Sunday, July 25, 2010

The end of July... and the menu

Last week's menu was mostly successful...
I ended up making the Southwestern Layered Salad on Tuesday, buying a rotisserie chicken and serving that on Wednesday with mashed potatoes & gravy (from the fridge), Thursday was leftovers, and hubby & I had a date night on Friday because ds#3 spent the night with a friend.

So, this week, here's the plan:
Sunday~ Family dinner @ Olive Garden to celebrate my grandpa's birthday
Monday~ Taco salads
Tuesday~ Family bowling night. Frozen pizza (we haven't had it yet!!)
Wednesday~ Eggplant Parmigiana (using the ABUNDANCE of eggplant from our garden), french bread
Thursday~ All day shopping trip w/mom & sis. Bone-in chicken breasts cooked in the crock pot with cream of mushroom soup, egg noodles, cucumber salad (from our garden), biscuits
Friday~ FINALLY getting to those egg rolls, cashew chicken & rice
Saturday~Leftovers or some other creation I feel like whipping up :)

Share your menu or get some ideas at Laura's Menu Plan Monday!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July Menu #3... and preparing for back to school...

July is such a bittersweet month for me as a teacher. It marks the place in summer where I truly begin to relax and enjoy the lazy days (or at least being able to choose some things about my day!), but it also reminds me that summer is half over for me, and that back-to-school is closer than I think.


Last week's menu worked fairly well, and planning breakfast, lunch, and dinner really was a help to me. This week, I'm in a workshop from 8-5 for most of the week, which will be like practice for returning to work. So, crockpot will return to *very* active duty, and I'll do lots of prepping ahead.

Sunday~ Cookout with friends: burgers & dogs.
Monday~ Spaghetti in the crock pot (sauce, that is. Boil noodles when I come home.)
Tuesday~ Family bowling night. Either frozen pizza or out to eat
Wednesday~ Southwestern Layered salad & quesadillas
Thursday~ Pesto Chicken Pasta (pesto made with fresh basil from our garden - LOVE IT!!), cucumber salad (cukes from our garden), butterhorns
Friday~ Soup & sandwiches
Saturday~ TBA... maybe I'll get around to those egg rolls this week...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

July Menu... week 2. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

This week, I decided to plan all 3 meals each day, because we're home, eating all 3 meals. So to ensure that I've got enough groceries, and that we don't go out to eat too often, I'm planning. And I love it when a plan comes together.

Sunday~ Grits, Eggs, Bacon, and Watermelon
Roast in the crockpot, mashed potatoes, broccoli, bread
Open-faced roast beef sandwiches (using the roast from lunch)

Monday~ Pancakes w/fruit, bacon
Watermelon Feta Salad
Nachos Supreme (watching the MLB Home Run Derby)

Tuesday~ Breakfast Smoothie
Hotdogs, baked beans, Cracker Jacks (watching the MLB All-Star Game!)

Wednesday~ Breakfast Skillet, biscuits
Sub sandwiches
Tacos & quesadillas

Thursday~ Cereal with fruit
Smoked chicken & smoked sausage, baked potatoes, sliced tomatoes
(hopefully we'll have some cukes ready from the garden)

Friday~ Breakfast smoothie, pancakes, sausage
Loaded baked potatoes
Homemade egg rolls, Cashew chicken & rice

Saturday~ Eggs, sausage, fruit
Leftovers from the week
Turkey, stuffing, and whatever veggies are ripe from the garden

Monday, July 5, 2010

Is it truly July?? Menu

Wow - the first month of summer has flown by so quickly...we're into the first week of July already so I guess I better get in gear and post that menu!

Sunday~ HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY,USA!!! Fried fish (cooked by my dad), fried chicken (my first attempt), potato salad, seven layer salad, baked beans, corn on the cob. Yummmmmm!

Monday~ Hubby volunteered to grill steaks (I think he missed grilling on Sunday). So it's steak on the grill, skewered veggies (mushrooms, tomatoes, bell pepper chunks, potatoes), salad and homemade rolls. (I'm also going to have him grill some extra hotdogs for later in the week.)

Tuesday~ BLTs (using some GORGEOUS tomatoes that were given to us... our garden has not really produced any yet), chips

Wednesday~ Aussie chicken, rice, tossed salad.

Thursday~ Hotdogs, baked beans (left over from the 4th), mac'n'cheese

Friday~ Chef's Salads and bread

Saturday~ Pasta of some sort