Meal Plan and Weekly Goals – September 17, 2013

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013


What?  Oh, you didn’t see this up this morning.  Well … you are so observant! You earned a gold star.   This time it was because of procrastination.

The meal plan has actually been put together since Saturday.  Then my husband suggested a movie (the kids were all asleep), I suggested made-at-home cappuccinos and an impromptu date night was in order.  How could I say no?  So, the meal plan wasn’t posted on Sunday.

Sunday we left the house for church and didn’t return until 6:30, at which point supper had to be made and bed times quickly followed.  I fell asleep around 8:30.

Monday involved canning tomato jam and beginning to paint the porch ceiling.  That night, this is the procrastination part, I mentioned to my  husband that season 2 of “Call the Midwife” was now on Netflix.  Instead of doing the correct thing and turning on a manly, things exploding movie so I would go post the menu plan and do the dishes, silly man turned on the first episode of season 2.  I was hooked.  He went to bed.  🙂  I did show some restraint and not watch a second episode.

This morning was taken up by processing about 25 lbs of tomatoes into sauce and beginning the cooking down process, a trip to the produce auction, lunch and then a doctor’s appointment that took over an hour longer than it should have.  Back home to clean up the tomato mess from this morning, put a snack on the table, pick up some before my husband came home, and find out what was for supper.  It was at this point that I decided the dishes can wait a bit longer and I really need to come post the menu plan.

And I wonder how it is that the weeks have flown by.  It really seems like everyday is taken up by this or that and nothing that I had planned on getting done is actually getting done.  Well, except the canning.


  1. Fried Pancakes with Maple Creme Syrup, bananas
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast
  4. Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal with diced apples
  7. Traveling


  1. Eat Out
  2. Salad
  3. Eat Out (Subway with gift card)
  4. Sticky Blackberry Barbecue Pork Ribs, grilled potato slices with salt and vinegar, steamed carrots
  5. Pulled Chicken with Apple-cucumber slaw, fried potatoes and onions, vegetable
  6. Chipotle Chocolate Chili, peanut butter sandwiches
  7. Traveling


  1. Leftovers
  2. Pizza
  3. Watermelon, soup?
  4. Curried Chickpea Yogurt Dip, veggies, watermelon
  5. Salami Sandwiches, watermelon
  6. Leftovers
  7. Traveling

There you have it.  This week’s menu.  I’m trying to use up what we have in the freezer, one week at a time.  So far it hasn’t been too bad and is going a lot better than when I planned it a whole month at a time.  As for the watermelon, we got it from the Farmer’s Market last Saturday.  The leftover watermelon that was in the refrigerator was put into a bag and added to the freezer.  It will be turned into Watermelon Sorbet at some point in the future.  What ever is left of this melon at the end of the week will join the ‘leftovers’ already in the freezer.

Weekly Goals collage May 2013It has been a while since I wrote out my weekly goals.  Instead of dividing them out by categories, I am going to list them according to how I hope they get done this week.  I have three days of no where to go, which I hope translates into getting these items done or greatly progressed towards their completion.

  1. Can tomato jam
  2. Paint porch ceiling
  3. Can remaining tomatoes (from last week)
  4. Scrap porch floor
  5. Paint porch floor
  6. Scrap porch railing
  7. Make and freeze one batch of muffins
  8. Make and freeze 3 months worth of one of this week’s soups
  9. Start and finish laundry (put away as it finishes)
  10. Read 1 hour to the kids – I realized that this is something dropped once the school year began.  They seems to really miss it.

There you go.  #1 has already been done.  #2 and #3 are started.  If I can keep up the momentum tomorrow, then the rest of the week should follow and these will finally be completed.

It has been a while since I’ve done a freezer meal session.  My Wednesday breakfasts are sorely repetitive because of it.  It used to be so easy to go grab a muffin from the freezer.  Now I have to make french toast or do cereal because I didn’t plan enough time that morning to actually make muffins.  And there are just so many yummy ones to make.

What is your favorite muffin recipe?  Do you prefer to make them fresh, freeze the batter to bake fresh, or freeze muffins already made?