Monday’s Menu

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? Brian and I have never liked crowds, so the thought of going out on the actual holiday has never appealed to us. I’ve usually made a nice meal at home and when the kids came along, I’ve tried to make special or fun meals.

You know, to go along with the chocolate. *smile*

One year we did an “All Red & White Meal” and served spaghetti sauce over pasta, strawberries & raspberries, and a salad made with red lettuce. I think I “allowed” chocolate for dessert, though. I learned it’s actually kinda hard to come up with a well-rounded meal that’s only one or two colors.

This year, Brian and I went out for an early celebration last Friday. We went to a nearby small town for breakfast- our favorite meal to eat out – and visited a couple of thrift and antique stores – one of our favorite activities.

After doing a Google search, we found a cute small-town cafe that served a nice breakfast which we will visit again for sure. However, I ordered a Salmon Eggs Benedict that was recommended by the staff (plus reviews I read online). I don’t know why I keep trying- I’m always disappointed in restaurant hollandaise sauce after growing up with our homemade Easy Hollandaise Sauce. It’s got such bright and light flavors compared to the restaurants heavy, greasy- and this time actually sweet – flavors.

So that’s it- I’m really and truly not gonna order eggs benedict in a restaurant again – I’m sticking with the best hollandaise sauce I know and am going to choose a simple egg dish when we eat out.

Monday- Cheesy-Crust Ham Pie (this is the third time on the menu, and this time it’s really getting made- I’ve been craving it!), chopped vegetable salad

Tuesday- Carbonara-style Orzo, Caesar salad, chocolate lava cakes (goodness, I haven’t posted this yet??)

Wednesday- Tortellini & Bean soup (I’ll use this recipe as a base, but add mostly chicken broth instead of all milk and add white beans from the freezer), Easy Artisan Bread, veggies & ranch dip

Thursday- Soft tacos with home canned salsa

Friday- Kids cook- we’re outta here!

Saturday- Burgers (if we get home in time..)

Sunday- Creamy Pesto Pasta, sauteed green beans (frozen)






  1. We never go out on Valentine’s Day either – or Mother’s Day for that matter! Hate the crowds! We had lunch out yesterday instead – and will enjoy a quiet meal by candlelight at home with all 5 children Valentine’s night! :)

  2. We don’t go out either – we’ll just stay at home with our pups and enjoy an evening at home. Would love for you to check out my blog at -
    and see my menu plan for the week.

    Thanks! Carol

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Monday’s Menu

This is one of those weeks where I just wasn’t inspired to make a menu. I’ve spent the weekend planting the warm season vegetables (finally!) in the garden and the weather is nice enough that I just want to be outside.

It happens.

Life goes on, and I know a menu isn’t the most important thing in the world. But here’s the irony:

If I don’t spend at least a few minutes now figuring out what to eat this week, I will be more stressed wondering what we’ll be eating and if I’ve got all the items ready. And I hate that 4:30 “what are we going to have for dinner?” question. I’ve gotten use to having it all figured out ahead of time and not worrying about it.

So, we plan. But it’s very simple: just easy go-to meals that don’t take much thought on my part.

How much time did it take? Less than 10 minutes.

And I’m going to enjoy that freedom from stress around the dinner hour all week long as school wraps up and I’m out in the garden- so worth it!

Monday- Slow Cooker Herbed Roast, smashed red potatoes, roasted asparagus, salad

Tuesday- Maple-Mustard Chicken, Grandma’s Tasty Rice, salad (son’s birthday choice)

Wednesday-Sausage & Spinach Frittata, artisan bread, Carrot, Olive & Feta Salad

Thursday- Grilled chicken thighs, orzo salad, green salad

Friday- Bean & corn enchiladas, salad

Saturday- Family Dad’s Day Dinner at my sister’s

Sunday- Brian’s Dad’s Day picnic- sandwiches, chips, veggies






  1. All that food looks really yummy. I like Monday’s menu especially :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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Monday’s Menu

