Sunday, September 18, 2011

A "Fall-ish" Meal Plan 9/18-9/24

(Photo credit)

Two years ago, after spending hours stalking, I mean, visiting other blogs, I decided to make the jump and start my own. That was on September 17th, 2009. Over the last couple of years, a lot has changed, both in my kitchen (literally) and on our farm. Our family size has increased with sons-in-laws and grandchildren, and our animal repertoire has grown from 1 cow and a few chickens, to something Old MacDonald could be proud of.

Okay, maybe not MacDonald himself, but his neighbors maybe.

One of the things that has remained the same is Menu Mondays. Because of my computer impediment, I didn't actually learn how to "follow"other blogs until several months after I began my Sunday stalking, I mean, perusing of the web. But I did know how to bookmark places that I liked and would spend a couple of hours each week learning the fine art of meal planning.

And let me tell you, as an 80% whole food enthusiast (have to always leave room for improvement and a sweet tooth!), it is definitely an art. Trying to come up with new, well-rounded, hit-all-the-food-groups kind of menus ain't easy. But it is less messy than just tossing everything into a trough and yelling, "Come and get it!"

Summer always throws me into a tailspin in the planning department as all of our meals revolve around the high temperature of the day. Any temp above 83 degrees is considered a heat wave and the ovens are abandoned in favor of salads and Cheerios. 

Even if my meal plan says differently.

I'm not a fan of "too hot". I'm already hormonal and adding sweat to an already stoked, aging furnace is just too much. Our idea of air conditioning is to open the windows and...well, that's all. Just open the windows. Period.

 I guess you might call me a summer wuss.

Thankfully, the weather has started to cool and the kitchen is about to be back in business. And after 2 years of meal planning and all the other stuff that manages to makes its way onto this blog, I just want to say a big thank you to all of my stalkers...I mean, followers. You guys rock!!

Here's what's cookin' this week...(besides me!☺)


Pear Hazelnut Muffins (new)
Chili Nachos, grapes
Curried Butternut Squash Soup (new), green salad

English Muffins w/ peanut butter, pears
Toasted cheese sandwiches, raw carrots w/ Ranch
Spaghetti & Meatballs, Caesar Salad

BLT's, grapes
Crockpot roasted chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, garlicky green beans

Simple Soaked Oatmeal w/ blueberries
Popovers w/ turkey breast & cheese

Egg in a Hole
Leftover Chicken Tortilla Soup
Pumpkin Waffles, elk sausage

Roasted Potato & Bacon Soup (new)

For more meal planning ideas, visit Menu Mondays at Organizing Junkie.


Candy C. said...

Wow, that all sounds yummy! Will you be posting some of the "new" recipes, please, please?!?
Happy Blogiversary! :)

Carolyn Renee said...

Your meal plannings have been an inspiration to me....although I have yet to implement such a well-designed and orgainzed menu into our family meals. One day, one day!!

Spur-o-the-moment-whats-in-the-fridge gal,


Kim said...

Candy~Yes! Stay tuned...:)

Carolyn Renee~Thank you~I used to do that...until the family staged an intervention and declared, "No more mystery casseroles!"

Penny said...

I LOVE your blog...your family is where our family is hoping to be one day, the Lord willing.