Meal plan for November 5th – 11th
Good morning, and happy daylight savings day (?). I know that we don’t lose any sleep in the fall, but man oh man I feel like a grouchy Gus this morning. I snapped at both Troy and Jack within 30 seconds of each other.
Jack has this thing where he doesn’t realize he can wake up and get out of bed (no I’m not complaining. Switching from crib to bed was a cinch for us). So he’ll yell “I’m ready to wake up now” over and over until you go in there and get him. He was doing this at the same time Troy was saying “can I just have 45 more minutes of sleep please”? For the record we went to bed at the same time, and he’s gotten up before me probably 3 times in the last 18 months. It’s not always his fault; once I’m awake, I’m awake. I literally can’t go back to sleep.
Anyhoo, I yelled at both of them the same thing “I can’t answer 1,000 questions at the same time. Just let me put my freaking pants and glasses on for ONE SECOND”. Mother and wife of the year award over here please!
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Last night I spent about 3.5 hours canning 40 pounds of Fuji apples in to apple pie slices. If you’re thinking “I bet she’ll do a post on that later this week”, try out for Wheel of Fortune, cause you’re a great guesser! Troy came home and helped for a little bit which was a huge treat and made the project go so much faster. I think for future canning projects (currently I only have potatoes and pumpkins in the queue) I’ll hire a helper monkey because an extra set of hands/paws does speed things up!
Enough jibber jabber, here is we’ll be shoving in our food holes this week.
Monday:: Making that delicious 10 minute tilapia again! Serving with cornbread and whatever my lovely mother-in-law provides. Jack’s soccer practice has shifted to indoor at a school and the school is literally across the street from my in-laws. We’re going to try to plan to eat there before practice most weeks.
Tuesday:: Lentil soup in the crockpot, and some sort of bread. We’ll see what I end up making. You might be asking yourself, didn’t they just have lentil soup recently? Yes, yes we did! It’s so delicious, cheap, and easy (10-15 minutes of prep tops) that it makes many appearances during my fall and winter menus. Troy loves it, but still refers to it as “fart soup”. We’ll serve it with fruit.
Wednesday:: Dinner at the in-laws.
Thursday:: We get to go have dinner at my parent’s! I’m bringing lasagna with homemade ricotta, salad (that is a guess cause my parent’s always have a Costco clamshell of organic spinach in their fridge), and some sort of fruit. Fresh or home canned, we’ll have something.
Friday:: Popcorn for dinner!
Saturday:: Chicken Kiev that didn’t get made last night. Troy ended up having to work, and I’ll be damned if I was going to slave over a dish just for Jack to say “what’s that green thing”. We ended up making a quick whole wheat pizza dough, and I cooked it for 5 minutes, then spread it with a butter, olive oil, and garlic mixture and topped with a little mozzarella cheese, and baked for about 7.
Sunday:: family dinner at my parent’s.
This week I spent $15.50 at the local farm for three half gallons of milk (2 of those are for the ricotta) and two dozen eggs, and $28 at the grocery store mostly for fruit, veg, and a few incidentals.
How about you, what is on the menu for your family?
I have been reading your blog for a few months now and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have gotten some great ideas and some really good laughs here. I do have a question for you do you and your family literally have popcorn for dinner on Fridays? 🙂
I get that question a lot and should always clarify it I guess when I post!
Popcorn dinner is: popcorn, fruit, veggie sticks, slices of cheese, hummus, etc. It’s well-balanced, I swear!
We are having a bunch of pasta & leftover dishes. My husband is out of town at a conference, & we’re heading out on vacation next week, so it’s time to clean things out. I’m not very inspiring. 🙂
We eat a lot of breakfast for dinner during those kind of clean out the cupboard weeks!
Being that my husband is outnumbered in our house by four females, you wouldn’t guess that we are a farty meal family, but uh, we eat a lot of beans. My three-year-old says, “Yay, beans!” and warns her sister that she’s going to fart loud enough to wake her up that night. Funny how we don’t have a lot of company…
I went shopping today and made gnocchi with grape tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, garlic, spinach and–yes–beans tonight. Our other meals this week will be fish Thai curry, crock pot chicken and dumplings, baked potato/veggie dinner, BEAN casserole (the recipe is for baked nachos, but I make rice and top it with the beans, peppers, cheese, etc instead of using chips), salmon/rice/veg, Spanish omelette, and we’re going out one night because my littlest fartypants (the one who always tries to blame ME) is turning two.
HA! Your husband must be a very quiet man.
The gnocchi sounds delicious! I wish Jack would eat beans like your 3 year old; he won’t touch them with a 10 foot pole.
Have you tried the overnight bread baked in a dutch oven? It’s incredible, and you barely have to touch it. 🙂 This is my preferred recipe: http://www.frugallivingnw.com/frugal-homemaking/amazing-no-knead-bread-step-by-step-recipe/
Lauren, yep, I make that all the time! In fact, I make the communion bread for our church using that recipe!
I just finished my second canning adventure. Caramel Apple Jam, for Christmas gifts. Since you are an experienced canner..is there a way to cut down on the sugar used? I read if you dont use it all the jam will be runny. Let me know if you have time! Thanks! You can respond here, I check your blog daily 🙂
Oh my goodness Carrie, that sounds amazing!
What is the recipe? If it calls for pectin, you can use Pomona’s pectin which allows you to use less sugar and still getting jam to set.
Thanks I will check that Pomona’s out! This recipe was found on Taste of Home and very easy. 6 cups of diced apples, 1/2 c water, tablespoon if butter on the stove until apples are soft, add the box of pectin and bring to a boil, add 3 cups white sugar and 2 cups brown sugar (that’s A LOT of sugar!!), 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg, boil a few minutes while stiring…jar it up and process. It is really good.
This made 7 8oz jars.
Holy smokes, that is A LOT of sugar!!! With the Pomonas, I think I made raspberry jam with 1.5 ish cups of sugar.
I need to learn to can. I told Matt I want canning stuff for Christmas but I am unsure how practical it is for me yet since I don’t have a garden…
It’s still practical and tell Matt I said so!
You’re no longer in Vegas (baby), you’re in Seattle. Next summer will bring more free blackberries than you can ever imagine. And simply taking a walk in your neighborhood will probably net you some free apples, pears, and omg the plums. Plums are everywhere around here!
Speaking of canning, I would love to learn to can red peppers at summer’s end when they’re cheap… I love love love sweet pickled peppers, but the store stuff is just yucky. Best of luck with your friend! Hope she gets a response of some sort soon. Sorry I’m not able to help in that aspect. Your menu sounds delicious. Mine will have chicken in some way, shape or form, but I havent gotten that far with it yet.