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Spring Has Sprung!

Yay for Spring!

It’s still cold here but the skies are blue, the days are getting longer and it seems like everyone is just a little happier – myself included.

During the winter, I took a sanity break.

Here’s what’s been going on:

* I’m pregnant. 24 weeks along.

* Lauren is potty trained. Yay! I’m happy to have a break from diapers before our new addition makes his appearance.

* I got super lazy with cooking and menu planning and didn’t do it. At all. I made a menu for this week this morning, hopefully dinners will go a little more smoothly this week. I suspect they will. I have no clue if I’ll be able to keep it up when the overtime kicks in and the Mister is gone for 90 hours a week. But for right now, when he’s only gone for 60, I’m going to give it my best shot.

* Our little family still hasn’t been able to travel back to California to visit friends and family. We’re missing them so very much but are still waiting our visa extensions to come through. The FBI checks took the longest amount of time. 13 weeks. Finally, we got those back. Now it’s all in the hands of the New Zealand government. I hope they’ll be quick!

Eh, that’s all I can think of.

Here’s my menu for this week, I’ll post the recipe of our favorite dinner at the end of the week. Assuming I haven’t decided to become a hermit again.

Mon: Minestrone soup
Tue: Leftover soup & green salad & sourdough
Wed: Pasta carbonara & green salad
Thu: Veggie Egg Foo Yung & rice
Fri: Chicken Fajita Pitas, refried beans and leftover rice
Sat: Leftover/Takeaway night

You’ll notice there is nothing listed for Sunday. I don’t do Sunday’s. I’ve declared it my day off from cooking.

Menu Plan Monday

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Menu Plan Monday: Gettin’ Back To It

Our household has been a chaotic mess for the last couple months. The man of the house started working a bunch of overtime. Then we had house guests. Then even more overtime kicked in for my already tired spouse.

It went from just being my little lady and I most of the time to a crowded house of craziness. When our guests left, it suddenly got very quiet with J being gone an additional 10 hours a week, pushing his total weekly hours to 90. Yes, 90. If you’re curious, that’s 5 sixteen hour days and 1 ten hour day. At least that’s how he’s been breaking it down.

We have been expecting craziness like this for awhile and it did build up gradually from 50 hours a week, which is a standard work week in his industry. And because the company he works for is a good one, they provide dinner for the staff that work overtime.

Because he hasn’t been coming home for dinner, I have gotten super lazy about cooking. So yesterday, we bought a microwave to make heating up leftovers easier. So now I should really make more than toast, grilled cheese and PB&J’s for dinner.

As I was planning my menu for the week, I was clearly craving soup. Most likely because it has been rainy, windy and super cold. And I love how they’re easy to get started during nap time and are ready when we are.

Mon: Salmon fillet with marmalade-dijon glaze, veg, maybe potatoes
Tues: Broccoli cheese soup, sourdough bread
Wed: Chicken soup, sourdough bread
Thur: Leftovers
Fri: Potato leek soup
Sat: No clue, probably leftovers
Sun: J’s request, tbd

I’ll post our favorite recipe of the week on Sunday.

Want to share what you’re making this week? Head over to Org Junkie’s site and link up! Also, I’d love to know what you make for dinner when it’s just you or you and a little one. Please share with me in the comments. I will really appreciate it! Thanks!

Menu Plan Monday: Week 7

I wrote out my menu plan pretty quickly this week. I didn’t spend hours obsessing over every meal, like I wanted to. Obsessing about the point values of all the food I will be buying in one day makes me feel like my head will explode. And I noticed it makes me cranky. Because I start feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.

Feeling stressed out about something like this is ridiculous and I need to make food my family will be happy eating. So it’s back to throwing what sounds good on the menu and just going for it.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week. As usual, our favorite recipe(s) will get posted.

Mon – Brothy potato carrot soup and warm crusty bread
Tue – Orange Marinated Chicken, spanish rice, sauteed zucchini
Wed – Cheeseburger Macaroni, roasted broccoli
Thu – Chicken w/ paprika and potatoes
Fri – Taco night!
Sat – Leftovers

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Menu Plan Monday: Week 6

After missing a week of menu planning I’m back to planning with a vengeance. I hated having to figure out what to make for dinner last week and I’m fairly confident my husband – who ended up having to cook twice because I told him he could have cookies for dinner – didn’t like it either.

My menu took longer to put together this week. Since I am now in the Weight Watchers online program, I need cut back on putting whatever I want to eat on there. I actually have to think about it a little. Only a little. To be honest, the only thing I didn’t put on the menu that I was craving was homemade cheeseburger macaroni. And that was only because I was rushing and wanted to figure out the PointPlus value on it first. Don’t be surprised if you see it listed next week!

