menu plan monday ~ august 18, 2014

The autumn flowers are beginning to bloom. The Sunday bouquet included the flowers of the ‘Royal Standard’ hosta, ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum, and Sweet Autumn Clematis.

Sunday bouquet

I like a white and green bouquet. Here is one I made in 2010, which included hydrangea heads and Sweet Autumn Clematis.

hydrangeas and sweet autumn clematis

All of our hydranageas but one died back to the ground after last winter’s lower than usual temps. We were afraid they had died completely, but they finally came back. They had no hydrangea blooms this year, as they are “mopheads” that bloom on year old wood. Barring another miserably cold winter, we should have blooms next summer.

The only hydrangea that bloomed this year was ‘Quick Fire.’ It bloomed because it is one that blooms on new wood. I would like to get others that bloom on new wood. I really missed my hydrangea blossoms this summer.

Hydrangea 'Quick Fire'

I got side-tracked thinking about my hydrangeas…this is supposed to be a menu post. Here’s the plan for this week. Temps are supposed to be in the 90s, so I’m trying to stay away from the oven, with the exception of Sunday.

Meatless Monday
Portobello Burgers
Corn on the Cob
Sauted Asparagus with Garlic

Pan Seared Tilapia with Tomato/Lime Salsa
Lima Beans
Corn on the Cob

Hamburgers on Tangy Buttermilk Cheese Buns


Sliced Tomatoes
Garden Salad

Chicken Salad on Homemade Buns

Soy-Marinated Beef Skewers
Brown Rice
Sauteed Summer Squash, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Fridge Food

Garlic-Lemon Double Stuffed Chicken
Spinach Arugula Salad
Roasted Asparagus
Tomato Wedges

You can find more menu and recipe ideas at Menu Plan Monday.



  1. Posted August 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Your flowers are beautiful. It has been so hot here that I think most of my garden is toast.

    Everything on your menu sounds delicious. Have a good week!

  2. Emily
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Beautiful flowers!!

    I love chicken salad. I am going to have to try your recipe sometime.

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