Shoot for the Moon!

Written by: Reneca

I am reading a really great book called Think & Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.  Although the book was written in 1937, the information in it is still very relevant to today.  Like everything, success starts in the mind; this is the primus of this book.  There is a section in the book on self-confidence, which I feel has a great deal of power.  In affect it is a contract with yourself, to be dedicated to your success. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. 



Self-Confidence Formula

First.  I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose I life.  Therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.

Second. I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality.  Therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.

Third.  I know through the principle of autosuggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it.  Therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of self-confidence.

Fourth.  I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment.

Fifth.  I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice.  Therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects.  I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people.  I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others.  I will eliminate hatred, envy jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success.  I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself.

                I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with full faith that it will gradually influence my thoughts and actions so that I will become a self-reliant and  successful person.



“To get what you have never had, you must do what you have never done.”
                                                                                                Author Unknown

If we could apply just these principles of self-confidence, just think of all the positive energy that would be flowing around us. 

I hope you all shoot for the moon (with your goals) and know that at the very least you’ll fall amongst the stars!!!!

Have a great weekend!

Much Love 






Menu Plan Monday-Dec. 15

Reneca’s Menu Plan:

b-Cream of wheat, with strawberries
l-grilled cheese, carrot sticks and dipping sauce
d-veggie spaghetti

b-Peach baby cakes
l-egg nest
d-Mini-hamburgers, mixed baby green salad with apples

b-stuffed french toast
l-home made corn dogs, sweet potato fries, and peas
d-kappa rolls and egg rolls

b-Spinach quiche
l- Sun Flower seed butter and jelly, broccoli salad with grapes
d-L O buffet

b-Apple crepes, with yogurt filling
l-biscuit cheese pizza, with pureed squash and sweet potato in sauce
d- Back by popular demand:  Fondue!

b-cranberry pancakes
l-cream cheese quesadillas, with tomato, orange salsa
d-chicken potato soup

b-???Duan’s morning to cook!!! (I get to sleep in a bit!)
l-Egg salad sandwiches
d- Dinner at the Ruff’s


Kalisha’s Menu Plan:


  • Cheesy Scrambled Eggs and Bacon with Fruit
  • Cinnamon Oatmeal with Strawberries
  • Crepe and Sausage Rolls with Fruit
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Quick Jam Turnovers

Lunch: (All lunches include a side of Fruit and/or Veggie)

  • Mac and Cheese with Wienies
  • Turkey and Cheeses Sandwhiches
  • Tuna Melt
  • Chicken Nuggets and Baked Potato Fries
  • Leftovers…


  • Best-Ever Hamburgers, Corn and Roasted Potatoes
  • Pizza in a Roll
  • Speedy Potato Soup with Cheesy Rolls
  • Salmon with Creamy Cucumber Sauce and Fettuccine
  • Creamy Chicken and Ham Bake with Brocolli

See more Menu Plan’s at OrgJunkie!

Would you like have a menu plan date and have what we’re having for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Well, today is you lucky day! lol…Here are a couple of recipes for you to try along with me:

Simple Cinnamon Rolls

  • 2 1/4 C. Biscuit Mix (or make your own using
  • 2/3 C. Milk
  • 1/4 C. Sugar
  • 1 1/2 t. Cinnamon
  • 6 t. Melted butter
  • 1/2 C. Chopped Nuts
  • 1/2 C. Raisins

Beat biscuit mix and milk together with a fork until dough is stiff; knead on floured surface about 12 times, or until dough is smooth. Roll our into rectangle. Spread with half the melted butter; sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, nuts, and raisins. Roll dough up tightly and press to seal. Cut into 10 slices. Place rolls close together on a greased cookie sheet and brush with rest of melted butter. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Yum! Can’t wait to try that one!


Salmon with Creamy Cucumber Sauce and Fettuccine

  • 8 oz. Fettuccine
  • 1 C. Plain Yogurt
  • 1 T. Flour
  • 1 T. Chopped fresh or 1 t. dried Dill Weed
  • 1 t. Horseradish
  • 1 medium unpeeled cucumber, seeded, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 can (6oz) skinless boneless pink salmon, drained, flaked

Cook and drain fettuccine as directed on package. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, mix yogurt and flour. Stir in dill weed and horseradish. heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until hot (do not boil). Stir in cucumber and salmon. Serve over fettuccine. (Makes 4 servings)



