Stone Soup for Five: Menu Plan and Confessions from the week

Menu Plan and Confessions from the week

So the last two weeks have been busy.  One week of avoiding planning for school and squeezing every last drop out of summer break, and another week of sheer panic, realizing that I'm homeschooling full time and have NO CLUE what I'm doing.  At. All.

So I resort to my usual M.O. which is spend money without thinking about it, and eat too much without counting it.  Which means I break the budget financially and with my points.

AND three days into homeschool unit studies, I realized, I'm totally NOT cut out for this.  It's FUN and EXCITING for the boys, but not so much when their mom is tired and lame and stressed and clueless.  Maybe a mom who had it together with the house, work, school, church commitments and life would be GREAT for unit studies... but this mom is psychotic when the house is a mess, stressed when I can't work enough to make ends meet, has no clue what my boys should learn and when, and totally have NOTHING together when it comes to spiritual and emotional life.

So, three days into homeschool the psychotic mom way, I went to check out our church's homeschool co-op.  And two things happened.  
1. The heavens opened
2. and the angels sang.

Nah, not really, but almost!

1. My boys loved it
2. they are teaching the HARD classes!

So, now I'm in a frantic re-plan and re-budget for our new schedule.

AND, I've got to keep such a tight schedule to fit in a little bit of everything I need to each day. It's exhausting to think about, but thankfully my strength doesn't come from within... and I know that this life is hard because I'm strong enough to live it.
I think.

And now, to my menu.

Cost this week at WinCo: $120.04

Breakfasts, cycle through the usual:
Monkey toes
muffins and eggs
waffles and yogurt
baked oatmeal
Baked omelette

Lunches, the usual:
grilled cheese
packed lunch for co-op day  :o)
dogs and mac
pizza rolls

(didn't make last week... remember, I was depressed and in denial, so we wasted money and points.)
Mostoccolli bake (or however you spell it)
Italian Crockpot Chicken
Cheeseburger soup (it's FALL! YAY!)
Pizza (homemade)
Mexican Lasagna
Curry chicken broccoli and rice bake
Crockpot Lasagna
Shredded beef in the crockpot for tacos, burritos etc
Beef and Broccoli
Beef and mushroom stroganoff

and as I went to link you the recipes, I realized that most of the recipes are from my family.  I'll have to post some of them as I make them!

And just a quick glimpse into my life here with boys... my oldest got a Thompson air soft gun (modeled after the kind of guns the mafia used in the movie The Untouchables) as a Thank You from his uncle for a summer of yard work and he's armed and dangerous.  It's pretty awesome if I do say so myself, and I risked getting an eye out or a camera lens damaged to bring you this sloppy pic that I was too nervous to focus on the barrel like I wanted to.

Oh ya.  That's my gansta.  And I do hope you notice the lovely blue tarp in the background covering my wanna be Ax Man's wood pile. (and yes, those ARE milk jugs filled with water holding that lovely mountain of blue down, thanks for asking.)
For the wood burning stove insert that is in our garage.  
NOT in the fireplace.  
Never to be put in the fireplace unless we knock out a bunch of bricks.... BUT, we still have the wood.  
AND the tarp.  
Which makes for a lovely backdrop.

Linking up to:

OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday



  1. Oh I'm so glad you joined the co-op. You and I are so much alike I know it would be exactly like that if I were homeschooling. I would definitely need the co-op! You have all my respect for homeschooling. For real.

    Yeah, I want some of those recipes! Particularly the crockpot ones. I really need some good crockpot recipes. Thanks for linking up with me this week and I hope you get that insert put in and can actually use that wood. I *love* real wood fires. We have a gas fireplace, which is basically a gigantic heater vent that takes up a whole wall.

  2. Glad that you found a solution that works for you as far as homeschooling goes! Great looking menu plan. :)

    Visiting from MPM,


Join the conversation!