Sunday, March 20, 2011

Getting Back on Track with a Menu Plan

After the craziness of last week, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things.

However, if today is any indication of where the rest of the week is headed, I'm in a bit of trouble.

After church, I decided to take the kids to the pet store so that Matthew could pick out a couple of new guppies for his tank. Boogar, his 2 year old beta fish finally passed into the great beyond and is happily sailing into the everafter with those that have gone before him. Okay, he was flushed down the porcelain throne and is decomposing in our septic tank, but that just doesn't sound very calming to a distraught 10 year old who believes that Boogar was the best fish "ever".

While waiting for the fish specialist, who I'm fairly certain is also a grocery cart specialist at another store, Matthew had the opportunity to observe many different kinds of fish. With the help of his siblings, he finally settled on saltwater fish.

For a saltwater tank.

Not a gallon-sized, bottled water kind of tank.

After calmly talking him down from his fish meltdown, he chose a couple of neon tetra's.

Then he decided on a miniature shark, followed by some kissing fish, catfish, and molly's.

We went in there for some guppies. Just plain old guppies.

Finally, with a little persuasion, we left with two yellow molly's. 

It took an hour.  

On the way home, Matthew, who was sitting in the third row seat, decides to ask me "facts of life" kind of questions. (At least that's what I thought he was asking in my dazed and confused state of mind.)

Did I mention that he was in the third seat behind me?

"Momma, how do fish breed?"

Because I did not know the answer to this question, nor did I care, I replied with, "Well Matt, it's really none of my business how or what fish do in the privacy of their own tank. Fish breeding is not something that I spend my time thinking about." (Google wasn't an option~when trying to determine whether our daughter's cat was a he or a she, we googled "Cat Genitalia" and haven't been the same since. May cost more, but the vet is the only way to go for these kinds of questions!)

I glanced into the mirror to see if he was going to be okay with that answer only to see his face scrunched up, mouth wide open and a look of total disgust staring back at me.

"Ewwww!! I asked how do fish BREATHE, not breed!"

Yep, it's going to be one of those kind of weeks.

Here's what's cookin' this week...

Corndog muffins, apple slices w/ vanilla yogurt
Baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green peas

Chicken Noodle Soup (homemade sourdough noodles), Sourdough bread

leftover Chicken Noodle soup
Polenta (new recipe), Barbecued Meatballs, Creamed Spinach
Simple nachos (cheese, black beans, sour cream, green onions, salsa)

Breakfast Burritos (new) (using leftover sourdough tortillas)
Homemade Creamy Tomato Soup, sourdough bread
Risotto, fried deer steak, Caesar Salad

Maple Walnut Scones, Orange Julius's (homemade & new)
Roasted Chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, Caesar Salad


I'll let ya know how the rest of the week goes!

For more menu planning ideas, visit Menu Monday at Organizing Junkie.

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