May 6, 2013

May Days-Menu Plan Monday

My kiddos only have a few days left of school. Just seventeen (well, sixteen actually. We have some really exciting news about the Princess’s peanut allergy coming up that I can’t wait to share). I was asked the other day what I thought about the coming of summer. My answer, of course, was that I couldn’t wait. I like having all my buddies home with me. I like having days with no obligations or schedules. I like the days we spend all day in our pajamas in a cool room watching videos. I like the days we run errands or play the whole day long. I love summer. I’m sad when the school year dawns anew because our summer of fun is over.

I want to make something clear. I’m not some perfect, martyr mommy. I like it when my Aunt takes the kids and Big Daddy and I get to do grown up things like Sleeping In and Watching a Movie without Interruptions. I enjoy my time away from my children, but they’re fun little people and I like being with them, too.

My thoughts are already drifting toward the summer and with the temperature creeping upward, my menus are headed that way as well. I love that summer dinner can be such easy fare. Seasoned meat on a hot grill, fresh veggies from the garden or farmer’s market or CSA subscription. It’s so easy. When fall kicks off, I look forward to the heavier, more complicated cooking of the season but right now I don’t want to look at a stew or casserole for months and months.

In other news, our garden is finally growing asparagus!  I mean, only, like, four stalks at a time, but it’s a great start!  As you can also see our strawberries and dandelions are in full bloom.

Monday BBQ chicken salad with creamy BBQ cilantro lime dressing

Tuesday Gnocchi with summer veggies Can I stop for a moment and tell you that I buy my gnocchi from Aldi’s. It’s pretty good, inexpensive and peanut free! I’ve been getting a lot of my produce at Aldi’s as well lately. Some of the things we like to eat; mini bell peppers, persian cucumbers and bananas are cheaper there hands down.

Wednesday Grilled pork tenderloin (I buy the small seasoned ones and then slice into medallions) and creamy spring pasta

Thursday Make your Own Salad

Friday Make Your Own Pizza



I’m so very glad to be back.

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