Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Week-After-Thanksgiving menu... and here comes December

Last week's menu worked pretty well -
Friday was amended slightly (we had Pasta Fagioli soup in the crock) and Saturday was a family seafood fest...but other than that, it went according to plan.

This week, as usual, we'll be busy, and it'll be cold, so here's a hearty menu to go with the weather.

Sunday~ beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, gravy with mushrooms, swiss beans
Monday~ I had planned ravioli, but it's supposed to rain. We'll have leftover Pasta Fagioli instead.
Tuesday~ ds#3 begins a new baseball clinic every Tuesday evening. We'll make it quick with Cole's Ravioli Dinner, which I scored for a whopping $3.99.
Wednesday~ BBQ chicken in the crock pot (only with bone-in chicken breasts), mac'n'cheese, baked beans in the mini-crock, and cornbread
Thursday~ Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles (using up some leftover sweet potatoes), eggs, bacon
Friday~ Red Beans & Rice with sausage
Saturday~ we didn't have enough leftover turkey for sandwiches, so hubby is requesting a turkey! It'll be roast turkey with stuffing & gravy, and hopefully a salad from the lettuce growing in our raised beds!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Week Menu

I have so many emotions running through me ...
  • This weekend marked the one-year anniversary of my grandfather's passing. There are some days when the grief still overwhelms me, but I am thankful that he is no longer shackled by a weak and sickened body; his soul is now free.
  • My second son is across the ocean in a foreign country. Last Thanksgiving, it was son #1, the Marine. Will I ever get used to being a military mom?
My Marine will, however, be home this year. And my (not-so-) baby boy is still here... he's only 10 - we've got a few more years with him. And my man... my husband... he is such a constant: faithful, steadfast, strong for me. For these things, I am extremely thankful.

On to the menu.
Last week, we failed miserably. But I did have a plan, as I will this week. We'll see how it goes. :)

Sunday~ Loaded baked potatoes, soup
Monday~ Tacos & burritos (ds#3's request)
Tuesday~ Pizza (from the freezer - also ds#3's request)
Wednesday~ LEFTOVERS... gotta clean out and make room for the Thanksgiving goodies!
Thursday~ Happy Thanksgiving! So much food it makes my stomach hurt just to think of it: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rice & gravy, sweet potato casserole (a lot like this), swiss beans, ambrosia, my Grandfather's cucumber salad (similar to this one). For dessert: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple cherry pie. Maybe some brownies for the kiddos. Whew.
Friday~ Mom, sis & I have a Black Friday shopping tradition. My dad is making us Hot Browns after the shop.
Saturday~ Who knows.... some remake of leftovers or maybe just turkey sandwiches. :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

November Menu #3

We have a plan so that there's something in place...
so that we aren't subject to the whims of the day...
so that we don't break the bank going out to eat.

That said, we did not do such a terrific job of FOLLOWING the plan last week!
Wednesday, we ended up with leftovers (which was fine, because there were plenty); Thursday, hubby & I went out because ds#3 was at a local airshow with my dad & brother; Friday, we had spaghetti, and Saturday was out to dinner for my brother-in-law's birthday.

So here's to a new week, and a new plan.

Sunday~ Turkey (Publix has them on sale for .59/lb, which is the cheapest I've seen in a while), stuffing, homemade gravy, butternut squash gratin
Monday~ Open-faced turkey sandwiches (use leftover turkey & gravy), chips
Tuesday~ French onion soup, grilled cheese sandwiches
Wednesday~ Red beans & rice (that we didn't eat last week)
Thursday~ Dear Son has a musical at school - we'll go out to eat afterward
Friday~ Pizza from the freezer
Saturday~ TBA... probably leftovers or something simple to clean out the fridge in preparation for next week!

What's cookin' in your casa?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

November Menu #2

Time is marching on. What a busy week last week... this week will be no different. I'll have late rehearsals and a district-wide performance, while hubby prepares for a workday with his History Club this weekend. I want to do something special for Veterans Day on Thursday, but haven't decided quite what.

Here's what's cookin'... or at least the PLAN for what we'll cook!

Sunday~ Tacos
Monday~ Chili in the crockpot (using leftover taco meat), with macaroni, homemade rolls
Tuesday~ Fend For Yourself. Ds#3 has to bowl, and I've got a concert.
Wednesday~ Breakfast for dinner. Grits, sausage, eggs. Yum.
Thursday~ HOLIDAY - Thank a Vet!!! Perhaps a cookout with the fam.
Friday~ Red beans & rice with sausage.
Saturday~ Eggplant parmesan. Froze the breaded eggplant when our garden was in full swing. Now to make good use of it!

We all participated in our first 5K this weekend, and I'm very proud of us! We hope to make this a more frequent event. :)

Have a wonderful week -