Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Menu & Giving Thanks

As I'm planning for our November meals I realize I've lost some a lot of the joy in serving my family through this continual task of cooking and cleaning up and shopping and planning. We've been doing well to eat at home relatively economically but no doubt about it, it has become a grind.  So I'll be working on my heart this month as I'm working with my hands to seek the blessing of these days and these potentially mundane tasks.  And no better time than in this season of Thanksgiving!

This month I'll give thanks for:
* plenty of food on the table, and in our pantry and freezers - God has provided
* the healthy faces that gather at our table to be nourished and trained
* the blessing of having a husband who will pitch in with cleaning up so my work is made lighter
* a kitchen that is amply equipped for preparing meals with ease - running water, a dishwasher, a great mixer and so much more - these are indeed gifts
* the special recipes of this season which add richness to our lives and the future memories of our children

In the shopping department I'm hoping to stock up on some seasonal sales, especially butter and sugar and hams and a couple turkeys.  We'll also continue with our Bountiful Baskets pick-up to keep things fresh and healthy. 

1. crispy buffalo chicken salad (inspired by one I've enjoyed a couple times at Mimi's Cafe)
2. chicken parmesan w/spaghetti, yellow squash
3. broccoli cheese soup, whole wheat rolls
4. savory chicken tenders, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
5. homemade pizza
6. chicken noodle soup, cheese biscuits
7. roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn
8. corn chowder, ham focaccia
9. eggs, sausage, raspberry muffins
10. beef stew, biscuits
11. Colorado white chili, chips, apples
12. shepherds pie
13. beef & broccoli, brown rice
14. pasta e fagioli, garlic breadsticks
15. steaks, baked potatoes, green vegetable
16. baked potato soup, crackers, raw veggies & dip
17. cheesy chicken pasta bake, green beans
18. chili, cornbread, raw veggies
19. rice bowls (beans, cheese, salsa, veg., sour cream, etc.)
20. tacos
21. sloppy joes, spaghetti squash, fruit salad
22. slow cooker garlic brown sugar chicken, rice, broccoli
23. pineapple chicken, rice, carrots
24. turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables
25. Birthday dinner out?  Or at least take-out?

chicken salad sandwiches
lentil soup w/added veggies & pasta
pasta salad w/ham or turkey
snack lunch (fruit, meat, cheese, crackers, veggies)
pintos, rice & cheese

pumpkin coffee cake
scrambled eggs w/ swiss chard, ham & cheese
whole wheat cinnamon rolls
soaked oatmeal w/fruit
green smoothies, hard-boiled eggs
cinnamon oat zucchini muffins

Baking, Sweets & Treats:
whole wheat bread
apple crisp w/ice cream
caramel apple cider
caramel corn
chewy ginger cookies

Dinners in bold are the meals we'll intentionally have a child help with.

What are you cooking up this month?

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