Sunday, May 30, 2010

Meal plans and the week ahead

I missed my weekly post last week, with being gone camping, lots of stuff going on, and limited internet access. But I'm back this week. Hopefully I'll be getting lots of new recipes posted from the last couple of weeks... I think I have like 6 or 7 recipes to post from during this time that I haven't gotten to yet. Anyway, on to the weekly post...

This week will be filled with family and fun stuff. We'll be doing our fair share of work, too, though. We'll finish up our front yard project this week. We had a bunch of fill dirt and more topsoil delivered on Friday, so we're just working on the grading now and then will plant the grass seed. The flower beds and landscaping are done for now - and it looks so great!! What an improvement! We just have to finish mulching once we get some more this afternoon. And we are still going to get some shrubs for the front, but we'll have to wait for that now and we have some other stuff in there for the time being. We ended up having to replace our central air conditioner on Friday night and then had a water leak in our basement by our well pump, so its been an expensive weekend.

So what's on the agenda this week? We're heading to the farmers market this morning and we'll be heading over to my in-laws' house this afternoon for a family party and cookout. Tomorrow we're headed to my aunt's house on the lake for a family party. Thursday I'll be in Detroit all day for work and will be stopping at Trader Joes and Whole Foods on my way home. Friday I have to work. :( But I'll be leaving a little early so I can make it to pick up our CSA order on my way to pick up Carson. I ordered some more tomato plants, dark rye flour, rhubarb, romaine lettuce, raw milk colby cheese, raw milk parmesan cheese, and a 3-pound bag of braeburn apples. On Saturday we're planning to do something fun with Carson's cousins. We'll either all head to Lansing for Be A Tourist In Your Own Town, or we'll go to Swartz Creek Hometown Days.

So here's the menu plan... still trying to use up a lot of stuff from the pantry, freezer, and fridge... and at the same time I'm adding stuff to the freezer. I have been blanching and freezing asparagus... I have about 5 pounds frozen so far. And I'm planning to do another 5 or so pounds this week. I'd also like to maybe freeze some rhubarb this week, too. Gotta stock up while its in season and the prices are so low! Anyway, on to my plan...

Sunday - farmers market; family party at the in-laws'
(grade front yard; plant grass seed?; buy mulch and finish up side flower bed; weed in backyard flower beds; plant flower bed around magnolia tree in backyard)
B: smoothies
L: buttercrunch salads (lettuce from the garden) with cukes, tomato, broccoli, hard boiled eggs, and crispy pine nuts
D: at the in-laws'... spare ribs and I'm not sure what else... I'm bringing potato salad and a dessert... strawberry jello poke cake

Monday - Happy Memorial Day! family party at the lake
(make spinach pesto to freeze)
B: oatmeal breakfast souffle? or blueberry coffee cake from freezer
L & D: cookout at the lake... grilled pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, potatoes, veggie, jello salad, desserts

Tuesday -
(trim lilac bushes and japanese maple in front; blanch and freeze asparagus)
B: smoothies
L: K & S - buttercrunch salads with leftover grilled chicken or pork tenderloin, hard boiled eggs, cukes, crispy pine nuts; C - leftover grilled pork and chicken, other leftovers from Monday
D: crockpot pulled pork sandwiches; creamy cucumber salad; fresh fruit

Wednesday -
(clean kitchen and bathroom)
B: smoothies
L: leftover pulled pork; cuke salad; fruit
D: mexican baked fish packets with mahi mahi

Thursday - in Detroit for work; Trader Joes/Whole Foods Market
(vacuum and dust entire house)
B: toast with almond butter
L: S - lunch at my meetings; K & C - misc.
D: crockpot quinoa and chicken

Friday - pick up CSA order
B: fresh fruit salad
L: leftover quinoa and chicken
D: eating at my parents' house or leftovers

Saturday - tbd... either Swartz Creek Hometown Days or Lansing for Be A Tourist In Your Own Town with BIL, SIL, and cousins
(make rhubarb banana muffins)
B: crockpot breakfast risotto
L: tbd once we know our plans
D: tbd once we know our plans

1 comment:

The Voogts said...

Mmmm. Lots of yummy meals this week! Salad, quinoa, risotto...yum! Sounds like a fun Saturady too.