Monday, August 22, 2011

Menu Plan Monday August 22

I had a great week last week, and only ended up cooking once. My mom was here for a few days and she took care of a couple of meals, and my in laws took care of a couple as well. This week I will probably not cook a lot this week either.

Monday - Chicken Casserole - My Neighbor is actually making dinner and we are bringing it to another friend. I am mainly the transportation :) She is also making a key lime pie and I'm making brown rice.

Tuesday - It's one of my nephew's birthdays, so hopefully we'll see him.

Wednesday - Church

Thursday - Haburger Casserole, salad

Friday - Family Night

Saturday - Chicken something, any one have any ideas?

Sunday - a big pot of spaghetti, garlic bread, more salad :) Any strays are welcome for dinner :)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Booking it August

This month I read a lot of books, but I haven't been keeping track of all of them (and I wish I had done a better job, because some of them had great points and I totally don't remember the name of the books).

My Favorite book this month was Fiddler's Green by A.S. Peterson. This was the sequel to Fiddler's Gun, and it was really good. I actually think it was better than Fiddler's Gun. I liked the way the ends were tied up and I liked to how Fin Button was transformed from orphan girl to Full Grown Woman. This story follows a crew that have turned pirate through a series of bad turns and are given the option of pardons from the American government if they will just complete a seeming impossible task all the way at the other end of the world. It is an amazing story of daring, friendship, courage and more.

I also read a series of Kathy Herman books called the Seaport Suspense novels. They were all good, although not phenomenal. I was a little annoyed with the second book of the series - it seems like this author uses stories where the married couple isn't one hundred percent honest with each other and lets things get out of control - even when nothing has really happened other than lack of communication - a lot. I am finding that I get annoyed with that story line very quickly and tend to spend most of the book being frustrated by that. I think I will check out another one of her lines of novels, because she does have interesting twists in her book, but I will put it down if it goes back to that story line again.

I also read a book about the lunch system in the US that was really good (and I can't remember the name of it). It was interesting to know how school lunches started and what they have done over the years. The really interesting part to me was what some school districts and schools are doing now to make it better. Some of the districts in NY use all local food, there were schools that grew there own food at the school, and schools that are trying to shake up there old routines.

I'm going to be reading a lot this next month, maybe I should start writing them down :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - and Crockpot Week 3 :)

Last week I pretty much didn't do anything that I planned on doing, but it turned out ok.  One Caveat - I totally didn't get to my crockpot meal last week so my crockpot focus is already been messed up.  Oh well, I'll try again this week. 

I did make some great finds last weeks - I finally got around to making these "fancy brownies".  They were time and labor intensive, but they were really good.  I also have been searching for great cheddar biscuits (think Red Lobster) and I haven't liked any that I have tried, but this week I think I finally found them!  The thing that was different was these was you cooked the biscuits, pulled out the biscuits and poured your garlic butter over them and then put them back in cooked them some more, and then added butter again as you pulled them out. 

This week I am going to try and stick to a plan :)

Monday - Birthday Party for SIL
Tuesday - BBQ Chicken (Crockpot from last week)
Wednesday - Dinner with Friends
Thursday - Apple Sauce Chicken (Crockpot from last week)
Friday - Family Night
Saturday - spaghetti and garlic cheddar biscuits
Sunday - hamburgers

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