Oh and enjoy the shot of the breakfast I had to eat the other morning. I actually made home made Strawberry Julius for the family (it was actually pretty good, but not exactly like I remember Strawberry Julius being) and I had some of the leftovers with breakfast the next morning. It was actually a pretty good breakfast :).
First, I wanted to field a few questions people have asked. One, what are larder beetles? Well, pretty much everywhere I've ever lived had the suckers, but we didn't know them as larder beetles. Most people know them as black and tan beetles. Big thing I've found that the pesticide outfits don't cover is that they nest behind baseboards, true, but they also love to nest ANYWHERE dark, so clutter is a must to get rid of if you want to rid yourself of these disgusting little buggers once they are in your house. You can read more about them on the following Orkin site Larder Beetles, definition and treatment. The one thing, I luckily have going for me is that I keep the cat's dry food in a sealed five gallon bucket as well, so now I'm just having to chase (and chase, and chase) all of the little nesting places the icky things have been able to find and eradicate them with extreme prejudice and super duper uber clean things over the next couple of months. Not easy with a special needs kid, but I'm determined to get rid of the suckers. Period.
Second, about the Monthly Goals this month. Well, since nuking the house from orbit to get rid of the bugs once and for all isn't an option, right now my monthly goals are pretty much centered around cleaning, cleaning and cleaning some more. I do have some other goals that I'm writing down and will share, but they will probably be kind of like my shopping goals and just span this and next month with me amending the list next month as needed. I've got a lot to do, not enough time to do it in (so it seems every day) and am trying to manage my time more wisely. Writing things down really does seem to help.
Complicating my schedule is that Alvah is starting intensive ABA therapy through the rest of the summer now that school is over, so we're trying to transition him into that the first couple of days this week (today did not go well, but I expected that). He'll be in therapy five days a week for two and a half hours a day, so that bites into my time to get things like cooking, baking and housework done. So, writing things down, checking them off and such is definitely a must the next little bit :).
So, anyway, now that I've rambled on a bit, let's get to this week's menu plan!
Monday: Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (I'm PLANNING on making both tomato and Julia Child's Edible Pea Pod soup, but using just frozen peas in their place and messing with the recipe a bit...we'll see how that goes. The leftovers will go into the freezer for quick lunches later on).
Tuesday: Chicken curry and rice (this is one of the Revolution meal kits I got for free. Since both kids have swimming tomorrow on top of therapy I wanted to do something simple).
Wednesday: Ham steak, potatoes, salad
Thursday: French Dips (make rolls for sandwiches), french fries, peaches
Friday: Roast chicken, roast veggies, rolls
Saturday: Chicken salad sandwiches (use leftover chicken) on home made bread, home made potato chips? (Not sure about the potato chips, really, as it depends on what kind and how much vegetable oil I have).
Sunday: Pork Roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple sauce
Desserts (tentative depending on time): Apple bundt cake (Wednesday), ice cream (whenever), Mincemeat tarts (Friday)...leftover desserts can be eaten on different days, of course.
And there you go folks. What we are (hopefully) eating this week. How about you?