Menu Plan Monday 1/25/2016

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I am happy to let you know that we’ve reached the final Monday in January. We are conquering winter, one week at a time — at least, that’s how I feel. And while I feel bad for those on the East Coast dealing with all that snow, it’s pretty nice to look out the window here and realize that we got none. None, I say! There are several birds on my new bird feeder. Life is good.

This is the week leading up to ISSMA instrumental contest here. For years, my girls have participated, and I have played piano for many kids’ solos. This year, I’m a little sad that none of my kids are participating. And, I only have four kids I’m accompanying. It just feels a bit … empty. Oh well, sometimes kids call at the last minute. This year, I’ll actually be able to help them out if that happens.

So, this week that I was anticipating being so busy, isn’t quite so much. Here is the menu plan:

Monday: Sweet and Sour Chicken, with rice made in the rice cooker. Do you have a rice cooker? I got one a few years ago as a gift, and although at the time I was not happy having another gadget to store (well, I’m still not happy about that part …), it does come in handy.

Tuesday: heated-up pizza. Daughter #3 went to an event with a friend Saturday, and brought home 2 untouched whole pizzas. I am taking this as a little gift from God — no need to cook dinner on my busiest piano day 🙂

Wednesday: Pasta e Fagioli Soup in the crockpot — don’t think I’ve tried it, but it looks good.

Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie (one of my favorites)

Friday: Chicken Noodle Soup — no real recipe, just chicken, carrots, broth, peas, seasoning. My sister-in-law gave me the idea of making spaetzle instead of noodles, so I treated myself to this Spaetzle Maker. Have you ever made spaetzle? Any advice? I’ll let you know how it goes.

What’s new in your life or your kitchen this week?

More menu plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.



5 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 1/25/2016

  1. Tell me about spaetzles. If I ever heard the word, I don’t remember it. I had guests Saturday night. From that meal, I have several leftovers and for me, that is a strong positive. I will drive to Columbus East this Saturday to accompany students on their solos. Between playing for the kids, I ALWAYS have my quilting along. I am so thankful that the weather sounds springlike! After contest I shop and eat in Columbus, so I make it a fun day.

  2. Great minds think a like this week only its Sweet and Sour Pork here! And I’ll likely make a Chicago style deep-dish pepperoni pizza since there’s spaghetti sauce left over. Ha! I gave away one of those Spatzle makers years ago.Have a great week!

  3. I just had Pasta e Fagioli at Olive Garden on Saturday. It was delicious. Not sure I could get my guys to try it. It’s a tomato thing. Haven’t tried the spätzle in soup yet, please follow up on how it works out.

  4. I have no idea what spatzle is. Please explain and tell us how it went.

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