Sunday, July 18, 2010

Menu Plan and Motivation

I'll be off teaching more ballet this week, but only from 12 to 3. Whew! I am overjoyed that I'll actually be home a few hours this week being domestic! Having a week of out-of-the-home work is sometimes just what I need to realize how much I truly love being home with my kiddos! Here's the meal plan for this week.
Monday: I'll be off teaching an ABC's of Baby Care class again at the local pregnancy resource center. The hubby is going to play tennis with a friend, so my (wonderful) mom will be with the kiddos. I'm giving her free reign with the kitchen. She might end up just taking them to McD's!
Tuesday: I didn't get to make the Spinach Squares that I wanted to make last week, so I'll be making those on Tuesday. This is a meatless dish, so I'll probably need to make a little meat to go on the side for my meat-loving hubby.
Wednesday: Seasoned baked pork chops and homemade macaroni and cheese.
Thursday: Spinach and strawberry salads with leftover pork on top (something like this) We'll have some yummy bread on the side. Will I make my dinner rolls? We'll just have to see. Either that or some store bought bread. Maybe from here?
Friday: Frozen pizzas--we didn't eat them last week, so here they are on the menu again!
For snacks, I'm making some good ol' rice krispie treats and I'd love to make some of this granola too.
And a little motivation for the week--we sang this as the closing hymn in church on Sunday and it really struck me how very necessary each and every word of this particular verse is!

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
 stand in his strength alone;
 the arm of flesh will fail you, 
 ye dare not trust your own.
 Put on the gospel armor, 
 each piece put on with prayer;
 where duty calls or danger, 
 be never wanting there.

Linked with Motivate Me MondayMakes My MondayMenu Plan Monday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, and Tasty Tuesdays over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and A Beautiful Mess.


  1. I love how honest your weekly schedule is. The homemade mac and cheese sounds good. Perhaps just a little naughty. Thanks for the ideas. And as always I'd love ya to link up any of your fav recipes for my tasty tuesdays.

  2. I laughed when I read your Tuesday plan... I've got a carnivore for a hubby too. I've tried meatless meals before and he happily eats them and then politely asks, "Now, where's the meat?"

  3. I hope your ballet classes go well!

    Spinach salad sounds dreamy to me. It is one of my favorites.

  4. The Spinach Squares sound wonderful!

    I appreciate the great hymn of encouragement on this Monday!

  5. I work outside the home, but I always think I'd be a good work from home mom. But then, I go on maternity leave like I am currently and realize how much I enjoy being lazy when I'm inside the house! :) I try and make up menus for the week, and it's so rare when I actually make all five meals. I NEED to get better about this! Motivation - stopping on your blog today will be motivation.

    I'm blog hopping today - mentioned that on your other blog. :) Happy Monday.

  6. Oh Olivia, I am so very impressed by your meal plan...and it all sounds delicious! (With or without the meat ;) )

    Isn't it wonderful when a Sunday morning hymn just sets your week off on the perfect note?

    Thanks for sharing yours...and for Making My Monday! (So glad you're playing along!)

  7. Sounds good! My hubby's a meat-lover too . . . gotta have the meat. =D

  8. Oh, and a birthday bash?!?!?! How fun is that?!?!

  9. Ah the meat loving hubby LOL I have one of those too ;)

  10. Thanks so much for linkin up with tasty tuesdays girl. So inspiring. Sorry it's taken me so long to keep up. Have a great rest of your week.