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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Grinding Your Own Meat at Home

Do you know how expensive it is to buy ground chicken or pork? Not to mention how pricy hamburger is these days.

Well, I've got good news. If you have a food processor, you can grind your own meats at homes. Buy your meat on sale if you can to save even more money. I routinely buy pork loin at Sam's Club for $1.78 a pound. Then I grind part of it up to use as sausage or simply ground pork.

Ground chicken is very expensive. But if you buy chicken breasts on sale, you can grind your own. You have the added benefit of knowing exactly what is going in to your ground meat.

The same is true for beef. If you can get a roast on sale, use some of it for ground beef.

Here's what you do.

Use the metal blade on your food processor. Cut the meat into slices or chunks. You can leave some fat on it because that will help the meat stick together.
Pulse the processor several times until the meat reaches the desired consistency. Don't over do it, or you'll end up with meat paste instead of ground meat.
Now my ground pork is ready to be made into sausage. I just add the spices I want and mix it all together. In this case, I'm making Italian sausage.

Now my ground sausage is ready to be used in my recipe. More likely than not, I'm going to use this to make Italian Sausage Sandwiches. I've stopped buying sausage links and patties now and make my own. It's so much cheaper and healthier!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Menu Plan May 11-17

I hope all the mothers out there had a lovely Mother's Day. I'm so thankful for my kids and the privilege I have of being their Mama. I'm also grateful for the wonderful mom God gave me who set a great example for me to follow.

This is how I spent my Mother's Day weekend:

At the beach in Destin, Florida! My sister-in-law and I took our girls who share the same birthday in July to the beach. We spent two lovely days enjoying the scenery and great food. And we also took a dolphin cruise and got to see many dolphins. Here are the birthday girls:
Now it's back to the real world, which includes meal planning and preparation. So here's what I've got on the menu this week:

Monday
Coconut curry chicken, rice

Tuesday
Baked egg rolls, garlic sesame noodles

Wednesday
Panko crusted salmon

Thursday
Zucchini casserole

Friday
Pizza

Saturday
Grilled hamburgers, homemade fries

Sunday
Moroccan beef patties, Parmesan couscous

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

Monday, May 4, 2015

No Menu Plan This Week

After an extremely busy week and weekend, I'm going to take a week off from posting a menu plan.

We had a wonderful low country crawfish boil here at the house on Saturday and everyone really enjoyed it.
We hosted a youth group fellowship on Sunday night after church, too. I don't mind telling you, I'm beat!

So hopefully I'll see you next week. Hope y'all have a wonderful first week of May!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Menu Plan April 27-May 3

This is going to be an extremely busy week for me.

Two nephews and a niece arrived today to stay for a few days. They are homeschoolers like we are, so while they're here, I'll be administering achievement tests to them. I'll admit, administering standardized tests isn't my favorite thing to do. But I'm happy to help my sister-in-law out, plus it gives my kids time to spend with their cousins.

Both of my teenage nephews love my homemade pretzel dogs, so I made sure they were on the menu. You know how teen boys like to eat, so I'll be spending a lot of time preparing food to fuel their brains for these tests!

The day after they leave, I have a bunco game night with some ladies from church. Then on Saturday, we're hosting a Low Country crawfish boil. And Sunday night after church, the youth group is coming to our house for a time of food and fellowship.

Yeah, I'm going to be in the kitchen a lot this week!

So here's what I've got planned:

Monday
Pasta with Italian sausage

Tuesday
Pretzel dogs, homemade fries

Wednesday
Chicken fried rice

Thursday
Zucchini casserole, homemade bread

Friday
Pizza night (Bunco night for me)

Saturday
Low Country crawfish boil

Sunday
Leftovers

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

Hope y'all have a great week!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Menu Plan April 20-26 and Allergy Helper

It's been rainy here in the Deep South. All last week, it rained and rained some more. Puddles are everywhere!

But there is an upside to the rain. It washes away the pollen which is plentiful this time of year. Between the rain and my daily allergy remedy, I've been nearly free of my usual seasonal allergy symptoms. If I feel itchy, watery eyes coming on, I drink another cup of the remedy.

Here's my allergy helper recipe:

The juice of half a lemon
1 TBSP local raw honey
Hot water

I just put the juice into a regular size coffee mug and add hot water. You don't want it to be boiling water, just hot enough to melt the honey. Stir in the honey until dissolved and then drink warm.

I know, it sounds like an old wives' tale, but lemon juice is known for its antibacterial properties and honey, especially locally produced honey, helps alleviate pollen-related allergy symptoms. I really believe it's made a difference in my fight against seasonal allergies. And if it's all in my head, so what? I enjoy my honey lemon "tea!"

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

Monday
Chicken lazone

Tuesday
Panko crusted salmon, mashed cauliflower
Wednesday
Chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes

Thursday
Quinoa burrito bowls
Friday
Pizza

Saturday
Sloppy joes, homemade fries

Sunday
Savory roast beef sandwiches, crockpot potatoes

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