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Menu, Week of 4/13



It is spring cleaning time. My kids are not happy with me, because I made a schedule with tasks for every day. I don’t know what they are complaining about, though, because they get a break when they go to their dad’s house! I have tasks every single day!

Mostly I am trying to get rid of as many things as possible. We are in no danger of being on the show Hoarders, but we do have way too many things. I am a big contributor to this problem, I know. I have so much trouble getting rid of books and yarn. I am making an effort with the books–I have a pile of books that I have never read that I have to give one more chance, and if I don’t like them, I have to get rid of them. I am trying to use up at least some of the yarn I have before buying more. These are fairly long-term projects, though.

For the rest of the house, we are getting rid of whatever we can. Clothes purged. Old toys donated. Papers recycled. It is helping, some. We need to get rid of a lot more, though. At least I can remove one decision from my days: I have a dinner plan.

Sunday: Out to dinner with a gift certificatebratwurst

Monday: Breaded pork chops with mustard sauce, fried cabbage and pancetta, buttered broccoli

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Bratwurst

Thursday: Seafood Alfredo with zucchini noodles

Friday: One skillet paleo dinner

Saturday: Doro Wat, made with chicken thighs rather than drumsticks

As always, lots more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com


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

See a lot more menu ideas at orgjunkie.com