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Menu Plan for the rest of the year – because I can. :D

Menu Plan for the rest of the year

How often do you get to say that? ūüôā

Not often enough, I think.

Thursday,¬†¬†December¬†18 – Nathan’s work Christmas party

Breakfast:  Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby, Oatmeal, and Nathan will make a fresh batch of biscuits 
Lunch: Leftover chicken soup with the rest of the biscuits
Dinner: 
Tilapia, Pumpkin Pie Casserole, and slaw

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Make a new batch of tea for the kombucha. Start soaking oats for the baked oatmeal. Make a double batch of sweet onion poppyseed dressing. Soak black beans overnight.

Friday,  December 19

Breakfast: Baked oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Sandwiches, Black Bean and Avocado Salad, and lettuce salad

Tasks: Make the waffle mix found in “Against All Grain.”¬†Pull stew meat out of the freezer before bed. Crock pot cook the black beans.

Saturday,  December 20 Рlast music lesson for the year

Breakfast: Waffles
Lunch: Sandwiches
Dinner: Beef Stew with corn, okra, tomatoes, beans, and beer – totally making this up as I go, based on the faint recollection of a really good (similar) stew from Cracker Barrel.

Tasks: Pack lunches for girls to eat while driving to violin lessons.

Sunday,  December 21 РNo cooking on Sundays! Serving in WL this evening. 

Breakfast: Leftover waffles
Lunch: Leftovers and sandwiches
Dinner: Leftovers

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.

Monday, December 22

Breakfast: Cherry muffins and THM cinnamon muffins
Lunch: Sandwiches
Dinner: Baked chicken legs, lettuce salad, green beans 

Tasks:  Start a batch of sourdough bread early a.m. Bake bread in the afternoon. Start soaking sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil to get ready for pasta salad.

Tuesday, December 23

Breakfast: Lemon Berry Coffeecake
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: 
Salmon patties with lemon sour cream and broccoli

Tasks:  Start a double batch of sourdough pancakes.

Wednesday,  December 24 РN working from home, Family (part 1) arriving

Breakfast: Sourdough pancakes Рif any batter left over, work on the savory pancake recipe again.
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Whiting with lemon cream sauce, baked potato/sweet potato bar 

Tasks: Make pasta salad for tomorrow. Use the crock pot to bake potatoes and sweet potatoes during the day.

Thursday,  December 25 РChristmas, Family (part 2) arriving, Family (part 1) leaving

Breakfast: Fried eggs, biscuits, and Low Carb Cheese Danish
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Steak, Savory sweet potatoes with bacon and swiss, pasta salad (Add ins = swiss cheese, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and mushrooms)

Tasks: Thaw out steaks and bacon.

Friday,  December 26  РN off РFamily (part 2) leaving, along with 2-3 kids

Breakfast: Waffles
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Chickpeas with dill*, marathi rice* and Grain-free flat bread to wrap them both.

Tasks: Thaw out chick peas.

Saturday,  December 27 Рdown 2-3 kids

Breakfast: Autoimmune Paleo Apple Crisp
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Meatballs and leftover sides.

Tasks: Pull meatballs from freezer. Make BBQ sauce for the meatballs.

Sunday, December 28 РNo cooking on Sundays! down 2-3 kids

Breakfast: Leftovers
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Leftovers

Tasks:

Monday,¬†December¬†29¬† – N off – Rafe’s birthday. Usually, we let the birthday kid plan the menu for the day, but he may not be here.

Breakfast: French toast with berries
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
“Cheesy” Chicken Casserole¬†(doubled) and salad

Tasks:

Tuesday, December 30 РN off, down 2-3 kids

Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby¬†(and oatmeal, if there are kids around who don’t like it)
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Simple Chicken and Spinach Enchilada Casserole

Tasks:  Check on kombucha.

Wednesday, December 31 РN working from home, down 2-3 kids

Breakfast: Spinach & Sausage Egg Muffins Рdouble batch
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks:

 

*From the amazing Indian cookbook, “5 Spices, 50 Dishes.” If you love Indian food, but don’t have all day to spend in the kitchen, you will love this book.

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Family Meal Plan and getting ready for Walking Wisely weekend, 2/2-2/8

It’s here! The week leading up to our hosting of N’s middle school boys group: 15 6th graders, 2 adult leaders, and 1 high school leader. Since I will be doing a lot of extra food prep, our meals are going to be pretty basic – lots of low tech sandwiches, etc.

