Time to Menu Plan!

I realized that I”m running out of milk and need to go to the grocery store tomorrow, so we are menu planning now.

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Tuesday: ham steak and fruit

Wednesday: Honey “Bourbon” Chicken in the electric pressure cooker– not sure why it’s called honey bourbon when there’s no bourbon, but it sounds good anyway

Thursday: FFY– the boys have biking again

Friday: Orecchiette with mini meatballs

Saturday: out?

Sunday: pizza something with Alton’s pizza dough

Monday: FFY– the boys have biking again

Sweet treat: Chocolate Peanut butter pretzel bars


— Side note, if you wrote a comment on Blake’s Peace, Love & Little Donuts’s post the other day he will get back to you tomorrow… I think

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Menu Plans

Thursday finds me at the grocery store. So that means I had to menu plan. This week we have a few new things to try and I’m looking forward to them.

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The boys went with Richard to work for “Take Your Child to Work Day.” They are on their way home now, so we are going to meet up and go to Emporios for dinner. Emporios is a meatball restaraunt. We haven’t been there since the fall and it will be fun to go back.

Tomorrow I’m making fish and chips. I was watching Worst Cooks in America the other day and they made fish and chips, so I decided we needed this on our menu. I’m actually making homemade fish sticks. I found the recipe in Alton Brown’s cookbook EverdayCooks.Alton Brown: EveryDayCook

Sunday we are having pizza or stromboli, we shall see. I’m trying another pizza dough recipe. This one is Alton Brown’s (you may notice a theme here this week)Alton Brown: EveryDayCook. I need to make the dough on Saturday. I hope this dough tastes the way I expect pizza dough to taste.

Monday we are having grilled chicken and a sweet potato side dish from Alton Brown’s cookbook Alton Brown: EveryDayCook (see I told you there was a trend this week). This dish is made with sweet potatoes, quinoa, parsnips, apples and pepitas. I’m looking forward to trying this and I predict I will be enjoying the leftovers next week for lunches.

Tuesday I’m heading into the boys’ school for a teacher appreciation luncheon. I signed up to make cookies and am planning to make Amish Sugar Cookies. I have made these before and they were really good. They remind me of a snickerdoodle, but without the cinnamon. Since Tuesday is a day Richard usually works late, and I’ll be out for a good chunk of the day, we are having quesadillas for dinner.

Wednesday we are having sloppy joes. I haven’t decided which version to make. I have a yummy version that tastes like Philly cheese steak, a more traditional version and what we call Sloppy Richard’s because it’s the version he grew up with. I may go search the web to find a new version… we shall see!

Well, that’s my menu for the coming week. What are you looking forward to eating next? Any of the dishes I’ve mentioned that you’d like me to post about after we’ve tried it?

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Thursday is shopping day

Seems like I’ve moved my grocery shopping day to Thursday. Last night we made our week’s menu at dinner time. This is always an interesting adventure. I ask anyone have a meal they want or don’t want for the week ahead? Sometimes I get answers other times not so much. Richard is better at this then the boys. But, they are often good at coming up with things we have ALL THE TIME. I’m the type of person who likes variety, my guys like routine, or so it seems.

This week we are having:

  • BBQ chicken lasagna (leftovers)
  • hamburgers and hot dogs – haven’t had this in a while actually other than eating out
  • TBD- probably go out to Zuppas since we haven’t been there in a while and the boys have mentioned going
  • steak with sweet potato fries
  • pork tenderloin and apple sauce- haven’t had this in a while too
  • make your own scramblers
  • Tex-Mex chicken totchos – think nachos on tater tots

Ok meal planning.✓

Does anyone need anything else from the grocery store? crickets! But then they complain when I didn’t buy x, y, or z. Or like yesterday at the oddest time they will say can you pick up Alfredo sauce? It’s not as bad on the days they think of it while I’m actually making the list. The worst is the day after I went shopping, oh I needed you to get _______. Too bad, you’ll have to wait until next week. Remember to add it to the list.

