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I miss cheese

Hey Nichole, where’ve you been?
Mostly in the car. These kids with their activities, you know?

But why haven’t you been writing anything?
I think I lost my mojo a month or so ago, and I still haven’t found it. But Poppy tells me I should write something, so here we are.

What’s new?
I’ve spent a good amount of time recently trying to figure out what Pete and I can and can’t eat. We’ve both been having some stomach issues, and I’ve been having headaches and dry, itchy spots on my limbs. So we’re doing an elimination diet to try to figure out if my favorite foods — bread and cheese — are doing us wrong. It seems to be working. I haven’t had as many headaches, both of us have had fewer stomachaches, and I had a pretty bad Day 11 after eating some bread and cheese on Day 10. (I know 10 days isn’t long enough, but we had a special occasion.)

We’re trying to eliminate wheat/gluten and most dairy. I say “most” because I’m still cooking with butter. I’ve only struggled with it a couple of times, mostly when confronted with pizza or naan. I can’t figure out which item I’d prefer to be causing the problem, but I’m very much hoping it isn’t both of them.

Monday: Soy-Scallion Flank Steak
I didn’t use gluten-free soy sauce in this marinade. Hopefully that doesn’t do us in.

Tuesday: Balsamic chicken
I’ve been making this for awhile, since my father-in-law changed his diet for health reasons. It’s delicious.

Wednesday: Barbacoa tacos
We’re going to serve this with corn tortillas, and I already know I’m going to miss the sour cream and cheese. I’m hoping copious amounts of avocado will help.

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner
I have a meeting, so Rockford will be manning the pancake (and gluten-free waffle) station.

Friday: Pork tenderloin
I haven’t decided how I’m going to do this yet, but I’m leaning toward putting it on the grill.

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

Why I’ve been posting our weekly menu for almost a decade

Welcome to the first Menu Plan Monday of NaBloPoMo 2016! I’ve been planning our menu a week at a time for almost 15 years, and I’ve posted 89 pages of Menu Plan Monday posts here since 2007, which may lead you to wonder why I sometimes struggle to figure out what to put on said menu plan when I sit down to put it together. That struggle to remember what meals we’ve enjoyed is one of the reasons I keep writing these posts. It’s great to have them to reference when I’m stuck for ideas.

Planning our meals 7 days at a time also helps with our budget, because having a grocery list keeps us from making too many impulse buys. I used to pore over local grocery store sales ads when I made the menu plan, which really maximized the budget. I haven’t taken the time to do that lately, but I do occasionally swap things out on the fly if there’s a good sale going on. I also try to take advantage of things such as the Buy Two, Get Three Free sales that Harris Teeter frequently offers (see: ““How Far Will $64 Go at Harris Teeter”) to stash meats and veggies away in the freezer for leaner days.

Our family is in a very busy season right now, so our meals are mostly things that are very simple and quick to put together these days. Here’s what we’re having this week:

Monday: Tacos
Pete wanted to go to his favorite taco spot for dinner tonight, and it’s his birthday so that’s what we’re gonna do.

Tuesday: Thai Chicken Curry Soup
This is the first dish that caught my eye from Freddie Prinze Jr.’s “Back to the Kitchen.” It was too hot here to make it last week, but it should be cool enough for soup this week. I love Thai curries, so I’m pretty excited about this one.

Wednesday: ???
Rockford and I are going out for the evening. My in-laws and He Who Would Be The Brother-in-Law will be at home dining with the children.

Thursday: Quesadillas
Like tacos, but flat.

Friday: Probably cheeseburgers

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

Another busy week, another menu plan

We had a beautifully busy Labor Day weekend filled with friends, family and tons of cake. Pete kicked things off with a birthday sleepover at a friend’s house on Friday night, then we went to my brother’s house to celebrate his son’s third birthday. We spent Saturday night there, and we ate delicious pastries and played a lot of “Super Mario World.” We came home on Sunday in time to have dinner with Rockford’s parents, and on Monday we went to their house for my sister-in-law’s birthday dinner. We also went for a hike on a new-to-us trail that we had literally all to ourselves.

It was a lovely weekend.

We won’t be doing as much driving this week as we did over the weekend, but it’s going to be busy-busy nonetheless. Here are the easy-peasy meals we’ll be having this week:

Monday: Shepherds pie
We went to my in-laws’ house to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday. She’d requested shepherds pie, which I’d never had before. It was a hearty meal.

Tuesday: Fish sticks and macaroni & cheese
My original plan called for “Frozens.” Then I checked the freezer and discovered a big bag of fish sticks, so that’s what’ll be on the table this evening. I may have a veggie burger.

Wednesday: Spaghetti
Our soccer carpool plan for tomorrow is a little up in the air right now, so this might turn into Pick Something Up On The Way Home from Soccer Practice if I end up driving.

Thursday: Tacos
This is the only meal I need to go to the grocery store to make this week!

Friday: ???
If we go to the fair we’ll probably have corn dogs and deep-fried Oreos for dinner. If we don’t go, we’ll have pizza. (We aren’t actually going to have deep-fried Oreos. Probably.)

Still hungry? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie for more menu plans.