Monday Menu Planning

This week is going to be significantly busier than last week. The weather is starting to change. I need to get our pears preserved along with several other things. So you will notice alot of pre-prepared foods.  We did camp from Friday to Sunday so we used the Blackstone for most meals during this time!

Breakfast- Saturday- Big breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast or English muffins Sunday- sausage and pancakes Monday- Find your own. Tuesday- Pear Baked Oatmeal Wednesday- Homemade Everything Bagels Thursday and Friday- find it oatmeal, cereal and milk, French toast sticks, bagels, breakfast burritos and pancakes.

Lunch- Saturday-Cheese Quesadillas Sunday-Chicken nuggets and green beans.   Monday-I had chicken salad Tuesday- left-overs Wednesday-eat out   Thursday- salad   Friday-not sure what it will be at this point.

Dinner- Saturday-Ate at the outlets Sunday- Cowboy beans   Monday-Chicken pot pie and pear sauce.   Tuesday Million Dollar Spaghetti Pie.  Wednesday-Pulled pork sandwiches   Thursday- Chicken and Broccoli Casserole Friday-Kielbasa and rice.

Monday Menu Post

Planning and prepping are working well. This week, I have alot of things already prepped so it is heat and eat!

Breakfast- Saturday- Big breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs and toast. Sunday- bagels with choice of toppings. Monday- Find your own. Tuesday- Homemade everything bagels.  Wednesday Thursday and Friday- find it oatmeal, cereal and milk, French toast sticks, bagels, breakfast burritos and pancakes.

Lunch- Saturday-Cheese Quesadillas Sunday-Little Italy.   Monday-I had a salad Tuesday- salad.  Wednesday-eat out   Thursday- left-overs, Friday-chicken bacon ranch pasta salad

Dinner- Saturday-homemade pizza Sunday- Salsa chicken soup (new recipe)  Monday-Spaghetti and Garlic Bread   Tuesday Hamburger Helper.  Wednesday- Chicken nuggets   Thursday- Taco Bell   Friday-Hot Dogs.

Monday Menu Planning

This week has us on a more normal schedule. Zach has a ball game on Wednesday but we should be home the other evenings.  We do have a lot of things that need to be caught up on especially outside. The garden is on it’s last leg for the summer, so we need to clean out the beds and lots of weeds.  I did a bunch of meal prep on Saturday since we were stuck inside.

Breakfast- Saturday-Gravy and biscuits. Sunday-Cheddar Bay Sausage balls   Monday- Biscuits (steak for Matt and Zach).  Tuesday- Omelets Wednesday Thursday and Friday- find it oatmeal, cereal and milk, French toast sticks, bagels, breakfast burritos and pancakes.
Lunch- Saturday-leftovers Sunday-Kimonos   Monday-Salad Tuesday- left-pvers Wednesday- lunch out for me Thursday- salad Friday-leftovers

Dinner- Saturday-finishing up left-overs Sunday-Sausage Potato soup (decided we could start soup Sunday). Monday-Cheddar and Bacon burgers and fries. Tuesday- Stuffed green peppers.  Wednesday- Eating out after game. Thursday- Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes corn and green beans.  Friday- Grilled chicken and pasta salad.

This is the first full week of school for all the kids and my second week of work. Last week seemed to work well and we managed to eat at home every night!  So we are doing a repeat with different food. I am thinking that some of our weeks will start to look very similar due to use the food we already have on hand. I have even thought about going back a couple of years and doing repeat menu plan.  Just might be fun to see if our taste and preferences have changed.

Breakfast- Saturday-BLT. Sunday- Made to order omelets Monday- Homemade everything bagels Tuesday- Zucchini bread Wednesday Thursday and Friday- find it oatmeal, cereal and milk, French toast sticks, bagels, breakfast burritos and pancakes.

Lunch- Saturday-leftovers Sunday-Christos   Monday-left-over Tuesday- chicken salad Wednesday- left-overs Thursday- Summer lunch, Friday-eat out.

