If you’ve ever wondered if I always do things perfectly in the meal planning department, wonder no more. And if you haven’t ever wondered, it’s probably because you actually know me and my imperfect ways. Or you live in this house with me and know that sometimes, dinner is YOYO (You’re on Your Own).
Last week turned out to be a “wing it” week. I never even went to the grocery. I did send my son for a few key ingredients like milk and bread. For the rest, I decided to use what we already had in the pantry, fridge and freezer.
Of course, this meant that I entered each new day with no plan at all for dinner. This is not an ideal way to get dinner on the table. On the other hand, I do find it to be an ideal way for me to create new recipes. Some of my best recipes come out of that 5:30 stress of knowing dinner is in 30 minutes and I have to use what I have on hand.
Monday was Memorial Day. We grilled hamburgers for lunch and served them up with baked beans, french fries and a simple wedge salad (post coming soon on this one). We also had watermelon (post coming soon on my lazy person’s way of dealing with this big fruit). And I made a cherry cobbler using a recipe from a friend (post coming soon.) Three posts out of one lunch worth of cooking sounds good to me!
The other highlight of Memorial Day was the little fish that Jim caught with his fly fishing rod in the pond by our house.
On Tuesday, I was determined to cook the chuck roast I’d bought to make African Pulled Beef Sandwiches last week. I love those sandwiches, but I wanted to try something new. I ended up creating Chuck Roast Enchiladas (post coming soon). They turned out great!
Highlight of the day on Tuesday was our swan sighting. Three swans visited the pond on Tuesday. For as small as this pond is, it has a lot of wildlife in it. Canada geese, mallard ducks, blue heron have all been seen there, but I had no idea we even had swans in Kentucky. I wanted to learn more, so I googled “swans in Kentucky” and found this article about swans killing a man. Odd, but true.
I loved watching those swans. And despite their murderous tendencies, I wish they would have stayed around.
Wednesday night I fixed a quick dinner of lemon pepper tilapia on the George Foreman grill with roasted asparagus from the farmers market. One of my goals this summer is to visit the farmers market frequently and to buy produce that we don’t normally eat.
Thursday night, I had book club. We were planning to go see The Great Gatsby together, but the movie times changed and it threw us off. We ended up eating out instead. I left the people at home to figure out their own dinner. I’m nice like that.
Notable event of Thursday night: I have now been pan-handled by the same woman 4 different times, twice on Thursday night. And the other women with me have also been hit up for money by this woman. She always has a story of how her car broke down and she needs money to get it fixed. Hmmm…
Friday night, I didn’t make dinner either. We had various versions of scrambled eggs. I did make two new kinds of homemade ice cream (posts coming soon). They both turned out fabulous!
Now it’s Saturday. I have no idea what we’ll have for dinner! I do know that our oldest daughter is coming home from Bolivia tonight. She has been on a trip with Compassion International through her church. Here’s a picture of her with her fiance and the little girl she supports, Sheril.
I did get to talk to Meredith once this week (yay for FaceTime!). She told me how much the kids loved having them there. And she told me about one little girl who opened her backpack and pulled out things that her sponsor had sent her. She carried those things with her always. Meredith realized that she actually knew this little girl’s sponsor. The girl got so excited when she learned that and wanted Meredith take something back for the sponsor.
Sponsorship is so important in the lives of these kids. I love hearing the stories of people who get to meet the children they sponsor. And I’m so impressed by how Compassion keeps track of the kids and the churches they work with.
In case you’d like to do a better job of using a meal plan than I did this week, here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans. You can find out more about how to get them delivered to your inbox by clicking here.
Slow Cooker Plan
Honey Mustard Chicken Wings
Maple Apple Chicken
Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Caramel Fudge Smore Nachos