This is how our Saturday Started:
The Hubs made us Pancakes and Bacon! He even cleaned up after himself, did all of the dishes and did the grocery shopping! Yes, I AM suspicious, but I’ll take it! It was a great way to start the weekend!
I had a pretty busy week. It was a 4-H meeting week and that always neans a lot of preparation. This meeting was extra prep, as we started the meeting off with a friendly food challenge among the kids. Fortunately I have some wonderful co-leaders who helped me pull it all together! We divided the kids up into four teams, provided each group with a brick of cream cheese, 1 cup of shredded Colby cheese and a package of pressed beef! From there they could add up to three more ingredients from a table we had set up according to the food groups. The catch was that whatever they made, they had to eat it as their post-meeting snack. I was impressed by the way they went to task and by their creativity! They really seemed to enjoy the exercise too. As I watched them work together and listened to them laugh I couldn’t help but noticed that all of this activity and bonding was taking place around tables. I’m telling you, the table is where it’s at!
This week promises to be warmer, and calmer. The Boy returns to school and The Girl should have a full week of classes as we are rumored to be getting up near 30-degrees Sunday and then we drop into the 20’s there after! I am hoping that the household quickly finds its new rhythm so I can get some more organizing done in both the kitchen and the front room.
I’ve got some good, old-fashioned meals planned this week. Lots of family favorite, cold-weather meals. One meal I am particularly excited about it this week is Sunday’s meal. I’ve planned to make Wisconsin Beer, Cheese Soup in home-made Pretzel bowls for the Greenbay/Dallas game! Go Pack! According the People Great Ideas website, this is Aaron Roger’s Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup. Well, it’s served at the restaurant that he is part-owner in anyway. Whether it is Aaron’s recipe or not, it seems a perfect and delicious way to cheer our team on! It makes a lot too, so I should have some left overs for The Hubs and The Boy to take to work and school for lunches! I’m so excited about making it that I’ve already chopped the veggies and shredded the cheeses and I’ve made the bowls! I can’t wait!
Update: The bowls were DELICIOUS, but a little small for our gang’s liking. They only held one scoop of soup and that won’t do for the Hubs. We will definitely make them again though, the were really good and the perfect density for soup! Here’s a link to “A Beautiful Mess” where I found the recipe. Enjoy!
The Boy begins rehearsals for a new play this week so he will be late coming home three nights and the girl will be at Operation Snowball at the high school Friday-Sunday. The beauty here is that they will BOTH be out of the house for Friday’s dinner, so you know what that means. DATE NIGHT! The Boy’s extended stays at school also mean coming up with lunch/dinner ideas he can take with him too. He (and we) are trying to save money anywhere we can so that he can save up for tuition and books so he takes his lunch and dinner to school with him.
The Hubs will also begin taking his lunches to work, well, he’ll start taking better lunches to work anyway. He has always taken lunches to work but lately they’ve been those Hormel Completes and, I’m sorry, that’s not food. So, I’m trying a number of things to make sure that they both have plenty of options to take to work and school. One of the things I’m doing is to PLAN for leftovers. I also plan to cook up some turkey burgers I have in the freezer and we will be doing a group packing of lunch containers tomorrow so that everyone has choices. The goal is to get The Hubs eating better for himself. We’re also going to try to get him to eat breakfast in the mornings too. This could get interesting…
In the meantime, here’s the plan for what’s on Momma T’s Table this week:
Sunday – Chipped Beef on Toast
Monday – Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Tuesday – Egg Sandwiches
Wednesday – Fried Oatmeal
Thursday – Breakfast Burritos
Friday – Free-style
Saturday – Out
Sunday – Sort of a Linner really, Packer’s Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup in Pretzel bowls! GO PACK!
Monday – Leftover Soup
Tuesday – Southwestern Chicken Salad
Wednesday – Leftover Potato Soup with Ham Sandwich
Thursday – Turkey Burgers, Baby Carrots and Hummus or Dip, Sliced apples
Friday – Pasta with meat sauce made from the left over meat loaf.
Saturday – Sandwiches
Monday – Creamy Pasta with Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes
Tuesday – Minnie Mom’s Potato Soup with Ham Sliders
Wednesday – Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Corn and Broccoli
Thursday – Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots
Friday – Date Night!
Saturday – Beef Sliders and Roasted Asparagus
Here’s to a great week! Maybe this will be the week where we find our rhythm, and we can do it without interruption from Mother Nature. Here’s also to seeing the Packers advance in the playoffs too! Have a peaceful week around your table!