MPM: Week of Oct 20

Last week we pretty well stuck to the plan. Which was great. Some notes from last weeks plan - the dragon noodles were good - but SUPER spicy. I like my food hot... but my husband said it could have been toned down a little bit.

This week I only have a few nights I really need to plan for so it should be easy to stick to as well.

Monday: crispy eggplant rounds (and a salad)
Tuesday: with family
Wednesday: with family
Thursday: sweet and spicy sriracha baked salmon
Friday: Pizza night
Saturday: baked spaghetti (make an extra freezer meal for delivery to friends who just had a baby.)
Sunday: one of our freezer meals

More menu plans for your inspiration over at org junkie.

Children's books for Fall

We are a book loving family, to say the least. Lucille loves the library and flipping through books. You should see our bookshelves. They are packed. I try and weed through them sometimes and pull out stuff to donate... but they always seem full.

So when I found a vintage halloween theme book called "Gus and the baby ghost" I had to get it. Of course, I have to get Lucille something too... so I ordered her "Ghosts in the House" a cute book about a witch who lives in a house with ghosts.

Here are those two - plus a few others I've found that make great reads for Halloween and Fall.

Gus and the Baby Ghost - Ghosts in the House - One Spooky Night - Six Creepy Sheep
5 Little Pumpkins - We're Going on a Leaf Hunt - Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin - I Love Fall
Apples and Pumpkins - The First Thanksgiving - One, Two ... Boo! - I Love You, Little Pumpkin

Some of these you can get for a great price on Amazon right now - and you can of course check them out from the library too.

P.S. All the links are Amazon Affiliate links.

New Ross! And another giveaway!

 I'm excited to announce that the Sacramento area got a new Ross store up in Rocklin - and that Ross has asked me to do another giveaway for a $25 Ross Gift Card! The sent me a $25 gift card as well - and the kiddos and I headed out to Rocklin to check out the new store on its grand opening, Oct. 11. The store is in the Rocklin Commons shopping center off of Sierra College Blvd. Nice and easy to find. They gave Lucille a balloon - which kept her entertained while we were shopping. Luckily, Gus just slept in the carrier.

Anyways, its a nice, clean store in a great area - with the selection I've come to expect from Ross. You can see what we purchased below. A few fall items for me... (I've been wanting a red puffy vest for over a year now) and some stuff for the kiddos too. I really do love the prices .. it makes it easy to shop even when you're on a budget.

So here are the details about the giveaway. You must live in the greater Sacramento / Roseville / Rocklin area ... this includes Lincoln, Davis, Folsom and Elk Grove. You just enter below - everyone gets one freebie entry and you can get more by following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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MPM: Week of Oct. 13

I've been saying this for a few weeks, but I'd really like to stick to a plan this week. We keep getting off -- but I'm giving it a try again. Another quick and short post this week.

Monday: dragon noodles (didn't make them last week)
Wednesday: mole chicken enchiladas with pecans
Thursday: my mom's birthday
Friday: pizza
Saturday: lentil soup with dutch crunch bread
Sunday: parmesan honey pork roast (slow cooker)

That pork roast recipe sounds amazing - if I actually make it this week, I'll let you know how it turns out. More recipes over at org junkie of course.

Around Town: Halloween Edition

If you've been looking for something fun to do in Sacramento around Halloween with the kiddos, like I have, you'll know the choices are plentiful. If you haven't started checking out events yet - I'll make it easy and share a few of the events that I've found.

Boo at the Zoo is probably the most well known, and it will probably be the most crowded. Member price is $8 and non-member is $10. Children 1 and under are free. This event is two nights (Oct. 30 and 31.)

Crocker Art Museum has their Wee Halloween event the Wednesday before Halloween (Oct. 29) from 10am to 1pm. You have to register in advance and its $10 for members and $15 for non-members. These events fill up so pre-registration is required. As of me writing this - the 10 a.m. group was already full.

Fairytale Town also has a Safe & Super event that they have done for ages. This event is Oct. 24-26. Advance tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

You can take the Pumpkin Train from West Sacramento to Uncle Ray's Pumpkin Patch in Yolo County starting Oct. 18. This is a bit more expensive...  $37 for adults and $30 for kids. It includes a pumpkin and is about a 3 hour trip.

On Oct. 24 and 25 - Sutter's Fort gets haunted. For $8 for adults and $6 for kids you can meet the spirits of some of the settlers in the area. This would be fun for school age kids, especially those learning about California history. (4th grade, I think?)

Well those are the best events I found. Let me know if you know of any other good ones. Its always good to check your local park district for events too!

P.S. Picture of Lucille and me from last year. I don't even know what we are doing this year...

Etsy Shop: High-Heeled Hippie

Well, I've reopened my Etsy shop! I'm thinking I have a little more time now - and would love to get going on all the craft projects I have been hoarding. All I currently have up are some vintage bird plate prints and jewelry magnets (which I have had so much fun making - BTW.)

My favorite set of the jewelry magnets is this very art deco set of four. So I decided to make an Etsy treasury to match called Art Deco Kitchen.  Check it out and my other magnets sets - and let me know what you think!

MPM: Week of Oct 6

A quick and short meal plan post for this week. I have about 5 minutes until the kids are up and my house is chaos.

Here it is:

Monday: dragon noodles
Tuesday: buffalo chicken salad
Wednesday: baked ravioli with tomato & cheese sauce
Thursday: turkey burgers with zucchini and carrot
Friday: something from my frozen meals
Saturday: with family
Sunday: brown sugar and balsamic glazed pork loin (slow cooker)

Ok. There we go... now on to my chaos... more plans at org junkie of course.