Menu Plan for the Week ~ And Our Weekend Fun

We’ve had quite a weekend! Our older boys had both a basketball tournament and a church youth rally going on. Both were held in our home town (thankfully!) so they were able to run back and forth to both events. I do believe they will sleep well tonight.

Because our church was hosting the youth rally, with over 130 teens from Nebraska and Kansas in attendance, we were among the families who signed up to house kids. We had 10 extra middle school boys stay with us Friday and Saturday night. They were all so much fun and super sweet. Middle school boys – sweet? Why yes, they were. How about that?

Our breakfast this morning was bigger than normal since we were feeding so many. I made all the food yesterday, so prep this morning was simple. We had Easy Breakfast Casserole, Oatmeal Breakfast Bars, Raspberry Oatmeal Bars, and fruit.

youth rally breakfast 3

See all the crusty stuff on the egg casserole dish below? That’ll be fun to clean up, huh? That mess is a result of me trying to hurry this morning. Somehow I had in my head that the casserole would be more solid than liquid. Um, eggs, cream, ham, and cheese – unbaked? Liquid.  Okay then. I was reminded of its liquid state as I sloshed it up and over the edge of the casserole dish on my way to the oven. What a waste – and a mess! Two blessings:  Egg goo did not get on my church clothes, nor did it slop into the open drawer I was standing by. It all hit the floor, making clean up easier. Oh wait – a third blessing:  At least I did not slosh it into the oven. Yeah, don’t even picture it.

youth rally breakfast 2

Now we’ll settle back down with our family to begin a new week of school and life. I’ll probably air out the house a little this afternoon. I mean, those middle school boys are sweet, but their socks and shoes are not. God bless ’em.

Here’s our menu for this week:

Sunday, February 2
Easy breakfast casserole, oatmeal breakfast bars, raspberry oatmeal bars, fruit
Sub sandwiches at the youth rally
Super Bowl Party – Pizza, pizza soup, fruit plate, veggie tray, chips and dip

Monday, February 3
Quick mix pancakes, blueberries
Black bean salsa, corn chips, fresh pineapple
Easy noodle stir fry with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and chicken

Tuesday, February 4
Bacon cheese muffins, raspberries
Chicken patty sandwiches, lettuce/tomatoes/pickles, pears
One dish meat and potato casserole with peas, tossed salad

Wednesday, February 5
Dark chocolate almond granola, oranges
Pizza boats, sliced cucumbers and sweet peppers, kiwi
Creamy chicken and rice casserole, roasted vegetables

Thursday, February 6
Warm chocolate soother, toast with peanut butter, bananas
Grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade tomato soup, carrot sticks
Orange chicken, baked potatoes, tossed salad, green beans

Friday, February 7
Almond flour muffins, scrambled eggs, pears
Taco potatoes, pineapple
Lasagna Casserole, tossed salad, steamed broccoli

Saturday, February 8
Whole wheat waffles, blueberries, whipped cream
Hamburgers, sweet potato fries, raw veggies

Are you doing anything fun for the Super Bowl tonight?  I’m very proud of myself for finding out (five hours before game time – a record for me) who is playing tonight. What can I say? I just go to these parties for the food.


  1. Karen says

    LOL, Laura! I can totally relate — my oldest is 14 and he often has his friends over for entire weekends. And there’s a smell. The boys are adorably sweet, but the hygiene needs some work. And amen to the breakfast casserole — I always think because I put grated cheese in there, it should sort of knit it into some kind of less-sloshy form. But it doesn’t. Sigh. Finally, I live in Seattle (suburb) so we’ve been eating/breathing/living the Superbowl for two weeks now. Let’s just get this thing over with! I don’t even like football, but I’ve found myself swept up in the frenzy. Even tie-dyed socks, shirts, and hats a few days ago in team colors. I guess that officially makes me a football fan. But truly, it’s only about the food. Good luck ridding your house of boy smell! :)


  2. Lana says

    I fixed a breakfast casserole and took it unbaked to a family who had just lost their Dad. I thought they could bake it in the morning and have it fresh. Every corner I went around more of it sloshed out of the dish until I think only half of it was left when I got it there. What a mess! They loved what was left of it though. You do not want unbaked egg casserole in the carpet in the back of your van, bleh!


  3. Brooke says

    Laura, what a small world!
    So I have a new friend who I met in November. Found out her and her hubby and daughters were stationed here in San Diego last summer. They’ve been attending our church for a few months. And she has been in my Sunday morning bible class that I’m co-leading.
    Well, we had their family over for lunch after church yesterday and got to talking about a lot of stuff, and she mentioned she went to college, etc… So a little later into hanging out I asked her where she went to college and she said “York”. And I started saying oh yeah, on of my favorite bloggers lives there. And she got a big old smile on her face and said, yes, “Laura”. And I got all excited. So we were talking and at first she was thinking of a different Laura you guys know but then she was like “oh yeah, Laura Coppinger. We attended church together and had a baby around the same time…” Anyways, I forgot what her maiden name was. But her name is Erin F. I was all excited when I got to tell her “yes, the muffins we ate at lunch today are one of Laura’s recipes :)”

    I love it when the “small world” stuff happens.


    Laura Reply:

    Oh wow, very cool!!! If you think of her maiden name, I’d love to know!


    Brooke Reply:

    So it’s was Erin McSween (maiden Hammitt) :)


    Laura Reply:

    Oh yes, I definitely remember her. Tell her hello from us!

  4. says

    I found out who was playing when I got to the party. :) DH &I are not sports fans at all!! However, I’m all for a party especially when it means I don’t have to cook a whole meal. :)


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