Weekly menu: 9/11-9/17

Over on Whipped Out, I used to do weekly menus where I would share what was for dinner at my house over the course of the week. Not that I think anyone cares exactly what we’re eating, but it’s so much easier for me when I have a plan, and I am always interested in what other people are eating because it gives me ideas for new things.

I slacked off on a weekly menu over the summer, because we did a lot of grilling and not a lot of cooking. It’s hard to get excited about bigger meals in the summer, don’t you think? We ate a lot of steak, chicken and hot dogs/brats. But now that B is in school and cooler temperatures are here, I’m ready to start thinking about cooking again.

This week, one of my goals is to cook with meat from the freezer and other items from the pantry. We have plenty of both so it shouldn’t be too difficult, though we may need to supplement with a few fresh veggies. We’ll see. Also, this week my brother is out of town, so there’s one less person eating (and he does eat a lot) so I need to manage leftovers differently this week.

Saturday: Mexican casserole (recipe here) accompanied by cornbread. I’m going to try a new cornbread recipe.

Sunday: Josh’s General Tso’s chicken. Recipe here.

Monday: Chili using stew meat (recipe here). Leftover cornbread. This can be done in the crockpot so it’s ready when we get home from swim lessons.

(I’d rather have stew with stew meat but I’m the only person in my house who likes stew, sadly)

Tuesday: Frozen tortellini with jarred spaghetti sauce. Something quick and easy because Tuesdays are soccer practice.

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Butter chicken. I do have a recipe for this here, but I’m going to use a special jar of sauce I got from Canada!

Friday: Grilled pork chops (marinade here) with crash potatoes ( recipe here). Random veggie (probably green beans for family and spaghetti squash for me. Found a new recipe here I’m dying to try)

Now, keep in mind, this is just my guideline menu. If something comes up, if we don’t have leftovers or I decide I’m too tired to cook, then the menu changes as needed. But the main goal for this week is still to eat in and eat from the freezer/pantry. So far, I see that I’d need to pick up some fresh ginger (for General chicken) and the spaghetti squash. Otherwise we have what we need!

What’s on your menu?

First day of kindergarten

Today was that day that I both looked forward to and dreaded: Brianna’s first day of kindergarten. I looked forward to it because she’s going to a fantastic private school with an amazing curriculum. She needed a place that was going to challenge her and push her forward, because she’s a bit lazy about learning sometimes, my girl is. She needed somewhere that wasn’t going to let her coast along. She was so excited about going, and woke up early this morning to announce, “It’s my first day of kindergarten!”

And, of course, I was dreading it because it’s one of those milestones that really drives home the point that your baby isn’t such a baby anymore. As if I needed that reminder so soon after the loss of her first tooth!

Because she’s attending private school, there’s a dress code/uniform. I’ll be honest and tell you I’m still not entirely sure this dress (a navy polo dress) fits the uniform requirements, but I figure they’ll tell me if it doesn’t. I had NO idea how hard and confusing it would be to navigate the world of uniforms and rules about clothes, and I don’t think I have it all quite figured out yet. And, just between you and me, I’ve been feeling a bit guilty about sending B to a place that does have such strict uniform rules that don’t even allow jewelry or bright hair accessories. We’re talking about my little accessory queen not being able to wear pink hairbands, bright headbands and pretty necklaces. I’m sure she’ll survive, but still…mom guilt, it’s a powerful thing. And I think it will be nice not to have a battle over clothes in the morning because some days…oof.

So, of course, I took a bunch of pictures on her first day, so what follows is a picture-intense post of this morning.

Now, I have to preface these next two pictures by telling you, I was done taking pictures but Brianna says, “No wait, just ONE more” and proceeds to put on the goofy face. So these pictures? You can totally see how she’s our kid and loves to be silly.

Next we were standing next to the car and Brianna decided I needed to take just a few more pictures. She’s apparently come to the conclusion that the best modeling pose is clasping her hands in the middle of her chest. I have NO idea where that came from. (these ARE two different pictures, but shows how carefully she was posing)

I snapped a few pics of her walking into school. I don’t like these pictures. I don’t want to think about her walking AWAY.

She knew right where to find her hook, because we’d just attended orientation on Friday. She also walked right to the classroom, had no problems remembering where it was.

The class has a class pet, Gibbs, who’s a rather friendly guinea pig. The second thing Brianna asked me when she woke up this morning was if we had any carrots she could take for Gibbs. The blond lady is B’s new teacher, Ms. V. I don’t have a good sense yet of what she’s like, but Josh liked her sense of humor (she was teasing Brianna first thing).

And at the end of it all, Brianna gave us each a hug and kiss goodbye and walked back to get some more playtime in with Gibbs before school officially started for the day. She didn’t seem apprehensive or sad to see us go, just ready for her next adventure.

Meanwhile, this is me:

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