I spent most of Saturday running around after my son trying to keep him from completely destroying the house (I half succeeded). Over the weekend we got our first "real" snowfall of this year (we've gotten ice this winter, no doubt about that, but when it comes to snow we didn't get much), which my husband incidentally totally called it on this one as every time people kept telling him we weren't going to have a winter he was like, "Oh, there's still March. Wait for it." We got about a foot of snow around here, which happily was enough for us to go play in yesterday morning. We didn't get a chance to play in it Saturday as we were all still a little too sick for us to go out and play. Yesterday though was perfect as it was warm and snowy, so we got sledding in and lots of snow play before the snow started to melt in earnest. The best part was we didn't freeze our tails off after about ten minutes like normally happens in wintertime so the kids were willing to stay outside for quite a while. It was a lot of fun.
I didn't take too many pictures of what we ate this week as I was still feeling really worn down for the most part, especially around dinner time. I actually had my husband pick up sandwiches for us one night and just made the kids dinner, which asking him to bring home dinner is rare for me anymore, but it was getting late and I was just wasted after juggling the kids all day.
I'm hoping that now the kids are going back to school today that I'll be able to catch up on rest a little bit and catch up on housework a LOT as while my house isn't walking away on it's own yet, my son was trying REALLY hard to get it to that point.
So, at any rate, the menu plan was kind of hit or miss this last week.
Pork Slices Night
Last Sunday I cooked a GIGANTIC pork roast in the oven. I didn't realize exactly how much meat was on it until I started cutting said meat off.Baked Chicken Night
We had leftover pork roast a lot last week as it turned out. We had the leftover pork slices on Monday and ended up with them for lunch a couple of days in pork sandwiches. I'll get into a couple of more ways we used up the pork down the post a bit, but yeah...that one 8.00 pork roast worked out to be awesomely cost effective at feeding us for the week!
We had pork sandwiches for lunch, my husband brought home sandwiches for dinner and I baked my son some French Fries. It worked, not really how I would have liked it to, but every once in a while you just have to admit you need a break, even for a night.
Well, we did have steak this night. Instead of potato salad (just wasn't up to it), I made baked potatoes instead and we had kind of wilty lettuce in salad instead of baked beans.
Pork Soup Night
I had ideas of trying an oriental style pork soup for dinner that night, but I just wasn't up to doing too much, so I threw what was left of the pork roast into the crock pot with some chicken bouillon and some herbs and spices and a bunch of veggies and planned on calling it "soup". But, there was so much meat left on the bone, it turned out, that I was able to just cook it off the bone, slice it up and serve the vegetables alongside with some home made bread. It worked out great!
I then took the leftover pork from THAT meal and mixed it up with some BBQ sauce for lunch on Saturday for sandwiches. Like I said, that pork roast did a LOT last week!
Garlic Shrimp Pasta Night
Didn't happen. Ended up being baked chicken night instead. I served it with green beans and one of my great "secret weapons" when it comes to breaking up rice monotony around here.
The Prudent Homemaker turned me onto Chicken Tomato Bouillon (sounds weird, but trust me try it!) and I like to mix in about a teaspoon per cup of rice in the rice cooker and just let it cook in the bouillon. It works awesome and really makes a flavorful rice to mix up your side dishes. You can find it in the Mexican food section at Carrs and Fred Meyer.
I used the leftover rice last night as a side dish as well. I served it with some baked fish and some peaches for dinner. It worked out well and was really yummy!
So, there you are folks. My culinary adventures for the week. Did you make anything fun last week or did you just kind of get by (which honestly is what I did).