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Wednesday, May 30, 2012


I had been planning to post our menu on Monday, since we were so busy with Pentecost and Memorial Day this weekend. However, things have changed so that posting was not that big a priority. My father in law has what looks like metastasized cancer that might be originating from his pelvic bone. Please join us in praying for him and my mother in law.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Menu Plan: May 20 - May 26

Alleluia! Christ the Lord Ascendeth into heaven! Come let us adore Him! Alleluia!

This past week was so busy and tiring that I couldn't even post a menu. I can tell you what we ate if you are really that interested. It was a good week, with lots of fun and good accomplished, but exhausting.

First off was recital weekend, so there were late/extra rehearsals, hair, makeup and costume prep, two performances and all that this entails. My allergies, Alexander's allergies and Mariam's allergies were all acting up that weekend, Rich had a cold and we all just got worse from there.

Mother's Day was spent recovering on the couch with books. Alexander made me a lovely chocolate cake with chocolate frosting:

Dominic and Amira worked together to make me butter cookies that spelled out Happy Mother's Day:

We had a field trip I had organized, school work to do, gardening and then came Ascension Day. We had several late nights this week, friends over and hard work in the yard. It's time to catch up on some rest.

I've been meaning to post my recipe and pictures on how to make ma'amoul for a while, and I finally uploaded the pictures. Perhaps I can do that in the next couple weeks. I also have a recipe for baked pesto pasta that we really like and is quick and easy to put together that I can post soon.

This is the last week of the Paschal season. I'm finally going to test drive my lamb pan and try to make us a butter cake in it. It will be our farewell to the season. Pentecost is this coming Sunday!What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Menu Plan: May 6 - May 12

Still hate the new blogger format. It will not let me open multiple posts from the editor so I can easily copy links or text. I have to close one and open another and then go back to the first. Ugh. I did finally figure out how to preserve my line breaks without coding them all in, though it would have been nice if they had preserved that in my other posts from before, since I would have had to go back and fix all of them if I want to be able to read them without getting a headache. It is so bad that I couldn't even bring myself to write up my menu plan last week. We did still eat. I found a way to revert to the old interface and now I am happier again.

This week, we have quite a few jalapenos to use up, so I'm trying to find ways to get them into different meals. We also were able to buy about 17 pounds of local asparagus for $25 at the farmers' market, so I'm using a lot of that in our meals this week as well. There is quite a bit of cilantro left from our last shopping trip, too, so that is featured in our meals this week.

I have been calculating the costs of our dinners to see how much we're spending now that we're spending more on food with the rising costs of gasoline and its effects on the price of food, along with inflation and all the other increases. Even with making a rather high cost meal last week (choucroute garnie) and making desserts several times, we averaged about $1.41 per dinner per person. This week should be even lower, as I'm cooking more frugal meals and not making so much in the way of desserts. Our lunches are usually pretty much free, as we eat leftovers for lunch most often. Our breakfasts usually cost about $1 - $3 for the total meal, so those don't add much to our costs during the week. Menu planning, shopping for what is in season and on sale really does make eating well affordable.What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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