Monday’s Menu

We just got back from a visit to my dad’s house in the high desert where we got to see our first snow of the season. It was just right- not so much we worried about being snowed in, but enough to see everything coated and be able to hike around in the snow-covered woods.

I’m definitely ready for the holidays after driving through the winter wonderland that was Willamette Pass. Lucky for me, Thanksgiving is this week.

I love Thanksgiving, and I don’t muddy it up with any Christmas things- no decorating and no Christmas carols until after the holiday. Well, willingly that is- they seem to be playing them earlier and earlier in the stores.

My sister told my she’s doing one of the things from the Family Traditions List- keeping a thankful basket out that they add to each day to read at Thanksgiving. I’m going to get ours out today (I’m a little late), so that we are reminded on a daily basis of all our blessings leading up to the holiday.

Here’s what our holiday week menu looks like:

Monday- Spaghetti with Roasted Tomato Sauce, salad

Tuesday- (company) Five Spice Slow Cooker Pork Roast, vegetable curry, rice, salad

Wednesday- Turkey-corn enchiladas, refried beans, red rice (using leftovers), slaw with a spicy vinaigrette

Thursday- THANKSGIVING (I’m bringing Soft 100% Wheat Dinner Rolls, and the pie I bring every year that I may share with you- and believe me, you’ll want this recipe…)

Friday- Leftovers

Saturday- Pigs in a Blanket (using quick bun/breadstick recipe), oven fries, carrots

Sunday- Our turkey dinner: Roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, artisan bread-sausage dressing, real food green bean dish, cranberry-orange sauce, vegetable platter






  1. Will you share your real food green bean dish recipe? I would love to try it!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving… I hope you have a good one. Great menu and yeah, I love to try new recipes, can’t wait to see that dessert.

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Monday’s Menu

It’s kinda weird that today is the first day of summer since it’s been so cool and rainy here for the past few months. I haven’t even changed over to my summer clothes yet, for pete’s sake.

It makes menu planning a bit frustrating because according to the calendar we should be grilling and having a lot of salads, but I am cold most days (dressed in long sleeves and slippers!) and would really like something warm like soup.

We bit the bullet and grilled chicken kabobs for Father’s Day yesterday, but then ate them inside where it was warm. There’s something kinda sad about eating kabobs and pasta salad when it’s cloudy and cool out (only 60 degrees…).

Anyway, I’m starting the week with a few oven things and then moving to salads and grilling towards the end of the week.

A girl’s gotta have hope!

Monday- Individual Ham and Potato Gratins, roasted cauliflower & carrots, green salad

Tuesday- Barley Mac n’ Cheese (new recipe: switching the farro for barley), green salad

Wednesday- Dinner with my sister

Thursday- Soft tacos

Friday- Chef’s salad with ham and cheese, updated artisan bread

Saturday (guests)- Grilled artisan bread with bruschetta topping, grilled ribs with plum sauce, garden salad

Sunday- Spaghetti with Roasted Tomato Sauce (last one in the freezer…)

*recipe to come






  1. I have to say I am a little jealous of your weather. I am in Nashville and we’ve had 90 degrees and higher for quite some time. Way too hot too early…our garden looks pitiful! Enjoy your week!


  2. Jenniferb64 says:

    You must be near me in Oregon- we too dared to BBQ yesterday- then huddled around a fire in the fireplace while we ate! Things are looking up though, in the next day or two we should be in the 70′s.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Same here in SW Washington! My garden looks pitiful from all the cold and rain. I don’t think we’ll get much this year. The Strawberries are finally ripe, though. We went to a farm near Gresham yesterday and bought a flat. I made 14 pints of cooked jam and still had enough for a big bowl for Strawberry Shortcake.

  4. Miss Mommy says:

    hey! I agree on the weather thing- we are in Scotland and we rarely get above the 60′s…we grill out anyway and look for one patch of sun to sit in. Anyway, your menu looks great! Way to be optimistic, too…

    Emily/Miss Mommy (from MPM)

  5. Anonymous says:

    this is debbiek and i’m in texas and its 102 right now.
    I’d love to be there!

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Monday’s Menu

We’re inundated with September produce that I’m attempting to “put up” for the winter (if it’s free or cheap now, how can I say no?) – plums, pears, peaches, green beans, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, and basil to make enough pesto to last us until next summer.

So, for menu planning I’m trying to keep it simple while still using what we’ve got coming in from the garden. New this week are some Asian greens I planted the beginning of August: bok choi and Chinese cabbage, plus some beets and a few snap peas that are just starting to fatten up from their second planting. The abundance of fall is awesome!

Monday- Garden vegetable stir-fry, pot stickers, rice

Tuesday- (a “no braces” celebration for my daughter) Corn on the cob, crusty bread, grilled round steak with Basic Spice Rub, salad, and some kind of sticky-caramel dessert… :-)

Wednesday- Enchiladas, green salad with tomatoes, corn and beans

Thursday- Ground pork meatballs kabobs, carrot & cabbage slaw with feta and kalamata olives, pitas, hummus & chopped tomatoes

Friday- Swiss Chard Frittata, artisan bread, summer vegetable platter

Saturday- out of town

Sunday- Birthday dinner: *Italian Sausage Calzones with garden tomato sauce, salad, & cake

*recipe to come






  1. The Swiss chard frittata sounds yummy!

  2. Your Thursday menu — pork kebabs + sides sounds really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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