multiple gratitudes & meal planning monday

so i slightly slacked on my photo-a-day gratitude posts...my bad...

gratitude 12/30...today i am thankful for sunshine and having this view out my window all day


gratitude 13/30...today i am thankful for new studio equipment that made my morning shoot a breeze


gratitude 14/30...today i am thankful for a day at home with my fam and pups



gratitude 15/30...today i am thankful for small personal goals and reaching them :)

now on to meal planning monday...

monday - i'm thinking something easy like hamburger helper or easy cheeseburger pie

tuesday - steak on the grill, baked potatoes and corn

wednesday - turkey chili (see recipe below) and cornbread

thursday - chicken spiedies on the grill, potato salad and steamed cauliflower

friday - chicken pie...this is, without a doubt, one of my FAV meals!!! i will alter it a bit to make it healthier (which means less butter, lol...also instead of using buttermilk i use skim milk with a tsp of vinegar in it)...

saturday - baked potato chowder and bread bowls for mi familia (carried over from last week)...this is an absoulute FAV of my family and there is very seldom any leftovers at all...i will put the recipe below...

sunday - crazy busy with pics this day...so at some point the fam and i will be grabbing something to eat from somewhere...
turkey chili (from my friend michelle)

Brown 1 lb of lean turkey or lean hamburger in a pan with a small onion.
Rinse:
1 can of black beans
1 can is red kidney beans (low sodium)
1 can of northern beans
Add to browned meat
Add 1 can of corn (juice and all).
Add one pack of chili seasoning and one pack of ranch powder.
Add as much water as you want (less if you want the chili thick).
Let everything cook together for about 10 minutes or so.

baked potato chowder
i make this in my crockpot and will start it first thing in the morning so it's done in time...i also double the recipe because my fam LOVES it! 
put the following in the crockpot and mix all together:
1 bag of frozen hashbrowns (the cubed ones, not shredded)
enough canned chicken broth to cover the hashbrowns completely
1 can of cream of chicken soup
cook until potatoes are done then add:
1 brick cream cheese
1  8 oz package shredded cheddar cheese
crumbled bacon
mix all together and continue to cook on low or warm until ready to serve...we enjoy ours in warm bread bowls...YUMMO!

out for now
~kisses

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