Menu Plan Monday 7/24/17

Indiana Dunes

Happy steamy Menu Plan Monday, everyone! I say steamy because yesterday we took a trip to Indiana Dunes, and it really was hot. Humid, and yuck. Thankfully, things are improving starting today (which is good, because daughter #3 begins her 3-week band camp which runs 8-4 each weekday). Up above you can see a shot of the sand dune and the water. And really, that’s about all of the dunes and water I need to see 🙂 I’m not much of a beach person. How about you?

The fair ended, and projects have all come home. Each of the two younger girls has two posters that go on to the state fair, and I will deliver those to the extension office this week. Oh, and daughter #2 brought my chinchilla to the 4-H pet show and won champion! That was a fun day, and I was very relieved when it ended, because the chinchilla is pretty wild and I was nervous he might escape the open-air area where the show is held. Also, chinchillas cannot tolerate heat, and this past week has been extremely hot and humid. I would show you a photo — but my camera card has apparently “gone bad.” Pray that we can recover the five months of photos that were on it …

The week to come, thankfully, will be a bit slower for me.

Here’s the menu plan:

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: fish — probably tilapia fillets, baked

Wednesday: Hamburger Helper lasagna — easy night, yay 🙂

Thursday: Daughter #2 cooks. Yay again! Lentil Baked Ziti

Friday: BBQ Chicken Ranch Casserole — another recipe I’ve made a few times over the past year or so. Really good.

More menu plan ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

What are your plans, in or out of the kitchen, this week?


7 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 7/24/17

  1. My kitchen plans this week do not involve cooking. I’ll have to see what God provides. This is Jackson County Fair week. I hope to go tomorrow morning and watch the 4-H kids model their sewing outfits. Since I helped a few with their sewing, it should be fun to see the finished products. It is to be cooler this week. I hate hot humid weather! Cheers!

  2. Beautiful photo of the Dunes! I am also making roasted chicken this week, and my grandmother’s brown sugar frosted cookies for our family reunion next Sunday. They freeze well, so I bake them ahead. Stay cool!!

  3. I am so thankful it is so much cooler and less humid since some time yesterday evening. I’m grateful. I slept with the slider door open last night instead of using the a/c. I’m always glad when I can save that kind of money. Other than my fun trip to Shipshewana this Friday, I have no idea what I’ll be eating this week. For me, it’s usually “catch as catch can,” when it comes to food.

  4. The week is starting off easy for me with meat balls & pierogies in spaghetti sauce tonight, pizza made with those small round crusts you can buy and we add the toppings on Tuesday, hubby eating at a dinner meeting at church while I eat leftover pizza on Wednesday. That takes us to Thursday which will probably be turkey cutlets. Loved the picture of the Dunes. Yes, I love the beach but don’t get to spend much time there because hubby doesn’t care to go. And I must admit that I cannot handle the hot sun like I used to. We are only 20 to 25 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico! If only I had lived here when I was young!!

  5. This is my lucky day, because a friend from church shared a chicken casserole dish with me, and I am having that for supper tonight. However, I’d rather be eating your Monday night offerings, since your chicken based recipe sounds more appealing right now. 🙂
    I did get to have a delicious fish sandwich at Village Inn at noon today, so it has truly been a lucky day for me with no cooking by me. Raisin bran flakes for breakfast worked just fine to take medicines with for the day, because several prescriptions require taking with food. My face is improving from the Mohs surgery for skin cancer, and I am happy to report that this is the first day that I could get by without 2 Tylenols every 6 hours. It was definitely a painful ordeal. Even though the surgery was a week ago today, I still must keep the wound washed out and rebandaged every day for yet another week. Thank goodness that the 3M paper tape matches my skin color well making it less noticeable than I originally imagined.
    Your Dunes picture is exactly as I remembered it! You can go for miles and miles seeing that exact same scenery. Joe and I went there for our wedding anniversary a few years back. Glad that you had a good book to read! 🙂

  6. I’ve been traveling off and on during June and July. I’m just happy that I’m going to be home the majority of the week so I can cook dinner for the family on a regular basis. We try to have family dinners during the majority of the week.

    I am taking my youngest son on a day trip on Thursday so I’m looking forward to spending quality time with him.

    Your photo of the Indiana Dunes is gorgeous.

    Have a great week!

  7. The Dune Story as promised. With a friend from an area you know well (no names) a few weeks after the kids and I got home from Ukraine, with minimal English on the kids part (and pre-Google translate) with other friends we all ventured up north to the Dunes State Park (so wildly ambitious now that I want to go back in time and slap myself silly for even thinking of doing it) We get to the beach. P is raring to swim. With no words we had to explain UNDERTOW to him. I admit, since the statute of limitations has expired (I hope) I took him back to the car and spanked his behind it seemed to help–Old World Kid understood Old World Parenting at that time). Then it comes to pass that friend from region you know well KNEW about the Untow warnings but SAID NOTHING. “Well, didn’t you see it on the news?” “Yes, with two overwhelmed traumatized kids, my own traumatized self and friends daughter coming to us daily to help (at age 9) I had time and brain power left to think to turn on Eyewitness News instead of say, Sagwa……” I’m still banging my head over this! Lol

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