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Menu Plan and Goals

It’s been a fun weekend at home full of tackling lots of little projects. The carpets are steam cleaned, tile mopped, grass mowed, and other exciting tasks accomplished.

We had friends over Saturday night for pizza on the grill (love making it this way in the summer) and chocolate chip cookie cake.

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Last weekend was pretty much non stop go, so this weekend was a nice change of pace. I like going places and doing things, but I truly enjoy quiet weeks and weekends at home. They recharge me and I feel much better when we are able to check off some of the to-dos on the seemingly endless list. Yes, I am an introvert. :-) The next few weekends we’ll be going again, so I enjoyed the quiet to the fullest.

The little guy woke up from his afternoon nap with his hair looking a little crazy for the first time ever. It made us laugh and I think he knew he looked a little goofy.

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Suppers:

  • Garlic Butter Salmon grilled on a cedar plank
  • Pizza on the Grill
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
  • Leftovers

Lunches:

  • Pizza
  • Leftover Bean Tostadas
  • Salads

Breakfasts:

Goals:

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Cucumber Tomato Salad

Today I’m excited to have another contributor post up on The Best Blog Recipes. I’m sharing one of my favorites things to have for lunch or as a side dish.

Refreshing cucumber tomato salad! My daughter and I love to have this for lunch all week long. Super yummy and easy.

“I have to fight my 3 year old daughter for eating rights of this salad. I try not to mind too much. After all, I should be happy she’s wanting, begging even, to load up on her veggies. She even spooned every last drop of the juice into her mouth.

Cucumbers, vine ripened tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and feta cheese. What’s not to love? This dish is so simple to make it is ridiculous. You can have it done in under 10 minutes. That would probably include the time it would take to wash the dishes, too. When I make it, I don’t measure. Put a splash of this and a dash of that in and taste as you go. It will turn out amazing as it’s hard to mess up. I also use what I have in the house. Fresh basil, dried basil, fresh minced garlic, garlic powder, red, white, or yellow onion, olives, celery. You get the picture. Don’t be afraid to switch things up and add an extra ingredient or two.”

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Menu Plan and Goals

This weekend has flown by! Saturday we went to the rodeo parade downtown and then headed out to the Christian radio station my husband works at where they were having Kid DJ Day.

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It was a fun event with giant inflatables, free ice cream, a mini petting zoo, and of course getting to talk on air. It was a long day for the staff – they were there from 7am until after 5!

Menu Plan and Goals @ From this Kitchen Table

Sunday my husband had to go back to work for a call in show they do on Father’s Day every year. All that to say, the time we’ve been home together has been limited. The radio station is giving everyone the day off tomorrow, though, so that will be a nice break.

Menu Plan and Goals @ From this Kitchen Table

Suppers:

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Pizza
  • Salads

Breakfasts:

  • Mango Lassi
  • Buckwheat Pancakes from Freezer
  • Oat flour muffins or smoothies

Goals:

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Homemade Salsa

We love Mexican food. The one thing that makes an appearance most often is salsa. It goes perfectly with anything – quesadillas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salad, tostadas and on and on. Sometimes we even feast on just chips and salsa for dinner.

I can’t remember the last time we’ve purchased salsa from the store. Once you see how simple it can be to make and how superior the taste is to those bottles on the store shelf, I don’t think you’ll go back either! I made this for a cookout a few weeks ago and I had numerous comments on how good the salsa was. Several people even asked for the recipe.

You can have this homemade salsa done in under 5 minutes though I prefer making it ahead of time (even the day before) and letting the flavors develop as it chills in the refrigerator.

I’ve frozen extra salsa before, and even though it doesn’t taste as good as freshly made (and is a little more watery) it still hits the spot. If you are going to be adding it to a recipe and cooking it anyway, I don’t think you’d notice a difference at all.

Homemade Salsa you can have done in under 5 minutes! This rivals what you'd get at any restaurant. We LOVE it!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Homemade Salsa
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • ¼ onion (I've used red, white, and yellow)
  • Cilantro (I love cilantro, so I use lots but adjust to taste)
  • Juice from ½-1 lemon (a couple Tablespoons)
  • ½-1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ -1 teaspoon cumin
  • Red Pepper Flakes
Instructions
  1. Pour the diced tomatoes into a blender or food processor. Add the de-seeded jalapeno, garlic, onion, cilantro, ½ teaspoons salt and cumin. Squeeze in the juice from half of the lemon.
  2. Pulse the blender until everything is in small pieces. Taste and adjust salt, cumin, and lemon juice. If you want it spicier, add a few red pepper flakes.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.

 

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I’m hoping this is the week life sort-of gets back to normal and I can spend more time blogging and reading. We survived the Herb Festival and spent yesterday afternoon getting the Kitchen, Dining, and Living Rooms halfway put back together. Cleaning as been on the back burner lately and it’s showing. My dining room table is cleared off and we will actually be able to eat on it again. (Picture of what if had been looking like is here.) My hope is that by the end of the week we can have the house completely cleaned.

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The Herb Festival was a fun day. A couple friends hung out all day and helped set up and tear down which made the entire process easier and more enjoyable. If you are going to have to be someplace for 10 hours, I highly recommend doing it with a friend. Being able to talk and browse other vendors together made the day go by much faster than it would have otherwise.

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After not going grocery shopping for over 3 weeks, it finally happened today! I’m so glad to be restocked and have plenty of vegetables in the house again. I didn’t have supplies for me to have salad for my lunches last week and I missed it. Looking forward to enjoying them again this week.

Suppers:

  • Pizza (and cherry pie brought by our friends)
  • Popcorn
  • Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
  • Scrambled eggs and chicken sausage (found the meat on clearance)
  • Bean Tostadas
  • Cashew Chicken
  • Leftovers

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Burgers
  • Salads (Shaun and me)
  • Rice Noodle Mac and Cheese (the kids)

Breakfasts (however many of these we need):

  • Yogurt and fruit
  • Smoothies
  • Gluten Free Muffins of some kind
  • Buckwheat pancakes

Goals:

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Menu Plan and Goals

Last week was filled with getting ready for a mini trip away with my husband’s family and preparing for the Herb Fest. 5 days until show time! The good news is that all the lip balms, room sprays, earrings, and mason jars are made! My brother-in-law designed some really cool labels that I need to print and stick on the lip balms tubes and room spray bottles and then we need to test out some display ideas, get a bunch of change and I think we are as ready as we’ll ever be! Next Monday I can hopefully give an update of how it went. One huge variable is that the festival is outside, so if it’s yucky out the turnout always suffers. It will be a learning experience no matter what though. I’m getting excited.

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This is what my dining room table currently looks like and this doesn’t even show the room sprays that are stacked in the entryway.

Menu Plan and Goals @ From this Kitchen Table

I think they enjoyed our little trip away!

Suppers:

  • Grilled Chicken Alfredo with carrots and pineapple
  • Chipotle Style Burritos
  • Vacation Dinner Out x 2
  • Pizza

Lunches:

  • Salads
  • Vacation lunch out x 2
  • Picnic Lunch

Breakfasts:

  • Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
  • Granola Bars
  • Cereal
  • Fruit

Goals:

(Yes, there’s a lot of carry over from last week. Why do I think I lot of them will be reappearing on next year’s list too. :-) )

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