Last week was crazy. I only worked twice during the week. We had below freezing temps. Extremely below freezing temps. The wind chill on a couple of the days registered -20 or so below.
My plan for this week is to use up foods we have in the pantry/ freezer because on Black Friday I’m going to make freezer meals. I love New Leaf Wellness because she has different freezer meal plans which helps me organize what I’m going to make.
I’m going to follow the 31 Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Crock pot plan. Here is a list of what I’m going to make:
- Cranberry Pork Chops instead of Pork Roast – I already have all of the ingredients for this recipe.
- Chicken Fajitas – This would be delicious over tortilla chips.
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Ham and Pinto Bean Soup
- Chicken Teriyaki
- Shredded BBQ Chicken
- Garlic Mint Pork Loin
- Honey Chicken
- Honey Bourbon Chicken
- Italian Sausage and Peppers
- Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings
This week we are having:
Veggie Beef Soup – I made it on Saturday and have 2 quart size jars of it left.
Chicken Rice Soup – We are having that for Sunday dinner with corn bread.
Sloppy Joes with homemade French Fries (Ground beef is cooked and in the freezer.)
Chicken Fried Rice (I’ll be cooking rice one day. I’ll then use the rice to make chicken fried rice.)
Pepper Steak – (I already have this ready to go in the freezer. I’ll serve it with rice.)
Spaghetti – (I have sauce, hamburger, and gluten free spaghetti for this dinner.)
Since tomorrow is Halloween, it’s time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving dinner menu. This year is going to be a little bit different because I eat gluten free.
Here is what is on the menu for our Thanksgiving dinner. Okay this is maybe what is on our menu for Thanksgiving. I’m having difficulty finding the gluten free fried onions at Aldi. I’ve seen them else where so I may pick them up at a different grocery store.
- Turkey breast – Aldi has already marinaded turkey breasts for a reasonable price. We taste tested one of them last night. It was delicious! Easy peasy is the name of the game.
- Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Mashed Potatoes and Gluten Free Gravy
- Gluten Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Aldi Brand)
- Young’s Dairy Pumpkin Muffins
- Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing or Aldi’s gluten free turkey stuffing
- Salad with cranberry dressing
- Cranberry Relish
- Grandma’s White Salad
- Pumpkin Sheet Cake – Gluten Free
- Relish/ Vegetable Tray
Here is another Thanksgiving menu from two years ago.
We are now on the downward swing of my Write 31 2017. Yeah!
My favorite artist is P!nk. I adore her. Her music is the soundtrack of my life.
On Friday, I got her newest album, Beautiful Trauma. I already have favorite songs that I’ve played on repeat a million billion times.
Everyone interprets songs differently. So when I talk about my feels and thoughts about my two favorite songs from the album, be reminded these are my thoughts and feels.
“I Am Here” – Oh my goodness. I feel as though it is speaking to me about my current situation in my school district. We are in academic distress. One of the lyrics is “I’ve already seen the bottom so I have nothing to fear.” It’s my rally cry.
The song also tells me to live authentically. Live my truth not another person’s truth. The opening line is “I open up my heart. You can love me or not.” I struggle with this bit constantly. It’s a reminder to live my truth.
Finally the song addresses the age old question. What happens when we die. “Where do we go when we go.” Since I am Christian, I believe I go to Heaven.
The other song that speaks to me is “Barbies.” She addresses growing older. Since I’m over 40, 42 to be exact, life is totally different from when I was younger. Sometimes it would be nice to go back to when life was so much simpler. When I did not have to adult all the time. Maybe that is why I love Disney so much. I’m able to put adulting to the side for a while and be childlike while I’m there.
Hubby and I are going to go to see her in Louisville during my Spring Break. I’m so excited. We were able to get the tickets before the price gouging. I’ve read a lot of people complaining about the price of tickets. $500 or more per ticket. The price for our tickets was not cheap and a lot more than I would have spent but Hubby knows how much I love her. Seeing her in concert is on my “Bucket List,” so he was willing to pay those prices.
Now onto our menu for the week. Please continue to the next page.
