Menu Monday

I’m joining in at Organizing Junkie this week to keep myself on track with home cooking healthy meals. One thing I’ve noticed since I started regular exercise is that I am starving, which makes it much too easy to grab the wrong thing.

We also got our first CSA share last week so you’ll see a lack of vegetables listed. We’re eating them, but most of it is on the fly depending on what is in the box. This week’s share included bok choy, radishes, beets, kale, green lettuce (not iceberg), scallions, broccoli rabe, and strawberries. Our next pick up is Thursday so we’ll see what we get. 🙂

We’ve got a lot going on this week between a Rotary raffle, installation dinner, committee meeting, night out on the town, and our Rotary Youth Exchange visitor coming from Brazil to stay with us for the summer! Phew – that’s a lot for one week. Who said teachers rest during the summer?

Monday: Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tuesday: dinner out/meeting for me

Wednesday: Beef Stew/dinner out

Thursday: Crockpot Chicken and Black Beans over mixed greens from the CSA (recipe here)

Friday: Homemade pizza (here is a great pizza “recipe” if you’re like me and watching what you eat)

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: BBQ Welcome Dinner

Where is a Three Day Weekend When You Need One?

Truly, I believe that time passes nearly instantly from when I lock my classroom door on Friday and unlock it on Monday. I have another four day work week (yay!) so I am burning the nearly midnight oil working on lesson plans. Goodness it is much too much trouble to miss one measly day of school.  The countdown to summer, however, is most definitely ON.

This weekend was spent working around the house and working on school projects. Maia has a family tree due in Spanish so she’s been more interested than usual in my genealogy files. It’s given me a chance to sort through some old family photos which always makes me swoon.

Our kitchen is in the middle of a little rehab so meals have been at the whim of our contractor. There haven’t been major renovations…yet…but we’ve been updating some wall color, electrical wiring, etc. All of which means that the crockpot is retired, probably through the rest of the spring and summer, and best laid plans are disrupted.  Oh, and I’m a food rut. That being said, if all goes to plan, this is what’s on tap for this week’s menu:

Sunday – a break in the weather means steaks on the grill and baked potatoes

Monday – twice baked, crab stuffed potatoes (recipe here)

Tuesday – parmesan garlic spaghetti (recipe here)

Wednesday – honey dijon chicken breasts (recipe here)

Thursday – breakfast for dinner 🙂 {aka what will get cooked on whichever day my kitchen is a disaster}

Friday – out

Saturday – out

In the Kitchen

We have a long stretch of time at home (we often go away for long weekends) so we are making a concerted effort to eat at home. Argh, not my favorite thing, cooking, but I’m still trying. Yesterday I made a big lasagna for lunch which was mostly gone afterwards and what was left I sent home with my mother. I didn’t take a single photo but Greyson did a nice job cleaning up while I rested my foot. The lasagna is nothing fancy and a far cry from what my mother used to make, but I love it and I’ll probably make it a few times in the next month because I have four boxes of lasagna noodles. Not sure why that is. Anyway, I don’t use the turkey sausage, but pork, because I’m the only person who likes turkey sausage but either way is delicious.



I’m also still steeping my Fire Cider. The garlic is turning blue so I have to see if that’s normal, but I am looking forward to being able to use it. I’m feeling 80% like my old self, but my sinuses are still a mess.


Ok, so this week’s menu ~

Monday – Breakfast for Dinner

Tuesday – Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad

Wednesday – Spaghetti & Italian Sausage

Thursday – Baked Pork Chops & Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Friday – (First Friday in Lent) Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Saturday – Slow Cooker Pot Roast


Thanksgiving Week Menu


Well, I already shared the Thanksgiving Menu so I thought I’d share the menu for the remainder of the week. I’m on operation clean out in anticipation of a massive grocery trip at the end of the week in the hope that I don’t need to set food in Stop & Shop until mid-December other than for fruits and veggies.

