Isn’t she beautiful?

From the Cinco de Mayo DC United soccer game. We had a fabulous time. DC United scored a goal and in celebration, B tossed up the confetti she’d made from shredding a game program. Unfortunately, confetti and cotton candy don’t mix. But she didn’t care…

Weekly Menu: 5/16/10-5/22/10

I almost forgot about the weekly menu (again) because I’m currently in Toronto, where I’ll be until Tuesday. So, of course, that means an abbreviated menu this week, but I still need to cook the last part of the week, so let’s see…

Wednesday: pork chops. On the grill if it’s nice, in the oven if it’s not. Baked potatoes. Corn on the cob.

Thursday: Ranch chicken (I was supposed to make this last week, but didn’t). I have no idea what sides I’m going to serve. Side dishes are the hardest part of meals!

Friday: Grilling… fish for me, hamburgers/hot dogs for the others. Corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.

Saturday: Date night! Brianna is going to my in-laws for TWO weeks, leaving this day.

Heh. So it’s a lot easier when I only have to plan for three days. The next two weeks of meals will be different because I’ll be out of town both weekends (once for fun, with Josh, then for work) and because Brianna won’t be here. I tend to cook less and plan ahead less when she’s not around. But there will still be three of us, so we’ll see how the planning goes.

Anyway, what’s on your menu?

Expectant mom on bedrest needs your meal ideas!

My friend E. is the mom of 2 toddlers. She’s also pregnant w/her third child and has just been put on bedrest. Yikes! Thankfully, her husband works from home so he can help out, but the biggest challenge is meal ideas. Here’s what she has to say:

I am drawing a blank when it comes to suggesting simple meals for J. to make.

Breakfast is easy. We’ll do cold cereal, fruit, yogurt, toast, etc.

Lunch will be sandwiches, soup, salads (like egg, chicken, garden, etc.), chicken fingers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, etc.

Dinner is where I am drawing a blank. I need stuff that is really quick and easy to prepare. He is not interested in spending more than like ten or fifteen minutes preparing stuff. I guess that what we need is more lunch type ideas to eat at dinner.

What relatively easy, kid-friendly meal ideas can you share? Do you have super simple crockpot recipes, cold meal ideas, or quick stovetop meals? Please share them in the comments and help E. and her family out so they have one less thing to worry about as she concentrates on cooking a baby bean!

Weekly Menu: 5/9/10-5/15/10

This weekly menu thing is for the birds. Who thought this was a good idea? Okay, the truth is, I NEED the weekly menu, because it’s ugly when I don’t have one (like last week). We seem quite aimless and are always guessing at what we’re going to eat. It causes stress and makes me tired. So a weekly menu it is, it’s just that some weeks, it seems SO hard. Why can’t someone do this for me?

Sunday: it’s Mother’s Day, so I’m not cooking (much). Josh is grilling steaks and corn on the cob. I’m making Crash Potatoes and sauteing some asparagus and maybe some zucchini. And I made both Strawberry Pie and Strawberry-Rhubarb crunch (recipes to come on Wednesday) for dessert because we picked strawberries yesterday (I LOVE strawberry picking!)

Monday: Spaghetti. Yeah, we have this a lot. It’s my favorite meal to cook and to eat. And I love having spaghetti leftovers for lunches.

Tuesday: Chicken stir fry with rice

Wednesday: Pioneer Woman’s Ranch Chicken with mashed potatoes and salad

Thursday: Shish kabobs on the grill (ingredients to be determined but probably beef and/or chicken, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, potatoes, onions and green peppers)

Friday: Parent’s Night Out. Date Night!

Saturday: I’m going to stop planning Saturdays because we always get busy and don’t follow the menu

Etsy shop: Snappy Shop (Aprons)

I’m a big fan of Etsy stores and I can spend hours surfing on Etsy. Sometimes I’ll look for something in particular, other times I’ll just hit a general browse and look to see what catches my eye. That’s what I was doing when I stumbled upon this apron shop, Snappy Shop. Not only are her aprons full of win, but she has amazingly fun pictures that she uses to model them. In fact, going through her site, I became convinced that I’d love to head over to her house for a meal with her family, because they look like hella fun people!

I’m still deciding which apron to buy (I really love the ones with the matryoshka doll though), I’ll probably get a half apron, since I don’t have one in my collection, but she has such fun “marketing” on her page and such whimsical apron designs, I think they have to be rewarded with a purchase, don’t you?

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