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One Thousand Gifts – Part 90

  • 731. Friends, both IRL and blog, who are participating with me in a 30-day Thin Within challenge. They are a great help and blessing to me at a time when I’m tempted to give up and do something else.
  • 732. A warm home.
  • 733. The smell of freshly laundered sheets right out of the dryer.
  • 734. J4 – inspiring me to take action when I truly believe in something.
  • 735. J5 – our beautiful boy – my heart just about bursts lookin’ at him.
  • 736. The colors of fall.
  • 737. The excitement of the upcoming holidays. I love the holiday season!
  • 738. The prospect of spending time with a couple of women I highly respect.
  • 739. A new week
  • 740. Sleep
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Menu Plan Monday – Oct 27-Nov 2, 2008

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It’s gonna be a busy week. Happy Halloween!


Monday – Chicken Casserole

Tuesday – Leftover Chicken Casserole

Wednesday – Crock Italian Beef Sandwiches

Thursday – Leftover Sandwiches

Friday – Crock Pot Pork Chops, potatoes and veggies

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Menu Plan Monday – Oct 20-26, 2008

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I got smart this time and just pulled out my Dinner Ideas binder and flipped through it. It amazes me how hard I can make it on myself by trying to come up with new stuff all the time. I have a binder of printouts of recipes that we have had and liked. They don’t go in there until they’ve been tried and approved. I have it divided by meat type (or veg) and that way I can just pick one from each section to make sure it’s not boring. 🙂

Weekday Dinners & Weekend Breakfasts

Monday – Meatloaf, Scalloped potatoes, Mixed Veggies

Tuesday – Leftover Meatloaf

Wednesday – Poppyseed Chicken on Rice, Broccoli

Thursday – Leftover Chicken

Friday – Creamy Pumpkin Soup and Cornbread,

Saturday – White chocolate macadamia nut pancakes, bacon, eggs

Sunday – Leftover pancakes, etc.

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Menu Plan Monday – Oct 13-19

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Been disorganized for the past few. Going to try to scribble something down here in the hopes of activating the Power of Positive Thinking! (Or Power of Public Menu Planning!!)

Weekday Dinners & Weekend Breakfasts

Monday – J4 is bringing home Penny’s Noodles! Yay!

Tuesday – Dinner with Ma & Pa Judy

Wednesday – Special K Loaf, Gnocchi, Salad

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – [TBD – Perhaps some carryout?]

Saturday – Macadamia Nut Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs & Bacon

Sunday – Leftovers

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Book Announcement – The Shape of Mercy, by Susan Meissner

Hi there! This is a new book that I have on my to read list here in the very near future. I’ve got three books “In process” I am going to try to wrap them up and this is the next one on my list! Please take a look!


The Shape of Mercy, by Susan Meissner

Lauren Durough is a college student longing to break free of family expectations when she stumbles into a project for eighty year old Abigail Boyles—transcribing the journals of Mercy Hayworth, a seventeenth-century victim of the Massachusetts witch trials. Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with the mysterious Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to discovering the candid truth, Lauren must earnestly ask if she is playing the role of helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and recognize who she really is?

In our high-pressure, success-oriented culture, readers will identify with Lauren’s struggle to forge her own identity separate from the plan her family designed for her. Offering intrigue, romance, and heartbreaking drama, this contemporary novel with a historical twist conveys the intense beauty that emerges when we see how our stories affect the lives of others.

Author Bio

From early school-day projects to becoming editor of a local newspaper in Minnesota, Susan Meissner’s love for writing has been apparent her entire life. The Shape of Mercy is her latest novel in a string of books that delve into the deeper issues of life. She is the author of nine novels and lives with her family in San Diego, California. Find out more about her at