This weekend we went to an outdoor festival for our lunch on Saturday. We also watched some of the dog jumping, slack line gymnastics, and BMX bicycle tricks.
Here are some photos that I took while we were at the outdoor festival.
I was lucky that one of the food trucks, Harvest, had a gluten free option on the menu. So I had a taco from them. We also love the fries from Harvest. The fries are a combination of sweet potato and russet potatoes with fresh herbs. It is served with a sriracha ketchup that is to die for.
The family minus the Wee One also enjoyed kettle corn that was so fresh that the bag was warm to the touch when we bought it.
We also got frozen lemonade. I got to watch the lady make the lemonade from scratch. She squeezed fresh lemons and added the water and sugar. Then she blended it up with ice. So yummy!
The best thing of all is that all of the food containers were compostable. So neat.
Please continue to the next page for the menu of the week.
I’m traveling to Pittsburgh next weekend to celebrate what would have been Tanya’s 40th birthday.
The Wee One loves to cook so he decided he wants to cook for his dad and brother while I’m gone. So we sat down and planned dinners for while I’m away. They need to be easy because he is a novice cook.
Here is what he’s planned for next weekend:
- French Toast and bacon
- Taco Salad for the Sunday night dinner – I already have the meat cooked. He just needs to add the taco sauce.
- Grilled cheese or cheese quesidillas
We are going to Save A Lot to get what he needs for those 3 days.
Last week I stated that I was going to put up these next two weeks’ worth of meals. However I changed my mind. I’ll share this week’s menu and then schedule next week’s menu. It will go live next Monday.
My mom and I did a HUGE grocery shopping trip on Saturday. Sam’s Club, Aldi, and Krogers. I also went to Fresh Thyme on Friday night. We are stocked up for the next two weeks except for the few items we need for the Wee One’s menu. I’m also stopping at Aldi on Friday night to get a few items for my road trip.
Onto my menu plan for the next week:
Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan, Rice
Tangy Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Roast (Sunday night dinner), Roasted PotatoesRoasted Potatoes, Brown Sugar Carrots
Hash with left over roast
Sloppy Joes, Celery or Carrots, Chips
Meatloaf Muffins, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
Pork chops, hamburger, and roast was on sale this weekend so I utilized those three proteins in our meal plan. Hubby enjoyed the Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan recipe from a few weeks ago so I decided we were going to have that on our menu.
My lunch plan for this week:
- Chicken Salad
- Potato Salad
- Carrots and Cucumber with Hummus
- Blue Tortilla Chips and Salsa
My breakfast plan for this week:
- Green Smoothie or Granola with Yogurt
- Fruit – Grapes, Blueberries, or Mandarin Oranges
- Nut Mix (Snack)
It’s that time of week again. It’s time for the menu for the week.
Last week after I made the menu, we had some difficulties with the dinners. The meat I got from the grocery store expired much too quickly. I had to get new meat in the middle of the week.
I decided to change up how I did dinners this week. I made freezer packs. Each night, I’ll get the next days’s meal out of the freezer to allow it to defrost. The majority of our meals this week are going to be cooked in the slow cooker. One is going to be cooked on the indoor grill.
Next week, I’ll have the menu for the next two weeks. I’m going to be going away during Labor Day weekend.
Instead of assigning days to the meals I’m just going to list the meals:
Baby Back Ribs with Corn on the Cob and Roasted Potatoes
BBQ Shredded Chicken (Sloppy Chicken), Potato Chips, Veggies
Chicken Taco Soup
Orange Ginger Shredded Beef, Rice, Steamed Broccoli
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken, Quinoa, Peas
Lunch for this week: Greek salad, Olive Hummus and Gluten Free Rosemary Crackers, Applesauce with Cinnamon, Hard Salami
Breakfast/ Snack for this week: Yogurt with granola, oranges, Mixed Nuts
In other news, did you see the eclipse? I only got to see it for a couple minutes. When I got to see it a second time, it was so cloudy so I was fortunate to actually get to see it. I’m in Dayton, Ohio which will be in the path of totality in 2024.
