Well, for a few days, I'll be blissfully cooking for a houseful of boys, listening to them wrestle with each other, playing baseball/football in the backyard, delighting in all kinds of 'boy' things.
Marine son got here on Thursday, and Airman son didn't arrive until Sunday, but that was fine!!! I swear I think my Airman has grown since I last saw him (he is just returning from deployment, so it's been a while).
Our menu was kind of topsy-turvy but we managed just fine.
Here's the plan for this week:
Sunday~ family cookout. Burgers, dogs, sausages on the grill, cucumber salad, potato salad (courtesy of my mom), homemade salsa w/chips, homemade roasted tomato dip w/pita chips, and s'mores for dessert (yummmmmmmmm!).
Monday~ busy day for everyone. We'll come home for steaks on the grill, mashed potatoes, fried okra (my big boys' fave), and salad.
Tuesday~ Airman leaves this evening. Boys are planning a fishing trip, and if all goes well, we will have fish. If not... we'll have leftovers!
Wednesday~ Marine son's last evening at home. Whatever he requests is what we'll eat.
Thursday~ back to just the three of us... perhaps some simpler fare is in order. I'm thinking flatbread pizzas will be good, with a caprese salad. Our tomatoes are gorgeous, basil's in full production, and I scored some fresh mozzarella that I'm dying to eat!
Friday~ Perhaps dinner with my dad. We have an annual tradition for Father's Day that my sis & I go out to dinner with him, and we had to put that off this year, so we're scheduled for our raincheck this weekend!
I continue to be amazed at the amount of produce that is coming from our garden. Son #3 has actually asked if he could start selling tomatoes... there are so many of them!
I found a recipe for freezing cucumbers that has proven to be a hit. I've roasted and frozen so many tomatoes that I'm sure we'll have enough for the whole winter! I've made several variations on jalapeno poppers and frozen 'empties' for later. We've made delicious salsa too.
So I'm doing my best to include as much of our bounty as I can. I'd love it if beef went on sale soon, because with hubby's eating plan, we gotta have protein.
Sunday~ HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! Hubby has requested a dinner at home of spaghetti and meatballs. We will also have the cucumbers I mentioned above. No bread, so I'll probably make some cheese crisps.
Monday~ Leftover roast (from last week), green beans and new potatoes from the garden, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Wednesday~ Hubby and I will be home alone (I know - GASP!) so we may have a date night. Out or in has yet to be decided.
Thursday~ DS#3 comes back home with Marine Son, and Airman Son will descend too. YEA! I'm planning to roast a turkey from the freezer, and have collards, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, and Swiss beans to go with it.
Friday~ I'll have a rehearsal, but we'll grill when I get home: burgers, dogs, sausages, and maybe some of our various veggies.
Saturday~ My dad & sis are involved in a local musical that we'll see, so I'm leaving things open.
My house is so excited about the release of Cars 2. Everyone, from my 10 year old son, to my 3 year old nephew, to my own father is waiting anxiously for it to come out! And the promise of a video game? Well, that's almost too sweet to take.
Here's a description of what the game promises:
Your kids' (and your) favorite characters from Radiator Springs are back in action and ready to save the world in Cars 2: The Video Game. Join the team at C.H.R.O.M.E. and jump into a whole new world of fast-paced intrigue, exotic locations and fun for the whole family without leaving the house!