Menu Plan for the Week and Challenge #2 Check In – Have You Been Able To Get Ahead?

First, let’s talk menu plan. Then, we’ll talk challenge. :) 

Here’s what we’re looking to eat this week:

Sunday, September 9
Oatmeal, fruit
Barbecue brisket, baked potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, death by chocolate
High school huddle (hosted by our friends, but we are going over to help)

Monday, September 10
Whole wheat pancakes, blueberries
Hamburger patties, steamed broccoli, corn on the cob
Creamy chicken and rice casserole, carrots, tossed salad

Tuesday, September 11
Scrambed eggs with cheese, peaches
Salmon patties, potato wedges, peas
Pizza casserole, tossed salad

Wednesday, September 12
Easy breakfast casserole, oranges
Potato soup, carrot sticks
Teriyaki chicken and vegetables

Thursday, September 13
Homemade poptarts (from the freezer!), bananas
Pizza pockets, fruit-kefir smoothies
Tuna casserole, peas

Friday, September 14
Flaky cream cheese pastry, kiwi
Taco corn fritters, apple slices, baby carrots
Shepherd’s pie, tossed salad

Saturday, September 15
Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, applesauce
Grilled burgers, ranch potato wedges, tossed salad, watermelon

So how has the Funky Fresh Challenge #2 been going for you so far? Many of you shared your plans and ideas. Have you found some time to get ahead a little bit? If not, I encourage you to keep plugging away! Any time you can squeeze in to do something extra is great! You’ll appreciate it so much!

I didn’t finish everything on my to-do-list, but that’s okay. I am just thankful that I could find a few extra hours in the kitchen before chasing off to soccer games. Our mornings will go more smoothly now with these extra breakfast foods in our freezer. Or, for at least a few mornings, I’ll be ahead of the game, right? 

Giant Breakfast Cookies, 2 loaves of Cinnamon Swirl Bread, 2 loaves of Honey Whole Wheat Bread, Homemade Poptarts

As of now, we’ve already eaten one loaf of cinnamon swirl bread, both of the loaves of honey whole wheat, and several of the breakfast cookies. That’s okay though. I made them so we could eat them, and as we all know, I’m trying to do a better job of actually serving the foods I make for the freezer!! :)

Your turn! How has Challenge #2 gone for you so far? Leave a comment on this post to let us know what you’ve been able to accomplish, or what you might plan to do to get ahead in the coming days. If you have a blog, write a post about what you’ve done for the challenge, then come link up here so we can read about it. All comments and blog entries will be entered in our giveway for two $25 and one $50 gift certificates to the Heavenly Homemakers Shop.

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  1. Calista says

    I make a wheat bread recipe at least once a week. Instead of stocking up, I shared a cinnamon raisin loaf with a friend who just had a baby girl! Once I go grocery shopping again (gotta wait for payday) I’m going to get some pumpkin and make some of those pumpkin muffins!


  2. Kathy says

    You’re make-ahead challenge is GREAT, but I must admit, with a family of 10 I already double or triple most recipes just for a single meal. Kinda funny! :-) So, it’s a little harder to make extra for the freezer. BUT, in an effort to save a few dollars and get off the bagel-for-breakfast kick, I’ve been making homemade bread for toast. Last week I made two different double batches each yielding 2 large loaves, 1-2 small loaves and about 2 dozen buns for burgers or sandwiches. We shared a small loaf with our neighbor and her 80 year old mother. What a blessing. Thanks for your encouragement to think outside the box!


  3. Angela Anthony says

    Yesterday I was able to make 4 1/2 dozen chocolate chip cookies and 46 peanut butter cookies (I froze 1/2 of each for another time). I also was able to get a ham going in the crock pot. We ate some of it for supper, I sliced some up and froze it, cut a huge hunk off for soup and froze it, AND I have the ham bone and some ham scraps in the crock pot right now to make soup for supper. With a family of 7, it’s so nice to be able to “put stuff up” for a later date!


  4. Deborah says

    I was going to make bread this weekend but had unexpected guests for the weekend and sewing for the flag corp at school. Maybe I can get this baking in this week. I am really trying to get organized. Life just keeps getting in the way. I don’t know how you do all you do. Inspiring!


  5. Soccy says

    Well, I’m battling depression after the loss of my mom earlier this year and this weekend was a bad one. I didn’t get ahead this weekend, but I was able to get our Kombucha going again.

    I do plan to welcome out new neighbors with some cookies this week, though.


  6. Verna says

    Just made a huge batch of turkey meatballs cooked and ready for the freezer. I use these to make sweet and sour meat ball, meat balls in onion gravy, mini hamburgers, bar b q meat balls you name it. so easy


  7. Jenifer Parker says

    I have a question about wheat. I am hearing that it is becoming more of a ‘bad’ thing because it has been ‘bred’ down (no pun intended) to such a number of varietals.
    Do you know if the ‘organic’ wheat is less ‘inbred’? Sorry I have to laugh at myself but I really am serious. The guy that reminded us of this in our Sunday School class owns a health food store. He says eat sugar before wheat but I didnt get a chance to ask if organic wheat was any better. do you know? I used to make a “honey wheat bread” that you make up in the evening, put in the fridge overnight to (rise) and yes it does rise in the fridge, and then you bake it in the morning. It came from the LaLeche League cookbook of 30 years ago. Any thoughts?


  8. Jenifer Parker says

    They guy I am referring to is the one who used to sing so loud in the balcony at WAyside, Bob, He really does know his ‘health’ food stuff tho.


  9. Sally McQuaid says

    I hae a menu planned for most of the week. Were scrimping a little to save for a 1/2 cow purchase so lots of beans and rice.


