Menu Plan Monday 1/7/19

Welcome to 2019, everyone! Somewhere online the other day I read that 1999 is now 20 years ago. That seemed so strange — first of all, because Daughter #2 was born that year and she will indeed turn 20 soon. But also, just because I so clearly remember all the Y2K talk and various other 1999 things. I think it’s true that the older you get, the faster the years seem to roll by.

Anyway, I hope you all welcomed in the new year in grand style, and I am wishing you all a good one. We didn’t do a lot. We usually watch the SyFy channel’s Twilight Zone marathon on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I bought a bottle of Welch’s sparkling grape juice, and that was our “party.” It was nice and low-key.

Cypress Meadows
Daughter #2 discovered a nature preserve in the area and she, Daughter #3, and I visited there one day.

This week, Daughter #1 is back for her final semester at college. Daughter #2 is taking a college hiatus to do an internship with a nearby town mayor. And Daughter #3 begins her final semester of high school. My piano students return today. And, so far I have 12 ISSMA band solo/ensemble students I’m accompanying. That seems like a lot, particularly since many are in the most advanced “Group 1” and have really challenging solos. It kind of makes me up my game though, and keeps me on my toes musically. I like that (unless I screw a kid up, which hasn’t actually happened yet). That competition is Feb. 2, and state competition is Feb. 23.

It’s back to regular menu plans again this week. Here’s what I have planned:

Monday: Foil Pack Taco Chicken — We like packet meals since they make it so easy to individualize for various family members’ tastes.

Tuesday: Fish night — some baked, some breaded, and maybe I’ll make some rice or quinoa or something like that from the pantry.

Wednesday: Cheeseburger Gnocchi — a new favorite of our family. Gnocchi are potato dumplings — really good if you haven’t tried them.

Thursday: Lasagna soup — leftover from last week. I love it when that happens.

Friday: Chicken Curry — this looks similar to my recipe. I always buy cans of the coconut milk at Trader Joe’s. One thing I like about playing at State ISSMA contest is that there’s a Trader Joe’s nearby, and I always stop there on the way home.

What’s new in your life — or kitchen — this week?


  1. I’d like to hear more about Daughter #2’s internship. I hadn’t heard about this. What will she be doing? How did it come about?

    I’m venturing out today for the first time in several days. My big outing? I’m going to the doctor! I hope this crud will soon be a thing of the past.

  2. You have planned a variety of delicious sounding meals as usual. I admire folks like you who plan out the whole week ahead. As for me, I usually decide that day or maybe a day ahead. The incentive just isn’t as great when cooking for only one. Have a good week getting back into the regular routine again.

  3. It is wonderful to get updates on your girls. My New Years Eve was spent in part in my basement. My brand NEW sump pump was not coming on and it was raining buckets full outside. I had to call my plumber 2x that night – one call was AFTER midnight! Hope we’re still on speaking terms!

  4. I had to smile when I saw you are making Chicken Curry later this week. I made my Chicken Curry recipe yesterday and with just the two of us, we’ll be having leftovers on Tuesday evening. My recipe is different from yours and my daughter has a delicious recipe that’s different from both of ours! Tonight we had baked fish, roasted cauliflower, and was planning on an avocado salad. When I cut into the avocado, it was not a good one. That happens to me a lot, so if you can tell me how to tell if an avocado is going to be a good one, please do so!

  5. We LOVE cheeseburger gnocchi!! Dollar General even has them in their $1 section. One pack was great, another was truly OLD though. FYI. Depends, definitely, on the neighborhood. Have a great time at Solo/Ensemble!

  6. We had a pretty low-key NYE, too. We had some snacks out for self-service, and my son flew home that evening. We turned on the TV long enough for the countdown and ball drop, and that was it. But that’s how I like it. 🙂 I’ve never had Gnocchi, but that recipe sounds good!

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