Weekly Menu Plan

Well, I’m a day late, but that is because I took a little vacation from blogging to celebrate the holidays with my family. I’m sure you can understand. Smile

The girls really enjoyed their Christmas goodies…

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We had a very nice Christmas – very peaceful and relaxing – which was nice after the whirlwind trip to my mom’s to see my brother and his family.  That was an AWESOME trip, but very tiring.  The girls and I are looking forward to a quiet week this week at home. They  have asked to not leave the house all week. (LOL) I’m sure that they will change their minds by mid-week, but right now, I’m enjoying being at home and having some down time.

The week’s menu is pretty simple, too. After all the rich foods of the past couple weeks – sweets, party foods, Christmas dinners (three of them!) and the like – I’m ready for something simple.

SuperMan asked specifically that we have no beef this week! He is “meated out” he said. So I’m trying to focus on poultry. Of course, I’ll be sprouting feathers before the week is out!!

Here’s what we’ve got going on this week:

  • Monday: Salmon Croquettes & Cheese Grits (pizza for Big Girl who doesn’t like fish) (follow the link for links to cheese grits recipes, too)
  • Tuesday: Turkey in the crock pot (repurposing the leftovers with a creamy base) and rice & veggies
  • Wednesday: Fajitas/Tacos
  • Thursday: Leftovers
  • Friday: Stir Fry Teriyaki Chicken & Rice (trying a new recipe)
  • Saturday: Chili – we’re having a little get-together with some friends & I’m taking chili to share
  • Sunday: Chicken lettuce wraps (PF Chang’s style)

Hop on over to orgjunkie.com for more menu ideas!

Menu Plan Monday ~ 3 October

Happy Monday!

I’m happily returning to my usual routine this morning.  After last week’s craziness of commuting, classrooms and traffic, I am quite happy to be back working from home and spending time with my family.  Today is a special day – our anniversary – and so I am even happier to be home!mealplanmonday_v2

Here’s what we have planned for dinners this week – the weather is turning cooler (hooray!) and so my thoughts are turning more to soups, stews and heartier home cooking.

Are there any fall-weather favorites you cook for your family?

Here’s our plan:

Hop on over to orgjunkie.com for some more menu ideas!

Menu Plan Monday ~ 26 September

Happy Monday, everyone!

This week, my menu planning is especially important.

I am taking a class downtown all week – Monday thru Friday, 8AM – 5PM. Can you say UGH!?!  Yes, I will be in commuter you-know-where this week. I am looking forward to the class, but not looking forward to the hustle-and-bustle of a commuting lifestyle workday. (yes, I’m spoiled, I know)

My mom is coming up for the week to take care of the munchkins and taxi them to and fro in their activities.  She will most likely be doing most of the supper preparations, too, so I wanted to have a plan and be ready for her when she gets here. I’ve made my menu, done (most of) my shopping, and all that is left is the cooking.

Here’s what we’ll have this week:Thanksgiving

  • Monday: Roast Beef tips with Gravy, either rice or mashed potatoes and a salad
  • Tuesday: Crock Pot Baked Chicken, rice/gravy and veggies
  • Wednesday (new recipe to try) Balsamic Pork Roast with rice & veggies
  • Thursday: Sloppy Joes w/ homemade fries (another new recipe to try)
  • Friday: probably eat out somewhere
  • Saturday will most likely be leftovers or whatever we didn’t cook earlier in the week.

How about you? Have you made your menu plans for the week?

Hop on over to orgjunkie.com for some more great menu ideas.

A day late and a dollar short

Well, maybe not a dollar short… but definitely a day late.

As I posted yesterday, I had a stomach bug thingy going on –  not sure if it was from something I ate or a virus, but I was pretty much horizontal and green most of the day.  Little Bit ended up coming home from school early with a virus of her own – of the snotty kind, not the tummy kind – so we spent the afternoon on the sofa together. Big Girl became our nurse and we had a quiet day.

I woke this morning feeling MUCH better (thankfully) and found that Little Bit was still under the weather. She’s spent most of the day on the sofa watching TV, playing on the computer and drawing pictures. I think it’s just a cold virus type of thing, so we’re holding off on the doctor for now.  No strep-like symptoms or fevers to be concerned about. She’s just puny. But she will be back to school tomorrow.

So, today, I was finally able to focus on figuring out what our menu for the remainder of the week without turning green.  Even though the thought of food was rather nauseating yesterday, it bugged the heck out of me that I had no menu plan in place. (Yes, I know, I’m a little uptight that way. I like my routines!)

