Monday, October 28, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - Week of October 27, 2013

Did I show you these yet? They're my attempt at Cranberry-Orange scones and, my, were they good! I went a little overboard with the glaze so I think a dusting of powdered sugar would be better next time.  Anyway, yum, yum, yum!!!  I used to think scones were a fancy, hard to make thing. Not so! Easy and yummy and even better as leftovers!
 I'm feeling like were FINALLY getting back to a more restful pace around here - John isn't doing quite as much time on-call for work now and his preaching schedule is lightening up going into the Christmas holiday as well. We don't have any in-house company until right before Christmas either. I'm looking forward to a few weeks of our own crazy "normal" rather than trying to fit a lot of "extra" stuff on top of it all.
We're on revamp number umpteen of the grocery budget and it seems to be working okay.  I'm getting a little concerned about meat but we aren't anywhere near a danger zone yet and we have some really good deals on chicken coming up this week.  My parents usually buy groceries while they are here - such a treat! - but they usually buy a lot of things we don't normally buy like ice cream, lunch meat, and packaged cookies.  They did buy milk, celery and cheese for us this time, but otherwise most of the purchases were not our normal items.
We're still trying to do more crockpot eating during the week so we have two meals in the crockpot this week using meat from the freezer and pantry.  It was Reformation Sunday this weekend and we were treated to a lovely lunch after the service at church put on by the families of the Confirmands.  Delicious and well appreciated - I didn't have to cook when we got home and we had no idea what to make anyway!  Love it when that works out like that!
Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday, October 27:
   Breakfast: Cereal
   Lunch: At Church
   Snack:  Apple Doughnuts at the Apple Orchard
   Dinner:  Pork Loin, Roasted Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Banana-Raspberry-Strawberry Salad
Monday, October 28:
   Breakfast: Yogurt with Raspberries and Granola, Peanut Butter Toast
   Lunch: Hot Lunch for the Children, Leftovers for the Adults
   Snack: Yogurt and Granola
   Dinner: Vegetable Calzones, Sliced Apples and Pears
Tuesday, October 29:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Walnuts and Craisins
   Lunch: Hot Lunch for the Children,  Leftovers for the Adults
   Snack: Carrot Sticks
   Dinner:  Crock pot Shrimp Fried Rice, Pineapple
Wednesday, October 30:
   Breakfast: Pancakes with Strawberries and Walnuts
   Lunch: Hot Lunch for the Children, Leftover for the Adults
   Snack: Carrot and Celery Sticks with Yogurt Dip
   Dinner: Easy Black Bean Soup,  Cornbread,  Sliced Apples and Pears
Thursday, October 31: All Hallows Eve (Halloween)
   Breakfast: Chai Spiced Oatmeal
   Lunch: Hot Lunch for the Children, Leftovers for the Adults
   Snack:  Soul Cakes
   Dinner: Crock pot Beef Tips and Gravy (made with venison), Rice, Pineapple-Strawberry-Apple Salad
Friday, November 1: All Saint's Day
   Breakfast: Maple Oat Scones
   Lunch: Homemade Cheese Pizza and Bread sticks, Sliced Apples (the children are having friends over since they don't have school that day due to it being the end of the term)
   Snack: Soul Cakes
   Dinner: Cabbage Rolls, Baking Powder Biscuits, Sliced Pineapple
Saturday, November 2:
  Breakfast: Leftover Scones, Yogurt with Granola
  Lunch: Vegetable Soup, Tossed Salad
  Snack: Popcorn
  Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Bread sticks, Tossed Salad
  At-Home Date Night Dessert: Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce
What are you eating this week?

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