Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Menu Plan


I haven't posted a menu plan in a while mainly because I haven't had a menu plan the past few weeks.  That's not good for anyone.  Not for our waistlines.  Not for our health.  Not for our pocketbook.  Ugh...

We at The Little Pink House are currently in a bit of a transition and therefore {I} have shirked a bit of my normal responsibilities...like grocery shopping and cooking.

I like boundaries.
I like lists.
I like stability.
I like my life.
I like Engineer's smile.  >insert fluttering eyelashes here<

Have you ever noticed yourself involuntarily reacting a certain way to situations?  When I am stressed about something, generally you'll find me barefoot in the kitchen cookin' up a storm - productive.  However, when I am ill-at-ease, I hardly set foot in the kitchen other than to fix a cup of coffee - counterproductive...well, except for the coffee part.

I hadn't really thought about this before until Engineer finally took a stand and said that going out to eat was "killing us."  He asked why I hadn't been cooking and we had a, uh hem, discussion.

I guess that is how I rebel against the flux and uncertainty - I stop being the anchor for my family.  Ouch.

I have since made it a point to cook whether I feel like it or not.  I guess that's part of being a grown-up - doing things you don't want to do when you don't want to do them for the greater good.   You would think after decades upon this earth, I would have figured out by now that it's not all about me.  Hrumph...

Last week began with a performance of the world premier of local conductor, performer, and composer Kermit Poling's orchestral score to the 1918 silent film "Tarzan of the Apes."  The score was beautiful and it was a really neat concert to attend.  They projected the silent film onto screens while the orchestra played.  It was quite a demanding piece and the symphony played well.  The film was revolutionary in that it was shot on location in Louisiana and more importantly, was the first film to use black actors instead of white actors in black-face.

Here's an excerpt:



Engineer and I attended the Bluebonnet Bash, a fundraising dinner and silent auction for our local art museum.  We had a great time; of course, it helps when your friend does the seating chart and all of your friends are seated together in one gallery.  Another friend's band was the entertainment and the food was wonderful.

Our little trio went to Dallas Saturday to see the musical version of Disney's "The Little Mermaid."  It was good, but after seeing "The Lion King" last time, this one was a little underwhelming.  Saying that, Engineer liked it better than Lion King.  To each his own.

And on to the menu plan:

Sunday - Pizza & Salad
Monday - Pancakes & Bacon (since we weren't going to have them on Shrove Tuesday)
Tuesday - Taste of the Arts
Wednesday - Church
Thursday - Southern Sunday Bake & Salad
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Black Eyed Peas, Mashed Potatoes, Cabbage, & Cornbread

This is part of MPM.

16 comments:

  1. Love your blog, love your blog name, love your post here!! TX Blogger Sister here!!

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  2. Aw shucks Ms. Kim. Thanks so much for your kind words. :)

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  3. Julie, you'll have to tell me what a Southern Sunday Bake is! I want some just from the name of it. :) And I will be by for that lovely meal on Saturday... ♥

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    1. It's kind of like gussied up mac n' cheese - lots of cheese, bechamel, pasta, spinach, ham...yummy. You are welcome any day Ms. Joy. :)

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  4. It should come as no surprise that cooking ain't my thang. But having said that, I do love a good home cooked meal to going out. Unless, of course, it's delicious Mexican food! :)

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    1. I'm with you Ms. Melissa on the Mexican food. I just can't make it as good as a restaurant.

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  5. I'll take home cooked any day! And I say that cause I eat out nearly every meal during the week because I live on the road (for work). But unless it's tacos or something, Mexican food at a restaurant is hard to recreate at home. ;)

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    1. I wonder why that is Ms. Taylor? What are they doing that a home cook isn't?....hmmm.....I may have to get a job behind the scenes to learn the secret! :)

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  6. I really need to get back into the swing of things and posting my weekly menu. Love the recipes you have picked!

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    1. It does make such a difference doesn't it Ms. Michelle! :)

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  7. Okay, there wasn't ANYTHING about this article I didn't love. I agree with everything you've said. Every word, thought and meaning - or at least what I took from it. Julie, you are an inspiration to me. I aspire to be like you someday, and I'm at least a good 10 years older than you! You keep writing! I'll keep reading!

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    1. Thanks so much Ms. Ronda for your very kind words. :) It's nice to have a cheerleader. ;)

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  8. I have trouble with getting lazy and not wanting to cook, too. Since the husband is now back in school we've agreed that we will eat out two or three times a month, and the rest of the time cook at home. It's hard! But I got some great cookbooks over Christmas so I'm trying to use them to inspire me so I don't get so bored and grumpy about meal planning. :D Happy SITS day!

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    1. I love to cook but once I fall out of the habit, I get REALLY lazy with it. Great cookbooks always ignite a spark though. Good luck with your husband's schooling (we've been down that road TWICE so I know how it feels) and your new cooking schedule. :)

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  9. My husband and I have had many "ahem" discussions about the same issue.. That's where meal swaps and freezer meals save my bacon for when I'm just not in the mood.

    To cook..

    Not in the mood to cook.

    Great blog and happy SITS day!

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    1. Ha ha ha! Ms. Georgia, you had me giggling at your response. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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