  10. jessica says

    I haven’t been able to do any of it due to illness and fulltime work, but this week I have off of work and I plan to dig right in. I am so excited ! Thanks for your encouragement Laura.


  11. Rhonda says

    What a great inspiration this challenge has been for me and my family! Yesterday I went on the search for products to replace all my plastic(s) items. Wow do we ever have an overload of plastic. Since the start of this month I have been trying to purchase recommended items you post as we can afford to buy them. Thank you so much for teaching me how to have a fresh kitchen!


  12. Hillary says

    Made some chocolate graham crackers for the kids to have a quick, healthy snack…thanks for the encouragement to get ahead!


  13. Sue D says

    I have plans for this week to do some extra baking–I am starting with zucchini muffins. Any extra muffins or zucchini I plan to freeze. I am hoping to cook some meals to freeze too.


  14. Susan Alexander says

    I got some doubles on some of my recipes made (lasagna, spaghetti, etc). Hoping to find time this week to make up some breakfast stuff like muffins and sausage eggs and cheese english muffins. :)


  15. says

    Broke down and turned on the second freezer…more food preservation can commence and I can actually do some cooking ahead. There wasn’t room in the freezer anymore!


  16. Joan S says

    I soaked and cooked the beans I had on hand, so I have a better chance of using them! Also made chicken stock from the whole chicken I cooked last week and your chicken burritos – delish!


  17. Laura says

    Made zucchini bread and will slice and freeze, freezing blueberries for smoothies and doing something with jalpenos from the garden.


  18. Brianna D. says

    As I am about 10 weeks pregnant now, I’ve hardly had energy to do the dishes, let alone make up a full meal, much less make a freezer meal.

    So I was VERY blessed last week that my sister and brother came over last week. My brother played with my 2 small kiddos, (and mowed the lawn while they were napping), and my sister helped me make a bunch of food. We (or mostly she) made granola, bread, meatballs, lasagna, chili, and bean burritos! I was so blessed!


  19. Katrina Page says

    I have not gotten anything done yet but tonight I’ll make some dough for my own homemade poptarts! And get them made tomorrow. And maybe make something else for the freezer tomorrow as well. I’ve had a busy busy weekend.


  20. Katie says

    I made your chicken burrito recipe. I put one in my daughters lunch, one in the freezer for another day, and gave the rest away to her school teacher. I also cooked a turkey and made some turkey broth. Hmm, I think maybe I’ll have to make more burritos.


  21. karli says

    hi, thanks for all the great ideas! i’m switching out all my oils, getting rid of old plastic containers and getting organized:) it feels great! hopefully more changes will happen soon…


  22. Sally says

    We just returned from spending a week with our daughter and new granddaughter. One of my contributions was to prepare dinner for a week. I prepared extras of each meal and left her freezer stocked with 4 meatloaves, 6 servings of corn chowder, 1 pesto pizza, filling for veggie tacos, and 2 servings of maple garlic glazed chicken. So I helped her get ahead with freezer cooking AND I found a way to serve.


  23. Jami says

    I’ve been doubling what I make and freezing! Corn dog muffins, pumpkin choc chip muffins. Need to reorganize my freezer so we can double some pasta bakes and pizza pockets! Love healthy convenience food!


  24. Shelby says

    I recently started using coconut oil in most of my recipies, and I really LOVE it (best of all, my family thinks it’s “ok” too, unlike some other changes I have tried to make!) With a family of 8, we sure could use a gallon!


  25. Brenda J says

    I made your giant breakfast cookies for the first time. I made a double batch and shared them with my brother and sister-in-law. Glad I took a chance and did that! Canned tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, zuchunni relish, peaches, beets and speghetti sauce for the winter monthes…first time planning ahead! Love it!


  26. katie says

    Applesauce bread in freezer and cooked 2#’s of ground beef at once, when all I needed was 1 at the time. Froze the other to have on hand for recipes this week! Will be great to have since we have company all week!


  27. says

    This weekend I made a chicken noodle bake for lunches this week, canned sugar free strawberry jam, made extra beans for my Haitian beans and rice meal this week, froze a batch of pancakes and made a double batch of rice for our quesidillas one night and our beans and rice another. Love starting out the week prepared!!!


  28. Karen says

    I made a double batch of whole wheat sandwich buns this weekend. We will eat some in the next day or two, then the rest will go in the freezer. These will be great for crock-pot sandwich fillings. Fast end easy lunches ahead!


  29. Laura M says

    I was able to bake 2 extra loaves of bread for the weekend, cook lots of potato wedges for baby meals on the go, and a batch of french toast for weekend breakfasts as our weekends are pretty on-the-go!


  30. Alycia says

    I made a double batch of pancakes which helped with breakfast this week! Making abig batch of tomato soup to can and to give away!


  31. says

    Yesterday I made a big pot of beef broth and a vegetable soup. Doing it all in one day turned out to be a good idea because I had to watch it for several hours and I only had to clean up once. So all the broth went into the freezer and half of the soup. Now I would like to make some muffins to go along with the soup. My dd freeze batter in muffin tins. Once it’s frozen you take them out and wrap them. When you’re read to bake you just slip them back into the muffin tin.


  32. Annie says

    I made a quadruple batch of muffins this morning, serving half for breakfast and saving the other half for another day. With my husband’s crazy work schedule, I’m like a single mom (with 4 kids 4 and under!) 48 hours at a time twice a week. I’ve been overwhelmed lately, so I planned several crockpot meals for this week to help with the normally very tiring dinner-then-bedtime routine. In the next day or so, I’ll assemble the ingredients for those meals, so all I have to do is dump them in the crockpot!


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