Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Menu #3

I got a ton of ideas listening to the fabulous women at The Mom Conference this week!  One idea was to plan theme nights for dinner, like:
*Comfort Food night
*Italian night
*Meatless or Breakfast
*Mexican night
*Pizza night
*Grill night
*Tradition night
I love the idea of having comfort food on Monday night because after that day back to work, who doesn't want a good comfort food dinner???  That said, here's our plan for the week:
Sunday~ Caesar salad w/ steak (leftover from the grill on Saturday) for lunch, Spaghetti for dinner
Monday~ Roast turkey, stuffing, green beans, Swiss chard (I ordered an organic turkey from our local farmers this week, so I roasted it on Sunday and we'll eat on Monday)
Tuesday~ Grilled steak, roasted potatoes, salad (Hubs found a sale on steak and he decided he *needed* some red meat!!)
Wednesday~ Breakfast for dinner - pancakes & bacon with fruit smoothies
Thursday~ Leftovers
Friday~ GOOD FRIDAY.  This is a day that my mom, sister & I traditionally have lunch out and spend the day together.  We are also contemplating going to the beach for a Good Friday service.  This means that dinner needs to be something simple and easy.  Chef Salads & Sandwiches.
Saturday~ Open-faced turkey sandwiches with mashed potatoes and sauteed chard.

On Easter Sunday, we'll eat at my parents' house - we're having fish  In the words of my father, "That's what Jesus ate."  But I doubt he ate it fried with cheese grits, and baked beans, which is how we're eating it!!

Our garden is prepped and ready for our sprouts.  We are so excited to get these awesome veggies into the ground!
Tomatoes... we love tomatoes!

Cabbage, Squash, Zucchini, Okra, Cucumbers, Broccoli... yum!

Eggplant, Bell Peppers, Heirloom tomatoes, Jalapenos, etc...

Herbs!  Rosemary, Thyme, Dill, Parsley, Basil, Oregano

Beautiful blueberries...gorgeous!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Full swing into April! Menu #2

April has come in like a lion... with lots of showers!  Which is great for the sprouts getting ready for the garden...

I love our big backyard garden.  Last year, we went to Hawaii to visit Marine Son who is stationed there, so just as it was getting in full swing, we left for 10 days.  This year, we'll be at home.  I can't wait to see those green things growing!

In the meantime, our Swiss chard and herbs are doing great.

My thyme is flowering, which is something that's never happened before - it's so pretty!

And here's the menu plan:
Sunday~ Bourbon chicken (which has no bourbon), rice, green beans.  Yum!
Monday~ Leftover spaghetti from Saturday
Tuesday~ Pancakes
Wednesday~ Beef tips w/ gravy, egg noodles, green beans
Thursday~ Nachos made with leftover chili
Friday~ Hot Dogs, homemade baked beans
Saturday~ TBD
Hubs is on meds for a bronchial infection, and ds#3 is dealing with sinus issues.  Here's hoping everyone is better for the weekend!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's April!

April is here!
We've begun planting in the garden and check every day for sprouts coming up.  It's a fun time watching everything grow.
Baseball is back.
This makes my man very happy.

So what are we eating this week?
Sunday~ Burgers on the grill, homemade baked beans, homemade potato salad
Monday~ Sticky chicken, leftover baked beans, leftover potato salad
Tuesday~ Roast in the crockpot, mashed potatoes, sauteed Swiss chard from the garden
Wednesday~ Leftovers - chicken or beef.  What's your fancy?
Thursday~ Ds declared that he wanted chili after he healed from his tonsillectomy.  Today's the day.
Friday~ Ham slices (frozen from the Honey Baked Ham that my mom brought us while the guys were recovering from surgery), the last of the potato salad, sauteed chard
Saturday~ to be determined... :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

March's last menu and post-op week 2

I'm glad to say that my husband came through his surgery with flying colors.  He's feeling great and able to do just about anything he wants (except lift heavy objects...he's got a couple more weeks' restriction on that).

My son's recovery from his tonsillectomy has been more eventful.  But he is feeling considerably better, for which we are all thankful!  It's been a bumpy road - one we were not quite prepared for - but we are hoping that he will be much healthier and that our days of so many infections are behind us!

We were blessed with so much food last week that I've hardly done any cooking at all.  Friends and family literally showered us with lunch or dinner every day, and it was such a blessing in the midst of pain meds and no sleep!  This week, I'm trying to repurpose some of that food, and come up with soft-on-the-throat meals so my boy can begin to eat normal food again.  (Honestly, ice cream gets pretty boring after a few days.)

Sunday~ Sandwiches on homemade bread.  Hubs had Honey Baked Ham and sliced tomatoes on his, and ds#3 had creamy peanut butter and strawberry jam - woo hoo!!!  (This is a huge jump from mashed potatoes!)

For the rest of the week, I'm not going to assign meals to a specific day - I'm just going to make a list, and whatever ds feels like he can eat, that's what we'll have.

*Melissa D'Arabian's Potato Torte, using leftover ham, salad or sauteed Swiss Chard from our backyard garden
*Pancakes, Fruit smoothies
*Burrito bar (with ground beef or chicken - chicken is leftover from a meal brought to us), Mexican rice, homemade refried beans
*Leftover lasagna, salad
*Sandwiches (homemade bread is easy for ds to eat)

That should get us to the weekend.  Ds has requested chili, and if his throat is well enough, we'll give it a try!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

March Menus and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This is the happiest thing I've seen all week.
Blueberry bush in bloom
It gives me hope that spring is actually on the way!
We've had crazy weather, jumping from temps in the 70s, then plummeting into the 30s and 40s.  We've not planted anything in our garden yet because we keep having frosts/freezes!  This week is Spring Break, so hopefully as my guys recuperate from surgery, we'll be able to get outside a little.

