Monday’s Menu

Brian and I went on a mini-vacation to Bend this last weekend. It was sunny and cold- but not too cold- and we always have a good time checking out thrift stores and hanging out with each other. I love hanging out with my husband – he still makes me laugh and is so fun to talk with all these years later!

We were there specifically for a job Brian has as the media coordinator for the Polar Plunge with Special Olympics (a truly wonderful organization, by the way!), and while he was at the event I wandered around Bend’s Old Mill District. Which, I must say, is the complete opposite from thrift stores, with stores like REI and Banana Republic as well as smaller, specialty stores.

Can I just say, “sticker shock?” Yowsa – the prices I saw at a kitchen store ranged from $40 for a cutting board, down to $8 for fancy cupcake liners (only 12!). Even the things I was interested in I knew I could get for cheaper at places like Amazon. But they sure get you in the presentation – it’s fun to walk around and look at all the things you never knew existed.

I still like visiting places like that, though, for two reasons: I get ideas for gifts (there were some towels and aprons I could easily make), and I realize how much smarter it is to shop at places like thrift stores and discount stores. It’s always nice to get the reaffirmation that I’m making smart money decisions…

At least sometimes. *smile*

This week we’re eating comfort food – which is still real food- from scratch, healthy, and simple – plus I’m trying four new recipes this week: a new pot roast with wine, coconut soup and Pad Thai recipe (I keep trying different ones, hoping I’ll find “the one”), and a Salmon bake.

Monday- Twice-baked potatoes with bacon & cheese, steamed broccoli, chopped salad with beans

Tuesday- Classic Pot Roast and vegetables (I’ll use the slow cooker), easy artisan bread, green salad

Wednesday- Classic Pad Thai, Coconut-Vegetable Soup (I’m replacing the tomatoes with frozen red peppers, omitting the cilantro [I know, but I' m not a fan...],using chicken broth,adding cauliflower,and of course using whole-fat,REAL coconutmilk!)

Thursday- Our home-group dinner: I’m making Chicken-Lime Enchiladas, others are bringing salad, chips, and homemade salsa (and I’ll make a cake for a birthday we’re celebrating)

Friday- Salmon-Vegetable Noodle bake, Caesar salad (we’ve got dressing from last week to use)

Saturday- Homemade pizza (using the world’s easiest & quickest dough)

Sunday- French Beef & Vegetable Stew (minus potatoes) over smashed red potatoes with garlic, green salad with Honey-Mustard dressing






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Monday’s Menu

I was finally able to get the rest of the bean, cucumber, and zucchini seeds in the ground last Friday- whew, that’s a load off my shoulders! I’m about a month late, but better late than…well, you know the rest. The corn has sprouted since being planted last weekend and the tomatoes I bought to replace the slug-eaten ones are going great guns with some even sporting blossoms.

This is no doubt due to the row cover that surrounds them and not the weather, which continues to fluctuate (sun and 70s on Friday, misty rain ALL DAY and 62 degrees on Saturday), teasing us with spring-like sun and clouds…even though the calendar says that this week marks the beginning of summer.

Oh, spring…where were you?

What does this mean for the menu? I’ve got to finish using up last year’s freezer produce and defrost the freezer to make room for the season’s harvest. I actually have already frozen one bag of whole strawberries from our patch (and it’s looking like a good year for them- yeah!), so the goal for defrosting is this week.

Monday- Ground turkey lettuce wraps, peanut noodle salad (noodles and vegetables dressed with Spicy Peanut Sauce)

Tuesday- Grilled Pork Chops w/rhubarb chutney (recipe coming…), Tuscan White Bean Salad, Caesar Slaw

Wednesday- Double Decker Tacos (we smear refried beans on a flour tortilla and line with a taco shell before filling with taco fixings)

Thursday- Lemon Grilled Chicken, Grilled Vegetable Mezze Plate w/ homemade pita bread and Hummus made with sesame seeds

Friday- Chicken chef’s salads (using leftover chicken & homemade Honey-Mustard Dressing), Quick and Tender Breadsticks (make half into buns for Sunday)

Saturday- Homemade Pizza

Sunday- Grilled salmon burgers, homemade buns, spicy potato salad, green garden salad, Strawberry shortcake






  1. Lola says

  2. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says

    Thank you- I assume you are referring to the slipcovers from the Cottage Ideas post. :)

    I use the pin-and-fit method where you drape the fabric over the chair and cut and pin to the outside, sew one seam, check for fit and move to the next seam.

    I buy the biggest size cloth for big projects at a home store like Home Depot. They have seams (and sometimes writing!) that have to be worked around, so buy enough!

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Monday’s Menu

It’s Christmas week and that always looks a bit different around here between wanting easy meals at home (to be able to finish the last of the baking and projects…) and spending time with family. It’s so fun, though. I do love the Christmas holiday!

We just had one of our family gatherings where we exchanged some homemade gifts I can’t wait to share with you- they are so creative! Look for a post tomorrow (hopefully!) with pictures of all the great ideas my talented family had (and maybe get a few ideas for yourselves…).

