Menu Plan Monday, 2023 Week 6

You guys, I am sorry for the lame posts the last few days, I have just been so busy during the day and by the time I think about blogging I am just wiped out. Honestly I barely even have a meal plan this week because Drew is travelling for work and I have barely even considered it. I’m throwing some ideas together but… I may very well just be throwing dinners together, LOL. I’ll see how the week goes. 

  • Sunday: Pot roast, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli
  • Monday: Baked ziti & sausage, Caesar salad
  • Tuesday: Chicken curry, basamati rice
  • Wednesday: Tuna melts, cole slaw, French fries
  • Thursday: Take-out (?)
  • Friday: no idea 
  • Saturday: no idea

Friday night there is a dance, and my daughter is going and then her friend is sleeping over afterwards. Saturday, Drew and Noah will be in the city — Noah has his audition for Berklee. Thankfully no plans for Sunday, so hopefully it can be a day to relax!

Hope you all have a great week!  


Cold enough for ya? LOL! It sure was today. When I went downstairs at 7 it was -8 degrees! Now, I enjoy winter and cold weather, but it was really, really cold. But by the time I went out this afternoon it had gone up to a whopping 15 degrees! And of course, tomorrow it’s going to be almost 50. Just crazy. Did it get super cold where you live today?

Welcome February

Happy February to all! First, I would just like to say that I am thrilled I have kept up with the Blog365 challenge for an entire month! Congrats to all the other ladies who have kept up with the posting as well. Even if it’s just a quick pop in for accountability, I feel good making this a habit again.

I decided to give my blog a little seasonal refresh as well — pink and flowers, how can you go wrong?

There wasn’t too much for excitement today. I ran errands in the morning, per usual. When I got home I started chicken noodle soup (Laura asked for that over the lentil soup, so I obliged) and threw the ingredients for Southwestern Chicken in the Crock Pot. I also did make some banana bread, so I am looking forward to a slice for breakfast in the morning! 

Noah was done with play rehearsal early, so I had to run down to the school and get him mid-afternoon. Then a little later I headed over for a quick meeting with our new priest. He is scheduling meetings with all the religious ed parents to check in and see how things are going (he has really changed the program this year, and for the better in my opinion). So that went well and then I saw a couple friends so we chatted for a minute.

Drew had been in an all-afternoon company meeting and was itching to get out, so he convinced me that I wanted take-out so he could go and get it. (OK, it didn’t take much convincing — by the time I got home around 6 I really didn’t feel like making rice and chopping up stuff for burrito bowls). Now dinner is prepped for tomorrow (just need to do the chopping and rice-making — but at least I’ll be home at my usual time).

All in all, a good day!

A Slow Start

Although I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be woken up at 5 a.m. by my phone, ultimately the 2-hour delay for school ended up being a wonderful thing! After letting the kids know they didn’t have to rush, I crawled back in bed and didn’t get up until about 7:30 a.m. (which is on the “late” side for me)!

It’s really no surprise I was exhausted. On Monday I was up since 3 a.m. with my previously mentioned heating issues. I woke up around 2:45 and noticed how cold it was, so after about 15 minutes of wondering I got up, saw that the thermostat was reading only 60, then went down cellar to restart the boiler (it had been giving us issues all weekend, so I was already anxious about it). When I couldn’t get it to restart, I thought I may as well build a fire in the wood stove so the house warms up. Drew then came down asking me what on earth I was doing, so after explaining it all he checked it out (with no better outcome), and we were both wide awake so… yeah. I was really in need of a good night’s rest.

Although I still had to leave for work at my usual time, the morning still took on a slower pace since there was no need to rush people out the door by 7:00 a.m. There may have only been a coating of snow, but there had been ice and sleet overnight and on our narrow, windy, hilly country roads, it’s always best to be cautious, especially when school busses are involved.

How I wished I could linger longer over my coffee and crochet, though! It would have been a lovely day to cozy up with crafts and books and movies. Alas, I was at my desk by 9:10, but at least I felt ready to take on the day. It really is amazing what a little extra rest can do for your attitude!

Menu Plan Monday, 2023 Week 5

I’m already two dinners into the week, but better late than never for my Meal Planning Monday post, right? Well, you’ll have to forgive me — we were dealing with some heating issues today (all fixed for now, thankfully). As you can imagine, I was otherwise occupied! 

Anyway, I wanted to mention that last week got thrown so off the rails. I am not sure why I even made a meal plan up because I barely followed it at all. We will see if this week goes any better! Hopefully it will.

Sunday: MYO pizza (we use an Aldi cheese pizza and everyone tops a quarter of it with their favorite toppings), Buffalo wings.

  • Monday: Drew’s marinara with hot Italian sausage, whole wheat spaghetti, Caesar salad
  • Tuesday: Rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans
  • Wednesday: Something in the Crock Pot – haven’t decided yet
  • Thursday: Cod piccata, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli
  • Friday: Probably take-out
  • Saturday: Copycat Texas Roadhouse Roadkill burgers, oven fries, garden salad

For baking, I have some tired bananas for banana bread will definitely be find its way into the oven on Wednesday. I also have a new recipe for Indian Lentil Soup that I want to try. I’m hoping it’s close the soup I used to get an a local Indian restaurant. 

Are you trying any new recipes this week?