The weather couldn’t be more perfect heading into the Fourth of July. I’m actually writing this on Sunday afternoon and I am feeling extremely blessed today ~ sitting in the hammock on the porch, iced coffee nearby, a dog snoozing next to me while I write. I can hear the chickens cooing at each other in the back and my youngest laughing with the neighborhood kids down the street. For me it couldn’t get any better!

I have two days off in a row this week. Woo-hoo! My husband and I both have off on the 4th, so we are planning on seeing the fireworks at a lake that holds them a day early with a whole lot of pre-firework festivities and fun. As he works (EARLY) on the 5th, this means we get to spend a great time together as a family, we ALL get to sleep in after a late night if we want, and we’ll still have a whole day off of fun food and relaxation without rushing anywhere on the actual day of the 4th. I can’t wait!


Grocery list for this week’s menu. (Updated template is still in the works. Will update when complete.)

Monday: Mom works/CC captain’s practice/watch the early showing of fireworks

Calico Beans, mixed greens salad with strawberries and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing, Corn Bread

Tuesday: Fourth of July!

Slow Cooker Carnitas, gluten free wraps (gluten free flour-style), with all the fixings (fresh salsa, guac, chopped tomatoes, sautéed peppers and onions, etc.), spicy rice, Tex-Mex Chopped Salad. Gluten free strawberry and blueberry shortcake for dessert with Whipped Coconut Topping.

Wednesday: CC captain’s practice

One Pan Kielbasa & Noodle Casserole, sliced cucumbers and grapes

Thursday: Mom works,/CC captain’s practice

Chicken Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole and Cilantro Cashew Salad

Friday: Mom works/CC captain’s practice

Garlicky Shrimp Skewers (working on recipe. Will post if yummy.)