Sunday, May 3, 2015

May's Menu...and the end of middle school...

This is a bittersweet time - our youngest son is finishing his time in middle school.  With his older brothers, we were READY to get them out of middle school, but because Hubs & I have both been privileged to have our boy in our classes (a rarity, but we are the only ones who teach our subjects at our school) it's a little different.  This weekend, he had his last dance for middle school, and we chaperoned.  We got to see our students all dressed up, and it was more than a bit sad to see our boy SHAVE for the first time and get dressed for this dance.  No pics - he kept hiding - but the memories are precious.

As for our week, it will be a busy one!!
Sunday~ Hawaiian chicken with rice and broccoli (half a sweet potato instead of rice for me)
Monday~ Concert tonight.  I'll eat when I get home.  Something.  At some time.  Ds will be with me, helping set up.  The kids will have pizza beforehand.
Tuesday~ Concert #2.  Same.
Wednesday~ A night at home.  HoneyBaked Ham and Turkey.  Easy peasy.
Thursday~ Some sort of leftovers at the house and there are lots - ham/turkey, chicken, twice baked potatoes, lasagna.  Take your pick.
Friday~ I have a meeting about an hour away.  The boys will fend for themselves.  They'll come up with something.  I'll provide options... and they'll probably go out to eat.  :)
Saturday~ The day that my mom, sis, grandmother & I celebrate Mother's Day together.  We will probably eat lunch out, and return home just before dinner.

Our garden is coming along nicely - I picked these babies on Saturday!  There aren't enough to make anything yet, so I'll freeze them until more ripen... I see a blueberry cobbler in our future.

We also picked a handful of green beans, and one ripe cherry tomato.  So exciting!!

Share what's cookin' in your casa at Menu Plan Monday.

Monday, April 27, 2015

April Showers... and our menu

Boy, has the rain been coming in the last two weeks, and we're in for more rain this week! I can't wait to see those May flowers. :)
It's been good for the garden; see these beauties I picked this weekend?

We've had kale chips and Swiss chard galore.  Our cherry tomatoes have tiny green babies on them.  I love our garden!

Hubs has been sick for the past several days - brought on, I suspect, by stress and POLLEN.  Oh my word - it's everywhere.  Even people who don't normally deal with allergies have had issues with it.  So when I got a BzzKit from BzzAgent for a free coupon for Red Baron Brick Oven Pizza, I knew my man would enjoy it.  (Because, you know, as my 14 year old says, when you're sick, you want what you want.)

Sunday, ds & I went to church and Hubs stayed home.  We picked up our free pizza on the way back - we couldn't decide which one, so we got two!

The guys decided they liked the three meat AND the cheese pizza equally.  The flavor was good ('but not really "BRICK OVEN" pizza like a restaurant' said my pizza-picky husband.  'But it's still good.')  It was a quick and easy lunch; they easily polished off the two pizzas (I had a salad!).  I also gave my sister a coupon and she was thrilled.  I'm curious to hear her experience - to see if her boys liked it as well as mine did.

Here's the plan for the rest of this week:
Monday ~ leftover roast and mashed potatoes with broccoli
Tuesday ~ Taco salad and macho nachos
Wednesday ~ Hubs' last night of bowling; ds & I will fend for ourselves....
Thursday ~ baked chicken with savoy cabbage (from our garden - this is an experiment!!), twice-baked potatoes
Friday ~ out to dinner.  Payday! :)
Saturday ~ Ds#3's last dance of middle school... lots of buddies coming over for pizza beforehand

Hope you have a great week... stop by Menu Plan Monday to get more menu inspiration!

Monday, April 6, 2015

April has arrived!

Well, we have eaten just fine the past month... ;)
I've just been so crazy busy that I haven't had time to post.
Even last week, when we were on Spring Break, we started the week with a funeral for a former student, so there was no time to post then.  We were also very busy getting our sprouts into the garden.

It doesn't look like it's going to slow down anytime soon, so I guess I'll just have to put my big girl pants on, and deal.

