I'm a daughter of the King - a born-again Christian since I was 7 years old. I've been married since 1985 to the love of my life who has had a mid-life change of career from a computer software engineer in the audio industry to a pastor at an independent Baptist church. I'm a mom of 4 miracle babies - all prayed for hard and worked for after battling infertility. We live on Long Island a few blocks from the beautiful shores of the Long Island Sound and love to spend time sailing on that Sound and beyond. I'm a homeschooling mom and a college mom (!) and work part time out of the house (at church, so I can take my kids) as well as working on training a horse a few days a week. I love my life and thank God every day for allowing me to live it.
My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 where God says "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." God has had a plan for me since before I was born and it amazes me constantly to see what that plan is at it unfolds before me.
Yep - we're going to do my menu planning live right now. :) I have no clue yet what I'm going to do.
First let me think of what's going on this week. Tonight is my 17 year old's senior concert so I know we'll need to eat a little early and since I'm horseback riding too, I need something quick. I think tonight will be our "good salad" which is greens, grilled chicken, craisins, mandarin oranges, walnuts, blue cheese and a homemade dressing made from one part honey to two parts balsamic vinegar.
OK - Tomorrow I think is pretty normal. I'll be home and I think it's supposed to be cooler and kind of lousy weather so I'll make something that takes a bit longer to make and includes the oven. I think that will be meatloaf with mashed potatoes and .... green beans? Since I'm home, I'm also going to be sure I have the ingredients to make up 2 batches of lasagna sauce so I can make lasagnas for our homeschool presentation night. I won't be able to be there but I will make the lasagnas and someone else can cook them up for me.
Wednesday we have ballet until 6 and then we need to be at church at 7 so again I need something fast. Hmmmm - we haven't done pizza in a very long time and there's a great pizza place near church that has a deal where you get a large pizza, meatball parmesan hero, large ziti and a dozen garlic knots for $20 which is an amazing deal so we'll do that. I can have hubby bring it home with him so I will just have a salad ready to go earlier in the day and we're set.
Thursday looks to be a nicer day and since I'll be riding again, I need something quick to prepare. I think I have a steak in the freezer and think I'll use that to do grilled stead and then I'll pick up the ingredients to make potato salad and we'll have that with frozen corn.
Friday is a very busy day for me. I'm still not sure how I'm going to work it all out because we have field day, I need to get my work at church done and that evening is our new church's first event. So I think I'll be sure there is leftovers for the children to eat and then I'll make sandwiches for DH and I to take with us. I think we need to be at the hotel around 6 or possibly even earlier so there are not a ton of choices for us.
Saturday - At this point, the weekend doesn't look that great weather-wise but of course we can't be sure. I think I'll make something chicken - Hmmmm - how about chicken enchiladas? We love those! I'll do chicken enchiladas and salad. YUM!
Sunday is usually just DH and I and the two little ones. Hmmm - IF the weather is nice, I know DH will want to BBQ on the boat so I think I'll pick up boneless chicken thighs. If it's nice, we can grill those and have it with the leftover potato salad. If it's not nice, I can cook them in the oven pretty much the same way as on the grill. So we'll do thighs, potato salad and green salad. Yeah, that works.
Monday - I try to get to Monday since with me riding on Mondays, there's not much time to shop or anything so if I'm not prepared for Monday, then we don't do well. I think we'll do a cranberry pork roast to finish out the pork roasts I have in the freezer. It's a crockpot meal, so nice and easy for me to come home from riding and finish the prep work. I'll serve it with rice and peas.