Sunday, November 22, 2009
Menu Plan Monday: Thanksgiving Week
Most of the recipes are or will be posted on the Thanksgiving menu post. I had a turkey in our freezer from the spring already, but picked up a free one from Fred Meyer on my last trip and bought two 20 pound turkeys from Safeway for $0.27 a pound for other meals. I may pick up another one if I can find another $20.00 to spend there. They had a deal where if your total bill was $25.00 or more, including the price of the turkey, you got a turkey at 16.01 pounds or above for $0.27 a pound, 16 pounds or lighter for $0.37 a pound. We like turkey here and it can certainly be used in all the same kinds of things that we normally use chicken for, and $0.27 a pound for meat can't be beat, even if it isn't pastured and has been injected with brine. One day we will be able to raise our own for our meat, but until then, this was a good deal.
Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, the Church's new year, and with it comes the first fast of the year. Our menus will reflect a bit more simplicity and abstinence.
This has been a rough year, but we still have much for which to be thankful. We are in a new area which is a great place for children, which is fecund and abundant in good foods that are easily grown and readily available. I am thankful for my husband who loves without measure. He always puts our needs and desires before his own. I am thankful for a little more knitting time and for my new ballet class. Also, I am thankful that all of our family is doing well in the climate here, Dominic's eczema is almost gone, though it seems counter intuitive that such a dry place would help his dry, scaly skin. All of our health seems to be improved in the dry weather, though our skin needs lots more moisture here than it did in the damp of the west side. I am thankful for our well insulated house that barely lets any cold in, even on 20 degree mornings with the wind howling through the trees. I'm thankful for our little plot of land with its trees, in the midst of all the scrub brush and fields, and for a chance to try our hands at a small part of farm life.
Breakfast: Southwest Breakfast Skillet, Satsumas, Milk
Dinner: Salami & Cheddar Sandwiches, Snack Tray, Satsumas
Breakfast: Chocolate Oatmeal, Milk
Dinner: Mustard Glazed Corned Beef, Potatoes, Carrots and Onions, Soda Bread
Breakfast: Rice Pudding with Dried Cherries, Milk, Coffee
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Milk, Blackberry Tea & Honey
Dinner: Potato, Pepper & Onion Frittata with Feta Cheese, Whole Wheat Bread, Satsumas
Breakfast: Pepper & Sausage Brunch Strata, Satsumas, Steamers, Coffee, Tea
Dinner: Thanksgiving - Relish Tray, Herb Roasted Turkey, Bourbon Gravy, Wild Rice Dressing, Cornbread Dressing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Horseradish Relish, Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans, Sweet Potato Rolls, Corn & Pepper Pudding, Martinelli's, Wine, Mexican Coca Cola made with real sugar, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Cranberry Cherry Pie, Nantucket Cranberry Pie, Apple Pie, Gingerbread with Sweetened Whipped Cream
Breakfast: Pie, Mashed Potato Cakes, Steamers, Coffee, Tea
Dinner: Turkey Tetrazzini, Noodles, Salad
Breakfast: More Pie, Fried Eggs and Toast, Steamers, Coffee, Tea
Dinner: After Thanksgiving Soup
Here is the list of foods from the freezer, fridge and pantry that I'm using this week. Anything from the freezer, pantry or fridge that was not bought specifically for this meal or this past week will be included in my lists.
Frozen Roasted Corn
Milk (& Cream from the Top)
Leftover Taco Soup (thrown into the breakfast skillet)
All Herbs & Spices
Hard White Wheat Berries
Soft White Wheat Berries
White Bread Flour
Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles
I like that you list everything in your pantry; how organized. I should do the same thing to keep better track of what we have to work with.
Your menu sounds delicious. Happy Thanksgiving!
Have you ever heard of shelf milk? If so, can you use it in a baking recipe?
We are thankful for so many things this year, not least is all the friends and family who helped us pack up and move in less than three weeks so we could get out here. We could not have done it without them.
Jehovah provides, and His love is reflected in the lives of our families.
I have no doubt your tough year is all a setup to bring you into God's abundance.
Oh, and Rich is THE MAN!
God bless you all!
- Big Daddy Andy