Menu Plan Monday – August 6, 2012
I am thrilled to be sharing my weekly menu plans with the readers at Better Batter Flour! My menu plan will be sponsored by Better Batter Flour this next year and I couldn’t be more excited about the partnership. My kids have been playing around with the Better Batter Flour blend and having a ball baking up recipes from all kinds of sources, and not just using gluten free recipes. Better Batter Flour works cup for cup in most recipes for wheat based flour. My kids think it is magical and must be made with fairy dust and unicorn sparkles- LOL! Better Batter also has a great recipe archive with all kinds of things I can’t wait to try, including some “taste alike clone” recipes which look like a lot of fun. Head over to my post at Better Batter Flour and see what is happening. For more menu planning inspiration at Better Batter Flour, check out the gluten free vegetarian menu from Cindy of Vegetarian Mamma.
This week the Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness and she has picked plums as the theme this week. I adore plums and I am lucky enough to have planted two dwarf plum trees in my back yard a couple of years ago. This year is the very first year we are getting some fruit. (That is a photo of some of my baby plums in the Gluten Free Menu Swap tag. Almost to cute to eat!) I only have 7 plums this year, but it is still very exciting to me. I can’t wait for the years to come when I have enough to harvest to make plum sauce or for drying. For the most part, my family eats plums fresh, but an easy recipe using plum preserves is Slow Cooker Plum-Balsamic Chicken. How do you like to serve plums?
Freezer cooking plan for the week: This week I start a freezer cooking series to fill my freezer over the next four weeks preparing for the upcoming school year. I don’t freezer cook for my family by cooking everything in one day for an entire month, as some do, but in smaller easier to accomplish steps. I prefer to double recipes of muffins or a dinner then freeze the extra, or I pull together a few recipes with a similar ingredient (such as chicken) when that ingredient is on sale. I need to get some things stocked up for the upcoming school year to make the first few weeks simpler. I would love for you to join me and fill our freezers together! To entice you I am providing a grocery list, printable recipe cards and freezer labels. Below in the menu you will see what I am cooking up each day, but be sure to check out this week’s breakfast freezer plan so you can see if there are any instructions or day before prep you may want to do if you are baking along with me.
Breakfast Week – Baking for the freezer: Zucchini Muffins (double batch=3o muffins) or try this yummy looking Chocolate Zucchini Bread baked as muffins. Be sure to reduce baking time. Recipe should make about 12 muffins, so make a double batch.
momma chores: check fridge contents and use up leftovers in lunches and breakfasts, clean bathrooms (with kiddo help), mop
kiddo chores: change dishcloth & hand towels, vacuum
Tuesday: Little girl check up/mommy works/neighborhood picnic
momma chores: clean out purse, balance checkbook, clean toaster
kiddo chores: clean bathroom mirrors, clean computer screen/mouse
Wednesday: Mommy works
momma chores: wash dinning room windows, mop kitchen
kiddo chores: change dish & hand towels, dust kid bedrooms
Thursday: Mommy works/marching with the Girl Scouts in local town parade
momma chores: clean middle shelf of refrigerator, clean outside of stove
kiddo chores: dust living room, clean out van of extra things
Friday: Possible outdoor movie night at a friend’s…
Breakfast Week – Baking for the freezer: Catch up on any baking that might not have happened, bake up a double batch of your family’s favorite breakfast to freeze, or take a well deserved day off! On next Sunday look for my plan to stock our freezers with lunches. 🙂
momma chores: change sheets, wash bedding, sweep porch, mop
kiddo chores: change dish & hand towels, change sheets in kid bedrooms, vacuum