Sunday, February 21, 2010

Menu Plan Monday--2/22-2/28/10

Can you believe that this will be the last week of February? Yikes! This month (and year) is just flying by. I can hardly keep up! Our family has another full week on the calendar. It seems like it never lets up. Hubs and I were just talking this evening about our commitments and responsibilities. It's difficult to say "no" when asked to do something, but then we feel guilty not being at home when we're out at a meeting or doing service work. It's doubly hard for me since I work full-time, and both kids will beg me to stay with them as I'm heading out the door in the morning. So I've been looking for ways to maximize my time with my husband and children when I am at home, such as reading to the kids in the evening, allowing my daughter to help me prepare our meals (my impulse is to holler "stay outta my kitchen!!" but I'm trying to not be that kind of momma), and helping my son with his homework even though my husband is home in the afternoons and can do that. About the only thing that's keeping me sane right now is planning & preparing our weekly activities and goals (including menu planning!) in advance. Otherwise, I'd be pulling my hair out!

Here's the menu plan for this week. I'll post recipes throughout the week, so check back frequently! :)

Monday--Preschool & Kindergarten Dinner Auction, so no meal planned for this evening
This is our weekly "Family Home Evening" or FHE night, and we'll use the dinner auction as our activity.

Tuesday--Chicken Sandwiches, Garlic Oven Fries, Pears
Both hubs and I have a meeting at church this evening. His parents will more than likely keep the kids. Hubs has taken over cooking & serving Tuesday dinner because I am guaranteed to have a meeting or activity at church as long as I continue to serve in the Young Women's Presidency (YW is a program for the teenage girls in our congregation). Because of the time YW starts, I won't have time to prepare dinner before needing to leave. Hubs asked specifically to make this meal, especially the homemade fries. He loves them! While not my preferred side dish since we just had these, I decided it wasn't worth getting uppity about.

Wednesday--Chicken Breasts Dijon, Cucumber slices, California Blend vegetables

Thursday--Creamed Chicken & Biscuits, Potluck sides
Friends of ours will be coming over for dinner. I'm making the main course and they're bringing the rest.

Friday--Albondigas (Porcupines), Lima Beans, Oranges

Saturday--Rustic Stuffed Potatoes, Corn

Breakfast: Apple Date Yogurt & Homemade Granola
Dinner: Ground Venison and Bean Tostadas
We're feeding the missionaries of our church this evening. One of them is a vegetarian. I wonder if he'll eat deer meat? If not, I suppose he can load up on beans and veggie toppings for his tostadas. :)

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  1. It's so difficult to deal with your full time work and parenting. I've done it all...full time outside job, part time, sahm and now back to full time work at home mom.
    There are times when I'm walking out of the room to take a lunch break to discover our teen has left for the day.
    If I wasn't working I would have said goodbye.
    I've asked him to stop by and just wave goodbye or pat me on the head. I still want to stay in the loop.
    Your menu sounds delicious!

  2. Thank you, thank you for your encouraging words!!


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