Yesterday was the start of the Chinese New Year. It is the year of the snake. My oldest son was still less than thrilled that his birthday made him a snake even if it does mean this is his year! Fat Tuesday is well, on Tuesday. I think it is also called Pancake Tuesday. I honestly don’t know much about the holiday except that you are supposed to eat pancakes and live it up before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Thursday is Valentine’s Day. My boys also only have a 2 1/2 day school week with a teacher conference break that stretches from Wednesday afternoon until next Tuesday. Yikes! I need to be sure and plan some activities or else the entire break may well be spent by them sitting in front of the X-box and while they wouldn’t mind, I think they do need to come up for air and see the outside world every once in a while even on days when school is out. I didn’t do so good at that this weekend as I stated in my Confessions for a Lazy Saturday Afternoon post. However, after giving in to a large amount of laziness over the weekend, I am motivated and ready to run (well, walk) getting things done this morning! Here’s our menu for the week:
We didn’t have the pork chops that were on last week’s plan so I’m excited to have something ready to go this afternoon.
Pork Chops, Rice, and Apple slices
We ate pancakes on Sunday evening so it is a little too soon for me to repeat them. Since we had pancakes on the Chinese New Year day, perhaps we’ll have Chinese Food for Pancake Tuesday! However, it is also the night I need to attend teacher conferences at the middle school so I am more inclined to prepare a crock pot meal. I am currently undecided. We’ll either have beef and brocoli with noodles or roast in the crock pot. I do think I’ll make the Mardi Gras King Cupcakes pictured up above though.
It’s Valentine’s Eve! That means it is the day of the Valentine’s Party for my youngest son since they will not be in school on Thursday. I am planning on trying the Hummus Crusted Chicken pictured above. I have extra hummus in the fridge (I forgot to take it when I took snacks for the PTA meeting last Tuesday) so this fit nicely into the rotation not to mention I think the recipe sounds amazing! My son opted to go the homemade route with the Valentines this year and wants to make these to pass out to friends:
Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ll be having Spaghetti and Meatballs and Garlic Toast although I really do like the idea of the heart-shaped polenta on pasta sauce. Have you ever made polenta? I’m intrigued by it. I’m usually put off by the part of the recipe that says something like “chill for 2 hours” because I’m thinking about making it for dinner at 4:30p.m. in the afternoon. I’ll probably just get each of the boys their favorite king-sized candy bars and that can be dessert.
Catfish, fried potatoes, and salad. Seafood is on sale at the store and while I love the idea of shrimp that doesn’t come from a box and shrimp scampi sounds really good, I’m not quite brave enough to cook it. Catfish is also closer to our budget even with a seafood sale. I wish we had some fresh fish in the freezer but unfortunately, we don’t this time around. Maybe we can brave the cold and take the kids fishing somewhere over the weekend. I’ll probably throw some fish sticks in the oven as well just so there is another option in case the catfish is not well received.
Do you celebrate any of the holidays that fall into this week with your menu? I’m linking my menu up to Menu Plan Monday at I’m An Organizing Junkie as well as Menu Monday at Erin Branscom. Be sure to visit both places and check out all the links for inspiration and ideas!
Wednesday: Hummus crusted chicken
Thursday (Valentine’s Day):