We started our new chore assignments two weeks ago and it is running very smoothly. We are still spending alot of time outside and the lawn and garden need tending too, so that throws a kink in the inside upkeep. I know that will slow down when the weather cools.
Last week we implemented our three week menu rotation. I listed each week in our Homekeeping Journal. I also listed each recipe and the ingredients needed to make each dish. This has made my meal planning, list making, and shopping so much easier. The nesting urge is also in full swing, so most of the meals I doubled and froze an extra. As of right now I have five dishes and two meatloaves (giant ones at that!) in our freezer. We always get TONS of much appreciated meals from friends and family after having a baby. So many, that when Molly was born that we had a warm meal delivered every other day for over a month! My goal is to make my postpartum time simple, enjoyable, and memorable for the entire family. I know proper meal planning plays a big role in this.
First I thought I’d share our lunch menu. We have the same thing each day of the week. This way the older children learn how to make these simple meals well, my shopping list stays the same for lunch items, and we know exactly what to grab out of the fridge each day after spelling lessons!
*fridays are aways meatless
Mondays: Beef, bean, and cheese quesadillas/burritos, tortilla chips and salsa/nachos.
Tuesdays: Soup, (homemade or canned, depending on circumstances) peanutbutter bread, milk
Wednesdays: Pasta with alfredo sauce and broccoli and homemade rolls
Thursdays: French bread pizza, cheese cubes, baby carrots
Fridays: Egg or tuna salad sandwiches, yogurt
Dinner Menu Week 1
*unless otherwise noted, I have steamed spinach with each meal and we all have some form of either frozen veggies or fresh salad. Drinks vary from milk to icy lemonade, and of course a Killians for Dh !
Monday: Magnificent Casserole, corn muffins. (made three, ate one, froze one, Mary and I took one to a family that just had their third precious child.)
Tuesday: Son of a Manic Mealoaf is on the menu (from Leanne Ely’s Frantic Family Cookbook) but we had a pleasant visit with unexpected guest during dinner prep time. I threw some steaks under the broiler and made a quick salad instead. I made up the meatloaves yesterday and tucked them both into the freezer.
Wednesday: Baked Chicken. It was Samuel’s birthday and he requested pizza, so Papa John’s delivered dinner this night. I made two baked chicken dishes up and froze them both.)
Thursday: English Muffin Casserole was on the menu for this night but one of my dearests friends showed up with a piping hot meal for us at 6 o’clock. We enjoyed her delicious chicken chili over brown rice, green beans, fresh bread, and chocolate pudding! Her 5 children made the most adorable cards for me and the kids! I made the English Muffin Casserole up yesterday (2 of them) and tucked one into the freezer and one is ready for us to enjoy after Mass this morning.
Friday: Baked Macaroni and Three Cheese. (I made two and froze one)
Saturday: A Saturday favorite, made by Tony and Abby, Tomato soup and Grilled Cheese! (They talk about opening up a diner one day, they would call it D&D Diner. Dad and Daughter…funny, those two!)
Sunday: We will have one of the English Muffin Casseroles I prepared yesterday.
So week one had some change ups, but I always had something on hand to make no matter what cropped up. Yesterday afternoon Dh took most of the kids to play some baseball while Molly and I did our shopping for the upcoming week. (I won’t share with you the ugly details of my stereotypical pregnant woman breakdown in the parking lot…) We plan on begining our lesson times on Monday. I am hoping to have few to no distractions while we try to get back into our schooling groove. (you can laugh at me later! LOL!) Following is our menu plan for next week.
Dinner Menu Week 2
Monday: Chicken and Rice Chowder. I plan on making a big simmering pot for dinner, and the base for another night to be frozen for later.
Tuesday: Red Beans and Rice with Keilbasa. I have enough to make one/freeze one.
Wednesday: Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks. I have enough for two meals, one to eat, one to freeze.
Thursday: Pot Roast and Potatoes. I will make two roasts, one to eat, one I will shred for another time.
Friday: Creamy Tomato Pasta. Again, one to eat one to freeze.
Saturday: Spicey Hoppin’ John – YUM! (and of course, one to eat one to freeze)
Sunday: Chicken/Pasta/Greens salad and bread.