This week was a bit of an odd week. We didn’t get home from the wedding until dinner on Sunday night and Brian was finishing up the last minute plans for WordCamp Grand Rapids at the end of the week. We knew that both of us would be busy over the weekend and actually had babysitters lined up for Friday night and Saturday afternoon and evening. That’s the most baby-free time I’ve ever had!
Lunch: Thai Chicken Pasta at Gull Landing in Pentwater, MI. Delicious!
Dinner: (B) Candy, (K) Leftover chicken taco meat as nacho toppings
Lunch: (B) Forgot to eat, (K) Leftover zucchini filling with fresh pasta
Dinner: Dinner with a friend. He brought zingy marinaded chicken, corn on the cob, and cherry pie. I provided spinach salad with lots of feta and cucumber
Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Leftover spinach salad from Monday night with grilled chicken added
Dinner: (B) Leftover Thai chicken pasta, (K) Popcorn (I was uninspired and exhausted)
Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Last of the sausage and veggie filling from the zucchini boats and a giant glass of iced coffee (headache)
Dinner: Homemade chicken noodle soup from my stash in the freezer
Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Carrot sticks, good cheese, celery with peanut butter, and fresh garden tomatoes with salt
Dinner: Frozen fried rice from Trader Joe’s with edamame, egg, and peas added
Lunch: (B) WordCamp errands and a brewery stop, (K) Mushroom and onion pizza quesadilla
Dinner: Speaker/sponser dinner for WordCamp Grand Rapids
Lunch: (B) WordCamp- bar food, I think, (K) Mushroom and onion pizza quesadilla
Dinner: WordCamp after party
Lunch: Quick Sunday lunch. It’s very likely we had pasta.
Dinner: Church potluck (we brought spinach salad with white cheddar, carrots, green pepper, and pepitas)
Lunch: (B) Rotisserie chicken sandwich, (K) Leftover Sunday salad with chicken
Dinner: Dinner at friends’ house (they provided pot roast and salad, we brought corn on the cob)
Lunch: Mac and cheese
Dinner: French toast
Lunch: Chicken and black bean tacos
Dinner: Steak at Logan’s *
Lunch: Leftover tacos
Dinner: Stuffed zucchini boats with linguine, similar to this recipe
Lunch: Leftover zucchini with linguine
Dinner: Rehearsal dinner **
Lunch: Subway (oven roasted chicken on herb and cheese bread with provolone and veggies)
* My middle little sister is going to be a senior in high school this year so Brian was called into duty to take her senior pictures. We drove out to the beach and shot for about 2 hours. It was after 8:00 when we were done and were all starved. We headed to Logan’s and filled ourselves up on steak and rolls.
** Brian was a groomsman in a wedding this weekend so we did a lot of traveling and eating food provided by someone else. It was a wonderful break!
Lunch: Homemade sloppy joes, supreme pasta salad with zucchini, carrot, red onion, and green pepper, lemon bars *
Lunch: Leftover sloppy joes
Dinner: Went to Mom and Dad’s for dinner (blueberry pancakes, bacon, and watermelon)
Lunch: Buffalo Wild Wings to celebrate Brian coming home!
Dinner: Last of the sloppy joes with tortilla chips because we were out of buns
Lunch: Leftover wings
Dinner: Personal pizzas (Italian herb crust, homemade sauce, Brian had pepperoni, I had bell peppers)
Lunch: Mac & cheese
Dinner: Chipotle (Brian got a chicken burrito, I got a chicken bowl)
Lunch: Grilled porterhouse steak with sautéed onions, grilled potatoes, fresh steamed green beans
Dinner: Popcorn (still full from our enormous lunch!)
Lunch: Both of us skipped lunch to get more yard work done. Not the best choice but we didn’t really miss it.
Dinner: Block party potluck!
* In an attempt to have some adult company while Brian was out of town, my brother and sister-in-law came over for lunch on Sunday. We had to change our plans to grill at the last minute because of rain but the homemade sloppy joe’s turned out incredible! I followed the recipe as written for the most part but I had around 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin that needed to be used or tossed so I added it to the sauce mix and cut down the amount of ketchup. Delicious!
Dinner: Proscuitto and spinach pizza from Papa Murphy’s, a take and bake pizza chain **
Lunch: I forgot to eat 🙂
Dinner: Penne with vodka sauce, garlic bread and steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots
Lunch: Leftover pizza
Dinner: Cast iron skillet pot pie
Lunch: Leftover skillet pot pie
Dinner: Purple bell pepper and red onion omelette
Lunch: Loaded nachos (bell pepper, black beans, red onion, tomato)
Dinner: Leftover steamed veggies and a frozen single serve cup of strawberries ***
Lunch: Wendy’s while on the go
Dinner: Farmers market personal pizza with peppers, green onion, and tomato
* By the time we got home from the reenactment, unpacked the cars, and fed and bathed Ben, we were too tired to care about dinner.
** Friends of ours are moving to Ohio and in a last minute attempt to see them one last time before they left, we met them for frozen yogurt in the middle of the afternoon. We were right by Papa Murphy’s so we picked up a pizza, knowing that we would not want to eat for quite a while.
*** It is kind of nice to have a break from cooking big meals and just eat whatever sounds good to me for a few days. I didn’t eat lunch until 2:30 this afternoon so I still was not hungry around dinner time.
I have gotten really lazy about posting these! I had to leave quite a few days blank but I know I did cool quite a bit last week. My parents were on vacation so one of my younger sisters spent Monday through Friday at our house.
Lunch: Logan’s Roadhouse with friends after church
Dinner: Dinner at friends’ house. I contributed Cream Puff Dessert (recipe to come!)
Lunch: Quiznos because I love my husband (and I was running errands and we don’t have leftovers)
Dinner: Mini chicken pot pies and raspberries. I’d highly recommend cutting the herbs in half if you make these but even with the full amount, these are delicious!
Lunch: Leftover pot pie
Lunch: The last of the pot pies
Dinner: Small Mexican restaurant in the town where we had a reenactment
Confession: I didn’t keep track of our meals last week at all. Brian was sick for a few days so I ate a hodge podge of whatever was in the fridge for several days. I did make homemade chicken noodle soup and chicken black bean tacos at some point during the week but I can’t remember which days they were.
In other slightly related news, our new dishwasher comes today! When we renovated the kitchen in 2011, we planned on keeping the majority of our appliances and slowly replacing them as time allowed. We got the new microwave in January 2012, new stove in April 2013, and finally a new dishwasher! We picked one that was rated as super quiet, has a stainless steel tall tub, hidden control panel (great to keep buttons away from tiny fingers, reviews say it cleans extremely well, and is white so it will blend into the cabinets. Hopefully we will get it installed tonight and I can review it soon!
Lunch: Chicago Trip (picnic at the Aquarium)
Dinner: Chicago Trip (McDonald’s on the drive home)
I’m going to call this day a complete wash. Both my friend who was staying with us and I got food poisoning from our burgers on Sunday night and I have no recollection of what Brian ate. I know I choked down about 4 cups of water and that was it.
Lunch: (B) Leftover fajitas, perhaps, (K) Chicken broth
Dinner: I had baked sweet potatoes. I’m not sure what Brian ate
Lunch: Mystery lunch. I was running errands when Brian ate and still not quite hungry for anything
Dinner: Rotisserie chicken from Costco and 4 cheese bow pasta
Lunch: Sandwiches at Grandma’s house after the parade
Dinner: Marinaded and grilled filet mignon, grilled tiny potatoes with butter and kale, corn on the cob
Lunch: Family reunion
Lunch: Jimmy John’s/Memorial Service food