Conquering My Kitchen – Week 7

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Saturday – February 21

James home…woowho!  Favorite Tex-Mex restaurant these days is Chuy’s…hmmmm…that jalapeño dip is divine!

Menu: Crispy Tacos and lots and lots of jalapeño dip!

Thursday and Friday – February 19-20

James out of town, Trevor off working…Evan and I decide to skip dinner…no kitchen to clean!

Menu: Nada

Wednesday – February 18 – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday AND Spaghetti @ COTHA…great fellowship before a powerful service.

Menu: Spaghetti

Tuesday – February 17 – Shrove Tuesday

538335_507887715917103_356662012_nTonight was our traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner at church…yum…which marks the beginning of the season of Lent.

Menu: Pancakes and sausage.


Monday – February 16

Have I mentioned how long and arduous Mondays can be? Of course I have and today was no exception…didn’t get home until after 8p.  The good news was that I thought ahead and prepared a crock pot meal. Hating it in the morning as I try to leave but loving it when I get home…delayed gratification!

Menu: Garlicky Pot Roast by eMeals

Lesson Learned: It’s wasn’t as good as Loretta’s (grandmas) … I really need to get her recipe AND crock pot liners are awesome!  Made clean up super easy!

Sunday – February 15

Lucky Charms…they’re magically delicious!

It’s been a quiet, steady, productive day…my favorite kind of Sunday.  But this evening is very quiet…almost too much.  James is in Guatemala drilling for a water well and both of the boys are out with friends…quiet.  And well, I’m certainly not gonna cook just for myself…so I enjoyed myself a magically delicious bowl of cereal!

Friday – February 13

IMG_6229This evening, James and I had some members of our jeep club over for a Spring Break Wheeling Trip planning dinner.  We will be tackling the Ozark Overland Trail, Devils Den and the Kiamichi Trail over the course of 9 days…it’s gonna be a great time.  Check out this video.  I decided to whip up some chili for the meeting.  I use “whip up” because that’s just what I did…confidently and successfully.  Only thing to improve would be start time…the longer the chili has to simmer, the better the taste and I was pushing it to be done.  Lesson learned.


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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.