Monday, April 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday: April 25

As evidenced by last week's menu changes, my mid-week grocery shopping interferes with planning a menu every Monday. Everything from Wednesday through Saturday changed - and much of it is being carried over to this week. However, this week's busy day will be Friday, so I'm prepared to plan through Sunday. Next week, who knows?

(New recipes are in italics.)

Smoked Sausage with Fried Cabbage and Onions
Glazed Carrots

Hot Dogs/Corn Dogs - It's Billy's late night.

Pepperoni Pasta (a recipe Jacob found in a kids' cookbook, which will be modified)
Garden Salad

Tony Chachere's Dirty Rice (best box mix EVER!)
Green Beans
Garden Salad


sandwiches - home team night

AWANA Picnic in the Park (hot dogs, chips, etc.)

For more menu inspiration, check out these other menu plans

Monday, April 18, 2011

Menu Plan Monday: April 18

Yeah, I know it's been a while since I posted a menu plan. Now that our schedule has changed and we're busy (including grocery shopping) on Wednesdays instead of Fridays, my Monday-Sunday meal planning is off. Now I typically plan Wednesday-Tuesday. I'm considering changing my Menu Plan Monday to What's Cookin' Wednesday... But for now, here's my Menu Plan Monday for as far as I can think to make it. (New recipes are in italics.)

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Tuesday, National Garlic Day
Pasta with Chicken & Veggies
Tonight's veggie and seasoning selections: broccoli, mushrooms, garlic, and red pepper flakes

breakfast burritos
BBQ chicken take-and-bake pizza from ALDI

Sausage with Fried Cabbage
The boys ate mac & cheese; Billy and I ate leftover pasta.

leftover buffet
Taco Layer Dip

Tony Chachere's Dirty Rice Mix
green beans
leftover Taco Layer Dip

Easter Sunday
Out! We'll have a light lunch at home in preparation for a heavier evening meal - and going out on Easter Sunday night (for us) has proven to be quite a lonely choice. The restaurants we've been to have been virtually empty. :o)

Well, I was able to plan for a week this time. Last week was nearly impossible, and I never got around to posting my partial MPM post... We'll see how this goes.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 2011 Book List

8. The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch

Nick Quinn has been wrongfully arrested for the murder of his wife. While he waits in the interrogation room for his lawyer, a mysterious stranger enters and gives him a letter and a pocket watch, with the instructions not to lose either one. He has been given the ability to go back in time, one hour at a time for 12 hours, to save his wife's life.

As he searches for answers to saving his wife' life, he learns that time is a precious gift, not to be wasted. He vows to make the most of every moment with his wife - if he can save her. He also learns that one action can set into motion a chain of events causing devastating consequences for those he loves - and for hundreds of strangers as well. Can he find the answer, or will time run out?

This is such an intriguing story! It kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I had figured something out, I was thrown for a loop with a major plot twist. Doetsch kept me guessing to the end - and left open the possibility of a sequel.

One thing that drew me to this book was that it ties in with what our small group from church discussed one night: If you could go back and change one particular thing in your life, would you? And if so, what would it be? What consequences would it have erased, and what would it have possibly caused? Although it's not a possibility, it does make you think.

I've added this to my list of 5-star books for when friends ask me for recommendations.


Currently Reading:
9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding Decision Points by George W. Bush