Sunday, June 28, 2015

Menu Plan June 29-July 5

We had a lovely weekend here in the Deep South. Some cool air breezed through and temps stayed tolerable with little to no humidity. That's quite rare for summertime here, so we enjoyed it very much.

I've got a busy week ahead. My son is getting ready to go on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic next week, so we've got preparations to make for that.

Then tomorrow, the ladies from my church are coming over for Ladies Night Out. I guess you could call it Ladies Night In for me! Every other month or so, we meet at a restaurant for a time of food and fellowship. This time I was asked to host the meeting just to add a little variety. Everyone is bringing a salad of some sort or a dessert. I'm really looking forward to it!

So here's what is on the menu this week:

Monday
Ladies Night Out

Tuesday
Moroccan chicken, Parmesan couscous

Wednesday
Jambalaya, cheesy garlic biscuits

Thursday
Baked cube steak with potatoes and carrots

Friday
Pizza

SATURDAY
Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and pork chops
Watermelon, mac and cheese, pasta salad

Sunday
Leftovers 

For more meal planning inspiration, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Menu Plan June 22-28

Last year we had a Sam's Club open up about 2 miles from our house. I've been able to find some good deals on healthy foods there, especially produce. I want to share a couple of other finds we've made there.

First is this quinoa kale mixture from the frozen section. There are four separate steamable bags in this one big bag.
Quinoa really isn't that difficult to cook. But it's nice to have some ready to go. It can be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop. I like to add tomatoes and zucchini along with more herbs to this mixture. Very filling and an easy side dish. Add some chicken or beef for a tasty main dish.

We've been trying to cut out processed foods and one of the things I've really missed is Cheez-its. When hubby found these cheese crackers with broccoli at Sam's with no artificial ingredients, I was a happy girl.
Of course, making homemade cheese crackers from scratch would be better. But being able to grab a handful of these crackers is a nice treat. The cheese taste is not as sharp as Cheezits, but they're less greasy and salty. Our whole family enjoys them.

Now on to this week's menu:

Monday
Crockpot cabbage rolls, veggie pancakes
Tuesday
Asian salmon, quinoa & kale with veggies

Wednesday
Skillet lemon glazed chicken, roasted brussel sprouts

Thursday
Garden meatballs over brown rice spaghetti

Friday
Pizza night!

Saturday
Grilled chicken and hot dogs

Sunday
Leftovers

For more meal planning inspiration, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Menu Plan June 15-21

Can you believe we're in the middle of June already? We're still staying cool with our skylight sun shield.
I hosted a super fun Bunco night with some ladies from church. It was a relaxed way to get together and fellowship with friends. Each person brought a salad of some sort or sandwiches to share, so no one person had the responsibility of cooking for an entire group.

At the end of the evening we shared prayer requests and prayed together. I realized that everyone is dealing with burdens and hurts. As Christians we need to pray for each other and hold each other up. It helps to ease the burdens and heal the hurts.

So what do you like to do when you get together with friends?

Now on to this week's menu.

Monday
Pretzel dogs, mac and cheese

Tuesday
Chicken zucchini bites, steamed cabbage

Wednesday
Crispy baked cod, mashed cauliflower

Thursday
Crockpot Hungarian goulash over mashed potatoes

Friday
Homemade pizza

Saturday
Chicken curry casserole, roasted brussel sprouts

Sunday
Father's Day - hubby's choice of restaurants (we phone in an order after church and pick it up on our way home to avoid the crowds and long wait times)

For more meal planning inspiration, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Menu Plan June 8-14

Greetings from the Sunny South! We've had some really warm temperatures here lately, so I've had to cover our kitchen skylight to survive the heat. We're going to replace it one day with a skylight that has a built in cover so we don't have to use this ugly thing. But until then, I'm happy to have a way to reduce the heat in the kitchen this summer!
Last week we had VBS every night, so it was a busy five days. It was a great time of ministry, but it wore me out! I'm glad to have the opportunity but this week I'm going to rest up a bit!

So here's what I've got on this week's menu:

Monday
Out for dinner with friends

Tuesday
Crockpot calico beans, roasted brussel sprouts

Wednesday
Jambalaya, cheddar biscuits

Thursday
Crockpot Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes

Friday
Bunco Night at my house

Saturday
Grilled hot dogs and brats, grilled veggies

Sunday
Crockpot lasagna, garlic bread

For more meal planning inspiration, visiting Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Menu Plan June 1-7

It's hard to believe this is the first week of June! I'm enjoying the longer daylight hours and the appearance of fireflies in our yard. Not as fond of the humid Alabama temps, but thank the good Lord for air conditioning!

Our church is conducting our annual Vacation Bible School this week, so we'll be on the go. Plus my sweet hubby is celebrating his birthday on Tuesday, so we're going to postpone the celebration until VBS is over.

So here's what I've got on the menu for this busy week:

Monday
Pretzel dogs (from my freezer stash), spiralized potatoes
Tuesday
Steak bites, twice baked potatoes

Wednesday
Panko crusted salmon, spinach Parmesan
Thursday
Cheeseburger macaroni, oven roasted brussel sprouts
Friday
Homemade pizza

Saturday
Grilled pork & veggie kebabs

Sunday
Crockpot beef tips and gravy, mashed potatoes

For more meal planning inspiration, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Menu Plan May 25-31

Sorry this is late, but I've had a busy, busy weekend!

On Saturday we purchased a new mattress set for our king size bed. We've had a memory foam mattress for about 2 years and I never really liked it. I woke up with sore shoulders and neck almost every day. I finally came to the conclusion that memory foam just isn't for me. Charles agreed that he really didn't find it all that comfortable either.

So we found a great deal at Sam's Club and snagged the last king size set they had of this particular style. I have to say, I love it already. Sore shoulders are gone! Charles isn't quite ready to give his seal of approval since it takes him a long time to get adjusted to anything new. But he's pleased that I'm pleased with it.

Sunday was of course a day of church activities and then Monday was Memorial Day. I did a lot of grilling prepwork and we hosted some friends. So I've barely had time to sit down at my laptop.

Now that I have, here's what is on this week's menu:

Monday
Grilled burgers, hot dogs and brats

Tuesday
Jambalaya, crusty bread

Wednesday
Baked egg rolls, garlic sesame noodles

Thursday
Homemade pizza

Friday
Girls' night - all the guys are going camping

Saturday
Grilled steaks

Sunday
Leftovers

Hope y'all have a great week!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Menu Plan May 18-24

Last week I had to clean out my chest freezer to make room for half a cow we had purchased. The meat was processed and we needed a place to put it! If you can find a good source of grass-fed beef, I highly recommend purchasing a quarter or half a side of beef. It's a large expense all at once, but well worth it in the long run.

I was so glad when the farmer called us to let us know it was time. I was completely out of ground beef from our last half cow. And nothing you can buy at the grocery store tastes like locally grown beef.

So a lot of my cooking this week involves beef, as well as some other family favorites. I'm even trying a meatless recipe, Unstuffed Pasta Florentine.

Monday
Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, homemade fries

Tuesday
Unstuffed Pasta Florentine, garlic bread

Wednesday
Chicken patty sandwiches, zucchini noodles (zoodles)

Thursday
Spaghetti, salad

Friday
Homemade pizza

Saturday
Grilled steak, baked potatoes

Sunday
Savory beef roast, crockpot potatoes

For more meal planning inspiration, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.