This past week was SOOOOOO nice weather wise! I mean, yes, it did rain, but I can take a little rain. I was just happy that precipitation was not in any frozen form. This week, I am afraid to look at the forecast. I know that this weather won’t last long in February in Ohio, that would just be too good to be true. So, I shall bury my head in the sand and hope for the best!
I ended up deviating from my menu plan last week much more than I had hoped to. I typically do very well following it and only change 1 day per week. Last week, however, was different. A dear friend of mine passed away and her wake was Monday night, so Aaron and I asked his Mom to come stay with the kids. That meant that we didn’t end up eating until we got home later on and we just made due with what we could find.
One new treat I made last week to go with the lasagna I made to surprise Aaron was Carrie’s (Ginger-Lemon Girl) Cheddar Garlic Biscuits. They were super yummy and easy to make! I will be making these again. Jon said they tasted just like the biscuits that he used to eat at Red Lobster before he had to go gluten-free. He was beyond thrilled! THANKS Carrie!!
This week is going to start off with Aaron & I celebrating Valentine’s Day a day late. We do this mostly to avoid the craziness at restaurants that you see on Valentine’s Day. As you all know, eating out gluten-free is hard enough, just add in a packed restaurant and extremely busy kitchen and you have a potential disaster waiting to happen (that would be a potential digestive disaster 😉 ). Later in the week I have a dinner out planned with 2 girl friends. We are always putting off getting together because of our busy lives, but after our friend passed away last week, we realize the importance of keeping up those friendships even more. Life is too short. Keep those friendships close. Don’t put off keeping in touch. So, our new “plan” is to get together at least once a month for a lunch, dinner or just simply some coffee & catching up.
Onto the meal plan:
Sunday ~ Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for Aaron & I; kids are going to Grandma’s as they are off from school on Monday
Monday ~ Sweet Thai Chile Glazed Salmon, quinoa, steamed green beans & spinach salad.
Tuesday ~ Bourbon Chicken, steamed brown jasmine rice & steamed broccoli.
Wednesday ~ BBQ chicken breasts (Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce), baked potatoes or garlic rosemary potatoes, veggies & salad.
Thursday ~ Kim out with friends; H0memade Macaroni & cheese, baked beans & veggies for the fam.
Friday ~ Homemade Calzones with Chebe Mix (veggies & turkey pepperoni), steamed veggies & salad.
Saturday ~ Burgers, sweet potato fries & salad.
Peanut Butter Cookies (homemade, not the recalled ones 😉 )
Oh, I have a confession to make. If I wasn’t clear the other day, I am now addicted to Barney Butter. Thanks Hangry Pants! I am almost out of my 2nd jar! ACK! I really wanted to try those cookies with the BB, but no freakin’ way am I wasting my BB on cookies! LOL! Guess I better get used to my old Skippy Natural for a while. 😉 Oh, maybe I’ll run to Wally World and grab some Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams. Gotta get my fix somewhere! Oh, and I made the mistake of trying the BB with fruit spread on a Van’s waffle instead of my rice cake, yeah, that was a mistake. Holy YUM! Sigh. Good thing I have really ramped up the running or I would be in trouble! Okay, confession over. 😉
Don’t forget to check out Celiacs in the House for the weekely gluten-free menu swap. Also, Orjunkie has lots more menu plans.