Husband:  Honey, what’s for dinner?

Wife: Ok I give, what?

Oh, it’s not a joke you say.  Do you ever go to the pantry and go what am I going to make tonight?  I think we all do that from time to time.  I know a lot of people are into the menu planning for the week and use the grocery ads for the best deals.  I think this is a great idea but it hasn’t worked for me as it seems time consuming the way I tried it.  So that has led me to a different type of menu planning (or maybe not).  I like to use a seasonal 3- 4 month rotation.  Now this doesn’t always happen but it sure makes it easy when it does.

So today’s A-Z tip will be M = Menu planning.

First, ask everyone what their favorite meals are.  Compile a large list.  Put down fancy and even non-fancy items like mac ‘n’ cheese.  But not too many pre-boxed stuff as you will find better alternatives doing this that will save not only money but will be healthier.

Next, break them down by seasons.  I.E. salads for summer, soups for winter, etc

Now you want to think of your schedule.  Are there nights, like Wednesday night church, that you will need a quick dinner or leftovers?  What about some night that everyone can try a new recipe together?  Don’t forget breakfasts and lunches when needed.

With all this info in hand you want to start putting a 3-4 season (some of us don’t have as many seasons as others…ours just hot, hotter, and “Where am I again?”) menu together i.e. Jan-Mar or Jan-April, etc.  Next list your Sunday-Saturday’s.  And finally fill in the menu items.

Make sure when you plan this to add a new recipe night at least once in the rotation (but try a few more if you can).  And try not to double up as much as possible.  If you take time to create this I bet you have more things that you know how to cook then you think.

Finally gather up all your info and put it into a menu planning binder.  You may want to use clear protectors since this will end up in the kitchen no doubt.

Use can use this binder for your shopping.  And if you want to use the store ads to get the best deals just shop ahead. Take your binder and look at what’s on sale to what you are going to be cooking in the next month or so for non-perishable items or items that can freeze.  Make sure you make note that you have purchased that item so you don’t pick it up again.

Menu planning is a stress reliever.  It may not always happen but when it does it sure makes life happier when you don’t have that deer in the headlights look at 6 pm.

If your hubby is the cook, as I know a lot of men are, this may be helpful for them.  This works great for anyone who is having trouble with added expenses on last minute purchases at the store, the people saying AUGGHH when fixing dinner, those who may always seem to forget key ingredients to recipes, and those who are fixing the same things over and over again.  But if hubby is the cook and there are no problems don’t mess with a good thing!

So what do you say?  Wanna start?

Have a “planning” day.

P.S – Don’t forget about my contest.  Link/ping any of my A-Z tips and let me know so I can enter you in my first contest.  See post on wanna know what you are playing for to see prizes.


I am starting to come around.  This is the sickest I have been in a very long time.  I thought I would share a few things I learned while sick…

1) If you are running a fever and have had some medication, don’t bother trying to figure out who would be knocking at the door at 2 am.

2) Jammies are only fun the first day.

3) I have learned of a special talent I have to get a cough drop in just the right place in the roof of my mouth that it will stay there and I don’t choke on it.  (Don’t try this on your own as I don’t want to get sued if you don’t have the same talent.)

4) Getting sick stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!

5) After spending two nights on the sofa sitting up and trying to sleep, I realize that I LOVE MY OWN BED!!!  It is HEAVENish.

6) If you are trying to keep a lot of chemicals out of the home, what do you do after someone is sick so that it doesn’t go around?  OK, so this is a question that I didn’t learn but if you have, please let me know.

7) I REALLY miss having family around.  It’s very hard to take care of kids and yourself when your ill.  My hubby had to work late on Monday and Tuesday.  I needed chicken noodle soup in the worse way!  😦

8) Have you ever thought that cows don’t have a breakfast, lunch, and dinner?  They just graze all day.  But that may show in a swimsuit 🙂  (Did I mention lots of days with a fever?)

9) My oldest was very helpful in getting up and doing his own breakfast and getting to the bus on time by himself.

10) My house is a disaster zone and I get to clean it up 🙂  YEAH!

Bonus – I am sooooo thankful for getting better and all the wonderful people who sent me a well wish!

I am trying not to overdue it but it’s a war zone out there!

Have a “Sick-Free” Day!

Ok, so I got sick the evening before Easter (or Easter Eve as my oldest calls it).  So we went to church on Easter but that’s about it.  We were going to decorate eggs and do a ham dinner but that didn’t happen.  I just laid around freezing to death and hubby went to McDonald’s (health huh?).  A couple of years ago I don’t know if I would have let that happen but my standards have certainly lowered.  I knew I couldn’t do it so I didn’t.  We got a few movies to watch and hubby and the oldest went on a bike ride.

