Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Our weekend was a nice blend of relaxing and productive. My daughter has dance class from 5-6pm on Fridays, and we’ve gotten into the habit of picking up take-out food on our way home. Last week was no different, and we went to one of my favorite local spots, Sushi Thai Garden. As is almost always the case, I had green curry with shrimp, and as always, I thoroughly enjoyed it. (Note to self: plan better for dinners at home on Fridays to save some cash.)
Saturday was our 11th wedding anniversary, but we postponed our celebratory dinner for a week, because I wasn’t able to get a babysitter in time. Instead, I slept in a bit, read for a little while in the morning, and took a nap. During the afternoon, we picked up some pumpkins for outdoor decorating, I made a quick grocery trip, and my daughter and I went for a early evening Target run. (Have you ever been to Target on a Saturday evening? It’s absolute bliss.)
Yesterday, I slept in a bit later, got the ragu (see below) going in the slow cooker, made Rice Krispie Treats, and took another nap, before heading to a friends’ house for lunch and football viewing. These friends are great and generous hosts, and we always love going to their house.
The Week Ahead
I typically work two days per week at my part-time job, but for the next few weeks, I’ll be working three days per week. I can hear the full-time working mothers groaning as they read this – and I don’t blame you – but this is going to take a little adjustment on my part. (I’m not a big fan of change.) I’ll be working Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week. In addition, my daughter has a Brownies meeting until 5:30 on Monday, a doctor’s appointment Wednesday afternoon, and dance class on Friday evening. Nothing too crazy, but a lot going on during the afternoons and evenings. With that in mind, here’s what’s on my dinner meal plan for this week:
(A word about this week’s plan: I’m terrible at estimating sizes and quantities. As a result, we usually end up with more leftovers from recipes than I anticipate. This happened several nights last week, and I ended up not making a couple of the dinners I intended to. So if some of the meals on this week’s plan seem very familiar, it’s because I didn’t get to make them last week, as planned.)
- Monday (work, Brownies until 5:30): Leftover Sunday slow cooker beef ragu over pasta w/ fridge clean-out salad
- Tuesday (work): Brinner (either pancakes, or bacon, scrambled eggs, and toast, or some combination of the two)
- Wednesday (afternoon appointment): Curried rice with shrimp from Real Simple Easy, Delicious Meals w/ roasted veggies
- Thursday (work): Slow cooker coconut curry lentils w/ rice
- Friday (dance 5-6): Leftovers
- Saturday: Garden vegetable lasagna soup w/ crusty bread
- Sunday: Spicy peanut noodles from Simple Vegetarian Pleasures w/ Asian slaw
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