Monday, March 19, 2018

Menu 2018: March 18-March 31

With March halfway over and April right around the corner, I need to be sure I stay on top of everything. The end of the school year will be here before I know it and we will have 8 kids instead of 4 for the first two weeks in April, which the kids are super excited about. :)
Since we are trying to get extra schoolwork finished

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kaeng Kalampi [Laotian Cabbage Soup]

When I was a kid, my mom worked on a berry farm to earn money for our family vacations. For 3 weeks every June she would leave the house early in the morning and come home in the afternoon Monday-Saturday harvesting strawberries. Several of those years she worked with a family of Laotians and they shared a recipe for cabbage soup with her. We always enjoyed eating, particularly on a cold winter day. It was fairly simple to make and was packed with flavor.

Fast forward 20 years. I decided to make this soup for a special dinner at church where everyone brings a different ethnic dish based on their own heritage or of one that they enjoy. It turned out well enough that my DD who doesn't normally like soup actually asked to have the leftovers for lunch the next day! So without anymore rambling, here is my take in that recipe.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Menu 2018: January 28-February 24

How is January almost over?! We are working at getting back in the swing of school, which is easier for some kids than others. We have had lots of cold days without much snow so the kids are praying for more snow, which I don't mind. I'd rather have snow than below zero temperatures any day!
I am attempting to do a better job at getting menus for the month done on time as it helps me stay on track both with my calorie intake and my food budget. Here is what I've got for February.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mexican Chicken Soup

We love Tex-Mex food at our house, which I'm sure you already knew based on the number of times Tex-Mex ends up on the menu. When the kids were really little there was a Mexican restaurant over by my parents that we would sneak away to on dates. It had this delicious Mexican chicken soup that they would serve topped with avocado slices, sour cream, and cheese with chips on the side. It was a favorite of mine and I finally got it mastered using my 8 qt. Instant Pot. It has tons of flavor and is fairly simple with the help of the Instant Pot.

Menu 2018: December 31-January 27

Happy New Year!! I don't know if this is true for you, but 2017 just flew by for us. We had an enjoyable time with family of Christmas and I really didn't do much cooking, which was nice. :)
But, alas, Christmas break is fast approaching an end and I still have so much to do before we get back to the grind of school. Sigh. Oh, well. I must trudge on, so here are the weekly menus for the next few weeks.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Menu 2017: November 5-December 2

How is Thanksgiving already upon us?!? This year is flying by and I often feel like I just can't keep up. The last week in October was a crazy one, which is why I am really late on getting this posted. All in one week my hubby was out of town 3 days for work, my computer died, and our van broke down. BUT I did get a wonderful time away with my hubby for his birthday and our anniversary. My aunt came down and stayed with the kids for a couple of days and it was fantastic! When we got back my hubby got the van up and running again (starter + battery), and got a new computer ordered for me. I could get away without one for longer if I didn't have to have it for homeschooling and work. Anyway, here is what I've got planned for for suppers over the next month.

Apple Pork Tenderloin and Baked Potatoes

I made this delicious dish for my hubby's birthday on this year. It was super easy to throw together and cooked up nicely with baked potatoes on either side of my roaster in the oven.

Instant Pot Venison Roast

We love venison. It's a great, iron-packed, lean meat, but it can be difficult to cook. I always struggled with getting that perfect venison roast. You know, the one that's tender and flavorful. My hubby isn't a fan of roasts normally so I usually cut mine up into "steaks" for slow cooker carne asada or into cubes for peppery beef sandwiches.
My aunt came and stayed with us for a few days and brought a venison roast as my uncle is trying to get the freezer cleaned out before hunting season begins again. I decided to make it for supper one Thursday and wanted to try it in my Instant Pot. It turned out beautifully. Everyone had seconds, which is almost unheard of, and my hubby raved about it.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Menu 2017: October 1-28

I didn't do very well at getting September's menu out on time so I am working feverishly to get October's finished. Our first month of school is behind us and the kids are adjusting nicely. I am even starting to get into a groove.This fall has been and will continue to be busier than I prefer, but that's life. With that in mind, I am trying to pick slow cooker, instant pot, or quick and simple meals.

Look, I even prepped a printable/editable copy this time to help everyone (including me) save some time. :)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Menu 2017: September 3-30

School began for another year this month and I am trying my best to change my attitude from one of dread to one of excitement. I know if I work at my attitude regarding school, the kids will follow suit.

To help keep me sane, I decided to attempt a monthly menu again so here is September's (albeit a bit late).