Category Archives: menu plan Monday

In which we have an excess of subscription meal boxes

Well I missed days 9, 10 and 11 of National Blog Posting Month, so I think it’s safe to say I won’t be completing it this year. I was a little disappointed with myself on Saturday morning when I realized I hadn’t written anything on Friday, because this will be this first November in a lot of years that I haven’t posted something every day. But the good news is that I am write on track on my National Novel Writing Month project. In the word-count sense, that is. The story itself is off-the-rails nonsensical. But I’m still doing that, and it’s taking up most of my words every day.

A friend gave me a try-it-out code for Hello Fresh recently, and we’re trying that out this week. It’s overlapping with my Blue Apron experiment, so pretty much all of our groceries were delivered to the door this week. It’s felt extremely indulgent. I have a code for $40 off at Hello Fresh if any of you would like to try it out. Disclaimer: I’ll get a $20 credit it you use that link.

Monday: Lemon pepper chicken linguine

This is from Hello Fresh, and I think there’s a 50-50 chance the kids will like it.

Tuesday: Out probably
It’s a pretty scattered day. Maybe I’ll come through the door with bags of freshly prepared salads, but it’s more likely to be cheeseburgers.

Wednesday: Honey-glazed Pork Tenderloin
This one’s also from Hello Fresh. I’m a sucker for anything honey-glazed, so I’m expecting to like this.

Thursday: Seared Chicken with Honey Mustard
This one is from Blue Apron, and the kids will be off rehearsing for “A Christmas Carol” so it’ll just be me and Rockford trying it out. It looks a little plain.

Friday: Steak fajitas
The kids have had play practice so often lately that they haven’t been helping with dinner, but they’ll be home Friday night so Pete is going to make us some fajitas. With a lot of assistance, sure, but it’s his show.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

It’s Election Day and I want to eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for dinner

Today is Midterm Election Day in America, and it’s kind of a big deal. We talked about that yesterday, though, and I am trying not to spin the wheels of anxiety thinking about that. I’m also trying to be more mindful about eating my feelings, so instead of diving into a big pile of Halloween candy let’s talk about our menu for the week.

Monday: Crab cakes

Everyone else was elsewhere for dinner last night, so I bought myself some crab cakes from Publix and had a nice and tasty little dinner all alone. It was not unpleasant.

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Bacon Apple BBQ Chicken
It almost takes longer to type the name of the recipe than it does to prepare it. Not really, though, because I have to peel and chop five apples and I am slow at that.

Wednesday: Poppyseed Chicken
Wednesday is Pete’s birthday, and this is what he wanted for dinner. I haven’t made it in a long time because it’s chock-full of sour cream and I don’t eat dairy anymore. I have not decided if I’m going to pop some Lactaid and go for it or not.

Thursday: Undetermined
The kids have play practice and we’ll have guests visiting, so we may go out.

Friday: Frozen pizzas
Fancy Friday, as always.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

Parsley is native to the Mediterranean

Pete had a three-day weekend, and while he was the only family member that did it is still making today feel like Monday for me. And it was a pretty busy weekend, complete with the annual chili cook-off at church (I placed third), a fly-fishing trip for Rockford (he dropped his phone and himself in the river), and auditions for a performance of “A Christmas Carol” for the children (no word on whether or not they got parts).

This week is going to be busy but not any more so than our normal weeks. Here’s what we’ll be eating, sort of.

Tuesday: German lentils and sausages
I’m not sure what makes this recipe from Five Heart Home a German dish — the sausages, I guess? Is parsley German? — but I’ve been on a lentil kick lately and this will be 95 percent done when we get home from soccer practice so its nationality nomenclature is really a secondary concern. I started this in the CrockPot this morning, and the house currently smells like a garlic factory.

Wednesday: DIY
It’s one of those Everyone Is Everywhere At Every Hour of the Day days. There’s food in the kitchen, happily, and all members of the family know how to access it.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meatballs
Pete’s going to be assisting on this one.

Friday: Something Poppy doesn’t like
Poppy will be dining with her friends at a homeschool dance (yes! they exist! and not in the family basement, “Good Luck Charlie”!), so we’ll be having something she especially doesn’t like but the rest of us do. Possibly Chipotle.

According to, our pal parsley is native to the Mediterranean. Our Herb Garden has a lot of information about parsley in folk lore, including that the Ancient Greeks associated it with death! I’m so glad to have learned that just after adding a tablespoon of it to tonight’s meal!

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.