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Menu Plan Monday – February 1, 2010

Can you believe it is February?  Sheesh!  Where did January go?  This weekend was all about dance:  my son’s SnoDaze dance for the 8th graders (gulp!) and the dance recital for both my girls.  So, a big weekend all around.  At some point it’s going to be easier on me that they are growing up, right?  Right?!?  (yeah, that’s what I thought…  sigh…)

My dancing girls:

January 2010 dance recital

January 2010 dance recital

January 2010 dance recital

The dude with the shaggy blond ‘do is my son.

He sure cleans up nice!

My big goal for this week in the kitchen is to update my freezer inventory sheet.  Organized Home has one I use.  It’s a free printable.  I make a single slash on the check off boxes for each item, then slash again (making an “x”) when I have used the item.  Easy-peasy.  I also use their pantry inventory sheet for the pantry stuff in the same way.  This is especially nice to use as I like to stock up on items when they are on sale, and put things up in the summer.  However, once things end up in the cupboard or freezer, I will forget what I have in there.  I just stick them on the side of my fridge or inside a cupboard door.

My other goal is to make breakfast muffins and waffles for the freezer for busy school mornings.  My big kids are home today, so we are working on that together.  I would like to get a few meal starters in the freezer.  That will really depend on the sales this week.  So far it’s mostly looking like “game day” type stuff, so I may have to wait for next week’s ad to get my freezer more stocked up.  I would also like to get some valentine cookies worked on and frozen for the kids and I to decorate.  Hearts, of course, but I saw these and fell in love!  They are so simple and so cute!  I think I will just use my dough, a pizza cutter and cut little squares (1″ ish maybe?), bake and then put and x on half and and o on half.  I won’t have to deal with any mini cutters that way.  We will package them up for the love-bugs in our life.  That may have to be a weekend project.

My menu plan features things I pretty much already have on hand, just filling out with some fresh fruits and veggies.  This week I have work (regular work-work) to do, a new class packet to work on, Gluten Free-zer Friday post, Girl Scout cookie orders to process (I am the Daisy troop cookie mom this year), and all the regular mommy-type stuff.  We have a week off from dance between sessions, though, so that is a nice break.  I will be back with a slow-cooker recipe on Thursday and Gluten Free-zer Friday on Friday.  Hope to see you then!

Head over to Laura’s for Menu Plan Monday.  This week she shares how she makes her meals for her family while at the same time having safe meals for her son (allergic to dairy, gluten, eggs, fish and nuts).  There are some good tips for those of you who may cook for just one family member who has allergies.  Be sure to check it out!

The Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted this week by Celiac Family.  They have chosen chocolate as the theme ingredient.  Perfect for February!  I’ll be making some gluten free dark chocolate-walnut-ginger biscotti as a treat to have in the freezer.  I plan on making some without the ginger (my little one isn’t as fond of it) for my kids for Valentines day as a treat (maybe with some dried cherries in it instead).  It’s a treat my kids like that doesn’t have the fat of other cookies, but still seems like a treat to them.  They like to dunk biscotti in warm hemp or almond milk with a dash of nutmeg in it.

Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday - Chocolate

Monday: Big kids off from school/boy to birthday sledding party/Boy Scouts

Five-Spice Pork Roast in the slow cooker (to be posted Thursday), mixed green salad

Tuesday: Mom volunteer in school library/after school set building/piano lessons (bring dinner packed up to eat there – hmm… maybe not fish then, or try to eat before we go.)

Roasted Fish with Potatoes, Tomatoes and Olives and a salad

Wednesday: Youth group

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili from A Modern Gal (Celiac Family is making this this week also.  Great minds think alike, I guess!), blender corn bread (I will most likely double and freeze half for another day of the chili and the corn bread)

Thursday: newspaper club after school

Peanut Butter Marinaded chicken leg quarters, pineapple, mixed veggie stir-fry, homemade kimchi

Friday: band practice for play before school/Mommy help with 1st grade math games/5th & 6th grade fun night at church

Gluten Free Easy Taco Bake (a February Once a Month Mom GFCF adaption is on it’s way.), salad

What happens when you ask a 6 year-old to put away juice boxes? You get a princess castle.

