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!!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Week 369 Menu

Hi there!  This week is just flying by!  Can't believe it's already Friday.  We had a great weekend with my parents here.  I think I've made dinner more times in the last week than I did in half of May.  My family hasn't complained at all!  
This week we've spent lots of time in the garden, I went on a run by the river and my little guy dressed up as Dragon Dude.  I'm loving our summer schedule, even though it still seems jam-packed, but maybe some of that is the hours I spend reminding my kids to do their chores.  I am determined to help my kids learn to clean up after themselves this summer.  I have a feeling it's going to be continual reminding, but oh well!  

I picked our first zucchini today.  My garden is starting to produce.  We've already been enjoying raspberries, a few blackberries and strawberries.  You can see more on Instagram.  Bring on the garden abundance!  

Let's see if I remember what we've eaten this week.  It's kind of been a lot of chicken, but it was all really tasty!  

Monday:  we had leftover chicken fajitas (from Father's Day)

Tuesday:  honey garlic chicken (so easy and yummy!), whole wheat noodles instead of roasted potatoes, broccoli and fresh whole wheat bread

Wednesday:  grilled naan pizzas (15 minute meal)

Thursday:  grilled Greek chicken, peppers and flatbread wraps (instead of making tzatsiki sauce, I used Bolthouse yogurt ranch dressing and it was super yummy and way easier!)

Saturday:  grill teriyaki burgers, on the cob

Sunday:  orange chicken

What about you?  What have you had for dinner this week?  What are your plans for this weekend?  Hopefully I'll be back on menu planning wagon on Monday instead of Friday.  

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Week 368 Menu (First Week of Summer)

Happy Summer!  I'm happy to say that since we're finally out of school!  We just finished day two of summer break.  I've been trying my best to set out routines and let my kids know my expectations to help our summer go smoothly.  My dream is that my kids will obey when I tell them something the first time and that they not fight.  Is that too much to ask?  Ha.  Might be.

Shared this picture on instagram tonight...I'm super happy that my kids have been practicing the piano a lot.  :)

I have made charts for reading, and lists for daily chores, and put masking tape name labels on cups.  And we've already run around to basketball camp, piano lessons, basketball games, baseball party, the swimming pool etc. in just two days.  I am super excited to not have to pack lunches or shuffle through all the papers that come home with three kids.  And luckily, baseball is over now, but for some reason we're doing summer basketball and almost year round basketball.  Aah...hard life, right?  I've decided that all these sports and activities don't wear my 10 year old out...they just build endurance.  ;)

My garden is growing like crazy and I'm trying hard to keep on top of it so it doesn't get out of control.  I learned last year that pruning is key otherwise you'll end up with monster tomato plants and lots of other crazy things.  

My goal for this summer is to have the kids help make dinner or at least plan the meals.  Hopefully this will cut down on the complaining.  I didn't really make any "nice" dinners the last few days, so last night my daughter asked if today I would finally make dinner.  Ha!  (Just posted my menu from last week today...I slacked a bit last week and I enjoyed it.)

I need to menu plan for this week before it ends.  I'm excited that my parents and little sister are coming to visit tomorrow, so I'd better cook for them.  I don't think they would enjoy cereal for dinner like my kids do.

Monday:  we had leftovers

Tuesday:  we had breakfast burritos

Wednesday:  fettuccine alfredo, grilled pesto chicken, baked butternut squash, salad (with lettuce from my garden!!!)

Thursday: fajitas (steak and chicken)

Friday:  easy night or let my mom choose what I'm making

Saturday: teriyaki grilled salmon, rice or quinoa, salad, fruit

Sunday:  Father's Day and we're feeding the missionaries too - orange chicken, rice, stirfry veggies, banana cream pie for dessert

What about you?  What are you making this week?  Or what have you been eating for dinner?  What's your plan for Father's Day?  I might get to cook for my dad and my husband!  I hope I get to do it...I'll make them pie.  

Have a great week!  Happy Summer!!!

P.S.  My recipe page is still down, so if you need a recipe, just search for it in the box on the right OR you can search for the label in the right sidebar (down the page a bit).  I'm hoping to fix the menu page soon.  Or just leave me a comment and I'll find you the recipe you need.

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