Monday, July 1, 2013

Menu #52

Hello, I’m back!  Here’s my new kitchen!  This is a pic of the functioning half with the most used hardware; the other half has a small island in a breakfast nook with a small recessed area  we use for bar/coffee station and, of course, the refrigerator (I just couldn’t get an un-fuzzy pic of that half).  

It’s been quite an eventful last couple of weeks.  My first week on hiatus was filled with packing, moving, catering, and the second week was filled with unpacking, a visit from my whole family, and Xavier’s pre-K graduation.  The highlights were definitely visiting with the twin babies and X-man’s graduation ceremony!  I give a huge round of applause for his teachers who put together a marvelous ceremony.  They managed to teach the whole class of 4- to 5-year-olds The Star Spangled Banner!  I was astonished to see my little man sing every single word!  Congratulations Sea Star Class of 2013 and big cheers for Ms. Tonia & Ms. Jackie!!!

Although I am done unpacking, I still have quite a bit to do around the house before I consider us completely moved in.  I’m so relieved to get back to a planned weekly menu.  Without it, dinner time was such a fiasco.  With that being said, here’s this week’s menu. . .

Monday:  Grilled BBQ Salmon/potato wedges/salad
I’m going to concoct a BBQ sauce with garlic, onion, tomato puree, honey, OJ, amino acids, & olive oil.  I’m basically using ingredients I have in my kitchen at the moment.  I’ll post the outcome on a later date.  X-man will get plain salmon with garlic & olive oil only, as he’s not into glazes & sauces.

Tuesday:  Sloppy Joes/blackbean-corn salad/watermelon

Wednesday:  Chinese Chicken Salad/veg egg rolls

Thursday:  4th of July Picnic—BLT wraps/pasta salad/chips/fruit salad/red, white, & blue Jell-o squares & white chocolate covered strawberries dipped in blue sprinklesJ 
We’re heading to a local park for their festivities & firework show.  Happy & Safe 4th of July to All!

Friday:  Grilled Pizzas/salad/fruit
It’s make-your-own pizza night, so I’ll just scrounge together every veg, meat, & cheese we have in the fridge and make a pizza/salad bar.

Saturday:  Going to The Feasts for a belated 4th of July celebration—Berry Shortcakes
Our friends live right next to Pechanga Casino and every year the Pechanga tribe throws a huge 4th of July Pow Wow, including a large firework show, the 1st weekend of July.  They’re having us over for dinner and firework show from their front yard.  I’m contributing berry shortcakes for dessert.  I’m making raspberry, blueberry, & strawberry sauces and topping them over sponge cupcakes.  I’m topping that with a whipped cream frosting and garnishing with the appropriate berry. . .yummy!  I’ll post about them on a later date.

Sunday:  Dinner & Movie Out
We’re heading out to watch Despicable Me 2, which X-man cannot wait to see.  I’ve been craving sushi, so we’ll probably go out for Japanese. 

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