We’ve got a couple of Christmas gatherings this week, so the cooking load is lighter but I’ve got to come up with some fun, simple appetizers. Something I can smear on toasted artisan bread, for sure…

Monday- Party: bring appetizer

Tuesday- Slow-cooker whole chicken with Asian spices, rice, stir-fry veggies & salad

Wednesday- Dijon Chicken Stew with kale (using leftover chicken), artisan bread, salad

Thursday- Soft tacos with home-canned salsa

Friday- Family gathering: bring appetizer

Saturday- Family gathering: bring Soft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls & Chocolate-Chip Walnut Pie

Sunday- family brunch: bring Cinnamon rolls & Egg Casserole with chard & tomatoes




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The weather here continues to feel like fall – we had lots of rain at the beginning of last week – and the overnight temps are certainly NOT staying at 50 degrees or above, but some peppers did decide ripen to a beautiful gold.

Bless their hearts.

Seriously, it’s like they took pity on me. I had been looking at all the green peppers (of which there are A LOT) almost daily to see any bit of color (remember, color = ripe and sweet pepper!).

Gee, this is a familiar refrain this year in the garden: first I waited for the beans, then the corn, then the tomatoes (though they’ve gone back into hibernation…), and now the peppers.

Maybe I ought to get a life.

Or at least decide what to have for dinner this week.

Monday- Baked Bean Chimichangas, fresh salsa & chips, green salad

Tuesday- Grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, grilled green beans

Wednesday- Sausage & Chard Frittata, Fresh corn and sweet pepper saute, Summer Pasta Salad with Tomatoes & Green Beans

Thursday- Our 22nd anniversary (!) dinner out

Friday- Pasta with fresh tomato sauce, Caesar Slaw

Saturday- (the big paint day!!)- salad smorgasbord & corn-on-the-cob

Sunday- Garden stir-fry & rice (or leftovers…)






  1. good for you that you already have meal plan. Wow! nice recipes for the entire week. Hope I’ll finish my menu too for this week. God bless!:)

  2. 22 years! Congratulations!
    Enjoy your week!

  3. Your meal plan looks wonderful. Two questions for you – how do you know when to pick a pepper? (That sounds like a riddle. :-)

    Also, do you live on the Oregon coast, if you don’t mind me asking? We bought a vacation place south of Cannon Beach last winter & we’re in love with the coast. Love, love, love it! Your blog fondly reminds me of our little slice of paradise.

  4. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says:

    Blonde- Since I don’t like bitter green peppers, I pick only ripe ones that have colored-up. Some color red, others yellow or orange. Some are even purple and white, but they’re pretty rare. Hot peppers we routinely eat green- they seem to be hot then, but they, too, will color to red if left on the plant.

    We live in the Willamette Valley. So glad you’re enjoying the coast- Brian’s family has a house in Lincoln City, so we’ve spent quite a bit of time there over the years! I wouldn’t want to garden there, though. :-)

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Well, I came back to a garden bursting with good things I’ll be incorporating into this week’s menu, in addition to the cheap chicken and pork I got last week.

I made Pioneer Woman’s Pasta Primavera as part of last week’s menu, wow- was it yummy with all the garden produce I harvested: snap peas, onions, broccoli, carrots, and cheddar cauliflower (so pretty!), and garlic. I added some proscuitto I got at the Grocery Outlet two weeks ago for $2.99 (it was a huge package of “irregular” slices – such a deal). Yum.

Especially with no one to complain about all the vegetables since the kids are off in various places.

Monday- Asian Salmon & Rice Noodles, garden stir-fry (held over from last week)

Tuesday- Grilled pork chops, creamed new potatoes and peas (last of the garden peas…), salad

Wednesday- Grilled bbq chicken, grilled potato planks, ceasar salad

Thursday- Chicken chefs’ salads, artisan bread

Friday- Pork and vegetable grilled kabobs, Tasty Rice, salad

Saturday- Homemade pigs-in-a-blanket, oven fries, veggie plate

Sunday- Soft tacos





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