Menu Plan Monday & Recipe for Salmon Patties

The weather forecast for this week, starting on Tuesday, is for very cold, icy weather.  That sounds like soup weather to me!  There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup to warm a person on a cold, chilly day.  So, I might make soup a couple of times this week.  I’ve been looking for a healthier version of cream of chicken soup with veggies, and I think I’m going to experiment and combine parts of two or three different recipes.  I’ll let you know how it turns out next week.

By the way, here’s a picture of the soup I made last Wednesday with leftover rotisserie chicken:


Monday:  Use Chick-Fil-A coupons for freebies that expire after today!

Tuesday:   Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wednesday:  Leftover Chicken Tortilla Soup

Thursday:  This recipe for salmon patties is one of our favorites that we’ve made many, many times.  Add a couple of frozen veggies and we have a yummy meal!


Salmon Patties


  • 14 ounce can Honey Boy Pink Salmon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

Mix the above ingredients well. Heat 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in skillet on medium/medium-high. When oil is hot, drop salmon mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls into skillet.  Brown on one side. Turn and brown on the other side.  Makes approximately 12 salmon patties the size of the ones pictured below.  (My skillet isn’t large enough to cook them all at once, so I cook two batches.)


Friday:  Cream of Chicken & Veggie Soup


Wedding Plans

It’s almost February, and spring is just around the corner which means wedding plans are in high gear for those planning a springtime wedding.  Hopefully, they have their wedding invitations or will have them soon because invitations should be mailed eight weeks before the wedding.  All the main components of the wedding should already be well planned and arranged, and now it’s the list of “unending” small details to attend to.   There is a huge “To Do List” when it comes to wedding plans!


There are many ways people invest nowadays from the stock market to other different types of investments.  I’ve heard several commercials about gold being a good investment, and I’ve seen where you can buy gold online.  Whenever it comes to investing, I want something that’s not risky and a sound investment.  Nothing is 100% for sure since no one knows what will happen in the economy or world events, though, but there are some investments that are more stable than others.  Those are the kind I like!

Times Have Changed

At work recently, a couple of us “older” teachers were talking to several younger teachers sitting with us while eating pizza before an evening activity.  We were telling them how we didn’t have computers, printers, scanner software, etc., when we were in high school and how we used typewriters.  I asked if any of them knew what “correction tape” was.  To my surprise, a couple of them did know!

Minnesota New Homes

For those living in Minnesota or those who are moving there, they might be interested in a Minneapolis new home.  This area is thriving with business, culture, and sports.  Their parks and recreation is highly rated.  In fact, the Twin Cities are ranked as the nation’s sixth best city for runners, plus there are five golf courses located within the city. Four of the hospitals in Minneapolis are ranked among the best in America by U.S. News and World Report.  This city definitely has a lot to offer.

For those wishing to live in a rural residential area but not far from the Twin Cities, a Minnetrista new home might be to their liking.  It’s located on Lake Minnetonka, has many parks, and is a charming town.  Stillwater, twenty miles east of downtown St. Paul, is a family oriented community.  A Stillwater new home offers a safe environment with excellent schools, yet not too far from the conveniences of the Twin Cities.  Both of these towns offer the conveniences of small town living as well as the conveniences of a close-by metropolitan area.

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Friendly Friday 1/28/11

Welcome to Friendly Friday!

Remember, YOU can host the link list on your blog too! Just click “Get the code here…” at the bottom of the list. The code is different every week, so be sure to get the new code when hosting Friendly Friday on your blog. Hosting the list is a great way for everyone to get even more traffic to their blog.

Thanks for joining the Friendly Friday celebration hosted by Christi at Frugal Novice, Xenia at Thanks, Mail Carrier and Charla at Healthy Home Blog! We invite you to join us every Friday to make more friends in blogville, get more blog followers and follow other great blogs out there.

To join in the Friendly Friday celebration, include your family-friendly link in our list, follow the hostesses in the first 3 spots and then start blog hopping! Visit other blogs on the list and comment to give them some blog love. Then take a minute to follow them through Google Friend Connect – this is a good way to keep up with other blogs, but also lets us show support to each other! Please DO NOT list your giveaways here, links must be to either your homepage or your Friday posting with your blog title. All others will be deleted.

When people comment on your blog and let you know they’re a part of Friendly Friday, return the favor and follow them back. This way everyone gets traffic and followers out of participating, and it’s a win-win situation. We would love for you to also grab our Friendly Friday button and post it on your blog and/or in a post – the more bloggers that find out about Friendly Friday and participate, the better!

