I'm happy to report that it's starting to feel like spring here! It's above freezing, the sun is shining, and the snow is melting! We're still adjusting to the daylight savings time change (especially the one who naps), but it was SO nice to still see daylight at 6:00 last night.
The week ahead promises to be a lot of fun.
First, we're welcoming some baby chicks on Tuesday. Kiddo is pretty excited! We're going to try our hand at raising meat chickens this spring and summer. I'll talk more about it in a future post, but let's just say we're becoming quite the homesteaders over here. :)
We're also looking forward to a visit from my in-laws this coming weekend to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. No, there won't we any shamrocks or leprechauns. Instead, we'll be celebrating Hubby and his dad's birthday. I'm not sure what the odds are for a parent and child to share a birthday, but I'm sure sharing a birthday on a holiday is pretty rare indeed. We always enjoy visits from Grammy and Grampy. Since they live several hours away, we don't get to see them nearly as often as we'd like. Hubby's mom is also a great seamstress, so we may get a few projects done while they're here.
In light of their visit, I've planned out some breakfast and lunch options below our normal dinner menu plan.
This Week's Menu: 3/10-3/16
Monday: Salad Night
Tuesday: Fajitas (either pork or chicken, Hubby's recipe)
Wednesday: Leftover Chinese Food
Friday: Homemade Pizza (using the Master Recipe for the crust), salad
Saturday: Ribs, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad
Sunday: Pot Roast, Rolls, Green Beans
Breakfasts: Scrambled Eggs and Zucchini Bread, Steel Cut Oats in the Slow Cooker, Easy Breakfast Casserole, Bagels
Lunches: Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Tuna Sandwiches, Fruit, Veggies & Ranch, Maybe Soup
Recipes I tried:For Small Group yesterday, the family in charge of the main dish brought tacos. Everyone signs up for a side, so I decided to try out a recipe for crock pot Re-fried Beans that I had pinned. I made a half recipe, and there was plenty for the 13 adults and several kids who ate.
I would definitely use this recipe again! It was very easy to make, especially since I used my stick blender instead of mashing the beans. The flavor was very similar to the canned stuff, and it was healthier and less expensive. Definitely a keeper!
Freezer Cooking:Believe it or not, I don't have any freezer meals planned for this week! However, last week I used meals or ingredients from the freezer almost every day. I used frozen ground venison and peppers from our garden to make the Stuffed Pepper Soup , the Buffalo Chicken was a freezer kit I made during the big snow storm, I used some leftover chicken and rice from the freezer to make the Quesadilla Casserole, and the Turkey Gyros (which are delicious, by the way) were from the freezer too. I love having a stocked freezer!
|Turkey Gyros with Naan and homemade tsatsiki sauce.|
Crock Pot Dishes:My crock pots were busy this week! I made the Stuffed Pepper Soup on Sunday, and on Wednesday I made the Crock Pot Falafel in my 6-quart and cooked some chicken breasts in my 4-quart. Over the weekend, I had my 4-quart in use for over 48 hours straight, though it wasn't running the whole time. I started soaking the beans for the Re-fried Beans in the crock on Friday, and then I drained, rinsed, and started cooking them on Saturday morning. Once they were done cooking, I transferred them to a pot, washed the crock, and put the Buffalo Chicken in to cook. After dinner, I washed the crock one more time before putting in Steel Cut Oats for Sunday morning's breakfast. The crock pot is definitely one of my favorite kitchen tools!
This Week's Big Goal:This week's big goal is to finish getting our house in ship-shape for my in-laws' visit. I've been letting the house slide a bit and it's been driving Hubby nuts (I'm a bit more laid back than he is). This visit is just the kick in the pants I need to get things reined in. Currently, clutter and dirty floors are the worst offenders. I'll start with basic maintenance and cleaning, but I'll also try to make a spring cleaning push. We'll see how far I get. :)
If you missed last week's posts, you can check out my review of the No Cook Freezer Meals e-book by Kelly at New Leaf Wellness here, and my new weekly series, Tips & Tricks Thursday, here.
Have a great week, friends!
I linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Org Junkie