Clack, clack, clack WHOOPS.

It’s unseasonably warm today.  The sun is shining and despite all the snow and cold the grass doesn’t look totally dead yet.  You can almost imagine it being spring.  But, I’m a Midwestern Girl, born and raised (on the playground was where I spent most of my days) and I know that winter just isn’t over yet.  Soon, the temperature will plummet and the snow will fall.  I’m always happy to have days like this, though, as a reminder of things that are soon to come.

 

My young lady turned thirteen last week and Big Daddy and I were both struck by the bittersweet passage of time.  Like every birthday. Like always.

We were lucky enough to be able to host a baby party for my brother and his wife this past weekend, and I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of my homemade goodies (including another plug for the best white cake you’ll ever eat).

But, we’re back to the menu plan.

Last week, I talked about how we’re trying to be more conservative with our grocery budget.  Only Big Daddy’s spread sheet at the end of the month will tell that final tale.  I feel as though we are spending less (and eating out less which is good too). It’s hard, sometimes, to not turn to quick, fast food dinners.  OUr evenings are busy and sometimes you feel like you just can’t.  My remedy?  A box of pasta and a jar of sauce in the pantry at all times.  It makes a quick, fifteen minute dinner that everyone likes.

This week, my local grocery store has bottom round roasts on sale and I got a little bit excited.   A lot of my favorite cold weather fare involves slow cooking hunks of beef.  This week, though, starts out with dishes made from Big Daddy’s delicious smoked chicken.  So, here we go.  The menu plan

 

Monday Puff Pastry stuffed with smoked chicken, avocado, cream cheese and salsa

I’m currently having a love, love, love, love LOVE relationship with puff pastry.  It seems like anyone will eat anything that is stuffed in puff pastry.

Tuesday Baked chicken tacquitos with spanish rice and veggies

Wednesday Knock Off Chipotle Barbacoa bowls with rice, beans and veggies

Thursday Shrimp and Grits

Friday Lo Mein and egg rolls

Saturday Guinness Beef Stew

 

Enjoy!  I hope you have an unseasonably wonderful week.

 

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