Baseball, Company & Good Eats

We won’t play our first game for a few weeks yet, but baseball is still keeping us hopping. Will has three practices a week, and all right at the time that I’d normally be prepping and cooking dinner. Having a well thought out menu plan is essential. We’re having company, at least a couple of times this week, too. I love that the workflow in my new kitchen allows me plenty of space to prep and bake and cook and clean up, all at the same time.

I waited a very, very long time for this kitchen, and I’m thankful for it every single day. However, making the most of the space you have can really help you love even a poorly designed, falling apart kind of kitchen. See my Less Than Perfect Kitchen Series for more on that.

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I’m relying on some quick prep, quick cooking main dishes this week so that we can still enjoy a delicious dinner before heading to ball practice.  A late brunch is the order of the day when Copper’s Dad visits us on Monday, and I’ll be trying out my brand new pizza stoneand a new pizza recipe when Will’s best buddy visits us late in the week. I’ll also enjoy the fruit of my earlier labors as I pull the second pan of Manicotti, made a couple of weeks ago, out of the freezer.  It only took about ten extra minutes to put together the second pan of Manicotti for the freezer, and what a blessing having that freezer meal ready to go is!

I also have a rough list of some things I’m hoping to bake this week. I’m not going to stress over getting these made, but I love having a list in mind if time to bake happens.

Here’s our menu for the week. As always, I’m joining Laura for this week’s Menu Plan Monday.

Breakfast – Waffles
Lunch – (Actually a late brunch) Aztec Quiche, Poppy Seed Toast, Pretty-Yummy Fruit Salad
Dinner – Roast Beef, Provolone, Bacon & Avocado Sandwiches on Whole Wheat Toast, Chips

Breakfast – Cereal
Lunch – Meat Sandwiches, Chips
Dinner – Coconut Chicken with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce, Bacon Wrapped Green Beans, Dani’s Turmeric Rice

Breakfast – Cinnamon Raisin Toast & Scrambled Eggs Supreme
Lunch – Cheese Quesadillas, Baby Carrots & Ranch Dip
Dinner – Pork Medallions with a Bourbon-Apricot Pan Sauce (America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook),Tri-Color Couscous Pilaf, Chopped Salad

Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – Left over Pork Medallions, Warm Tortillas, Peaches
Dinner – Tacos, Green Salad

Breakfast – Pancakes
Lunch – Everyone’s on their own
Dinner – Chicken-Bacon-Garlic-Basil Pizza, Green Salad

Breakfast – Blueberry Coffee Cake, Bacon
Lunch – Tostadas
Dinner – Manicotti, Green Salad, French Bread & Butter

Breakfast – finishing up the Blueberry Coffee Cake
Lunch – out after church
Dinner – Pasta E Fagioli (America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook), Garlic Toast

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Triple Cinnamon Scones
Raspberry Cornmeal Pancakes with Lemon Curd
Pain à l’Ancienne Rustic Bread (Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day)

Looking for more information on why, and how, to menu plan? My Menu Planning Series can help!



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7 comments to Baseball, Company & Good Eats

  • Ooh, those triple cinnamon scones look scrumptious! I’m going to have to try those. Jumping over from Menu Planning Monday link-up. Now I’m going to check out your kitchen redo posts!!

  • Jill

    Love your menu. The coconut chicken looks and sounds so wish my family liked coconut :(. Have a blessed week.

    • Turns out, we won’t be having the Coconut Chicken tonight. Rats! I love that stuff! I have left over quiche from yesterday’s brunch, though, and I don’t want it to go to waste.

  • Elizabeth Quigley

    Hi Cheryl,
    Looks so yummy. I so happy you are enjoying your new kitchen.
    I am so looking forward to getting back in my kitchen. We move this week end. 🙂

  • Jennifer Hoffman

    Hi there!
    Love your meal planning method! Do you try to keep it healthy/balanced and when things are homemade do you list it? Also do you list your freezer cooking? What is your budget and what snacks do you keep on hand?
    Trying to figure out this meal planning thing! 🙂

    • Jennifer, I do try to keep our menu balanced and healthy. I have two boys, though, who LOVE their junk food, but I do my best to keep plenty of protein and home cooked goodness in their diet. I have a drawer in my fridge that I keep stocked with yogurt, baby carrots, fresh fruit, cheese, tortillas, etc.