Monthly Archives: September 2013

Menu, week of 9/22



Last week went pretty well, menu plan-wise. We didn’t follow the plan exactly, but it was pretty close. I made something different than what was planned two nights, and it turned out that I didn’t have leftovers for Friday, so I went out with a friend instead. Of course, I did post my plan late, so I knew what I was working with for the beginning of the week, but it was still a good week.

This week we are settling into the school year routine, and I feel almost like I can handle life again. Here look, it is actually Monday when I am posting my menu plan Monday post. I did a big shopping trip to Costco, too, so we have plenty of food–thank goodness for the freezer I bought last month. I’ve only had it about a month and I already can’t imagine how I managed without it!

This week is not too crazy, unless I am forgetting something, ;). I have an event to attend during the workday that is near my house tomorrow, so I will work from home an extra day. That always helps with getting things done, especially now that I am taking a pottery class on Tuesday evenings. I don’t think I have anything else to do in the evenings this week besides that class, though–nothing that will take me out of the house, at least. There are always plenty of things to be done.

Sunday: Takeout at a friend’s house

Monday: Sirloin steak with shrimp scampi, roasted green beans and mushrooms, steamed broccoli

Tuesday: Bratwurst, spinach salad

Wednesday: Garlic Pork Roast in the slow cooker, sauteed spinach, buttered broccoli, applesauce for kids

Thursday: Bacon cheeseburger meatloaf, buttered broccoli

Friday: Pizza–meatza for me, chickpea flour crust for kids

Saturday: Leftovers

As always, lots more ideas can be found at


Menu, Week of 9/15



Last week, I hit the beginning of school wall. I thought I was doing pretty well, even with my daughter’s cheerleading injury thrown into the mix, but then a pipe burst in my kitchen sink and I ran out of energy. I did cook dinner most nights, and we got the necessities down, but no menu planning, no blog posting, and not as much Parents’ Club organizing as I would have liked.

Cute story: Saturday night, I wasn’t feeling the cooking, but I wasn’t feeling the spending money either (did I mention I had to call a plumber? so expensive!), so I just made Italian sausages. I asked the boy how that sounded and he told me he didn’t want that. Why?

“Because that’s what we have when you are in a hurry, and I like the food you cook when you really cook.”

Aww! Makes a mother and chief dinner maker proud! We ate the easy sausages Saturday, but I promised I would cook real food on Sunday, which I did. And, that was a huge success, too! I made the dish a bit less spicy than the recipe called for, but still kinda spicy, and my daughter still liked it! In fact, she has recently started to enjoy most things that I make, even if they have a sauce! (I know, that is a lot of exclamation points, but I cannot overemphasize how exciting this is! She is a plain food lover of long standing, and I hate plain foods, as a general rule.)

Sunday: Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms and Sour Cream, gnocchi for the kids

Monday: Chili, whole wheat pasta for kids

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Crackslaw

Thursday: Baked Chicken Thighs with garlic and lemon, sauteed zucchini

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: hot wings, salad

I should also add that I made this menu on Sunday, but didn’t get it posted. I thought about skipping it again and being on time next week, but I need to dive back in or I will never have any menus posted again, I am sure. Okay, that is a bit melodramatic, but the general point is true–I need to get on this now, not keep procrastinating, ;).

As always, many more menu ideas can be found at

Menu, Week of 9/1



I know it is Thursday, not Monday–it’s been a rough week.

My poor little girl was injured at cheer practice last week–on her birthday. One minute she is texting me asking if she can invite three friends along for dinner, and practically the next minute, the athletic trainer is calling to tell me to meet them at Children’s Hospital. She was back spotting a stunt, and the flyer fell and hit her in the side of the head. They put her in a brace and on a board and she was not a happy camper, let me tell you. Especially when she discovered the neck brace she has to wear for a couple of weeks means no driving test, because you have to be able to turn your head to drive. Not the best 16th birthday, huh?

Fortunately, nothing appears to be broken. The boy and I have been catering to her a bit, but she gets a bit better each day, able to do a bit more. She gets very tired, though. She is back at school today, and I expect she will be exhausted when she gets home.

I know how she feels, a bit. My neck doesn’t hurt, but I am so tired. We had family in town this weekend, and we did a bit of running around with them, plus a lot of cleaning and cooking to have everyone over on Sunday. The house did need the cleaning (still does need some, actually), so it is nice to have a lot of stuff done, but we were a bit short-handed–the girl did help, but she was limited in what she could do.

This week we are back to work and school, but we are glad to be having a shortened week!

Sunday: covered in last week’s menu–we didn’t do the burgers, beets or fries, though, and my cousin brought a fruit tray

Monday: At my aunt’s–ribs, pork tenderloin, chicken and dumplings casserole, salad, potato salad, pickled beets

Tuesday: Burgers

Wednesday: Kielbasa and cabbage

Thursday: Meatloaf, broccoli

Friday: leftovers

As always, many more ideas can be found at