"Grieving the loss of a child is a process, it begins the day your child passes and ends the day the parent joins them."

Monday, August 31, 2009

My Menu Plan.

It's Monday again. Time to get my menu plan posted on the fridge. I've decided that I really like this idea. I'm able to check my menu and pull what I need out of the freezer each night, in order to be have whatever it is thawed by the next day.

I followed the menu pretty closely for the most part. Only two days that I needed to change it up a little. One, because Paul didn't feel good last week (still doesn't) and he wanted soup and grilled cheese. The other day was the day of Carly's disaster dental appointment day. I was too riled up to think straight. That night, everyone ate left overs.

Anyway, grocery shopping was a breeze. I was in and out of the store in 1 hour and 15 minutes. I made a list of items that I would need over the course of my two week menu plan. I did, of course have to add other items to the list. Items of necessity, such as snacks, fruit, paper goods, etc... And I only forgot to write one item down on my list the first go 'round. It was brown rice. We eat a lot of that around here!

Here's my menu plan for the next two weeks:

  • Tonight - Hot beef sandwiches (beef was left over from last weeks roast) mashed potatoes & green beans-from the garden.
  • Tue - Chicken breasts, couscous & veggies.
  • Wed - Spare ribs, sweet corn and roasted potatoes-from the garden.
  • Thur - Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, burgers on the grill & veggies.
  • Fri - Pizza night.
  • Sat - no cooking. We have a 50th Anniversary party to go to.
  • Sun - Shredded pork sandwiches (left overs from Wed) & salad.

Next week:

  • Mon - Brats on the grill, macaroni salad & sweet corn.
  • Tue - Crock pot pork loin, baked potatoes along with veggies.
  • Wed - Lasagna, zucchini (from the garden) and garlic bread.
  • Thur - Chicken chimmichangas and Spanish rice.
  • Fri - Pizza night.
  • Sat - Baked beans and hot dogs, fried potatoes, crescent rolls.
  • Sun - Scalloped potatoes and ham, green beans and rolls.
Now for a yummy recipe from last week. This is what we call Chicken Broccoli Casserole. Our neighbor made this for us just after the birth of Brad. We loved it. I've made it ever since and it's a big hit in our home. My parents love it too.

3-4 Chicken breasts
1 package frozen broccoli
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/8 C. of mayo
1 T. lemon juice
Shredded cheddar cheese
1 stick of margarine
5 slices of bread (cubed)

Bake chicken and de-bone. Cook broccoli and drain. Chop up chicken and broccoli. Mix mayo, soup & lemon juice together, mix in the chicken and broccoli. Put into a greased casserole dish (2 qt works fine) Then sprinkle with desired amount of cheddar cheese. Melt stick of margarine in a skillet. Toss in cubed bread and toss until covered. (sometimes I add a bit more margarine). Cover the top of the casserole. Bake @350 for 45 minutes. Uncovered.

This is delicious. I serve it with brown rice and dinner rolls.

Sorry, I tried to add a photo but for some reason, blogger isn't allowing it tonight :o(


Lacey said...

Oh, I'm so going to print off this page. I am in desperate need of dinner ideas. Spagetti and tacos is getting really old.

Heather said...

I STILL haven't taken your lead on this.Next week for sure.Love the pictures but hate the sister goodbye.We had the same scene here this week.Carly looks beautiful as ever.

Stephanie said...

OK, I just got the kids schedules and from 3-9pm Monday - Friday my life is in the car, driving , driving and driving.
I'm going to give this a try, we're going grocery shopping for school lunch stuff and I'm going to make a menu plan. Lovin the chicken recipe.Thanks

Lori said...

Yum! Did you buy enough for dinner guests =)
Love the pics of Dr. Carly above! That is so sweet how she plays with her doll. It is amazing what we learn about our children and what they know/learn/feel by how they play with dolls.