Menu Plan Monday – January 24, 2010

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Menu Plan Monday – January 4, 2010

I have a confession.  I am not one of those moms who are happy the kiddos head back to school after a vacation.  I love, love, LOVE them being home.  I love the sleeping in if we want, making special meals, hanging out time.  But, well, this morning I was a bit relieved to see everyone out the door.   Sorry, kiddos!  Why this time?  Well, we have one sad little over-worked laptop and 4 other people (namely my pre-teen, my teen, my six year-old, and MY HUSBAN

D) in the house who want said computer while everyone is home during the holidays.  Yeah, you know what that means – as the mommy it means that my computer and I have been far, far apart for the past little while.  Well, except when I would threaten to not make dinner until I had my recipe from my computer (requiring wrenching the computer from the hands of the aforementioned family members, the little cuties…)  Any-hoo, no

w that I have complete computer daytime domination (bwah-ha-ha!!!) let’s see if I can keep on keeping on with the blog now, shall we?

Um, yeah, and don’t worry, kids, I still miss you while you are at school learning math n’stuff….

Head over to Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.  The Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Asparagus Thin this week.  Her theme is “dinner and a movie”.


Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

Monday: Back to school/Girl Scout leader meeting

Pork and veggies (kind of a coconut milk curried-type of thing) over brown rice (presoaked) (made with pork meal starter from my freezer)

Tuesday: Mom volunteer in school library/piano lessons/ski club

Juicy Turkey burgers (make second batch for the freezer), salad and steamed veggie mix

Wednesday: little girl dance/Youth group

Sausage, winter greens and bean casserole (make second for freezer), salad

Thursday: Girl Scout meeting

Chicken, chick pea, winter squash and spinach curry over quinoa


Slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore and Spaghetti Squash

This weekend: A Czech/Bohemian take of chicken and potato dumplings (this week I am all about the comfort food because it is COLD here) so that I can use this as my “movie” theme (hee-hee):

Menu Plan Monday – December 7, 2009

Sorry about the lack of blog time, but the little blogging break I took has left me feeling refreshed…  I think I needed more time to step back after everything was so crazy back in September/October, but didn’t do it when I should have (boy, does that catch up with you).  I have also got caught up on a couple of things (yay!), though there is always something keeping me jumping.  Gotta love it!

Head over to Laura’s for Menu Plan Monday.  With taking time off from blogging, I also haven’t been checking other blogs as much, and didn’t know she had changed her blog look.  It’s very spiffy!  The Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Lilac Kitchen.  She has chosen suet for the theme ingredient…  Um, huh…  Well, I do use suet for the bird seed ornament feeders the kids and I will be making this weekend, so there you go!


Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

My hubby picked up some deals this past weekend, so our menu will be based on those, with a little Christmas baking thrown in.

Monday: MIT group/multi-school orchestra concert

Ground Beef Thai-seasoned patties, salad, clementines

Tuesday:  mom volunteer in school library/Piano lessons/big boy downhill ski club

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes, gf buns, salad, apple slices

Wednesday: little girl dance class/youth group

Beef and Bean Soup, blender corn bread


pork chops, salad, spicy oven roasted sweet and regular potatoes

Friday: mom help with 1st grade math games/scrapbooking

Honey Hoisin Chicken (done gf), salad, and quinoa pilaf

Menu Plan Monday – November 2, 2009

I hope you all had a fun weekend.  I gotta make this short and sweet today – places to go, people to see, and WAY behind on my work!!  Head over to Laura’s for Menu Plan Monday.  Lilac Kitchen is the host for the Gluten Free Menu Swap.  Catch ya later, alligator!


Monday: Braces apt/Girl Scout leader meeting/Boy scout meeting

Clean-out-the-fridge Chicken Skillet dinner with rosemary roasted potato wedges


Tuesday: mom volunteer in school library/piano lessons/H2O for life meeting at middle school/do Ground Beef Freezer Plan today

Meatballs and tomato sauce with quinoa noodles, GF French Bread and salad


Wednesday: little girl dance/middle girl drama club/Youth group

Roast Veggie and Tofu dinner, salad


Thursday: Middle school newspaper club/Girl Scout Caddette meeting

Pepper Steak with rice, salad


Roast Turkey, sesame green beens, salad

Saturday:  middle girl dance/make turkey stock

Wild rice chicken soup


Other things this week:  make kimchi, make 2 loaves GF bread, 1 loaf GF cinnamon swirl bread, make tomato sauce with frozen tomatoes, make 4 loaves GF French bread for freezer with olive oil and garlic, make pumpkin and banana muffins to freeze for breakfasts (my freezer is BARE!!).  Make plan for holiday baking, plan what to make ahead for Thanksgiving, work 17 hours data entry, plan GS meeting, etc., etc., etc…  I think I’ll skip cleaning my house just on principle…  ;o)

Menu Plan Monday – October 26, 2009

The first part of my week is a bit busy with prepping for a class Tuesday night.  After that, just the usually craziness of my cute family!  Friday I will be back with Gluten Free-zer Friday.  I will have a recipe and also be posting how I package up some of my meals for the freezer.  If you have a gluten free recipe that freezes well come back Friday and join in the fun!


