Friday, April 24, 2020

Didn't I just do the Weekly Menu?!! Oh, and a Book Review too.

This pandemic has me all topsy turvy.  We were having dinner last night and Frank asked if I had the shopping list ready for the morning.  What?!! What day is it??

All the days seem to run together and here we are on April 24th, our daughter Jessica's birthday.  Another celebration that will have to be delayed.  Our son, Chuck's birthday is Saturday but he's in Virginia so we don't often get to celebrate his birthday with him.  Sunday is our German son, Max's, birthday.  Hopefully, he and Chuck will both be home this summer and we can have one big celebration.

So I'm sitting down and making a Weekly Menu so that I know what to add to the grocery list.  Normally our menus are broken up with celebrations and dinners out.  It is difficult to come up with new and exciting dishes when you are eating every meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner at home for weeks on end.  Not complaining.  I am very grateful that this is the only inconvenience that I am suffering during this time.  Just saying, I didn't realize how lucky I was to be able to spend time with friends and family at home or out at a restaurant whenever the mood struck.

Let's see......what shall I make this week.  What's on your menu?  Do you have go to recipes that you pull out on a regular rotation?

the rosie project book cover

I just finished a novel, The Rosie Project, where the protagonist, Don, had his meals planned to make the same dish on the same day each week.  How boring would that be?!!

If you are looking for a fun, easy, light-hearted read during this quarantine you might want to order up this novel about a scientist who is on the spectrum for autism.  His life is very structured and very scientific.  So scientific, that he decides to start a project to find the perfect wife as a life mate.  Then, Rosie, walks into his life and all his rigid beliefs are sent spinning.

This novel is the first in a series and I am anxious to read the next book to see if I like it as well.  I am sharing this post over at Foodies Read.  Stop by and see what others are reading this month.

I was, of course, inspired by that rigid menu and will be making my version of Don's Lobster Salad for dinner Friday night.

Hot Dogs
Baked Beans

Shopska Salata
Roast Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli

Meatless Monday
Mushroom Pasta

Taco Tuesday
Chicken Quesadillas (using leftovers from Sunday)


Chicken Pot Pie (using leftovers from Sunday)

Fish Friday
Lobster, Mango and Avocado Salad


  1. I STILL don't have my copy. But I laughed about the meal schedule. I had the same breakfasts everyday of my entire childhood. Monday = oatmeal, Tuesday = eggs, Wednesday = toast/bagels, Thursday = cereal, Friday = pancakes, Saturday = baguette, Sunday = omelettes. Every. Single. Week. Till I left for college. I love my mom, but creativity is not her thing.

    1. And she told me recently that I was lucky because now my dad just gets oatmeal everyday of the week. LOL.

    2. Too funny Cam. I'm sorry you haven't gotten the book yet. Not to worry though, you will kick it out in a couple of hours.

  2. Days are all starting to look like Blursday, aren't they? Planning meals is not my thing, but the challenge of keeping groceries on hand without letting anyone take excess risks in the market means I'm thinking things out more carefully. I roasted a chicken last night which will be part of several meals, just like yours. I cut the backbone and wing tips off and made stock with those and vegetable scraps, so I guess soup is in our future. You didn't mention soup, but I think it's great for these times.

    be well... mae at

    1. Yes, I alternate between soup and pot pie when making a whole chicken and always have another dish from it as well. I'm excited about this chicken because we just had a new grill delivered and it has a rotisserie so I am using that to roast the chicken.

  3. I've been accumulating excess stock in the freezer. So soup tonight. I'm number 34 on 4 copies for that ebook, so a bit of a wait. More meal planning than I'm used to, but things could always be worse. One of our favorite restaurants just sent email invitations for Mother's Day fabulous take-out dinners. Sounded good to me.


I enjoy getting comments and feedback from my audience. Please let me know what you think, keeping in mind that we are all entitled to our own beliefs and opinions. I am happy to hear yours as long as they are stated nicely.