Monday, February 27, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

Monday- Pepper beef over rice.  Coleslaw, at The Munchkin's request.

Tuesday- Split pea and ham soup.  Bread.

Wednesday- Eggplant lasagna. 

Thursday- Wilted spinach salad with Dijon dressing.  Chicken fingers.  Pan fried potatoes.

Friday- Pizza and broccoli salad.

The nice thing about only having one child with food preferences is that I can make him foods he requests at quite regular intervals.  It also helps that he mostly asks for vegetables.  Lucky me.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lent With Little Children

The Munchkin is three this year, and The Baby is, of course, a baby.  But I feel like three is old enough to start doing something meaningful for Lent.  Last year I felt like two was old enough to start doing something for Lent, but I was overwhelmed enough with school and work and pregnancy tiredness that we didn't actually get "something" off the ground.

The Hubby and I have historically given something up.  Memorable years include the year we gave up buying things and going to retail stores (we cheated by using a gas card, but I still had to get to work).  And the year we gave up meat (funny enough, that was the year our pastor served bacon during the Easter Sunday service).  But since having kids, I've done less dramatic things, like last year when I gave up Facebook before 9:00 pm.  Don't laugh!  It was a sacrifice for me.  We also occasionally take something on.  Last year instead of checking facebook, I did the divine hours.

This year, as a family, we're giving up TV and videos.  Including YouTube.  While The Munchkin doesn't watch much TV, he loves YouTube, and probably twice a week we watch a few videos after breakfast.  And The Hubby and I spend a good number of evenings on Hulu.  We've also taken on a memory verse.  Just one, but that's enough for The Munchkin.

I'm working on figuring out how to rotate a picture with this program... Forgive me.

Here's our tactile, visual Lenten calendar.  The Munchkin painted construction paper, and we punched out the flowers together.  We have one flower for each day of Lent.  Each night at dinner, The Munchkin will take one flower off of the window and put it in the jar.  Then The Hubby will lead a responsive reading of the memory verse: 1 John 4:10.

What are you doing for Lent this year?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

Boo!  Deleted post.

So I made a meal plan last week, but I did it on a slip of paper.  And then I lost the slip of paper.  So the only thing that totally got made off of the meal plan was a kick butt veggie lasagna, with good wine and dessert even, for a Friday Valentine's Day meal with my beautiful family.  This is why I need to blog about my meal plans: it's so much harder to lose a blog. 

Monday- We were supposed to have company, but then that got canceled after dinner was already going.  Salad w/lemon garlic dressing, pea risotto, salmon burgers.  Delicious.

Tuesday- Crock pot black bean chili and bread.

Wednesday- Pork roast (in the crock pot if I get it washed before lunch time).  Sauteed onions and green peppers.  Homemade tortillas.  Guacamole, cheese, sour cream, salsa.  (This seems ambitious for how crabby the baby has been lately.  She's cut 2 teeth in the last week, and as a result has been miserable and sleepless.  If Wednesday is a meltdown of a day the way Monday was, we may just have waffles and sliced bananas for dinner instead.)

Thursday- Beet soup.  Bread.  Or maybe I'll do bread tomorrow instead.  My son has been asking for beet soup for a week.  Who am I to say no?

Friday- Rescheduled company for dinner.  Mustard chicken, roasted garlic potatoes, acorn squash.  Thy might bring salad.  If they don't, I'll probably microwave some peas.

Meal Plan Monday

I made a meal plan last week on a slip of paper, and then I promptly lost it.  I tried to recreate the darn thing all week long from memory, but heaven knows that didn't go too well.  This is why I need this space...  To keep my head on straight!  I did, however, make a fantastic vegetarian lasagna and served it as part of a romantic dinner with wine and even berry pie for dessert.  It was Valentine's Day on Friday.

Monday- Wilsons for dinner.  Risotto, salad, salmon cakes. Banana cake with dark chocolate sauce.

Tuesday- Black bean chili and bread.

Wednesday- Crock pot pulled pork, roasted peppers and onions.  Home made tortillas.  Guacamole, cheese, sour cream, salsa.

Thursday- Beet soup

Friday- Baked chicken and potatoes.  And broccoli salad.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

Monday- Peppers and Eggs on homemade buns.

Tuesday- Youth Group Night.  Spaghetti with homemade red sauce.  Some students are bringing cupcakes for dessert.  Hooray!

Wednesday- Thai vermicelli salad with marinated chicken.

Thursday- Bean soup.  Broccoli salad.  Toast.  (It would be fresh bread, but I accidentally made a triple batch instead of a double batch of dough on Monday.)

Friday- Homemade pizza night!  Woo hoo!  Salad.