Menu Plan Monday ~ November 21st

It’s crunch time, folks! Only three days till Thanksgiving! Hopefully, those of you with frozen turkeys have already put yours in the fridge to defrost. Remember to allow one day of defrosting for every four pounds of turkey! My bird is on a sheet pan at the bottom shelf of my fridge, ready to brine on Tuesday. Yes, I go the brine route. Why? It results in juicier meat. After using Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” Roast Turkey recipe, I’ll never go back.

This will be a pretty simple week, menu plan-wise, since most of the focus will be on Thanksgiving. Tuesday will be spent doing some prep work, chopping veggies, making pie crust, that type of thing. On Wednesday, I’ll be prepping and cooking my side dishes, allowing Thursday morning free to concentrate on the turkey and gravy.

Here’s this week’s menu:

Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: New York Strip Steaks, Scalloped Potatoes, Buttered Peas
Wednesday: Pizza
Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Leftovers

What’s on your menu this week?


Menu Plan Monday ~ November 7th

It’s that time of year — light jackets have been swapped for down parkas and puffy coats, local restaurants have added hearty soups and stews to their menus, store windows are decorated for the holidays…and cold viruses are going around like the plague. Logan spent nearly a week battling a persistent fever that appeared with a nasty case of Strep throat. A few days ago, my husband got sick, too. Although he isn’t as ill as Logan was, he’s still pretty miserable. I spent the weekend chewing Vitamin C tablets and praying I didn’t get sick, too :-/

Sunday’s steak dinner was swapped out for soup, since Johnny is still feeling pretty miserable. I must be feeling very soup-y this week, because I have two of them on the menu, a creamy butternut squash soup and a hearty sausage and kale. With this week’s temperatures rising to only the mid 50’s, tis the season for something warm in my tummy!

Here’s what’s on the menu for this week:

Monday: Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Tuesday: Steak with Onions, White Rice, Pink Beans, Avocado Salad
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Potato and Onion Pierogies with Sausage, Side Salad
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup, Roman Bread
Sunday: Roasted Chicken with Ratatouille

What’s on your menu this week?

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 31st ~ Happy Halloween!

Those of you in the Northeast know we got slammed with a snowstorm on Saturday, leaving nearly 3 million people without power. October snowfall is rare in this region. We’re still very much in the middle of autumn and many of the trees are still sporting their foliage. The weight of the snow on the leaves was too much for many trees to bear. While driving to our local diner on Sunday morning, we spotted numerous trees leaning over from the weight of the snow. Branches littered the streets, blocking many of the side roads and causing traffic delays. We spent the entire weekend without cable, internet or cellular phone service. Luckily, our power did not go out. We heard stories from several local business owners and employees, who had to camp out in their shops because they lost power in their homes or could not make the drive up the narrow, winding roads of Litchfield County. This weekend was definitely an adventure for many. If this is any indication of the winter ahead, we’re in for a rough one!

The fridge is chock full of leftovers, so tonight we’ll be eating those up. Last week’s gnocchi got bumped up to this week and I’m looking forward to the garlic bread that will accompany it!  Here’s what’s on the menu for this week:

Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Bacon and Cheese Sliders, Homemade Sweet Potato Chips, Side Salad
Wednesday: Gnocchi in Marinara Sauce, Garlic Bread with Cheese, Green Salad
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Arroz con Pollo y Longaniza (Rice with Chicken and Longaniza), Black Beans, Tostones (Fried Plantains)
Sunday: Steak Au Poivre, Crash Hot Potatoes, Buttered Green Beans

What’s on your menu this week?


Menu Plan Monday ~ October 24th

Thanks to a super crazy weekend, I totally flaked on my menu plan and Monday post! My week was filled with the usual work, errands, household chores and cooking. On Sunday, we celebrated Logan’s fourth birthday with a big party. We had a great turnout and the party was a success! Logan was so excited to see all his classmates and celebrate with them. Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us for such a special day!

This week’s menu plan is going to be a simple one. Logan is feeling under the weather today and I have a feeling it’s going to be several days until he’s back to his regular self. Between taking care of my little boy and trying to recover this house from the toy tornado that just hit, I want to keep kitchen time to a minimum.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Monday: Leftover pizza from the party
Tuesday: Roasted Pork Shoulder with Potatoes, Side Salad
Wednesday: Breaded Chicken Cutlets, White Rice, Pink Beans, Tomato and Avocado Salad
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Gnocchi in Marinara Sauce, Garlic Bread, Side Salad
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Chicken and Dumplings, Green Salad

What’s on your menu this week?

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 17th ~ Happy Birthday Logan!

Four years ago, at this precise moment, I was being admitted into our local hospital, preparing for the arrival of my beautiful baby boy. After more than six hours of active labor, it became apparent Logan was not going to take the easy way out and a cesarean had to be performed. My little guy had turned his head and was stuck in the birth canal. At the time, John and I had no idea I was about to give birth to a baby boy. We ignored the protests of family members and decided we did not want to know the sex of our baby. Now that Logan has developed such a strong character and personality, I look back on that day and am convinced that he purposely wedged himself in me and stubbornly refused to come out! The memories of that day bring me great joy, as well as some sadness. I can hardly believe my little boy turns four today. Part of me wants him to remain a baby forever, so I can hold him and keep him safe for all eternity. The other half, my more logical side, knows this is impossible. Logan has to grow up eventually. For now, though, I’ll take great happiness in knowing he’s still my little boy. Happy birthday, Logan!

Here’s what’s on this week’s menu:

Monday: Cheese Pizza (at the request of the birthday boy!)
Tuesday: Leftovers from the weekend
Wednesday: Smoked Mozzarella and Pepper Ravioli, Side Salad
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: White Rice, Pink Beans, Fried Pork Chops, Avocado and Tomato Salad
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Logan’s Birthday Party!

What’s on your menu this week?

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 10th

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I know I sure did! Friday evening was spent celebrating my best friend’s birthday, in the form of a masquerade party. It truly was a fun and well planned event. On Saturday, my boys and I spent the day at home, doing some light cleaning and lounging around. Yesterday was an absolute gorgeous day! We attended a baby shower for some friends that live nearby and got to enjoy their backyard and massive trampoline. Logan was definitely in his glory!

The unusually warm weather we’ve been having will stick around for only a few more days. I’m hoping to get the opportunity to go apple and pumpkin picking at one of the many farms here in Western Connecticut. So far, I’ve narrowed it down to Castle Hill Farm in Newtown, Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel or March Farm in Bethlehem. I’ll let you know which one we choose and follow up with some pics!

Here’s this week’s menu:

Monday: Leftovers from the weekend
Tuesday: Roasted Eggplant with Quinoa
Wednesday: Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Red Lentil Curry with Brown Basmati Rice
Saturday: Spicy Chicken Soup, Side Salad
Sunday: Roasted Turkey with Truffle Butter, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Bean and Mushroom Saute

What’s on your menu this week?