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Menu Planning Monday – Week of March 8 (five work days– yikes!)

Here’s what we’re having for supper this week.

Monday – John’s going to a talk, so M and I are having scrambled eggs with cheese and ketchup (which we love!)

Tuesday – chicken fajitas, spanish rice (our pastor is coming over for dinner to discuss the baptism and the adoption), chocolate cupcakes if I’m feeling super ambitious

Wednesday – spaghetti and turkey meatballs (Wednesday is, remember, Prince Spaghetti Day, but we’ll be eating Barilla that I buy in bulk at Costco.)

Thursday – chicken pot pie (from freezer stash)

Friday – pizza picnic! (I’m really, really, REALLY going to make the dough this time.)

Saturday – we’ve got family in from out of town for Charlotte’s christening so we’ll all be going out somewhere child friendly and cheap.

Sunday – roast turkey breast with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and all of the Thanksgiving classics (a holdover from last week.)

To follow this plan, I need to go out and buy tortillas for Tuesday and nothing else– which is good, because on the eighth day of the month (i.e. today), I’ve already spent more than half of our food budget. It’s the diapers: I finally had to break down and buy some.

I plan seven suppers every week and inevitably, one night we end up eating something else. This week, I’m guessing Thursday’s plan will end up migrating to next week. Anyone else want to wager?


Menu Planning Monday – week of March 1

Here’s what we’re eating for dinner this week, the week I go back to work.  Sigh.

Monday – London broil, mashed potatoes, green beans

Tuesday – baked chicken and rice

Wednesday – spaghetti and meatballs, green salad

Thursday – BBQ pork sandwiches (pork from freezer stash)

Friday – pizza picnic (homemade or takeout TBA)

Saturday – gussied up hamburgers (there’s a local restaurant that makes burgers with prosciutto mixed up with the meat, that might be a winner or maybe cheeseburgers with carmelized onions), homemade fries, something green and healthy to counteract all the greasy wonderfulness

Sunday – roast turkey breast with mashed potatoes and veggies (Thanksgiving in March)

I’ve also learned another valuable lesson.  Despite the name, I can’t really leave the menu planning until Monday.  Future meal plans need to be written on Sunday night, as part of the weekly going back to work preparations.

Now I’m going to go make bread and eat ice cream.  Wish me luck tomorrow.  It’s just a few hours at school, but I’m really *not* looking forward to it.

Menu Planning Monday – Week of February 22

It’s my last full time week at home until April vacation. It occurs to me I should focus on double batch cooking, to freeze for future use. I’m not entirely thrilled about my return to work, but that is a post for another day.

Here’s what we are eating this week:

Monday – pasta carbonara (bumped from two weeks ago, not double-able but super easy)

Tuesday – It’s our anniversary, so we’ll be splurging on takeout Indian food.  All the joy of tikka masala without the stress of containing a toddler or finding a babysitter!

Wednesday -slow cooker brown sugar pork loin (new recipe – click here), mashed potatoes (bumped from last week)

Thursday – shepherd’ s pie.  I’ll make two and freeze one.

Friday – homemade pizza

Saturday – Buttermilk Pot Roast (click here for recipe)

Sunday – leftovers or soup and sandwiches.

So, only one easy to double recipe.  Hmmmmm.  Help me out– what do you make and freeze?

Menu Planning Monday – week of Feburary 15

Here’s what we’re having for dinner this week.

Monday – spaghetti and meat sauce, green salad

Tuesday – Thai Chicken (I have ginger root to use up)

Wednesday – breakfast for dinner (it’s Ash Wednesday, so we’re probably going to services at 7:30.  If we don’t go to services, there’s an adoptive parents meeting I want to go to.)

Thursday – sloppy joes, home made rolls (never tried to make them before, but we’ll give it a whirl!), green veggie of some nature (frozen broccoli if nothing is on sale)

Friday – homemade pizza

Saturday – slow cooker brown sugar pork loin (new recipe – click here), mashed potatoes

Sunday – TBD, potential leftover smorgasbord

I cannot rhapsodize enough about meal planning. Love, love, LOVE to plan! And we do actually eat what I plan, eventually.