So here's the plan for the week:
Sunday~ dinner with the fam at the parents' house - grilled fish, chicken, roasted tenderloin, potato salad, broccoli salad, cheese & cracker salad (a family recipe), cucumber salad, baked beans, deviled eggs, greens (from our garden - but Mom cooked them).  For dessert, homemade macaroons dipped in chocolate, strawberry cake, and apple-cherry pie.  Yeah, no one went hungry.
Monday~ a MUCH simpler meal of 'macho nachos' - taco meat & all the trimmings with tortilla chips.
Tuesday~ leftover chicken and beef from my parents' feast, greens that *I'm* cooking in the crockpot, twice-baked potatoes.
Wednesday~ Hubs bowls; Fend For YourSelf (FFYS)
Thursday~  Burgers (on the grill pan), oven fries or leftover potato salad from Sunday's feast, and something green.
Friday~ Hawaiian chicken with broccoli and rice
Saturday~ TBA.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March Madness Menu

Well, the first two weeks of March can only be described as crazy in our house.  But hopefully it's subsided a little.
Hubs pulled his hamstring in a rousing kickball game.  Then he could hardly walk.
Last week, I took my choirs to their annual Music Performance Assessment, and then to see "The Pirates of Penzance".  And, of course, there was testing.  I won't get started on that rant.




Kale and swiss chard




Savoy cabbage and collards
Our greens are exploding - we've got collards, savoy cabbage (the heads are just beginning to form), kale, and swiss chard.








 And Hubs has bunches of seedlings that are sprouting like crazy.
green beans, various tomatoes and peppers
Not pictured: broccoli, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes.

Meanwhile, the household's got to eat.  So here's our plan for this week:
Sunday~ Ham slices, twice baked potatoes (sweet potato for me), collard greens (for hubs) and swiss chard (for ds & me).  Collards are too strong for me; however, our garden is bursting with greens, so we'll go with swiss chard.  Or maybe kale.
Monday~ Taco salads
Tuesday~ Crockpot day.  Bone-in chicken breasts (seasoned rotisserie-style), mashed potatoes, collards and/or broccoli.
Wednesday~ bowling night for hubs.  Leftovers.
Thursday~ Breakfast for dinner: eggs, ham, apples, blueberries, bananas (or fruit salad, maybe??)
Friday~ Leftovers or out to eat.
Saturday~ TBA... maybe something on the grill if the weather's nice.  It's been so dreary - gray and rainy.


Monday, March 2, 2015

And now it's March.

I am so far behind.
Sigh.
It's been a month since I last posted a menu; you can be sure we've eaten, but I have been so crazy busy that I haven't even bothered to try to post.

Here's our Valentine's Table and the highlight of the month for me - chocolate covered strawberries lovingly made by my darling husband.






So now here we are, the first Monday of March.

Sunday~ out after a two-day bowling tournament.  We all earned it.
Monday~ chili in the crockpot.
Tuesday~ Roast in the crockpot, leftover mashed potatoes, broccoli, and perhaps a salad.
Wednesday~ Hubs bowls. Leftovers/Fend For Yourself
Thursday~ some kind of chicken...
Friday~ Oh my goodness, I can't even bear to think about it... I'd like to do burgers...
Saturday~ Hawaiian chicken (Hubby's new favorite chicken dish), rice and broccoli






Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy February! Here's our menu...

Happy February!
Wow, I was really glad to see it arrive.  Our last paycheck was December 19th, so we were MIGHTY glad to see payday roll around! :)
We did a pantry challenge in January, which definitely helped us save some money.  Our freezer is pretty empty, as is our pantry, so I will be watching for sales to replenish our stores.  Is anyone else amazed at how expensive groceries are???

Here's our plan for this week:
Sunday~ celebrating my sister's birthday with a family dinner.  Then appetizers for the Super Bowl - cheese sticks, mushrooms, chicken tenders, and nachos.  Not healthy, but fun food.
Monday~ It's supposed to get cold again.  Beef vegetable soup.
Tuesday~ Greek chicken with Greek coleslaw.  You cannot imagine how delicious the addition of feta is in this refreshing salad.  Delish!!!
Wednesday~ hubs bowls.  Leftovers for ds#3 and me.
Thursday~ Perhaps out to dinner with a friend.
Friday~ Beef ribs, leftover coleslaw.
Saturday~ my nephew's birthday party... probably hot dogs ;)


Monday, January 26, 2015

What we're eating during the Pantry Challenge - week #4

It's the last week of the Pantry Challenge.

January 25 -
Breakfast: ds#3 spent the night with a friend.  Hubs had eggs & bacon, and I had an apple.
Lunch: we took ds#3 & his buddy out to lunch after church.
Dinner: we had tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.  Easy peasy.

