Happy Monday to all you readers out there! How was your weekend? My accompanying for band solo contest is over, and the day was a lot of fun. Really, I think if I could choose my perfect job at this point in my life, it would be playing for kids at contest every day. Of course, this is totally unrealistic, but still. On contest day, everyone gets dressed up. Everyone (pretty much) seems happy and excited. Everyone is complimentary of others. It’s life as life should be — kind of like Disney World (without the rides, good food, high ticket prices, crowds … okay, so it’s really not like Disney at all, except for that “pixie dust feeling”). The three students I played for who had group 1 solos all received gold ratings, so they will go to Indianapolis in three weeks for state competition. I’ll go to that too, and it’s another fun and exciting day.
This week is a little quieter since contest is over. But, there are still things to do. Piano lessons of course, and a few other things here and there. Daughter #3 and I took a walk in the wonderful, spring-like weather Sunday. I wish I could say spring is arriving, but I know it’s a bit early to hope for that yet. Still, I already am noticing light arriving earlier in the morning and departing later in the evening. Yay!
In other food-related news, on contest day, I treated myself to lunch at Arby’s, where I tried their new King’s Hawaiian Fish Sandwich. I recommend it; it was really tasty.
As to cooking and dinners, I’m feeling pretty uninspired lately. I feel like I make the same thing over and over, and often when I want to try something new, it will not appeal to one or more family members. So, I apologize for the lack of variety here. I notice it too, believe me.
Monday: Roasted Chicken and Vegetables – Cut up a couple of chicken breasts, a couple of carrots, a couple of potatoes – put in a roasting pan, then top with 1/3 c. olive oil and a packet of dry onion soup mix. Bake 45 minutes at 400.
Tuesday: YOYO (you’re on your own — I give piano lessons until 5:15 and have to volunteer in band concessions 5:15 – 9).
Wednesday: fish night — probably baked, with pesto sauce? Last time we had fish, I prepared it in a skillet with a little olive oil and bread crumbs (top photo). It was good!
Thursday: Chicken Tortilla Bake — I found this recipe crumbled up under the crockpot the other day. Let’s see if it merits saving …
Friday: make your own pizza — I make the dough and each person makes their own pizza with the toppings they like.
You can find more menu planning ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.
What are you up to this week?