Monday Marketing, with a side of Menu Planning

The internet is a-buzz. And this pollinator is not happy.

Many of you may have heard of this thing called Facebook. I suppose it’s a bit popular. If you’re like me, you have carefully adjusted your news feed, going to individuals and pages that you don’t care to see, and marking that special “don’t show in my news feed” option. Then, like magic, your news feed is filled with delightful things that you care about.

That is, until the Facebook Grand Sorcerers cast a nullifying incantation and mess up your whole cauldron. My particular blend was lovely! Family, close friends, local business, and food craft. It was everything I wanted to keep up on regularly. Two of my favorites were Seward Coop, and Bossy Acres, who just happened to bring this nonsense to my attention.

These fine folks post regularly about community events, provide some gorgeous pics, a funny meme or two, and always have great folks commenting on their posts. This is not a paid or requested advertisement. This is honest love and devotion, inspired by great social media use, and backed up by stellar in person interactions. Luckily Seward already told me how to sneak them back into my regular rotation. Consider yourself thwarted, Facebook Overlords.

Wasn’t that fun for you?

No?

Just me?

Here is this week’s dinner menu! It’s new! Yes slightly similar to every other menu plan I’ve made!

  • Monday Baked lemon-pepper chicken drums, greens with smoked turkey, cornbread, dirty rice. Leftovers for lunches!
  • Tuesday Lasagna rolls (similar to this, but of course I mess with it), green beans, this garlic bubble bread because I just can’t get enough.
  • Wednesday Entree salad! Base of lemony, garlicy, parmesan-ed up rice. Middle heap of romaine lettuce, Craisins, mozzarella cheese, other assorted veg tossed in balsamic dressing. Topped with shredded chicken and croutons. Delicious, delicious layers.
  • Thursday Breakfast for dinner- buttermilk waffles, turkey sausage, cheesy hash brown potatoes, and the all-powerful grapefruit supremes.
  • Friday Terikayi beef & broccoli stir fry over white rice. A dash of sesame oil stirred in after cooking makes this so bad, yet so good.
  • Saturday Dinner out for my lovely friend’s golden birthday! Followed by dessert potluck and games! I’m making chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, and definitely bringing Outburst.
  • Sunday Some kind of soup, that reheats for lunches, fresh bread, and some kind of simple baked chicken.

Spring is in the air here in Minnesota (I’m ignoring the fact that it’s currently snowing), and I hope it is wherever you are as well. I’m not above cooking hot things in any weather, but it helps that our spring is still a bit frigid and I can cool leftovers rather quickly just by placing the pot of soup in a snow bank. What are your favorite soups? Inspire me please!

Monday Menu Planning

Yes, this is happening again.

First of all, Happy St. Patricks Day! I have had a lot of coffee so this will be pretty quick.

  • Monday Corned beef with cabbage, carrots, potatoes etc. Mmmmmmm. I intended to do a fancy lamb stew, but that will have to wait for another time because my grocery budget won’t allow for three pounds of lamb shoulder this month. Maybe next?
  • Tuesday Burgers for the boys. On buns. With broccoli slaw. And Buttery Bcorn (that’s just corn on the cob with butter & seasonings, but I like to force alliteration some times)
  • Wednesday Salad! With coconut curry rice noodles, fresh peppers, cabbage, cilantro, lettuce, etc, tossed with Newman’s Own Asian sesame vinaigrette and topped with crispy chicken
  • Thursday Meatloaf muffins with mashed potatoes and broccoli
  • Friday Fish dinner with rolls & dippable veggies
  • Saturday Chicken pot pie casserole, served over rice. With whatever veggie I feel like at the time.

Second of all, I have a serious case of spring fever. The good news is that it’s the happy variety, where I feel filled with energy and don’t even mind the fact that here in Minnesota we’re going to get more snow. Either that, or I’ve had the perfect amount of coffee. Either way I feel great!

Third, I realize that this is very late in terms of the internet, but really Stephen Hawking? That’s all you’re giving us?  Thankfully for me, my beloved PBS elaborated and linked to a bit more. 

 

Business Master Maybe – Or – Sure I can fly, I’ll jump off this cliff to prove it!

