Meal Plan: Week 7

This last week has both flown by and absolutely crrrrrraaaaaaaaawled all at the same time. I can compare it most similarly to those days in between Christmas and New Years, where you don’t know what day of the week it is, or what you are supposed to be doing, or what you did 5 minutes ago… For me, it is because we have had some more ugly weather here in the Boston area, and since my husband is a municipal employee, that means he is gone for sometimes 48 hours at a time doing plowing, snow management, and damage control. One one hand it is great because that means overtime hours and a little extra money coming in, but for the “wife and mother at home” his absence and his completely derailed sleep schedule can make the week much more challenging.

In addition to the crazy weather and hours, we have been busy building walls in our basement- both for my sewing area and a new bathroom that is attached to my waxing studio. (For those of you new here, I am a licensed esthetician that does body waxing out of my home studio space)… Anywhoooooo… My mind has been all over, my style sense has fallen by the wayside in lieu of working on these messy projects, and my husband has been MIA all week.

Despite these challenges, I can (almost) always depend on my personal home management schedule, and Thursdays are my meal planning days for the week! This coming weekend is a kid weekend at the Log Cabin. Because both of us are divorced with kids, we swap kid weekends with our ex’s. Kid weekends are always both challenging and predictable when it comes to meal planning. I always try to broaden the horizons of our little half-pint sponge-children while still trying to appeal to their (relative) immature palates. Some weekends I feel daring, while others… I tend to stick to the tried and true winning meals. Because this week has been so topsy turvy, I opted to stick with more “kid friendly” meals that I know will get eaten willingly. I am excited, however, to try adding in an ambrosia salad to our big Sunday Morning Breakfast Tradition this coming weekend. Last week, we tried this baked oatmeal dish and it was a very welcome addition to the rotation!

On my menu for the week is:

Spaghetti and Meatballs (a no-fail winner)

Chicken Fingers and Fries (The bain of my existence)

Ground Beef Stroganoff over Egg noodles (I have made this many times and my husband and I love it)

Balsamic and Honey Pot Roast (a new recipe to me)

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken (a new recipe to me) with Jasmine rice

Cauliflower and Ground Beef Hash (a new recipe to me)

A lovely photo, taken by my 11-year old son…

Here’s to a rested, productive, week to come! What’s on your menu this week? I’d love to know!


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