January 26 -
I have a workshop today.
Breakfast: ds#3 had a super duper milkshake with ice cubes, coconut milk, cocoa powder, vitamin C powder, and a little honey.  Hubs had monkey salad, eggs, and bacon.  I had water.  I had an apple when I got to my workshop.
Lunch: Hubs had Hawaiian chicken in his lunchbox (I still can't believe how much he likes this dish!!!).  Ds#3 had turkey roll-ups, tortilla chips, homemade mini-larabars, and homemade trail mix with cashews, pecans, and chocolate chips.  I went out with my colleagues.  The leftovers from my lunch (a chicken quesadilla) will be ds#3's lunch tomorrow!!!
Dinner: I decided that nachos would be a good Monday comfort meal.  I browned our last pound of ground beef, diced some tomatoes (we're out of salsa), and melted some cheese.  They were delicious.  Hubs had a slice of apple pie for dessert (that I baked on Saturday), and ds wanted something sweet too... so I went on the hunt.  I found a recipe for chocolate pudding - coconut cream, white chocolate chips (because I didn't have any other kind), a little honey, cocoa powder, the very last of the peanut butter, and some ground chia seeds.  All blended together and chilled.  Ds#3 ate two bowls before it was even cold.

January 27 -
Breakfast: hubs requested pancakes. Ds#3 was not hungry.  I had an apple.
Lunch: Hawaiian chicken for hubs (I made more rice); my leftover chicken quesadilla with tortilla chips for ds.  I had a salad with leftover turkey and cranberries.
Dinner: Hubs stayed late after school today.  We had turkey open-faced sandwiches: I reheated some turkey stock (after cooking the carcass in the crock pot) and thickened it up for a pan gravy.  Then I put slices of the turkey in the gravy to heat up, with a few sliced mushrooms, and served it over gluten-free bread that I grilled in a pan.  A tossed salad alongside and everyone was content.

January 28 -
Pickin's are gettin' slim.
Breakfast: I made a bacon-broccoli quiche and hubs decided he wanted some for breakfast, so he had that with the single leftover pancake and a fried egg.  Ds#3 did not like the quiche. Sigh. :/ So I finished his piece of quiche and we headed to school.
Lunch: The very last of the Hawaiian chicken with rice for Hubs; ds#3 had tortilla chips with cheese, a small tossed salad, larabars and trail mix.  I had a salad again.
Dinner: Bowling night for Hubs, so he went out with his bowling team.  Ds#3 & I had baked potatoes - his was a russet potato topped with bacon, cheese, butter, and sour cream.  Mine was a sweet potato with butter, bacon, and Swiss chard from the garden.
Snack: Ds asked for something sweet, so I went on the hunt.  Not a lot to bake with, but I found a pumpkin roll in the freezer that had been given to us at Christmas.  He loved it.

January 29 -
I feel like Old Mother Hubbard... and the boys are noticing.
Breakfast: Hubs requested pancakes again.  And the last of the bacon.  Ds ate a slice of pumpkin roll from last night. I did not eat.
Lunch: I made Hubs a big tossed salad with turkey chunks, feta, pecans and cranberries (he loved it).  Ds had tortilla chips & cheese, salad, and a slice of pumpkin roll.  I had a salad.
Dinner: A friend that I grew up with came into town, and asked if she could see my family and me.  So my mom, sis, nephews, ds#3 & me met her at Chick-fil-A.  Mom bought dinner for everyone and I got something to go for Hubs, who was working late.  This was really nice because I am totally out of ideas.

January 30 -
The challenge has ended.  And payday has come.  HALLELUJAH.
January is a L-O-N-G month.... not only does it have five weeks, but we also receive our paycheck before we get out of school in December, so by the time we get paid again, it's been 7 weeks.  We made it.  WHEW.
Breakfast: For Hubs, the last pancake with quiche (two pieces) & fried egg.  Pumpkin roll for ds.  Chick-fil-A nuggets for me after I went to the credit union.
Lunch: The guys were participating in a special event at school today, and they had pizza.  I had a small salad and fruit.
Dinner: I had already determined I was going to the grocery store immediately after school because there was nothing (or almost nothing) in the house to cook.  I picked up a chicken tenders tray and brought it home - this will provide SEVERAL meals/snacks for us so it was still a better deal than going out to eat.

And we are done. :)