Today is back to school day for our household! The younger two head to high school, and Thursday the oldest one heads 3 hours south back to college. I hope it will be a great year for all three — as well as for all the kids in your lives.
Since my own kids are at an age where they don’t really want me posting (or even taking) their picture, here is a photo of me and my younger sister standing by a neighbor’s house as I get ready to walk to school for my first day of second grade, circa 1972. I spent many hours babysitting during my teen years in that house.
This afternoon I’ll be making this year’s back to school treat: Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Cake (I’m changing the name a bit because I’ll be fiddling with the recipe — not using that much butter, subbing in some shredded zucchini into the cake, etc.) Trust me that it will still be good 🙂
Piano students start today too. Yay! I am excited to see them again. No new kids this year, and really that’s kind of nice. Those first few piano lessons can be a bit tedious … It’s looking like Monday and Wednesday will be days when I teach until 6, so I will need to plan items those days that I can prepare early. Menu planning can be good exercise for the brain in ways like that.
Here’s the week’s menu plan:
Monday: Foil Packet Taco Chicken — a family favorite; easy to individualize so it’s great for picky eaters
Tuesday: One Skillet Lasagna – easier than “regular” lasagna, and yes, it’s good
Wednesday: Sister Wives’ Christine’s Meatloaf — I’m working on a little Sister Wives project 🙂 Stay tuned … (and if you have no idea what “Sister Wives” is, no worries. I’ll explain later).
Thursday: fish night — fresh green beans are on sale at the grocery this week, so I’ll probably make those too.
Friday: Simmered Tuscan Chicken (hand-written in my oldest “family favorites” cookbook, which could mean I made it 25-30 years ago). I haven’t made it recently, but there are lots of tomatoes ripe now in the garden, and I’m thinking I’ll sub some in for part of the pasta sauce.
So, that’s our week. What’s new in yours? Chime in in the comments.
You can find more menu plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.