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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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