Monday, May 19, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of May 18th

We kicked off our weekend by attending a huge Touch-a-Truck event on Friday morning.  Jack had a blast!

Saturday was kind of rainy and icky, but I did the early morning gym thing, then had a prenatal visit, stopped by the library, and headed home to get a grocery list together so Mark and Jack could make a store run.  Molly and I stayed home to do some laundry, destroy all the things (Molly), and watch Cheese Paradise whilst way too hungry to torture oneself by watching a show about cheese fries, grilled cheese, and all things cheesy delicious (Me).

Sunday brought beautiful weather and after the boys went on a bagel run and brought me some disappointing coffee (Boo, Panera, boo!) we visited a local greenhouse to pick up some plants for the garden.  This is our year - I can feel it!  Or maybe that's just my black thumb twitching.  Urrgh.

Why I can't seem to grow things is beyond me.  I give plants sunshine, water, love.  What more can a seedling ask for?  I feel like I'm the only person in Ohio who can't plop a zucchini plant in the ground and end up with more zucchini than they know what to do with a few weeks later.

Clockwise from back left: beefsteak tomato, cherry tomato, bush beans, early girl tomato

None the less, this is it.  Every year has been a little better than the last and this is round 4.  Last year we did get minimal produce and some herbs, at least it was something.  I've got a couple of new ideas we're going to try out and good things will happen!  This is the year our garden is a true success!   Hopefully... 

Clockwise from back left: zucchini, red pepper, jalapeno, lettuces

Jack is very excited about the garden this year (as he was last year too) and he was a great helper with preparing the beds and getting plants in the ground.  He even watered the plants.  (Please grow, plants!)  Molly has a check-up at the doctor's this morning and then hopefully we'll hit a garden center to pick up a few larger pots for our herbs.  I'm hoping maybe some more dirt and space will yield healthier plants this year.

Sunday also brought smoked ribs and other yummies.  Because: Rib Sunday.

My sister is getting married this weekend!  My bridesmaid dress is with a seamstress getting about a foot of fabric hacked off the bottom and I pretty much waited til the last minute to begin this process.  Hopefully I have the dress in-hand and wearable soon :)

Here's what we're eating:

Sunday:  Smoked Ribs with Mac & Cheese and Green Beans

Monday:  Bang Bang Chicken and Veggie Skewers with Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Tuesday:  Chicken Enchilada Verdes with Mexican Rice (from the freezer!)

Wednesday:  Kentucky Hot Brown Burgers with Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Thursday:  Leftovers

Friday:  Wedding Rehearsal

Saturday:  Wedding

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  1. Stopped by from MPM. Have a great time at the Wedding. We just celebrated our daughter's Wedding this past week. She gave me one week's notice to prepare and plan the Wedding and you thought you procrastinated with the dress LOL.

    1. Oh wow, a week?! That's crazy! I'm sure everything worked out okay and that you're glad to have already celebrated this and can now relax :)

  2. Funny, I am planning on having Bang Bang shrimp next week! I never thought about grilling it! Great menu!

    1. I've actually never had "bang bang" anything, but I see recipes pop up everywhere and this grilled version sounded great!

  3. We have always had good luck with cherry tomatoes and that is about it. We are also in Columbus and have not had luck with cukes or zuchinni. Last year we were told that you need to plant at least three of each so that they can pollenate. So we are trying that this year, maybe that was our problem. Good luck!

    1. Wow, 3 plants. That would (should) yield a lot of zucchini and would take up way more space than we have to offer! I'm crossing my fingers than we get more than the 2-3 zucchini we ended up with last year. We might have had more success had some sort of animal not chewed the base of our plant right as it was starting to mature ::facepalm:: It's always something!

      Happy gardening!


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