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Weekly Menu Plan, Aug 17 – Aug 23

2014 August 19
by Alicia

It’s back to school week!  My daughter started preschool last week and my son starts kindergarten this week.  I’m just in awe of how much they’ve grown and how fast.  I know everyone always says that “time flies”, but I just don’t think you can really comprehend the reality of that statement until you experience it.

We didn’t get to the ravioli last week (we ended up having pizza with friends!), so I’m moving it to this week.  With all that’s been going on lately, I just haven’t had the time or energy to plan to experiment in the kitchen.  Since I love being in the kitchen and trying new things, I sure hope I can get back to that soon.

Dinners
Burgers and brats on the grill, corn on the cob
Crispy Ravioli, peas
Chicken Alfredo, garlic bread
Macaroni and cheese
Turkey sandwiches, chips
Dinner with our small group (we are taking mandarin orange and almond salad)
Leftovers

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 34 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Weekly Menu Plan, Aug 10 – Aug 16

2014 August 10
by Alicia

We tried the new tortellini dish last week, and it was worth making again, but I didn’t get to the green beans.  School is just around the corner here, as my daughter starts preschool this week, and my son starts kindergarten next week!  I have such mixed emotions about it, because I know they will thoroughly enjoy themselves at school, but I’m also a little bummed at how fast they are growing up!

Dinners
Macaroni and cheese
Chili, cornbread
Crispy Ravioli, peas
Spaghetti, garlic bread, corn
Swedish Meatballs, noodles, peas
Pizza Casserole
Leftovers or dinner out

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 33 menu plan: one year ago (I took a break) and two years ago.

Weekly Menu Plan, Aug 3 – Aug 9

2014 August 3
by Alicia

How was your weekend?  We took the pace down a quite few notches, and it was amazing. It feels great to have some time to breathe and rest with nowhere to be now and then.  Time at home with my family really recharges me :)

I want to make the tortellini bake early this week, since I didn’t get to it last week, and I already have the ingredients.  Lately I haven’t had as much time in the kitchen as I would like, and I am really hoping that can turn around… Being in the kitchen is my favorite hobby!

Dinners
Sloppy joes, peas, chips
Tacos, chips & salsa
Tuna, Tomato, Red Onion, and Olive Pitas
Grilled chicken, Bacon & Balsamic Green Beans (new recipe to us)
Tortellini-Vegetable Bake (new recipe to us; I may add chicken…)
Quinoa Salad with spinach, strawberries, and blueberries (new recipe to us)
Dinner at our friends’ house (we’ll take a side or dessert)

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 32 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago (I took a break).

Weekly Menu Plan, July 27 – Aug 2

2014 July 28
by Alicia

What a whirlwind trip we had this last weekend… But what a fun time!  It had been 10 years since our last reunion, so it was about time :)  I’m still trying to ride out our schedule that’s moving us forward at a breakneck pace.  Maybe once school starts things will slow down?!

I realized that I forgot to report back about the shrimp salad from two weeks back… It was delicious!  I loved it.  I will be making it again when shrimp is on sale!

Dinners
Quesadillas, corn
BLTs, potato chips
Bean & cheese burritos, peas
Homemade pizza
Tortellini-Vegetable Bake (new recipe to us)
Dinner on the road
Dinner at our friends’ house

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 31 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Weekly Menu Plan, July 20 – July 26

2014 July 21
by Alicia

We are back from a great weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks!  The kids were swimming so well; I am so proud of them.  My husband was also quite the fisherman, and we will be eating from his catch this week!  Our garden is also starting to kick into gear, so I am excited to enjoy fresh vegetables again.  Our first tomato is a golden one, and I can’t wait to slice it up :)

Dinners
Pan Fried Fish, homemade tartar sauce
Spicy Green Beans, rice
BLTs, chips
Leftovers
Dinner out (x2)
Dinner at a family reunion!

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 30 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Weekly Menu Plan, July 13 – July 19

2014 July 14
by Alicia

We had such a great time celebrating Independence day with our friends and family.  Following that, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary.  And the kids recently started swimming lessons, which meant I missed some work each day.  Last week was very challenging, and I made dinner only twice… Once was egg sandwiches and the other was sloppy joes.  I was quite far from super mom!  But there will be those times in life, and I just try to give myself a little grace and know that it doesn’t happen every week.  I’m hoping to start this week off better by having a plan!

Dinners
Slow Cooker Chicken Tostadas, corn, chips & salsa
Shrimp, Avocado, & Roasted Corn Salad (new recipe to us)
Chicken, Bacon, & Ranch Wraps
Bean & Cheese burritos, peas
Dinner with our small group (we’re taking s’mores fixings)
Dinner on the road
Dinner at the lake

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 29 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Easy Pasta Salad

2014 July 3
by Alicia

This Easy Pasta Salad recipe is a great go-to side dish when you’re short on time, but still want something tasty for a barbecue or picnic.  This pasta salad is simple and can be put together in about 20 minutes or less.  It is also easy to customize, or just to put together with the vegetables that you have on hand.  After the pasta is cooked, it is a great recipe that your kids can help you make, too!

Easy Pasta Salad

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Weekly Menu Plan, June 29 – July 5

2014 June 29
by Alicia

Last week’s new recipe was good!  The kids didn’t care for the kick from the chipotle, but my husband and I liked it a lot.  We also ended up trying another new recipe, too:  Korean Beef Tacos. Both of these were keepers.  Because of this other new recipe, we did not get to the Pad Thai, but I will make it early this week, as we’ve been hungry for it!

Dinners
Pad Thai
Crispy Baked Ravioli, peas
Brats on the grill, corn on the cob
Quinoa Salad with spinach, strawberries, and blueberries (new recipe to us)
Proscuitto Peach, and Sweet Lettuce Salad (new recipe to us)
Tuna, Tomato, Red Onion, and Olive Pitas
Independence Day BBQ (my dad is smoking meats for us!)

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 27 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.

Sweet & Spicy Tilapia

2014 June 26
by Alicia

When I first made this Sweet & Spicy Tilapia recipe, my son went on and on about how delicious he thought it was. I was really surprised that a 5-year old would be so excited to eat fish.  He ate seconds, and I think if we would have had more, he would have had thirds!

Sweet & Spicy Tilapia

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Weekly Menu Plan, June 22 – June 28

2014 June 24
by Alicia

We had three new recipes on the menu plan for last week, and I am happy to report not only did I make all three, but we liked them all, too!

And, I already have pictures taken for this week’s recipe, so I’m aiming to get that ready for you all by Thursday or Friday!  I haven’t made blogging a priority lately (did you notice there wasn’t a new recipe last week?) and I am not happy about that.  Here’s to better planning and preparation :)

Dinners
Pad Thai
Spaghetti, garlic bread, corn
Ham & Cheese Quesadillas, peas
Walnut, Cranberry & Blue Cheese Salad
Frozen Pizza (It was just one of those Mondays!)
Chipotle Pork Soft Tacos with Pineapple Salsa (new recipe to us)
Dinner at our small group (we are taking potato salad and pasta salad)

What’s on your menu plan this week?
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Week 26 menu plan: one year ago and two years ago.