It’s looking like one of those weeks. The ones where my to-do calendar has a lot of stuff on it — an early-morning orthodontist appointment. A new piano student. A practice session with a violinist at her teacher’s place, which will end up probably 2+ hours total including travel time. Just lots of stuff, all of which is good, but it makes it hard to get other things done, among them, planning the week’s meals. My method is to get out a piece of paper (I’m still old-school that way) and look at my calendar, and start listing things to make. A busy night like Friday, when I’ll be away most of the meal-prep hours, calls for soup or something in the crock pot. Ditto for Monday night, when five piano students show up.
Other nights, when the late afternoon/early evening hours are a little lighter, I can plan things that take 30 minutes or so to make just before eating.
In other news this week, one of the things I enjoy doing on these frigid, cold days is watching the birds that visit my feeder. I started a Pinterest board of birds I can identify. I’m fairly new to this though, and just today there were a couple at the feeder that stumped me. I wish I knew how to distinguish more of them! Nonetheless, I’m happy to be able to help make their time outside a little easier.
In other wildlife news, earlier in the week daughter #2 called down that a fox was in our yard! I looked outside, and sure enough, the creature running across the yard looked just like a red fox. Very cool! I read online that they do indeed live in Indiana, most commonly in the northeast part of the state (where I live). Have any of you seen them in your area?
Here are the recipes for the week:
Monday: Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole — carried over from last week.
Tuesday: Baked Potato Soup — sounds good on these 0-degree days we’ve been having …
Wednesday: White Chicken Lasagna — a nice alternative to “regular” lasagna.
Thursday: Beef and Bean Casserole — kind of like nachos, which can only be a good thing 🙂
Friday: Bean Soup — I have a package of Bob’s Red Mill 13-Bean soup mix which I plan to use. Bean soup should taste perfect on a cold night. At this point, they’re predicting “ice pellets” over the weekend, so a big pot of soup will be great. I’ll probably make bread in the bread machine too.
What’s new in your world this week? Let me know in the comments. I read — and enjoy — each one!
More menu ideas at OrgJunkie’s.