Showing posts with label Weekly Menu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weekly Menu. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

~Weekly Menu~

~January 11 - 17~

Sunday, January 11th -  A German Meal for my German mom's birthday.  My Mom goes by Trudy (which I love) but her real name is Gertrude, and so while she is a born and raised Georgia Peach, there is no getting around the German.  I married a Scheibmeir, so there was no getting away from it either, haha.  I made Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, served several types of mustard and I prepared German Potato Salad with a very non German, Mississippi Mud Pie *recipe at end of post* for dessert.  Oh, and we had a salad.  A very fun night!

Monday, January 12th - Chicken Tikka Masala I tweaked this quite a bit, by adding carrots and peppers the last hour it simmered in the crock pot.  I also didn't have garam masala so I googled what would be a good substitute and found that I had all the spices that would make garam masala, so I guessed at the amounts.  We all loved this and every single one of my older boys begged me to make it again and soon!  Thank you Jessica for sharing this.  We celebrated the traditional Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord with this wonderful Middle Eastern Dish. *tip I learned from my brother, if you toast the spices in a saute pan briefly before adding to the 'wet' ingredients, you get a better flavor*

Tuesday, January 13th - Hogs in a Sleeping Bag and homemade chili.  I usually serve fresh veggies or a salad when we eat a meal like this.  It is cold outside, so a heavy meal feels right but the absence of all vegetables does not, so a good veggie tray is usually added with some homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.

Wednesday, January 14th - Saint Felix's feast day so I'm hoping we can make these cute treats shared last year at Shower of Roses.  I think the actual directions are at Catholic Cuisine.  I also plan to make a simple bean soup and cornbread.  I might add jalapenos and cheddar cheese to the cornbread, everyone loves it when I do.  

Thursday, January 15th -  Cowboy Casserole.  I need to share this recipe, but I will have to write down what I do.  It is basically ground beef, noodles, peppers, onions, and cheese.  The children inhale it every time.  So easy, and very filling.  I'll serve with a salad and roasted veggies.  Since LeaAunt is coming for dinner our nickname for an adopted Aunt, Leanne I might spoil everyone with some homemade dinner rolls, we'll see what time allows. *Update, we had St. Faustina's Polish Soup instead.  I had to rethink when I realized some teenagers had wiped out my 5 lb bag of shredded cheddar cheese, hmmm*

Friday, January 16th - Open, I'm not sure yet.  We may have Frittatas but I haven't decided.  Friday night meals are very casual like Nachos or baked potatoes, or cheese pizza.  I'll try to update once I know.

Saturday, January 17th - I'm firing up the smoker.  We will smoke a turkey, and some ribs.  I'll make a potato salad and possibly serve up a Ramen Salad too.  I love, love, love using our smoker and then having a good BBQ dinner.  We usually go to Mass on Saturday and nothing is better than walking in from Mass and having dinner ready to go...can't wait!

Mississippi Mud Pie:
Crust:  1 stick butter, 1 cup chopped nuts (we like Native Texas Pecans), 1 1/2 cups flour
Cut butter into nuts and flour.  I mix up until butter is very crumbly and all is mixed up well.  Pat into well greased pan, pressing won't seem like a crust but trust the process.  Bake at preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Cool Completely.

1st Layer (after crust):  Mix together 8 oz softened cream cheese, 1 cup powder sugar, and the recipe calls for 1 cup cool whip.  I whipped up some fresh whipping cream and then just added the cream cheese and powder sugar to the mixer and blended.  Spread this across cooled crust and place in refrigerator awaiting the next layer.

2nd Layer - Recipe calls for 2 boxes chocolate pudding mix but I say try making the pudding instead.  Follow the filling directions I have posted for Chocolate Pie and while it cools, stir it frequently then spread it across 1st Layer.

3rd Layer - Whipped Cream again.  

This desert has been in my recipe box since Pete's Navy days.  Given to me by Amy, the mother of Zachary who I used to babysit and search out Thomas the Train and friends for...such good memories.  I loved tweaking this to raise the bar a little and the extra effort pays off in a big way.  This is the perfect blend of rich and light.  Try it, it may take extra time but it is absolutely worth it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

~Weekly Menu~

~November 30th - December 6~

Sunday, November 30th - 2nd Thanksgiving

Monday, December 1st - Jolly Gobblers.  We love this sandwich.  It is best on sourdough, but whole wheat bread is better for you.  Spread a little mayo over both slices of bread.  Then spread some cranberry sauce.  Layer up the leftover turkey, and then add then slices of stuffing.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 2nd -  Beef Stew (this is the bomb).  I always make my roast in the crockpot.  I use the leftover drippings and toss in braised stew meat.  I add to this tomato sauce, seasoning (whatever I think will be good that time, so it varies), garlic, veggies and a bay leaf.  Cook on low in crock pot all day.  1 hour before serving add about 1/2 to a cup of red wine and stir in.  Crank heat up to high.  Serve with cornbread.

Wednesday, December 3rd - Spaghetti with homemade garlic bread and a salad.
*Updated* - We ended up having more Thanksgiving Leftovers due to an unexpected trip to the Dr., then out for medicine, choir, and youth group.  Spaghetti on Thursday instead.

Thursday, December 4th - Leftover Turkey Fried Rice & Salad   Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and Salad

Friday, December 5th -  Corn Chowder & Creamy Mushroom Soup

Saturday, December 6th - Taco Salads for after Mass
{Feast of St. Nicholas}

Monday, November 10, 2014

~Weekly Menu~

~November 9th - 15th~

Sunday, November 9th:
Breakfast:  Kolaches
Dinner:  Chili Mac that I made the night before.  We ended up going out to eat with the whole family following Mass on Saturday.  It was THE BEST time!  I love that no matter if we are eating sandwiches or Japanese food - we always make the most of it because the element that is the best part are the people.  There is so much love in this room!

Monday November 10th:
Breakfast:  Cheesy Wheat Toast
Dinner:  Lemon Roast Chicken, brown rice, roasted veggies
Snack:  Banana Bread w/Streusal Topping
*Simon giving the Blue Steel, and everyone else trying to get gathered for dinner* 
*Linus practicing his Dr. Seuss speech for our Co-Op on Friday, his Grandpa helped him write it*

Tuesday November 11th:
Dinner:  Spaghetti with garlic bread and salad
Snack:  Cut up veggies and hummus

Wednesday November 12th:
Breakfast:  Waffles 
Dinner:  Chicken and Rice Soup *using the leftovers from Monday night* with salad
Snack:  Apples with Caramel

Thursday November 13th:
Breakfast:  Scrambled Eggs & Toast
Dinner:  Crockpot Roast with potatoes and carrots, salad and homemade bread
Snack:  Homemade bread and butter

Friday November 14th:
Breakfast:  Scones and eggs
Dinner:  Dad's Choice (I'll be out for the evening, there will be leftovers or he will order pizza - I bet it is the latter)
Snack:  Milkshakes

Saturday November 15th:
Breakfast:  French Toast
Dinner:  Pork and Potato Hash
Snack:  Popcorn

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

~Weekly Menu~

I'm notorious for deciding I'm going to do a thing, on this blog, and then not keep it up.  Sorry about that!  I will not promise to make this an every week thing, I will promise to make it a frequent thing.  Leila, at Like Mother, Like Daughter has already given very wise advice about 'Eating dinner together' and 'Preparing Dinner Every Day'.  I thought a practical look at what I do for my family might help others to get ideas or at least 'see' how it works for us.  I love to see meal ideas and enjoy getting new recipes so if you also post a menu please share the link in the comments.  If I ever learn how to set up a link up then I'll add that to the next post on weekly menus.

Week of November 2-8

(St. Florian, Patron of Firefighters)

Sunday, November 2nd -
Breakfast:  Omelettes
Dinner:  We celebrated All Souls and All Saints with a party during the afternoon at our Parish so it was a leftover night.  Cheesy Potato Soup and Chicken Stew with Dumplings (both are even better as leftovers).  I just picked up some garlic bread on our way home from a friend/child exchange, 2 boys to a friends house and 1 friend picked up to come to our house.

Monday, November 3rd -
Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs, fried apples and grits
Dinner:  Confirmation night so we needed something quick and easy, Soft Tacos.
After school snack:  Caramel dip and apples

Tuesday, November 4th - 
Breakfast:  Egg Nog French Toast with whole wheat or Ezekiel Bread
Dinner:  Junk food night (really).  We had 2 boys working the election, and 1 boy working on the musical 'Strays' and so I actually let them eat taquitos and some heated up pizza things.  They LOVED it because it is so rare in this house.  I didn't eat and my husband felt sick afterwards - just being honest, this is NOT how we usually eat and I remember why *gross*.
After School Snack:  One piece of candy from treat bags and a thick slice of Homemade Apple Cheddar Bread.

The plans are below, sometimes reality is different than the plan, so if I make changes I'll update with what we did instead.

Wednesday, November 5th -
Breakfast:  Steel cut oats (cooked overnight in the crockpot).  I knew Pete had an early start to the day so I prepared the oats to cook overnight so when he woke up, breakfast was ready.  I also made cheese toast and set up an oatmeal bar for the kids to make the oatmeal to their liking.  I always set out a small pitcher of milk/cream, small bowls of walnuts, blueberries, cinnamon, maple syrup or brown sugar.  
Dinner:  Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans.
After school snack:  Homemade hummus and veggies for dipping (boys are starving around 3:30 pm every day)

Thursday, November 6th - 
Breakfast:  Egg sandwiches and fruit
Dinner:  Thai chicken wraps *update* Instead we had pork roast that could simmer in the crockpot all day.  Elijah had his wisdom teeth pulled that afternoon and I was concerned I did not have enough time to prepare the chicken wraps.  I was right, the surgery ran long (but he did great and we love our dentist), I had to get our adopted son for the last few months and Tobias to Strays and so I had a narrow window of time to have dinner ready.  Mac and cheese + a salad rounded out the meal.
Snack:  Pumpkin Bread (I'll share recipe and photos once it has been made)

Friday, November 7th -
Breakfast:  Waffles with fruit topping *update* my boy with the sore mouth couldn't bare the thought of missing out on these waffles.  I made milkshakes and scrambled eggs.
Dinner:  Spinach and Artichoke Pasta with Salad and Garlic Bread *update* No, we had leftovers.  Pete and I decided last minute to accept an invitation to the Symphony Ball and he needed a suit.  We went shopping and I needed to prepare something simple.  
Snack:  Caramel Dip with Apples

Saturday, November 8th - 
Breakfast:  Steel cut oats again
Dinner:  Chicken Spaghetti  (this is easily prepared early in the day so when we leave for Confession, Rosary and Mass it is ready when we get home) *update*  We decided to go to the Symphony Fall Ball so I tweaked tonight's meal.  I will make homemade chili mac (a kid favorite), it is easy, goes together quickly and has little cleanup.  This will allow me to make it early so we can make to to C,R,M, feed the kids, and get ready for the ball.  I am fortunate that the older boys do the kitchen clean up, and since I won't be here to help them along, I won't leave them a huge mess to clean up.

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