We have made it to June! I am almost scared of this month, school ends, summer begins…… The schedule I crafted and held to for so many educational months is now coming to and end.
How are you faring? What is summer break looking like to you?
My biggest dates on the book:
My oldest son is getting married.
My grade school young son will be moving to Jr. High.
I am prone to jumping with joy, breathing sighs of relief and having crying fits. These are big changes….
But on to the show.
Menu Plan for the Week
I am really going to boot up the fresh food and zero out the processed junk this week. I am excited to be able to spend time teaching my young son how to use a knife properly, cook a roasted chicken on his own, pick out his own vegetables for salads and stews. This will be a major step in ensuring that my grandchildren will one day be learning to cook, just as both my boys will know how to cook. ( The older one, happens to be a real budding chef.)
How important do you feel cooking skills are to young people?
- Monday – Potluck – Pizza, Salads and Fruits
- Tuesday – Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, One of these gorgeous salads from the Catholic Foodie.
- Wednesday – Pasta and Meatballs – Gluten Free of course! And zuki noodles for myself.
- Thursday – Baked Potato Bar with Turkey Chili, grilled garilicky mushrooms, sliced watermelon.
- Friday – Dinner Out – I am thinking Chipotle and some fresh apricots for dessert later.
- Saturday – Family Diner Night- Leftovers, frozen dishes, or whatever you can find as long as you get your veggies!
- Sunday – Family BBQ or Picnic: Hubby and I have decided this will now be a weekly occurrence and invite my son and his soon to be wife for dinner on Sundays.
This week Jerk Chicken Breast, Pineapple Coleslaw, Blackbeans with jerk seasoning with honey and lime, baked sweet potatoes.
Cleaning List for the Week
- Monday – Deep Clean Kitchen – Choose wisely on major appliance or area to deep clean. This week I suggest cleaning and organizing the pantry and the pots and pans storage. It is so much easier to put together a quick pantry meal when the pantry is well-organized and stocked with a few staples and you can easily find the pan you need for cooking the meal!
- Tuesday – Bathroom – Give the bathrooms and good scrubbing, especially, tubs, showers, sinks and mirrors.
- Wednesday – Dust and Mirrors and Windows – Dust all the furniture and doodads, shine all mirrors and windows on the inside.
- Thursday – Give the Laundry Area a good declutter session. Hang up stray clothing, fold and put-away laundry, wipe down counters and fronts of cabinets.
- Friday – Declutter- one area for 5 to 10 minutes or catch up on anything that was missed during the week. Keep it simple, Friday is for family and fun!
- Saturday – Linens and extra laundry. Don’t you love the idea of fresh smelling sheets and towels!
- Sunday – Family Day – An opportunity for movement! Miniature golf anyone?
Inspiration for the Week
My first outdoor cooking memories are full of erratic British summers, Dad swearing at a barbecue that he couldn’t put together, and eventually eating charred sausages, feeling brilliant.Jamie Oliver
( my brother and I shortly after we returned from my father’s deployment to Istanbul, Turkey. Dad drove from DC to Washington non-stop so that my mom could see her mother. Two short weeks later we were moved into temporary housing on base in Texas)
My personal fondest memories of picnics, where in the heat of the Texas summers on family road trips. We would pull into one of those rest stops and dad would take the cooler out of the family wagon. My mom would set out our lunch in the greatest of detail you can muster with paper plates, plastic spoons and cups of Koolaid. Those simple bologna and cheese sandwiches with pickles and chips where some of the best tasting meals of my life. I will hold those picnic times in my heart forever.
~Plist aka Momma
Have a rocking week!