My favorite Pinterest recipes

I know it’s the middle of June, but I figured I’d put my menu-making skills to work anyway.

So upon the advice of a friend, I have created a board on Pinterest of recipes I’ve tried and approved for sharing.

Here is the menu I made for the rest of June, and you can find the recipes for these on my Pinterest board.

june 2013

So you’re looking at 4 chicken meals, four ground meat meals, two crawfish meals, two shrimp meals, two roasts, one pork chop meal and one meal with no meat at all.

The portions of meat depend on the size of your family. I can tell you that if you make the baked paprika parmesan chicken, you should double it unless you are only feeding one or two people. I cut the chicken into strips and nuggets, and it didn’t take nearly as long to bake as it says it will. So be sure to check the oven after about 20 minutes.

What I love about the cabbage rolls is that it’s a slow cooker meal and you don’t have to cook the ground meat beforehand.

 

Pinterest is my friend

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(I love ecards, by the way. I also thoroughly enjoy making them. So expect many more of these.)

I was not schooled on how to be a wife. I felt very unprepared.

The first thing I ever cooked for Husband was a stuffed baked chicken when we were dating. He thought it was amazing and quickly declared “I’m going to marry you.”

But honestly, that was the easiest thing to cook. The chicken was already stuffed. Throw it in with some water and potatoes. Bake. Voila.

Until a few years ago, my cooking knowledge was pretty limited. Before we had kids, we ate a lot of pre-packaged meals. I can’t tell you how much money we spent on Totino’s frozen pizzas. I worked. Husband worked. It was pretty much “fend for yourself” most of the time.

Then children came along, and alas it was time for me to learn how to be a wife and mother. When I stopped working in late 2009, my focus shifted to my new full-time job – being a wife and mother before anything else.

Then I found Pinterest. *Cue up tempo music*

It took me a while to join Pinterest because it seemed to be mostly about crafts. And let’s face it, I don’t have a crafty bone in my body.

Then I discovered the “food and drink” category.  I could kiss the creators of Pinterest. I mean, practically any recipe I want is right at my fingertips! And free! I can afford that.

Husband couldn’t be happier. A new recipe every night. He was ecstatic!

And then in my efforts to save money on groceries, I started making menus using my Pinterest recipe board. I can make a menu for the entire month and get most of the ingredients in one shopping trip.

Here is an example of a monthly menu. I will try to work on a menu for this month (to share with you all) when I get some free, uninterrupted time, whenever that may be.

April 2013

Don’t judge me for misspelling broccoli. 😉

And as you can tell, I get tired and by the end of the month, we’re simply having some sort of fish.

Big shout out to mescalendars.com. You can create your own calendars and then print them. That’s what I was doing until my printer started hating me. (meh, maybe it just needs ink). Now, I’m back to sloppy writing on a dry erase calendar.

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I have titled my blog, “The Flawed Mom.” I’ve done so because I do not claim to be a supermom.

I’m flawed. Less than perfect.

I don’t have it all together.

I don’t even have it a little together.

But I try.

I am a SAHM to two little creatures I’ll simply refer to as Boy and Girl. Creative, eh?

Boy is 6. Girl is 3. Their father, Husband, and I agreed that I would be a SAHM (stay-at-home mom) before Girl was born.

I try my best at this parenting thing, but I can certainly admit that I am no pro. So don’t expect sage advice on parenting. I am still learning and will probably be seeking your advice.

What you can expect from this blog is funny stories, recipes, meal planning info, money-saving info and lots of randomness, really.

We are a one-income family living on a tight budget. I spend most of my time trying to figure out ways to save money, which is where the meal planning comes in. I also am obsessed with getting whatever I can for free. I know what you’re thinking… “oh gosh. she’s an extreme couponer.” Wrong. Actually, that’s the one thing that I don’t do. Not because I’m above it. I’m not. I just can’t mentally handle it. That brings me to my next topic.

I can be labeled as overwhelmed most of the time. I find motherhood exhausting and overwhelming. And I sometimes an in a constant state of anxiety. So when Husband gives me a “why aren’t you doing that?” look when we watch Extreme Couponers, my head just spins. I mean, first of all, I don’t have the room for that stockpile. And I cannot imagine adding another 20 hours a week just for that kind of couponing. I really do like coupons, though, and wished my printer would cooperate so I could use at least some.

Back to the getting things for free. I am obsessed with Swagbucks. I use it to get free Christmas and birthday (and Father’s Day) gifts. But I’ll save my Swagbucks swooning for another time.

This is basically going to be a documented journey of my attempts at being a better mom and a better steward of our finances. Hopefully, it will help some of you.