Sunday, February 2

Breakfast: Fried eggs and bread
Lunch: Leftovers and sandwiches
Dinner: Leftovers

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.  Tend to milk kefir grains, water kefir grains, and sourdough. Make more washing soda and dishwasher detergent.

Monday, February 3 – cello lesson night, hit grocery store for flour and milk

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and toast
Lunch: Sandwiches
Dinner:
Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches

Tasks:  Pack N’s lunch. Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Soak oats for breakfast. Start sourdough bread. Make  chocolate chip cookies freeze.

Tuesday, February 4 – Mom’s Meeting night

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:¬†PB&J’s, carrot sticks and apple slices with chocolate rice pudding for dessert

Tasks:  Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Check on kombucha. Bake bread. Make oatmeal raisin cookies.

Wednesday, February 5

Breakfast: Grapefruit and yogurt, sausage and eggs
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Salmon patties and broccoli

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Make slab apple pies and cinnamon rolls and put them in the freezer. Start sourdough pancakes.

Thursday,¬†February 6 ‚Äst p.m. Small Group, Grammie whisking oldest two away for sleepovers. Go to grocery store for any last minute WWW items.

Breakfast: Sourdough pancakes
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Tilapia and Jessika’s Roasted Vegetables

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.  Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Make double batch of BBQ sauce. Make more cinnamon rolls and freeze them. Pull breakfast links from the freezer.

Friday, February 7 – Walking Wisely begins tonight!

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, breakfast links, and freezer biscuits
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Sandwiches and salads

Tasks: Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Make loads of sandwich rolls. Cook pork shoulder in crockpot for BBQ sandwiches for boys. Bake the apple pies.

Saturday, February 8 – Serving breakfast and lunch to the boys

Breakfast: Cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon, sausage, apple pie
Lunch: Deli meat, cheese, BBQ pork, toppings,
Dinner: Leftovers (boys are having pizza at church)

Tasks: Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Start oats for baked oatmeal.

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Family Meal Plan: 1/26 – 2/1

So…last Monday, three of my four kids were diagnosed with strep throat. Boo.

And it means that I, who really, really dislikes non-trauma related medical intervention (I’m SO thankful for modern medicine in emergencies!) have had all four of my wee ones on antibiotics for almost a week now. ūüė¶

This has been helpful in that it finally got me to break open that package of dehydrated water kefir grains that have been staring me down for the better part of a year. (Thanks for the prodding, Heather!) ūüėČ

Why is that important? Quite simply, the probiotics.

Antibiotics kill bacteria. All of it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. BUT, it does NOT kill off any type of fungal population – think the Candida fungus found in every. single. one. of us. This leaves our digestive track open to increased fungal activity as the balance between fungus and bacteria is completely upended in the fungus’s favor. (Ladies, this is why yeast infections are an EXTREMELY common side effect of antibiotic usage.)

This is why I’ve been trying to actively pump my kids full of probiotics in between their antibiotic dosings. I’ve been giving them dairy kefir every day as well as probiotic capsules emptied out onto a spoon for them. I started the water kefir after a pep talk and was actually able to give them some a couple days in a row due to a generous friend. This *should* allow their systems to not be quite as devastated by the antibiotics and give them both a head’s up in healing and repopulating their guts (aka the intestinal parts of the digestive system) thus keeping the (very necessary in the right proportions) candida at bay.

It also much easier than trying to get them to take my oil of oregano/grapefruit seed extract drink! ūüėČ

Sunday, January 26 – serving at the 6 p.m. service

Breakfast: Fried eggs and bread
Lunch: Leftovers and sandwiches
Dinner: Leftovers

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.  Tend to milk kefir grains, water kefir grains, and sourdough. Start loaf of sourdough bread and sourdough pancake batter.

Monday, January 27

Breakfast: Sourdough Pancakes and fried plantains
Lunch: PB&J’s
Dinner:
Gluten-free breaded and fried catfish, steamed broccoli, and Brussels sprout salad

Tasks:  Pack N’s lunch. Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Soak oats for breakfast. Bake bread. Make more Sweet Onion Poppyseed dressing.

Tuesday, January 28

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers (or sandwiches…as there usually isn’t any catfish left over. ūüėČ )
Dinner: Sauteed Zucchini/yellow squash/chicken over rice (quinoa for me)

Tasks:  Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Check on kombucha. Pull a chicken from the freezer. Make mayonnaise.

Wednesday, January 29 – Dad’s work from home day with in town lunch meeting.