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Monday starts school for the students so this week is going to be interesting.
Eat out at Steak and Shake
Beef and Cabbage Soup, Homemade Gluten Free Bread
Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan, Rice
Apricot Chicken, Rice, Veggies
I’m going out to eat with one of my friends from the Disney College Program.
You are on your own.
Bento Box for this week:
Mexican Theme – Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing (box 1), Black Bean and Corn Salad (box 2), Kiwi Fruit (box 3), and Tortilla Chips (side) with Salsa (box 3)
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This is my first week back at school so it’s going to be CRAZY.
The Imaginative One and I have a dental appointment on Monday morning. The Wee One has a doctor’s appointment also on Monday morning. (Hubby is taking him.)
I have a chiro appointment on Tuesday.
Then work on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Friday evening is our Open House so I will be coming home late.
I decided to shop my freezer for my meals this week. All of these meals are going to be made in the slow cooker. We are going to utilize leftovers for the majority of the week.
Italian chicken over pasta for Hubby and the boys
I’ll eat my Italian chicken over zoodles.
White Chicken Chili with gluten free cornbread
Chicken and Peppers over rice
leftovers for Hubby and the boys
I’ll have a frozen dinner since I have to stay at work.
To be determined
This week is kinda weird. Actually it’s kind of busy.
This week I have
- professional development 3 mornings and 1 afternoon
- to take my son to the fair so he can work 4 times
- Vacation Bible School Tues. – Fri.
- Kung Fu Tues, Thurs
- Going out to work Tues.
I did a little bit of prep yesterday and video taped it. Please be kind because it’s the first time I attempted to video tape my prep. My bird decided it was a good time to talk in the living room so you’ll hear him throughout the videos.
The Hummus video is 11 minutes long and was cut off at the end. I never finished meal prepping because after the video, a jar of mayo hit my right pinkie and broke the bone. I’ve been trying to take it easy. (Ha! Ha!)
The lettuce filled up a gallon sized storage bag.
On to my menu. I will be feeding the whole family only on Monday. The Wee One will be fed at church the rest of the week and the Imaginative One will be fed there on Wednesday and Friday.
Pizza with the church at a local Italian restaurant – The church provided the pizza. We bought me a gluten free pizza and the Imaginative One ravioli because he does not eat pizza.
Sloppy Joes, fried potatoes, celery
Tilipia with the lemon garlic marinade, quinoa, veggie
Left over Sloppy Joes for the Imaginative One
Steak, baked potatoes, Sauteed Zucchini
Turkey Italian Sausage, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, Zoodles for me, Pasta for the Imaginative One and Hubby
Orange Chicken, Rice
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After two weeks of small trips, I’m finally back to planning meals for the whole week. Last week, I took the Imaginative One on a road trip to Hershey, PA. He just turned 14 so I thought it would be good for us to go on a mother-son trip.
During the four days we were gone, we traveled 70 miles on the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania, paid tribute to the heroes of Flight 93, rode the rides in Hershey Park, laughed like crazy on the trolley ride through Hershey, visited Gettysburg, and traveled the 112 miles on I-68 in Maryland/ West Virginia. We also drove many miles and made so many memories.
Okay now onto the menu for this week.
I’ve got all day classes on Monday and Tuesday so the dinners need to be simple on those two days.
Pork Roast, Roasted Baby Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Rolls
Strawberries and Blueberries with homemade whipped cream for dessert
Cubed Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Gravy
Sausage, Mac and Cheese, Veggies
“Oven Fried” Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Veggies
Pork Ribs with lemon garlic marinade, Rice, Veggies
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches or Sloppy Joes, Fries or Chips, Veggies
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I have a menu! I have a menu! Yeah!
We’ve been gone on vacation. My sister-in-law made sure we had dinners each day we were at the beach house so I haven’t menu planned in a few weeks.
Today I went to the store to restock. While I was there, I made a menu. I know that’s kind of backwards. Actually I had an idea for a few meals. Once I got there I nailed down the actual menu for the week.
