My recent weekly scores have me thinking about attempting a return to the Family Dinner table. It really didn’t work for us on my last attempt, and when we did all sit down the stress level (me) and eat and run with minimal talking (everyone but Tiny) were just a horrible way to end a day.
The weekly meal plan, where everyone eats what’s served, and some of us eat together and others later has been working. There are days where I’ve thought about hollering everyone over to the dinner table, but I’ve held off, because I don’t want to push my luck. Having everyone say ‘thank you’ for a meal and not ‘I don’t like this’ or ‘Do I have to eat this?’ is a big step toward my own peace of mind. I don’t want to mess that up!
I am considering picking a day and calling it Family Night, so that once a week we’re all at the table. Maybe next week. I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s the plan:
- Mon: grilled cheese, tomato soup, strawberries, cucumber
- Tues: Taco Tuesday! pulled pork tacos, fixins, beans, fruit & veg
- Wed: linguine with clams, garden salad, garlic bread, fruit
- Thurs: sesame chicken, pork dumplings, rice, veggie stir fry, pineapple
- Fri: venison stew, egg noodles, garden salad, homemade rolls, fruit
Items on sale that I’m using this week: strawberries, ground pork, pineapple, cheese.
Also this week I’m staring a ‘Stock the Freezer’ plan. When I started the blog, I’d decided to work on utilizing my freezer and pantry, and that’s been successful. So now I can start stocking back up!
This week’s project is pork dumplings. DH and I both love them, and while you can buy them in a giant sack at Costco for about $10, they’re tastier when you make them at home. Ground pork is on sale at Sprouts for $2.99/lb, which isn’t as cheap as buying the pork briskets at Fiesta for $1.99 and grinding my own but in the interest of not having it be an all day project I’m going to buy the ground pork.
They freeze better than anything, and you can steam them, fry them, or boil them when you’re ready for a batch. Just put them on cookie sheets and slide into the freezer, and then fill freezer bags up with lovely frozen pockets of yum. The recipe I’ve linked to makes 100 dumplings, and it’s a process that’s easy to break up if you’ve got some helpers.
Until next time, Cheep Cheep!