Hi everyone! Time to plan our menus and start our week off on an organized foot, yay for menu planning!
First though I thought I’d get right into this week’s stumbling block.
Avoiding the 4:00 witching hour
Oh my, you know the hour I’m talking about. It may be a different time in your house but for me it always seemed to start around 4:00 with my little ones. I think that’s because when I worked full-time outside the home (when my oldest two were little) we all got home at 4:00 and the meltdowns started almost immediately right after (and not just by the kids either!). It was horrible. It was made worse all around because I didn’t know about menu planning at that time and my idea of planning for dinner included coming home, opening the fridge or freezer, staring inside hoping something, anything would jump out and rescue me. The kids would be crying, I would be grumpy and it was just not a pleasant scene in my house back then. Oh if I only knew then what I know now.
My sister is in the same boat now with her young girls (3 and 1). She works full time, picks her kids up from daycare and gets home between 4 and 4:30. However she avoids this frightening witching hour (most of the time anyway!) by making up all of her meals ahead of time. How does she do this? She spends a couple of hours each Sunday making enough meals to carry her through the week. She then packages them up, some for the fridge and some for the freezer, to have ready and waiting to go when she needs them. Smart, smart, smart.
Using a slow cooker is also another option for some but for those that work all day outside of the home and aren’t able to come home for lunch, the food would be cooking for way too long. Yuck. That’s where freezer cooking comes in and is a fantastic example of how a little advance preparation can solve a HUGE problem for many people.
I wanted to come up with some great freezer cooking resources for you so I headed to Pinterest (where else?) and did a search. Well what would come up but one of my posts that I did way back in 2008 with an entire list of freezer cooking resources. I’d completely forgotten all about it, duh! So last night I spent a couple of hours updating it and I do hope you find it helpful. Click on the image below to check it out.
So last week’s highlight definitely goes to the Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps made with my panini press. Oh my so delicious!! Not to mention easy especially considering my sous chef daughter browned the meat and grated the cheese for me. Gotta love a sous chef!!
What was your favorite recipe last week?
My Weekly Menu:
Monday: Shredded Beef au Jus (missed from last week)
Tuesday: Valentine’s Day! – Spaghetti with Bolognese Sauce (I’ll make this sauce earlier in the day and throw it into my slow cooker to simmer away). For a special dessert: No Bake Cheesecake and Heart Jello Jigglers
Wednesday: Tortellini and Ham
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Rotisserie Style Chicken (a family favorite!) – I’ll make it in the oven though instead of the slow cooker
Saturday: Chicken Caesar Pita Sandwich (using up leftover chicken)
Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own)
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.
More family favorite recipes here.