Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu Monday ~ January 26, 2015

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Monday:
  • smoked gouda and apple sausage cooked with potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots and bell peppers
  • buttered noodles
  • salad

Tuesday:

Wednesday:
I will be in town from around 3 p.m. until after 8 p.m.  I'll pick up something in town at some point and the guys are on their own. 

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:
Sunday:
If the kids are here:
  • baked ziti
  • salad
  • garlic bread



Monday, January 19, 2015

Menu Monday ~ January 19, 2015

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Monday:
We have leftovers from the roast I cooked a few days ago so I'll use that to make soup. 
  • vegetable beef soup
  • homemade corn bread
Tuesday:
David will be out of town so I'll just eat a salad or smoothie, most likely. 

Wednesday:
I have a piano lesson in the afternoon and choir rehearsal in the evening. I'll probably stay in town between the two. Maybe run an errand and then hang out at the library. I'll need a meal which can be ready as soon as I get home from choir which will be about 8 p.m. so I think I'll make a casserole earlier in the day and then David can stick it in the oven. 
  • vegetarian Mexican casserole
  • salad
  • chips and salsa
Thursday:
We have a meeting with one of our bands at a local restaurant and then another band is playing there later. We will just go ahead and eat dinner there. 

Friday:
Saturday:
  • lentil chili 
  • rolls or corn bread
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What's on your menu this week?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Guest Post Friday ~ Cranberry Relish


Cranberry Relish
By Roz Pack

Around Christmas time my friend, Roz, shared this recipe with me and I decided to share it with you all. I haven't tried it yet but I do have cranberries in the freezer so I will try to remember to put it on my menu soon. It sounds wonderful!

Ingredients:
  • 12 oz bag of cranberries (Works better if you freeze them first)
  • 1 large orange, peeled and chopped (preferably by hand)
  • 1 20 oz can of drained pineapple
  • 1 cup sugar
Directions:

Use a food processor to chop cranberries, fine but not so fine you purée them. They should look like finely chopped cranberries. Peel, section and chop the orange into the bowl with cranberries. Dump in the drained pineapple. Add sugar and mix well. Cover and leave out on the counter overnight.Stir again the next morning and refrigerate at least another day. Make no less than 2 days before you need it, and up to 3-4 days in advance. It just gets better. Lasts about 2 weeks in the fridge. Incredibly good! Recipe may be doubled. 

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Thank you, Roz. I can't wait to try it! If anyone else would like to share a recipe as a guest post, here are the very easy instructions. I would love to feature your favorites. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Menu Monday ~ January 12, 2014

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Monday:
I had a meeting tonight and didn't get home until almost 6:30. That called for an easy meal. 
  • spaghetti
  • salad
  • Italian bread
Tuesday:
We have dinner plans with my cousin and her husband. 

Wednesday:
Busy, busy day! I have to pick up my coop order in the morning, piano lesson at 3:30, meeting at 4:15-ish, choir at 6:45. Sounds like the perfect day for a crockpot meal. 
  • roast in the crockpot along with potatoes, carrots and onions
  • salad
  • toasted Italian bread
Thursday:
David has a "work day" at the fire department this evening and he's picking up pizza for everyone. I'll eat leftovers from the Wednesday roast. 

Friday:
I think we might get a quiet, "date night" at home. Hopefully!
  • French roasted whole chicken
  • mashed potatoes
  • glazed carrots
  • salad
  • a nice French wine with our meal
  • steaming cups of coffee and a piece of good chocolate for dessert
Saturday:
  • chicken and dumplings
Sunday:
I don't know if the kids will be here for "family dinner" or not. Lately it seems at least one is sick or has something else they have to do. I think I'll wait until a little closer before I make meal plans. 

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What's cooking at your house this week?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Menu Monday ~ January 5, 2015

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Monday:
We celebrated my dad's 77th birthday Saturday and my mom sent home a bunch of leftovers with me. I've had a busy day so I'm really happy about this. Plus, David has a firefighter meeting tonight and I have no idea what time he'll be home. It will be nice to simply reheat leftovers as soon as he gets home. 
  • enchiladas
  • Mexican rice
  • refried beans
  • chips and salsa

Tuesday:
I had made LOTS of Mexican rice for the party so I'll get one more night's worth. I'll turn it into a casserole. 
  • black bean and rice casserole
  • green beans
  • salad
  • rolls

Wednesday:
I have an afternoon piano lesson and then back to town at 6:45 for church choir rehearsal. I think a crockpot meal sounds like a winner. 

Thursday:
  • homemade split pea soup
  • cornbread

Friday:
We are going out to eat with friends to celebrate a birthday. 

Saturday:
It is our son's birthday so we may take him out to eat. 

Sunday:
Everyone was busy this past Sunday so we didn't have "Family Dinner". Let's try that menu again:
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • salad
  • garlic bread 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Menu Monday ~ December 29, 2014

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Monday:
Last night we used up the last of the Christmas turkey in enchiladas. I have just a couple of slices of ham left so I'll use them tonight in a casserole. 

Tuesday:

Wednesday:
A friend shared this on her Facebook page yesterday and raved about it. It got rave reviews on the site, too. Figure it's worth trying.

Thursday:
We are going to Oklahoma City with our kids to see "The Book of Mormon". The show is at 7:30 so we'll go out to dinner with them beforehand.

Friday:

Saturday:
We are going over to my parents' to celebrate my dad's 77th birthday. My mom is making tacos. I'm going to bring some Mexican rice and maybe some beans. This will be mid-afternoon so we'll likely just order a fruit and cheese platter later that evening when we are at a party for a friend at Vintage 22 (local wine and dessert bar). 

Sunday:
Hopefully all the kids who usually join us for Family Dinner and Game Night will be back from holiday excursions so we can get back to our usual routine. 
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • salad
  • garlic bread
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So, how was your Christmas? Did you do anything creative with the leftovers?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Menu Monday ~ December 22, 2014

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Monday:
David has an evening meeting and Chris is going out with friends. David is just picking himself up something in town and I'll make a sandwich or something to eat while working on Christmas cards. 

Tuesday:
We had a change of plans last week and I didn't make this meal. I'll try again!

Wednesday:
We will go to my cousin's at noon for our family Christmas celebration. It's potluck and I'm bringing:
  • homemade cranberry sauce
  • a big green salad and homemade salad dressing
After our church candlelight service our tradition is to drive through the park to see the Christmas light display. We then come home and watch "Charlie Brown Christmas" while eating:
  • grilled hot dogs
  • chips and dip
  • fruit
Thursday - Christmas Day:
The kids come over early in the morning to open gifts and have breakfast:
  • homemade waffles
  • my special syrup (I'll share the "recipe" later)
  • bacon
  • mimosas
My parents join us around 10 or 11. We'll save them some waffles if they want any. We've also issued an open invitation to anyone in our HMA "family" who might not have a place to go or just want to come hang out with us. They are welcome anytime after 1 p.m. I will the following items on hand for do-it-yourself snacking:
  • turkey (will cook turkey breast in crockpot on Wednesday and slice for sandwiches)
  • sandwich fixings
  • homemade cranberry sauce
  • chips and dip
  • cake
  • other snack items
Friday:
  • leftovers
Saturday:
I think I'll get David to take me out to eat somewhere. 

Sunday:
I don't know the kids' plans yet. If they are around and want to come over for game night I'll come up with something simple. 

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Merry Christmas!