Menu Plan Monday - Week of February 10, 2013

Pork Chops, Tossed Salad, Cornbread and Apple and Pear Slices - Yum!

I've really spent the last week or so - and most of January really - thinking hard about all that the Lord is bringing us through this winter.  I chatted with a friend who had a similar winter 3 years ago and she said that while she'd never opt do it again, she is grateful for that time and how it brought her closer to her family and to the Lord.  I'll write  more about that later this week - Lord willing, of course - but for now, part of what's happening in our lives is a simplifying of our menu to go with an extra busy season of life. 

Missy had a double ear infection with a fever of 103F last week and was home from school 3 days, my Dad's white counts were so low that he had to have extra medical interventions and then Buddy was diagnosed with Influenza B and the accompanying fever (also 103F) and cough at the end of the week.  To top it all off we had a major 'explosion' over what we all thought was a "small" matter at my work and John has been going through restructuring at his work and had a huge confrontation over taking time off to take care of sick children (he has plenty of time off that can be used for anything but none of his co-workers have children and have felt like he just 'abandons' them for 'no good reason').  This is the first time in 7 1/2 years that taking time to care for a sick child has been an issue for either one of us- and it's something we've rarely had to use and we're beyond frustrated by it. (I'll quit whining now! Thanks for 'listening'!)

I can't do much about the situations at work or what bugs my kiddos catch but I can make sure we have good, healthy, easy to prepare food to eat each day!  Love that!  We're heading into Lent this week with Ash Wednesday and it's a perfect time to eat simpler and think about those who don't have as much as we do.  We are beyond blessed and it can be so easy to forget that!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, February 10:
  Breakfast: Cereal and Milk
  Lunch: Leftovers
  Snack: Popcorn
  Dinner: Cabbage Rolls, Oranges and/or Grapefruit

Monday, February 11:
  Breakfast: Cereal and Milk
  Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Apple Slices
  Snack: Popcorn
  Dinner: BBQ Chicken Legs in the Crock Pot, Tossed Salad, Melon-Blueberry-Apple Salad

Tuesday, February 12:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
   Lunch: Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Orange Wedges
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Shrimp Stir Fry, Rice, Oranges and/or Grapefruit

Wednesday, February 13: Ash Wednesday
  Breakfast: Toast with Peanut Butter, Yogurt
  Lunch:  Apples with Peanut Butter, Yogurt, Carrot Sticks and/or Sliced Tomatoes, Cookie
  Snack: Popcorn
  Dinner:  Pancake Dinner at Church or Pancakes at Home (depending on whether we're all well or not)

Thursday, February 14: Valentine's Day
   Breakfast: Raspberry Braided Bread, Bananas
   Lunch: Hot Lunch for Children, Leftovers for Adults
   Snack:  Yogurt
   Dinner: Pork Roast, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Carrots, Apple-Pear-Banana Salad
   Desert: Decorated Sugar Cookies

Friday, February 15:
  Breakfast: Chai Spiced Oatmeal
  Lunch: Hot Lunch for Children, Leftovers for Adults
  Snack: Yogurt
  Dinner: Easy Black Bean Soup, Cornbread, Oranges and/or Grapefruit

Saturday, February 16:
  Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins and Bananas
  Lunch:  Vegetable Soup, Ham Sandwiches, Apple Slices
  Snack: Popcorn
  Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Bread sticks, Oranges and/or Grapefruit

What are you eating this week? 


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