Sunday, April 19, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 4/20/15

So my boy had a blast at the State Tennis Tournament....but he didn't win anything :( Neither did any of his team mates, but I have to say they all lost with grace and fantastic sportsmanship.  To me, this fact just reinforced one of the valuable lessons we all have to learn in life, and that is..sometimes you don't win.  Sad but true.  I believe their coach, William Cherry, has so much to do with their attitudes and I thank him with my entire heart for being an adviser and friend to my son for the past four years.  
Coach Cherry and Ty

When we returned from out of town, I did make some progress on the meal plan that I made but I didn't cook everything on my list last week.  Work schedules and late nights for my sons dictated that.  We spent a fair amount on hotel and restaurant costs so this week I've put myself on financial restriction for the next few weeks.  I'm taking the reins now so that I don't fall in a financial pit that I can't crawl out of.  This means no takeout or restaurants until after the next payday and also a frugal grocery store shop this week.  My local grocer has a coupon for gas so I'm killing two birds with one stone in the savings department.  Every meal will be prepared at home {it helps that I'm working this weekend} and I'm starting my menu on Friday {this past one}.

The Ham and Gruyere Quiche was our recipe of the week.  It is so simple to make and easy to substitute or change up that I'll be using this during the summer for a light meal.  I didn't buy gruyere cheese or leeks, adding a sharp cheddar blend and green onions instead, but the end result was very tasty.  

FRIDAY
{Carried forward but a different recipe than the one that I posted last week}
Roasted Veggies
{I'm obsessed with roasted veggies right now}
To Do:  Put taco meat in the frig, pork loin in frig, get a birthday card


SATURDAY
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Nachos
{Freezer Meal}
Headed to a Birthday Party, So I'm making these for munchies.
To Do:  Make potato salad, watch the 2 hour season finale of The Good Witch and...I can't wait for the season premiere of When Calls the Heart next week.  I know I'm a dork but truly these are some of my favorite shows.


SUNDAY
{I'm going to brine the roast with this method}
Potato Salad
Green Salad
To Do:  Put ground beef in frig for defrost

MONDAY
Mixed Veggies or Something Green
To Do:  Put Sausage in the Frig if don't have enough leftovers.


TUESDAY
Skillet Penne and Sausage
or leftovers, depending on what's left.
To Do:  Nothing, off tomorrow have two doctor appointments in the morning so no sleeping in until Saturday.


WEDNESDAY
Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta
{repeat from last week}
If I don't make sausage skillet, I'll cook the links on the side for my meat lovin' boys.
Green Salad or Green Beans
Garlic Bread
To Do:  ??? I'm not sure what I'll be making the rest of the week yet so I'll just post some links for interesting recipes that I haven't gotten around to making.


THURSDAY & FRIDAY


There are so many recipes that I've saved over the last few months that I want to make but since I'm eating mostly alone I sometimes don't feel that the dish duty is worth the effort.  My oldest son, Tan, has started to work regular hours so I have high hopes my creations will be well tested.  Regardless I would rather plan and not eat than to have no idea what I'm doing at 5 pm.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 4/13/2015


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In my Friday post I shared that my youngest son is headed to the FHSAA State Tennis tournament with his whole team this week!  To say that I'm excited for him would be under-exaggerating although I'm not sure that's even a real thing?

In order to provide the "full experience", his words, we are staying in a hotel about an hour and a half away from our home town.  He might be excited about the camaraderie amongst his team members but I'm excited about being in a larger city (that I'm familiar with) and the possibility of some serious shopping.  Window shopping that is....{giggle..belly laugh}.  At least the hotel serves a hot breakfast daily that I won't have to worry about getting up extra early to get him fed.  I've been instructed by him that beef jerky, bananas, and boiled eggs need to be on hand during match times.  He drinks only water (his choice) and will start hydrating over the weekend to avoid cramping.  Keep your fingers crossed that his team does well.  I'll let ya know!

Our menu this week will skip a couple of days but I'm shopping and cooking over the weekend so that when we get back I can pull a couple of things out of the freezer to make meal time super simple.

SATURDAY
I'm headed to a birthday party so I'll do some freezer cooking today but no cooking for tonight.
{Aldi for small ham, cheese, eggs, cottage cheese, heavy cream, half and half, onions, peppers, lettuce, potatoes, beef jerky, paper plates, snacks}
{Publix for chicken, put in the freezer}


SUNDAY
Quick 30 Minute Meals: Chicken Spaghetti
{carb loading}
Green Salad


MONDAY & TUESDAY
Tennis Tournament
Eating Out


WEDNESDAY
Ham and Gruyere Quiche with Leeks | Good Cheap Eats
Green Salad
or
Steamed Vegetables

THURSDAY
Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta
??

FRIDAY
YOYO


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Regional Champs on our way to STATE!!!! (all exclamations are necessary)

We WON!!!  The top three players have been together for four years starting out as three freshman who made the top five players on a mostly senior dominated team.  Needless to say it has taken some hard work and cultivation to get these kids to where they are now, but this Momma is so proud I can hardly stand it!  

