Friday, July 29, 2011

The Weekender Menu

Menu making in the summer has been totally unplanned and haphazard around here.  As a die-hard list maker and menu maker, I’m surprised that it hasn’t bothered me in the least bit!   We’ve pretty much made sure to have a variety of ingredients on hand, then we made whatever we were hungry for at the time that we were hungry!!

We've had LOTS of cooking fun around our house, and we made lots of happy foods like:

LOTS of cupcakes

Tex-Mex Ceviche

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos

We enjoyed the fruits of our garden by making loaves and loaves of zucchini bread

 and salads with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers

And we grilled out as much as possible.

Now that the calendar page is turning to a new month, those lazy, unplanned summer dinners are being thrown out along with our previously uncluttered summer schedule!  As of August 1st, I head back to the office, and my kiddos start athletic 2-a-days, marching band practice, and they start training a new batch of FFA animal projects.  Kitchen play time is over!

To get us back into the swing of things, I’ve put together a mini-menu just for the next few days.  We’ll pick up the pace next week with our regular menu planning. 


Here’s what’s on tap at Kitchen a la Menu Maker Mom for the next few days:

Lunch prepared by 3 teenagers – Their version of chicken spaghetti!!!  (recipe to follow)
Dinner – Grilled ranch-style hamburger patties, herb crusted oven fries, garden salad, iced tea

Breakfast – Omelets made with fresh eggs, freezer biscuits
Lunch – Grilled cheese sandwiches, Claussen pickles, carrot dippers, Quinoa salad
Dinner – Roasted sticky chicken, rosemary oven potatoes, fresh steamed green beans

Breakfast – quick cinnamon rolls from the can, make peach cobbler to take to church.
Lunch – Fellowship potluck dinner after church service.  I just love this!
Make-ahead – Chicken salad, quinoa salad, chocolate chip cookies
Dinner - Homemade pizzeria pizza and side salads


Please visit me again over the next few days.  I’ll be sharing a few of my recipes like the teenage version of chicken spaghetti, money-saving freezer biscuits, flavorful and nutritious quinoa salad, my delicious chicken salad, the totally homemade Menu Maker Mom’s Easy Pizzeria Pizza, Rosemary Oven Potatoes, and Krystal’s Peach Cobbler.

Happy Cookin'!!