Reclaiming the Menu Plan

Three drivers, two cars, one husband working regular shifts plus overtime shifts, three kids with various activities taking them in three different directions at once, and the price of gas at almost $4 per gallon have all conspired to make meal times in my home a bit chaotic for the last few weeks. September is here, homeschool has begun and my budget and heart are both crying out, “Enough!”.

Our schedule is still filled with baseball games, craft show business, a birthday, and church activities for one or another of us, and, at times, it’s all overlapping. However, a menu plan is now in place for the days that I know we’ll be home, and even for some of the days that we’ll be away for all or part of the day. I’m not planning many of our lunches this week, but we’ve plenty in the pantry, fridge and freezer for Dani to pull together good lunches for us this week.

I’m hoping that the next couple of weeks will allow me to begin planning more completely, but in the meantime, I’m reclaiming my practice of weekly menu planning.

MONDAY
Breakfast – Waffles
Dinner –  Chicken Enchiladas, Southwest Chopped Salad

TUESDAY
Breakfast – Cereal
Dinner –  Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

WEDNESDAY
Breakfast – Cinnamon Raisin Toast
Dinner – Will has an evening game “under the lights” (woohoo!), and it’s Dani’s birthday. The plan is to go out for a late dinner after the game.

THURSDAY
Breakast – Hot Cereal
Dinner – Greek Pasta and Beef, Green Salad (made in the morning before Corin and my grandkids arrive, popped into the oven late in the day, ready to eat before we leave for youth group in the evening)

FRIDAY
Breakfast – Pancakes
Dinner – Conga Lime Pork, Corn Muffins, Mango-Broccoli Slaw (crockpot meal – I double the slaw recipe and serve it as a salad)

SATURDAY
Breakfast – Fried Eggs & Toast (Before the double header but after helping Dani set up at the craft show)
Lunch – Pizza with the team in the park between games
Dinner – Nachos (late, after picked Dani up from the craft show)

SUNDAY
Breakfast – Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake
Lunch – Out after church
Dinner – Wild Dinner – our every man for himself Sunday evening free-for-all

 I’m joining this week’s On the Menu Monday and Menu Plan Monday. Please visit both of these gals for more menu planning inspiration.

 

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