October 1, 2012

I’m back–and the Menu Plan

At some point this summer, I realized I needed to take a break from blogging. That happens to me from time to time. I find I need to take a break or any number of reasons, but I spend a lot of time thinking about blogging while I’m not blogging, which seems a little strange, but, there you go.

One of the great struggles of blogging, for me, is why I’m doing it. What the point is. I flirt sometimes with trying to advertise and working harder to attract more readers, but those ideas always end up petering out because, well, I don’t want to do all of that. I resort to my default, the belief that I will write about what I like and if that people can take it and use it or not as they seem feet. But, I’m an over achiever, so that doesn’t always work well for me either, so that leaves me stuck in this weird place where I don’t really know what I’m doing or how I’m going to do it, so I take three months off and spend hours thinking about it and make no decisions and decide to keep on keeping on and hope things become clear to me.

But they never do.

True.  Very true.

But, if I’m happy with the result, does that even matter? Probably not.

The truth is very simple.  I like writing.  I like sharing.  I like this little oasis where I talk to you (whomever who are) about recipes and crafts and decorating and the more profound moments I’ve shared with my family.  You put no obligations on me and I put none on you.  Maybe there are fewer of you than other bloggers have, but something about the lack of obligation is what makes me love what I do here so much.  I feel as though you’re here because you want to read what I have to say.  And that’s liberating.  No strings.  The best sort of relationship.  We like each other for exactly what we are and that’s enough.  You don’t expect a story arc (Can you believe some people expect a story arc out of bloggers?  As if they are fictitious people?)   You just want the recipe I’m using for pumpkin muffins and what dress patterns I like best.  And, friends, that’s exactly what I want.  I’m not a fictional person.  I’m me.  There’s no neat, story arc.  In fact, the name of this blog kind of stays that.  No tidy ribbons and neat bows. This is real life.

But, I’m done navel gazing.  Have you missed the menu plan?  Of course, I’ve still been planning (and complaining about planning) over the summer, but there’s something I love about fall cooking that just makes me roll up my sleeve, fire up the oven and churn out food.  Lots and lots of food.    Comfort food.  Casseroles.  Stews,  Chowders.  Chili.  Muffins. Bread.  Cold weather foods have always been more lovely and delicious to me and now that the weather has turned colder, I’ve been more inspired to cook than I have for months.  The little girls have been living on chocolate chip pumpkin muffins and I’ll share the recipe with you later this week, but for now?  The menu plan.  The first of the fall.


Pork and Potato Casserole*


Creamy Chicken and Orzo Soup*


Flat iron steaks and crash hot potatoes


Crock Pot Corn Chowder*


Auntie Awesome is off and it’s been a few weeks since she’s had the girlies and so there may be date night and if there’s not date night, we’ll probably order pizza.


Family Movie Night!  It’s been in the works for about a week and I’m excited to share with you.  It’s a theme you could adapt to Halloween, so stay tuned!


Caramel Apple Pork Chops

This recipe has been a fall favorite for some time and if you’ve not made it, it’s worth every second of time and effort you put into it.  However, be sure to double the apple topping.  The original recipe doesn’t make quite enough and you’ll probably want a little more.


*recipes that will be doubled and stuck into the freezer to be thawed and eaten later this month.


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3 thoughts on “I’m back–and the Menu Plan

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    Yeah! I’ve missed your blog! I love your way with words and your wit :) Plus I always come up with a few new recipes and fun stuff to try!! Really wish I had gotten to know you better through MMG before you guys moved away! Hope you enjoyed your “break”!

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      Thanks, Shannon. I hate menu planning so much, I hope it saves someone some work and effort. And, yes, I wish we’d have had more time together before the move to OH. SO many great people in the MMG. I miss so many.

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    wesnesday sounds good to me but I have a weigh in the next day

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