Happy Menu Plan Monday! The final one in August. Despite the humid, 90-degree heat here, we’ve had a few cooler days lately. It’s just a matter of time before the leaves begin turning, and I’ve already noticed the days becoming shorter. I love fall. It used to be my favorite season, and I think the only thing preventing it from its favored status is the realization of what comes next.
Anyway. Here’s something fun. For Mother’s Day, my oldest daughter got me a hummingbird feeder — from Dollar Tree, of all places. A few years ago, we had sometimes seen a hummingbird visit a butterfly bush I had in the back, but one year the bush didn’t come back, and with it when the hummingbird visitations. My daughter researched online how to make a hummingbird nectar, and she filled the feeder and we hung it out near the garden, about 2 feet off the ground. All summer, no hummingbirds. Then, about 3 weeks ago, she made a new batch of nectar and we hung the feeder about 8 feet off the ground, from the swingset. Ever since, we have seen hummingbirds several times each day! It’s really fun to watch them coming to drink and fluttering around so quickly. We just mix 1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup water and heat it on the stove until the sugar dissolves. I’ve made this 3 times in the past couple of weeks, so the birds go through it pretty fast. Just in the last day though, I’ve noticed quite a few yellow jackets at the feeder 🙁 Any ideas for how to get rid of them?
This week my husband is out of town for work. This is always a fun time to menu plan, as we can “let our hair down” a bit and things are more casual. Here’s the plan:
Monday: Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole — Made in the crockpot, this is a great one for days when you work right up until dinnertime — like today for me (photo at top).
Tuesday: Pancakes for dinner! And applesauce. I love pancakes for dinner but my husband doesn’t — so this is my chance. There was also a great deal on pancake mix and pancake syrup about a week ago from Ibotta, so I’m stocked up.
Wednesday: Dinner out at Culver’s — every Wednesday, a local restaurant sponsors a donation to our school’s marching band. This week it’s Culver’s, so we will eat there. I’ve only eaten at a Culver’s once, but I enjoyed it. Have you eaten there? What do you recommend?
Thursday: I’m planning an event featuring Blount soups (more info later) and may try them out this evening.
Friday: Last week I bought a few bags of tortellini. I will cook one of these, and serve with tomato sauce.
So that’s what’s new here. What’s new in your world? Share in our “front porch” — that would be the comments 😉 Happy week, everyone!
More menu plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s