Breakfast: Fried eggs, biscuits and breakfast sausage
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Roasted chicken, potatoes/sweet potatoes, and green beans

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Make a quadruple batch of biscuits for freezer biscuits. Make fruit salad and soak oats for breakfast. Pull pita bread from the freezer.

Thursday, January 30 ‚Äst p.m. Small Group

Breakfast: Oatmeal and fruit salad topped with yogurt
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chicken salad and pita bread

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.  Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough.

Friday, January 31

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, breakfast links, and freezer biscuits
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Tilapia, cheesy cauliflower, and green beans

Tasks: Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough. Soak flour for pita bread

Saturday, February 1

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles*, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Egg salad and pita bread

Tasks: Make new meal plan. Go grocery shopping. Tend to milk and water kefir grains and sourdough.

 

*It’s pretty much going to always be pancakes for the next little while. Our waffle maker was Nathan’s waffle maker before we were married – going on 12 years ago! It is now flaking stuff off of the iron part and we’re not really sure what it is. So, until we get a new waffle iron (because Black & Decker doesn’t sell replacement parts – boo), we’re in a pancake-only season.

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Family Meal Plan, 1/19-1/25

I’m serving at the 6 tonight, so I’m hoping to get my THM meal plan done afterwards. ūüôā

Sunday, January 19 – serving at the 6 p.m. service

Breakfast: Leftover pancakes and fried eggs
Lunch: Leftovers and sandwiches
Dinner: Leftovers and cornbread

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.  Tend to milk kefir grains and sourdough. Start loaf of sourdough bread. Make back up sourdough starters. Finish almond milk.

Monday, January 20 – Finding out whether we’re hosting for Walking Wisely Weekend or not. Playdate at 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast: Grapefruit and yogurt, Fisherman’s Breakfast
Lunch: PB&J’s
Dinner:
Crock Pot Lentil Vegetable Soup and biscuits

Tasks:  Pack N’s lunch. Tend to milk kefir grains and sourdough. Soak oats for breakfast. Pull a chicken out of the freezer to thaw.

Tuesday, January 21 – Clover Buds, early p.m., guitar lesson, late p.m.

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Roasted Chicken, potatoes, and salad

Tasks:  Tend to milk kefir grains and sourdough. Check on kombucha. Start pita bread.

Wednesday, January 22

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, biscuits and banana smoothies
Lunch: Pita bread with hummus and carrot sticks.
Dinner: 
Pizza with salami and black olives

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Tend to milk kefir grains and sourdough. Make a quadruple batch of biscuits for freezer biscuits. Soak oats for breakfast.

Thursday, January 23 ‚Äď a.m. Homeschool group, p.m. Small Group

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.  Tend to milk kefir grains and sourdough.

Friday, January 24

Breakfast: Fried eggs and biscuits
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Spaghetti (squash) and meatballs

Tasks: Tend to milk kefir grains and sourdough. Roast spaghetti squash.

Saturday, January 25

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chicken/veggie stirfry

Tasks: Make new meal plan. Tend to milk kefir grains and sourdough.

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Menu Plan, 1/12 – 1/18

This is the family’s meal plan only. As I’m now working through getting a grasp on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, my meals are frequently very different from theirs. My goal is to create a meal plan for me, too, but that’s not going to be happening today.

Sunday, January 12

Breakfast: Peaches and Cream French Toast (We have bread again – hooray!)
Lunch: PB&J’s
Dinner: Cheesy Pasta with Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Chicken.

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Boil eggs. Tend to milk kefir grains.

Monday, January 13 – Mom’s Meeting

Breakfast: Biscuits and Banana smoothies
Lunch: Tuna salad sandwiches
Dinner:
Taco salads

Tasks:¬† Thaw out pintos. Pack N’s lunch. Tend to milk kefir grains. Make a quadruple batch of biscuits for freezer biscuits.

Tuesday, January 14 – cello lesson?

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Potato Soup and Biscuits

Tasks:  Tend to milk kefir grains.

Wednesday, January 15

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and banana smoothies
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Sausage Kale stuffing (without the cranberries), broccoli/cauliflower mix

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Tend to milk kefir grains.

Thursday, January 16 – a.m. Homeschool group, p.m. Small Group

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.¬† Tend to milk kefir grains.

Friday, January 17 go to grocery store in the a.m., look for whole chickens

Breakfast: Fried eggs and biscuits
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Crock Pot Lentil Vegetable Soup and biscuits

Tasks: Tend to milk kefir grains.

