Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Works for me Wednesday- Most excellent

I am from the camp of thinking that you don't get rewarded for doing whats expected. If you are a part of this family, you contribute in your own way. There is no reward for doing your daily chores, helping mom out or being kind to others. That is just what a family does...because we love each other.

I am. however, all about acknowledging behavior that really goes above and beyond by making good choices. My number 1 is four and it can be a fun and tough age. Teaching him that he is not the only one in the universe is a challenge indeed. I have caught glimpses of him lately putting others before himself and it made me want to recognize this type of behavior!

So my son and I (and his bigger cousin who made the chart) came up with an excellence chart. Every time he does something really excellent he gets a sticker on his chart. When one row is completed he gets a prize. (I usually have a stockpile in my gift closet or several trinkets on hand from the dollar store.)

These stickers are not easy to earn, so when one goes on the chart it is a big deal! Number 1 doesn't get one for taking his plate to sink, putting his shoes away or helping dad in the yard. He does get one for cleaning his whole room without being asked. Or if he chooses to help a neighbor on his own.

Good stuff!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Recipe Tuesday: EZ BBQ pork

I found this recipe and it looked so easy I just have to try it!!(I may play around with adding some additional spices too!) Let me know if you do and tell me how your family likes it!


1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
3 pounds boneless pork ribs
1 (18 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce

Pour can of beef broth into slow cooker, and add boneless pork ribs. Cook on High heat for 4 hours, or until meat shreds easily. Remove meat, and shred with two forks. It will seem that it's not working right away, but it will.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Transfer the shredded pork to a Dutch oven or iron skillet, and stir in barbecue sauce.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until heated through.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: I'm too busy to cook post!

This has been a really hectic 2 weeks around here. (I will get more into that, hopefully next week.) It has left me...hmmm, how do I say this? Not wanting to cook very much! I do want my family to still eat well though, so that has left me with getting creative. That also means lots of crock pot use. For the new recipe below I used the leftover chicken from earlier in the week, making it even less effort! Happy Eating Y'all!

Monday: Leftovers- If its not movin, you can have it..... but mama is not cookin!

Tuesday: Grilled chicken, green beans, roasted carrots

Wednesday: Crock pot beef roast, mashed potatoes, broccoli

Thursday: Chicken with Asian veggies,(recipe below) brown rice, egg rolls

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Shredded beef tacos, Spanish rice, black beans

Sunday: Crock pot BBQ pork,(recipe Tues.) baked beans, coleslaw, tomato salad

Chicken with Asian Veggies

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 cup of sliced bamboo shoots

1 can baby corn1 cut thinly sliced water chestnuts

2 tbs Soy sauce

First grill the chicken breast slightly on both sides and cut into pieces if desired. Boil the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts for about 15 minutes. Open the can of baby corn and wash very well. Combine all the ingredients into the crock pot and stir. Let the dinner cook for about 6 hours on low without opening to check on it and a great, delicious meal should be ready to serve.