do, read, learn, be goals + menu plans this week

I feel determined to at least make a list first thing this week {even if it doesn't get done! :P}. I started it last week and never even looked at it again. So here are my goals for this week:

  • nurse baby every 2.5 hours, hold him 75% of my waking hours, and change 10 diapers a day {not on my to-do list but I decided it totally should be so I can cross it out!}
  • make butter with kids as an experiment- we will use the mixer and do one jar by hand for fun
  • make 5 minute artisan bread to go with the butter :D 
  • sort through final bin of winter clothes from the attic
  • work on blog project
  • answer emails waiting 
  • exercise 5+ hours/teach fitness classes
  • help husband with a DIY project {this includes me moving stuff out of his way so he can work... because I'm not skilled in the saw/hammering dept.... hahah}
  • pray for people to invite to our feast
  • print pictures for frame
  • take vitamins every day


  • Proverbs 15:1: I already know this one but we are all learning it together:

print it here

soft-spoken: I want to make an effort this week to keep softening my words. I've definitely worked on this in the past, but it comes back and I have to do it all again, you know?  Some days I feel like I am barking orders and I want to be able to be less sharp in my speech with my family.

I've felt extra tired over the last couple of weeks and I've had some kind of respiratory bug that I've been fighting, so it's been more difficult than normal to be patient. We're also in day 44 of homeschooling so school is getting more intense too- all more ways to show me I'm in need of help in this area. :) I know the Lord is good, and the Holy Spirit will help me do it! :D

free printable drlb worksheet

menus this week {I try to keep it really simple around here!}: 

beans and rice x 2
food network lemon basil potatoes
freezer meal
fish and lemon basil red potatoes {new recipe to try this week- I have basil I need to use}
meal out
grilled cheese sandwiches and soup
quick and easy veggie chili and rice

sandwiches, carrots and pita chips
chicken and rice {me}
easy dog pizzas


I'm so thankful that I get the chance to make dinner for my family. I'm so thankful to be able to afford the foods that we have and that I can live in a warm house. It is a sweet gift from the Lord. And getting to make goals is like icing on the cake. :)

What are your goals this week? :)

Ever tried basil potatoes?

Do you have any tips for making homemade butter?


  1. Girl, your list has totally inspired me. Make butter? I'm intrigued. Artisan bread is my favorite! And sorting through my boys' clothing is long overdue.

  2. Mandy- I love this list! Wow, you have a lot to do. I'm going to copy your menu plan! This might keep me focused for the week. Thanks for all your wonderful resources on this blog.

  3. Tip on the butter - when you make it in the mixer, cover it but still prepare for a mess!

  4. We've made butter in a jar a few times. It was a lot of fun and really good to eat, too! My week is busier than I want it to be, but I'm trying to embrace the busyness instead of fight it. Makes for more joyful living. :-)

  5. Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day! Yum! I would make that all the time before I had to go gluten-free. (for the record, gf bread tastes yucky, even when made in the breadmaker.)

    And you GO homeschooling this year! You're quite ambitious to tackle such a complicated curriculum. Keep it up! It'll all be worth it in the end - I promise you ;)

    Oh, and thanks for your awesome blog. I've been following you for about two years now, and after getting married about three months ago it's been especially encouraging to me, now in different ways. Thank you!!


    1. When we made butter in a jar and shook by hand we added marbles

  6. Fourth grade teacher - I had one group make the butter by only shaking a jar (man only). One group used a bowl and a hand mixer (man and machine). The last group poured the heavy cream in a stand alone mixer and just watched (machine only). You will be surprised at which one works best! Don't forget the salt! :)

  7. I'll try the potatoes with basil! Otherwise, you can just wash potatoes, cut in half lengthwise (with skin) and salt the surface. A little olive oil, herbs (chives, thyme ..) and put it in the oven until they are cooked. Serve with thick cream (+ salt + chives) or bread and butter! And my goals: catch up on Women living well, make curtains for door and window stairs (it is cold here, the snow is not far!) And finish the work of the kitchen (paint, sticks..)..

  8. Love this post!! Thank you for sharing! I would love to know how you hold your little one 75% of your waking hours. My first little one is four months old and I struggle to get basic housework done because she likes to be held so much. (And I love holding her too... I just feel guilty about my messy house.)

    1. EDIT: *I would love to know how you hold your little one 75% of your waking hours and get so much accomplished.


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