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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

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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

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 12, 2018

This is the first week back with students so I want to have an easy menu.

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I also meal prepped for my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.  Here’s what I made for this week:

Breakfasts – Pina Colada Overnight Oats

Snacks – Pistachios, Honeycrisp apples with cashew butter, Mini Bell Peppers with hummus

Lunches –  Salad in a jar with strawberry poppy seed dressing, homemade fruit on the bottom yogurt with granola

Since I have all my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks prepped, it’s easy to grab and go in the mornings.

Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of July 29th, 2018

This week is going to be a little different with my meal planning.  I won’t be around for 3 maybe 4 of the meals so the gentlemen in my family are in charge.

Yesterday, I did shopping so they would have easy meals on 3 of those days.

On Wednesday, I have to go out to work so I can move classrooms.  (I’m just moving across the hall so not hateful.)  Anyway, I’m taking the Wee One to help me with the moving.  I told him that I would get him McDonald’s for dinner.  Hubby and the Imaginative One are on their own on Wednesday as a result.

I’ve got a class at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday.  On Friday, I have the second part of the class at the Wilds.  I’m going out to that area on Thursday morning/ afternoon and spending the night by myself.  For my dinner, I bought a frozen dinner that I can warm up in the microwave in the hotel room.

I’ll get myself food on the way home on Tuesday and Friday.

Here’s the menu for the week:

Sunday – We had pizza with the family.

Monday – Grilled Cheese with Chips and Cucumber Slices and Celery

Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner

 

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – The food they can choose from are:

  • chicken nuggets and French fries
  • sausage and mac and cheese
  • pulled pork sandwiches

I wanted the meals to be quick and easy for them.

Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – The rest of July 2018

I just looked over my plans for July.  I’m going to be gone on and off for the rest of the month.

Week of July 8th –

I only need to plan for 3 meals.  We’re going to be gone for 2 days during the week.

Lasagna or Creamy Spinach Pasta Sauce over Penne

Sloppy Joes (Vegetarian for me)

Pork Chops

Left Overs

 

Week of July 15th –

I need to plan for Sunday dinner and 2 meals.  The boys and I are going away for 3 days.  Hubby is on his own on those 3 days.

Cherry Pork Loin (Freezer Meal)

Tacos (In Freezer)

Spaghetti with Sauce and Meatballs

 

Week of July 22nd –

I need to plan for Sunday dinner and 4 meals.  I’m going to be away for 2 nights and Hubby is going to be gone for one night.

Breakfast for dinner (when I’m gone)

Chicken Nuggets and French Fries (when I’m gone)

Sausage with Mac and Cheese

Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings, Meatless Mandarin Chicken for me

Out to eat when Hubby is gone

Sunday Dinner – TBA

 

Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of July 2, 2018 Plus a review of Eat at Home Tonight

Last week, my friend Molly was in town.  The Imaginative One was happy when she left because that meant I would once again cook dinner for him.  LOL!

A month ago, I signed up for Eat at Home’s first cookbook’s launch.  I received the cookbook a few weeks ago.  I immediately read the book from cover to cover and marked it up with recipes that the family might enjoy.  I love the fact that Eat at Home Tonight uses real ingredients that are easily found at the grocery store.

Another feature of the cookbook is the freezer kits.  She offers two freezer menus with shopping lists and recipes.  I absolutely love having freezer kits.

The cookbook is going to be published on August 7th.  Grab your copy then.  You won’t regret it especially if you are a busy mom like me.

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Here is my menu for the week.  Some of the recipes are from the cookbook:  Memphis Style BBQ Chicken Tacos, Power Chopped Salad, Ravioli with Summer Garden Vegetables, and Naan Pizza.

Menu Plan Monday - July 1

 

 Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner – Weeks of June 17 and 24th, 2018

This morning I was up early before the family.  I watched 2 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy before heading outside with a cup of coffee.  While I was outside, I sat down and menu planned for the next two weeks.

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After menu planning, I headed to the grocery store so that I could be ready for the week.

Here are some things I had to take into consideration when creating the menus:

  1. The boys will be at day camp all this week during the day.  I’m going to either be going on some day trips or at work for professional development.
  2. Molly will be visiting next week so some of the meals are mere ideas of what we are going to eat.  They are not set in stone.
  3. The Wee One will be at overnight camp next week so there is one less person to feed.
  4. The Wee One turns 13 on Friday so I’m leaving the meal up to him.  We are going to go out to eat and then watch the Incredibles 2 for his birthday.

So without much further ado, here is the menus for the next two weeks:

Menu Plan Monday - June 17

Menu Plan Monday - June 24

Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of June 10, 2018

I wrote down a list of possible meal ideas for this week.
Then I asked the Wee One his opinion on what we should cook for dinner. He gave me a few ideas – taco Tuesday in which I suggested he do a burrito Tuesday instead.
He also decided we should have a sausage and mac & cheese night. It’s one of their favorite meals. Quick and easy is the name of the game.
I gave him a choice of ravioli or spaghetti. I have a bunch of spaghetti sauce. He chose ravioli for one of the dinner.

He also suggested a leftover night.
I love getting the children involved with cooking in the kitchen.

Menu Plan Monday - June 10
The Wee One loves having a menu plan posted on the fridge so he knows what we are going to have to eat. He’s more willing to help cook dinner with the plan.
On Saturday, he helped with our breakfast for dinner. A few Christmases ago, he got a waffle and pancake cookbook. He pulled it off the cookbook shelf and chose a buttermilk pancake with a mixed berry compote recipe. I wish I had gotten photos of the process because it was so cute.

The Imaginative One had been at Boy Scout Camp last week so he had not had what he calls “real” food. While the Wee One was cooking dinner, he made sure his brother had chocolate chips in his pancakes. He also made sure he had some chocolate milk to drink. It was impressive that he cared so much.

At one point, the Wee One wanted to be a chef. I don’t know if he still wants to be a chef. However he does like being in the kitchen.

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Menu Plan Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I have had my menu planned out for a while.  I just had not made a blog post with the menu for this week.

Sunday (1/14/18) –

Veggie beef soup (freezer)

Monday (1/15/18) –

Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti or Spaghetti Squash, Green Beans

Tuesday (1/16/18) –

Balsamic Chicken Breast, Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions, and Cucumber Slices

Wednesday (1/17/18)

Peach BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (freezer), Chips

Thursday (1/18/18)

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, Rice

Friday (1/19/18)

Italian Sausage and Peppers (freezer) over left over spaghetti

Saturday (1/20/18)

Leftovers

 

Happy eating,
Traci