Week 420 Menu: what we ate this week and my next menu plan

Hi everyone!  January is going great!  The kids are back in school and we're kind of back in a groove. Here are some highlights of my week:

1.  We survived our first week of having the 2:30 to 5:30 block schedule at church.  It was dark at around 4:00.  Kind of weird, but it was ok.  I've never gone to church that late in my life, but we have four wards (congregations) that share our building, so that's what we get to do.  #wecandohardthings

2.  I feel like I've finally recovered from my cold/flu and my lovely hernia surgery that I had done right before Christmas.  I'm tackling my house and "spring" cleaning.  How do we accumulate so much stuff?  I posted a little on instagram about one of the scariest parts of my house. 

3.  I went to the temple on Tuesday while my youngest was at preschool.  I posted a bit about it.  It's my favorite place to go when I feel frazzled, over-stimulated or stressed (which is very often as a mom of 4 kiddos). 

AND, President Thomas S. Monson passed away last week. He has been the president of our church and prophet of God for the last several years and has been in the church leadership for my whole life.  I have loved reviewing some of his talks and quotes.  I will miss him, but am so grateful for his life and for the knowledge that we'll always have a living prophet on the earth.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes from him:

Menu time....

I didn't plan my menu at the beginning of this week because my husband was out of town for a few days, so we took it easy.  And, I should say that I appreciate how not-picky my husband is, especially recently.  Lately, especially during Christmas break, he was totally fine with having oatmeal (his choice) for dinner after having a late breakfast, and leftovers for lunch. Makes my life easier.  :)

So, here's an extra long menu for you, including what we ate this week and my plan for this next week.  I'm going to hit up Winco today and Costco maybe on Monday and then we'll be set.  

Here goes:

Monday:  the kids had waffles and I had a veggie egg scramble (because I'm not so good at making omelets)

Tuesday:  we had breakfast burritos.  I had a sweet potato version that I'm going to post about soon, because it's SO good. 

Wednesday:  Papa John's pizza and I made myself a kale salad to go along with it

Thursday:  taco soup - I started it in the crockpot at 3:00, but it wasn't cooked as much as I wanted it, so I popped it into the instant pot (in my garage...see my instagram post to explain why) for 10 minutes and it was perfect.
Friday (TODAY!):  BBQ chicken tinfoil dinners (I still grill during the winter, especially when my deck isn't covered in snow.  I'm appreciating the fact that our snow is all melted.)

Sunday:  crockpot roast chicken, instant pot steamed potatoes, gravy, salad, etc.

Monday:  chicken noodle soup in the instant pot (we loved it last week)

Wednesday:  pizza

Thursday:  breakfast for dinner

All righty...How about you?  What are you making this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.

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