Saturday, January 18

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chili and cornbread

Tasks: Make new meal plan. Tend to milk kefir grains.

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Weekly Menu Plan for 1/5 – 1/11and a few notes

We’re in an interesting place this week because the yeast* that I ordered last week from Amazon still hasn’t shipped yet. I was expecting it to get here mid-week and now, I’m having to adjust the meal plan accordingly. This is cool though, as it will force me to seek out other options. Options like this one that, thankfully, came across my Facebook feed this morning.

We’re also in a tight place because it was time to order a new 5 gallon bucket of coconut oil. This puts an unusual burden on our monthly grocery budget and so there’s no more grocery money until the next paycheck. Thankfully, I was able to restock our frozen veggie supply at the beginning of the month, so the lack of fresh produce is not all that big of a deal. Instead, it’s a LOT like our “Eat Down the Pantry Challenge” that we participated in last year. I’m sure that by the end of next week, we’ll be creating all sorts of new and unusual recipes! ūüôā

On a side note, our house that was for sale and vacant was just rented! This most excellent blessing allowed us to put new tires on our family’s van *and* TO PAY IT OFF!!! We were able to PAY OFF our van on the last day of 2013!!! This is HUGE. This puts us at one more debt to go (plus the two houses out of state that are currently rented and haven’t sold despite repeated attempts) and we, Lord willing, will be consumer debt free before September 2014!

We are, as I type this on my seven year old laptop, paying a price to win. We’ve been without a TV since April of 2013 when our five year old daughter threw the remote at the TV and cracked the screen. We had the most minimal of Christmases, but we got to go see our families, which was really what mattered to us. (We also got sick while we were there, but that’s another story. ūüėČ )

Sunday, January 5

Breakfast: Leftover Breakfast Rice and Paleo Pumpkin Muffins (Note to self: Next time, add the honey.)
Lunch: PB&J’s
Dinner: Spaghetti and oven bread

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.

Monday, January 6

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Casserole
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chef salads

Tasks:¬† Make big salad bowl. Make french and sweet onion dressings. Pack N’s lunch.

Tuesday, January 7

Breakfast: Pancakes
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Baked Tilapia, broccoli and cauliflower

Tasks: 

Wednesday, January 8

Breakfast: Biscuits and Banana smoothies
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Zucchini fritters and salad (the kids swarmed the salad bowl! Wowzers!)

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Make mayonnaise.

Thursday, January 9 – a.m. Homeschool group meeting, p.m. small group for N

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Meatloaf and green peas, chocolate chip cookies and baked grapefruit for dessert

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.¬† Thaw out ground beef and ground bison. Make bison sausage.

Friday, January 10

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Salmon patties, Sweet Potato Flatbread, and green peas

Tasks: Make Gwen’s Magnesium supplement.

Saturday, January 11

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chicken soup and biscuits

Tasks: Make new meal plan. Thaw out chicken stock.

*If you do any kind of home bread baking, this is the way to go! You save SO much money by ordering in bulk. It works extremely well (I store the extras in my freezer) and has lasted us for well over a year. At $4.50-ish/4 oz. at Wal-Mart, the same amount of yeast would be $36.00 in individual jars. That’s a $25 savings!

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Family Meal Plan, 12/28 – 1/4. Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 28 

Breakfast: Pancakes or waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Hot dogs
Dinner:
Turkey Basmati Rice Pilaf and Thalipeeth

Tasks: Soak pintos, black-eyed peas and chickpeas during the day; cook overnight. Make chicken broth in the stock pot. Thaw out the creamer in the freezer and make more creamer ice cubes. Thaw out 1 pkg. of frozen grated cucumber.

Sunday, December 29 – Birthday boy’s menu! And the birthday boy has requested an orange cake with chocolate frosting. Wait, strawberry frosting! Wait, both! (I talked him down to a chocolate cake with orange frosting on one side and strawberry on the other. :p )

Breakfast: Eggs and toast
Lunch: Chicken soup with carrots and chicken and broccoli that’s¬† melted down like the broccoli soup we had that had bread in it. (His words, people, his words.) And strawberries.
Dinner: Mushroom and onion pizza and cake

Tasks: Bag up and freeze the cooked beans.

Monday, December 30

Breakfast: Leftover waffles
Lunch: Christmas with family
Dinner:
Christmas with family

Tasks: Get on the road as quickly as possible.