So I’m going to get ready to head to the store. Typically I’d go to the gym first since they are on the same street, but not today. I am not sure what I did, but my hip has been killing me since Tuesday. It hurts to walk up and down the stairs, it hurts to get on and off the chair, it just hurts. I refuse to stop moving. Yesterday the four of us went on a walk around the neighborhood after dinner and I walked 1.47 miles and we do not live in a flat neighborhood. (looking at my map my hike info the elevation change was 128 ft between the min and max elevations). But, I’m not going to go to the gym and push it to the point of doing more damage to whatever I did. UGH getting old sucks!

So I will head out in the snow… yes it is snowing AGAIN. Yesterday we had temps in the upper 50s for a high and right now it is 33F and snowing. Here I thought it was spring. Ok mother nature we get it… we aren’t in Florida anymore. It isn’t 80s and sunny 90% of the year. But, can’t we move onto the season of spring? You know the season of renewal and rebirth? The season of flowers, allergies and sunshine? The season that leads into summer? I’m ready… any day now! At least looking at the 10 day forecast at this point there is no snow forecast after today and there are actually days in the 60s. I’ll take it… please!

So, what’s on your menu this week ahead? Do you like to have the same things over and over or do you like to switch things up pretty regularly? Has spring sprung where you live or are you suffering with the season of Spinter like me?

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It’s Friday Eve

It’s Thursday. That means it is Friday Eve, isn’t that a great way to look at Thursdays? This has been a fast week for me, but I’m not sure I actually did a whole lot. Yesterday was a productive in house day. We had rain, wind, snow and sun yesterday as well as cold temperatures so it was a perfect stay home day. I put away all the Easter decorations, but didn’t have anything to put out so now the house feels bare, oh well. I also managed to get all the beds stripped and washed, cleaned the bathrooms and swept the floors.

After dinner (leftover chicken and steak wraps… make your own!), we worked on the menu for next week. I think going to the grocery store on Thursdays might be a good day for me, I’ll try it out for a few weeks. Typically I shop on Mondays, but then it feels like we have no food on the weekends, when everyone is home. On the menu this week we have: make your own scramblers, quesadillas, tuna steaks, TBD, meatballs and fish tacos. I’ll make rolls to go with the meatballs, not sure yet if I’ll make grinder rolls or small rolls, time will tell.

Today we woke up to more blowing snowflakes and 27 degrees F. What month are we in? At least neither the snow yesterday nor today stuck so it was just in looking out and seeing snow flying around. While I was having my coffee and then my breakfast I was watching my bird feeders. Over the weekend we moved the feeder again and now I can see it from my computer again. I decided to take some pictures of the birds I could see. This morning I saw: doves, goldfinch, cardinals, blue jays, crows and black birds. We typically have starlings around too. Yesterday we even had a turkey walk through the backyard.

andesI went to the gym and then to the grocery store. While I was there, I picked up some Andes candies and decided to make chocolate chocolate Andes cookies. Yep, you read that right! I haven’t made cookies in a few weeks so it was time. I took this recipe and altered it with peppermint extra, a bit of extra salt and then substituted 1 cup of chips for chopped up Andes candies.

The other big change this week is the lot next door. They have already dug the foundation and then today they began working on changing the topography of the backyard. This is good and bad for us. We wanted them to alter topography of our backyard, but they wouldn’t do it. I think they are doing it this time because the other builder in the neighborhood cleaned up the lot of two lots that back up to the property next to us. Now I wonder what they are going to do between our property and the one they are working on. My boys would have loved this when they were little. They loved construction vehicles so much and would have probably spent hours just sitting and watching dump truck after dump truck get loaded up by the back hoe.

Hope you enjoyed a quick glimpse into my Friday Eve. Tomorrow I’m off to the boys’ school to help with the 4th grade science Olympics. Then it’s the weekend. I’m always ready for the weekend. Hope this week has been nice to you.

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Happy Easter Fools Day!


