Tuesday’s Meal Times – And Why I’m Getting Really ExcitedBy
I hope you’ve been enjoying the play-by-play of our meals this week. :) Today’s menu plan was:
When I got up this morning, I decided to change things up a bit. Between scrambled egg sandwiches this morning and sloppy joes tonight – that would have been a lot of bread. Somehow I didn’t think of that when I was planning our original menu. Therefore, I decided to instead use our eggs to make Crepes with jelly this morning. I rarely think to make these, and the family loves them. Fifteen eggs later, along with oranges, bananas, and clementines – we were finished with breakfast. (My crepe recipe is in this eBook.)
A little while after breakfast, I had a phone call from my friend and web designer, Char. I am sooooo excited because she’s almost finished formatting my newest book, which we are planning to launch in February!! She and I worked out some details on the book and the layout, then I got back to doing school work with the kids. (I love that they can work independently on several subjects and that they were busy checking work off their lists while I was on the phone.)
Unfortunately, even though everyone had eaten lots and lots of crepes - breakfast didn’t seem to stick with anyone very long. About an hour and a half after breakfast, the boys were looking for snacks already. Cheese to the rescue.
I made a big pot of Tuna Casserole and peas for lunch. Most of the boys went back for seconds and thirds, leaving no leftovers. Yay! I read our latest Ralph Moody book, Mary Emma and Company while the boys were eating. We can’t get enough of the Ralph Moody books!
Side note: I want to be Ralph’s mother when I grow up. She was the picture of hard work and patience. But anyway, back to the tuna casserole…
Late in the afternoon, I was very excited because Kate, a college student who is a great photographer, came over to help me get a few last minute pictures for my new book. She did such a good job, it makes me want to have her come over so we can redo all of the other pictures! What a gift!
Who knew Turkey Sausage Seasoning Mix could look so good?
Kate is special to us because she’s on the York College soccer team that Matt helps coach. To have her photography in my book is a huge blessing!
Our dinner was Sloppy Joes with green beans, carrots, and applesauce. Kate took this picture for me too. So pretty!
So let’s see…did I stick with my menu plan today? Not entirely. I adapted the menu just a little at breakfast, and everyone was thrilled with the treat. Then, I added to our dinner menu plan – which is something I often do. I’ve found that if I plan something simple like “Sloppy joes with green beans” – then add to it depending on what sounds good and what we have on hand (or what needs to be eaten before it goes bad!) – I’m able to be organized and flexible at the same time.
Not only did I add carrots and applesauce to our dinner menu, I made Chocolate Milkshakes too. Nobody argued that idea. :)
Tonight, while the boys were having a snack right before bed (Granola), I mixed up the dry ingredients for our breakfast muffins tomorrow. We have to be out the door soon after breakfast for our home school P.E. morning, so anything I can do to get ahead the night before helps us to actually be on time. ;)
I’m anxious to share more about my soon-to-be-released book (which will be available in eBook form, print, and hopefully Kindle too!). Stay tuned for more details.
How well are you able to “go with the flow” or change things up on your menu plan as needed?