Monday, September 26, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

We had a big chicken dinner Sunday, so I froze the bones from the chicken for this Friday.

Monday- I bought a big pork roast for $1.68 a pound, so I'm cooking that up in the crock pot all day.  We'll do shredded pork fajitas tonight with that, an heirloom tomato from the neighbor, lots of red and yellow bell peppers, and all the usual fixings.  What's left of the pork I'll freeze for later use.

Tuesday- Youth Group night.  Potato & Parsnip soup with bread.  Maybe a salad, if I get to the grocery store again before then.

Wednesday- Bell Pepper pasta. (A possible recipe to completely ignore here.)  Maybe bread, too, although that would make 3 times in a week.

Thursday- Mushroom, dandelion, and fresh garlic omelets. 

Friday-  Chicken noodle soup with the bones from Sunday.  Bread.  Salad.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Shall my blog be a project that forces me to stay on track with my homemaking?  If I promise to post my meal plans every Monday, I will have to make meal plans every Monday.  No being lazy!  There are already about a million people who do this, so there's definitely no need for me to post my meal plans.  But maybe my huge list of followers is interested?  (Here's looking at both of you lovely ladies!)  You tell me.  More projects?  Or should I stick with what I'm doing and leave you alone?

Monday: Pasta with Tomato-Cheese sauce.  I used this recipe, except I sauteed an onion, three grated carrots, and 1/2 a grated beet before adding the garlic.  And I used a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes instead of the diced.  Also I used provolone instead of blue cheese.  And dandelion greens instead of spinach, because I had one in my yard and none of the other.  Basically I didn't use that recipe at all.  Except for the basic concept that it was pasta sauce with tomatoes and cheese with a green thing added.  Tasty!

Tuesday:  Cheese strata with spicy Italian sausage.  Youth group night, and we had 2 loaves of white bread given to us.  We don't eat white bread.  Let's feed it to the teenagers!

Wednesday: Tabouleh, meatballs, and pita bread.

Thursday:  Vegetarian vegetable soup.  Grilled cheese sandwiches.

Friday: Pasta with mushroom cream sauce.  Some kind of salad.  Homemade buns.

Saturday: Coleslaw for a potluck BBQ.  My brilliant recipe: finely chop a cabbage and an onion.  Combine equal parts mayonnaise and juice from a jar of dill pickles.  Pour dressing over cabbage and onion.  Stir to combine.  Five Stars!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Date #2- Puzzling

Do a puzzle together.

Because the munchkin is 2 years old, we decided to do this date at home after his bedtime.  I'll admit, it took us more like four and a half hours.  It should be noted that our puzzle was 500 pieces, our baby required jiggling most of the night, and we took a break for root-beer floats at midnight, so your results may vary.

Score of 9 on the 'novel' scale.  Score of 2 for 'exciting.'  But it was a pretty good time, as evidenced by the fact that we stayed up until after 1:00 am completing our puzzle.  And we let the munchkin put in the last piece at breakfast.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Date #1- Movie Night

Make a movie about your neighbors or friends.  Show it to them.

We're doing this in 2 parts, because the family we decided to feature is busy this weekend.  I was originally thinking of a documentary, but the hubby suggested a feature film.  We debated buddy comedy and drama but eventually settled on a mystery.  We borrowed a video camera, roughly scripted the plot, set up our props, and filmed before lunch.  It actually took us the full 2 hours to get that far.  Then we edited after naps and dinner.  Here's a link to our brilliant masterpiece film:

Amazing.  It was way more fun to make than to watch.  Oh dear.

We'll see what Ken and Janet think later this week.

Have a fun date!  Tell us about it in the comments.  Link your movie if you've got the courage.