Menu Planning, Lovin’ It!!!!!

13 Apr

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!

I made some of Bakerella’s infamous CakePops! for our family get-together at my Aunt ‘Lette’s and Uncle Emile’s house at Millie Creek.

Bakerella's Cake Pops

Bakerella's Cake Pops

Well, onto the Menu Plan for this week…

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday


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!!!!



3 Responses to “Menu Planning, Lovin’ It!!!!!”

  1. charla April 13, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    Glad you’re making the pork chops–you guys will love them! Like many of the reviewers I start them out on the stove to brown and finish them in the oven. YUM!

  2. Rona April 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    I love the Cake Pops. How cute!
    Thanks for sharing the tip regarding the garlic and boiling it with the pasta. I’ll have to try that sometime.
    You have some terrific meals planned for this week.
    Happy MPM!

  3. Alana @ The Good Girl Gone Blog April 14, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I think it’s great that you’ve started doing a weekly meal plan. It makes life so much easier. You should totally check out springpad’s weekly meal planner. It’s a great tool for collecting and storing your own recipes and those you find online.

    Shoot me an email and tell me what you think!

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