Sunday – BBQ chicken, potato salad or French fries, corn
Monday – Sloppy Joes, Hash browns, carrots and celery
Tuesday – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Carrots and Celery, Potato Chips, Potato Salad
Wednesday – Brown Sugar Ham, Rice, Peas
Thursday – Breaded Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Veggies
Friday – Pork Chops, Mac and Cheese, Veggies
Saturday – Weekend Fun – Leftovers for Dinner
Here’s a printable menu.
P.S. There will be no menu next week. The boys will be at camp so it will be only Hubby and I for dinner.
P.P.S. This menu is linked to I’m An Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.
Pork Roast, Potatoes, Carrots
Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries with homemade whipped cream for dessert
Orange grilled chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Corn
Pistachio crusted chicken, Mac and Cheese (Gluten Free), Veggies
Apple Coated Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans
Beef Tacos, Tomatoes
Leftovers – Sandwiches – Both boys have plans.
I don’t plan for Saturdays. There won’t be a menu for next week. I’ll be cooking only on Monday and Tuesday. Hubby is in charge of dinner for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Since I have a dental appointment on Monday, I’ll probably just make potato soup for our dinner. Tuesday might be breakfast for dinner.
Have a magical day,
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Hubby and the Wee One ate at my mother-in-law’s. I ate gluten free nuggets and fries. The Imaginative One is sick with a double ear infection so he didn’t eat anything.
Salmon, Rice, and Corn
Marinated Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes
Pineapple Steak Bites, Rice, Veggie
Taco Chicken Legs, Baked Potatoes, Veggie
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Pot Roast, Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Strawberries, and Whipped Cream
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice, Veggies
Spaghetti with meatballs
Spaghetti squash with pesto and Parmesan cheese for me
Boys have activities that involve them eating out so Hubby and I are on our own.
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“Fried” Chicken with gluten free baking flour, roasted asparagus, cauliflower mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, cooked carrots, salad, gluten free biscuits
Sausage, Gluten free mac and cheese, Green beans made in the slow cooker
Breakfast for dinner – Ash Wednesday
??? – To Be Determined
You are on your own.
This week I’m actually on top of my game with our menu. Yeah!
On Saturday, I cooked up raw hamburger in my slow cooker so that I could have already cooked hamburger meat for the week.
Lasagna in the slow cooker, Garlic bread, Salad, and Cherry Apple Crisp
Veggie Beef Soup in the slow cooker, French Bread
Taco Casserole in the slow cooker
Sausage – Maple Bourbon for the adults and Smoked for the boys, Roasted new potatoes, veggies
KFC for the children, Out to dinner for Hubby and I
Out to dinner for all members of the family
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Week of December 1 (2 meals)
- Breakfast for dinner (bacon, eggs, hash browns)
- Chicken Nuggets
Week of December 5
- Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole (Slow Cooker)
- Fiesta Pork Chops, Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes
- Bubble Up Pizza in the slow cooker
- Sausage, Mac and Cheese, Veggie
- Crock pot Chicken
- Spinach Tortellini Soup, Crusty Bread
Week of December 12
- Sausage 15 Bean Soup
- Mississippi Beef Roast Sandwiches (Freezer and Slow Cooker)
- Meatloaf Muffins from the freezer, Baked potatoes, Veggies
- Slow Cooker Taco Casserole, Salad
- Sunday Dinner
Week of December 19 (Christmas week)
- Hamburger Soup
- Honey BBQ Chicken Wings, French Fries, veggies
- Italian Chicken over spaghetti, veggies
- Swiss Steak, mashed potatoes
- Breakfast for Dinner
- Christmas Dinner
Week of December 26
- Crock O Brats, Mashed potatoes
- Maple praline chicken
- Bubble Up Pizza in the slow cooker
- Bacon Corn Chowder
- Sandwich Night
- New Year’s Day Dinner – Pork and Sauerkraut
I’ve got to admit that last week I didn’t follow my menu because I ended up being exhausted by the end of the day because I was cleaning up my classroom. Continue reading “Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of May 30, 2016”