I'm even more thankful when I have a plan for dinner so it doesn't take hours to get a meal on the table. This time of year, I rely so much on my crockpot and a freezer full of prepared meals from my supper swapping group, the Chill Mamas (short for Make Ahead Meal Artists!). The group started as a group of my students from the freezer/once a month cooking class I taught at church in the summer of '08; we've been preparing and sharing meals these past two years - mostly from my friend Kati's cookbook, Fix, Freeze, Feast, and then adding in our own favorites. (Kati's book was just re-released in softback - so cool!) While a couple of gals have switched out of the group, I think it's been a fun and successful venture and I'm looking forward to our third year.
Here's this week's menu plan:
Monday: Sticky Ribs and Creamy Taters/Turnips (Mike's creation - not bad)
Tuesday: Chicken/Broccoli Bake
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Veteran's Day - Thursday (girl scouts): Orange Teriyaki Chicken
Friday: Chicken and Dumplings
Saturday: leftover buffet
Sunday: Three Packet Pot Roast
If YOU need new menu ideas, visit Orgjunkie.com!
In other happenings at the Halligans, Mike worked on Tess's truck most of the day Sunday. While it's not back to 100%, it's drivable and he'll finish it up this weekend. I spent the evening last night matching up partners in my newest Flirty Apron Swap so will start sending the emails after work tonight (in lieu of my much-needed shut eye). I also spent some time planning my tablescape and favors for the RHCC Women's Christmas Dessert - I'll be hosting a table on Saturday the 4th.
PS - What do you think of my new blog look?? I won a blog makeover from Creative Creations by Cristin, and I think she did a great job!!