I’m very happy to have my plan in place now… It frees my mind up so that I can worry about other things… (and trust me, there are a lot of other things to worry about!)

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  • Monday: BBQ Chicken tenders, homemade macaroni & cheese, grilled broccoli
  • Tuesday: homemade Salisbury steaks
  • Wednesday: Grilled pork chops, cous-cous and grilled veggies
  • Thursday: Beef Stew
  • Friday: Baked Potato bar w/ salad
  • Saturday: Homemade Mexican – tacos, nachos & fajitas
  • Sunday: Crock Pot “Baked” Chicken, mashed potatoes & salad
  • Monday: grilling out or Low Country Boil

I’m also craving my veggie chili, but it’s just been too darned hot for that yet. Hopefully it will cool off soon so we can enjoy some. I will eat it for lunch if nothing else. Winking smile

I guess I’m just going to be a day late all week – since today is Tuesday and I really should be posting my Project Life pictures today.  Oh well.

Hop on over to orgjunkie.com for some ideas for more menus.

Menu Plan Monday ~ 15 August

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This week we start dance classes, added to the first full week of school for the girls. Should be a busy week for us. That’s why I got my meal plan ready early in the weekend and went shopping. Hopefully, there won’t be any last-minute dashes to the store for things we forgot or stops for takeout dinners. I’m going to get us back into our routines (if it kills me!) this week for sure.

I’m breaking out the crock pots and making sure we have healthy meals in spite of our busy schedules!

Sunday, we “baked” two chickens in the crock pot while we were at church. If you’ve not tried my Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken, I highly recommend it for busy weeknight dinners (or having dinner ready when you arrive home after church on Sunday!)

One of the chickens was our Sunday dinner and the second one was deboned and will become chicken salad for sandwiches (in pita pockets) this week. If there is any extra, I’ll use it to make salads with chicken on them (as opposed to chicken salad – hee hee) and maybe do that for lunch one day, too. I whipped up some cole slaw for SuperMan to have with his chicken salad sandwiches at lunch, too, and he has requested a second round of a pasta salad I made last week that I’ll share the recipe for soon.

I also made a trip to my favorite meat market/butcher and stocked up on some yummies to cook this week.mealplanmonday_v2

So, here is our plan for the week:

  • Monday: grilled steaks (that were planned for Saturday but didn’t get cooked) with grilled veggies & potatoes
  • Tuesday: Slow-cooked pork loin with sticky rice
  • Wednesday: Grilled Pork Chops with cous cous & a salad
  • Thursday: BBQ sandwiches (from the leftover pork) & homemade fries
  • Friday: Asian Flank Steak with stir fry
    (that was planned for last week, but I ended up making Chicken & Dumplings instead because Little Bit wasn’t feeling well)
  • Saturday: we’ll probably eat out – either Friday or Saturday, so the meals will interchange.

I’ve also made the Amish Breakfast Casserole that I love so much, and I am thinking I’ll make some type of bread (maybe banana?) for the kids for breakfast. Hmm… Maybe I’ll make a banana-chocolate bread…. (the wheels are turnin’)

Well, that’s it from this kitchen. What’ve you got planned in yours?

Hop over to orgjunkie.com for some more great menu ideas!

Menu Plan Monday (or, Tuesday)

I have been planning my family menus for years – probably since the time Little Bit was born.  I have been a fluttering FlyBaby for about that long, trying to get myself on plan with the Fly Lady (but it never seems to “stick”). However, one thing I love about her whole thing is the idea of planning ahead. I am a planner. I love my lists and my plans. So, that part works for me.

Enter Menu Plan Monday –


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I stumbled across this meme over on orgjunkie.com and I love the idea! Creating your meal plan, sharing it with others, and getting ideas from the meal plans others have created.

So, I’m joining the bandwagon. Want to join with me? It’s super easy. Figure out your meal plan for the week – what will you be cooking for your family?

Write them down – you can even share in the comments here if you’d like – and link them to the linky on orgjunkie’s blog.  It’s been fun looking at other people’s meal plans – and has given me some ideas for next week’s menus.

Here are the meals I’m cooking this week:

I’m sure we’ll eat out once – usually on Sunday after church.  So, with leftovers, that should carry me through the weekend.

I use AllRecipes a lot – you will see that a bunch of these recipes are linked there.  I love that I can create my own recipes and store them there as well.

Ok, now it’s your turn! What are you serving this week?