Monday, July 27, 2015

Menu Monday ~ July 27, 2015


I am out of town for a few days so there won't be a menu this week. Instead, I'll share some food/cooking blogs I read in case you need a little inspiration. If you have a favorite cooking blog would you please leave me a comment with the name and/or link?

Chez Bonne Femme

Cajun Delights

Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner

Nourished Kitchen

Deep South Dish

Smitten Kitchen

Local Milk

David Lebovitz

Manger
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And if you'd like to take a look at my food boards on Pinterest, here are the links:

Breads and Rolls

Fill My Freezer (I need more pins for this one -  please share any ideas you have!)

Recipes (One of these days I'll divide this up into other categories.)

Something Sweet

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If you are on Pinterest I'd love to take a look at your boards. Leave me a link in the comments below. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Menu Monday ~ July 20, 2015

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Monday:
We have a gift certificate for our favorite local Italian restaurant and our local theater is playing the old 1944 movie "Double Indemnity" starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. Sounds like a perfect date night. I think we'll do a little stargazing at home afterwards.

Tuesday:
  • burgers on the grill
  • corn on the cob
  • potato salad
  • fresh local peaches
Wednesday:
I am going to be volunteering at the local soup kitchen and probably won't be home until after 7:30. Crockpot to the rescue!
  • roast with potatoes, onions and carrots
  • tossed green salad with sliced strawberries, blueberries and poppyseed dressing
Thursday:
I have to take the car to the dealership in Ardmore (over an hour away) to be serviced and have the speaker stereo fixed. I have a few other things to take care of while I am there. It will probably take most of the day so an easy meal will be in order. 
  • stroganoff (from leftover roast)
  • noodles
  • salad
  • green beans
Friday:
I will serve this meal in courses. I may even drag out the good china and silver, and open a nice bottle of wine. It's going to be a busy week and we will likely be ready for a quiet evening. 
  • tossed green salad
  • spaghetti with homemade marinara 
  • garlic bread
  • peach cobbler 
Saturday and Sunday:
We leave Sunday evening for a short trip to Idaho to visit David's mother. We will be busy getting ready so we will keep meals easy - maybe go out or pick up pizza.

There won't be a menu next week because we will be out of town until Thursday.

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What's on your menu this week?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Menu Monday ~ July 13, 2015

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David will be out of town Tuesday through Friday afternoon and then we are hosting a going-away party for our son's friend on Saturday. That doesn't leave a lot of need for me to cook much this week. But here goes, anyway:

Monday:
My niece made a delicious salad for her July 4th party and I've now made it twice myself. David and I both love it. I still have enough ingredients to make it again tonight. I have an early evening meeting so a quick-to-prepare meal when I get home is a plus. In order to turn this salad into a main dish I will add some cooked chicken breast to each portion. 
  • Patriotic Salad (my made-up name for it) - mixed greens, sliced strawberries, fresh blueberries and poppyseed dressing, all gently tossed together. As mentioned above, I'll add some chicken tonight. 
Tuesday - Thursday:
I ran across a link to a collection of salad recipes, many of which sound really good. I think I'll try a couple of these for my evening meals while David is out of town. I'll share the recipes later. 

Friday:
David will be home and no doubt ready for a home-cooked meal.
  • pork chops
  • baked potatoes 
  • fresh green beans
  • salad
  • peach pie (if I can get some from the farmers market this week)
Saturday:
This is the day of the going-away party. I figure we'll have the grill set up so everyone can cook whatever they want. I'll probably do burgers. 

Sunday:
Sunday Family Dinner - maybe? Depends on how tired everyone is after the party the night before. Most will probably be camping out here overnight Saturday. We'll just play it by ear.

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So, what's on your menu this week? Any fun activities planned? 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Menu Monday ~ July 6, 2015

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Monday:
I had to run an errand and David had a fire fighter meeting at 6 p.m. so I made it easy on myself and picked up bean burritos and fries in town. That means no kitchen clean-up tonight. Yay!

