Last Monday, I posted our menu plan for the week and I think for the first time ever, I stuck with the plan almost exactly. It felt good to have a plan and not have to try to figure meals out at the last minute. I think we ate much healthier with a plan too. I have to tell you that all three new recipes that we tried last week- Chicken Cashew Lettuce wraps, Spaghetti Bolognese and Avocado White Bean Wraps-were all keepers! The Chicken Cashew wraps were the BEST! Honestly one of the best new recipes I’ve tried in a while. The night that I made them, I knew was a busy one, so I prepped everything in the afternoon and then just had the actual cooking to do when it was dinner time. I need to do this more often. Prepping in the morning or afternoon, so that I don’t flake out on making a good dinner and opting for something not as healthy or grabbing carry-out. One thing I would suggest about the wraps, is that you double it, unless you’re cooking for one. Tom and I had plenty for one meal, but had so little left the next day, that we had to arm wrestle over who got the leftovers. If you have a family, you will want to triple the recipe.
I made the Avocado Bean wraps for lunch on a day that Tom had a meeting, so I ate one and delivered one to Donna at work, and gave the other two to Brooke and Lin. Everyone liked them a lot. Or at least they said they did : )
Since last week worked out so well with meal planning, I am trying it again this week…we’ll find out if last week was a fluke.
Monday: Hamburger Rice casserole (old classic that Tom loves) This may help brace him for the rest of the week.
Tuesday: Sushi with Suzy – Hot dogs for Tom
Wednesday: Asian Salmon Patties
Thursday: Creamy Grilled Chicken Picatta I think I found this recipe via Pinterest. It looks like she has some really great recipes, so I’ll have to check it out again when I need something new. I almost always substitute milk for half and half…especially if it calls for more than 1/2 cup. We hardly notice the substitution…now if you were to try to slip that nasty jarred garlic in on us, rather than fresh, we would notice! Same with butter versus margarine.
Friday: Fish at Mike and Carol’s house. We’ve been trying to get together for this fish dinner since last fall, but everyone’s been so busy, it took us a while to get it on the calendar. Why is it that I feel like I have to put things on the calendar weeks ahead of time to make sure they actually happen. What happened to spontaneity? I guess it still works, but it’s not as often as it used to be. I’m just glad we have friends who are good with planning ahead from time to time.
This weekend, we are thinking about having our mega garage sale…the forecast looks good and I don’t have a session on Saturday. Which is the first Saturday in a long time that I won’t be shooting. So if we can pull it together, I think we may just do it. We will be digging through our storage unit, the Loft and our house for loot. There’s SO much! My basement is full of boxes, the storage unit and Loft are full of furniture. I will post pics and specifics as the week progresses.
As I was looking around the house and tidying up this weekend, I realized that I am as content as I’ve been about how we’re living in this house. It really suits our needs well. As I’ve been continuing my own challenge of 30 days/30 bags (it’s now been more like 70 days), I’ve collected 24 bags/boxes. I worked on my desk over the weekend and I can’t believe the difference it makes to declutter. I know myself well enough to know that this process will never end. If I want to keep things from piling up, I will always be in the process of purging and tidying. I think I make it through my house about twice a year…less for the basement. I typically ignore the basement until I can’t stand it! As I’ve mentioned before, I do know that since I did the challenge last summer, I know that I have become much more selective about what I actually bring home when I’ve been shopping, thrifting or whatever. That helps.
I am chatty today, but I need to get on with the peeks for today. Caleb is at an age that I don’t typically photograph babies…but with some unforeseen circumstances and happenings, we weren’t able to do a newborn session. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it went! He is not a typical 6-8 week old. Very mellow little dude.
He has two very pretty older sisters…
They love him SO much…
On a sidenote, Brandi (Caleb’s mom ) told me that she found my granola recipe on my blog about a year ago and that she’s been making it ever since. She has adapted it for her family, adding flax seed, more nuts and honey instead of brown sugar. I still have this granola on hand at all times and panic a little when there’s less than an inch in the jar. I can not even explain how amazing the house smells when it’s in the oven. It’s just divine.
Have a great Monday and God bless!