Mom, What’s For Dinner? Weeks of December 7th and 14th

Sunday the 13th – Turkey Meatloaf, Pasta Roni, Veggie to be announced

All of these meals were frozen crockpot meals. I’m trying to use them up, so that I can make new crock pot kits next weekend. I haven’t figured out the veggies for next week just yet.

I’ll share the freezer meals that I’m going to cook later.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Thanksgiving Week 2020

On Thursday, I got word that I was going to be at home for the next two months. I’ll have more time to make us dinners at home. (No commute to or from the school building.)

I was going to be home this week anyway because it is Thanksgiving break. However, our plans for Thanksgiving have changed due to the fact my youngest is in quarantine for possible exposure. I’m going to be making our Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll make a big meal that can be eaten at lunch time and then we’ll have a grazing dinner or leftovers later on in the day.

My Misfits box came in yesterday with a few surprises of veggies that I’m going to cook this week. One of which is celery root. I’ve never cooked one of those so that would be interesting to try. I also got eggplant so I’m going to have an Italian themed lunch on Monday and Tuesday. The third veggie I got is fennel. I’m going to have that with my fish on Monday.

If you click on the images, it’ll take you to a Google Slide presentation where you can click on the links to the recipes I’m using this week.

Two of the recipes are going to be made in the slow cooker which makes life easier. I already have the mashed potatoes in my fridge. I had bought some already cooked mashed potatoes for something else. We never used them so they are going to come in handy. The mac and cheese is a family favorite. The recipe makes a lot but I know the boys will eat it.

I decided on turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. It’s going to be a lot easier to make. Easy is my name this year for Thanksgiving.

I hope my meal plan helps you decide on what you are going to cook this week.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving! I know it looks different this year and that’s okay. For me, it’ll remind me of 25 years ago when I was in Walt Disney World. I made my own Thanksgiving dinner for the first time. Grandma sent me recipe cards with some of my favorites – white salad and sweet potato casserole. I made a chicken instead of turkey.

Look for the positives and be grateful. I know it’s hard in 2020 but there have been silver linings through all the hardships. For me, it’s the 3 trips I got to take this year. They looked different than what I typically do. However, I’m blessed I was able to create those memories.

My family has been healthy through this pandemic which is another blessing.

I took this photo on Thursday morning not realizing it was going to be my last morning commuting to work for a while. I took the photo through my rear view mirror. Behind me was the sunrise over the tornado damage from Memorial Day 2019. Something beautiful over something horrific. We need to find that sunrise in our lives right now. That something beautiful

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mom, What’s for Dinner? – Week of August 3rd

I don’t put Sunday’s plan on the calendar because it all depends on what we are doing on Sundays. This week we had chicken parmesan from Aldi with my Instant Pot Spaghetti, garlic bread, and roasted broccoli. I’ve finally perfected the roasted broccoli because they were not charred last night. Yeah! I’ll have to share the recipe with you.

Links:
Peach BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Mashed Potatoes
Pancakes
Instant Pot Spaghetti

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? Week of July 5, 2020

Here is our menu for the next week.

Under the menu, I’ll link some of the recipes if there are recipes from this blog.

Hamburgers

Bramble Beans

Bramble Beans

Roasted Potatoes

Brown Sugar Ham

Oldest has also requested cream soda ice cream if we can find the cream soda. He would like to have that for his birthday.

I already made the granola for next week. Yum!

My wish is you have found inspiration for dinner next week.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of June 29, 2020

One night last week, my now 15-year-old walked into the kitchen as I was cooking and said, “What’s for dinner?” Even 10 years after I started this blog and began to put our meal plan up on the blog, he is still asking the same question.

So, what is for dinner this week?

Grilled Cheese sandwiches, fruit, cucumbers, fried potatoes

Beenie Weenies – Side dishes to be determined

Spaghetti, sourdough bread that I got at Jungle Jim’s

Either cilantro lime chicken with rice or leftovers

You are on your own.
The kitchen is closed.

4th of July
Hubby has to work so I’m probably going to do breakfast for dinner and then do the 4th of July food on Sunday.

On Tuesday, I’ve got 2 professional development classes in the afternoon, so I needed something easy that can be cooked in the slow cooker. That way the food will be done at a reasonable time. However, it doesn’t matter because Kung Fu and Scouts are on hiatus right now. Hubby doesn’t work on Tuesday. I probably will be exhausted after the two classes and not want to cook.

I’m meeting one of my best friends for lunch on Wednesday afternoon. The spaghetti is another easy meal to prepare. Plus the family loves it. Okay, not Oldest but the rest of the family loves it.