Which brings me to the next part of our saga.
On Thursday, hubby had his gall bladder removed.
On Friday, son #3 had his tonsils and adenoids removed.
On Saturday, son #2 stopped in on his way to Denver to start a new job - he is no longer my 'Airman Son'!
I feel a little bit like I've been thrown back to the newborn days when I had to get up every 2-3 hours to feed my wee one... only this time, I don't get to enjoy new baby smell and cuddles and coos, I'm just giving pain meds and checking to make sure everyone is getting a little rest.
Thankfully, we have been blessed with lots of visits and help from family and friends.
My sweet boy in the recovery room...the nurse said he was 'perfect'!
Sunday~ Rotisserie chicken, haricots vert (courtesy of my grandparents) along with mashed potatoes (courtesy of my mom).
Monday~ Friends from school are bringing soup and ice cream (for the tonsil patient)
Tuesday~ Sliced turkey from HoneyBaked Ham.  Not sure what else to go with (courtesy of my parents)
Wednesday~ I'm hopeful that by this point, hubs will feel almost normal.  I'm expecting more soreness from ds#3, although I hope it tapers off.  I'm thinking I may have to start cooking again at this point ;)
Thursday, Friday & Saturday~ the appetites of my patients will dictate the menu.  Nothing too spicy for hubs, nothing too textural for ds#3.
I'd love for you to share any experience with meals for tonsil recovery!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March Menu Madness

Wow... it's March.
My last post was the end of January - that should tell you how crazy life has been!
My guys have been sick, really sick.  They are both having minor surgery at the end of this week.
I had to prepare my own choir, and organize our district Music Performance Assessment.
We hired a new guy at work.  Which is great to have a pair of hands to help, but also requires more details on what to do each day.
So.  Now it's March.
And this week?
Well, it's pretty busy too.

Sunday~ lead worship at church.  Out to lunch after with friends.  Burgers on the grill for dinner.  Hubs will also grill a beef tenderloin for dinner on Monday.
Monday~ Beef tenderloin that was grilled Sunday, mashed potatoes, sauteed swiss chard
No garden yet, but our swiss chard in pots is doing great!

Tuesday~ daytime performances at school.  Bourbon chicken (which has no bourbon in it), rice, broccoli (from last spring's garden, in the freezer)
Wednesday~ afternoon performance at school. Either leftover pizza from pizza party at school, or spaghetti.
Thursday~ Hubs is having his gall bladder removed.  Ds will still go to school, and I'll figure out what's for dinner based on how my husband feels.  Chicken soup is my back-up plan.
Friday~ Ds#3 is having tonsils & adenoids out.  Dinner is waaaaaaayyyyyy down on the list of importance... but I know at some point we will eat something.... probably more soup.  We are equipped with plenty of ice cream for ds.
Saturday~ I am not planning anything specific for today - both my guys will be recovering, and ds#2 is due in tonight.  I will come up with something.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The last menu of January and some fun freebies!

Well, I think we're officially finished with the pantry challenge.  I was forced to go grocery shopping this weekend, so I guess we'll call it done.  All in all, I have learned that we do a decent job of using up leftovers and rotating goods in the freezer and in the pantry.  Occasionally we have leftovers that go to the refrigerator to die... that is, they never get used up.  I am going to try to keep up with that a little better.

I had already mapped out menus for the month, so I'm listing here what was planned, and noting changes that will likely occur...

Sunday, 26 - Pasta fagioli we had soup & sandwiches for lunch, and went out for a family birthday celebration
Monday, 27 - Breakfast for Dinner Spaghetti!
We are out of school for two days with the possibility of SNOW.  This is a big deal in a city that is better known for hurricanes than flurries!  And this will likely bring some changes to the menu.  We shall see...
Tuesday, 28 - Loaded Nachos (using leftover taco meat from Saturday)
Wednesday, 29 - Farfalle with sausage, tomatoes and cream (or maybe just tossed with some veg for Mom) I'm not sure what will happen on Wed - hubs has a medical procedure and we are both taking the day off.  I'll see how he feels and we'll adjust.
Thursday, 30 - Leftovers or frozen pizza
Friday, 31 - WE MADE IT!  OUT TO EAT!!!!! 

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On another note... I love FUN mail.  I especially love it when I get freebies in the mail.  This week, we are snacking on some of those freebies!!!!
I'm a BzzAgent and got an exciting package to open.  (My son couldn't wait to open it either.)

Inside, we found two full-size boxes of Fiber One Meal Bars.  Now I've eaten Fiber One Bars in the past.  Loved them.  Felt like I was eating a healthy candy bar.  However, these were advertised as "Meal Bars".  I'm not usually into meal replacements so I'll admit I was skeptical.  My son was the first to try a Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar...for breakfast.  HE LOVED IT.  This is a big deal, because my son is picky about breakfast - sometimes he wakes with an upset stomach and is pretty fussy about what he will eat.  This was perfect for him!

Next, I tried the Strawberry Greek Yogurt bar.  I love strawberries, and I love yogurt.  And I usually eat both for breakfast, either with granola or in a smoothie.  But I was running late, so I grabbed the Fiber One bar.  It's 190 calories - not too bad - and I took a bite.  Yummy!  I could taste the strawberries, and the yogurt coating made me feel like I was having a treat.  Great for rushed mornings or something on the go!

What do you do for a quick breakfast?