The Deans Eat & An Update

It’s been a while since I last wrote and an even longer while since I shared our meal plan, but I think I have a pretty good (& adorable) excuse. The last time I wrote I talked about Baby H and his upcoming surgery. He had skull surgery almost a month ago and honestly, he is doing so well sometimes I forget how recently he had major surgery. He is wearing his helmet 23 hours a day and I update on his life pretty regularly on Instagram if you want more adorableness in your life. Right now he is sleeping peacefully while I enjoy a little me time before we run some errands. 

Baby H is 15 weeks old and now that we are post surgery I am working on gaining some normalcy and routine in my life. He feeds on demand and I don’t want to have a crazy strict schedule for his sleep, but I want to have a basic routine to help me and to add a little structure to my days at home. This wasn’t a goal before surgery because I knew it would be all messed up and the past few weeks since surgery have been taken for healing and rest but now is time to figure this Stay-At-Home-Mom life out. I want to blog more, I want to get my home in shape, and then maybe get a little crafty. I need to stop spending my days watching Netflix or playing on my phone and instead actually doing things! I’m hoping to write about this more, but I would love any tips you have for helping you be the best SAHM you can be.

One thing that has been going pretty well has been menu planning! This is such an important part of my life that I have been doing even since I was in high school. We struggled a bit when Baby H came home, mostly because I struggled to menu plan and make it to the store each weekend and couldn’t manage a full grocery trip with the baby by myself so Husband would run to the store for a few items every day or we were eating out way too often. In May I decided to menu plan for 3 weeks (through the end of the month) and do a big shopping trip. It went great and I knew I wanted to keep it up for June. So after spending a week working on a meal plan and grocery list we did a big Aldi & Kroger shopping trip the first weekend of June and it has been SUCH a lifesaver. It has given me back my weekends and I don’t want to go back to weekly planning any time soon. I found that I ruined my weekends stressing about menu planning and trying to get to the store but now I have my weekends back and it is wonderful! Because I buy things for many meals I have more flexibility and can move things around, so now I spend about 30 minutes checking the remaining meals I have left, choosing what we want for the week, and making a small grocery list for produce or things we ran out of or forgot. I am so happy with this new plan and apparently had many words to share about it. Now I’ll shut-up, share my menu, go feed my baby and head to the store. Have a great week!

Monday – Taco Salad

Tuesday – Chicken & Zucchini 

Wednesday – Spaghetti & Salad

Thursday – Burritos

Fridays – Burgers

Saturday – Out/Make-up

The Deans Eat // Seventy Nine

I’m a day late getting this posted…so Happy Tuesday friends! I’m pretty bad about writing these posts but never putting the finishing details on them and then pressing publish. I hope you’ll forgive me.

This past weekend was a fun one as we celebrated Husband’s birthday! It started on Friday when we had a simple dinner out together, just us. While we were there we realized something, we could not remember the last time we ate out at a restaurant together just the two of us. It’s been months I’d say. Anyways, then we ran some errands, played video games in bed, and Husband watched some football. Saturday consisted of sleeping in (at least it did for me!), lunch out, attempting & failing at Christmas shopping, a yummy dinner at home and a relaxing night in. Sunday was the big event! We got up and ready church at 9, then afterwards an outfit change and a quick bite to eat, then straight to downtown for the Bengal’s football game! Our seats were great, they broke their losing streak, and other than a few minutes of rain we stayed dry and warmish. Total success! Husband claims it was a great birthday weekend, so we will call it a win for sure.


With the busy weekend, grocery shopping was not even on our radar. Thankfully we had a meal from last week that we didn’t end up making, so we were good to go on Monday, but the question still arose, when will we grocery shop? With both of us working full time it’s tough to make it to the store for a big trip during the week. I was dreading heading out in the cold rain last night to shop and that’s when I decided this week would be a perfect week to finally try out Kroger ClickList! Major perk of moving to the “Big City” is that this is an option here. It’s not an option at our closest Kroger, but there are a couple stores not too far away that offer it. Basically, you shop online, choose a time for the next day, place your order, then drive and pick it up without ever getting out of your car. I think your first time is free, and it’s typically a charge of around $5. I’m going to pick up our grocery order on my lunch break today! I can’t wait to see how it goes, hopefully it’s a success! I’ll be sure to update you on this whole experience later on. I’m just really thankful for it today when it’s freezing, raining, and I’m not feeling too hot (hi sore throat, please go away). Checkout what meals we are eating at below!

The Deans Eat 2

Monday | Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas (Didn’t make last week!)

Tuesday | Spaghetti & Salad

Wednesday | Double Stuffed Lemon Garlic Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

Thursday | Chili

Friday | Chicken Pasta

Saturday | Out @ Wedding

Sunday | Out with Sister

The Deans Eat // Seventy Eight

Happy Monday Friends! I truly hope your Thanksgiving was a blessed one and that you got to spend time with those you love and praise God for all he has done for you. This year Thanksgiving was different for us as we weren’t in West Virginia, but we had a great time nonetheless. We are so thankful for the family we do have here that we were able to celebrate with.

