Menu Plan Monday 1/29/17

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Have you had those weeks where you set goals and then everything got turned upside down? That’s kind of how my week is going. Between the flu/parents in the hospital/car problems I’ve had to adjust on the fly a lot lately. So, this week I am focusing on cooking meals that make large batches, allowing us to eat leftovers and reducing how much time I have to spend in the kitchen. Here’s our menu for this week:

Monday: Chicken Lime Soup

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Pork and Black Bean Soup

Friday: leftovers

Hopefully next week things will calm down a bit! thanks for stopping by!

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Menu Plan Monday 1/22/18

I am so excited! My hubby will be celebrating his birthday this week so we have a family day at Disney planned along with dinner out with friends. As much as I love to cook, I also enjoy dining out every once and a while. At Disney, we have reservation at the Canadian restaurant at Epcot, and then we are going to a local place with friends on Wednesday. So, this is the (limited) menu of what I will be cooking this week:

Monday: Chicken with Rice and Beans

Tuesday: Dinner at Disney

Wednesday: Dinner with friends

Thursday: Pork and Pepper Stir Fry

Friday: Tacos

Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday! Have a great week.

Menu Plan Monday 1/15/18

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How’s your New Year going? Honestly, 2018 seems to be off to a better start than 2017 was at this point, so I guess that’s a good thing. Florida is moving into the second week of actual winter this year (in case you didn’t know, there was actual snow the first week of the year!) which is unusual, but I am actually enjoying the change in temperature. It allows me to cook all my soups/casseroles/comfort foods that go with cold weather. So, with that in mind, here is my menu for the week:

Monday: Corn Chowder

Tuesday: Tomato and Red Pepper soup with baked grilled cheese

Wednesday: Stewed Pork with Beans

Thursday: Mushroom Soup with a side salad

Friday: Kielbasa Winter Stew

Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday! Have a great week.

Menu Plan Monday 1/8/18

Do you know that when I was writing the title for this post I put the date as 2017 instead of 2018?? I wonder how long it’s going to take me to start getting that right!! I hope your new year is off to a great start. I am trying to settle back into a normal, post-holiday routine again. So, here is our menu for the week:

Monday: Spaghetti

Tuesday: Pork Tacos

Wednesday: Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Thursday: Shepherd’s Pie

Friday: Jumbalaya

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Happy New Year!

 

Can you believe it is 2018?? I remember when we hit 2000 and I swear that feels just like yesterday! I hope you all are enjoying the holidays with the people you love. This post today is about traditions, specifically our New Year’s Dinner tradition. As a kid growing up in the South we always ate our peas and greens on New Year’s Day. I never questioned it, until I got older and my Nana died. Then I wanted to know why she always made the meal she did every year. Turns out, I was one of the few people who wasn’t aware of the tradition, as many people I talked to already knew. But, just in case you don’t here’s what I found out:

Pork: we eat pork because in the South people who owned pigs were more prosperous and because pigs search for food by moving forward with their snouts

Greens: the greens we eat represent paper money, which we want more of in the new year

Black eyed peas: these represent coins, again, taking us back to our prosperity theme. However, I also found out this may have some Civil War roots because apparently when Northern soldiers burned the crops they chose not to burn the peas because they considered them to have no value, so the Southern soldiers were able to survive by eating the peas

Cornbread: this represents gold!!

Now, I don’t know how much of this is true, but it’s what I found out from talking to my family and friends, and even if not, it makes a great story.

So, this was our New Year’s Day menu (with links for recipes)

Grilled steak and jerk pork medallions

Collard Greens with bacon

Spicy black eyed peas

cornbread

Thanks for stopping by! I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!