I want to express my gratitude to the gentleman pictured below with my boy.  He has offered unwavering support for my child and has treated him like a son during difficult times.  He was and is a source of constant support and all round cheerleader for the team and parents.  He has been interested and involved in the lives of all of his players and never forgets to communicate amusing anecdotes that a parent might not hear from their kids.  We love you Coach William Cherry. 

Coach Cherry absolutely insisted we get this picture and I'm so glad I did

The whole team, hamming it up for for numerous picture takers

The top three...love to watch these guys play

Tennis is such an individual sport and a super quiet one.  Unless you are paying close, close attention you can get completely lost on who's where and the score is what.  I typically like to attend matches by myself so I don't get distracted by talking to others which is completely my chatty self's fault.  I'm so hoping that the State tournament has a shady quiet spot in view of the court my boy's will be playing.....or I'll never know what's going on, lol.

Keep your fingers crossed and if you will say a quick prayer for these guys that they might perform their best in the finals.

GO KNIGHTS





Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 4/6/15

We completely went rogue and didn't have a menu plan last week.  My baby boy (18 yrs old) forgot to remind me that his District Finals tennis match was on Monday and Tuesday of last week.  Our county schools were on Spring Break and for some reason I had it in my mind that his matches couldn't possibly be during this time and that they would start today. Oh well, a few adjustments to my schedule at work on Sunday afternoon (thank heavens I have an understanding supervisor) and I headed off to a town approximately an hour away. I so have to brag on him.....he won every match he played in singles and in doubles he and his partner battled through an injury to propel themselves directly to State.  He still has to win a few matches at Regionals to make it to State in singles, but our hopes are high!  And as a matter of fact, the whole team is competing in the Regionals tournament for the first time ever in the school's history. We start those this Tuesday so dinner will be a little up in the air since I never know how long matches will take...

Go Knights!

SUNDAY
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Eating at Mom's I'm making a spiral sliced ham


MONDAY
oven baked tacos
(using ground chicken previously cooked)
Corn
Sliced Lettuce and Chopped Tomato


TUESDAY
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Tennis Match
Freezer Food, Sandwiches, or Take Out


WEDNESDAY
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Fillets Recipe
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Steamed Broccoli
Brown Rice
(Beef Consomme and French Onion Soup)

THURSDAY
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Tennis Match
Freezer Food, Sandwiches, or Take Out


FRIDAY
The Best Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin
Steamed Veggies


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 3/23/15

My plan worked out....if I don't cook, I lose weight.  I think it's because mostly I make the kind of food that I really like and the leftovers sitting in the frig constantly call my name.  "Tabby....come get me...one more bite won't hurt".  Liars, I say, then I promptly follow the voices and go have a snack, right before bed so that the fat can be directly deposited around my midsection.  

Regardless of my issues though, I have to save a little bit of money for the next while so I can enjoy some beach weekends over the summer.  This means I will be cooking and attempting ever so strongly to ignore those refrigerator voices, lol.

SATURDAY
Easy Grilled Pork Chops
Grilled Pork Chops
{taking advantage of the warm, breezy weather}
Grilled Asparagus
Yellow Rice
To Do:  Put hamburger in the frig



SUNDAY
Greek Burgers
{grilling again}
Tzatziki Sauce
Baked Fries
To Do:  Nothing


MONDAY
{tennis match}
Leftovers, Cereal, or Sandwiches
To Do: Not much, eating freezer food or to go stuff tomorrow. 


TUESDAY
{tennis match}

or

Green Salad
To Do:  Nothing, off tomorrow


WEDNESDAY
{tennis match}
{adding chicken, and yes I realize that two cheesy days in a row isn't good for me}
Green Salad
To Do: Make up crock pot for roast, put grits out so I don't forget to make them.


THURSDAY

Mississippi Pot Roast
Grits
{I cut the butter by at least 1/3}
Green Beans or Frozen Peas


FRIDAY
YOYO

I might switch up days or even switch up meals because I have a few items in the frig and freezer I'd like to use up before serious freezer burn ensues.  It really depends on what my cooking motivation level is this weekend though.
Hope you have a stupendous, happy Monday!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Chantilly Cake Review

Publix had this cake on sale the last two weeks.  It looked quite scrumptious so I purchased it for a girl at work who's husband "forgot" about her birthday. 

 Of course us girls have to stick together so I bought her this cake for an after celebration of her special day.  I like to bake, but after work on a weeknight it's not good to tempt fate especially when one didn't sleep near enough hours the night before.  So I stopped by my friendly Publix and bought the prettiest one I saw. The icing is a mix between butter cream and whipped topping and isn't anywhere near as sweet as the usual icing of a Publix cake {a good thing}.  The fruit in the middle layer and on the top was quite fresh and very tasty.

Sadly, you now have to special order the cake 24 hours in advance.  Corporate impulse control for me :)