Tuesday, December 31

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs
Lunch: Spaghetti and meatballs
Dinner: Okra Raita, Every Day Yellow Dal, and Black-eyed pea Salad

Tasks: Thaw out a pound of ground beef and okra in the morning. Soak oats for breakfast. Thaw out and use some of the liver cubes in the meatballs.

Wednesday, January 1

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Baked Tilapia and broccoli

Tasks: Thaw out chili. Pack N’s lunch.

Thursday, January 2 – get a birthday card in the mail to Poppa W.

Breakfast: Paleo Pumpkin, Lemon Poppyseed, Banana, and Cherry Muffins
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chili and cornbread, Peach ice cream for dessert

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Freeze half of the leftover muffins. Thaw out chicken.

Friday, January 3

Breakfast: Breakfast rice with raisins
Lunch: Leftovers or sandwiches
Dinner: Roasted Chicken, sweet potatoes, and Brussels spouts

Tasks:

Saturday, January 4

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Cheeseburger Pie and salad

Tasks: Make new meal plan/go grocery shopping.

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Two-ish Week Meal Plan or…What we’ll eat until we leave

Two-ish Week Meal Plan:

My goals are to get us planned out through our upcoming Christmas trip, minimize grocery shopping trips, and increase the amount of sanity flowing into December. (It beats the alternative, right? ūüėČ )

Monday, December 2 – Cello lesson night

Breakfast: Yogurt and fruit salad, scrambled eggs
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Turkey kale soup, make up a recipe using onions, celery, and leftover butternut squash

Tasks: Make and bake bread. Thaw out a pound of ground beef.

Tuesday, December 3 – Evening Mom’s Group Christmas Party

Breakfast: Banana muffins and Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
Lunch: Turkey  Salad with Coconut Flour Crepes
Dinner: Eggroll in a Bowl

Tasks: Make three dozen cookies for the party.

Wednesday, December 4 – work from home day!

Breakfast: Egg and cheese biscuits
Lunch: Tuna salad
Dinner:
Chicken stuffing casserole

Tasks: Make a Pumpkin Crisp.

Thursday, December 5 – a.m. Homeschool Christmas Party, evening hosting of small group

Breakfast: Fisherman’s Breakfast
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks: Make Slab Apple Pie, Cranberry Apple Walnut Cake, and Oatmeal Raisin cookies for small group

Friday, December 6

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Casserole
Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, veggies
Dinner: Meatloaf, salad, and sweet potato fries

Tasks: Thaw out a pound of ground beef. Soak oats for Sunday’s baked oatmeal.

Saturday, December 7 – a.m. Volunteering at Abba House, afternoon violin lesson

Breakfast: Pancakes or waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks: Prepare baked oatmeal in p.m. for an easy Sunday morning breakfast.

Sunday, December 8 – serving at the 6 p.m. service

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Ham and cheese Sandwiches, veggies
Dinner: Chili

Tasks: Thaw out chili for dinner.

Monday, December 9

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and biscuits
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Salmon Patties, Veggies

Tasks: Soak oats for breakfast. Thaw out chicken legs.

Tuesday, December 10 – Guitar lesson night

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, carrot sticks
Dinner: Baked Chicken Legs, veggies

Tasks:

Wednesday, December 11 – work from home day!

Breakfast: Pancakes
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Baked Tilapia, veggies

Tasks: Soak oats for breakfast.

Thursday, December 12 – small group Christmas social

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chicken soup and biscuits

Tasks:

Friday, December 13 – Company Christmas Party

Breakfast: Breakfast leftovers
Lunch: Ham and cheese sandwiches
Dinner: Leftovers

Tasks:

Saturday, December 14 – afternoon violin lesson

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks:

Sunday, December 15

Breakfast: Leftover waffles/pancakes, fried eggs
Lunch: Sandwiches
Dinner: Taco salads with Spanish rice

Tasks:

Monday, December 16 – Cello lesson?

Breakfast: Egg casserole – find recipe
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chef salads

Tasks: Soak oats.

Tuesday, December 17

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Leftovers

Tasks:

Wednesday, December 18 – Packing, packing, packing!

Breakfast: Leftovers
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks:

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Meal Plan, 11/25 – 12/1

Strangely enough, I’ve had the last two week’s meal plans done, but never got around to publishing them…huh.

