Monday’s Menu

I finished the sewing projects that have been taking most of my time during the past two weeks, so I am happy to have time this week to devote to gardening and home projects. I’m finally going to finish painting the chairs that have been in our garage for more than six months- hurray!

And I’ve got a few other things up my sleeves that I plan to share with you all as well.

In the meantime, we don’t have kids living with us again this week, but we’ve got company! It gets pretty boring eating with just the two of us night after night, ya’ know? *smile*

Monday- Dinner out with friends! Dessert back at our house- Brownies a la Mode, drizzled with Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Tuesday- Grilled hot dogs (uncured ones from the store- have you seen Oscar Meyer is selling uncured hot dogs? Cool!), Quick and Tender hot dog buns, baby garden carrots & ranch dip, chips and salsa

Wednesday- Teriyaki Shrimp & Chicken kabobs, Spicy Asian rice noodle salad, Asian slaw

Thursday- Grilled Chicken (rubbed with Basic All-Purpose Spice and brushed with Rhubarb BBQ Sauce), Grilled peppers and onions (we use one of those grill pans- yum!), Herbed steamed potatoes, garden salad

Friday- Spaghetti with chicken sausage and Roasted Tomato Sauce, garden salad, and a dessert to welcome the kids home: chocolate chip cookie a la mode? I guess I’m in an a la mode mood- it is summer after all (or at least I pretend it is here in the Northwest- the only place that is below normal in temperatures *smile*).

Saturday- Homemade pizza (might try grilling it for the first time…I keep reading how people are loving it!)

Sunday- Leftovers





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Monday’s Menu

What a busy weekend! We had a family work day on Saturday (cleaning berry bushes off a hillside this time), plus Easter dinners and church, family and friends- whew. I always have a hard time getting back to the regular week after a weekend like this- in fact, I forgot to schedule our menu to go up this morning, so here I am- late.

Oh, and I made a new curried cauliflower salad yesterday that was so flavorful- everyone loved it and I’m definitely going to share it with you.

In the meantime, better late than….oh never mind. *smile*

Monday- Cheesy Ham Pie, salad

Tuesday- Roast chicken with veg. & potatoes, Cauliflower Cheese Soup, salad

Wednesday- Baked turkey & black bean burritos, slaw with spicy vinaigrette

Thursday- Slow cooker Vegetable Beef Barley Soup, easy artisan bread

Friday- Mac & Cheese, broccoli, salad

Saturday- Easy Homemade pizza

Sunday- Leftovers or pasta with freezer Roasted Tomato Sauce





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Monday’s Menu

Well, friends, the rains and winds have come and I’ve definitely transitioned into the cozy fall mode. I’m lovin’ my flannel sheets and electric foot warmer on my bed, the fire in the wood stove, and finally soups, stews and chilis are sounding good to me after all the salads and grilled foods of summer.

Sometimes change is good.

If you’re needing some inspiration for making a menu, make sure to click on the Menu Planning button above where you will find links to why and how I come up with our menus as well as menus divided into seasons so you can plan around what’s on sale.

Also be sure to check out the Favorite Family Recipe Index (newly updated!) for a list of all our family’s favorite recipes that find their way onto our menus regularly.

Here’s what we’re having this week:

Monday- Sausage, Bean, & Kale soup,* updated artisan bread, vegetable platter

Tuesday- Shrimp Curry (new- if we like it, I’ll post it…), rice noodles, salad with cabbage, peppers, and sesame seeds & Asian vinaigrette

Wednesday- Slow-Cooked Beans with fresh tomatoes and seared corn, tortilla chips & carrots

Thursday- Chinese Sweet & Sour Chicken (slow-cooker)*, rice, salad

Friday- Potato Bar (broccoli, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, onion, etc.), salad

Saturday- Hamburgers on homemade buns, oven fries, vegetable plate

Sunday- Slow cooker Garden Chicken Dinner*, artisan bread

*recipes to come (whew! There’s a lot this week…)






  1. OOOOO yes please do not forget to post all of these recipes! YUM YUM YUM!

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Monday’s Menu

While I see that some people are ending their participation in The Eat From The Pantry Challenge this week, I’m going all the way until the 31st. Since I still did some shopping (*a…hem*), we’ve got food in the house plus $10 left for milk and produce. No problem (said with tongue firmly in cheek).

No matter what, I’m writing the $100 check for Haiti this week, so I’d say this challenge has been a success that way. Another way was to truly show “how low can I go?” when needed. I could’ve easily shaved another $50 off by staying out of the drugstores for awhile. Granted, we would eventually start using up the stockpile, so it would be temporary, but it’s nice to know when we need to, we have this flexibility. This is a much better feeling than living week to week- just buying what we need for that week with nothing to fall back on.

Which is going to come in handy over the next few months because we just got the diagnosis on our 12 year old truck: dying and not worth the cost to fix.

Oh yea, looks like we’ll be having a few more of our own Pantry Challenges.

Monday- Tuna sandwiches, chips, carrots (youth night)

Tuesday- Italian Beef Stew (I’m going to modify this recipe, especially using broth and thickener instead of the jarred gravy), garlic mashed potatoes, salad

Wednesday- Brazillian Black Bean soup, artisan bread, vegetables and dip

Thursday- Dinner out (whoo-hoo!)

Friday- Crab cakes, Potato & Corn Chowder, salad, artisan bread

Saturday- Homemade Pizza

Sunday- Nachos with home-baked tortilla chips





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Monday’s Menu

We finally have a regular week for the first time in 2 months! Just in time, too, as I went through the freezer gathering all last year’s garden items to use up in preparation for this year’s harvest. Within the next month I need to use corn, broccoli, some containers of roasted vegetables for soups and salads, shredded zucchini, beets, and marinara sauce.
I’m really looking forward to more fresh garden produce, and have been enjoying our asparagus, spinach, lettuce, and green onions. Here’s what I’m thinking for this week:

Monday- Cream of Broccoli soup, White Bean Dip & Bread, salad with salami and Parmesan

Tuesday- Chicken curry with rice noodles, Asian mandarin salad

Wednesday- Spinach, Asparagus & Fontina Fritatta, Bean & Corn salad, homemade Biscuits

Thursday- Roast Chicken, Rice, asparagus, salad

Friday- Mediterranean Fish Bake, homemade baguette, salad

Saturday- homemade pizza

Sunday- Pasta and sauce (?), salad

All these meals have been planned using what’s in my freezer, pantry, garden, or what I’ll make, like the breads, so I won’t need to go to the store for any of these items. Alas, there’s always milk to buy…





  1. What yummy meals that you have planned this week.
    Happy MPM!

  2. Nothings better than using garden veggies! Enjoy!

  3. That all looks delicious! And great that you can do that all out of your garden, I’d love to have a garden especially now that it’s nice out (no room for it in my city apartment, sad)… You should check out springpad’s weekly meal planner – it’s a great way to organize all of your menus and recipes, I think you’ll really like it!

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