Join Laura at Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday. For the Gluten Free Menu Swap, Celiac Family is this week’s host.  She has picked cilantro for this weeks theme.  That works for me!  I am making fish tacos, guac, and a cilantro-lime dressing this week.  Yum!

Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

Monday: Prep for class, boy scouts

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie and salad

Tuesday: middle school band play at high school football game/prep for class/mommy teaches/piano lessons

Ground Beef and Bean Soup, Tortillas and guac

Wednesday: little girl dance (pajama day)/youth group/bake cookies

Teriyaki Chicken Breasts, Quinoa Pilaf and, Cilantro Cashew Salad

Thursday: newspaper club/Caddie Girl Scout meeting/neighborhood watch captain meeting

Pancakes, sausage and fruit

Friday:  middle school after school party

Roasted veggie & sausage pizza, salad, and pumpkin cupcakes with maple frosting


Menu Plan Eventually….

So, yeah, getting back in the grove.  I have been crazy busy the past few weeks, what with catching up with life after going to Colorado, going to Ohio this past weekend with the whole family, and working my little tail feathers off…  whew!  Yeah, I would rather just bake and blog about it, but apparently you have to pay for the bacon you bring home.  Bummer!

My hubby ran the Columbus Marathon (yes, if you check his post you will see that he can make being a jock completely geeky – gotta love it!) while we were visiting his dad.  One of my husband’s sisters and her daughter came along (she is so cute!) and made it really fun.  It was just a short visit, but good.  I am hoping things settle down a bit now, more to the normal amount of craziness.  You know, before the whole holiday season thing hits.  ;o)

I am not linking up to any menu plans this week as I got this up so late.  I will be back tomorrow with Gluten Free-zer Friday and the second half of the OAM Mom’s October Freezer Menu.  See you then!

Monday: drive back from Ohio with 3 kids in a mini-van – Woo!

Bar-B-Q Chicken Sandwiches, pickles, salad, fruit

Tuesday: Mommy volunteer in school library/H2O club (after school)

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions and a mixed greens salad

Wednesday: little girl dance class/Mommy out with friends (my friend, Andrea, is MOVING very, very FAR away…  blah…)/youth group

Salsa Burgers, tater tots, salad (mommy out to eat with friends)

Thursday: middle school newspaper club/Daisy Girl Scout meeting

Balsamic-Glazed Pork Chops, roasted beets and carrots, salad

Friday: My big guy is leaving for ANOTHER weekend away (Boy Scout Jamboree Troop Camp Out – Brrr!!)  I hope he brings long undies!   Excuse me, a base layer…

Ground Beef and Bean Stew with tortillas, guac, and diced tomatoes and Gluten & Dairy Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake

And just because I am feeling like a bit of Jazz today…

Menu Plan Monday – October 5, 2009

I was away this weekend at the West Edition of the Gluten Free Culinary Summit in Denver.  I was away for two nights and about 3 days by myself checking out something that I have so much passion for.  AND I went by my self…  you moms know what that means!   I got to be in the bathroom alone. Ha!  And the pillows?  All mine!  All kidding aside, I had a wonderful time.  Going to the summit was a birthday present to me this year (thanks Tim Sr. and Mom!) and was it a gift!  Suzanne Bowland, the amazing woman behind GF Culinary Productions, thinks of every detail making it such a fun, warm, welcoming event.  It’s a celebration of the richness and abundance of the gluten free lifestyle, never focused on deprivation.  I love the joy and passion that I have been a part of these past two years.  I will be posting pictures and descriptions of the fun I had over the weekend as the week goes on.  There is so much to cover!  For a few of my impressions of last’s year’s summit, you can look here, here and here.

