Category: Recipes

2011 Menu #8

I can’t wait to tell you all about my trip to Vegas, but I am still quite exhausted since getting home last night. Battled a headache most of the day and life does continue at it’s normal pace once you’re back from a vacation. Oy. I had some seriously grandiose plans to get the entire menu planned for March while I was away from my family for 4 days. Hah! I didn’t look at my menu ONCE.

But we still have to eat. And I most definitely ate my way through my time visiting with friends. So much to tell, so little time. On with this week’s menu!


Sloppy Joes with salty chips and dill pickles


Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potatoes and tortilla chips (didn’t get around to making this last week!)


Pancakes and D’s favorite sausage links


Roasted Chicken with rice pilaf and steamed veggies


Italian Sausage Soup with crusty bread (yep, didn’t make this one last week either…)


Eggplant Parmesan with a green salad and garlic bread (an incredibly easy recipe that yields scrumptious results! No need for 3 eggplants; 1 large eggplant is plenty.)


Probably the (frozen) Teriyaki Chicken or Orange Chicken from Trader Joe’s. Seriously, everyone licks the plate clean with those dishes and I can’t get over how quick, easy and cheap those meals are! Served with rice or noodles, a veggie and some rolls and it’s a fantastic dinner.

If I don’t make it to TJ’s, then it’ll be taco’s.


I’m praying for a solid night’s rest and an uneventful time at the grocery store tomorrow morning. Looking forward to another week with my family and all the adventures that brings!

2011 Menu #7

I had 4 new recipes to try out last week, which I really don’t recommend doing when you have little ones! We’re having the French Lentil soup tonight and I’m really hoping it’s a winner with everyone.

One dinner was a success for Hubbs and I – not for the boys. One of them was a success to Hubbs and nobody else. And another dinner was a complete bust for everyone at the table. To put it in the words of D:

“Mommy, I don’t want this. I want something really really yummy.” (stated in a very matter-of-fact tone!)

Mmm hmmm, so does mommy….

And that’s why I was more than happy when we went out for Chinese food on Friday night!!

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2011 Menu #6

I managed to stay out of a grocery store (even the Target store) for 6 whole days in a row! I honestly think that’s the first ever for me, at least since being married and being that we haven’t been on vacation…hah, DEFINITELY haven’t been on vacation!!

I attribute most of my abstaining from those miscellaneous expenditures to my efforts at meal planning. It definitely does not work that well each week but I am happy to report SUCCESS this past week! The only reason I will need to hit the grocery store twice this week is to pick up the fresh veggies for meals on Thursday and Saturday. Otherwise, I hope to be successful 2 weeks in a row.

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2011 Menu #5

** something screwy happened with Menu #4…my bad!

Here we are, the final week of January…actually we’re nearing the final day of January! I am quite thankful February is nearly here, for many reasons. Most of all I’m thankful for an “open” calendar month, one that I can control a little easier and put less stress on my young’uns. Mommy and Daddy being gone so much in January did not bode well for D. But tomorrow is a new day and the times away from home will be a lot less for awhile.

I’m also starting to experiment with healthier breakfast options for myself and the kiddos – if any of them area actually successful then I’ll start to include those in my weekly menus as well.


Chicken Pot Pie with fruit salad and/or cornbread

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2011 Menu #2

While I’ve managed to get cracking on my meal planning for the new year, it is still the “same ‘ol same ‘ol” in regards to the actual meals being prepared. I just don’t have it in me to be “uber inspiring” when I’m not feeling well.

HOWEVER, I’m still a firm believer in meal planning, even when the circumstances aren’t as ideal as I’d like them to be.

Remember, you can find all kinds of other gal’s weekly menu’s in the comments section over at This Week For Dinner. Happy cooking! Continue reading

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