Dinner- Saturday-Chips and dips Sunday- Youth group dinner Monday-country style steak, mashed potatoes, fried squash and green beans Tuesday Taco Pasta Wednesday- Chicken fried rice Thursday- Hamburgers and FF Friday- Genghis grill for Zach’s birthday

Every Bit Counts Challenge- It made sense for me to include this with Menu planning as they are both food related. Things are busy and crazy, but I did manage to get a couple of things done. This is likely the last week of preservation as most things are slowing way done. The goal is to continue to harvest and use items as we can!
Tuesday August 23rd frozen bananas
Wednesday August 24th Salas
Thursday August 25th- shredded zucchini
Friday August 26th-
Saturday Augst 27th-
Sunday August 28th-Dinners prepared and tomato soup for lunches
Monday August 29th- Froze a gallon bag of tomatoes. .

Monday Menu Planning

This week, I have changed and hopefully improved our menu planning and preparation.  In addition to planning the menu, we tried to prepare as much as possible. For example, I made the mashed potatoes for dinner tonight yesterday and reheated in the oven.  The goal is to reduce the amount of time it takes to get a meal on the table to 30 minutes each evening.  It worked really well today!  This is my first full week of work, Lily’s second full week of school and Zach’s second week of football practice.

Breakfast- Saturday- Big breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs and toast. Sunday- Biscuits with choice of meat or sweet. Monday- Find your own. Tuesday- Homemade everything bagels.  Wednesday Thursday and Friday- find it oatmeal, cereal and milk, French toast sticks, bagels, breakfast burritos and pancakes.

Lunch- Saturday-Left-overs Sunday-East Coast wings   Monday-I had a salad Tuesday- left-overs.  Wednesday- sandwich Thursday- Summer lunch, Friday-eat out.

Dinner- Saturday-Chips and dips Sunday- Tomato soup or Matt’s chill Monday-Beef stew with mashed potatoes and squash.  Tuesday Chicken Sausage Alfredo.  Wednesday- Egg roll in a bowl Thursday- Stuffed green peppers Friday-Breakfast Pizza

Every Bit Counts Challenge- It made sense for me to include this with Menu planning as they are both food related. I knew this would become harder as I started back to work. It is also harder as the garden has slowed way down as we approach fall.

Tuesday August 16th 8 cups of diced tomatoes
Wednesday August 17th Dried spices
Thursday August 18- Batch of medium salsa
Friday August 19-
Saturday Augst 20th- We finished on a new cabinet for the kitchen a
Sunday August 21st- 2 bags of cabbage for Future Eggroll in a bowl dinner
Monday August 22nd- 4 cups of Diced tomatoes.

 

Monday Menu Planning and #Everybit counts Challenge

The back to work countdown is in the single digits… like 3 single days. This week I am focusing on keeping up with the garden and doing so heavy preserving each day. I also have to get the oil changed, cars washed, glasses ordered and a final grocery stock up as well.  In the area of menu planning. I decided to try a new to use recipe each day until Friday when sloppy joes are on the menu!

Breakfast- Saturday- BLTs Sunday- Steak, egg and cheese scramble. Monday- Steak egg and cheese burritos Tuesday- Homemade everything bagels.  Wednesday Thursday and Friday- find it oatmeal, cereal and milk, French toast sticks, bagels, breakfast burritos and pancakes.

Lunch- Saturday-Tomato Sandwiches Sunday-Applebee’s Monday- Leftovers Tuesday- Sushi lunch treat for kids.  Wednesday- Left-overs or sandwich Thursday- Summer lunch, Friday-eat out as I am back at work.

Dinner- Saturday-Leftovers. Sunday- Left-overs Monday-Big Mac Salad Tuesday Peanut Chicken with rice Wednesday- Beef Lo mein  Thursday- Chicken Quesadilla Tex Mex squash and Friday-Sloppy Joes.