The Fourth Annual Gluten-Free Culinary Summit

I did have a great time while I was gone, but you know what I missed?  These guys:



I’ve gotta catch up on my snuggles with the cuties this week.  I got a start on that this morning when I went to the apple orchard with the 1st grade class.  I love field trips!

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Head over to Laura’s for Menu Plan Monday where she’s celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving.  The Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted this week by Gluten Free Goodness.  She has picked veggie meals as this weeks theme.  I am glad to see the theme as I have quite a bit that needs to be harvested from the garden.  I harvested 3 kinds of potatoes last week (blue, red and a yellow).  With the help of a few sweet potatoes from the market and spinach and kale from the garden I plan on making Twice Baked Spinach Garlic Stuffed Potatoes.  I will most likely make a double batch and freeze the extra in individual portions for lunches for myself and my husband or snacks for my big kids.

**EDIT!!** Oops!  With all the craziness I made a big boo-boo!  This week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Asparagus Thin and she has picked super foods as the theme.  Yikes!  I am going to go have a nap and start over…  ;o)

Come back on Friday for Gluten Free-zer Friday.  I will have the gluten and dairy free altered Breakfast and Lunches from Once a Month Mom‘s October Menu.  Once a Month Mom with be holding a Tweet-Up on October 10th that sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

Monday: 1st grade apple orchard field trip/Girl Scout Leader meeting/Boy Scouts

Mediterranean Chicken over rice, salad

Tuesday: Mom volunteer in school library/piano lessons/bake the potatoes for tomorrow

(We need a portable dinner.)  Baked Picnic Chicken Bites, Apple-Cabbage Slaw (this is not a mayo based slaw) and Pumpkin Cookies

Wednesday:  dance/youth group/mom drama practice

Twice Baked Spinach Garlic Stuffed Potatoes with a roasted veggie salad

Thursday: Boy Scout Jamboree meeting

Garden veg stir-fry over quinoa with home made kimchi (the protein will be determined by what is on sale this week)

Friday: Mom help with 1st grade math games

Fish Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw (yes, I have lots of cabbage right now!), guacamole, and Roasted Butternut squash (drizzled with jalapeno-cinnamon honey)

Sometime during the week I am sure I will be baking something delicious (or 2 or 3 things!)  from the Gluten Free Culinary Summit.  This weekend something yummy will be made for lunches and dinners from the Summit and from the cookbooks I bought.  So many choices, I have to narrow it down.  What a good problem to have!

Menu Plan Monday – September 21, 2009

My laptop is in the shop (sob!) so I had to plan my menu on PAPER this weekend!  gasp!  Thank goodness we can use my parent’s computer, but, oh do I miss my laptop!  It will be home in a week (waaaaay too long).

Head over to Laura’s for Menu Plan Monday.  She has a link to cinnamon-apple pork chops that sound like something I need to make (use oil instead of butter to make dairy free).  Yum!  This week the Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Celiacs in the House.  She has picked pumpkins for this week’s ingredient.  I love pumpkin and all the winter squashes.  Good thing I am planning on baking pumpkin cookies today, huh?


Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

This week I am doing a bit of stocking up for the freezer.  If I find any tweeking that needs to happen on the freezer recipes, I will alter them as I go along.

Monday: Grocery shop/soccer game (bring a portable dinner)/boy scouts/bake pumpkin cookies/assemble Pineapple Pork Chops/start cornbread for tomorrow freezer meal assembly

Spinach, Pepperoni & Tomato Stromboli (recipe will be posted for Gluten Free-zer Friday this week), carrots and pea pods, apple sauce cups

Tuesday: Roast 3 chickens (dinner/some for chicken broccoli casserole/freeze the rest) and start stock to freeze/Mommy volunteer in school library/Piano lessons (bring a portable dinner), assemble Mexican Cornbread Casserole

Roast chicken, salad, roasted potato wedges

Wednesday: Picture day for elementary school/dr apts for oldest daughter/little girl dance/youth group

Crock Pot Black Bean and Beef Chili, salad, tortilla chips and quacamole (eat dinner, freeze half of chili for another meal)

Thursday: Daisy girl scout meeting/bake GF bread (2 reg and 1 cinnamon swirl)

Chicken and broccoli casserole (one 9×13 for dinner, freezer one), salad

Friday: mom lunch with friends/IEP meeting/middle school back to school blast party

Pineapple Pork Chops, quinoa pilaf, sesame sauteed bok choy