Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 8th

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I am feeling much better emotionally and sometime soon I’ll gather my thoughts and explain why.  Thanks for all your wonderful comments.

Due to some schedule changes in our home this past week I never got around to making two of the recipes I had planned.   Not a big deal though because I can just move them forward to this week if I want, I love the flexibility of menu planning!

Each week I try and share a new menu planning resource with you if I come across something that I think would be helpful to others.  This one is brilliant and although it doesn’t help us so much with our own menu planning it is an awesome FREE service if you are trying to coordinate meals for others.  It’s called Food Tidings, a website that exists to simplify the process of organizing meals for friends or family members in a transitional time of life. For someone who has just had a baby, recovering from surgery or injury, grieving the passing of a loved one, confined to bed rest, and almost anything else, receiving dinners from loved ones can be very comforting and helpful.  I just signed up and created a “dummy” schedule just to see how it works and it’s amazingly simple and efficient.  Once you’ve got a schedule created you can quickly email others giving them the opportunity to choose a day to bring a meal that is convenient for them.  As an organizing junkie, this kind of simple streamlining makes me very very happy.

So here is what’s on our menu.  Have a great week all!

Monday: Mexican Chicken Soup served with Bread Machine Wheat Bread

Tuesday: Pepperoni Pasta

Wednesday: Crockpot Apple, Cheddar & Turkey Meatballs (these look so good, I just have to try them!) served with rice

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Baked Chicken and Acorn Squash

Saturday: Grilled steak, baked potatoes and grilled garden veggies

Sunday: Casual night aka last ditch fridge clean out


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76 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 8th

  1. 1
    mjpuzzlemom says

    The pepperoni pasta looks like a winner! Thanks for hosting MPM!


    What A Crock!

  2. 2
    Lisha says

    This site has been such a great inspiration and help to me. Thank you!

  3. 3
    Annie says

    Hey the take out means I’m not cooking…so if we’re all in for dinner on Saturday that would be awesome!!

    I let them know you guys were coming out…woohoo!

  4. 4
    Forgetfulone says

    No MPM for me today! boo hoo! Actually, in one way it’s good. This is a busy week for me, and my husband is going to take care of Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we’ll eat at church. Thursday we get to go out, and Friday is football night, which means pizza!

  5. 5
    Michelle says

    I hope that you know how much I/We love meal planning and linking up every week,All of your meals sound delicious especially the Crockpot Apple and Cheddar Turkey Meatballs.Have a great week..

  6. 6
    $5 Dinner Mom says

    I’m gonna have to try the baked chicken and acron squash! This could definitely be done for $5 or less!
    I love pepperoni pasta too! Yum yum at your house this week!

  7. 8
    Kristen says

    So glad you are feeling a little more like yourself 🙂

  8. 9
    Jamie @ Purposeful P says

    Pepperoni Pasta would most likely be a hit at my house. I’ll have to give that one a try.

    I got my menu posted…it’s been awhile for me.

  9. 10
    Pamela says

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better! This is my first Menu Plan Monday, on my brand-new blog! Thanks for the inspiration, you’re making me a better, happier wife and mommy 🙂

  10. 11
    Organizing Mommy says

    I figure you’d come out of it, and I was praying. The Lord Jesus is your strength.

  11. 12
    kiy says

    Great menu. Wow, acorn squash. A sure thing that summer is gone and fall is here. Yippee, I love and adore fall! 🙂

    Cheers, Kiy

  12. 13
    Kellie says

    WOO HOO! I am a first timer? Finally!!!

  13. 14
    Kellie says

    Wow. I must be tired – 62 and 63 are BOTH mine… argh… I’m such a NOOB!

  14. 15
    Kellie says

    I would LOVE to! What an HONOR!!! And I will, but right now it’s lost… bummer! Maybe when I get the counter cleared off… 🙂

  15. 16
    Gina says

    I’m glad to hear you are feeling better! I’m in a cooking funk right now and just don’t feel like planning anything. But I did it anyway. Thanks for the motivation.

  16. 17
    Donna says

    Oh I love acorn squash!!!

    -and those turkey meatballs sound amazing but I know about 6 kids who would dig every last cranberry right out of ’em!…hmmm, perhaps if I chopped them realllllllll fine…..

  17. 18
    Cindi says

    WOW! It’s 4:30 EST on Monday morning and I’m number 73 for posting my menu! I am so impressed that there are so many organized women out there!