The funny bunny arrived at our house. The boys found their first eggs on their chair at the kitchen table, and  the start of the hunt. Each egg sends them to the next location. On Colby’s third location he found his basket, normally this is the end of the hunt, but not this year. It was located in the pots and pans cabinet and there was a pot inside the basket with another egg. The bunny said “Happy Easter Fools Day, you aren’t done hunting yet.” This then sent him to his next location. Blake found a similar egg in his basket at his fourth location, which was in “the bathroom that isn’t”, we have the rough plumbing for a bathroom in our basement.

I guess that funny bunny decided that since Easter fell on April Fools day he needed to play a joke on the boys. They did finally find all their Easter goodies hidden (Colby’s with his Traxxas truck and Blake with his lunch box).

In their basket ummm pile they each got a book, a Raspberry Pi, Lego Dimensions extension packs, and a new card game. Colby also got a carrot filled with reese pieces and Blake got Dove chocolate bunny ears. We have already played both card games, they are a lot of fun and I’ll review them later this week. Blake already read the book from Colby’s basket and has almost finished the one from his basket as well.

After that was done, we had scramblers for brunch. I made pepper and onion scramblers with cheddar cheese. Richard made bacon to have with them. Richard and I decided to have breakfast sandwiches and put all that yummy goodness on a croissant. (sorry I didn’t take a picture before diving into it).

For “linner” we are having ham, Cheesy au Gratin Potatoes, salad and homemade rolls. I’m in the process of making this. I am trying another new roll recipe, but I think I messed it up this time. I don’t think the water I used was hot enough, which means it didn’t allow the yeast to bloom enough. They turned out ok, they aren’t as fluffy as I’d like, but they aren’t rock hard which is a good thing. So we will eat them, but next time I will certainly make sure I use hot water.

I hope the funny bunny was good to you and didn’t play too many April Fools day jokes.

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Today’s rambling thoughts

The last two mornings I’ve had to get up on shovel. Neither day had a lot of snow. Monday probably had 2-3 inches and today had a dusting to an inch. But, I am one of those people who has to have a clear driveway. I am obsessed with being able to see the blacktop!

Typically I go out and shovel the driveway before Richard leaves for work and then after he leaves I go out and clean off where his truck is in the driveway, the walkway, the sidewalk and the back steps. Yesterday, Richard took my car to work so the snow around the truck never got shoveled. This meant there was more snow there. Also, the snow melted yesterday and refroze under the truck. I found that ice today and manage to slip on it.  Oh well… I didn’t hurt anything but my ego.

Today I left the house for the first time in a while. Last week I wasn’t feeling well so there were quite a few days that I didn’t go anywhere. Today I went to the grocery store. This meant that I needed to make a grocery list and menu plan yesterday. I hate going to the store without a plan. I’ve lived here since June and I still am trying to figure out the grocery store.

I’ve been wanting to make something new, but I didn’t figure out something new to try this week. I did come up with a few meals that we haven’t had in a while, but I’m going to search for new meals, I need a change. We are having FFY (fend for yourself), baked potato soup and homemade bread/rolls, meatloaf muffins, chicken cordon bleu, and pork tenderloin. Saturday we are going to go out to eat since we are going to see Monster Jam.

The other thing I’m planning to make today is oatmeal raisin cookies. Colby has been asking for these the last few weeks. The last few things I baked have been something peanut butter so oatmeal raisin is a good change. I do have another peanut butter cookie recipe in my head, maybe next week.

Yesterday I spent some time working on a new kit for my Teachers Pay Teacher’s store. I love that I have the time to work on these kits that I can sell at a reasonable price for other teachers. I am almost done with the one I started yesterday and I have a few more ideas brewing for the next ones I’ll make.

I’m glad that I’m feeling more human again. My head is still stuffed, but it’s not slowing me down anymore. Yesterday I felt productive as I got the house cleaned, two blog posts, made dinner and worked on the TPT kit. And, that was after shoveling. Today I am having another productive day. Yep, I feel like me again.

Hope your week is going smoothly.

Do you meal plan before going to the grocery store? Did I list any meals you’d like me to post about for next week’s Tasty Tuesday? Is it snowing in your neck of the world?





