Meal Menu Monday

Wow! This week has gone by so fast I feel dizzy! It has been a very busy week but a lot of good food was eaten! YUM. This week I have been reflecting a lot on being a wife and my value as a helpmeet in this marriage. Lots more to post about this week! BUT for now: Here is this weeks Meal Menu. I am pretty excited to head out to the grocery store in the next hour or so and start cooking!

Monday Lunch: Baked fish, sting beans, corn soup, granola bar

Dinner: fettuccine Alfredo, steamed broccoli with sesame and mixed salad

Tuesday Lunch: Left over alfredo, cut fruit, vegetable “trail mix”

Dinner: Green Bean Casserole, and cut fruit

Wednesday: No cook day!

Thursday Lunch: Left over casserole, yogurt, mixed nuts

Dinner: (It Will be American Thanksgiving, and since Sweets is American I will surprise him with a Thanksgivingesque meal) Rotisserie Chicken (Turkey is hard to get and very expensive!) Mashed potatoes and gravy (I secretly stashed away a couple of gravy mixes in my suitcase last time we were in the West) cranberry sauce, Salad and Stuffing. Mini Apple pie for dessert.

Friday Lunch: Left overs!

Dinner: Curry rice, spinach salad and yogurt

Saturday Lunch: Leftover Curry rice, fruit and yogurt

Dinner: Homemade Pizza, with salad

Sunday: No Cook Day!

Have an enjoyably Delicious week,

Thanks be to The Lord!!!

Meal Menu Monday

Hey all, Sorry I’m late on this one! It’s been one of THOSE weeks, you can just imagine! Non stop all week, no rest time and worst of all Sweets has been sick with a fever and terrible coughing fits. By Gods grace he has still be able to work and function very well, today has been a better day!

I am looking forward to some great food and best of all the temperature is dropping this week (no this is not the best part!) but because of this I get to make soup, soup and more soup! My favourite thing about having to put up with the cold!

Hope everyone else has a great week as well! Blessings!

Monday Lunch: Ham sandwich, corn soup, soy beans, cut fruit, granola bar and green tea

Dinner: Slow cooker Teriyaki Chicken , fruit and green salad, pumpkin soup, apple cider!

Tuesday Lunch: left over chicken, broccoli and raisins in sesame dressing, bread roll, mixed nuts

Dinner: Hearty home-made chicken noodle soup, crackers, cheese and cut fruit

Wednesday: No cook day!

Thursday Lunch: Leftover chicken soup, bread roll, fruit and granola bar

Dinner: pork chops, steamed string beans and spinach, scallop noodles

Friday Lunch: Minestrone soup with chicken, crackers, fruit and mixed nuts

Dinner:Leftover minestrone soup, garlic bread with cheese, cut fruit

Saturday Lunch: beef stir-fry on rice, and miso soup

Dinner: baked salmon with dill, steamed broccoli and carrots, sautéed yellow and red peppers in taco seasoning and baked potato

Sunday: No cook day!

Meal Menu Monday

Hi everyone!!

I am sitting here, making my grocery list and meal menu for the week and I have to share that I am SO excited about or “new” fridge!!! It is a full western size fridge!! I am now able to  pre-cook and freeze food and really stock up from week to week. I am very grateful for my friends who sadly have moved to Australia but have generously given us this fridge! Now we just have to figure out what to do with the other one…. not as easy of a task in Japan and very expensive. It works out for both parties though, it was cheaper for them to give us the fridge and not have to pay for disposal and it will be cheaper for us to dispose of the small fridge then it would have been to buy a full size one (and get rid of the small one!) so win-win!

This week the temperature is expected to drop a bit to the mid-teens (50s for my American friends and family) So I have been looking for some warm hearty meals to start us into the cooler temps. We have been blessed to have very warm months this fall. It’s already November and I still am only wearing a light jacket in the evenings.

Our menu this week looks like this:

Monday Lunch: Chicken breast, consume vegetable soup, soy beans, cut fruit, mixed nuts, and I juiced some fruits and veggies together to make an after-gym drink for Sweets. (Spinach, pineapple, kiwi, strawberry and carrots)

Dinner: cheese-burger casserole,  green salad

Tuesday Lunch: left over casserole, mixed veggies in marinade, cut fruits, granola bar

Dinner: Chilli and baguette, tossed salad with sour cream and avocado

Wednesday Lunch: No cook day!

Dinner:  fruit pie and apple cider dessert – Restaurant for dinner with friends visiting from Singapore, dessert at our place afterwards

Thursday Lunch: Left over chili, bread and crackers, cut fruit

Dinner: Slow cooker chicken in mushroom soup , steamed spinach, asparagus and carrots

Friday Lunch: beef stir-fry, soy beans, cut fruit, mixed nuts

Dinner: Ramen soup with corn and bean sprouts, steamed broccoli and gioza

Saturday Lunch: Ham and cheese melt sandwich, corn soup, soy beans

Dinner: Chicken and steak fajita, pumpkin soup

Sunday: No Cook day!!