Every Bit Counts Challenge- It made sense for me to include this with Menu planning as they are both food related. This will continue for at least this week if not the rest of August

Tuesday August 9th Nine Breakfast items
Wednesday August 10th Apple Butter
Thursday August 11- Stevia and Squash Casserole
Friday August 12- Diced Tomatos
Saturday Augst 13th- We worked on a new cabinet for the kitchen and repairs to the greenhouse
Sunday August 14th- 1 cup portions of Celery frozen
Monday August 8th- Diced Tomatoes and Salsa

Official food preparation count: 58
Breakfast count:33
Spaghetti Sauce: 25
Salsa: 4 full batches (I would honestly like to make 2 more of these but we will need to wait until I get another batch of Wax Peppers in)
Tomato Sauce: 13 1/2 cup portions and 2 1 cup portions (I would like to have 12 cup portions before moving to diced tomatoes)
Diced Tomatoes- 16 cans- I would like to get 8 more to call it good!

Monday Menu Planning and #Everybitcounts

The return-to-work countdown is on!  I have less than 2 weeks.  I am going to focus on getting as much stored up as possible in the next 2 weeks. I also want to try several different recipes so that I can see if they work. I am also going to be trying to get ahead with several easy breakfasts.  We are putting away a couple of pancakes at a time when we make them. I am also planning to make omelet bags on Tuesday morning while making breakfast!

Breakfast- Saturday- Pancakes   Sunday- Cheddar cheese sausage balls and eggs. Monday- Homemade bagels Tuesday- Omelets   Wednesday Thursday and Friday- find it oatmeal, cereal and milk, French toast sticks, bagels, breakfast burritos and pancakes.

Lunch- Saturday-BLTs Sunday-Don Juans Monday- Sumer lunch Tuesday- Summer lunch which included squash, zucchini, cantaloupe and strawberries.  Wednesday- Eat out as we will be back to school shopping.  Thursday- Leftovers or sandwiches, Friday-salad.

Dinner- Saturday-Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Sunday- Baked Potatoes, Monday- KFC bowls   Tuesday Philly Cheese Steaks   Wednesday- PF Changs for my birthday Thursday- Cube Steak and lots of sides Friday-Sloppy Joes.

Every Bit Counts Challenge- It made sense for me to include this with Menu planning as they are both food related.

Friday August 5th-Salsa
Saturday August 6th- Pancakes and Sausage Balls
Sunday August 7th- Forzen bananas
Monday August 8th- Tomato Sauce

Official food preparation count: 58
Breakfast count: 22
Spaghetti Sauce: 25
Salsa: 3 full batches (I would honestly like to make 2 more of these but we will need to wait until I get another batch of Wax Peppers in)
Tomato Sauce: 13 1/2 cup portions and 2 1 cup portions (I would like to have 12 cup portions before moving to diced tomatoes)

 

Menu Planning on Tuesday!

The focus this week and for most of the month of August will be no food waste!  I am working hard to find ways to use what we have and are growing but also to save a little each day for the future.

One explanation- we have been getting breakfast at Biscuit King on Saturday morning which allows us to get outside and get a couple hours of work in prior to it getting unbearably hot.

Breakfast- Saturday- Biscuit King   Sunday- Sausage and eggs on the Blackstone as we did not have electricity.  Monday- Smoothies Tuesday- Homemade Everything bagels   Wednesday- Breakfast burritos Thursday- find it in the freezer, which includes muffins, French toast sticks, bagels, breakfast burritos and pancakes. Friday- Banana muffins

Lunch- Saturday-BLTs Sunday-Greggs   Monday- Leftovers   Tuesday- Summer lunch which included squash, zucchini, cantaloupe and strawberries.  Wednesday- Eat out as we will be back to school shopping.  Thursday- Leftovers or sandwiches, Friday-salad.