In the meantime, here’s what our menu looks like this week:

Monday- Senate Bean Soup (using up a ham bone), Quick Breadsticks, veggies & dip

Tuesday- Spaghetti (creamy pesto or roasted tomato from the freezer- I’ll let my kids decide, and maybe even get them to make it!!), green salad

Wednesday- Slow cooker Green Chicken Chili**(uses the first of the salsa verde I canned), oven baked quesadillas, salad

Thursday- out of town

Friday- family dinner

Saturday- Merry Christmas! AM- traditional brunch/ PM- traditional Fish-n-Chips + salads

Sunday- leftovers (*groan*)

**Who knows, though- if my kids rebel at another bean meal, we might change to one of their favorites, it’s Christmas after all!






  1. says

    Sounds delicious! I’m doing a slow cooker black-eyed pea dip that has hot sausage, tomatoes and hot seasonings (served with tortilla “scoops” for part of our Christmas Day spread. On New Year’s Day, it comes back as a soup with corn bread — gotta have those black-eyed peas for New Year’s around here! Merry Christmas!

  2. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says

    Annie Joy- Oh my, that sounds scrumptious! Do you have that posted anywhere?

    April and DI- Merry Christmas to you do- and a blessed new year! Thanks for reading, friends!

  3. Diana (Di) says

    It all looks good to me.

    I wanted to be sure and wish you and your family a joyous and blessed holiday season and say thank you for being a “neighbor” and sharing. See you in the New Year. ;)

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Monday’s Menu

So…this is the official start of Fall.

Hurrumph. With an entire weekend of pouring rain behind us, I think summer was over long ago in our neck of the woods.

Yep, you heard that right. An entire weekend of rain, which came after a week of on-and-off-again showers.

On the weekend we had planned a house painting party with my extended family. Ugh.

I was so looking forward to showing you the newly painted yellow house, but I’m sitting in a gray one, so no need to photograph that.

The good news is almost everyone was able to reschedule for this Saturday.

And we are seriously praying for sun.

I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but I had a hard time finding any inspiration for the menu this week. Here’s what I came up with after perusing some of our old menus:

Monday- Sausage-pepper roast, french bread, corn on the cob, garden salad with vinaigrette.

Tuesday- Slow-cooker pork roast (looking for a good recipe…), Lemon-Barley pilaf, steamed broccoli, sliced tomato salad

Wednesday- Shrimp stir-fry, rice noodles, potstickers (Trader Joe’s frozen…)

Thursday- Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, Fresh Corn Casserole, garden salad

Friday- Pork & Garbanzo Soup (recipe to come), artisan bread, vegetable platter

Saturday- (paint day *fingers crossed*) bean salad & corn-on-the-cob (others bringing salads)

Sunday- leftovers

So, what do you do when there’s little inspiration to be found for planning a menu? Any favorite go-to meals?






  1. says

    Im so not done with summer yet. I only finally got my raised beds built Aug. And so I was enjoying my garden. So this weekends rain really affected my mood. That surprised me since I generally love the rain. I was a total slug this weekend cuz of it :(

  2. Anonymous says

    I have a small purse sized calendar that I have about 6 months worth of entrees and some side dishes and sweet ideas written in on each day. When I need inspiration I just glance through that for ideas that match what I have or what is on sale. I find it a great help. I have also noted the cookbook and page that I can find the recipe on if that is relevant.

  3. Anonymous says

    I would love to trade weather with you! Here in Georgia, we have not had rain in three weeks and temps are hitting close to 100 everyday. Sure doesn’t seem like Fall weather:(

  4. vickie says

    I hope you get sun soon, it can definetly make you feel dreary. I like the idea on the previous comment from anonymous -I’m definetly going to start that.

  5. Beth says

    I hope these past few days are not a sign of a rainy October! I whimped out on the U of O Football game Saturday but did attend a Willie Nelson concert (in the rain) Sunday night…warm comfort-food soup for dinner tonight!

  6. says

    fall is good but with your list of recipes definitely a lot of good time to go. The lists looks really yummy. I think my kids would love it. It would be great in the morning. Thanks for the shared recipe.

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Monday’s Menu

Whew – July is crazy for a menu. It just seems to change all the time between dinners at friends or friends over, too hot for what I planned (or too cold: torrential rain on a grilling day!), or something new from the garden I didn’t know about when I made the menu.

But I like having the menu when the days aren’t different. If it’s hot, I’m usually not in the mood to do something complicated (or think about it) and I love being able to look at the menu, knowing it was planned with things we already have. Easy. Just what I need about mid-summer.

Monday- Garden vegetable (zucchini, green beans, broccoli, and onion!) and sausage pasta, salad

Tuesday- Family dinner at Aunt’s

Wednesday- Soft tacos

Thursday- Pork and vegetable kabobs, green bean salad, rice

Friday- Grilled sausages and vegetables, grilled potato planks, garden slaw

Saturday- Burgers or pigs-in-a-blanket using homemade buns/bread

Sunday- Spaghetti?






  1. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says

    I always link if I’ve got the recipe up on my site,and occasionally I’ll link to another site if that’s the recipe I use. This week is one where I just throw stuff together without recipes, you know, saute sausage and veggies in olive oil and garlic for the pasta, threading the pork and veggies on a kabob which I will probably sprinkle with Basic Spice Rub (see Pantry Basics) before grilling.

    I do want to get the recipe up for the way I grill potatoes and for the green bean salad, so look for that in the next week. Which recipes were you looking for?

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