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Menu Plan Monday April 17th

 

Happy Monday! You know what Monday brings, right? Menu planning!

I realized after the fact that last Sun was Easter, and we had planes with family, so I kept the Sun menu choice the same for this week.

Monday (today) is my Hubs birthday and I am unsure of what he wants for dinner, because he won’t make a decision. But whatever he picks, the kids will be having chicken with mac & cheese.

Last week I used two of my freezer meals that I discussed in last week’s post and it worked out great!  I had prepared five dinners from  Once A Month Meals that made enough for two dinners each. That’s 10 dinners I don’t have to think, or prepare. Both baseball nights was super easy dinners. The boys were in the bath while I finished up dinner. One night I even put the dinner in the oven before we left, so I only had to boil some noodles when we got home!

 

What is on your menu board this week?

 

Menu Plan 04/17-04/23

 

 

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/// Mon: Chicken with Mac & Cheese /// Tue: OAMM~ Aloha Pork Chops with rice /// Wed: Dinner Out /// Thr: OAMM~ BBQ Sub Sandwich /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Parmesan Honey Pork Roast ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

 

Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Find more recipes at I’m an Organizing Junkie

 


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Menu Plan Monday April 10th

 

Happy Monday! You know what Monday brings, right? Menu planning!

So I realized this week that I haven’t posted a menu in over a year….that’s right, I am the worst. I can’t even promise that I have been planning all this time. Let me tell you I felt it when I didn’t though. I seriously can’t say it enough times, menu planning saves my sanity.

Starting this week we have both boys in baseball, and both of us working full-time. The Hubs also started a new job less than two weeks ago, so he is working tons. Time at home is becoming scarce.  On a typical day Hubs gets home with the boys at 5:30ish, starts homework. I get home 6ish, starts dinner, try to start eating 6:45-7:00.  And fingers crossed boys are fed, clean, read to, teeth brushed, in bed by 8:30.

It’s the dinner that kills me every time. Even when I have it planned, it still takes so much work, and now throw two baseball practices in two different places in the mix….we would be lucky to get in bed by 9:30, and I know we would eat a lot of pizza.

So I decided to try something new. And in comes Once A Month Meals to my rescue!  I have been to the site before, and have some of their old menu plans but never used them. Their new site is amazing! Here is the low down: they plan out freezer meals for you to prepare on one day and freeze to use when needed. There is way more to the site, and I will go into that in another post, but for now go and take a preview yourself.

I spent yesterday preparing 5 different recipes that made enough for two dinners each. That’s 10 dinners I don’t have to think, or prepare. Perfect for baseball (and soccer, or any sport) season, and easy enough for The Hubs to pull out of the freezer and finish cooking! I still plan these meals in during the week, so I don’t plan something similar the day before. No one wants chicken pasta two nights in a row.

 

What is on your menu board this week?

 

Menu Plan 04/10-04/16

 

 

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/// Mon: Cheese-steak Stromboli with no-yeast pizza dough /// Tue: OAMM~ Porkchops in Garlic Lime Sauce /// Wed: Cowboy Casserole /// Thr: OAMM~ Swiss Cheese Chicken /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Parmesan Honey Pork Roast ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

 

Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Find more recipes at I’m an Organizing Junkie

 


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Menu Plan Monday Jan 25th

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Happy Monday!

Did you realize this is the last week of January? I realized that I hadn’t started Ian’s birthday party stuff and his birthday is in March. Typically by this time I would be half way through cutting his invites by now!

Don’t worry, I spent most of yesterday designing them and I am really happy with how they turned out.  Of course that leaves the rest of the party….

I gotta say with my new job I am getting home later than before, but I do like it a lot more. So I get home, start dinner, fight with the kids to eat, do the bedtime routine and they are off to bed. whew! I get maybe two hours with them from when I get home until bedtime and it is nonstop for me. I don’t know what life will be like when baseball starts!

 

What is on your menu board this week?

 

Menu Plan 01/25-01/31

 

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/// Mon: Baked Panko Chicken with Pesto Risotto /// Tue: Weeknight Bolognese /// Wed: Sage Pork Chops with Oven Roasted Garlic Potatoes /// Thr: Parmesan Chicken Bites with Cacio e Pepe /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Open Faced Hamburgers ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

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Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

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Menu Plan Monday Sept 28th

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Look:

October Menu Plan

A whole month of meals.  Right here. Already planned out.  I don’t cook on Friday night because I usually work late and the boys end up staying at my mom’s house.  I also don’t cook on Saturday because we either have leftovers, we eat out, at my mom’s or I use my creativity to cook for the kids.

I should note that my menu plans don’t include the side of vegetables we always eat.  I think I would eat a salad every night if I it were my choice, preferably a Caesar salad (that would also be Ian’s choice).  I try to mix it up and have the kids eat a variety of veggies, but I will admit this is the most difficult thing for me to do.  I do not like vegetables, and so I find it hard to make them.  We do salads, peas, corn (I know it is a starch and not really a vegetable), peas, carrots, beans, and sugar snap peas mostly.  These are the easiest to keep on hand and cook or consume raw.  Since they are there every night I don’t add them to the plan, I just decide, or sometimes I ask the boys.  However, if we are having some kind of Italian food, I like to have Caesar salad and bread with it.

I do like to plan my side dishes when I plan my main course. I was having a hard time finding side dishes recently.  I feel like everything I cook is made with cheese.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some cheese, but it might be getting old for other people in my family.  So looking at the whole month at once was a nice way to spread out what I am making.  There are still a lot of pasta dishes, because let’s get real, that is a main course and side all wrapped in one.  I pick my most time-consuming meals for Wed or Sun evenings because those are the days I have off and theoretically have more time to cook.

There is a stretch of Oct where the boys and I will be gone and Hubs will have to fend for himself.  And I gotta admit it was nice not having to plan those 4 meals.

Menu Plan 9/28-10/04

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/// Mon: Spaghetti Pie /// Tue: Brown & Maple Sugar Pork Tenderloin with Cheesy Garlic Noodles /// Wed: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta /// Thr: Beef Bourguignon with Oven Baked Mashed Potato Cakes /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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