Dinner- Saturday-Cheddar Bacon Burgers. Sunday- Roast Beef sliders Monday- Spaghetti with homemade sauce.  Tuesday Chicken Pot pie   Wednesday- Insta pot hamburger helper.  Thursday- Pasta salad Friday-Steaks and baked potatoes.

Friday Catch-Up

Things got alot crazy around here this week.  I knew that we would be fairly busy with Zach having baseball camp 3 days and Vacation Bible School 5 nights with a pool party for a sixth night.  What I did not count on was adding in the 659 pounds of meat that needed some attention.

I received a text on Tuesday morning that our meat was ready. I was very thankful that Matt had cleaned out and started the old chest freezer on Saturday. After a couple of phone calls I was able to arrange some help and began working on making meals with the meat.

This week I have been able to make and freeze, 14 packs of Salisbury steaks which did not include our dinner today, 2 pounds of Taco meat and 10 packs of taco meat, 10 packs of sloppy joes and 2 additional batches of spaghetti sauce and 2 batches of Salsa.  Here is the official meal total:  I am at least halfway to my goal of 100 meals in the freezer.
Official food preparation count: 45
Breakfast count : 15
Spaghetti Sauce: 20

The other big event of the week was our purchase and bringing home of 6 chickens. The chickens are approximately 2 weeks old and currently hanging out in the living room under a heat lap for the next week. As you realize I have not been able to get the chicken story and how we have prepared for chickens up yet but hopefully I will be able to get this accomplished in the next couple of weeks.

I have 19 days until I return to work.  I will be only working one job so hopefully this will make things a tad less hectic in the fall.

I am continuing to recover from my outpatient surgery. I did overdo things on Sunday and spent most of Monday resting and recovering.  I hope to return to normal activities by next Monday but we shall see as I am currenting struggling.

I was able to spend a good couple of hours working in the garden beds this week.  I have pulled up and replanted one of the beds with pumpkins.  We are continuing to get lots of good tomatoes, several squash, a zucchni and a couple of small cucumbers.  I am hopeful to increase the cucumbers and we also have apples and pears starting to ripen on the trees in the back yard.

Looking forward to a less busy and more normal start to August!

 

Monday Musing

  • No menu plan for the week. We are all volunteering at Vacation Bible School this week. We are provided a meal each day so that makes life a little easier.
  • One of the you tube channels that I real enjoy is Three Rivers homestead.  She has a challenge starting in August called “Every bit counts.” The idea is that you find time each day to preserve one thing and that way it does not become overwhelming.  I know that once I start working again in August even this will become difficult, so I am going to start this week and end on August 19th. My plan is to share weekly and how I am doing with this challenge. Last week, I made and frozen 15 helping of spaghetti sauce. Today, I put packs of mini applesauce muffins in the freezer. I also made a huge batch of gravy that we ate for lunch. I was able to put 2 smaller containers in the freezer to use for breakfast bowls in the future.
  • On Saturday, we were able to complete the chicken coop and started with the fencing to finish the area.  We will hopefully get our new pet chickens this week. I am going to plan to share all about the chickens in blog post this week.
  • We also have obtained a large 250 galloon water barrel for both the chickens and for watering things in the greenhouse.  We did attach a gutter system to the barrel We need to first fill and empty to remove all the remaining chemicals that are in it. Slow progress but this will hopefully eliminate the need to use county water next year for the garden or chickens.
  • As I mentioned above, we all are involved in VBS this week which runs from 6 to 8:30 Sunday to Thursday. Zach is attending the local baseball camp from 8:30 to 11 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lily is working Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Yeap we are back to a busy schedule.
  • The garden is continuing to bounce back and we are getting a good supply of tomatoes and yellow squash currently.  I am hopefully to freeze enough spaghetti sauce for the year (24 containers) and make another batch of salsa before the tomatoes slow down to eating and saving as diced tomatoes.
  • I was able to locate enough frozen basil to use in the spaghetti sauce that I don’t think I am going to replant this year. I will likely plan to grow in the green stock planter next year and replenish our supply then.