Weekly Menu Plan, 2023 Week 1


Time to get organized for the week! I usually make out my weekly meal plans on Sunday and write everything on a white board in my kitchen so everyone can see what we are having. If your home is anything like mine, kids start asking “What’s for dinner?” just after they’ve barely finished breakfast! Years ago I participated in a link-up called “Menu Plan Monday” and I don’t think the blog hosts it anymore, but I do enjoy going back and looking through the weekly menus I posted on my blog. Sometimes it provides a bit of inspiration! 

  • Sunday: New Year’s Day Dinner – Turkey roulade with cranberry-almond stuffing, mashed potatoes, honey-citrus salad.
  • Monday: Crock Pot split pea soup, salad, bread machine focaccia
  • Tuesday: Sausage Parmesan, broccoli, salad
  • Wednesday: Turkey burgers, potato puffs, cole slaw
  • Thursday: Crock Pot Mexican chicken over brown rice
  • Friday: Take-out pizza & wings (?)
  • Saturday: Cheese steak in a bowl, baked fries, cole slaw

Do you meal plan? I don’t always stick to what I write down, but at least it gives me a blueprint for the week. Sometimes meals get bumped or we make something else depending on what everyone feels like, but I find it is very helpful having a rough draft — especially on nights when we have school activities or late meetings!

This Week’s Menu – October 21-27

Trying to get back to posting my weekly meal plans! Should be pretty easy to stick to this one. The only dinner that is up in the air is Friday — I have to go back to work in the evening for a program, so… it may or may not be ham. We’ll see.
Saturday is my birthday! We will be out all day and most likely eating out for lunch, so I’ll throw a yummy dinner in the Crock Pot so there is little for me to do when we get back. I’m also thinking of getting a chocolate cake for dessert. My favorite!

Happy Homemaker Monday // April 29, 2019

Right, so jumping back in here…

This week we are pulling ourselves together and forging ahead! Really, what is there to do besides that? We were not expecting another blow like this, but I’m sure there is a reason for it so we will try to remain optimistic that my husband gets a new job soon and we will keep plugging along.

In the meantime, let’s get back to it. It’s Monday, the sun is shining, and it’s a brand-new day. Time to link up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay-at-Home-Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday.

{The weather}
Brr! Is it almost May or is it almost November? It was so cold all weekend, and looks to be a chilly week ahead.

{On my reading pile}
I’m in between books at the moment. Thinking of starting Mary Karr’s memoir Lit.

{Movies or Shows I watched this weekend}
Nothing really, just reruns for background noise, mostly.

{On my TV this week}
Honestly, I have no idea! There’s nothing I’m dying to watch at the moment and I have a really busy week ahead of me.

{On the menu for this week}
I’m not sure what I’ll be doing at the end of the week. I have kids going to visit grandparents, going to birthday parties, going to work… I’ll figure the rest out later, but at least I have the first three days planned.

Monday: Hunter’s sausage, mashed potatoes, steamed veggies
Tuesday: Grilled London broil, baked potatoes, salad
Wednesday: Meatballs and spaghetti

{On my to do list}
— Laundry (obviously)
Organize my craft supplies
— Vacuum/wash floors
— Clean bathrooms

{What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating}
I still have to finish crocheting that baby blanket, which may or may not ever see its intended recipient. If not, I’ll just save it for another time or sell it.

I’m itching to get my sewing machine out. Did you know that scrunchies are back? Oh yes, they are. So L. has been asking for them and I have lots of elastic and fabric so I think I’ll make her a bunch.

{Looking forward to…}
The high school band and choral concert is this week. The teachers and students always do such an amazing job. I can’t believe how talented some of these kids are!

{Looking around the house}
Ah, the remnants from the weekend are strewn about, but really it could be worse. I’ll finish up this blog post, send off a couple emails and then straighten things out.

{From the camera}
This picture is actually from last week, Easter to be exact. My mother-in-law got a new puppy and even though I am not really a dog person, I think she is so sweet and just the cutest! She is some sort of terrier and her name is Sarah. (There were dog treats in those eggs, LOL!)

{What I’m wearing today}
Just jeans and a t-shirt!

{One of my simple pleasures}
I love opening the back door when I wake up and taking in a breath of fresh air.

{Bible verse, Devotional, prayers}
Lots of people on my prayer list this week. Seems we know a lot of people who are going through difficult times for a variety of reasons.

I hope your week is off to a good start!

February 11th Meal Plan

I know, I know, I totally missed Happy Homemaker Monday yesterday. L. was home sick and I was trying to plug away at the library print newsletter, so honestly I just ran out of time. But I was going through old (really old ) posts on my old blog, Pure Sugar and years ago I was so good about posting my meal plan for the week . I thought it was a really interesting snapshot of the recipes and food trends I was into at the time, so I decided to just continue it. Who cares if I make it in as part of a link-up or not? I’m reminding myself that by starting this new blog, it is for me… it’s a way to document and share and I would love for people to read it but if not, that’s OK too.

On the menu this week, Feb. 11-17, 2019:

Monday: Chicken & chicken pea tikka masala, rice, cucumber and red onion salad.

Tuesday: Turkey burgers, tater tots, sweet kale salad

Wednesday: Wednesdays are crazy here. L. has CCD from 4:30-6 and then Noah has CCD from 7:15-8:45. I’m blessed in that I am able to carpool with two family friends and it definitely makes the night a little easier, but dinner can be a challenge. I like to prepare something that is easy to fix and everyone can eat when it makes sense. This week I’m think of making sheet pan chicken fajitas, tortilla chips, fresh salsa and guacamole.

Thursday: ?? Happy Valentine’s Day! ?? I am meeting my parents up in the Berkshires and Laura is spending the weekend with them. If the timing works out (and my 16-year-old doesn’t have to work, video-recording the monthly town board meeting), D. and I are hoping to go out to dinner, but we will see!

Friday: D. and the boys will be winter camping with scouts so it’s just me for two nights! I think I’m going to make myself steak, baked potato, and salad

Saturday: Shopping after work, and since it’s just me I plan to get Moe’s take-out. Probably a chicken burrito

Sunday: Boys’ choice!

Maybe I’ll even start doing a week’s end wrap-up with dinner photos! I really enjoy seeing what other people are cooking up — I get a lot of inspiration that way. Might be fun to give it a go.

Menu Plan Monday