Friday, August 19, 2016

Week 374 Menu: Yellowstone and Mount Rainier!!!

Hi there!  Wowzers, it has been a busy month!  Or actually busy two months.  Or maybe just a busy life...Anyway, the last few weeks have been super fun.  We've had lots of family come visit (which I love because I get to make and buy yummy food) and we get to pretend like we're on vacation along with our visitors. 

We went to Mount Rainier National Park a few weeks ago for the first time.  It was beautiful, even though it was raining and we didn't see Mount Rainier.  I can't wait to go back!

A few days later I drove with the kiddos to Island Park, ID (without my hubby who needed to work) to spend a few days with my sisters and parents and cute nieces and nephews. We missed my little brother and his wife. It was our first time vacationing together as adults. It was a super fun time floating the river and taking my kids to Yellowstone for their first time. We even saw a bear when we were leaving Island Park (it ran across the road right in front of us), so the kids were happy!
A few weeks ago we went hiking in Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge to Punchbowl Falls.  Beautiful!  I think I posted about this hike in my last menu post...

I've loved seeing all the amazing places around. I'm excited to get out and explore more!  We finally got to use our 4th grade "Every Kid in a Park" National Parks pass that expires this month since my son will be a 5th grader soon.  Such a cool program!  

As far as menu planning for this week, I just haven't done it.  Amazingly, I haven't gone to a grocery store either besides Costco, but I bought cereal and weird stuff like that.  We picked tons of corn, apples and peaches at a local farm/orchard on Tuesday.  It was my birthday this week.  We've had weird meals that didn't take much thought.  Let's see if I can remember what we ate.  My posts from Instagram help me remember, thank goodness!  

Monday:  we ate out (Costa Vida, my fav!)

Tuesday:  hot dogs, corn and watermelon (the watermelon was from our garden!!!)

Thursday:  leftovers or oatmeal

Friday:  spaghetti, fresh corn, garlic bread, fresh peaches

Saturday:  I guess it depends on whether or not I go grocery shopping.  Maybe I'll make these grilled pork chops.  

Sunday:  perfect pot roast, potatoes from our garden, maybe one hour rolls

All righty...we have one more week before school starts.  We've got to squeeze the last bit of fun out of our summer while it lasts.  Mixed feelings about that!!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!  Feel free to share what you ate this week.  I love it when you do!  


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Week 373 Menu: I love the PNW!

Hi everyone!  Happy Thursday again!  I guess I should just change my menu planning day to Thursday, since I seem to be posting on Thursdays instead of Mondays pretty consistently throughout the summer.  Ha!  

We have 26 more days until school starts.  I'm not looking forward to summer being over.  We had family come visit this last week and it was so fun to have them stay with us and be able to act like we're on vacation with them.  We spent lots of time at the river, at the pool, finding waterfalls, eating good food and just enjoying their company.  I love living in the Pacific Northwest.  There are so many amazing things to see, mostly two hours away from our home.  The above picture is taken from Punchbowl Falls in Oregon.

I'm excited that we get to have another round of family come tomorrow.  I really love having family come visit us!  I've got menus planned out and need to hit the store before they arrive.  I have a few extra menus planned for next week that I will shop for since it's nice to have options.  

All's our menu for this week, even though it's halfway over.

Monday;  we had honey garlic chicken, angel hair pasta, fresh whole wheat bread and garden veggies

Tuesday:  easy night

Wednesday:  grilled teriyaki salmon, quinoa and rice, garden salad

Thursday:  taco soup

Friday:  pulled pork sandwiches on toasted pretzel buns topped with coleslaw

Saturday: grilled Greek chicken, grilled veggies and rosemary/garlic grilled flatbread

Sunday:  roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, one hour rolls

What's on your menu for this weekend?  Or what did you eat this week?  When does your summer end (kids back in school)?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Week 372 Menu: No More Slacking!

Hi everyone!  I never got around to posting my menu last week and I honestly can't remember what we ate most of those days.  The week flew by really fast, and this week is flying by too!  And it's been hot too, over 100 every day this week.  I don't mind the heat too much unless I'm standing in a parking lot and then I'm sure that my legs will burn up.  I'd much rather be hot than cold. 

I started painting my son's room last week that had been painted by previous owners like an ocean.  I ripped out all the oak trim and baseboards, painted the ceiling white, and the walls gray.  My husband is pretty amazing and whipped up some craftsman trim for around the windows.  While we were doing all of this I didn't really want to make dinner.  Ha!  

