Menu Plan Monday – August 13, 2012
My menu plan is now sponsored by the great people over at Better Batter Flour. Stop by and say “Hi!” and check out all the fun. This week I am excited to try the sourdough starter to make Dairy Free GF Amish Friendship Bread. For more menu planning inspiration at Better Batter Flour, check out the gluten free vegetarian menu from Cindy of Vegetarian Mamma. Thank you Better Batter!
Last week we marched in a local parade with the Girl Scouts. We have done it almost every year since my oldest daughter was in first or second grade. How fun is that? Pretty fun, but for this week the big fun we are looking forward to is
my son coming home after being gone for the past two weeks hiking at Philmont. That is too long for a boy to be away from his momma (only for me, probably not for him-LOL). We have been missing him something fierce and can’t wait to hear all about his adventure. I do have to say I am not looking forward to his laundry after a 96 mile hike… Good thing he washes his own! Bwahahaha!
Can you believe the Olympics are over? My family LOVES to watch the Olympics whenever they roll around. This year we were sure to check up on the gluten free Olympic athletes who did so well. For my gluten free kiddos it was great to find dedicated, gluten free athletes competing and keeping healthy to follow up on in the news. Two of the gluten free athletes even won gold in their events (and one of them did that twice)! Woo-hoo!
The Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted today by Heather of Celiac Family. She has picked peaches as the theme for the week. Beside simply eating peaches straight up this time of year (along with all the other yummy stone fruits available right now), I also enjoy them in salads with Poppy Seed Dressing, in Peach Muffins,Chicken with Apricot Sauce (replace the apricots with peaches), and Bombay Chicken. How do you like to serve peaches?
Freezer cooking plan for the week: This is week two of my plan to fill my freezer over the next four weeks to prepare for the upcoming school year. Last week’s focus was breakfast and this week it is lunches. My kids pack their own school lunch every day, so having easy to fix items in the freezer really helps us out when it is time to pack up those lunch boxes. And that, my dears, works for me. 🙂 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 there are alternative recipes listed if you have a favorite Better Batter recipe you would rather bake up. 🙂
Lunch Week – Cooking for the freezer: Bake a double batch of Pizza Muffins (double batch= 24 muffins) or bake up a batch or two of these amazing Easy Homemade Pizza Rolls. This recipe is on the “MUST MAKE” list my kids have for me, so I’ll be baking up a batch this weekend. Totally fun!
momma chores: Clean bottom shelf of the refrigerator/check fridge contents and use up leftovers in lunches and breakfasts, clean bathrooms (with kiddo help), mop
kiddo chores: change dishcloth & hand towels, vacuum, dust backroom
Tuesday: XC practice/trip to the zoo with friends
momma chores: clean bedding out in chicken coop/clean out purse, balance checkbook, clean windows in kitchen/dining area (they are gross and I didn’t get to them last week)
kiddo chores: clean bathroom mirrors, vacuum bedrooms, stock t.p. in bathrooms
Wednesday: Mom works/drama group practice
Lunch Week – Cooking for the freezer: Bake a double batch of Corn Dog Muffins (double batch= 24 muffins). Or bake up this tasty Yankee Style Creamed Corn Cornbread as muffins after stirring chopped hotdogs into the batter (keep an eye on the muffins while baking. You will need to reduce the baking time). To make the recipe dairy free, replace the buttermilk with 1 cup unsweetened plain gluten and dairy free milk substitute mixed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and the butter with the same amount of melted gluten and dairy free margarine or 3 tablespoons olive or melted coconut oil.
momma chores: dust bedroom, mop kitchen
kiddo chores: change dish & hand towels, dust kid bedrooms
Thursday: XC practice/mom works/daddy off to run in Ragnar
momma chores: clean microwave, wipe down washer and dryer
kiddo chores: dust living room, clean out van of extra things
Friday: XC practice/daddy running Ragnar with his team (he is a crazy dude – just saying’…)
Lunch Week – Cooking for the freezer: Catch up on any lunch baking that might not have happened, bake up a double batch of your family’s favorite lunch item to freeze, or take a well deserved day off! On next Sunday look for my plan to stock up on dinners for busy school nights. 🙂
momma chores: clean dish washer door. change sheets, wash bedding, sweep porch, mop
kiddo chores: change dish & hand towels, change sheets in kid bedrooms, vacuum