Menu Plan, Make it or Break it Week

making oatmeal

The big kid, the one with leftover orange smelly marker mustache from the last day of school, insisted on helping me make blueberry baked oatmeal late one night last week.  I may have sighed a little (go to bed already!) but we did it anyway.  This “Yes, Mom” moment brought to you by the foresight that teaching my kids to cook now will eventually pay off. 

My big kids have been home from school since Wednesday at 11:00, and I’ve wanted to send them back for a meal a day only 5 or 6 times so far.


Sort of.

I know I’m not the only mom of growing children who thinks, “Man, these kids eat a lot!” many times a day.  Game on!

This is Do or Die week.  Make it or Break it.  Use it or Lose it.  The calm before the storm.  This week we are mostly kind of home except for two different dinner parties tonight and Memorial Day outings tomorrow and three kids in three different towns for ball on Wednesday night, and a ball tournament next weekend along with a birthday party and graduation party, and… well, this is what calm looks like ’round here.

I’m not complaining, I’m just planning ahead.

This is the week I vow to fix no meals without stashing some for later.  Batch cooking, if you will.  At the end of the week I hope to have a freezer full of grab and go meals to get us through the next week, which will be even crazier.    I don’t know how you people who are never home do this!

Here’s the plan (which will likely change after I get home from grocery shopping tonight…)

Strawberry Ruhbarb Crisp Recipe

Oh, this?  Killer.  {Easy} Recipe coming soon!

Sunday, May 26

  • biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, pears (brunch)
  • splitting up to eat supper with friends in two different places.  If anyone gets hungry before we head out at 5:00, I say open the fridge and go for it!

Breakfasts (at least we’ll be home in the mornings this week to enjoy some of our favorite big breakfasts)

Snacky Meal/Lighter Lunch

  • fire ants on a log (kids make these on their own = happy mom)
  • apples and peanut butter
  • popcorn and cheese

Easy Deviled Eggs Recipe

Supper ~ Our weekly CSA delivery will start in a couple weeks, making meal planning around veggies so much easier and more fun!  While we wait on that, and while I’m making the most of my time in the kitchen (doubling or tripling all meals) this week, just know that I promise to serve plenty of fruits and veggies with these main dishes, whatever I can find at the store.)


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  1. Shannon says:

    I may have missed the recipe somewhere, but how do you make blueberry baked oatmeal? It sounds delicious!

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