Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Back to Blogging in 2013

  It has been well over a year since I have last posted.  I am not going to get into any philosophical explanation of my absence (though I wouldn't exactly say absence is the word,  I am active on facebook.)  or dole out excuses for not keeping this up.   I am just going to pick up where I left off, blogging about our day to day.  Food, faith, children, homesteading, chickens, homeschooling.  I am going to pick up because I want to,  I enjoy journaling our adventures.  I really enjoying looking back over past blog posts.  So I'm just going to jump right back in.  Starting with what occupies most of my time, budget, and mind - cooking for fourteen people! 

  Following is our menu for two weeks.  I am working real hard at keeping grocery costs low and keeping everyone full and healthy.  Not an easy task at all.

Chicken scratch menu plan
Friday 1/4 (we follow the traditional rules and abstain from meat on all Fridays)
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, coffee/tea
Lunch: Fried eggs and toast, orange juice
Dinner:  Tuna melts and peach cobbler.  (frozen peaches from the past years local harvest.)

Saturday 1/5
Breakast:  Oatmeal with peanut butter, coffee/tea
Lunch:  Baked southwestern chicken egg rolls, chips and salsa
Dinner:  Left over chicken and dumplings from Thursday's dinner

Sunday 1/6
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, coffee/tea
Lunch:  Pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy and fresh artisan bread. 
Dinner:  Goulash and mixed frozen veggies

Monday 1/7
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, coffee/tea
Lunch:  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, colby cheese cubes,  milk (we take ours raw)
Dinner:  Huge pot of chili with cheese, peppers, and sour cream,  homemade corn bread

Tuesday 1/8
Breakfast:  Homemade oatmeal muffins and cobly/jack cheese cubes, coffee/tea
Lunch:  Leftover chili
Dinner:  Pulled pork in the crockpot on homemade rolls, oven fries, frozen mixed veggies

Super easy homemade sandwich rolls. Lots of them.
Wednesday 1/9
Breakfast: Oatmeal, coffee/tea. Noticing a pattern here?  We have oatmeal nearly every morning.  I doctor it up in various ways each day.  I purchase #25 each month from or local farm to consumer co-op.
Lunch:  Left over sandwhiches
Dinner:  Sweet and sour crock pot chicken over rice,  mixed veggies

Thursday 1/10
Breakfast:  Bagels with cream cheese,  smoothies, coffee/tea
Lunch:  Spaghetti,  salad, artisan bread
Dinner:  Second Thursday potluck following evening mass

Friday 1/11
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, coffee/tea
Lunch:  Migas (eggs, tortillas,  tomatoes, peppers and cheese)
Dinner:  Taco bean soup, artisan bread

Gratuitous adorable baby picture