*This post contains affiliate links & I was given a membership to eMeals in exchange for blogging about the service. Read my full disclosure policy here.*

We have been using eMeals for the past couple of months. And I have to say that I am still a HUGE fan of it. With the exception of the 2 week period when our frig decided it was time to stop working I’ve been fairly faithful to the plan.

Classic Meal Plans from eMealsWe still haven’t come across any recipes that the whole family doesn’t like, though there have been a few that the kiddos turned their picky little noses up at. Mostly those have been heavy on the tomato sauce. I haven’t made every recipe, there are 7 dinner meals in the plan we use and we do not eat at the table 7 times per week. And some like Tilapia I skip because I am allergic to fish. We usually do a “fend for yourself” night and a night when we eat out or on the go depending on how busy we are. And leftovers. Each meal so far has been plenty for our family of 4 for 2 nights and sometimes even leftovers for lunch on top of that.

I actually like that it makes so much because I really don’t have to buy stuff to make lunch other than the staples of pb&j, lunch meat and cheese, etc. With my and Mr. Right’s work schedule we are almost always at home for lunch during the week so this helps me to save a ton of money and only have to cook half the time. And it’s a nice variation from sandwiches or snacky lunches all the time.

I highly recommend eMeals. I love that you can be as rigorous or as flexible as you want. I think I like the fact that I know (unless it is seriously time to go grocery shopping!) that I have everything I need to make a complete meal without having to go pull something together.

I also know that it saves me money. I need to crack down some more, and if/when I do I know that we will save even more money on groceries without coupons.

Do you plan your meals or do you fly by the seat of your pants?

Let’s Chat!

Anna

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I’m sitting here writing this out thinking, yeah, cause writing out a menu plan post and actually doing so every week has always worked before. Ha!

Well, maybe since I am using eMeals now and that’s working out great this will actually work. This is what’s on the menu for our dinners this week. No particular order, I fix what ever strikes my fancy that day.

  • Pork Roast with Sweet Mustard Glaze, Spinach Salad
  • Asian Roast Beef, Steamed Rice, Stir Fry Veggies
  • Far East Chicken Salad, Garlic Bread
  • Baked Chicken Parmesan, Roasted Broccoli
  • Beef & Portobella Mushroom Patty Melts, Green Salad

All of these recipes can be found in eMeals Classic Menu Plan. I’ll be posting an update on using eMeals tomorrow.

Anna

Mom ChatBusy.

We as moms, are always busy. Whether we contribute to the income of our families or not, we always work and we are always busy. Yes, some moms may be busier than others because they do contribute to the families income, but the work of a mother never ends.

I adore my job(s). I never imagined that I would love this crazy hectic job that I have but I really do. Trying to figure out how to balance work with the husband and kids and the home is tougher than I thought it’d be.

Having lists and a cleaning schedule, a laundry schedule and a family calendar helps so much. In fact if I didn’t have those things I would be curled up in a fetal position somewhere sucking my thumb hoping that all this would just somehow disappear. But I do have to tweak the schedules and calendars occasionally to fit with our current family life.

This is one of those times. I have been running around never ever feeling like I’m getting much of anything done. I get that my to-do list will always have 3 more things to add for the 1 thing I just crossed off but still, I should be able to at least feel like I’ve accomplished most of what I needed to accomplish that day right?

On another note, the kids only have 20-something more school days until the end of the year!

W H A T!?!?!

We JUST started school like a couple months ago right?!

Miss Thang just had a birthday and Little Dude’s is also this month. Seriously Children! STOP GROWING UP!

I need to finish Spring cleaning a few problem areas of my house. But I am not sure where I’m supposed to squeeze Spring cleaning into my already crazy schedule.

And I need an accountability partner for fitness. Preferably one I don’t have to pay for. I do pretty good for several weeks to days but I need to do something like Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 or the 30 Day Shred or something. I would dearly love to think that I have enough self discipline to keep myself on track but a track record of 3 failures makes me think that maybe I don’t.

Hmmm…I am the most self disciplined person in my house soooooo…..

Anyway, that’s been my week. What’s been up with ya’ll?

Let’s Chat!

Anna

Hello, hello! It’s party time! This next week is going to be SO MUCH FUN. Blog hopping & finding new friends in the blogosphere! Plus you can win some CRAZY awesome prizes from 5 Minutes for Mom!

Ultimate Blog Party 2014
 

So, a little about me. My name is Anna and I am a complete country girl. I was raised in the country and still live there. I am a wife to “Mr. Right” and mom to two crazy awesome kids, Miss Than, & Little Dude. They drive me nuts and make me smile on a daily basis….all three of them!