Anyway...I didn't really make dinner last night and my family seemed a little disappointed.  So, I will do better!!!

My daughter is gone this week for her first time at girl's camp with girls from church.  I'm so excited for her and am hoping that she's having a great time.  It's kind of weird just being here with the three boys.  (They don't listen quite as well as she does.  Ha!)

My garden is going crazy.  I definitely have a good assortment of veggies to eat!  I started a new hashtag on instagram with my garden pictures.  #whatisonyourmenugarden

All planning time.  We have family coming on Saturday and I'm super excited to have visitors!  Visitors = good food!  

Monday:  we had fried chicken sausage, peppers, onion and potatoes

Tuesday:  we had grilled flatbread pizza on rosemary/olive oil flatouts  - super easy and yummy (took like 10 minutes)

Wednesday:  easy night

Thursday:  grilled teriyaki salmon (it'll make my 7 year old happy), quinoa and garden veggies

Saturday:  teriyaki meatballs, quinoa/rice, garden veggies

Sunday:  honey garlic chicken, angel hair pasta, veggies, Macaroni Grill rosemary bread

Monday:  french dip flatbread wraps

Tuesday:  grill burgers, corn, pico de gallo & guacamole w/chips

What about you?  What's on your menu this week?  Have you been menu planning?  Have you been skipping out on making dinner?  Feel free to share, I love it when you do!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Week 371 Menu

Hi there!  We just got back (can I say "just" even though it's Thursday and we got home on Sunday evening?) from a trip to Utah.  It was a nice break/vacation/family visit and I wish I was in the mountains right now without wi-fi or phone and no laundry or weeds to pull.

Anyway...I decided since it's Thursday that I better menu plan for the week.  My family appreciates it when I have a plan and actually make dinner.  I didn't make dinner at all on Tuesday and while it was super great to not have any dishes to wash, I think my family wanted more than just quesadillas for dinner.  Ha!

My garden is starting to give us lots and lots of deliciousness:  green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, a few cherry tomatoes, sweet onions, lettuce, carrots and a handful of berries.  It makes side-dish planning super easy, we just have lots of fresh veggies every night.  If you want to see more about my garden check out my instagram feed.  

So, here's my plan for the week:

Monday:  we had grilled teriyaki salmon, cous cous and lots of veggies from my garden (my 7 year old requested this for his birthday but we were out of town)

Tuesday:  we had quesadillas, strawberries from the garden, carrots & dip

Wednesday:  we had skillet teriyaki meatballs, quinoa and/or rice, blanched green beans and broccoli

Thursday:  chicken lime tacos   

Friday:   chicken stew

Saturday:  yogurt parmesan chicken tenders, baked potato fries, roasted butternut squash

Sunday:  grilled dr. pepper pork tenderloin, rice, garden veggies

That's my plan for the week.  What are you (or have you been) eating this week?  Feel free to share, I love it when you do!

P.S.  You can find all #371 of my weekly menu posts here.  And my recipe tab is still under construction, so head on over to the side bar and hopefully you can find the recipe you need by the label.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Week 370 Menu: 3rd Week of Summer

View of my backyard and garden this morning.  
Happy Monday everyone!  I'm trying to start out the week right by menu planning while my kids are still waking up.  This is our third week of summer vacation and hopefully we're getting into a good groove of chores, piano practicing and then hopefully time for some fun.

It's supposed to be hot this week.  We've been spoiled with 70s and 80s lately.  Bring on the upper 90s!  Hopefully my kids will earn some pool time.  :)  

My garden is starting to spit out zucchini.  I'm pretty much the only one in my family that likes it, so I saute it up just for me.  A zucchini a day keeps the doctor away, right? 

All time:

Monday:  shredded beef taquitos,  homemade salsa, guacamole, grilled corn on the cob and fruit

Tuesday:  orange chicken, quinoa/rice, stirfried veggies

Thursday:  taco soup

Friday:  leftovers

Saturday:  easy night

Sunday: easy night again

What about you?  What are you having for dinner this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!

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P.S.  My phone just reminded me that three years ago today I posted made this yummy Southwest Pasta Salad....
and helped my daughter sew this cute little dinosaur for my baby (who is now a feisty little three year old).  Time sure flies too fast!!!
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