Monday – friends are up to deal with their boat that was unexpectedly stuck in Long Island Sound instead of Virginia so we’ll be having dinner out with them

Tuesday – Spaghetti & Meatballs (I say this without verifying that I have the ingredients on hand for said meatballs)

Wednesday – Grilled Cheese & Soup during pie baking

Thursday – Thanksgiving (I don’t cook anything else)

Friday – Tree Lighting on the town green so we’ll be having a quick meal of leftovers

Saturday – TBD: we’re getting our tree early this year since Grey will be spending part of December in Africa. This will be his last meal on US soil for a while

Thanksgiving Preview

Somehow Thanksgiving, despite being my favorite holiday, snuck up on me this year. It might have something to do with my husband’s upcoming trip oversees or my son’s application process to study abroad. It might have to do with a new job and the children being at TWO new schools. But I suspect poor planning on my part to be the main culprit.

Happily, however, a turkey was purchased just after applying for my son’s passport (were you aware both parents have to be present for this?).  Once that turkey is in the house, I feel like I can relax…somewhat.  We’re fairly traditional and our menu doesn’t really change much from year to year. The only real difference is that I am no longer mother to picky eaters so I can dispense with things like multiple stuffings.

~On the Menu~

Roast Turkey and Gravy
Mid-Atlantic Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Cranberry & Apple Pie

I’m considering, if time allows, some fall/Thanksgiving themed cookies like Sarah Vickers posted on Instagram. My baking skills are passable and my frosting skills even less so, but perhaps I can convince my daughter to help…


Menu Monday

julia-child-never-apologizeShall we talk about dinner? I really detest the whole thing.  The planning, the shopping and the cooking. I’d also say I hate the clean up but the kids are in charge of that. Trying to eat at home more often, eating healthy, and making quick meals is just not my idea of fun. But here I am, trying my darnedest to make it happen.

Monday: Supermoon Party at the Beach and Rotary Board Mtg. The kids and I will be having pasta and sausage.

Tuesday: Faculty Mtg and Alcohol Awareness Mtg at the High School. French Beef Stew in the crockpot

Wednesday: Dijon Chicken and Spinach Salad from Virginia Hospitality (my home League and best Junior League cookbook ever)

Thursday: Fundraiser at a local restaurant for a family who lost a husband/father suddenly to cancer

Friday: Leftover Brunswick Stew and Pulled Pork BBQ from the Rotary Mtg.

Saturday: Ordering in Chinese or Pizza

Weekend Progress and Dinner Plans

Our goal, my daughter and mine, was a weekend with nothing.  I think we did fairly well.


This was the first home game at my son’s school and Grey couldn’t wait.  He rambled on about Friday Night Lights and team spirit.  It was a bit of a nail biter and we were down up until the last quarter when we came from behind to win the game. First home win in two years!


I was finishing up my niece’s Azel Pullover but had to leave in the midst of the bind off to get to school.  This work thing really interferes with knitting.  Anyway, I finished it up Saturday morning and it’s just waiting for buttons.  Luckily my niece lives in SE Virginia so it’s not likely to get cold down there any time soon.



I wound my new yarn that I picked up last weekend in Port Jefferson.  It’s Lamstrings Ewetopia Sock and I love it.  I’m working on Nutkin socks.  This is the first folded cuff I’ve done (and it kept me from knitting this pattern for a couple of years).  Much easier than I’d thought. The perfectly coordinated nail color was a fluke (OPI Sailing and Nailing, if you’re wondering).


Last night we had our first “Fall” fire.  Granted, fall doesn’t technically begin until Thursday but it was chilly out.  So nice to sit and relax with a glass of wine and the boys (the daughter was at a friends).

Phew, there we go.  Now to dinner plans.  I am trying so so hard to cook at home but it’s not a lot of fun.  I’m thinking of trying Blue Apron or something similar to see if I can climb out of this cooking rut.

Monday: Italian Sausage and Broccoli Raabe over Penne Pasta

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan Burgers (kids’ cooking night)

Wednesday: Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

Thursday: Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili

Friday: Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken

Saturday: Crab Cake Sandwiches

This Week’s Menu

Trying to be accountable.  I did manage to get dinner on the table almost every night last week, which was also the first week of school.  Yay, me!  Trying to keep up momentum…

Monday: (Addison’s Night) Beef & Garlic Noodles from Tasty

Tuesday: (Maia’s Night) Ravioli & Salad

Wednesday: Pork Chops, Garlic Green Beans

Thursday: Steak Salad

Friday: Out

Saturday: TBD

Hope everyone is enjoying the long holiday weekend.  We thought out cookout window was Friday but the forecast for Hermine changed so much it turns out we could have cooked out every night!

