, DIY & MYO!

**Please note: By linking to this Blog Hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include 1 photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way. **

Congratulations to our Featured Blogger this week

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 Just Plain Living

Hosts' Choice 

Better Hens & Gardens - Creating Bluebird Habitat
Olla-Podrida - Apple Pie Muffins
Taylor-Made Ranch - Showing Love In Times Of Sorrow

Ready to get to the hop? Add your link below:


Upgrade Your Kitchen On A Budget

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Budget

If you want to upgrade your kitchen but have to stick to a tight budget, there are plenty of options available for you. Turning your old or outdated kitchen into a new, beautiful space can be as easy as changing colors, applying a fresh coat of paint, or opting for upgrades in a few key areas.

The following are some suggestions for giving your eating space an inviting, and inspiring, new look while keeping to a strict kitchen upgrade budget:

Change Lighting

For an instant kitchen makeover, think about swapping out your existing lighting for a new pendant lamp, chandelier, or other piece. Most lighting options will set you back only a couple of hundreds dollars or less, and they’ll bring you many rewards when it comes to having a bright focal piece in your kitchen.

Purchase New Hardware

For a budget-friendly kitchen upgrade, remove old and tired-looking kitchen hardware and replace it with something stunning and new. Get rid of your kitchen faucet, cupboard knobs, and door handles (if you have them) and opt for fresh hardware that reflects your style.

Upgrade a Few Accessories

To give yourself the feel of thorough kitchen makeover without the expense, focus on spending your money on fun cabinet features like pullout cutting boards, cabinet corrals, drop-down drawers, and little perks for your pantry.

Replace Cabinets

Sometimes all that’s needed for a kitchen makeover is a new set of cabinets (or just cabinet doors if you’re really tight on money). Consider that replacing your cabinets, which are focal points in most kitchens, will provide an instant face-lift for your space. If you can’t replace cabinets, or cabinet doors, simply give them a fresh coat of paint.

In addition to these tips, you can paint kitchen walls, add sconces or new artwork, hang a pan rack from the ceiling, or redo your floors with budget-friendly materials. All of these changes will breathe new life into a kitchen without forcing you to spend a lot of cash. Check out for all your kitchen remodeling needs!
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