Friday, July 14, 2017

Week 408 Menu: What We've Been Eating and Doing the Last 1.5 Months

Hi everyone! Remember me? It's been a while since I've posted a menu. I haven't posted since June 5th. It's been a nice little break. My kids were still in school until the 3rd week of June and I barely felt like cooking with all the busy-ness.

We just got back from nice trip to Utah to visit family.  We visited 22 of our favorite people (parents, siblings, nieces and nephews/cousins, etc.).  It was lots of fun and involved lots of food.  I went grocery shopping three times during the week that I was there.  One of my favorite parts of vacationing is preparing food with other people, instead of me being in the kitchen by myself.  

On the 4th of July I contributed to our BBQ by grilling up a ton of cedar-planked teryaki salmon.  It made me smile when one of my nephews only had salmon on his plate.  Not even any chips!  

We spent a few days at my dad's family cabin.  It's one of my favorite places.  It reminds me so much of my grandma.  Her old furniture is there, her dishes are in the cupboards, and the toys that I grew up with in her toy room are in the toy box.  She passed away when I was 16 and I grew up with her living right up the street from me, with a field in between us.  The cabin doesn't have electricity, or cell service (yay!).  Everything is powered by propane (fridge, heater, stove, and tiny lights) and I love it!  I love that my kids get to experience the cabin pretty much exactly how I did when I was growing up. parents, sister, sister-in-law and her cute baby came up for the day.  We whipped out 14 BBQ Chicken tinfoil dinners to cook on the fire.  We ended up having to finish some of them in the oven since 14 is a bit too many for the fire.  The coals didn't stay hot long enough since they were so spread out.  I forgot to bring honey to drizzle over the tinfoil dinners before wrapping them up, so I mixed some maple syrup with the BBQ sauce and it was delicious! 

The most special part of our trip was on Sunday when my son was able to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was his 8th birthday and we decided to let him be baptized in Utah instead of at our church in Washington so family could attend easier.  It was a really neat experience.  He is such a great kid and tries so hard to be good (most of the time) and knew exactly what it means to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  It was one of those sweet pay-off parenting days, for sure!

We got to have a big family dinner after his baptism.  My sister-in-law, Maggie, worked some magic with her Traeger smoker and made brisket and ribs.  I made funeral potatoes, spinach salad, easy crescent rolls, and Texas sheet cake for the birthday boy's cake.  We used dark chocolate cocoa for the cake it was divine!  The boys, begged for seconds, and the rest of us were sad when it was gone.   

Now that we're back at home without any cousins to play with, or family to do the dishes for me, I've been trying to do better at making dinner every night.  We're back at the grind trying to get chores done, and basically trying to get my kids to clean up after themselves.  I've been listening to the first Maisie Dobbs book while I weed my garden and do dishes and have loved it.  Check out my hashtag on instagram #jennysharesgoodreads to see what I've been reading lately.  I've been reading more lately and cleaning my bathrooms less as a result.  :)

I've been encouraging my kids to experiment in the kitchen.  It's been fun to see them make yummy things! is my menu for the week even though it's almost over.

Monday:  we drove home from Utah and ate oatmeal when we got home in the evening

Tuesday:  we had fried chicken sausage, potatoes, peppers, onions and my 8 year old made orange julius for the first time (yummy!)

Wednesday:  my 13 year old daughter made us some creamy chicken taquitos, I made salsa and my 8 year old made blueberry muffins (from a mix after he got home from basketball)

Thursday:  we had spicy honey chicken salad (lettuce, chicken, fresh corn, black beans, tomatoes, baked tortilla strips and ranch dressing)

Friday:  easy night (some of my family will be at a scout campout)

Saturday:  I'm going to grill 7up chicken to make chicken alfredo pizza with

Sunday:  Mississippi Mud pot roast, potatoes, garden veggies (green beans & zucchini & cucumbers)

Ok!  Did you get all that?  The last month and a half have been busy, busy but full of good company, hard work and yummy food.

What about you?  What are you favorite summer meals?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 407 Menu

Hi everyone!  Hope you are all enjoying June!  Here's a little peek at most of our garden.  It's starting to sprout and so fun to watch things grow.  I'm determined to stay on top of the weeds this year...hopefully that lasts all summer!  We have quail that live in our "field" where our garden is located and they like to munch on the new sprouts, so I covered them all with mesh held down with rocks.  Hope it all survives!
We still have 9 more days until school is out.  This morning I was feeling it as I made my kids' lunches for what feels like the millionth time.  Next year, they're making their own.  (I think I say that every year and my daughter is almost in 8th grade!)

