Monday, January 27, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of January 26th

I'm glad we're at the start of a new week.  We kicked off last week with Molly getting a stomach bug on Sunday.  She was fine the next day, but Jack and I caught the bug on Wednesday and Mark followed suite on Saturday.  We were extremely lucky that the virus we had was extremely mild, especially as far as stomach bugs go, but it was enough to leave us feeling really badly for a day and then pretty poorly for a day or so after that as we recovered.  This was all leading up to Molly's first birthday party which was scheduled for this past Sunday (yesterday).

By the time we reached Friday I pretty much had done nothing to prepare for the party.  I had to run out in extremely frigid temperatures (we're talking below zero windchill) on Friday evening to finish up some party errands.  On Saturday we got a surprise snowstorm.  They were predicting snow, but there's a big difference between the 1-3 inches they were forecasting and the 6 inches we ended up getting.  First the snow was going to end in the morning, then early afternoon, then a little later.  It ended up snowing pretty much all day.  Meanwhile, I'm waiting at home to run more party errands, most importantly grocery shopping so I can get started on making food.  I eventually braved the roads (which still weren't great even after the snow stopped and the plows had a chance to clear the streets) to grocery shop and got started much later than planned on food prep for the party.

Sunday we were expecting a little bit more snow, but to the tune of 1 inch additional accumulation.  When we woke up the forecast was reading the same, but what we were seeing outside was at least an inch of snow already on the ground and plenty more on the way.  Thanks meteorologists.  I can always count on you to get it wrong.  9 times out of 10 they're forecasting the Snowpocalypse and hyping the crap out of it only for us to end up with little to no snow.  The ONE time I really need it to not snow and they grossly underestimated what we were going to get.  SUPER.

Anyway, by late morning on Sunday we were under a level 2 snow emergency and especially considering that about half of our guests were coming from outlying counties and some from out of town we couldn't have people on the roads on our account so we had to postpone the party.  Sure wish I would have known about this sooner so as not to have had the hectic 2 preceding days that I did :/

At least Jack got to play in the snow.  He was pretty psyched about that!

Needless to say, we didn't have a relaxing weekend and the party is still looming.  At least I have more time to prepare?

Sunday:  Molly's party Leftovers

Monday:  Chili

Tuesday:  Bourbon Chicken with Easy Fried Rice - carried over from last week

Wednesday:  Homemade Pizza with Salad

Thursday:  Leftovers/Freezer Meal

Friday:  Out

Saturday:  Out

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