  18. 19
    Tammi says

    Great sounding menu. I do not know how I managed before I started planning my weekly menus. It’s the next best thing to my bible! lol

  19. 20
    Beth says

    Lots of yummy things on your menu this week.

  20. 21
    The Happy Housewife says

    Wow- your week looks yummy and makes me think of fall! We don’t have fall temperatures yet, but your menu is getting me ready!

  21. 22
    AbFabGeek says

    The website foodtidings looks really useful. Thanks for the info.

  22. 23
    Alissa says

    Your menu looks so delicious, especially the acorn squash. I have been reading for quite awhile, but just finally started a blog so I will be a regular on here trying to keep my kitchen from the last minute frustration where we are all whining “I’m hungry” and staring into the pantry and waiting for that perfect meal to fall out. Thanks for the help.

  23. 24
    Christy says

    Yum…the Mexican Soup looks good! 🙂 Thanks for hosting this…I always enjoy looking at other people’s menus for inspiration, and I love the idea behind the website you shared today! Heading over right now to check it out.

  24. 25
    Rachel says

    Okay, so I don’t have a food blog, but I can tell ya what I’m making for dinner over the next couple of weeks. I do a rough meal-plan for every two weeks, which is when payday grocery shopping happens in my house. This week, we are having: 1)chicken tortilla soup with homemade tortilla chips; 2)chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles; 3)pork chops with hashbrown casserole; 4)lasagna; 5)pot roast with veggies; 5) meatloaf w/mashed potatoes; 6)grilled chicken salad….I could go on and on, but it would take me forever! I have 3 teenage stepsons and a preteen daughter, as well as me and my dear hubby, so you can imagine the amount of food that our household goes through…;o) Meal-planning saves me a lot of money, and a lot less trips to the grocery store!

  25. 26
    SheilaG says

    My big push this week is to get my children making two of the meals. They’re 11 and 13, so it’s about time! Of course, it takes almost as much work to have them make it as to make me make it, but it’s important to teach them!

    Have a good one!

    Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

  26. 27
    Lisa says

    I love seeing all the different possibilities. Now if my family was just more adventurous.

  27. 28
    Bobbi Jo says

    Love Menu Plan Monday! It is so fun to check around and see what everyone else is having and you get to see some great blogs and great recipe ideas. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  28. 29
    The Frugal Momma says

    My plan doesn’t really count as a plan, since there was no planning, just a really busy weekend & week ahead!

  29. 30
    Tameka says

    Wow. Thanks for the link & recipe for the crock pot Apple, chedder & turkey meatballs. Those sound yummy!

  30. 31
    Angie says

    My menu is up. I’m really glad hubby and I started this menu planning even if we pretty much only know the main dish and figure out the side on the fly. LOL

    Have a great week.

  31. 32
    Naomi in Ohio says

    Let us know about the meatballs! Looked good to me,but the family didn’t think so!

  32. 33
    Michelle says

    I’m finally menu planning again, and posting it for the first time!

  33. 34
    kat says

    Baked chicken & acorn squash, now that sounds like fall.

  34. 35
    Courtney says

    Those meatballs sound interesting! Might have to try those one day.

  35. 36
    Rona says

    I’m sorry to hear about your lost. You take care of yourself and family. God be with you.

  36. 37
    Steph says

    I love the idea of food tidings, thanks for sharing! I am one who cooks for friends in good times and bad, and a tool like this to help coordinate with friends is fantastic. Happy MPM!

  37. 38
    Cheri says

    Thanks for the web site tip – I’ll definately be passing that on to the sunshine meal coordinator for our women’s bible study!

  38. 39
    Mandi says

    Planned Menu set 🙂 I love this!

  39. 40
    Lisawa says

    Last week went well… We ended up not having pulled pork….we will next week!

    I posted this weeks new menu… Have a great week.


  40. 41
    Louise says

    Have a good week, Thankyou for letting me join in. I love the sound of some od your recipes.
    Louise x

  41. 42
    Pam says

    I can’t wait to hear about the meatballs – they sound yummy!

  42. 43
    Hayley says

    I just love that I found this site! Menu planning has always been such a chore for me, but with this blog, I think that it might be a lot of fun now!!! Thanks for all the organizing tips!

  43. 44
    Ninky says

    I’ve just started Menu Planning, and your site has helped me soo soo much! Thanks!