If It’s Thursday, I Must Be Tired

Something bizarre is happening.  As Charlotte sleeps longer and longer at night (she’s pretty much got the swing of sleeping through the night now), I get more tired.  It must be that the hormones that allow the moms of newborns to survive on a cumulative total of six hours of sleep a week have dissipated.

Then, on top of that, Thursdays are long days here at AFTHOTW HQ.  John is at school until 7:30 and we try to eat dinner as a family upon his return.  Every other night of the week, we’re deep into the getting ready for bed mindset by that time.  On Thursdays, I try to hold Madeline off so that John can see her and we all eat together.  She’s usually a trooper about this, albeit a trooper with a little shorter fuse than usual.  Tonight, she hung in there pretty well and then after dinner, she wanted to retrieve her “heart box” (a decorated shoe box that she used at school for her valentine mail box) from the playroom. So she and John went upstairs and examined every card, every conversation heart, every sticker.  It was a mush-inducing father-daughter moment, but it meant that she wasn’t jammied-up until 8:20.  Then snuggles, a bit of a movie and we all fell asleep by 9.

I woke up 20 minutes ago.  It’s officially Friday, but in my mind it’s still Thursday. I committed to posting on Thursdays, so I’m now typing in the middle of the night when both of my kids are sleeping (therefore, I should be sleeping too!)  See my dedication?

And I emptied and reloaded the dishwasher.  I don’t really do the FlyLady thing (detail– click here) but I prefer going to bed with a clean sink.

So now, dear multitudes of readers, some updates.

Our original social worker, the one who taught our parenting class, will be doing our home study. This is good, because she likes us, but disheartening because it means that the first visit isn’t actually set. We now have to wait for her to contact us to arrange a time.  Since I am not particularly patient about such things, guess who is getting a call on Friday (the real Friday, not this middle-of-the-night, might-as-well-be-Thursday-still craziness)?

Sometimes, folks express to us that we are doing such a “good thing” by opening our home to adopt and how lucky our future adopted child will be.  This point of view is incomplete.  John and I feel that our family is not yet complete, that our boys are waiting for us out there and that they will bring as much to our family as we give to them.  Just wanted to clarify.

As per my meal plan, I made El Helper de Hambuergesa and while it was good, it wasn’t particularly Mexican.  This could be because I improvised. When I opened my jar of salsa, I found a fascinating layer of fuzzy white mold so I used extra tomato sauce, added onions, cilantro, peppers, and cumin.  I also threw in spinach, because I’m like that and I try to add in green vegetables wherever I can.

It’s still really Thursday on the west coast and I’m still really tired.  Charlotte will be up in about 5 hours, which means in about 6 hours, I’ll be taking pics and posting for Food Waste Friday.  We have a big day planned– lunch with my mother and grandmother, and then I’m getting my haircut by the one and only fabulous Jeff, who can do anything to anyone’s hair and make them look amazing. I’ve looked forward to this for months. I’ve got to go to bed.

Have a great day/night/sleep. . .

Monday Meal Planning

I’m a new convert to the glories of planning your meals in advance.  To make sure I actually do it each week, I’m going to post it here for your viewing pleasure, oh vast and glorious multitudes of my readership.  This is all about accountability for me.  I’m not purporting any nutritional or gastronomic expertise.

Monday – spinach salad with grilled chicken, fresh bread (better get started on that as soon as I’m done posting here)

Tuesday – steak tips, crash hot potatoes (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/crash-hot-potatoes ), fresh broccoli

Wednesday – chicken tortilla soup (http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2009/10/easy-frugal-cooking-tortilla-soup ), cornbread

Thursday – spinach quiche (and/or broccoli, depending on what I have left to use), fruit salad of some nature

Friday – pizza

Saturday – TBD, I can’t think that far ahead. . .

Hey, five days in advance is a good lead time!