I am lovin’ Menu Planning!!!! This week Laura, at I’m an Organizing Junkie, posted her first Menu Planning template. She’s been planning on making it available for download for a while, but couldn’t figure out how to convert it to .pdf to make it simpler to download. (btw, I don’t know how to either, if someone would like to leave me instructions on converting .doc to .pdf…as long as it is simple, please do so!) I like her new template, and will be using it over the next few weeks to see if it helps me not waste spiral bound notebooks, which is the way I am Menu Planning now.
I am trying to find different ways to keep track of the recipes that I find over the internet, also. I have a three ring binder, but it is filled to the brim. I guess I could do two or three binders and separate them by types of recipes…but if by chance, you are reading this post and have a specific way that you keep your recipes that you get online, please post a comment with the suggestions that work for you! I need help!
Well, on to last weeks successes and failures. Our soccer games on Monday evening should have been cancelled because it was under 40 with the wind swishing around the fields. We froze our back-ends off…but the kids played well! Monday, the kids ended up just having P, B, & J’s with grapes and Gatorade. Tuesday night we did not go to practices (I wasn’t going to torture myself or my kiddos in the weather again). So, I made a spaghetti. I decided to use two of my last cloves of garlic in the water I was boiling the noodles in — I just put two whole cloves in at the same time I put the noodles in. I removed them before I drained the noodles, and I really liked the flavor it gave the noodles. It was subtle enough that Mojo didn’t complain, but strong enough that I enjoyed it. Wednesday we actually ate at church. Thursday, I wasn’t feeling well and was afraid I wasn’t going to the Chinese Chicken Salad finished for my Barefoot Bloggerschallenge, so I ordered pizza for Mojo & the kiddos….but did get the Chinese Chicken Salad finished…and ♥ LOVED ♥ the dressing! It is a recipe that I will use again and probably try some variations on! I also took it to my Mom’s house for her to try after they dyed eggs on Friday, and she really enjoyed it…my dad said it was okay, but he isn’t as big on Peanut Butter as we are!
Well, onto the Menu Plan for this week…
Friday — Grill Night FINALLY! We had Brats & Dawgs with one of our favorite families. I tried a new potato salad recipe….I didn’t eat any of it, but can’t wait to try it. Kendra brought the makings for Strawberry Shortcakes…YUM!
Saturday — I spent all day making the “Chicks on a Stick” pops for our dinner at Millie Creek.
Sunday — lunch @ my Mom & Dad’s…a terrific Boston Butt and 7 Layer Salad! dinner at Millie Creek, selection of salads, my baked brie was a hit (of course, I didn’t get a picture…darn, I’ll have to do it again!)…and the “Chicks on a Stick” were the hit! Amanda and Ana-banana loved them the most!!!
Monday — Game Day….dinner @ McDonald’s with friends!
Tuesday — Practice — meat & cheese roll-ups with fruit and Bugles
Wednesday — Picnic Night with the D’s
Thursday — Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops — courtesy of Ch-narla
Friday — Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, Zesty Chicken Cutlets Parmigiana and pasta (page 128)
There is our week. It is a busy week, and this coming weekend is a busy weekend…but now that spring is here, we are going to stay rather busy! Gotta love life with kiddos!!!!