  44. 45
    *nemo* says

    Hi there everybody!
    I have not been doing this for ages, but I’m back again!
    The whole family is trying to lose weight so we have started planning our menu ahead of time starting this week. Wish us luck! We all have so much (weight) to lose!!

  45. 46
    Kamaile says

    The baked chicken and acorn squash sounds like a great dish to end the summer and welcome fall.

  46. 47
    Leeann says

    Hi Laura,

    As always, thank you for hosting MPM! Thanks to you and your site, I have been menu planning for months now. It has absolutely helped on making life simpler and easier and also helped us on our journey toward financial FREEDOM!

    I have one request for you to consider and I will admit right away that it is silly, childish and whiney. But, is there any possible way that Menu Plan Monday can start earlier? All of us post our menus to help others, certainly, but I think most of us will admit great pleasure in the fact that new people visit our blogs on Mondays and it is wonderful!

    But, for those of us living on the East Coast, MPM tends to hit the screen at midnight or later, while we are all a-snooze. And by Monday morning, the list is often 100 people long…and no one comes to visit our little blogs.

    I know, I told you. I’m whining.

    Anyway, I just wanted to toss it out as something you might consider doing, just to give us East Coasters a chance to get get in the top 25 every now and then.

    Again, thank you for hosting and for ALL that you do.
    Glad you are feeling better this week.


  47. 48
    crockpot lady says

    thank you for linking to me, Laura! I hope you like the meatballs, they were a hit in our house.

  48. 49
    Pennies In My Pocket says

    mmmmmm I must try the Mexican Chicken Soup! Everything sounds so good on your menu this week!


  49. 50
    Erica Burgan says

    My first time here, thanks for the great inspiration and place to link up our menu plans. It helps to have a place to share – holds me more accountable to plan! Hope to be a regular:-).

  50. 51
    Sarah says

    This is a great idea! I’m a newbie to this linky thing and meal planning. I’ve planned meals (b-fast, lunch, dinner & snack) 4 weeks in a row, and I’m hooked.

  51. 52
    Michelle at Scribbit says

    Well thanks for the pepperoni nod 🙂 You slap on some cheese and pepperoni and anything will taste better!

  52. 53
    Melissa says

    Those meatballs you’re making for Wednesday sound yum-o! Have a great week. Glad you’re feeling better, I prayed for you.

  53. 54
    Kim says

    Hey Laura,
    I hope you find your mojo soon. I’ve missed “chatting” with you.

  54. 55
    Angela says

    I saw the recipe for the turkey crockpot meatballs and thought they looked yummy too – but hubby will NOT eat ground turkey. :/ The Mexican Chicken soup looks like something we might try! Thanks for always hosting…. I’m so late – I’ve never been in the 300s before… but better late than never!! 🙂

  55. 56
    Meegan says

    OK – I finally got back into this – I haven’t posted a menu since July 27! Yikes!

  56. 57
    Traci says

    Thanks for the link, it will really come in helpful when I have to plan for my mother’s surgery……

    Your menu looks awesome….

    And on the previous post about the east coasters….I check as many of the menus that I can…..I like the creative names people use to catch my attention….it works.

  57. 58
    Bridget says

    This is my first time ever joining a Mr. Linky! Looks like fun and I’m looking forward to adding even more menu plans in the future.

  58. 59
    Peggy says

    Ok, this is my 1st time and I am late with my post:) I am hoping by planning weekly menus, I will save some $$$.

  59. 60
    Susanne says

    I must admit I’m in a bit of a slump with menu planning but I did get three meals thought out for this week.

    Tagged you for a blogging meme today.

  60. 61
    The Roost says

    You continue to make our lives easier and more organized :0)

  61. 62
    Jeannie says

    I can’t get over how many people the MPM had this week!!!! YIPPEE!!!! I think it’s GREAT!!!!! =)

    You are doing such a GREAT job!!!!!!!

  62. 63
    Tammy says

    Laura, LOVE your site. Since finding it, I have been making some awesome meal plans using your posters’ recipes/ideas. I thank you and so does my family who can now ask, “What’s for dinner” without getting a snippy reply back (because I now know the answer!). Thanks!

  63. 64
    savvysuzie says

    I actually just found a great sale on ground turkey ($1.50 a pound!) so I am thinking those turkey meatballs are going on the menu this week! Thanks for all you planning is doing wonders for me 🙂

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    Pennies In My Pocket says

    I’m just going to HAVE to try the Apple, Cheddar & Turkey Meatballs VERY soon!



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