Anyway...This week is a little bit busy in the evenings, so menu planning is definitely needed!

Here goes...

Monday:  chicken stirfry

Tuesday:  spaghetti

Wednesday:  beef enchiladas

Thursday:  chicken pot pie

Friday: Italian sausage and potato soup

Saturday:  try cheddar ranch burgers

Sunday:  leftovers or family's choice

That's my plan for the week.  What about you?  What's on YOUR menu this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.  

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Week 405 and 406

I'd rather be kayaking on the river, than going through piles of school work.  We've still got two more weeks of school.  I can feel summer calling....

I'm posting two menus this week...last week's and this week's. My husband was out of town last week, so that means that I am a little less organized at dinner time than usual.  I actually planned my week out on Tuesday this week, but didn't get around to posting it until now.  (Yay!)

So, here goes.  TWO week's of what we ate (or are going to eat).

Last week we ate:

Monday:  my daughter made super yummy chicken taquitos and homemade salsa

Tuesday:  cedar planked teriyaki grilled salmon, rice, broccoli

Wednesday: pizza party

Thursday: pancakes

Friday: fed the missionaries - breakfast burritos (eggs, hashbrowns, turkey sausage or bacon, cheese, homemade salsa wrapped in a tortilla) 

Saturday: leftovers

Sunday:  Asian BBQ chicken, cous cous, veggies

AND.....this week's menu:

Monday:  Memorial Day - grilled pizza

Tuesday: Swedish meatballs, steamed red potatoes, IKEA gravy and lingonberry, broccoli, green salad

Wednesday:  leftover meatballs

Thursday:  grilled chicken fajitas

Friday:  easy

Saturday: easy

Sunday:  grilled steak and sides

I'm loving the warm weather, the fresh fruit stocked in my fridge and almost every meal cooked on the grill.  Love summer!  

What about you?  What are you making/eating/planning this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 404 Menu

Hi all!  I thought I'd put off putting away my groceries a little longer, but actually posting my menu this week.  I just posted what we ACTUALLY ate last week.  It was a pretty yummy week, so check it out if you need some ideas.  

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Mine was great...full of good intentions, sweet hand-drawn cards and homemade gifts, lots of hugs and people wishing "Happy Mother's Day."  

Love these kiddos...crazy as they are.  (This wasn't yesterday...because I didn't make my kids take an obligatory Mother's Day picture...didn't want to push my luck.  Haha!)  This was last week when we ate al fresco for the first time this year.  

Menu planning time:

Monday:  we're having leftovers (so much good food in my fridge -- see THIS POST to see what we ate last week)

Wednesday:  French Dip

Thursday:  Salmon

Friday:  Grilled Flatbread Pizza

Saturday:  easy night

Sunday:  TBD - going to let my family pick, most likely grill something

That's what we're having this week.  What about you?  What are you having this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!

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Week 403 Menu: What we ACTUALLY ate

Hi there!  Just noticed that I haven't posted AT ALL in May and it's already halfway over.  The first week of May my daughter and I went on the best mother-daughter trip to see some of our favorite people from New Mexico, whom we haven't seen since we moved over two years ago.  I went to BYU Women's Conference and my daughter and her friend hung out and got spoiled by grandparents.  

Last week we were getting back into the groove of things after being gone.  I actually made dinner almost every night, but never posted my menu, so I thought I should do it know, because if I don't blog about it, then it's like it never happened.  :)

Monday:  we had breakfast burritos with homemade salsa

Tuesday:  we had sandwiches

Wednesday:  we had grilled pork chops, orzo pilaf, broccoli and fruit

Thursday:  we had turkey quinoa taco skillet (I love to eat this for lunches in taco salad form!!!)

Friday:  my family had BBQ chicken tinfoil dinners and I had the yummiest pesto margherita chicken  at Twig's with some friends at a baby shower/dinner out.  

Saturday:  pizza - I got my favorite thin crust veggie since it was practically Mother's day

Sunday:  my family helped with dinner - 7up grilled chicken, potato salad (w/out eggs since I'm a hater), my daughter made salsa, veggies, fruit and to-die-for lemon brownies

What about you?  Do you remember what you ate last week?  It's a great brain exercise to try to remember...for me at least.  :)

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