Monday, October 11, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Really? Monday again? I can't believe that not only is it another Monday, it's October 11! I mean, REALLY?!?!?!

But I guess it's true. According to my little pregnancy thingie over there, I only have a hundred and ten days left till I deliver. That seems doable, right? And I think I'm coming closer and closer to a firm idea that this is it for Team Engelbrecht. A family of six seems like plenty, right? I just don't think I can do this again. I'm pretty tired.

Anyway, we're in limbo about when Nick is or isn't leaving. I know it won't make sense to anyone not living this life, but it SUCKS big time, this waiting game. I know I should be grateful for every extra day he spends at home, and I am, but it's really hard to expect him to leave on day one, then he doesn't, so you expect day two, but he doesn't, so you figure day get the idea. So as bad as it sounds, and as much as I know you're all going to shake your heads and say "what is WRONG with that girl?" I'd rather he just left when he was supposed to. So shoot me.

But here's the menu. If he sticks around, he can eat it with us, if he leaves, we'll eat it on our own.

Monday: grilled steak and baked potatoes (because I know he's not leaving today, so he can grill)

Tuesday: mexican casserole (boat schedule aside, he has duty, so we're on our own.) I haven't made this in a LONG time, but it used to be one of my absolute favorites. I've gotten in the habit lately of making dinner and then immediately freezing half for these months when I'm Single Mom-ing it, but I'm not sure how to handle it with the rice. Do I bake it all and then freeze half? Or do I get it all ready to bake, freeze half, and bake the rest? That's what I've been doing lately, but I wasn't sure what the rice would do in the freezer. Any advice?

Wednesday: creamy one pot pasta. Also been a long time, but this one's pretty good too.

Thursday: leftovers. Friday is trash day, so I gotta dump the entire fridge in there Thursday night. Helps avoid flies I guess.
Friday: breakfast for dinner

Saturday: grill out or eat out

Sunday: eat out or grill out, depending on what we do Saturday

I also have a pound of turkey sausage in my fridge that I can't for the life of me remember why I bought. I must have had a recipe in mind, but I just cannot remember what it was! I hate to throw it out, but I have no idea what to do with it, and here on Guam, everything is prefrozen, so it's already been frozen and thawed TWICE, so I can't just throw it in the freezer until I figure it out. If that makes sense.

This week, while I'm wasting time on the internet to avoid doing any and all forms of housework, I'm on a mission: crock pot recipes. I need em, and they gotta be good. Any suggestions? I love crock pot cooking (who doesn't?) but I hardly ever do it. And although I don't work and technically have NOTHING to do all day, some days I just cannot find the time to cook dinner. Isn't that crazy? So I want some real, tasty, whole food recipes. I'm not one of those whole food hippies or anything, but it seems like a lot of crockpot recipes I come across are like eight cans of soup and a piece of bologna. And that's not really what I'm going for.

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