Sunday, May 22, 2016

Weekly Menu, May 22

Wow, another week done. Last week was a total blur. Between end-of-year parties and commencements, and of course last minute mom time enjoyed before summer begins, we got nothing done last week. It felt like one of those weeks where I was lucky to get anything on the table.

I actually discovered something interesting last week. With all the eating out and eating on the run, I felt horrible. Even exercise wasn't enough to fend off the feeling of grease and fat and generally unhealthy foods I was consuming. I was actually missing my home-cooking and portioned meals. The balance that comes with cooking for yourself and having control over what ingredients are used and in what quantities. It has reignited my desire to continue with my weekly menu's and work harder to find ways to avoid eating out (or at least find smarter ways to eat out).

When planning this week, I really wanted to keep it simple as we figure out our balance in our new summer schedule. I created a magnet schedule (I'll have to write a post about that sometime this week), and so far the kids are interested.  As for food, here's what we have going on this week.



Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Sunday
waffles
eggs
turkey sandwich
goldfish
apple slices
crispy chicken
mashed potatoes
green beans
Monday
oatmeal
Pizza
carrots
watermelon
beef quesadillas
corn
refried beans
Tuesday
Welsh biscuits
sausage links
PBN crackers
strawberries
yogurt
chicken manicotti
broccoli
Wednesday
bfast burrito
grilled cheese
goldfish
cantelope
steak/fish
potatoes
carrots
Thursday
pancakes
eggs

PBJ
chips
apple slices
chicken kabobs
rice
pineapple
green peppers
Friday
toast
sausage patties
meat & cheese skewers
cheez-its
grapes
crockpot ravioli casserole
broccoli
Saturday
biscuits & jam
HB eggs

hot dogs
chips
cantelope
Mac n Cheese
sauted chicken
carrots

Hopefully we'll be able to transition smoothly into a comfortable summer schedule. I am really excited about summer. So many fun things to do with the kids, and so much more relaxed; in other words a LOT LESS commuting! Yeah to that!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Weekly Menu, May 15

Last week was a mess, and in many ways a total disaster. I don't know if it's my age, or my last 12 months of efforts to eat healthier, or simply a string of bad food but this week I felt yucky all week! I am starting to think there's value in combining my birthday with Mothers Day and get it all done at once. The days we did cook at home were difficult because I didn't feel good so I wasn't very motivated. New week, new menu, and new inspiration to stay on track.

On the plus side, I got an AWESOME new printer for my birthday! I haven't had easy access to a printer in years, and I don't think I realized how many things I avoided or found tedious ways to accomplish. Now I can print my weekly menu after making it for easy access each day, which hopefully will make for a better success rate.

I also got a dough hook for my new food processor I got for christmas. I didn't realize the value of my dough hook on my old machine. The book for the new machine said the chopping blade would work just as well. So NOT True! It leaves the dough lumpy and inconsistent. I haven't tried the new blade, but I'm super excited to give it a whirl. I think there's three bread recipes in this weeks menu. I will really be putting it to the test.



Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Sunday
roll up pancakes
sausage
eggs
ham sandwiches
Cheetos
apple slices
steak kabobs
rice
broccoli
Monday
waffles
eggs

PBJ sandwich
watermelon
chips
chicken teriyaki meatballs
rice
stir fry veggies

Tuesday
cinnamon toast
HB eggs

cheese & meat skewers
Cheetos
apple slices
ravioli in white sauce
broccoli

Wednesday
pancakes
sausage patty
PBN crackers
goldfish
fruit cup
beef quesadillas
corn
beans
Thursday
biscuit & jam
eggs
turkey & cheese roll up
watermelon
goldfish
hot dogs
homemade buns
baked beans
baby carrots
Friday
bfast burrito
PBJ sandwich
goldfish
applesauce
pizza
salad
Saturday
oatmeal

hot dogs
chips
watermelon
Mac N Cheese
broccoli & carrots


I think I've got some new things in place to make this week work smoothly. It's the last week of school here for the kids, which will either help me or hurt me. We'll see, but I'm optimistic! We can do this!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Weekly Menu, May 8

I didn't know if I was going to make it tonight, for a couple reasons.

The obvious one; it's Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day to all! I've been spending a wonderful weekend with my children, husband, and parents. I've received some beautiful handmade projects that I will enjoy for years to come, and I've had wayyyyy tooooo muchhhh fooooood. I feel like I'm going to burst. Ironically, non of it was on my menu. Some things you just can't plan.

The other reason: this week is a mess of eating out and eating with others, so I'm just not sure what it's going to look like. My birthday is this week but we haven't really figured out when we should celebrate. I want to celebrate with my children, but this week is also the last week of childcare at our local fave preschool. It's such a bummer they don't keep doing it during the summer. The kids love it and it's a nice little break for me, too. I also want to celebrate with my parents and other friends, so we'll probably have another dinner at their house. Maybe even do a little swimming? Oh yeah!

But alas, I felt like I'd better have a plan for the other days or things could get messy real quick. We're already eating out a lot, I don't want to make it worse by not having a plan. Last week we weren't able to try the tequitos because I didn't get the necessary meat. It got bumped to this week and I really hope we're able to get it done. Other than that, not too much excitement on this menu.



Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Sunday
pancakes
sausage
eggs
leftovers
chinese food dinner
Monday
oatmeal

PBJ sandwich
cantaloupe
chips
mac n cheese
fish/chicken
broccoli
Tuesday
pancakes
eggs
tortilla roll up
cheese its
apple slices
Birthday Dinner
Wednesday
cinnamon toast
sausage patty
PBN crackers
goldfish
fruit cup
beef taquitos
refried beans
corn
Thursday
biscuit & jam
eggs
CC & jam sandwich
graham sticks
yogurt
chicken & cheese manicotti
green beans
Friday
bfast burrito
PBJ sandwich
goldfish
applesauce
Date Night
Saturday
waffles
eggs
bacon
grilled cheese
chips
watermelon
Dinner at Mom’s

We only have a couple more weeks of school left, and I'm hoping I can have a little more fun in the kitchen once my driving time gets reduced. I'd even like to incorporate the kids more. They enjoy cooking and might even be willing to be a little more adventurous if they help.

Yikes! How can it be the end of the school year!