Monday, November 14, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - 11/14/11

Well, the "ick" has officially invaded the house again.  The kids started feeling sick on Thursday, and now are on the mend.  I've been feeling run-down the last week or so, but it developed into a cold for me too this weekend.  Blah!  Is all I have to say about that.  Some of the plans fell apart last week.  We did homemade chicken soup and breadsticks on Thursday and skipped soccer practice.  Stayed in all weekend.  This is the last week of soccer, so hopefully everyone will be well enough.  Trying to take it easy this week, we'll see how that goes (still have mini-real baking and dance, too)!  Just putting a plan out there, although I know it may change as the week goes on.  The only project I got done this weekend was trying my hand at homemade ravioli.  Although far from perfect, certainly something I would like to try again.  No matter how they looked, they tasted really yummy.  And hit the spot to comfort this cold. 

Sunday - Pumpkin Ravioli with sage brown butter sauce.  I made the pumpkin pasta from this recipe from Leite's Culinaria with a simple ricotta filling.  And just like Jennifer in Mamaland, I loaded up on the cheap (50 cents a piece) pie pumpkins at Kroger this year.  I've been roasting, pureeing and freezing cups and cups of pumpkin.  This weekend I also made pumpkin pancakes, which were a hit!

Monday - Meatloaf, oven-roasted sweet potato fries, broccoli

Tuesday - Leftover pasta, veggies

Wednesday - Not sure yet.  Perhaps chicken and rice bake.

Thursday - Homemade Pizza

Friday - Roasted Turkey.  I tried this recipe  for Pumpkin Challah from The Challah Blog a few weeks ago and we really liked it.  I've tweaked the recipe a bit (added oil to make 1/2 cup, not 1/4).  I'm thinking of making more this week and freezing some for Thanksgiving.  Maybe as a pan of challah pull-aparts, with cinnamon sugar, hmm.  Not sure yet.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Birthday Dinner

Well, I'm sure everyone is wondering what the big surprise dinner I had planned for my husband's birthday, right?  Okay, so dinner was a trio of his favorites.

Homemade Sushi

Asian Roasted Salmon

 And a restaurant re-make for The Cheesecake Factory Avocado Eggrolls, based on this recipe.

And for dessert (sorry, no picture)...Snickerdoodle Cheesecake from this recipe, except I used a traditional springform pan instead of the 8" x 8" pan in the recipe. 

Bringing in the harvest...sort of

With frost warnings for tonight, I decided to bring in the herbs, a couple of peppers, and a tomato (still green).  It's the end of the basil, no doubt (sniff).  I left a few bunches of tomatoes on the vines and hope they will keep growing.  Thankfully, the garden is not bare.  The broccoli and cabbage are starting to grow now and the other herbs (rosemary, oregano, thyme and even the parsley) will last through the winter here.  I am so not ready for winter!

Monday, November 7, 2011

MPM - 11/7/11

Menu Plan Monday

Trying to get back on track this week with menu-planning even if it means that perhaps I'll need to change it as the week progresses.  Lots of after-school activities this week (Nutcracker, dance class, mini-real baking, soccer).  And my husband's birthday is this week too!  I'm not going to post my plans for his birthday here (because he occasionally reads my blog ).  Sorry no links or recipes right now, hopefully I will be able to get back to the blog again to post more later.

Monday - Grilled chicken, broccoli, rice

Tuesday - Baked pasta

Wednesday - a surprise  (updated)
Thursday - Homemade pizza

Friday - Spaghetti and Meatballs or roasted chicken?  Not sure yet.  Challah.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Mini-Real Bake Shop

I mentioned a few weeks ago that my daughter wanted to open a "bake shop".  Every week at her school they set up Mini-Real (i.e. a mini version of a real community), including police, school, bank, and merchants.  They rotate through different job categories throughout the year.  Right now, Miss D is in the Merchant's Mall and decided to open a bake shop.  So, last week we made chocolate chip cookies and little ghost cookies. 

And it must have gone well because the first thing she showed me after school was the sign she had to make and told me we need to make more next week:

This week we made mini carrot cake muffins and more chocolate chip cookies. 

Can't wait to see how it goes today!