Menu Plan Monday 1.30.12

Well, hello, there, Monday!

Nice to see you again (not really) – and I’m all ready with my menu for the week, so I’m one step ahead of you. (nanny-nanny-boo-boo!)

Taking it easy on the spices this week – Big Girl is still not feeling well (we’re headed back to the doctor today) and so I am trying to fix things that will be easy on her tummy.


Here’s what I have planned for our week:

  • Monday: Meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, veggies
  • Tuesday: Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake
  • Wednesday: Crock Pot Sesame Ginger Chicken (new recipe) with rice & stir-fry veggies
  • Thursday: leftover night
  • Friday: not sure yet – it is the annual Father-Daughter Dance at school and they may go out for dinner.
  • Saturday: kids- pizza, grown ups- date night (yippee!)
  • Sunday: Small Group dinner here. Still finalizing the menu.

I also made some of my baked oatmeal for breakfasts and am planning another batch of bread for later today. Probably make some muffins for the girls or their favorite chocolate-chocolate chip bread.

What about you? What are you planning this week?

I made these chicken fingers twice last week (they were that good) and everyone loved them.  img_1223And this potato soup, which was a toss-up. They ate it but I don’t think they loved it. Little Bit said it was like a potato milk shake. (hee hee) And since I can’t have the carbs, it will probably not get made very often around here. I was trying for something soothing for upset tummies.

Just thought I’d share!

You can find more yummy recipes on or Balancing Beauty & Bedlam, where she has her Pantry Challenge going on again for another month!

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Menu Plan Monday ~ 14 November 11


Can you believe it? Only one more week and it’s Thanksgiving!

And then, we’re rushing headlong into Christmas…

I can hardly believe we are here already.  Seriously. Where has the last year gone?

I think we need to add another month in the calendar… something between Halloween and November that will allow us to get a little leg up on holiday preparations.  It’s almost too much to jump out of our Halloween costumes, straight into Turkey Day and before you know it, we’re drinking eggnog and singing carols.

Somebody slow down the merry-go-round!

All this holiday craziness, added to some big work projects (for SuperMan and me) means that I’ve got to get my act together… menu planning becomes even more important. I don’t want to be caught unprepared and not knowing what to cook – that will just mean added (unnecessary) stress and angst and I have enough of that without going looking for more!

I’m working on something my mom told me to do a long time ago (and I’ve actually been working on it for a while now) – I’m compiling a list of all the different dinner ideas I have – things I know my family likes and that I can refer to when I’m at a loss as to what to cook (or feel like I’m stuck in a rut)

I’m not doing anything fancy with it (although the temptation to make a cutesy little list is there) – I’m just keeping a running list on index cards for right now.  But, I’m finding it really helpful in coming up with some variety in our dinner planning. Especially when I’m cooking from the pantry and want to see what I can come up with based on what I have (and avoid a shopping trip!)

So, after referring to my ever-growing list, here’s what’s on tap for this week:

That’s the week!  What are you planning?  Anything yummy?

You can check out more menu ideas over at

Menu Plan Monday

We had such a fun weekend. Hiking and exploring in the mountains, enjoying the beautiful weather and glorious views.  The leaves were gorgeous, the temperatures just chilly enough to warrant a nice, roaring fire and yet not so cold that we were stuck in the cabin all weekend. It was just about perfect.

We enjoyed some of these:


And lots of this:


And some fantastic vistas:



And now we are back to real life today.  No one wanted to get up this morning, we were all still in vacation mode.  The creatures were happy we were home, though, and Scooby Cat has been following me around like a little black shadow ever since I walked in the door last night.

Still figuring out what we are going to do exactly for meals this week. Some of it is easy – leftovers from the weekend, or food I bought to cook but didn’t cook because Mom had other things to cook.  Some of it is based on special requests from the little monkeys…

  • Monday: Chicken noodle soup – special request from the girls
  • Tuesday: Hamburgers & hotdogs (leftover from the weekend)
  • Wednesday: Lasagna – I’m craving it.
  • Thursday: not sure yet – most likely leftovers.
  • Friday: Pizza! (with extra sauce from the lasagna)
  • Saturday: grilled steaks (leftover from the weekend, but frozen so they can wait) with baked potatoes and grilled veggies

That’s it for me. What are you planning for the week? Have you taken up my challenge? Three menu plans for the next three weeks?

I’m also doing some baking today – need to  make some fresh bread and I’m planning to use up some brown bananas by making a double batch of banana bread.  I’m also making some baked oatmeal for my ladies’ bible study group tomorrow morning. Busy, busy, bee!

And now I’m off to catch up on email and other things online. Limited internet and phone access over the weekend. It was glorious, but now I need to see what the world was up to this past weekend!!

Hop on over to for some more great menu planning 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 for some more menu ideas!