Sunday, October 18, 2015

Goals and Dinner Menu for the Week

We are on a school break this next week (we were last week as well).  We were out of town part of last week, but this week, we will be home.  I'm really looking forward to a week when we are mostly at home, and I can go through my housekeeping routine, do some autumn/winter planning and read a book I checked out from the library!  In addition to my weekly routine, I have some 'bonus' things I'd like to get done.  Here are my goals for the week:

House & Home:
finish thank-you gifts for pet sitters
can apple butter
make corn bread mix
make kimchee
shampoo carpet (stairs)
sweep down cobwebs/dust - ceiling and walls
list items (already photographed) to sell on local facebook page
restore finish on kitchen table (photograph and blog about technique)
send photos to family
print photos from trip
blog (here!) about our trip

sweep chimney
pick up 'garden art' outside, put into shed for winter
put cover over bunny barn window
set up bird feeding station for winter feeding

That looks like a lot...we'll see how far I get!

I'm finding myself in that place where I have a full freezer and pantry, but I'm struggling to put together a supper menu.  If you have a family favorite or two that you're willing to share with me, I'd appreciate it!  You don't even have to share the recipe - I have lots of recipes, but I'm just not feeling terribly inspired when it comes to planning and ideas.  My family and I appreciate your suggestions!

I thought about the menu all day today, and after consulting Daughter and Husband, this is our list.  These are not in order yet, but we will be eating:

grilled chicken, fall harvest salad, garlic toast
vegetable soup, bacon-cheese corn muffins, apples
ham slices, macaroni & cheese, cole slaw, pineapple
king ranch chicken, garden salad, green beans, pears
mini meatloaves, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, apples
barbecue bacon-chicken pizzas, carrot & celery sticks, pineapple
tongkatsu chicken, rice w/nori & furikake, kimchee, slaw

What's your plan for the coming week?


  1. We are on a countdown to leaving for the lake house on Wednesday. We have to pack and leave the house in order so that we can just rest at the lake. We are volunteering at the civic auditorium near the lake on Friday night so we will also get free admission to the concert. It is a steel drum band which we rarely get an opportunity to see live. So, we are eating up what is in the fridge and winging it on the menu somewhat.

    There is a salsa verde chicken and rice recipe making the rounds on Pinterest. I have found that to be a great jumping off place for a variety of dishes. It is a pound of chicken cubes browned in oil and then add 1 cup salsa, 2 c chicken broth and 1 cup rice. It is good with whatever salsa you have on hand but the verde is really good. I do 8-12 ounces of meat rather than a whole pound and then we use leftovers for burritos. Last time I did small cubes of pork and black bean and corn salsa and it was yummy.

    Have a good week!

    1. Thanks, Lana - that sounds like something my family would enjoy, and it sounds versatile too! Enjoy your time at the lake!

  2. Enjoy your week off from school.. Best wishes on getting your to do list done..Your weekly meal plan sounds really good. I too, get tired of planning them out.ha

  3. I make a sausage soup with barley. I brown 3 links of sweet sausage. I add diced onions, celery, and minced garlic. When nice and soft I add sliced carrots and usually 8-9 cups of chicken broth. When it comes to a boil I add 1/4 cup pearled barley. I am a diabetic and this gives me only 15 carbs per serving of soup. I also don't like the instant barley as much, doesn't thicken the soup as much. If you have a rind of hard parmesan cheese, add that too. It takes about a hour to cook the barley but it makes 6 servings and can be frozen too. Cheryl

  4. get stuck with planning meals too. I made a pork roast in the oven with potatoes,carrots,celery,The next night we had BBQ sammys,I made taco salad one night,Split pea soup, with rolls,chicken fajitas,rice and beans,potato soup with cheese and rolls, Homemade chicken pot pies.
    I always enjoy your menus


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