I believe that I have already established on this blog that I have issues! ;) Well, I'm about to share another one. I am a control freak....mainly when it comes to my own body. For example, I have a fear of being addicted to something...you know, something having control of me...my not being able to overcome it. This has actually been a huge blessing to me! Well, lately I have been feeling like the computer is becoming an addiction for me. I was starting to put off my kids so that I could get on the computer and putting off things that I needed to get done as well. It was all productive things that I was doing and I was learning so much, but I was really feeling like it had a hold of me and I don't like that. I don't want to make the computer more of a priority than my family. I still think that blogs are a wonderful thing that have blessed me, but I have really been trying to exercise self control....and this was definitely an area that I have not been in control of. So, I am limiting myself to computer time only after I have finished the things that I need to get done that day. NOT EASY!!! I've only been at this for 2 days and it has been embarrassingly difficult.
SO, that's why I wasn't able to get my menu posted yesterday....I know all of you were anxiously waiting! HA!
Nuff of that! On to our menu. Again, I'm trying to have a very frugal menu for this week.
b- peanut butter toast and fruit
l- grilled cheese and tomato soup
d- chef salad and crusty bread (this one didn't get made last week as planned)
b- scrambled eggs, sausage and toast w/ jelly
l- @ Mom's
d- Crock pot Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
b- yogurt and granola, fruit
l- leftover spaghetti as spaghetti pie, salad, bread
d- @ Mom's
b- eggs in a basket, fruit
l- salmon melts, carrot sticks, fruit salad
d- Calico beans (crock pot) and corn bread
b- heart shaped pancakes, apple wedges w/ strawberry yogurt dip
l- beef and cabbage soup, spelt biscuits
d- individual heart shaped pizzas, tomato-cucumber-pepper salad
dessert- we will be making some special sweet treats this week. I'll let them pick what they want.
b- pumpkin muffins, bananas
d- bean cake sandwiches (using leftover beans), chips and dip, cherry tomatoes
*spaghetti is great as leftovers w/o a makeover, but our family really likes this way of changing it up*
-1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
-1/2 c. whole milk
-1/2 tsp. sea salt
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-2 c/ leftover spaghetti
-1/2 c. olive oil
In a large bowl, beat Parmesan cheese, milk, eggs, salt and pepper. Add spaghetti and toss to coat.
In a 10 in. nonstick saute pan (i use my cast iron skillet), heat oil over medium heat. Add the pasta and spread evenly. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 8 minutes. Carefully invert the pasta onto plate, then slide back into pan.
Continue cooking until the bottom is golden brown and mixture is heated through, about 6 min.
Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle w/ Parmesan cheese. Cut into wedges and serve.
Bean Cake Sandwiches:
*this is a Paula Deen recipe that I've never tried. I watched her make it ages ago and it looked so good! We'll see.*
-3 cups leftover cooked white beans (mine won't all be white)
-All-purpose flour, enough to bind patties
-1 tablespoon butter
-1 tablespoon vegetable oil
-8 slices bread
-1 small onion, sliced into rings
In a medium bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork and add flour until well combined. Shape bean mixture into 4 patties. Melt butter and oil together in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bean patties, in batches as necessary, and brown on both sides until crispy.
Spread mayonnaise on 2 pieces of white bread. Place bean patty on bread and top with onions. Repeat to make 4 sandwiches
Strawberry Yogurt Dip
*it's pink! perfect for V-day! :) *
-1/2 cup cream
-3/4 cup plain yogurt
-1/4 t. vanilla
-a bit of honey to taste
-3/4 cup strawberries (we use frozen/thawed)
Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add remaining ingredients and continue to whip until strawberries are thoroughly mixed in (obliterated!).