Monthly Archives: April 2013

Menu, Week of 4/14 (with a side of sadness)


I am really struggling with grief here still. I really think it is a failing of our culture that people expect death and grief to only be a brief blip in your life–a week off to attend the funeral, be sad, then get back to normal. Everything is not normal. Even though my grandmother was very old and her death wasn’t entirely unexpected, I am really having a hard time getting back in the swing of things. (Hence, Menu Plan Monday on Tuesday…)

In a way, it is made worse by the fact that losing her was somewhat expected–we started spending more time with her, as much as we could. In one sense, this is awesome–I don’t have regrets, she knew we loved her, and she got to see me crocheting, which brought her a lot of happiness and satisfaction. But on the other hand, the change of her being gone is even more profound. Planning my week makes me sad, because it reminds me I don’t have to plan around our visits.

However, life goes on, as everyone knows. School activities keep on taking up our evenings, expenses keep coming up that make me want to limit our food budget (5th grade camp and new cheerleading uniform expenses are the big ones this month…), and those darn kids still want to eat every day. And, now that I wouldn’t mind leaning back on the occasional fast food meal, my kids suddenly have taken everything I have tried to teach them about eating  and nutrition to heart and they tell me they don’t want that, they want the healthy food I cook for them, ;). I guess that is good, something is sticking. We all want to have some normalcy, too.

Sunday: We ate McDonald’s after coming back from a weekend trip (more on that later)

Monday: Shrimp and langostino risotto with asparagus and peas
I took my dog outside and discovered some asparagus growing in my garden! Hooray!

Tuesday: It is foursquare day, so I am meeting up with some local foursquare people at Urban Eats

Wednesday: Salmon noodle casserole, steamed broccoli
The kids love it and it is easy to make.

Thursday: Peanut Coconut Curry Chicken, brown rice/quinoa
I seem to be incapable of making plain rice or plain quinoa these days.

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: Out with a friend or leftovers

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