Welcome to another week here at the Frugal Upstate Village Homestead! If you are Christian–then Happy Holy Week! That’s right, it’s the week leading up to Easter, so we’ve got a slew of church related activities this week. Maundy Thursday (I just love that name), Good Friday, and of course Easter and all the associated church and family rigamarole.
Here’s what I’ve got to plan around this week:
1. I’ve lost steam on my home cleaning/organization project. I really want to get the den and the bathroom/laundry room done this week. That means I need to spend less time on the computer, more time working and not have to stop at 3 to start dinner. So quick and easy, crockpot or some other types of meals that will not cause me to put off the unpleasant (ie cleaning) in favor of the pleasant (ie cooking)
2. We’ve got the regular round of scouts, dance and pool this week. Thursday I’ll be helping to set up and serve at a church luncheon. We also have a middle school concert to work around. On top of that I’m way behind on the whole Easter outfit thing for the kids-so I’ve got to make at least 1 trip in to town this week. At least I don’t have any other appointments.
3. I’ve got one sponsored post to write that will require a bit of work and photography before I can even get to the writing part.
4. In the fridge I’ve got leftover ham, leftover roast beef and some chicken breasts that I need to cook. I’ve also got some mushrooms, romaine lettuce and a whole bunch of carrots that I dug from the garden yesterday. Down in the basement the potatoes that our buddy gave us from his dad’s garden are starting to grow eyes, so we better eat some more of those.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes, Ham Slices and a Green Salad
This will use up some of the leftover ham and the potatoes. Plus I’ve been wanting to make the slow cooker scalloped potatoes again so I can take a good picture and write the recipe up for you all! I’ll just warm the ham slices and serve them with some mustard. Or maybe I’ll get fancy and come up with some sort of mustard sauce. Then on the side a simple green salad.
This is my pork meal for the week.
Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie
I forgot to mention that I’ve got some pie crusts in the fridge–left over from another project. So I’ll make a couple of pot pies up–we’ll eat one for dinner and I’ll freeze the other for another week. If I’m smart I’ll get this done early so that dinner doesn’t interfere with the concert
Wednesday: Spaghetti with Venison Meatballs and Carrot Salad
Wednesday nights are busy, so we’ll do an easy one-spaghetti and meatballs. Again, if I’m on top of things I could make the meatballs earlier (I like to do a bunch and then bake them for expediency’s sake). Then at dinner time I can use some home canned spaghetti sauce with the meatballs and do some quick spaghetti. As for the carrot salad–I don’t have a recipe, I just know I have a bunch of carrots in the fridge and I’ll come up with something
This is my venison meal for the week.
Thursday: Chicken Chili Blanco and Light and Tasty Cornmeal Biscuits
I didn’t wind up making any chili last week-I realized I needed to use the ham bone in the fridge so made a really yummy pea soup instead. Anyway–there are still white beans in the fridge, and I’ll be busy setting up for the church luncheon and serving on Thursday, so I’ll do a crockpot meal–and I haven’t made my delicious Chicken Chili Blanco in a while :) Instead of my Sweet Northern Cornbread I think I”ll make the Light and Tasty Cornmeal Biscuits instead.
This is my bean meal for the week.
Friday: Butternut Squash Soup with Cheese Panini
I once made a really, really good Butternut Squash Soup. . . do you think I can find the recipe? Of course not. I’m going to try to recreate it from memory this week. And since squash soup is filling but doesn’t quite feel like enough for dinner–especially when serving a man sized appetite and a couple of very active kiddos–I figured grilled cheese sandwiches for a side–using my panini press I won at a conference a few years back. Maybe we’ll add some well drained stewed tomatoes to the mix to make it more “pizza” like.
This is my meatless and my soup meal for the week.
I’ll make homemade pizza.
Sunday: Easter Dinner. Probably Leg of Lamb, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Carrots and a Salad.
Ok, I’m thinking of braving a boneless Leg of Lamb. Never cooked one before and a bit scared of not doing it right, especially with the price per lb. But Princess LOVES lamb and so does my mom, so I figure it will be a nice Easter meal.
Hmmm. . . seems that I missed out on a fish meal this week. Sigh. Well some weeks you make it, some you don’t. . .maybe I’ll make sure we eat Tuna sandwiches on Saturday
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .