Monday, August 31, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Yes, there is a plan this week.
I went back to old stand-bys that everyone will eat.
Ana has her pre-test to determine her eligibility to test for Second Degree Black in October on Wednesday, so I'm making her favorite, Chicken Dijon.

  • Clam Chowder, salad, crusty bread
  • Spaghetti, tomato sauce, Italian sausage (I had Mike grill the sausages with last night's dinner)
  • Chicken Dijon, couscous, broccoli
  • Tacos, refried beans

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sweet 16

My baby is 16 today.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

What's for dinner this week? So far, this.

  • Carmelized Onion Penne, garlic chip greens (Sorry. TWO food network recipes. Their website sucks, but the food looked good so there you are.)
  • Breakfast - Pancakes, eggs, bacon
  • Turkey Burgers, Macaroni Salad
  • something else. I'm going to end up at the store again (we're out of dog food) so I'll probably put fish on the menu.
  • Pizza Friday (which I dislike, but the family likes it so I'll eat salad or something.)

Bon appetit!

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy Birthday

We have two family birthdays this month.
Ana is Sweet 16.

Mike is 46.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Random Things I LIke

  • crushed up saltines in my chili - there was a time when I wouldn't eat saltines because they are carbs!
  • Earl Grey Tea - Hot or cold
  • summer
  • black tea with honey and lemon - hot, when I have a cold
  • Tropical Black Iced Tea from Fresh and Easy - but I only buy it on clearance, because I'm cheap
  • the smell of rain on pavement - a rarity in Las Vegas
  • freshly mowed grass - although it makes me sneeze
  • being able to provide frivolous things to my kids on occasion
  • pesto, especially homemade - so bright and fresh and green
  • listening to Sam play his electric guitar - but I'm still buying him headphones

  • Naveen Andrews - a little mancake on Lost
  • Traveling to Utah by car if I'm not driving. Seven and a half hours to do NOTHING!
  • Las Vegas 51's baseball

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Not Quite.

They look rather the same to me, but I realize upon closer inspection that they are not.

Mark Harmon and Bruce Greenwood

Monday, August 17, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Ah, yes. Meal planning time again. Here we go!

  • Turkey burgers, chips (I buy two snack size bags and we split them between four people.)
  • Ground Beef Stroganoff, broccoli (Yes, I'm using ground turkey instead.)
  • Chicken something. A family favorite. I have frozen chicken breasts. I have NO IDEA what they will turn into for dinner. I also have frozen vegetables.
  • Ummm...There's pasta and eggs in the house. Maybe Pasta Carbonara (a la Rachael Ray.) I'll have to buy pancetta, but it's pretty cheap at Fresh & Easy.
  • Payday! The sky's the limit! I'm hoping to avoid Pizza Friday. I really don't like pizza very much. Don't tell Joe. He'll unfriend me!

Another pantry/freezer week. Somehow I managed to spend all of our money last week so this week is a little tight. Happily, I keep a pretty well stocked pantry.

As always, more menus to steal at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I'm posting the blog, not the Menu Plan Monday entry because it's not up yet and I'm lazy like that.

Bon Appetit!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Food Update

It's interesting and helpful for me if I have a Menu Plan, but I don't lose any sleep over changing it.
This week:
  • Monday: Leftover buffet
  • Tuesday: Baked Teriyaki Chicken (What's that weird sauce on it?)
  • Wednesday: Karen and kids to Joe's for a karate thing. I made tacos earlier in the day so Mike would have something to eat.
  • Thursday: Roast Chicken. I found a whole chicken at Fresh & Easy for $2.04. The execution of the dish was less than stellar. Next time I'll stick with my Williams-Sonoma prep and skip Tony Bourdain. Mike's prep of the Tony Bourdain Roast Chicken results in a fabulous meal. Mine resulted in having Mike come home and having to rescue dinner. Sigh.
  • Friday: Mike's birthday! He's bringing home steak to grill on the barbecue. When he told me he wanted grilled steak, I was sure to tell him that I would ruin it. He already knew that, so had planned to grill it himself.

In case you didn't know: we have a Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill. No gas or propane is EVER used to grill our food. If we had gas or propane, I could probably be trusted to grill. Mike uses kindling, briquets and real mesquite charcoal to build a perfect fire. He then waits for perfect coals and cooks over indirect heat.

Because I know you're all worried about us eating charred beef which will kill us!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

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There are many, many menus to cheat from.

My plan looks something like this.

  • Monday: Leftovers-including: roast chicken, asst cheeses, salami, artichokes, marinated mushrooms, harissa beans, homemade pesto, homemade hummus, pita
  • Tuesday: Baked chicken. There are two breasts with ribs leftover from the weekend.
  • Wednesday: Pasta, I think. Lots of it in the pantry. Sauce? Pesto or maybe I'll whip up a tomato sauce. I might just serve it with butter and cheese.
  • Thursday: There's frozen ground turkey in the freezer. Maybe tacos. Sam likes them.
  • Friday: Mike's birthday. He hasn't decided if he wants me to cook or if he wants to eat out. He doesn't usually like to eat dinner out, especially after a busy week at work.

Updates as they occur, I guess.

An update before it even posts! I'm making Baked Teriyaki Chicken.