I am a crazy person. Having a home, raising a 5 year old, working full time, and 6/7 nights a week I’d really rather stay in with my cats and watch Netflix. So it makes sense to look at getting a Graduate degree, right? Right. I’m glad we had this talk.

Lately I’ve had the itch. The itch to do more, do something new, change the world. You know, basic stuff. I’ve looked at dogs. Because dogs are great. I’ve looked at how to clean and organize everything in your life. Because I could really do a better job of that. I’ve taken to Twitter like a mad woman. But I keep coming back to this need to learn and do more.

Adding school at this point may not be wise. Or it may be the perfect time, and all I have to do is jump in with two feet. The degree program I’ve fallen in love with is at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. I graduated from St. Kate’s in 2007 with my Bachelor’s in Business Admin. The focus of the MBA is Integrated Marketing Communications, and the topics shown in the description on the MBA website get me jazzed beyond belief.  I’m downright giddy as I look forward to finding out more at the info session St. Kate’s is hosting in April. What do you think? Is there ever a right time?

Extra-long-Monday-Daylight-Savings-non-ranting-rant

Dear reader, in case you aren’t already aware, I am weird. I don’t really have a problem with Mondays. Also, the only thing I really dislike about Daylight savings time is that it’s hard on my 5 year old son, and that it makes many of you lovely folks cranky.

I’ll stop now before you leave me forever. So! Even though it would be much more convenient to do this over the weekend, part of my Monday ritual is menu planning. I only really plan for dinners, the rest of it gets thrown together depending on my mood. Are you ready for this week’s extravaganza?! Here we go:

  • Monday Jalapeno/cream cheese/cheddar cheese stuffed chicken breast topped with toasted/seasoned panko, veggie rice pilaf, salad.
  • Tuesday Smoked beef sausage (sliced & seared) with peppers/onions/garlic/bowtie pasta (it’s just so dapper), sauteed broccoli.
  • Wednesday Greek Chicken Salad! Sauteed chicken thigh with lemon pepper seasoning/garlic, rice with lemon/dill/feta, ginger marinated garbanzos, roma tomatoes, cukes, thin sliced red onion, and quick Greek dressing (garlic/olive oil/dried oregano/salt & pep/fresh lemon).
  • Thursday Pasta with meat sauce (reheated- half a double batch I made last week with beef & turkey Italian sausage), sauteed green beans, garlic bread.
  • Friday Chicken Thighs with teriyaki/peanut butter sauce garnished with cilantro, white rice, steamed cauliflower with sugar snap peas & soy.
  • Saturday Something with Fish and whatever veggies are around. Detailed, right?

I wish I could tell you there were recipes for this. But I’m a cook, not a chef, so I just throw things together until the food looks and tastes the way I want it to. I usually have delicious results, that I really wish I could share with you! I’ll break out the cell phone camera and document steps some day, but today is not that day.

Are you ready for another crucial detail? Here we go. I have a blended family, with a schedule that is wonderful, helpful, and magical. My son Darian, 5, has an older brother Kimathi, 8. Through the magic of loving children and a wonderful twist of fate, the Brother’s Mother, Nicole, and I communicate beautifully about scheduling time with the kids. Dad and I have both boys Tuesday evenings and Friday overnight, while Brother’s Mother has them Wednesday evenings and Saturday overnight. This means Wednesdays I get to cook and eat things the boys wouldn’t touch, and Tuesdays and Fridays get the same favorites repeated often.

This concludes my extra-long-Monday-Daylight-Savings-non-ranting-rant. If you made it this far, you get a telepathically delivered gold star.

Ogres have layers.

Crusts have layers. And I have layers. But unlike my dear Shrek, I would love it if someone would compare me to a parfait. Parfaits are delicious!

If I haven’t met you before, I’m Liz. Please mozy on over to the About section and learn a bit more, if you feel so inclined. I hope to enrich the internet with some good, and some humor because I simply can’t help it.

Now, I’m off to pick up my dear 5 year old son. Here, enjoy a picture I took of him sledding with his older brother this winter.

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They’re just so gosh darn cute.