Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What's on the Menu?

For the past 7 plus years that I have been married, Jess and I make a menu for the week and then go grocery shopping for the things that we need. This helps keep us on track with our bugdet and helps us not to over spend at the grocery store. Although sometimes it still happens. Here is one of our Menu's from a few weeks ago:

Monday: BBQ hotdogs and steak
Tuesday: Lasagne
Wednesday: Left overs
Thursday: Hilda's Rice
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Dad's night
Sunday: Chicken parmesan

We generally try to have a left overs night since some of the recipes can't be cut down anymore and lets face it not every meal can be frozen and used at a later date. But anything that can be we try to freeze. My kids get to help out with the meal planning and they even get to help cook. Their favorite thing to do is to help me make bread. My mother-in-law has the most amazing recipe and generously gave it to me and taught me how to make bread... it is divine!! My kids are hooked and now super spoiled. We also love, love, love freezer jam. I can't wait for fruit season. The sad thing is most of the fruit will be rippening and ready for canning and making jam about the time my baby is due :(. So this year might be slim pickin's for my kids and husband. But hopefully my baby will come on the day I've told her too (Ha Ha Ha!!) and I should be up and moving around enough to at least get the basics done. And if we have another spring in Utah like we had last year... the fruit will all be a month or two behind and then I'll definitely be okay for canning :)!!

The one really sad thing is...that my menu's have gone out the window since becoming pregnant and let me tell you how much that has thrown me through a loop. At the same time I'm so tired I can't even begin to think about cooking let alone actually doing it. Hopefully my first trimester will come to screaching hault and I'll feel better over night and be able to resume our normal routines and even try out some new recipes :)!!!


Mandy said...

I know exactly what you mean on menu's going out the window when you are pregnant! Here's to hoping the end of the first trimester ends that!

Giannina said...

It's funny isnt it being pregnant. With me I always get super sick. For the first three months of being prego I cant keep anything down,I've got no energy I'm just a blog on the couch or in bed. But as soon as that 3rd month hits and I can't take it anymore, like a miracle overnight I'm almost instantly a new person! Weird thought after that, but I still miss being pregnant. Hang in there! Besides if Jess is anything like Chris and I think he is, I'm sure he steps right up to the plate to pick up your slack (as best he can of course)It's a true blessing to have such a wonderful husband!

Dana said...

I still make Hilda's rice too! Yum!

You should post some of the really great recipies on here....bread is a good one to share. Everyone has a different way to make it but they are so so good.

Diamond in the Rough said...

I'll have to start posting a few family favorites. And some tips and tricks I've learned from the Master (my mother-in-law).

Crazy? Who's Crazy? said...

Pregnant, is that what it takes for your menu to go out the window? Mine takes less than that, I'm so proud of you for keeping up on bread and everything!! You are doing so much still while in that yucky part of morning sickness pregnancy. So, What's Hilda's rice? I'm always looking for a great new meal plan idea. Sorry about Tuesday, kinda forgot since I got no sleep Monday night... I'll make it up to you - promise. LOL.