Kalisha’s Menu Plan–Dec. 8

Well, we did eat all of our leftovers from Thanksgiving (not really we–I did anyway). The girls were tired of turkey the second day they had to eat it after Thanksgiving! My last turkey meal was an impromptu Turkey Noodle Soup. Turned out great and now for my menu plan for this week…



  • Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
  • Cinnamon Cake and Fruit
  • Pancakes and Eggs
  • Crepes filled with Strawberries
  • Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal


  • Grilled Cheese and Potato Fries
  • PB and J, Carrot Sticks and Smashies Applesauce
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Chicken Nuggets with Mixed Veggies
  • Turkey, Cheese and Spinach wraps


  • Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs
  • Fish Sticks and Roasted Potatoes
  • Chili Dog Wraps and Sweet Corn (Recipe below)
  • Inside Out Chicken Pot Pie
  • Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

To see more menu plans go on over to Org Junkie for Menu Plan Monday!

Now the recipe I am going to share with you–we had last night for dinner. I only made 6 (2 for Brett and I, 1 each for Journey and Faith).  And today there is only one left because I ended up eating only one at dinner. Not by choice, but I barely had a chance to sit down before I had to get drinks, give the dog more food and water, and by the time I came back to the table Journey and Faith said they were done! Anyway…that’s why I only eat very small portions at dinner and then pig-out when they fall asleep!

Chili Dog Wraps

What you need:

  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 10 beef hot dogs (I used turkey dogs)
  • 1 can of chili (whatever you like, I used Hormel Homestyle)
  • 1 jar of Thick n’ Chunky Salsa (I used Mild salsa and it was still a little bit spicy. If you want to get rid of the spice then using a can of chunky tomatoes would work too)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or more if you like!)

What to do:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F, Spray a rectangular baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Soften tortillas as directed on package. Place 1 hot dog and 2 T. of chili on each tortilla. Roll up tortillas; place seam sides down in the baking dish. Spoon salsa over tortillas.
  3. Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover baking dish with foil,spray side down, and bake 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Enjoy! Yum!

This recipe came from my Betty Crocker Casseroles and Slow Cooker Meals cookbook.

Menu Plan Monday

Written by: Reneca

I hope every one had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We had such a good time, despite the fact DJ got Roseola. 😦  He had a fever and and was super cranky.  Now the rash is going away and he is getting back to normal.  Needless to say we have tons of leftovers.  So this week I’m going to everything I can to use our leftovers in creative ways, so that we don’t go into a turkey overload!


Breakfast: Yogurt, apples, and granola
Lunch: Turkey Salad roll ups
Dinner:  Potato  latkas (made from leftover cheese and broccoli mashed potatoes) and ham

Breakfast: cranberry pancakes (a perfect way to use the cranberry sauce)
Lunch: Deviled eggs, scalloped corn and greens
Dinner: Turkey Monte Cristo

Breakfast: sweet potatoes cream of wheat
Lunch: Turkey fried rice and asian veggies
Dinner: Broccoli and ham quiche

Breakfast: Breakfast burritos, with turkey or ham
Lunch: sun flower seed butter sandwiches on toast, and sugar snap peas
Dinner: Cornish hens, greens, and sweet potatoes

Breakfast: eggs, toast and oranges
Lunch: Waldorf salad, crackers and cheese
Dinner: Fondue night

Breakfast: Mixed berry waffles
Dinner:Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches

Breakfast: Stuffed french toast with strawberries and bananas
Lunch: buttered noodles with carrots and peas
Dinner: At the Ruff’s

Go to to see what else is cooking!

Menu Plan (with lots of turkey!) Monday

Written by: Kalisha

Well, Turkey Day has made me a slacker. I really don’t know what we will eat this week besides turkey! lol Just joking…I do have a recipe to share that is a great way to use up all that extra turkey. It might be one of our dinners this week. Here it is for you to try too!

Turkey Salad

  • 2 c. cooked turkey
  • 1/2 c. chopped nuts (omit if you are allergic)
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut
  • 2 T. chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 c. mayo
  • 1 t. lemon
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/2 head of lettuce, separated into leaves

Combine turkey, nuts, raisins, coconut, onion, green pepper; in a small bowl beat mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir dressing into salad. Serve on lettuce leaves. Yum!


This is what we had for breakfast Sunday morning. I always like trying out a new recipe–it’s always sure to be a little adventure!

Moist Oatmeal Pancakes

  • 2 c. quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1t. baking powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients; beat into thin batter. Cook on greased griddle until done. If batter is not thin enough to pour, add more milk.