I am going to try and rest today.  It’s settling in my throat today.

The expensive ham is in the fridge waiting for another day to be fixed.

Hope you and your family had a blessed Easter.

Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)

Here’s a word out of the Debbie Dictionary:

Lun-ninner – (n) It’s between lunch and Dinner.  Like brunch only later 🙂

Now if you use this please remember the source 🙂  Maybe soon spell check will recognize it.  Or I could get a certificate that Lunninner is now in the dictionary like Rachel Ray got with EVOO.  That would be cool.  I dream big don’t I?

Have a “Learning” Day!

Here’s a bit of my first in person get together with a fellow blogger. 

I have been truly blessed to get to know such wonderful people via blogging.  However, up until now I haven’t had a chance to meet anyone in person.  Yesterday my family and I had a wonderful opportunity to have dinner with another blogger, mythbusterbeauty , and part of her family. 

I was a little nervous about meeting a beauty blog expert as I am so not!  I barely know what I am doing and this is the first year I have even worn moisturizer, sometimes foundation, and tried to clean my face regularly.  I thought oh no what will she say about my “stay at home mom and try to put a face on” face or my “I don’t have time to get a haircut I cut my own bangs” unruly curly/wavy hair.  But she was as sweet as can be and didn’t mention it at all…thanks Jen 🙂  Although I didn’t get a makeover. 

We met at the Cheesecake Factory to which I have only been to once before, with a friend, about 5 years ago.  My hubby and boys had never been before.  My boys could have played with the revolving door all day.  I don’t think they have ever been in one before or at least it didn’t seem that way.  It was like an amusement park!  See it just goes to show that if you keep it simple with kids even a revolving door will impress them 🙂

It was good food however the best part of the evening was getting a chance to visit with Jen and her hubby and beautiful baby.  My family and I really enjoyed getting to know them.  What wonderful, fun, and kind people!!! 

Here are a few pics from the evening:


That’s my hubby, me, and our two boys with Jen and her beautiful baby girl!  Can you believe Jen has had 5 children?  If I had five I think I would resemble a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon.  She is teeny tiny and beautiful inside and out!


Here we are with hubby’s changed up for the pic.  Jen, her hubby, and baby girl with me and the boys.

This morning my oldest was talking about living where there is a lot of snow like Ms. Jen.  He said “Wow, they came all the way down here just to have dinner with us?”  I said “No, they came for a meeting.”  But that doesn’t surprise me that he thought that.  They were so nice and easy going that it was like when we meet up with all our friends.  To him, and me, it didn’t feel like people we had never met before! 

Hope we meet up again Mythbusterbeauty!

Make sure to check out her blog!  It’s terrific!  mythbusterbeauty

Have a “Friendly” Day!


Today the kids are off from school for MLK.  I am also thankful for people in this world who have given of themselves to make this place a better world to live in!


Even though I am not a chocolate fan I thought this was pretty funny!

Stress Diet

This humorous diet is designed to help you cope with the stress that builds up during the day.

Instructions for Stress Diet
1/2 grapefruit
1 slice whole wheat toast
8 oz. skim milk

4 oz. lean broiled chicken breast
1 cup steamed spinach
1 cup herb tea
1 Oreo cookie

The rest of Oreos in the package
2 pints Rocky Road ice cream, nuts, cherries and whipped cream
1 jar hot fudge sauce

2 loaves garlic bread
4 cans or 1 large pitcher Coke (diet)
1 large sausage, mushroom and cheese pizza
3 Snickers bars

Entire frozen Sara Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from freezer)


1. If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.

2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the diet soda cancels out the calories in the candy bar.

3. When you eat with someone else, calories don’t count if you do not eat more than they do.

4. Food used for medicinal purposes NEVER counts, such as hot chocolate, brandy, toast and Sara Lee Cheesecake.

5. If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner.

6. Movie related foods do not have additional calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one’s personal fuel. (Examples: Milk Duds, buttered popcorn, Junior Mints, Red Hots and Tootsie Rolls.)

7. Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

8. Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something.

9. Foods that have the same color have the same number of calories. (Examples: spinach and pistachio ice cream; mushrooms and mashed potatoes.)

10. Chocolate is a universal color and may be substituted for any other food color.

11. Anything consumed while standing has no calories. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

12. Anything consumed from someone else’s plate has no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to his/her plate. (We ALL know how calories like to cling!)

Remember, “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts.”

This is just a joke, folks!



This video is shocking!  If you travel and stay in hotels, you will want to check it out!