Menu Plan Monday 6/5/2017

high school graduation

Happy Menu Plan Monday! I’m happy to say that my middle daughter graduated from high school on Saturday, and that we celebrated this milestone that afternoon. The photo above is from the ceremony. It was great to see many friends and relatives there.

I’d like to show you a photo of the spread, but things got so chaotic (for me; hopefully not for guests) that I never thought to do that. Things are pretty well cleaned up now, but honestly I am sort of fooded-out at this point. We have a bit of small travel this week as well. So, rather than planning out typical meals this week, I’m planning to do some eating of leftovers and sort of “winging it.” I hope you can all survive without any recipes 🙂

Instead, I thought I’d go over some notes from graduation open house food.

Notes on Food for Graduation

My daughter was adamant that she wanted to plan all the food for her open house. I like to encourage independence in the kids, so I went along with this. She wanted to make four types of cookies, which she did. She also wanted turkey and ham and cheese sandwiches, so this week we went to the store to buy all this. I figured out a number of people I estimated would come based on invitations sent out. I then assumed each person would eat one sandwich, and added on a bit more. We also served a bowl of fresh fruit (watermelon, strawberries, fresh pineapple, and grapes). And, I had a crock pot with nacho cheese dip and also tortilla chips. Oh, and a plate with graduation cake roll “diplomas.”

One thing I noted, and noted two years ago at my older daughter’s graduation as well, is that people don’t eat as much as you think they will. Yes, it’s always good to have enough — and yet don’t count on most people eating an entire meal here. This makes sense, as many families head to multiple open houses over the weekend or even the day. Many people just stopped by and ate a cookie or a little fruit before leaving.

The good news is that now we have a lot of meat, cheese, buns, and cookies for the next week or so. I think a lot of it will freeze well too. We went through all four bags of chips and could have used more. The fruit was pretty much all eaten; that happened last time too.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

strawberry rhubarb pie

My aunt had mentioned loving strawberry rhubarb pie, and we have both in the garden now. Yay! So, I baked a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie pie Friday — one of my favorites. I also got to share some with another friend who came to our open house. Try this recipe if you’d like to. I think you’d love this pie even if you don’t enjoy rhubarb. I know it’s one of those things that many people don’t like.

picking strawberries with an air boot

This week’s challenge (well, one of them) has been picking strawberries with the air boot. But I have found that it can be done! I just tie a plastic bag over the boot and out I go. You do have to be careful where you place that big lug to avoid smashing too many berries 🙂

Alright, enough from here. How was your week, and what is new in your kitchen this week?

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7 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 6/5/2017

  1. I am one of the lucky ones because I got to attend the graduation and party that followed. It was a perfectly beautiful weather day and things fell our way. My daughter and husband from Plainfield arrived quite early at the Coliseum and blocked off excellent seats for us so we could all sit as a family.
    With my granddaughter graduating with high honors, that was a thrill for me to observe! The Braun home is huge and it was ideal for the graduation party. You could go in about any room and find a cluster of people chatting. The graduate arranged her display of achievements in the dining room. It was a wonderful day – I am 1/3 done with granddaughters’ graduating from high school. Cheers!

  2. Congratulations to your daughter! And I hope you get some R&R after a busy time. 🙂 We’ve found that with our graduation parties as well – light finger foods tend to go best. And not many people RSVP. 🙂 I have never made anything with rhubarb. I think I had a strawberry/rhubarb pie once but couldn’t distinguish any flavor different from the strawberries.

  3. I am sooo thankful I got to attend the party. I’m also thankful for the strawberry rhubarb pie. It was delicious. I enjoyed the food at the party as well. But the best part of all was getting to celebrate with the honoree and family members. Happy that she graduated with honors.I’m praying the Lord will direct her steps in the future.

  4. Congratulations to your daughter and best wishes for her future. One of our grandsons graduated last Saturday also. There was a party before the ceremony and another one on Sunday afternoon. We were in Grove City, OH, for that and are now in southern Indiana visiting my brother. I can’t even imagine how much weight I have gained on this trip! Mostly sitting and eating! We have always loved rhubarb but hubby can’t eat it anymore due to the high oxalate content.

  5. It was a grand party! All of the food was delicious, but I especially enjoyed Isabel’s cookies and the nacho cheese dip. Those are two foods that I seldom get to enjoy, because cooking for one is no fun. Also I am diabetic. Most of all I enjoyed meeting many family members from both sides of the family: the Brauns from Michigan, and the Barnetts from southern IN. Most I had met before, but now I feel like I know them much better. All in all it was a delightful day with absolutely perfect weather!

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