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Mon – Taco night! Nom nom nom
Tue – Baked potato soup & green salad
Wed – Italian chicken stew w/ polenta & maybe a veg
Thu – Broccoli beef w/ brown rice
Fri – Orange chicken w/ leftover brown rice or Spanish rice
Sat – Chicken & Green Beans in Wine Sauce w/ potatoes (baked, roasted or mashed – haven’t decided)

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Menu Plan Monday: Week 4

Last week my husband said if I made the grocery list he’d do the shopping. This was an especially good deal for me because my list was already done and was categorized by department and was in order by where the stuff was in the store. So off he went. He came home 2.5 hours later, missing 3 things and was $150 over budget. WTF?

I decided to stretch the one week menu plan into two. Leftovers became second dinners instead of lunches. Side dishes were pulled from mains and paired to make a full dinner all by themselves. It worked quite well. I can seriously thank my lucky stars I had plenty of lettuce in the crisper for salads to whip up and that my experimental soup ended up making enough for two dinners. I also ended up making the easiest, tastiest biscuits! I needed something the second day of soup and didn’t have all of the ingredients to make the usual buttermilk variety. So I turned to the internet and found a recipe that was so different I HAD to try it. I didn’t think they’d be good enough to post and I didn’t take a picture so I need to make them again this week. I swear, I’ll post it later this week.

The highlights from last week were broccoli salad, the biscuits and the minestrone soup. Here’s the soup recipe. It was SO good and very, very filling. Plus, it was on the table in just over an hour. It was the perfect dinner for the stormy, wet days we were having last week.

I analyzed the receipt and (sort of) figured out what the heck happened. I’m glad that I was able to figure out a way to make it work so we didn’t blow up the budget this month. We did go over a little because I made tacos last Saturday but beef mince (ground beef) was on sale for a really good price and I had everything else in the pantry. And dang it, I *REALLY* wanted them.

This week, I have the following:

Mon – Chicken & Dumplings, green salad
Tue – Takeaway – our once a month treat (which is almost always horrible – we’re probably going to phase this out)
Wed – Pot Roast, mashed potatoes, peas
Thu – Lemon chicken, brown rice, probably more peas. Hubs bought a 2KG bag of frozen peas.
Fri – Beef and Cheddar Sammiches (with leftover pot roast), either mac n’ cheese or frozen fries, probably frozen peas
Sat – Chicken with sherry soy sauce, rice, sauteed cabbage

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Menu Plan Monday: Week 3

Last week went pretty well. I did have a meltdown resulting in a mini-strike on Friday that had us ordering in pizza though. I blame lack of sleep. But it was laziness coupled with lack of sleep that is really to blame.

I would be hard-pressed to pick my favorite meal of the week. Honestly, they all turned out well. I am so loving that I am trying new recipes now. Before, I would collect recipes from all over and SAY I’d try them someday. But I rarely did. Now, if I see a recipe I want to try, I add it to the next open spot on my weekly menus and it’s done. As an added plus, I have menus loosly planned about 3 weeks in advance now. All I need to do is switch some days around so we’re not having the same protein two days in a row.

I’ve made some real winners recently and I look forward to posting them here to share.

Here is what we’re having for dinner this week:

Mon – Chili Honey Chicken Thighs w/ rice & peas
Tue – Minestrone Soup & Quick dinner rolls
Wed – Meatloaf, mac n’ cheese, peas/carrots
Thu – Lemon Chicken, rice, asparagus
Fri – Pot Roast, mashed potatoes, carrots
Sat – Chicken & Dumplings, broccoli salad

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Menu Plan Monday: Wk 2

Last week went so well! I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy having the menu plan. There were two nights last week I was really tired and just didn’t want to cook. But I did because a) I knew what I’d be making b) I knew we had all the ingredients for it and c) the stuff would rot in the fridge if I didn’t make it.

Overall, I declare week one to be a success. We didn’t have to make any additional trips to the market. I cooked at home every single day. A couple of the meals were winners and they’ll be put into our monthly rotation.  I did have one side dish that was a colossal failure.  Bleh. At least it wasn’t the main.

I’ll post the recipes that work out here.  I want to have them in a place where I can keep track of them.

Here’s week 2:

  • Mon – taco night!
  • Tue –  bbq chicken sandwiches, no mayo coleslaw
  • Wed – pepper steak, egg noodles, salad
  • Thu – chili honey chicken thighs, rice & peas, salad
  • Fri –  chicken parm, broccoli, salad
  • Sat – taco salad

Yeah, there is a lot of meat.  J is a meat-eater and if I don’t serve meat at dinner, he will eat through my pantry like a goat.

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