Menu Plan Monday

Wow! It’s the HOLIDAYS already!

When did THAT happen??

One minute, you’re sunning yourself by the pool and the next time you look around people are singing Christmas carols and putting up lights.


I hope those of you in the U.S. had a most wonderful Thanksgiving week.  We had a very nice week ourselves.  I am happy to report that I managed to stay at home for four straight days. Yep, I didn’t even go past my mailbox for that entire time! It was absolute heaven! If I could figure out a way to have everything delivered, I could quite happily stay at home indefinitely.

My family (especially Super Man and Big Girl) are not of the same mindset, though, so Little Bit and I have to leave the compound occasionally, much to our chagrin.

This week, we’re gearing up for the Christmas festivities. The trees are up and waiting for decorations.  The lights are up outside and most of the other décor is out and ready to enjoy.

Jingle the Elf made his debut on Saturday – the girls were thrilled.  He’s already been up to mischief and found  his way into a bowl of candy canes on Saturday night.


Today he was found riding the reindeer on the mantle.  There’s no telling what else he’ll get into before Christmas!

It’s rainy and cold here in our little mountain town.  Supposed to get snow tomorrow – which is amazing since we never usually get snow before January.  They are saying it most likely will not stick, but the girls are thrilled regardless.

With the cold weather, I’m planning some warm, hearty meals for us this week.  I want to be sure everyone’s tummies are filled and happy as we enter these long dark days of winter.


Here’s what we have planned:

  • Monday: Roast Beef (crock pot) and mashed potatoes. Also eating up the rest of the Thanksgiving veggie leftovers.
  • Tuesday: Crock Pot Meatloaf & potatoes
  • Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken & Fried Rice
  • Thursday: Salmon Croquettes & Grits (SuperMan’s request)
    I’ll also be making some Pasta Fagioli soup to take with me on a girls’ weekend.
  • Friday: SuperMan and the girls will (probably) eat out, but I have the fixin’s for Tacos if they decide to eat them.
  • Saturday: everyone’s on their own. I’ll be gone and they will probably head to Golden Corral – their favorite place to eat when Mommy’s out of town!
  • Sunday: family dinner together after they go to church & I get home. Supper with our Small Group friends.

I’ve also made some brownies for lunch snacks this week and some baked oatmeal bars for breakfasts.

For lunch this week, I’m eating tortilla soup, made with the leftover turkey (instead of chicken).

Thinking I’ll make some more bread but waiting for a drier day – bread doesn’t do well in the high humidity. The honey-oatmeal bread turned out really, really good. A little crumbly, but tasty. I may up the moisture (or lower the flour) next time I make it. But it is definitely a keeper recipe.

What about you? Anything good planned?

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Lenten Food

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How many of you observe Lenten rituals?

Any of you?

I grew up not eating meat on Fridays during Lent (and Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, etc) so we ate a lot of fishy-type things during those evenings. Growing up on the coast, it was a relatively easy thing to do.  There were shrimpers selling fresh-caught shrimp right off the boats, fish markets, and then the fish Daddy caught whenever he went fishing.

But one of my favorite dinners, ironically, didn’t have anything to do with fresh-caught fish and was (gasp!) made from canned fish.

It’s still one of the few fishy-type things I like to eat.

Salmon Croquettes – and Momma would serve them with grits, usually. Actually, I don’t remember her ever serving them with anything else.  If she did, it didn’t register. And I can’t imagine eating them with anything else.

SuperMan likes the leftovers for breakfast sandwiches (or for his morning break at work) but the thought of fish for breakfast makes my stomach do not-so-nice flips and turns.

Little Bit loves them as well, but Big Girl (like her Momma and Grandmama) doesn’t care too much for food of the aquatic nature.  When I cook salmon croquettes, I usually have to give her another option. It’s just not gonna happen for her.

image Anyway, if you’re looking for something to serve one night, give these a try. For you non-Southerners, I don’t quite know what to suggest you eat them with… since grits are what I prefer!

Here are links to a few grits recipes. They are not really complicated to make, but if you’ve never made them before, I’m sure having something to follow will make you feel more comfortable.

And here is the recipe for the Salmon Croquettes.

Salmon Croquettes

~ 1 lb of salmon
(I buy the pouches from the grocery & usually get 4-6 large pouches.
There is also canned salmon, too. You’d need 2 cans)
1-2 eggs
corn meal
cracker meal

Momma puts diced onion in hers, but I’m not a big fan of onions in them, so I usually leave them out. SuperMan, however, loves the addition of the onions.

Mix the salmon, egg, corn meal (and/or cracker meal) to form patties. Season with salt & pepper.  You may need 2 eggs depending on how wet or dry your salmon is. If you buy the canned salmon (rather than the pouches) you will want to remove the skin and bones before you make your patties.

You can make the patties as big or as little as you like. I try to make them about palm-sized, so they fit nicely in a bun or biscuit when SuperMan takes them as “to go” meals.

I roll them in some additional corn meal/cracker meal (blended & seasoned) to make a crust before I put them in the frying pan.

Fry them in vegetable oil until they are a nice, rich brown.  I use a slotted spatula to flip them because sometimes they are cranky and may try to fall apart.

Remove them to a paper-towel-covered plate to cool.

It’s a quick and easy supper and one that is filling, too.