Monday, October 12, 2009

Menu Plan Monday (10/12-10/18)

Last week was a struggle for me....I didn't feel like cooking and eating out sounded good. But I did what I tell my boys - I sucked it up and dealt. We didn't go out to eat, and I cooked the meals that were on the menu. The Spinach Lentil Stew was wonderful and a definite family keeper. The recipe has the room to play with it, but is delicious just the way it is too. I love recipes with versatility, and it is certainly one of those. As for the French Toast, I made a loaf of bread for dinner, and in fact, the bread was still warm when I sliced it for the French Toast! You could say it doesn't get any fresher than that! However, next time, I'll need to make sure we have two loaves of bread because we went through the whole loaf at dinner!

On Saturday I did a little "stocking up" grocery shopping. One store had ground beef on sale for $1.49/pound, so I picked up 25 pounds. I'm still working on getting it all....put away. I've made a double batch of meatballs so I can freeze them. I made chili to put in the freezer for a couple different easy dinners, and I cooked up some meat for other meals - it speeds the process up on busy nights. I still have a lot to get broke down and into the freezer, but it's a start. At another grocery store, they had a one-day sale of 50% off seafood. I took the opportunity to get some fish for David. I spent less than $20 and picked up salmon (which was on sale to begin with then 50% off! I did well there!), catfish and tilapia. I'm not a fish person, but he loves it, so this will give him the chance to still have what he likes, and I'll just cook chicken for myself those nights. Plus, I'm trying to make sure that the boys are given the opportunity to broaden their horizons in the world of food. Squash wasn't something I ate while growing up - it just wasn't served. So I picked some up and we're going to give it a try. I'm on the hunt for butternut squash, spaghetti squash and acorn squash recipes - I bet I can find some over at Orgjunkie's page!! So here is the menu for the week --->

Monday ~ Honey Mustard Chicken and roasted veggies (squash to be more specific and I found this recipe that sounds worth trying)
Tuesday ~ "Leftover Veggies" soup and rolls (we save all the veggies from other dinners and freeze them in a large ziplock. When there's enough, we make it into soup)
Wednesday ~ Tortellini (back to game nights, so meals have to be fast and easy)
Thursday ~ Meatball Subs (with the meatballs I made Sunday)
Friday ~ Creamy Pot Pie (probably made with beef this time)
Saturday ~ Homemade Pizza
Sunday ~ Zesty Hamburger Soup

I'm still hoping to get some more stuff baked and into the freezer for quick snacks or breakfast. I found this recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins that are absolutely beyond delicious - and anything pumpkin in this house is a hit, so these are a no-brainer! I also need to make another batch of granola bars since they go quickly. Any other ideas or suggestions, throw me a line!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Disney and the Beach

Sounds sorta like a Disney movie title, doesn't it?! Whatever you want to call it, we had a great time. We went with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew - and No, we weren't "crashing" the honeymoon! We were invited to go because Disneyland is way more fun with more people, as long as the "more people" are in your own party! We walked about 30 miles in the two days we were there, which might explain why my feet hurt. The kids were troopers - never complained about it, just enjoyed the opportunity to be out of school and on vacation. Kelton was tall enough to go on just about every ride he wanted to go on (except Indiana Jones). He was tall enough for Matterhorn, which he now claims to be his favorite ride. He was even tall enough for Tower of Terror....and YES! He went on it!! He came off the ride very apprehensive and saying he wasn't going to go on it again, but 10 minutes later he said it was a cool ride. He also enjoyed Thunder Mountain, even though it gave his Aunt Carie a heart attack trying to keep him in the seat during the ride! Jordan found Space Mountain this year. Last time we went to Disneyland, we couldn't get him to go on it. But this year he (begrudgingly) tried it and loved it! Here are some pictures from the trip.........

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

That pesky meal won't go away

Ok, so I've been a wee bit busy. Tired as well. I'm still trying to compose my thoughts and pictures from the wedding and Disneyland, but the house has required my immediate attention...followed by the never ending need for a menu plan. I'm trying to get back on track with the consistency of the menus (and it's execution), coupon clipping and bargain shopping. Getting back to the mission is difficult, but its always rewarding, and I'm itching for that feeling again - that "Woohoo!!" moment is addictive. Gotta start somewhere, right? Well then, here's my start - - the menu for the week........

Monday was leftover Pepperoni Chicken Pasta

Tuesday - Pulled BBQ beef over brown rice and carrots

Friday - French Toast

Saturday - Homemade Pizza

Sunday - FFA (free-for-all, AKA: leftovers/clean out the fridge)

If my ideas aren't inspiring to you, you are bound to find something over at Orgjunkie's page that will sound yummy!