Menu Plan Monday – February 27, 2017
**It has been so long since I posted that I can’t seem to get a photo in here without some big time updates. I’ll work on that… In the meantime imagine a pic of me hanging out with my silly pup, Blaze.**
I haven’t posted much for the past couple of years because
the universe was out to get me my schedule has been a bit tricky. I suppose what I was living during that time could be considered a failure to learn from my past, but I like to think of it as a terminal sort of optimism that makes me charming. You see, every time I have an intensive sort of schedule, I look at the calendar, do the math in my head, and then think “Oh, it’ll be just fine.” It’s like I think that everything that was difficult about me juggling the snot out of managing that many time commitments at once has completely gone away, or that I have a time machine, suddenly been endowed with super powers… or that I have become a completely different sort of person than I actually am. At some point this time I did realize I am still me, and it will still be a problem and maybe, just maybe I can choose to make some changes. With two kiddos in college now TWO, how did that happen? the need to make a certain income to pay for that did dominate my crazy schedule this past couple years. However, I now basically have my dream job in just one regular full-time job (not 5 individual part-time jobs-YAY!) that allows me time for a regular paced life and sleep and all those things that I heard are so popular. Some people might say that is boring, but trust me, boring is where it’s at.
Since finishing the last big
right now secret, but I’ll tell you as soon as I can project, I have been enjoying doing things like sleeping 8 hours, sitting on the couch to watch a movie with the family, and simply breathing. It’s been nice. I am at the stage in my over-work recovery that I have started to look around the house and wondered, “who lives here? Do they own a vacuum? Ew…” Consequently, over the past couple of weeks I have been trying to tidy things up a tiny bit. Not the entire house, that would be madness. I worked out long ago that a totally pristine house was beyond my reality. I mean, I clean up, and then someone usually me, which is really disappointing trashes the house and it needs to be cleaned again. Now that I am a woman of mature years more on years, less on maturity, I choose to focus on simple small areas to tidy up instead of panicking over the house as a whole. It is funny how when a cupboard is organized, or a drawer is cleaned, things end up being put away in there almost by magic because you know where they go. Weird….
Also, a completely organized house is not happening simply because I live here, and I am at peace about that. I do leave a trail of things in my wake and have a tendency to keep little projects and books scattered throughout the house ready for when I come back to different chairs. However, I AM organized with food, and I have quite a few things going to revamp my freezer space and get a nice rotating schedule of meals happening that I can’t wait to share with you.
Over the past couple years I have become even more committed to meal scheduling, freezer cooking and my beautiful slow cooker more than ever as without them my family would never have had a hot meal with the craziness that was going on. Now that things have slowed down, I finally have the time to share the delicious solutions I used during the crazy time AND I can start experimenting again with fun ‘just because’ recipes. I am excited to get started and share everything with you as I go. My youngest is now in eighth grade
which is unbelievable to me and has always been really into baking. She’ll be helping with the baking and learning to take photos as well. She and I are also quite excited about literary recipes and are working on some fun things in that area. But for now, I’ll stick with my new mantra and just start with one thing. Our menu plan for this week.
This week is a busy one for the family as my daughter is on stage crew for the middle school play. It is dress rehearsal week and next weekend is the play. Consequently, our meals are being made ahead today, or pulled from the freezer for this week. We’ll be a warm-and-go family this week, but still eating well.
Monday: mom has a day off. I’l be baking up a storm and prepping this week’s meals. Making Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and Lemon Poppy Seed Bread. Half will be portioned to serve with eggs for breakfast, and half will be packaged for others weeks in the freezer. Spicy Sweet Glazed Chicken on salad
Tuesday: Taco Chili in the slow cooker with Corn Bread
Wednesday: Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Thursday: Beef Enchilada Casserole
Friday: Tuna Noodle & Veggie Casserole
For more menu inspiration, visit Heather of Celiac Family and Organized Junkie.
Heather @CeliacFamily February 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm 
Busy with plays at our house, too! Tech week for one play, and another one starting rehearsals today.
angelaskitchen March 8, 2017 at 9:03 am 
‘Tis the season for plays! ???? Gotta love it!
Amy March 1, 2017 at 2:42 pm 
Hi! I discovered your website just a few weeks ago. We have started my son on the GFCF diet, and your site has been an absolute God-send! I was worried that it was an inactive blog, since nothing had been posted for so long, but I’m super thrilled to see you’re doing well and back on the site. Thanks a million!
angelaskitchen March 8, 2017 at 9:01 am 
Hi! Yep, getting my blogging feet back under me and getting things underway again. ???? So glad to meet you! Let me know if there is anything in particular you need a recipe for. I may already have published it, or I may have a recipe and never put it on here. Just let me know. Have a great week!