Sunday, September 27, 2009

Monday, Monday.... menu, etc.

After looking over last week's planned menu, let me just tell you that I feel like a big fat LIAR.
I did not cook anything after Tuesday. On Wednesday, my sweet grandparents provided us with an enormous dinner of a gorgeous tossed salad, rolls, burgundy beef tips and gravy over egg noodles, and bread pudding for dessert. On Thursday, we had Open House at our school, and our PTA provided dinner for the teachers. And on Friday, we had leftovers from Wednesday. Saturday, we actually did grill, but I didn't have hamburgers, so we grilled sausage, hotdogs, chicken breasts, and portobella mushrooms instead.

it has been such a blessing to have so many loved ones provide my family with meals. And it was so appropriate for me personally that Laura posted this week dealing with this very thing: Food Tidings. Check it out - very useful tool.

On to the PLAN for this week...
Sunday~ Spaghetti (sauce in the crockpot), parmesan toasts
Monday~ Orange chicken, rice, broccoli (using chicken nuggets, but borrowing the sauce from Sunny Anderson) this is a carryover from last week
Tuesday~ Breakfast for dinner (one of our faves)
Wednesday~ Hubby has class, so ds#3 and I will figure it out when we get there...
Thursday~ Tacos and Macho Nachos!
Friday~ Pampered Chef party for me; hubby & ds#3 will fend for themselves
Saturday~ Crop all day, so I'll probably throw some chili in the crock for an easy dinner when I come home

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Post-surgery menu, week two

Well, last week, I ended up only cooking on Sunday. Every other day, dinner was delivered to us - what a blessing! I was much more tired than I could have imagined after Monday's first day back to work, and a dear woman in our lives called unexpectedly to tell me she was bringing dinner. I am a blessed woman.

On to this week...
Sunday~ Chicken with mushroom gravy (cooked the crockpot), over egg noodles. This was planned for Saturday, but did not get to it, so it moved to this week.
Monday~ dinner from Apple Market, courtesy of my grandparents
Tuesday~ Pasta fagioli (crockpot- I add ground beef too)
Wednesday~ Orange chicken, rice, broccoli (using chicken nuggets, but borrowing the sauce from Sunny Anderson)
Thursday~ Open House at school. Either leftovers or drive-thru.
Friday~ Hamburgers on the grill, tossed salad, chips
Saturday~ WHEW! If everything holds together, it may be a pizza night!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Menus, recipe, and an update...

Life, as of late, has been a little crazy.
I had surgery last weekend, and I expected to bounce back and be just fine by Tuesday, and that did not happen.
Which is extremely frustrating, because my life is very busy, and there are simply some things that must be done which no one else can do.
My family, my students, and my friends have been great... but I am beyond ready to get back to normal!!
That said, I cooked today for the first time in over a week - I really cooked. And I like cooking, so it was a good day. Here is one of the recipes I made - and it is a keeper.

5 Minute Individual Potato Gratins


  • Vegetable spray
  • 2 large russet potatoes, roughly peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese (I used white cheddar)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped (I omitted, because ds#3 doesn't like)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (I used milk instead)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Spray 8 muffin tins with vegetable spray. Layer potato slices, cheese, and onions into each muffin cup. Season with salt and pepper and top each gratin with 1 or 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Cover with foil and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, removing the foil halfway through cooking time. Invert gratins onto plate and serve.

Now... the menus!
Last week's menu was at the kindness of family & friends:
Sunday~ A giant pan of a taco bake with rice, beans, corn, ground beef, and topped with cheddar cheese. Cornbread and brownies to go with!
Monday~ Leftovers
Tuesday~ Pizza
Wednesday~ Ham, potatoes au gratin, peach cobbler
Thursday~ Leftovers
Friday~ Stouffer's Lasagna, french bread
Saturday~ (I cooked!) Marinated flank steak and sausage on the grill, 5 minute individual potato gratins, Caesar salad, bread

And this week:
I'll be going back to work, so the plan is to have something in the crock pot ready so I can come home and rest a little bit before having to fool with dinner. Still a little help from family.
Sunday~ Roast with gravy in the crockpot, mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits
Monday~ Open faced sandwiches with leftovers
Tuesday~ Grandparents bring dinner: KFC (ds#3's request)
Wednesday~ Just ds#3 & me (hubby has class) so probably leftovers
Thursday~ Out to eat using hubby's gift card to Chili's
Friday~ Chicken in the crockpot with mushroom gravy, egg noodles, broccoli
Saturday~ Spaghetti

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