I hope my menu helps you with planning out your meals for the week.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mom, What’s for dinner? – Week of June 22, 2020

Monday was Youngest’s 15th birthday. He has changed a lot in the ten years since I started this blog. Since it is still the pandemic, we didn’t do much for his birthday. He got to pick what he wanted to eat for lunch and dinner. He chose a local place called Hot Head Burritos for lunch. He loves creating and eating a huge burrito. Then it was Chick Fil A for dinner.

I highly recommend getting the family meal deal at Chick Fil A. We did the 30 piece nuggets and the 4 pack of waffle fries for Hubby, myself, my mother-in-law, and him. Then we got 2 of the 8 oz cups of 2 of his favorite sauces. Since it was his birthday, I allowed him to get a milk shake as a drink. I had points to redeem so I got Oldest’s meal with those points. The whole meal was 30 dollars which isn’t bad. We already had lemonade at the house.

Oh, and he wanted chocolate pudding for his birthday instead of cake. I also made him Rice Krispy treats.

Two of the meals this week are going to be meals that my grandma used to make for us. I’m so excited to eat them this week – Johnny Marzetti and Green beans, potatoes, and ham. Yum!

Now onto the menu for the week:

If I use one of my freezer kits for a meal this week, there is going to be a star next to it.

Chick Fil A, fresh fruit (grapes and cherries), and celery
Pudding and Rice Krispy Treats

Johnny Marzetti, Salad, Garlic Bread

Green beans, potatoes, and ham, Hawaiian rolls

Thursday

*Cilantro lime chicken, rice

Friday

YOYO – You are on your own

We don’t plan Saturday meals because we often will forage for food. If we need a meal, Youngest and I will make breakfast for dinner. He loves to make the eggs when we do BFD’s. This week we are going to have IHop pancakes and bacon.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mom, What’s for dinner? – Week of June 15, 2020

It’s been a while since Hubby has worked 5 days during the week. This week is one of those weeks. I’ll cook for the boys and myself on the days he is working. He’ll eat the leftovers the next day or when he gets home from work if he is hungry.

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be changing the YOYO to Wednesdays when I begin to go to Celebrate Recovery on Wednesday evenings. I help make and receive dinner while there. Oldest is not too happy about the change in plans.

If I use one of my freezer kits for a meal this week, there is going to be a star next to it.

Date NIGHT! – Hubby has to work on Father’s Day, so we are going out tonight for dinner instead. We could take the kids with us but with the quarantine and being around them all of the time, we need time away from them.

*Cool Ranch Tacos, seasoned black beans, and corn with Cojita cheese (frozen from Trader Joe’s) – I also have pico and lettuce for the tacos.

*Honey Garlic Beef, rice, and broccoli

Thursday

Oven “fried chicken,” roasted potatoes, veggies (To be determined)

Friday

YOYO – You are on your own

We don’t plan Saturday meals because we often will forage for food. If we need a meal, Youngest and I will make breakfast for dinner. He loves to make the eggs when we do BFD’s.

When the boys were younger, we did family dinners almost every night. It really fostered family bonds. Then we started slacking because life got tough. During this time home, we’ve begun to do more family dinners together. I’m seeing my Youngest coming around. Being almost 15 years old, it is sometimes difficult for him to want to spend time with his family.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mom, What’s for dinner? – Week of June 8, 2020

Last week, we were in West Virginia camping for a few days. I had a menu for the trip but didn’t post it here. We had hot dogs over the campfire with mac and cheese on Monday and spaghetti on Tuesday. Wednesday was FREE pizza night. Hubby had some coupons. Even though I had a menu for the remainder of the week, I just winged it.

Thursday – We had rotisserie chicken with pasta side dish. All of us were exhausted from the trip.
Friday – Breakfast for dinner – Apple sausage from Sam’s Club and frozen waffles.
Saturday – I made cilantro lime chicken with rice and a salad.
Sunday – My mother-in-law came over for dinner. I made spaghetti, sauteed zucchini, frozen peas for those who don’t believe in eating zucchini, and brownies. She hadn’t had spaghetti for a while, so she was delighted with the dinner.

On Friday and Saturday, I made freezer kits. This week, I’m going to use a few of those freezer kits. If it’s going to be one of those meals, I’m going to put a star in front of it.

*Orange Chicken with rice, stir fry veggies

*BBQ Chicken sandwiches, roasted potatoes, corn (I have a half opened bag of corn left.)

Chicken wings, buttered noddles

Thursday

Sausage, mac and cheese

Friday

YOYO – The Columbus Zoo reopens, so Youngest and I are going to spend the day there. I’m planning to go to the Trader Joe’s close to the zoo for dinner.

We don’t plan Saturday meals because we often will forage for food. If we need a meal, Youngest and I will make breakfast for dinner. He loves to make the eggs when we do BFD’s.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci