The I’m Glad Things Are Back To Normal Menu Plan

Christmas is packed away, my house is, gradually, finding its way back to normalcy, and today we resume our homeschool schedule. It’s nice to have things settling down after the excitement of the holiday season.

My family’s schedule is a bit odd. Aaron works swing shifts, which has him eating breakfast when the rest of us are thinking about lunch. I still cook dinner for four of us, but Aaron’s is packaged up for him to take to work with him the next day. Copper has returned to “on call” status with the sheriff’s department and works a couple of days a week, leaving very early in the morning, but returning home late in the afternoon.

Until this week, these wacky schedules have kept me from planning breakfasts and lunches as I used to do. No more! I’ll make breakfast for whomever is home, and awake, every morning. The same thing goes for lunch. No  more wasted food bought for lunches that never gets used. No more blowing way too much of the food budget on cold cereal. Planning three meals a day again is really going to be a budget helper!

Here’s this week’s menu.  (If you click on the links below, and then make a purchase, some of them may put a few pennies into my pocket. Of course, there is no additional cost to you. I am always grateful to those of you who choose to bless me this way. You can read about how I spend those pennies, and more about how I earn them, in my disclosure policy.)


Breakfast – Waffles
Lunch – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Chips
Dinner – Stir-Fried Chicken and Pineapple in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Steamed Brown Basmati Rice, Mixed Veggies


Breakfast – Cinnamon Raisin Toast, Scrambled Eggs
Lunch – Everyone on their own – piano lesson day
Dinner – Bacon & Cheese Meatloaf, Creamy Orzo With Peas and Parmesan,
Dessert for Copper’s Bible study group – Melt In Your Mouth Cookies


Breakfast – Cereal
Lunch – Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches, Chips
Dinner – Maple Glazed Roast Pork Tenderloin,  Chicken Rice, Candied Carrots


Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – Chicken & Rice Soup, Multigrain Crackers
Treat for the Grandkids’ Visit – Grandma’s Gingerbread Cake with Whipped Cream on top
Dinner – Beef, Bean & Cheese Burritoes, Green Salad


Breakfast – Pancakes
Lunch – PBJ Sandwiches, Fruit
Dinner – Mexican-Style Skillet Vermicelli with Chorizo,  Green Salad


Breakfast – Cereal
Lunch – Cheese Nachos
Dinner – Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew,  Portuguese Sweet Bread


Breakfast – Orange Coffee Cake
Lunch – Out with the family after church
Dinner – Bacon and Cheddar Potato Skins

I’m joining Laura for this week’s Menu Plan Monday. Click over for tons of great menus.

Need a little help with your own menu planning? My Menu Planning Series will help!


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4 comments to The I’m Glad Things Are Back To Normal Menu Plan

  • Jill

    So good to have you back blogging. Love the menu and will be checking out the cookbooks listed. Happy New Year!

  • I’m relieved to be back in a routine too. My house always feels cleaner after all the Christmas things are put away. And the kids and husband are back to school/work, so it is nice to have the house to myself again!

  • I also love having things back to normal although this whopper of a blizzard and polar air is far from normal as far as the weather!

    I saw the orzo recipe, must go check that out. We have taken a real liking to using orzo in place of rice in many dishes, including soup.