Too shy to pray

A short time ago I posted about the book “power of a praying wife.” I can not tell you how much this has helped me to help focus on my marriage as whole and to not take our life or love for granted. It also helps me keep God in the center. Remembering that the only thing that can keep us strong is Christ Himself.

I continue to pray for my husband daily, and as things come up I apply more time and effort in the more urgent areas. However, one thing I have recently noticed is that Sweets and I do not pray together as we used to when we were courting. When we started our relationship, he began coming to Sunday night prayer service with me. This is a time of worship and prayer only. We are asked to not speak to one another during this time and to focus on the Lord.

Of course praying for and with each other is expected and encouraged (just not conversation, and it is not the time for counseling.)  Sweets and I prayed together every Sunday during those months of courtship and now on Sunday nights we still pray together the same. But when we were dating, we would pray before each of our dates many times, and at the end to really ask the Lord to make a way for us, or make clear the path we should take  and protection going home ect..

Once the Lord gave us Blessing for our marriage, I suddenly became too shy to pray in front of Sweets! I am not sure why this is! And now that we live together, we pray every meal but that’s it (as far as together  I mean – he still prayers on his own on the balcony every morning and I still pray on my own after he leaves for the gym.) But aside from meals or Sunday nights we just don’t seem to make it a priority together.

I am hoping to make a change in this though. First I have to get over my shyness and pray out loud for my husband! Does anyone else struggle with this?!

I want him to know what I am praying so that he can agree and I know that this will be an intimate act between us as well. I always felt that connection and closeness when we were dating. Now more than ever we need to keep this a priority I think, maybe it will help even greater in our communication (which is still in need of adjustment in many respects!) Thank goodness for unconditional love, and the grace to acknowledge this early on. I truly have a wonderful man, friend, lover and companion!

Now that I am bursting with thanksgiving to the Lord for my husband, I will take this opportunity to share with him how much I love, appreciate and respect him….and pray together – for many more years to come!

Blessings to you!

Meal Menu Monday

Hi everyone! here is this weeks meal menu for the week. This is such a great help to me to keep motivated and on track with not only making sure to prepare healthy meals for my husband but also to not fall into a lazy cycle of packaged foods or worse having to leave what to eat up to him from day to day.

Now I say this not as a shame to Sweets or that he is lazy, sexist or overly traditional in his view of roles in the family. No this is my joy! I am so happy to have a husband and I just want to take care of him, make his life easier and be a blessing to him in any way that I can.  I always want him to be able to say “my life has greatly improved since I married Bree”. We both work full time, we both have busy schedules, and because of that I have  to intend acts of service for my husband other wise, we are liable to carry on as previously, just taking care of ourselves from day to day….only in the same apartment.  This is not my dream.

In addition to just cooking though, sweets is working very hard to get in shape and lose weight. (Those who know anything about me know that I MUCH PREFER chunky men) It is true. I like slightly heavy men. BUT Sweets is very unhappy with his weight right now and as a supportive wife I need to help him to reach his goals. I cant be cooking him meals that will counter all the work he does at the gym and the running he does everyday. I have to do a lot of research to know how much he is lifting to see how much protein is recommended and I also have to be mindful to not serve hardly any (or very little) carbs at dinner but to pack in his carbs in the morning or at lunch, this way he has all day to burn them off.

This weeks Menu:

Monday Lunch: Peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat, and yogurt with pineapple and carrots in the blender, granola bar.

Dinner: Chicken and mixed salad with red and yellow peppers and avocado

Tuesday Lunch: Vegetable curry and rice raw cut veggies, cut fruit and mixed walnuts, almonds and raisins.

Dinner: Salmon baked with dill and lemon slices and olive oil, spinach, steamed carrots

Wednesday Lunch: Eating out

Dinner: on our own

Thursday Lunch: vegetable soup, ham sandwich on wheat, cut pear and tangerines, granola bar

Dinner: Fiesta skillet ( a variation of this with 1/2 the pasta noodles double the salsa), mixed salad with raisins, apples and raspberry vinaigrette

Friday: Lunch: Leftover fiesta, soy beans, granola, cut pineapple and tangerine

Dinner: Shephards pie, steamed mix vegetables

Saturday Lunch: homemade pizza with red and yellow peppers and mushrooms, salad

Dinner: Chilli party with friends. French bread and veggie with dip

Sunday: No cooking day!

Happy Eating!