Spotlight on Friendly Friday Followers! We love your participation and want to show it! In addition to gaining followers, each week we’ll select three blogs at random and will feature links and a write-up for those blogs in the content of next week’s Friendly Friday post. There are so many seriously wonderful blogs out there, and this will be a great way to highlight some of those each week. Say hello to the lucky chosen 3 for this week (and feel free to stop by and give them a little extra love):

If you are a SoCal resident, you’ll definitely want to check out Just Another Hat! Filled with thorough details of all kinds of family-friendly events throughout the area, you’ll never be at a loss for where to go and what to do. Plus, for those who aren’t local, you’ll still enjoy deals, activities, blog hops and product reviews that everyone can take advantage of for themselves and their kids!

Brooke at Girl Boy Girl Inspired is a stay at home mom who somehow finds the time to run an adorable hair bow and accessories business on Etsy, Bella Boo’s Bowtique, while taking care of her three children and four-legged family members. Her blog is bright, colorful, upbeat and filled with all sorts of great crafts, personal posts and photographs that will definitely make you smile.

If you’ve ever wondered what a busy Canadian life with beautiful twin boys would be like, look no further than Double Tha Love. Kaylah writes about how hectic and challenging things can get but how she wouldn’t change it for the world – and one look at those gorgeous little faces and it’s not hard to see why! Visit her new blog to find out about this busy mommy’s daily musings and then visit her Etsy shop to see her crafty side as well!

Now that you know about these 3 wonderful blogs, it’s time for you to join in! Add your family-friendly link below and we’ll see you back here every Friday! And don’t forget, you can grab the code to share the link list on your blog too. All three hostesses appreciate followers through GFC and Twitter, and we’ll follow you back – just leave a comment with your URL for GFC. I haven’t been able to follow everyone back because of not having the URL. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Small Businesses

There are a lot of small business owners in today’s market.  It takes a certain amount of money to start up a new business which might result in owners needing a small business loan.  Lendio is a company that does just that.  They match small business owners with banks and lenders where they can take out a small loan.  Lendio is on Facebook, and you can also follow Lendio on Twitter if you want to check them out.

We know firsthand how much it takes to start up a new business because we had our own business back in the eighties.  There were basic expenses such as rent, utilities, and insurance.  Then there were extra expenses for advertising in the yellow pages and other forms of advertising.  We needed a cash register, free-standing counters, blinds for the windows, and seating for customers who were waiting.  Plus, we bought our very first computer back then.  As you can see, there are a lot of expenses for small business owners.

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Luggage, etc.

The first month of this new year is almost over.  Spring Break will be here before we know it, and many people will be thinking about traveling and maybe getting new luggage.  For the busy traveler, luggage can conveniently be bought online at luggage stores.

Whenever we travel, I like to be organized with a bag for everything.   I like to have a separate bag for vitamins, my own toiletry bag, a separate toiletry bag for my husband, a bag for each of us for small clothing items, and a couple of garment bags for clothes on hangers.

CSN Online Stores has given me an opportunity again to review one of their products.  I’ve been looking through their luggage to see if there is another piece we could use.  But CSN has so many different stores to look through that I can’t decide for sure what I want to get.  They have some great products that would be nice to review!  And they have quite a few products that have free shipping.  I’ll let you know soon what I choose!

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Menu Plan Monday 1/24/11

This past week was so busy!  Plus I had to go to an all-day workshop on Saturday, so I don’t feel like I had much of a weekend.  Can you guess where I’m going with this?

Yes…it’s definitely time for Rotisserie Chicken…from Albertson’s.  They’re on sale this week for $4.99 and that’s a great deal!   My husband and I can make three meals out of it.  That’s just $1.67 per meal.  Sounds good to me!

Monday:  Rotisserie Chicken, baked potato, salad

Tuesday:  Leftover Rotisserie Chicken,  baby lima beans, salad

Wednesday:  Homemade soup using what’s left of the chicken.  (I take off the skin and boil the whole thing for a while.  Then remove the chicken carefully and take out all the bones, etc, and then put chicken back in the broth.  Add chopped onion, frozen veggies, and a little pasta to the chicken and broth.  Simmer for a while. Add a little extra virgin olive oil and season to taste.)  Yummy!

Thursday:  Salmon patties, broccoli, corn

Friday:   Homemade pizza

Bird Watching

My mother-in-law loves to bird watch!  Her backyard is full of trees and provides the perfect setting for an avid bird watcher.  She has binoculars so she can see birds up close, and I imagine any bird watcher has scopes so they can see better.  She has several bird feeders, two on each patio plus she puts bird feed out on her patio table which she really doesn’t use any more except for a giant bird feeder.  We all enjoy watching the birds with her when we’re visiting.  There’s something relaxing about watching birds!