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T his linky party is the perfect place to show off your creativity! Share your blog posts, for a chance to be featured next month!     WELCOME to the August 2022  " You're the Star " Blog Hop! Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog: Keep cool during these last few weeks of summer with my delicious 3-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream ! ___________________________ WELCOME to  HOME feature week of the August 2022  " You're the STAR " blog hop! Meet your HOME week Hosts   This week is HOME feature week Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs: Bev from Eclectic Red Barn Cindy from Mom, the Lunch Lady Niki from Life as a LEO Wife This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU! There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month.   The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:

Sunday Meal Plan Nov 29- Dec 5

 Meal Planning is a great way to save time and money every week! 

Wow, we are already at the end of November, which means the holidays and Christmas will soon be upon us. Not having worked in 6 months has been stressing me out about the holidays. Not that I usually go crazy buying presents (although my SO says I do), I've had to set a strict budget for gifts this year. I lucked out and have been saving points on a few loyalty cards, of stores I frequent often and was able to get 90% of my stocking stuffers purchased for only $19. It's a trick I use every year to cut costs. 

Since I've been stressed and worried, I took the time this past week to think about what Christmas means to me. It helped me come to terms, and make a plan, so we could have the best Christmas possible. For me it's not about gifts under the tree. It's about family. I am so blessed that we are all healthy and thriving during this pandemic. Who cares if there isn't a ton of gifts under the tree. We asked the kids to choose 4 things for Christmas (they chose more, but we are doing 4). 1 thing they can wear, 1 thing they need, 1 thing they want, 1 thing they can read. 

I've also been busy baking this past week. I decided to sell Christmas baking to friends in the area. So far I've had a few orders, which is wonderful! I get to do what I love and make a bit of money in the process. I've been making extras to freeze, for us over the holidays as well. This coming week should be a quiet one. I'd like to finish my Christmas shopping and write my Christmas cards. I especially want to send cards to my family, since we will not be together for the holidays this year. 

Here is my plan for dinners this week. It's in no particular order. I just check the list and decide to make what I'm in the mood for, for dinner

  • Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta with garlic bread

  • Salmon with rice pilaf and broccoli

  • leftover night (clean out the fridge)
  • Pulled Pork sandwiches with broccoli slaw

I'm sharing my meal plan over at Menu Plan Monday!


  1. Great thoughts on the holidays. It's hard because it can add so much extra stress. Great ideas for helping to keep it all in check!

  2. So many yummy dishes. The salmon looks so great!

    Nathalia | NathaliaFit - Fitness & Wellness Blog


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