Anywho, it’s another “Eat Down the Pantry” week leading up to Thanksgiving. I found a LOT of eggs marked down for quick sale today, so we brought 4 dozen of them home. We now have 2 dozen boiled eggs for snacks and we *will* have a ton of cookie dough in the freezer after I get it made. I was going to do that this afternoon, but after church, grocery shopping, dishes, driving 40-ish minutes to find the corduroy that I need to make a bag*, and then serving at the 6 p.m. service, I’m a little beat. As I’m writing this, I’m planning to finish up (and publish!) this meal plan, and then join my husband watching the Chronicles of Narnia while I cut out a few more violins.

It’s my first year cooking “the” turkey. This will be interesting! I’ve cooked a turkey before, but never one this big. Any tips or tricks?

Monday, November 25

Breakfast: Fruit salad with yogurt and an asparagus omelet
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Cheeseburger pie  and salad

Today‚Äôs To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains.¬† Pack leftovers for N‚Äôs lunch. Start biscuit dough. Pull meat from the freezer in a.m. Take pictures of cheeseburger pie to be able to share the recipe…finally. Pull turkey out of the freezer so it can start thawing. Pull bacon from freezer. Make lots of cookie dough.

Tuesday, November 26 – Guitar Lesson night

Breakfast: Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuits
Lunch: Chicken Soup with Biscuits
Dinner:  Coriander Kale and Butternut Squash

Today’s To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains.  Bake biscuits. Make ranch and sweet onion poppyseed dressings. Make slab apple pie and freeze.

Wednesday, November 27 – work from home day!

Breakfast: Pancakes for hubby and kids
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner: Chef salads

Today’s To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains. Soak oats for breakfast. Make and bake bread.

Thursday, November 28 – Thanksgiving, WOOT, WOOT!

Breakfast: Oatmeal and fruit smoothies
Lunch: Sandwiches and salad…keeping it light, here!
Dinner:¬† Turkey, green beans with bacon, sweet potatoes and peaches (my mom’s recipe), brussels sprouts salad, sweet potatoes from MIL, pumpkin pie, slab apple pie, salmon croquettes (sp?) from my BIL

Today’s To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains. Soak oats for baked oatmeal.

Friday, November 29

Breakfast: Baked oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Meatloaf, green beans, and salad.

Today’s To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains. Pull meat from the freezer in the morning.

Saturday, November 30

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice,
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:  Leftovers

Today’s To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains.

Sunday, December 1 – Serving at the 6 p.m. service

Breakfast: Maple Cinnamon Blender Pancakes
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Leftovers

Today’s To Do: Make next week’s meal plan. Take care of milk kefir grains. Pack leftovers for N’s lunch.

*I’ve started making and selling bags! The bags are intended to be either shoulder or cross body bags and they have a violin cut out of contrasting fabric sewn onto the side. I’ll post a link to the etsy store when I finally get some pictures up/bags listed, but I’ve already got two orders and I’m super excited!

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Meal Plan, 11/4-11/10

Monday, November 4 – cello lesson night

Breakfast: Bacon egg and cheese biscuits
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Baked Chicken legs with this spice mixture, green beans and salad

Today‚Äôs To Do: Thaw out chicken legs in the a.m. Take care of milk kefir grains. Thaw out peaches for breakfast. Make a double batch of bread.¬† Pack leftovers for N’s lunch.

Tuesday, November 5

Breakfast: Peaches and Cream French Toast
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:  Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad

Today‚Äôs To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains. Pack leftovers for N’s lunch.

Wednesday, November 6

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with toast
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Cheeseburger pie Рrecipe coming soon

Today‚Äôs To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains. Soak oats for breakfast. Thaw out gr. beef in the a.m. Pack leftovers for N’s lunch.

Thursday, November 7 – Teaching Life Skills in a.m., Small group night

Breakfast: Oatmeal and fruit smoothies
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:  Leftovers

Today‚Äôs To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains. Pack leftovers for N’s lunch.

Friday, November 8

Breakfast: Breakfast banana splits with egg and cheese biscuits
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Meatloaf, green beans, and salad.

Today’s To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains.

Saturday, November 9 ‚Äď Violin lesson, mid-afternoon

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice,
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:  Basmati rice pilaf, thalipeeth, butternut squash and green beans in coconut milk curry

Today’s To Do: Take care of milk kefir grains.

Sunday, November 10 – Serving at the 6 p.m. service

Breakfast: Leftovers (and/or freezer waffles/biscuits)
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Leftovers

Today‚Äôs To Do: Make next week‚Äôs meal plan. Take care of milk kefir grains. Pack leftovers for N’s lunch.

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