menu plan monday ~ july 24, 2017

Last Saturday, DH and I went to my Dad’s house for a family reunion. I shared a picture of Dad and his siblings in my last post. Another highlight of the afternoon was a drawing for two quilts that had been made by my paternal grandmother and her mother.

The first quilt was won by my niece’s husband. The quilt is embroidered and has blocks for the (at the time) 48 states.


The second quilt, a lovely scrap quilt, was won by my Uncle Donald.


I captured a picture of Clark napping on the upstairs banister yesterday. He does this a lot! My DDIL dubbed him the “monorail cat.”

Clark the monorail cat

DH caught this picture of him from the other side. The ceiling of the downstairs is 12′ high. That’s a long way down!

Clark the monorail cat

I am happily ensconced in my craft room, working on the embellishments for about twenty Putz houses I’ve made over the past several months. I had been working at the craft desk downstairs and all my extra “stuff,” like embellishments, are upstairs in the official craft room. Here are two Putz houses made from a pattern I drafted.

Putz house

Putz house

Putz house

Putz house

I took this picture one evening as I left the kitchen and headed to my craft desk. The big windows in this old house make for some pretty lighting, especially in the early mornings and early evenings.

evening light

Here’s the menu for the coming week. I’m enjoying using my Instant Pot for meal making. An easy way to prepare a meal. And it doesn’t heat the kitchen during these hot days of summer.

Cheddar Burgers
Loaded Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

Fridge Food

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breast
Asparagus with Lemon Butter
Garden Salad

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
Cauliflower and Broccoli

Instant Pot Kielbasa and Cabbage
Sliced Cucumbers and Tomatoes

Fridge Food

Garlic Herb Pot Roast in the Instant Pot
Garden Salad
Green Beans
New Potatoes in Butter

Do you have a meal plan for the week? It makes meal prep easier in so many ways! You’ll save time, money and fretting about what to make for supper!



  1. Hilary
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    Rhonda those quilts are beautiful!Your grandmother and her mother sure we’re talented!Lol,I love seeing the kitty pictures on Facebook they brighten my day.Cats sure know how to get comfy in strangest spots!Your menu all sounds delicious,if you don’t mind me asking,what is an instant pot?I keep hearing about them but have never seen one.Is it like a crockpot.?And I’ve been thinking of trying menu planning again my work doesn’t have a set end time so I think it might help the dinner rush to get something cooked.I was thinking of inviting you to a Facebook group I belong to called what’s for dinner Facebook,it’s a group where people post what they cook and pictures and share recipes with each other,so if your interested let me know I’ll send ya an invite!

  2. Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Hilary! An Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker. Very easy to use. I’d love an invite to the FB group! Here’s a link to the Instant Pot I bought.

    ~~Rhonda 🙂

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