Alright…from the looks of these pictures I know I have some explaining to do. But the explanation really is the point of my posting these pictures of my fabulous cooking (sarcasm). Well, I followed the instructions and when I poured the batter onto my awaiting griddle this is what happened. (See pic below) The oatmeal stayed in the middle and the batter ran!


As it was cooking I tried to use my spatula to push the batter into a more “pancake” like form. Each time the batter just ran–I thought maybe I should rename the oatmeal pancakes to Octopus Pancakes.


This is after the flip! Not too bad…still not Martha Stewart worthy in roundness or prettiness. (*tear)



I had to get creative if I wanted anyone to even touch these with their fork…so I made the girl’s pancakes into smily faces! Two raisin eyes, one mango cube nose, and an orangy smile. Meet Mr. Happy Oatmeal Pancake Man! The funny thing about this is that Journey almost had a cow when Brett cut up her pancake face (poor Daddy just trying to help). Mommy came to the rescue and re-made her pancake face and all was well in the world. Phew!


Journey and Daddy enjoyed Mr. Happy Oatmeal Pancake Man, yogurt, and fruit in bed! I just hope they remember these times when Mother’s Day rolls around…


In the end I realize that it doesn’t matter how the food turns out–it’s all about presentation. Lucky for me I could hide the ugliness of the pancake beneath a happy face.



  • Scrambled eggs and turkey
  • Leftover oatmeal pancakes and turkey
  • Cereal with fruit and turkey
  • Egg, cheese and turkey sandwiches
  • Cinnamon Cake with fruit and turkey


  • Turkey melts, turkey, turkey and more turkey!


  • Turkey Salad
  • Spaghetti
  • Fried fish and steamed veggies
  • Salmon Bake
  • Pizza Night (it will probably be the end of turkey by Friday–whether it is all eaten or not!)

Reneca’s menu (HELP! I need recipes for LO Turkey!)

Written by Reneca

This week is going to be a short week for our menu.  We are going to be eating Duan’s parents Wednesday throughFriday.  SO… this is what I know will be on the menu. I need your help…. I’m need some recipes of different ways to use LO turkey!  Please leave leave a comment!!  Thanks!




Monday: Cream of Wheat, grapes, and toast
Tuesday: Banana pancakes
Wednesday: Peach baby cakes
Thursday: We are bringing a spinach Quish for brunch.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Friday: egg and bacon sandwiches
Saturday: French toast
Sunday: bagles, yogurt and strawberries


Monday: fish shaped tuna sandwiches with raw spinach
Tuesday:Grilled flatbread and cheese strips and green beans and apple slices
Wednesday: Fried rice with chinese veggies and smoothie
Thursday:??? I dunno yet.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Friday: ???? 
Saturday: Left overs
Sunday: Turkey sandwiches LO veggies


Monday:Morrocan Chicken and veggies
Tuesday: Speghetti, and breadsticks
Friday: Maybe fondue night (with whole family)???
Saturday: What other way can you use LO turkey?
Sunday: Turkey noodle soup, rolls

Go check out what’s on everyone else’s meal plans at orgjunkie Menu Plan Monday!

Short and Sweet Menu Plan Monday

Written by: Kalisha

Hey! Well, this week will be a short version of Menu Plan Monday because we will only be home two days this week and then after Thanksgiving I’m sure leftover turkey will be the staple. Turkey, Turkey, Turkey!

I do have a recipe that I want to share with you…it’s called Chicken Nugget Macaroni! Trust me it is good!

What you need:

  • Cooked and diced chicken nuggets (Quartered)
  • Cooked macaroni noodles (however much you need for you family)
  • half a bag of frozen (or fresh) whole leaf spinach, cooked
  • I can of cream of chicken soup

What to do:

Prepare the noodles, drain. Then add the spinach and cream of chicken soup, mix well. Add the chicken nuggets in last. Voila! Chicken Nugget Macaroni!

I think the next time I make this I will add a little milk and butter to the mixture before I add the chicken nuggets to make more of a sauce. But it was good this way too. Let me know if you try it out and how you like it.



We will be having…scrambled eggs, maybe oatmeal and fruit.


Leftovers, PB and J sandwiches, veggies and fruit…


Spaghetti with meat sauce, Grilled Cheese or Salmon Patties (Mmmm! I made these this weekend and they reminded me so much of my Grandma!)

Alright! That’s it. Until Thanksgiving Dinner (which my mother-in-law is cooking). I think I will make some dessert, but I haven’t decided yet.

Let’s see what’s on everyone else’s meal plans at orgjunkie Menu Plan Monday!