Tuesday:
I am volunteering at the local soup kitchen whose board I serve on. I will be there from 2-7:30 p.m. so an easy crockpot meal sounds like a good idea. 
  • roast, potatoes and carrots in crockpot
  • salad
Wednesday:
  • black bean Mexican casserole
  • Mexican rice
  • salad
Thursday:
  • baked ziti
  • fresh green beans
  • salad
  • garlic bread
Friday:
Saturday:
  • leftovers (there should be plenty of chicken and probably several other items)
Sunday:
If the kids are available we'll do Sunday Family Dinner.
  • grilled hot dogs
  • macaroni salad
  • chips and dip
  • homemade ice cream
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What's on your menu this week?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Menu Monday ~ June 29, 2015

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Busy, busy week ahead! Lots of friends and family are in town for a week-long celebration (Ada Connection) our extended family hosts every 5 years. There are activities and various group meals planned all week. We can't attend everything but we are going to go to several events. Plus, our daughter's birthday is Wednesday and it's the 4th of July on Saturday. Looks like I'll be doing very little "real" cooking this week. 

Monday:
  • homemade mac and cheese with caramelized onions
  • glazed carrots
  • salad
Tuesday:
I am going on the family shopping trip which is the morning scheduled event for "Ada Connection". I then am volunteering for a couple of hours at the local soup kitchen where I serve on the board and also have an evening meeting.  I think dinner will have to be super quick and easy!
  • quesadillas
  • tomato soup
Wednesday:
It's our daughter's birthday so we are all going out for a nice dinner in a nearby town.

Thursday:
Dinner and talent show for "Ada Connection". 

Friday:
We will be attending a banquet for "Ada Connection". 

Saturday:
It's the 4th of July and we are going to my niece's for a BBQ and then watch the fireworks at the park.  

Sunday:
We will most likely go to church then out for Mexican food for lunch. We always save half for our dinner. 

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So, what's on your menu this week? 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Menu Monday ~ June 22, 2015

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Monday:
We've been invited to a press dinner for a new local restaurant so no cooking (or dishes!) for me tonight. 

Tuesday:
  • lentil tacos
  • lettuce, tomato, green onion, salsa, cheese, sour cream (as toppings)
  • salad
Wednesday:
  • fried rice
  • homemade egg rolls
  • fresh pineapple
Thursday:
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • salad
  • baked zucchini topped with parmesan cheese
  • garlic bread
Friday/Saturday:
We will be attending a wedding in Tulsa Friday night. Our anniversary was this past Saturday but we decided to celebrate with two nights in Tulsa. Can't wait!

Sunday:
If we get back in time and all the kids are available we'll do "Sunday Family Dinner". I'll probably grill burgers or hot dogs. 
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What's on your menu this week?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Menu Monday ~ June 15, 2015

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Last week was pretty much lost in a haze of sniffling and coughing. I came down with a bad cold which then triggered an asthma attack. I finally gave in and started steroids Saturday. I'm still coughing but feeling much better. Back to cooking!

Monday:
  • open-face bagel sandwiches with ham, cream cheese, apple slices and cheddar
  • French fries
  • fresh cherries
  • salad
Tuesday:
Lisa and I will be out of town doing our monthly grocery shopping. The guys are on their own. 

Wednesday:
I am hopeful that I will have been able to pick up some wonderful produce on Tuesday so I think a fresh veggie dinner is in order.
  • corn on the cob
  • fresh green beans and new potatoes
  • squash casserole
  • fresh fruit
Thursday:
  • homemade vegetable beef soup (using up some frozen veggies and hamburger to make room in the freezer)
  • homemade corn bread
Friday:
Saturday:
If the weather is nice I am hoping to talk David into going to the Okie Noodling Festival. No, I'm not kidding. There will be live music and food trucks, too. 

Sunday:
This is Father's Day. I haven't checked with the kids or my parents yet but if everyone is available I think we will have them all over for dinner.
  • grilled burgers
  • homemade potato salad
  • baked beans
  • chips and dip
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What's on your menu this week?