Menu Monday, er, Tuesday

I hope everyone had a great Fourth. We had family visiting so we packed in a lot in just three short days. Although, really, most of it was at the beach.  For two nights, our beaches here in town, down the CT shoreline and across to Long Island were lit up with fireworks and bonfires – both of which are illegal although the police really just work to keep order.  A facebook post this morning alluded to citizens “showing their independence.” 🙂


Apparently there's something called Fish Racing which, if you didn't know that was a thing, don't feel bad.  I had no idea.
Apparently there’s something called Fish Racing which, if you didn’t know that was a thing, don’t feel bad. I had no idea, either.
Snapchat continues to provide ridiculous amount of entertainment.  But I also realized it works like a little scrapbook when you add a filter.
Snapchat continues to provide ridiculous amount of entertainment. But I also realized it works like a little scrapbook when you add a filter.
Chilly New England evenings make long sleeves almost a necessity so I thought my DAR shirt would be just right.  The back reads "Celebrate America with the DAR"
Chilly New England evenings make long sleeves almost a necessity so I thought my DAR shirt would be just right. The back reads “Celebrate America with the DAR”

On Sunday, we all piled into the car and drove into the city.  It was our first time driving (we usually just take the train) but I think we’ll be driving in all of the time now.  A quick trip in the car and $27 to park on the Upper East Side all day!

Our main objective was to take our niece to American Girl for her first doll since her 5th birthday is coming up.  It’s so much more fun to go to the shop and just order one online. But before we got there, we headed down to Battery Park for the views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. While we didn’t ferry out to the islands, we did head over to the Seaglass Carousel.  I highly recommend doing this.  For $5 you get to ride in iridescent sea creatures and feel like you’re swimming underwater.  Even my fourteen year old was impressed.  And, trust me, there isn’t a lot to do in Manhattan for $5 per person.

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After Battery Park, we headed up to Central Park to go to the zoo.  Central Park Zoo is the perfect size for little kids.  And for big kids who have walked all over creation. And, if you followed the news from NYC on Sunday, we were in Central Park, very close to where the explosion occurred.  My SIL was a little nervous about being in NYC after that, but watching how quickly the NYPD and the NYFD descend upon things like that makes you feel very safe.  My only concern was keeping the big kids with us just in case we ended up having to leave the park. No worries, though, that city is amazing in an incident and we never felt anything less than 100% safe.

Clearly my eleven year old showed no concern while chatting with her friends.
Clearly my eleven year old showed no concern while chatting with her friends.
In the Tropics House - so many beautiful birds.
In the Tropics House – so many beautiful birds…
And very friendly.
And very friendly.

Now that everyone is out for the day, either traveling back to Virginia, on their way to work, or heading down for the first day of work as a Junior Counselor (!!), it’s back to laundry.  I think we used every single towel we own and there is a layer of sand on the floor.  Which, I personally think is a good reason why we need to include an outdoor shower in the backyard renovation.  Just sayin’.

Tuesday – Cajun Chicken Alfredo (from the Buzzfeed app or search for it on Facebook)

Wednesday – Greek Salad Tacos with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Thursday – Grilled Steaks with Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Friday – Phish

Saturday – Phish

Sunday – Maia’s Birthday Dinner

Menu Monday from the Beach

I should make the disclaimer that I live at the beach year round but, despite that, I have to work at getting to the beach. 

We have a ton of work going on here this week. We are getting a/c installed upstairs and a new patio & firepit this week. Hopefully before my sister-in-law and her family arrive for the Fourth of July!

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Elin Hildebrand is the BEST summer reading

So after a lovely beach day with my son and husband, I’m nursing a sunburn. Yay!

Monday – buffalo chicken lettuce wraps

Tuesday – pizza night for the kids while mom & dad head to Dead & Co.

Wednesday – pesto pasta (I’ve got a bumper crop of basil)

Thursday – avocado burgers on the grill

Friday – TBD

Saturday – steaks and grilled veggies