Sunday, December 26, 2010

Getting ready for January... Menu!

Christmas was delightful!
So much fun with my boys and my family... food, presents, laughter... it really was wonderful.

Now this week while we're enjoying the last bit of vacation, it'll be organizational time for me. I will go through our files and get our paperwork in order to do taxes, as well as plan out a menu for the whole month. After all the presents we've bought in January, and college tuition due for hubby's graduate class, we'll need to count our pennies a little more carefully. ;)

This week:
(my brother & his girls are due in sometime this week, so one evening may be scrapped to have dinner with them.)
Sunday~ lunch at my parents' house - yummy leftovers from Christmas Day's dinner!
Monday~ Jambalaya (using ham from our Christmas dinner)
Tuesday~ Black & bleu salad (using flank steak leftover from last week)
Wednesday~ Sticky chicken, mashed potatoes, field peas
Thursday~ Ham & cheese in puff pastry, green salad
Friday~ New Year's Eve... menu TBA
Saturday~ Happy New Year!!! Probably Mexican (tacos, nachos, cheesy dipping things!)

January's menu looks like this:
3~ Red beans & rice
4~ Pasta with mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese
5~ Pasta fagioli, garlic bread
6~ Cashew chicken, rice, broccoli, mandarin oranges
7~ Eggs, grits, bacon, biscuits
8~ Loaded baked potatoes

9~ Turkey (bought at Publix when they were .59/lb - didn't have turkey for Christmas, so we'll be okay with this meal!), stuffing, Swiss beans or peas
10~ Turkey sandwiches
11~ Spaghetti and stuffed peppers (this has been on the menu several times, but we've yet to get to it)
12~ Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
13-15~ Mom's at a conference out of town, so the guys will fend for themselves!

16~ Ham & beans, cornbread, green salad
17~ MLK Holiday... possibly something on the grill
18~ Cole's Ravioli dinner (only cost me $3!!!)
19~ Chicken noodle soup & bacon sandwiches (a slightly healthier version...)
20~ Stuffed eggplant with tomato sauce (frozen this summer when we had eggplant coming out our ears!), spaghetti noodles
21~ Waffles, sausage, fruit
22~ Sticky chicken, baked potatoes, peas

23~ Roast in the crockpot, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, salad, rolls
24~ Open faced roast beef sandwiches
25~ Leftovers
26~ Chili mac
27~ Ham slices (wrapped and frozen from Christmas dinner), mac 'n' cheese, biscuits, peas
28~ OUT! :)
29~ Lasagna, tossed salad, garlic bread

The rest of the month will be planned at that time. :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas is coming; the goose is getting fat! Menu

I can't believe that Christmas will be here this week.
It seems like I've just blinked my eyes, and now it's here.
So what are we eating this week?
Here's our plan:
Sunday~ roast & gravy in the crockpot, served over mashed potatoes
Tuesday~ Marine Son comes home. His request: marinated flank steak (from "Once A Month Cooking"), mashed potatoes, Swiss beans, and our 'Happy Birthday Jesus' cake which is traditionally chocolate!
Wednesday~ Tacos & burritos
Thursday~ our traditional celebration with my grandparents. We'll go out to eat and then back to their house for presents and dessert.
Friday~ a quiet Christmas Eve at home - pizza or lasagna
Saturday~ CHRISTMAS!!!! Honeybaked Ham, roasted potatoes, more Swiss beans (because son #1 loves them), possibly mac 'n' cheese, rolls, and desserts.
Sunday~ Christmas at my parents' house... menu to be determined!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December! Menu Monday

We did a pretty good job of following the menu last week. On Saturday, hubby & I decided to go to a Christmas party for work, so ds#3 spent the night with the grandparents, and I did not have to cook. That menu will roll over to this weekend.

The plan:
Sunday~ Beef tips & gravy, sauteed mushrooms, egg noodles, swiss beans, rolls
Monday~ I will be setting up for a concert. Dh & ds#3 will go shopping, so it's every man for himself.
Tuesday~ Concert night for me, and baseball for ds#3. Another FFYS.
Wednesday~ Chili mac at hubby's request.
Thursday~ Roast with gravy and mashed potatoes.
Friday~ Stuffed peppers (from this summer - I harvested, assembled, and froze when the peppers were ripe off the plant) and spaghetti
Saturday~ the turkey dinner that did not happen last week!