Menu Plan Monday 8/14/17

Wagon Wheel Warsaw Into the Woods set

Happy Menu Plan Monday, friends! It’s been a good week here. Above, you see the set for “Into the Woods,” a musical I took the girls to see in a nearby town. I’ve been going to productions there for years, and they do a really great job. I’d never seen “Into the Woods” before. The characters are all from fairy tales, and it moved so fast that I really had to pay attention. I was amazed at how the troupe was able to put it together in just nine days of rehearsals.

Yesterday daughter #1 left for college, to return at Thanksgiving. It never gets easier saying goodbye to your kids πŸ™

This week, school begins again for daughter #3, who will be a junior. Her marching band camp ended Friday for another year. It is always fun to see the band show come together throughout the season. This year’s production has a very different sound from previous shows.

Menu plan for the week ahead —

Monday: Savory Bean and Spinach Soup β€” got the recipe a few years ago when I requested it in a restaurant where we liked it. Also naan bread which is on sale for $1 at Meijer this week.

2 qt. chicken broth

1 #10 can diced tomatoes

1 #10 can northern beans

1/2 box long grain wild rice

1 large onion, diced

garlic powder



1/2 bag of fresh spinach

Parmesan cheese

Tuesday: : Cheeseburger Buns β€” a favorite of the girls; they take a bit of time but are worth it. Basically, hamburger and cheese baked into bread dough.

Wednesday: Band night at Moe’s — eating out. Yay! Also, since this is daughter #3’s first day of school, a special dessert is in order. One of my favorites:

Chocolate Lover’s Delight

Bake a box of brownie mix. Let cool and cut into small pieces.

In a trifle bowl or 9 x 13 dish, layer brownie pieces, a container of Cool Whip, and a prepared box of chocolate pudding. Top with a chopped favorite candy bar.

Thursday: 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.

Friday: I’ll be at a dinner theater performance with my sister πŸ™‚ — daughter #2 cooks!

More menu plan Monday ideas and recipes at OrgJunkieβ€˜s. What are your plans for the week?

7 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday 8/14/17

  1. I saw the film version of Into the Woods with Anna Kendrick and James Corden – fun! We’re gearing up for my oldest son to come home in a few days for a visit!

  2. Sorry Daughter #1 left for school yesterday. Since I have no children, I can’t empathize with you concerning sending them off. But I can tell you that from my standpoint, leaving my family never gets easier. There are still tears sometimes at Christmas time when I have to leave family behind (knowing that that is often the only time I’ll see family members out of the entire year. And one of these years, I won’t even be able to see them then.) Glad you enjoyed your musical last week, and that you get to attend a dinner theater with one of your sisters this week. BTW, I would really enjoy your roasted chicken and veggies.

  3. Fresh tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, melon and peaches! And a little cottage cheese…you can’t beat all the veggies and fruit this time of year. The chocolate dessert sounds wonderful. Should I top it with my favorite candy bar or my husband’s? What a decision… πŸ˜‰

  4. Sorry about daughter #1 departing for college but the alternative isn’t too rosy either. Students I work around have just made pennants. They write on them their favorite subject and what they hope to do for a career. Some were real winners. One wrote “An archaeologist or Walmart casher.” Several stated they hoped for a career as a “Youtuber.”
    I continue enjoying the bag filled with sweet corn from a coworker’s garden.
    Enjoy your time with your sister!

  5. That bean and spinach soup sounds delicious to me! The other meal plans sound good also. As for me it will be leftovers from the weekend for at least one more day. The butterscotch pie is now gone, so your chocolate delight dessert would be nice about now. πŸ™‚ No doubt you are really missing Caroline today now that she is off to IU in Bloomington!
    We got bad news late Sunday afternoon that a good friend had passed away over the weekend, so Joe and I will be tied up the next couple of days going to the funeral home in Bluffton and to the funeral on Wednesday morning. Joe is really sad because the man who died was part of the Glory Land Express gospel group that Joe was keyboardist for, and his buddy was one of the guitarists. A CD made of the group performing will be played at the funeral service, so in a way Larry will be playing for his own funeral. Can’t wait to hear them again!

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