Monday, September 10, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday! Isn't this a fun, new MPM banner? It adds sunshine to an otherwise dreary, rainy Monday here. We are beginning our second week (first full week) of school today. I know many of you are several weeks into your school routine. I hope things are humming along smoothly for you by now, that your kids are enjoying their school and activities, and that you are getting to enjoy time together around the table as a family.

I'm late getting my menu up today because I had to put the finishing touches on my kids' school assignments for today, then I whipped up some Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins. That's the way to start the week! Something for breakfast that tastes like a cookie! Yum! If they were attending school outside of our home, I probably wouldn't give them something so sweet first thing in the morning. In a little while I'll give them a snack of crackers and cheese or some carrot sticks to help balance it out.

Speaking of yum, last week I made this Coca Cola Cake recipe. Oh my word! It was impossibly good, and so easy! Well, I guess you can tell I have a sweet tooth. ;)

This week we are starting something fun. To go along with our United States geography study this year in school, we will be making recipes weekly that go along with the states we are studying. With my son's love of cooking, I thought this would be a fun way to enjoy geography! I found the book Eat Your Way Through the USA by Loree Pettit. This week we begin in the New England states with Maine and Massachusetts, so we will be making a lobster recipe (for Maine) and a Boston Cream Pie from that book. Doesn't that sound fun?

Here's our menu for the week:

Daily Breakfast choices~
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Eggs and Toast
Sausage biscuits
Cereal or oatmeal

Lunch: Tomato Basil soup and grilled cheese sandwiches (we didn't have this last week), salad
Dinner: Chili and mashed potatoes (My husband loves this combination, a favorite memory from his childhood!)

Lunch: corny dogs, macaroni and cheese, carrot sticks
Dinner: Chicken Pesto Panini's, caesar salad, stir fry veggies

Lunch: chicken nuggets with orange sauce (easy to whip up from this recipe), mixed veggies
Dinner: Lobster Casserole with Water Chestnuts and Bacon, Roasted Asparagus, and Boston Cream Pie (EYWTUSA p. 46,52)

Lunch: tuna salad pita pocket sandwiches, Flat Earth chips
Dinner: Leftovers

Lunch: leftover lunch buffet
Dinner: Lasagne, green beans, salad, garlic bread

Stop on by Laura's for more menus and recipes or to add our own. Have a wonderful week!


Linda said...

Sounds like a delicious way to study geography Cyndi. Maybe I wouldn't be so "geographically challenged" if I'd learned it that way (considering my love of food!).
You are so well organized. You have my admiration.
Have a great week. I think the rain is heading our way. Did it cool off a bit (she asked hopefully)?

Org Junkie said...

Wow, great menu! I'm so glad you like the new banner. I was so nervous no one was going to like it.


lori said...

I love your idea of the foods to go with the states...I have a book like that, and you inspired me since we are moving through the states as well!! We also did tomato basil soup last week and everyone really loved it!!
I think that I posted on the other site that I am a bit jealous that ya'll have the rain...we can not buy a drop! and it would be so nice to "school" to the sounds of drops...but I know, the sun does the soul good!!:)
have a wonderful week!!

Nicole said...

Love the menu! Have a great week!

Alycia said...

Sounds delicious Cyndi! I am interested in your USA cookbook! Sounds fun!

Tammy said...

Oh, a coca cola cake?! I am going to check into this recipe- wow! I've never heard of such a thing, but I'm definitely intrigued!

I was just catching up and I just love that your children wrote "40 things I love about Mom" for you! What wonderful things to treasure! It's obvious that you are a loving and caring mom to rate all those words of praise from them!
"They will rise up and call her blessed..."
A belated happy birthday to you! :D

Jill said...

We did the 'Eat your way...' book last year and had so much fun! The whole family had a great time with it!

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Coca-Cola Cake....yum and we are definately going to give this one a try!

Susanne said...

The muffins and cake sound yummy! Who'da thought you could get great cake out of Coca Cola.

Your menu looks great as usual.