I love nutella, iced coffee, lists, chevron and stripes and all things country….NOT country blue and mauve…real country like saddles, cowboy boots, hay bales, etc.

Green Eyed Country Girl is a lifestyle blog were I write about everyday life, household tips & tricks, menu plans, recipes, personal ponderings, fashion that I love (though I don’t consider myself a fashionista) and sometimes I write about my journey as a photographer.

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Here’s to a great party week (month, year)!

Anna

Well, maybe we know what we want, just not exactly the order that we want things.

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Last August was our 10th anniversary and Mr. Right promised me we’d buy a new to me car. There isn’t anything wrong with my current car, I just want an SUV not a car.

We were also at one point planning to head to Florida for a cruise but decided with so much else going on that we were going to push that back until after the first of the year.

In the middle of all of this was talk of building a house.

Well, let me just say, so far none of those things have happened. And none of those things are going to happen this year even.

Not unless something changes big time, like Mr. Right gets a huge promotion or something. (Which we do see in the future but not right away.)

I’ve been diligently looking for my new-to-me SUV and I had found several. Went to look and test drive several. Nothing was just right. I didn’t want to settle on anything less than exactly what I wanted, and even with my limited budget, I knew I could get what I wanted if I was patient.

Patience is not a virtue I was blessed with naturally.

After Mr. Right rejecting several vehicles, because if he didn’t force me to stick to my guns on all the options I really really wanted I would’ve settled, he promised to help me look.

In the meantime, I was browsing around online looking at this modular home we have had our eye on (we were/are planning on copying the floor plan) and noticed that the price for the modular was reduced by a lot.

Off handedly I told Mr. Right I’d happily drive my car for a couple more years we could use our down payment money toward the house, it was greatly reduced. (Plus we’d sell our current house too.)

We thought about it, and got the paperwork started.

And then started having second thoughts. While we really really liked the house, the only real reason we would’ve been going ahead with it was simply instant gratification.

Did we really want to sink that much money into a Modular Home? Because let’s be honest, a modular home is just a fancy name for a Manufactured Home, (NOTHING against those, our current home is one!). But we bought ours used and for cheap so no matter what we will make money if/when we sell.

If we throw all this money into the new one, no matter what we will loose money if we ever sold it.

Not exactly a good financial choice.

So we told them thanks but we are choosing to go a different route.

So, now our plan is to hold on to our savings, save all we can possibly bring in next year, and then when we get our tax rebate next year, use that chunk of money to build a metal building house on our land. This way, the new home will be considered a conventional home (thus worth more to a bank), and then we can either, stay here in the new house a few years, or sell everything, new home with land & the old mobile home, and we can take all that and buy a bigger home (that’s not modular or mobile but conventional) that is closer to the kids school, or at the very least in the kids school district. (We’re transferred but that’s another story.)

So, no new house this year and no new to me car but I’m still trying to make a vacation work.

It feels like the last few months have been lots of us making decisions only to turn around and change our minds just to turn around and change them again!

On the upside, we are being smart with what we’ve got and our plan.

And I got a new laptop. So that’s a plus. I’ve been wanting/needing one for a long time. I wanted a Mac but got an Hp Envy instead. My husband put his old beater barely working transmission car on craigslist for trade and this is what we got.

Seriously, Mr. Right can put some really crazy stuff on craigslist and get some really valuable and awesome stuff in return. I don’t know how he does it.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on in my little corner of the woods. What’s up with you lovelies?

 

Let’s Chat!

Anna

 

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Here’s another eMeals recipe for ya. I made this a couple weeks ago when we got hit with another winter storm!

Chicken Enchilada Soup-1

Living in Oklahoma I have seen some CrAzY weather. Twice now in my life I’ve seen it snow while the sun was shining.

Anyway, this popped up on the menu plan at the perfect time. Cold days=warm soup!

Chicken Enchilada Soup-2

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup {Recipe}

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup {Recipe}

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1⁄2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 10 oz can enchilada sauce
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 oz can tomatoes and green chilies
  • 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
  • 1⁄2 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups crushed tortillas chips

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Add flour; cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat; gradually add chicken broth and 1⁄2 cup milk, stirring to keep smooth.
  • Return the pan to heat; bring sauce to a gentle boil.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
  • Whisk together enchilada sauce and broth mixture in a large bowl.
  • Gradually whisk in remaining milk until smooth; set aside.
  • Combine beans, tomatoes, corn, onion, bell pepper, and shredded chicken in a large soup pan.
  • Add sauce mixture to the pan; cook on medium-low for 1 hour until vegetables are tender.
  • Top each serving with cheese, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips.

 
 
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