As is normal, the week after Thanksgiving is always a bit crazy as we jump headfirst into Christmas celebrations. For us, we always have Husband’s birthday to celebrate as well! We won’t be doing too much traditional celebrating this weekend because we are putting all of our energy into his birthday present – tickets to the Bengal’s football game on Sunday! Husband is a huge football fan and has really wanted to go to a game. Knowing we are going to have a little one soon and money and time will be precious we figured now would be the best time to enjoy a game. I’m crossing my fingers for good weather and a win for our team (they desperately need it…). I’m really excited to get to experience this with him and he is ECSTATIC. I’ll update you on that first time experience next week! Husband picked the meals this week since it is his birthday afterall and they happen to be some of my favorite comfort foods. Also, be sure to check back in later because I have a Holiday Home Tour going up and I can’t wait to share!

The Deans Eat 2

Monday | Potato Soup

Tuesday | Chicken Pepper Pasta

Wednesday | Shepherd’s Pie

Thursday | Enchiladas

Friday | Out for Husband’s Birthday!

Saturday | Pork Chops & Veggies

Sunday | Out @ Bengal’s Football game for Husband’s Birthday!

The Deans Eat // Sixty Nine

Happy Leap Day friends! Leap Day is an odd thing. I mean, an extra day every 4 years… seems like a reason to celebrate, right? Instead, Leap Day is falling on a Monday which means it’s just like any old day. I’m curious – do any of you have a Leap Day birthday? Do you celebrate 2/28 or 3/1?  These are the things I ponder on a Monday morning.

This weekend was a busy wonderful weekend. Time with family and absolutely adorable nieces means a weekend well spent. I’m sure every aunt out there thinks this, but gosh – my nieces are the best. Friday and Saturday was spent soaking as much time up with them as possible. Sunday was one for the books as well – perfect weather, church, nap, long walk in the sunshine, a little cleaning, and binge watching Fuller House. Speaking of which, have you watched Fuller House? We’re not quite done watching it yet, but we love it in all it’s cheesy wonderful glory. I mean, nobody was expecting some perfect deep TV show, right? I love it for it’s cheesiness and I’m not afraid to admit it!

This week is a semi-busy one – Husband has a few exams, I need to play catch-up from the weekend, and we have a guest staying with us this weekend. When things get busy, meal planning keeps things a bit more sane. Sometimes I get frustrated that a meal fails or we eat out, but then I have to remind myself, if I didn’t meal plan it would be a dinner disaster every single day. So I keep on meal planning and enjoy the little bits of sanity it provides.

The Deans Eat 2

Monday | Mustard Balsamic Pork Chops, Roasted Veggies, & Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday | Spaghetti

Wednesday | Shepherd’s Pie, Salad, & Bread

Thursday | Crock-pot Chicken Fajitas

Friday | Chili & Cornbread

Saturday | Out

Sunday | Italian Chicken, Rice, & Corn

The Deans Eat // Sixty Five

Monday, why have you arrived again so quickly? Seriously, this past week and weekend flew by and I’m not ready to face another Monday. Well, since I have to face it anyways, I should really embrace the good don’t ya think? But first lets talk about this weekend.

On Saturday Husband and I went on our first real date night in awhile. We tried out a new local bowling alley – Pinheads – in Oak Hill, WV. They are a recently remodeled/updated place with great food, drink, and fun. Ha, that was a bit cheesy, but it was true. Seriously, their homemade potato chips were to-die-for. SO GOOD. We will definitely be going back. Then we stopped at another local Oak Hill spot, Delfino’s. It definitely seemed like that small-town place where you have your favorite waitress and booth, and everyone is one big happy family. There was a big 1st birthday party happening and it was definitely like everyone was a part of the celebration. Pizza and wings made for the perfect meal (with tons of leftovers, because SO MUCH FOOD). After a quick stop at the grocery store we were home with ice cream and Netflix by 8pm. We are old & boring and we wouldn’t have it any other way.BowlingPizza

Before we talk about this Sunday lets just remember last Sunday. Freezing cold, almost 2 feet of snow on the ground, snowed in all weekend, etc. This Sunday we headed to church first thing and I was definitely thankful to worship with my church family again. Also, it was BEAUTIFUL outside guys. I went without a jacket, on January 31st, in West Virginia. What is this madness? Then we headed to Charleston with some friends to take care of a couple errands and enjoy the good weather and the city. We were back in time for a communion fellowship with our church. Again, I so cherish this special time with my church family. Grease Live was the finale to my weekend, and it was a GRAND finale. Seriously, if you didn’t get the chance to watch it, you missed out. It was a fantastic production. coffee and paper

This week should be a good one once we get past the necessary work and chores 😛 . My momma is coming for a visit this coming weekend, and then the Carolina Panthers are going to win the Super Bowl on Sunday night. (Why yes, I am making a pretty sure prediction) I’m also looking forward to enjoying some slightly nicer weather as well as the ever increasing day light in the evenings. My to-do lists are made and I’m ready to tackle the week, what about you? First on my list is Menu Planning as always.

The Deans Eat 2

Monday | Skillet Meal, Corn, & Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

Tuesday | Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, & Green Beans

Wednesday | Chili Cornbread Bake

Thursday | Flatbreads

Friday | Lasagna Soup (I’m addicted, I can’t help it)

Saturday | Chicken Pepper Pasta

Sunday | Out & Super Bowl Snacks

Be sure to check in later this week, I’ve got a special post about one of my favorite things, as well as some favorite Super Bowl foods! What are your favorite Super Bowl foods? Any must haves? I’d love to hear about them!