Menu Plan Monday 8/29/16

cheesy chicken tater tot crock pot casserole


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.

hummingbird Indiana feeder

I need a fancy-schmancy camera to capture this guy’s speed!

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




5 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 8/29/16

  1. Love Culver’s! I usually get a kid’s meal and they are around $5. It includes a butterburger, fries, drink, and dessert (one scoop of ice cream with one topping.) There are healthier options, even on the kid’s menu. I have had their salads and soups, also. I have loved everything I have ever gotten there. The receipt always includes a survey you can call and afterwards you receive a code to receive a free scoop of ice cream (custard).

  2. Is Culvers a chain in the Mid-West because I have not heard of it down here in Florida? Sounds like my kind of food and I’d love to go there. Loved the hummingbird picture. I enlarged my screen and could see it quite clearly. They sure are special birds. My husband used to work shift work so the week when he wasn’t home for dinner, I did what you are doing this week – adjusted the menu for our daughters and me! It was always a break for me.

  3. I notice you’ve completely changed the format of your blog. What’s up?

    My “new” is that if my health holds up, I’m going to the dinner theater at Shipshewana this week, Wednesday. I pray it will work out.

  4. Not a big Culver’s fan, though the ice cream is fine. Nothing wrong with their food, just not my thing for that price. I’d love the Hummingbird feeder!

  5. Just reading the hummingbird story now (Sept 6). Years ago, we drank Freshie as fast as I could mix it in hot summer months. Always kept it in a juice container in the fridge. Like you, one of my kids gave me a hummingbird feeder and I decided from the get-go that I would make my own nectar and put it in an old juice container and kept it in the door of the fridge. One day, hubby complained after drinking a good sized class of it, that the Freshie was pretty weak. Oh boy! To tell him or not to tell him. I had to tell him, for fear the kids would do the same. All ended well – he didn’t flap his arms like a …. well … like a hummingbird!

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