This has been a crazy week for us. We were out of school last Friday for snow. We had a long weekend because we were out of school on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. And then, snow came again Tuesday and we’ve been out of school since then. My children have not been to school in a week. I have consumed more Homemade Hot Chocolate than I care to admit and a routine is begging our names. Amidst all the chaos and hot chocolate (grin), I’ve been thankful for my menu plan and freezer meals. We have had the best time, but all good things must come to an end. These kiddos are going to school tomorrow! I know their teachers have missed them. Wink.
Freezer cooking is one of my favorite things. In fact, my Freezer Cooking Club met last Saturday so now my freezer is full of great meals I can just thaw, cook and serve. Could anything be more wonderful? Except for one thing…last week my menu plan had Bolognese Sauce on Sunday. I was all ready for this. I pulled it out of the freezer, thawed it, and then Sunday morning I dumped it in my slow cooker before I left for church. When I put it in my slow cooker I thought it looked funny. What I thought was Bolognese Sauce was actually Super Sloppy Joes. Whoops. All of this could have been prevented had I just printed my friend Emily’s Freezer Meal Labels. Hop on over and grab your copy. Maybe you’ll thaw the right thing when you look at your menu plan.
It’s that time of the week again, where we plan our menu, write a grocery list, and set ourselves up for success, right? Well, I guess it’s always good to have goals. This week’s menu plan will help you save money, eat healthy, and stay focused. I hope you are able to grab a few ideas and plan along.
Have you printed your monthly menu plan yet? Have you plugged in your menu ideas?!? I hope it’s helpful to you, but each week I’ll still post my menu plan with more details and links to recipes.
One of the things that I’d like to do this month is make more homemade things. My sweet sister in law made the best granola bars while we were visiting. I asked her for the recipe and she quickly sent it. Having been in the kitchen all my life I rarely measure things, nor do I read directions. Well…let’s just say the information about bringing the honey and brown sugar to a boil for 30-60 seconds was pretty crucial. We don’t really have granola bars. It’s more like granola crumble, but whatever, you can eat it. Learn from me. Read the directions on this one, unless you want granola crumble. It’s pretty tasty. It just doesn’t pack well in a lunch box. Ha!
Here’s what’s on the menu this week:
Peanut Butter Bars by Heavenly Homemakers
Muffins (I’ll be making these Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins to add to the freezer.)
Toast with Ham and Eggs
Cereal/Yogurt Parfaits with Granola (I add in raisins, dates, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, etc. after it is cooled.)
Tuna, Fish Tacos, Chicken Salad, Sandwiches
Buffalo Chicken Strips, mac and cheese, broccoli
Rotisserie Chicken, pasta salad, green beans
Grilled Fish, baked sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts
Dinner with Friends
Pork Tenderloin, baked potatoes, salad (I will make the pork tenderloin in the crock pot again with 1000 island dressing. Yes, 1000 dressing.)
In addition to my trip to Costco here are a few things I’m grabbing at Aldi:
snack foods for the middle school boys that will be at my house all weekend…yes, all weekend!
Oh, and I treated myself to a bag of Pita Chips. I love those things!
Hope your week is great and your menus are planned! Thanks for reading.
This coming up week is a big week at my house. Our church is hosting a Ladies Conference, and I’m helping with it. Many of my friends will be leading break out sessions, and I could not be any more excited! If you live in the Memphis area, you still have time to come. You can register here. Since we are going to be so busy, having a menu plan is a must. When we get really busy, I can fall back on the familiar and it keeps me from losing my mind. I know it sounds silly, but a little bit of planning can go a long way.
In other news…a house of three boys is always lively. I can go for periods of time where no one is talking, but then all of a sudden everyone needs me. One night this week, I was trying to have a discussion with my oldest son while my youngest was calling my name. He called it about five times, but I ignored him because the conversation I was in the middle of was requiring my undivided attention. The sixth time I
yelled gently spoke out the door, “I’m trying to talk to your brother. I’ll get to you in a minute!” When I finished up with the middle schooler I made my way to the the youngest’s room. He held up two chubby fingers and said, “I have two things. Number 1. When I call your name I want you to say, ‘What.’ Number 2. Can I turn my light on to read a book?” Precious thing. He just wanted me to say, “What.” And he wanted to turn on a light, but really that was just delaying the inevitable bedtime.
So this week, I hope you can attend the Ladies Conference. I hope you get to turn your light on and read a book. I hope you have a menu plan. And for crying out loud, when someone calls your name I hope you say, “What.”
Bagels with cream cheese
Bacon and Eggs
Sausage and Biscuits
Sausage Links in Crescent rolls
Cinnamon Rolls by Pioneer Woman
Baked Oatmeal by Thriving Home Blog
Cauliflower Soup (Using this recipe, but cauliflower instead of potato)
Chicken and Dumplins, corn, green beans
Lettuce Wraps by JoyFoodSunshine
Bolognese Sauce with pasta, spinach, bread
Pork Tenderloin, broccoli, sweet potatoes, crockpot corn, rolls, Caramel Pie
(My pork tenderloin is a very complicated recipe. I put it in the crockpot and pour a bottle of 1000 Island over it. Yes, 1000 Island dressing. I cook it on high for 4 hours or so. Yes, 1000 Island dressing. It’s won.der.ful. Crockpot corn is also very complicated. I put two bags of frozen corn in the crockpot with a half a block of cream cheese and half a stick of butter. I didn’t say it was healthy. I just said it was deee.licious. Sunday lunch is served. Grin.)
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