Sunday, December 21, 2008

Menu Plan Monday 12/21-12/27

**The last two weeks of 2008 are upon us!!  Christmas week and then the week leading up to the New Year!!   This means that my hubby will be working on Monday and Tuesday of this week and then will be home with us until January 5th!!  I am excited about him being home with us for that many days BUT that also means that meals (especially lunches) are going to need to be planned a little differently!  I don’t know what it is about him being home but there seems to be an expectation there that I am to fix something for all of us which means more cooking and less telling the kids to fix themselves a sandwich grab some chips and some carrots or apples.  This isn’t a bad thing, but there seems to be more leftovers that don’t get the attention they would otherwise and hence they get wasted!

Speaking of wasted, I ended up having to throw out EIGHT eggs this morning due to them being over TWO weeks past their best by date!  I hate doing that but I really don’t want to take the chance of food poisoning my family.   I didn’t get to all the baking I had planned last week so hence the eggs went bad! 

Last week's menu plan ended up going quite well despite me not having two days’ dinners planned initially, however I went to the store and did grocery shopping in the middle of the week so I had enough things to finish out my week of meals.    

This week's shopping trip was my major shopping trip of the month!!  I made it to Sam's Club for my monthly run along with hitting up the usual grocery stores.  The best I can figure I will be able to stay out of the stores until after Christmas for any groceries!  And if I do anything grocery wise it will be for the fresh things like milk, veggies and fruit.  Thankfully I did all the shopping last week before the nasty weather and the last minute gift frenzy!

This week’s menus not only have our Christmas meal but also a birthday meal!  My daughter turns five on Saturday!!  It is hard to believe that five years has passed since our “little scare”!

If you are looking for some inspiration on meals you can find links to my menu suggestion lists over in my right side bar down by Organizing Junkie's button.

A special thanks to Laura-Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday! Need help with your menus; go check other delicious meal plans that have been linked at Laura-Organizing Junkie's site! **

Sunday (12-21)

Breakfast: eggs, sausage, hash browns, and jiffy muffins

Lunch: leftover  pizza bagels

Dinner: smorgasbord—lemon pepper chicken, mac & cheese or rosemary potatoes with green beans, and biscuits. (and if you have mac & cheese you have your choice of corn or peas)

Snack: Christmas candy (cause we ate a late dinner with being snowed in!)


Monday (12-22)

Breakfast: cereal and toast

Lunch: sandwich and chips

Dinner: chili, rice, and corn muffins (carry over from last week)

Snack: snack basket


Tuesday (12-23)

Breakfast: waffles & sausage

Lunch: chicken nuggets

Dinner: roasted chicken, mashed taters, and corn

Snack: cookies & milk

Wednesday (12-24)
french toast

Lunch: grilled cheese & Chicken Rice Soup

Dinner: ??? Not sure what will get fixed here!

Snack: snack basket

Thursday (12-25) Merry Christmas!

Breakfast: cinnamon rolls, eggs, hash browns, and sausage (Christmas morning tradition)

Lunch: sandwiches & chips

Dinner: honey baked ham, mashed taters, corn, apple snicker salad and more desserts than one can imagine!

Snack: snack basket


Friday (12-26)

Breakfast: eggs, cereal and toast

Lunch: leftovers

Dinner: Oven Fried Chicken, Crashed Potatoes, and green beans

Snack: ice cream night                                      


Saturday (12-27)  Happy 5th Birthday, S!!

Breakfast: “Cook’s Choice”

Lunch: ???  probably leftovers!

Dinner: burgers & hotdogs, fries, and corn (birthday meal tradition)

Snack:  snack basket  or popcorn





Beverly said...

Since you mentioned leftovers, I wanted to tell you what I do. I do not cook on weekends, except for one meal after church on Sunday. The rest of the weekend is fend-for-yourself, or cafeteria time (depending on what I feel like calling it at the moment). That's when we use up the leftovers that did not get eaten at lunch. I make sure we have greens for salads and tortillas or bread for wraps or sandwiches. If I do not think I have enough to feed all seven of us all weekend, I pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery or put a whole chicken in the crockpot before I leave to shop Saturday morning. This usually works pretty well. Like you, I do not like to throw out food.

If I make waffles or pancakes on Sunday, I prepare extra to freeze. The children can pull these out and toast them on mornings we don't all eat together (like when they get to sleep in because we are on Christmas break). I do not let them top the waffles with syrup during the week, though. They get enough of that on Sunday. They can use yogurt or fruit, or both.

Just thought I would share. I enjoy your blog. Thanks for writing!


Donna @The Frugal Mom said...

First off, Happy Birthday to your daughter! December 27th is also my son, Ethan's Birthday and he will be turning one! I cannot believe how fast the year went! From my family to yours, We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

Rona's Home Page said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. Have a safe and relaxing holiday season!