Menu plan… a bit of a challenge this week

Menu planning was interesting this week. Colby still is not allowed to bite with his front teeth, we go back to the dentist on Nov 6th. This limits what he is able to eat. Hmmm this could be very interesting the next 3 weeks.

Thursday: fish

Friday: pretzel chicken

Saturday: scramblers (late lunch as our neighborhood is trick or treating on Saturday night)

Sunday: burgers– making them in my cast iron pan for the first time

Monday: Philly cheese-steak sloppy joes

Tuesday: Salsa Stoup and quesadillas

Guess I am challenging Rachael Ray this week. Most the the recipes we are having I found from Rachael over the years.

I love being able to tap into foods that we have made over the years when I menu plan. I love to try new recipes, but I also really like going back to tried and true recipes.

What is on your menu? Off to the store… see ya!


What’s on the Menu?

Time to sit down and menu plan before going to the grocery store. I often ask for help with planning and grocery list making, but typically I get a suggestion or two and that’s it. Richard’s pretty good, but the boys are notorious for complaining about not having something, but never telling me we need it. Oh well, I try.

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Here’s the plans for the coming week:

Thursday: Fend for Yourself or FFY for short. The boys have an activity at school so simple is the name of the game.

Friday: Sliders. Not sure what I’m getting for deli to put in it yet.

Saturday: Chicken Nachos. We will be watching the UCF football game so I wanted something simple and easy that we can eat after the game.

Sunday: pancakes! The boys have been asking for pancakes all summer, but the big griddle was packed. So we will be making pancakes. I linked to the recipe that I use.

Monday: Tuna wraps. Why… cause I can’t think of something else to have and they are easy!

Tuesday: Taco Pizza Rolls. This is a new recipe for us, but it sounds right up our alley. who doesn’t love tacos?

Wednesday: Cheeseburger Macaroni: This too is a new recipe for us. I have made something like this in the past, but not for my guys. We will see what they think.


Menu planning for the week

I just got back from grocery shopping. It is so nice to shop knowing that you have more space to store food. I had a tiny pantry, a tiny fridge and what felt like a miniature freezer in the townhouse.

When I shop I typically only purchase the items that I need for meals the week ahead. I did typically purchase things that are on sale that I know I will use going forward as well.

Today when I shopped I was able to take advantage of the sales on proteins. These are the best sales because you just pop the protein in the freezer and you have it when you need it, did I mention I have a free standing freezer on top of the one with my fridge? I love having the space to store proteins, make ahead meals, leftover and so much more.

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Friday- Red Robin!

Saturday- out because we are taking my parents to the airport

Sunday- ribs

Weekday meals: chili, shredded beef, fish

Thursday- Food trucks at the boys school.

I’m going to switch my shopping day to Thursdays or maybe Wednesday. I was shopping on Fridays but I just don’t like shopping on Fridays… so I’m going to switch it up.

Do you menu plan? If so what is on your menu this week?? Did I mention any food items you’d like to see as a Tasty Tuesday post?


What are we eating this week?

Last week I started posting my menu for the week. It was part of a post on shopping last week. I figured I’d share this week’s menu.

Even though today is the first day of fall, the weather is not fall like. We actually are having temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. So I am not motivated to start making fall like recipes. So, I’m going to some recipes that I made a lot in Orlando, but haven’t made in a while.

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This week I’m making:

  1. Philly Cheesesteak sloppy joes
  2. Mock Chick-fil-a chicken
  3. Pepperoni sliders, based on my ham slider
  4. burgers and hot dogs
  5. bacon cheese scrambler

Wednesday we are going out to celebrate the closing of our house! Wait maybe we shouldn’t go out since we will have just spent a LOTTTT of money at closing. Oh well time to celebrate.

I’m also getting ready to bake blueberry applesauce cake… why? because I have homemade applesauce and almost a full pint of blueberries that need to be used.

So… which recipe would you like to see as a Tasty Tuesday recipe?  I don’t have to share any if you aren’t interested, just thought I’d see what my readers would like to read our review of the recipe of this week.