Since a lot of people have been asking, I wanted to start off with an Alvah update :). He's still sleeping at night (yes!!!!), but my dear daughter decided as soon as he started sleeping at night she was going to be a complete pain in the tushie and not go to bed, no matter what I did, until about one am. I finally told her last night that she had better go to bed at the actual "bed time" that the parents are always going on about or there would be consequences. One, she was going to be completely thrashed when school starts in a couple of weeks. And two, if she didn't go to bed, on time, keep her lights off, her TV off, her books closed, her voice quiet and you know...go to BED, that she wasn't going to live to see her next birthday. It was either that or the whole, "If you don't go to bed RIGHT NOW and go to bed when I tell you to, you are going to lose your TV out of your room, your favorite toys and your lamp!". Since she already lost the ability to watch her kindle after 8pm (it gets plugged in out in the living room now as she proved herself untrustworthy to have it in her room at night), I think that MIGHT have gotten through to her a bit more. I'm still fighting to get her to bed before eleven, but at least I made progress. She's always been TERRIBLE about sleeping from day one of her life, but now that Alvah is actually going to sleep at night, she better get used to an earlier bedtime because mom is going to get sleep. Period!
As for everything else with Alvah, now that the meds are regulating a bit he's had a few temper tantrums, some of them bad, but the hitting and self harm is WAY more under control than it used to be, so that's definitely a good thing. We went to the psychologist this week and we talked about tweaking meds to get something for anxiety on board (because he does have that going on for sure), but we're just going to let everything just regulate and settle before we try anything else for now. Here's hoping everything remains good.
When it came to the menu last week we ended up being so busy that a couple of nights the menu plan went out the window and I had to punt, but overall I did pretty good with it.
This week, now that back to school running around is over with (I hope) I'm hoping to get back to a more consistent menu instead of rushing to throw something on the table because we ended up spending hours out of the house running errands and everyone is starving to death when we get home. Here's hoping!
The highlight of the week was definitely the biscuits. I finally got light biscuits! They turned out so good! Not the cheapest with all the butter in them, but I think I might try halving them with some beef fat I have in the fridge when I make them for dinner tonight (since it's also cold fat).
So, onto this week's menu!
Wednesday: Tacos (used up some leftover taco meat I had in the freezer)
Thursday: Pork chops in creamy BBQ sauce (I found some ANCIENT pork chops buried in the bowels of the freezer as I was getting close to the bottom of everything. They were badly freezer burned so I was hoping that the BBQ sauce mix would help to mask the nasty freezer burned flavor...it didn't really work that well, but we got through the meal), apple sauce (the last bag I had frozen, mashed potatoes, salad.
Friday: Fried chicken, oven fries.
Saturday: Sausage gravy and biscuits. Fruit cocktail.
Sunday: Steak salad (use leftover steak from dinner Tuesday that is in fridge)
Monday: Crock pot spare ribs in honey mustard sauce, baked potatoes, salad
Tuesday: Blueberry waffles (use blueberries from freezer), sausage links.
Desserts: Beignets with lemon curd (leftovers from fridge), vanilla pudding, home made ice cream (use some of the cream in fridge) with strawberries (we are seeing an uptick in temperatures this weekend with the wonderful glorious SUN shining, so I'm figuring on cold things for dessert are definitely appropriate!).
Snacks: Grapes, apples, home made crackers and cheese (note: Make crackers...didn't get to this last week), bread and butter or bread and butter with jam (note: Make bread).
Breakfasts: Leftover waffles and sausage, scrambled (or fried) eggs, English muffins, granola, yogurt with jam (or granola...whatever the preference), oatmeal.
Notable mention: My daughter made individual pizzas for lunch Wednesday (seen up top). We'd gotten a kit that made four pizzas super cheap at Fred Meyer a while back. I pulled them out of the freezer, defrosted them and we tweaked them a bit. I used my own tomato sauce (since the stuff that came with the kit looked old in the package) and we used some pepperoni for my husband's pizza from a little baggie we had in the freezer (once again their pepperoni looked kind of old). Overall they turned out well and the daughter had a lot of fun "making lunch" :).
And there you are folks. Our menu plan for the week. How about you? Eating anything good this week?