Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Monday (and some chatter)


I love everything about it, including its name.

I woke up today to a fresh, cool, windy day. Yesterday was hot, muggy and miserable. But, today, this first day of autumn, is glorious.

There is one definition of the word "autumn" that most people don't use, but even it makes me smile:
a time of full maturity, especially the late stages of full maturity

I think I fit that definition, in some ways (in other ways, I am still a teenager). But the wisdom that you hear about that mellows you as you age -- I'm starting to feel it. 

I must be feeling a little more energetic as this weekend I painted the family room. I thought Doug was going to help me, but his "help" ended up being repairing the nicks in the walls and then leaving for Home Depot. His mission: crown molding for the freshly painted walls. I ended up painting the walls myself, but the next day I was really no worse for the wear. Tomorrow my new sofa is being delivered so I'll take some pictures when everything is back in its place.

I was not feeling terribly energetic when I rolled out of bed this morning, and frankly could have sat on my duff all day, but I had an appointment and once I got out of the house and breathed that cool, crisp air, I had a little energy. When I came home, I made my menu and went to the grocery. It is such a good feeling knowing you don't have to think about meal planning go grocery shopping for a whole week.

So now I'll join up with Mary Ellen Barrett for Menu Monday.

I really only plan dinner, as it's just Faith and I for lunch. Noah packs and I always have deli meat for his sandwiches, and I always have soup, or smoothie ingredients, or leftovers for Faith and me.

Monday: BBQ Pulled Pork on Outback rolls (I love the name of that blog!), cabbage slaw, twice baked potatoes

Tuesday: BLT&C Salad, leftoer Outback rolls

Wednesday: hamburgers, baked potatoes, peas and carrots

Thursday: Pioneer Woman's Shells and Cheese, applesauce

Friday: Spaghetti with prawns and creamy tomato sauce, crusty bread

Saturday: Mama Stein's homemade pizza, salad

Sunday: dinner with my mother and brother for his birthday --#49!

I pray you are having a glorious day wherever you are. Be sure to look for all those blessings that come your way -- God sent them just for you.

Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.
 From The Catholic Prayer Book


  1. This is wonderful! Thanks so much for linking up!

  2. How is it that you will have leftover Outback Rolls for the next night? Did you start out with a triple batch? :)
    We're having roast beef sandwiches based on your Italian Beef recipe for our dinner tonight.
    I'm glad you linked up and can't wait to see what your redecorated room looks like! (We're bad at decor around here, so I have to enjoy it vicariously through my online friends.)

  3. This menu sounds DELICIOUS!!!!

  4. bopped over from Mary Ellen's

    sounds yummy! Will have to experiment to see if I can do the outback rolls gluten free - always fun to experiment in the kitchen!

    blessings for a wonderful week

  5. THANK YOU for these ideas. I am always looking for some new meals to try! looks yummy! taco tues on my menu (boring I know!)

  6. I just want to let you know that YOU are the reason I learned that making cake from scratch takes only about 3 minutes more than making cake from a box mix...and in terms of deliciousness, there's no comparison. I subbed all day and then came home and had to make cupcakes (it's someone's birthday in folk group and we practice tonight). I'm using one of your recipes that we've used before, and making a simple ganache for the frosting. THANK YOU!


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