It’s that time again – time to share what we’ve got planned for our menu for the coming week…
Here’s the plan: Every Saturday, I’m going to publish our menu for the week here – on this blog – as a means of accountability. I’ll try to give links to recipes whenever possible. I’ll share links to resources as I come across them. And if you want to join in – and please do! – leave a comment in the comments section here telling us what YOU are planning for your dinner menus for the week. Maybe if we all join in – we’ll get inspired to try something new and different – or just maybe forgotten for a while!
Do you ever have one of those weeks?
The kind of week where you kinda forget that your whole world is heading straight for a major shift in the world as you know and understand it?
That was me this past week.
My baby girl is heading to college 3,122 miles away – mere hours for now.
All of the things I had planned to do this past week just didn’t happen.
I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
All of the recipes that I was going to get around to typing up and blogging about – still untyped and unblogged about.
I’m okay with that.
BUT – I do need to get back in the swing of things. It’s not that long until William’s next surgery at Shriner’s (11 days), and until school starts again (16 days) and I just need to be consistent and in the habit of doing these things for when things get a little crazier with all that comes with the Fall.
So – here we go!
For the week beginning today, Sunday, August 22 through Saturday, August 28, 2010 our plan is….
Sunday – Beef Stroganoff with Squash from the Garden!!! Yes! Our first squash from the garden! Woo Hoo! One Romanesco zucchini and one yellow crookneck squash. I adore squash. I’d hoped that Jess would get to have some before she left for college. Yay!
Monday – Chicken Tenders with BBQ Sauce. Yes. This will be the beginning of that phase in life when our children at home are male teenaged persons who really believe that everything is better with BBQ sauce on it.
Tuesday – Burgers on the Grill. It’s gonna be hot – and who knows how long we have optimal grilling weather – must not waste the opportunity!
Wednesday – Tacos. A classic Wednesday night meal – with youth group activities – it’s a breeze to throw together and is a meal the boys simply adore.
Thursday – Cheesy Hammy Pasta. This is William’s new favorite dish. It’s got lots of cheese, it’s got chunks of ham. It makes him a happy boy – so it’s on the menu! Some day – when he’s developed real taste buds – I’ll be able to throw in all of the fabulous vegetables I long to and he’ll still eat it!
Friday – Dinner out – at a friend’s Birthday Bash – it’s gonna be great fun!
Saturday – John & Dina’s Chili con Carne with Scoops. This is a great meal option – warm, comforting, and absolutely yummy. AND – another great opportunity to use up some of those fabulous real home canned beans!
Okay – so this may be grossly obvious – but for me, it was one of those “ah ha” moments when I realized this could help my menu planning significantly.
It’s a wonderful thing called the Weather Forecast.
Here’s the forecast for our corner of the world for the next 10 days.
Lo 45 °F
SunnyHi 83 °F
ClearLo 52 °F
SunnyHi 92 °F
ClearLo 53 °F
SunnyHi 87 °F
Lo 53 °F
Hi 72 °F
Lo 51 °F
Knowing that it’s going to be near 90° F on Tuesday makes Tuesday the obvious grilling day. And seeing that the high on Saturday is only forecasted to be 72° F makes me feel so much more confident about planning chili for dinner that night! Know what I mean?
Elementary, right? Don’t know why it took me so long to factor that in to the whole menu planning thing!
Now – tell me…
Any insider tips?
And of course…
What’s Your Plan?