Monday’s Menu

Thank you all for your sweet words about my friend’s death. The trip across our state for her memorial service last week was totally worth it- to be able to celebrate her life and show our support to her family who will need to figure out their lives without their wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.

And here’s what I took away from it: there were a million things I would’ve rather been doing besides sitting in a car for a 14+ hour round trip drive, but whenever I take time for PEOPLE, I’m never sorry afterwards. In fact, I usually have an indescribable sense of joy and contentment (maybe from doing the right thing?).

And you know what? No one talked about her job at her funeral, nor how she kept house. They did mention her love for gardening and flowers (sweet!), but mostly they talked about how she spent time with them, loved them, cooked for them, laughed with them.

Creak…creak…creak. That’s the sound of me getting my priorities straight.

Yet again.

So what will this look like this week for me? Our daughter is home for the week before she’s gone again for another week of camp, so I’m going to schedule some time with her to do a few last “summer things” – though it’s supposed to be cooler and cloudy, bah! – and work on my projects around these outings.

Which is a big deal for me, because I’ve determined to apply the paper floor treatment to our master bedroom before the school year starts again. Plus some painting projects. And dealing with the garden produce that’s ripening (cucumbers, zucchini and beans mainly). Really, the list could go on and on.

But a list will always be there and our daughter won’t. Here’s to balance and doing all things well!

Hence the menu is simple- food is taking a back-burner this week (but menu planning isn’t!).

Monday- Soft Tacos (this is one of our quick go-to meals: brown meat, heat beans, chop veggies & cheese and add some home-canned salsa), bulk organic chips

Tuesday- Dinner at my sister’s house!

Wednesday- Pasta with shrimp and green beans (I’m making this up- I’ll probably make it similar to Pasta Primavera with cream…), green salad

Thursday- Daughter cooks (she hasn’t decided yet…)

Friday- Grilled salmon burgers on homemade buns (from the freezer), grilled garden vegetables, Grilled Potato Planks

Saturday- (daugther’s request) Calzones made with homemade pizza crust, Roasted Tomato Sauce, and chicken sausage.

Sunday- leftovers






  1. Yum, yum, your menus for the week sound so delish!
    :) CAS

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Monday’s Menu

Last week’s grand plan to try four new recipes didn’t pan out as I had hoped. My schedule just couldn’t accommodate them all. I ended up trying two new ones, the Mexican Layered Three-Bean bake (modified…umm..a bit, which I wrote about here), and Chicken-Rice Burritos.
We all liked the burritos, and I liked how I was able to use the menu to plan for leftovers. I used rice from Tuesdays meal and shredded chicken from Thursday, so they were really easy to put together on Friday. I usually bake my burritos, but this recipe had me use my griddle to brown each side. I like the crispiness I get from baking them, but this was fun and would be great when I don’t want to turn my oven on.
This week is Spring Break here, our kids are away most of the time, and we are in the middle of a little redecorating project (which you will hear about soon…probably more than you ever wanted to know!), so the menu is EASY. I’m falling back on our favorite, quick mainstays and making use of the slow cooker.
Monday- Spaghetti with Roasted Tomato Sauce (moved from Sunday), green salad
Tuesday- Soft tacos
Wednesday- (guests) Slow cooker Italian Elk Stew (modified with broth and flour instead of jarred gravy) over garlic mashed potatoes, green salad, (and some dessert I haven’t decided on yet)
Thursday- out to dinner
Friday- Slow-cooker pulled pork* on homemade buns (in the freezer from last Saturday), vegetable platter, maybe oven fries…
Saturday- Homemade Pizza
Sunday- leftovers (before a 14th birthday party!)
*recipe coming…





  1. You’ve got a great menu! Have a great week!


  2. Your menu plan looks great. I have not had elk in years. I grew up in NW Oregon and ate if often growing up. It sounds great now.

  3. Great looking menu. I can’t wait to try your hamburger bun recipe. I’ve been looking for a good one for awhile now.

  4. Let me know how you like it, April!

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Monday’s Menu

Well, most of the camping menu was a success, with highlights being the Chicken Foil Dinner and the chili I made in advance and froze. It took 3 days in our “extreme” cooler to defrost, making it perfect for a middle of the week meal. We had it in bowls the first night, and over hot dogs the second night. And all I had to do was heat it up- super easy.

This week we have a birthday dinner and garden produce that includes snap and shell peas, chard and lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. And the raspberries are ripening…whoo-hoo!

Monday- (birthday dinner) Maple-Mustard Chicken, Tasty Rice, Caesar salad, giant birthday chocolate chip cookie

Tuesday- Ravioli with tomato sauce, salad, cake and ice cream (birthday)

Wednesday- Shrimp and pea stir-fry, baked noodles, salad rolls

Thursday- Grilled pork chops, grilled potato planks, buttered garden peas, salad

Friday- Sausage and swiss chard fritatta, Sky-High Biscuits, salad

Saturday- Homemade Pizza

Sunday- Taco salad





  1. Hi there, I think found you through GroceryCart Challenge. I just want to say thanks for posting the camping recipes, Those foil packs are on my list for next month’s trip for sure!
    And I really like that you put -thank you- at the ed of each post.

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