menu plan monday ~ october 3, 2016

We raised five Black Swallowtail caterpillars that DH found on the parsley late this summer. Last week four of them emerged.

raising butterflies

raising butterflies

Clark ignored the caterpiller tank until the first one emerged. Then he was totally focused!

raising butterflies

The butterflies were released as soon as their wings had dried. Clark hasn’t shown any interest in the fifth one. We’re still waiting for it to come out. If it doesn’t emerge this fall, we will overwinter it outside and let it emerge in the spring when it’s ready.

We make sourdough bread at least once a week. I have to share this photo. The loaves come out so beautifully. DH does a great job getting it ready.

sourdough bread

I posted two new Christmas card shadow boxes to my Etsy shop yesterday. ChristmasNotebook

Mary and Baby / Christmas card shadow box

Shepherds and Angels / Christmas card shadow box

Shepherds and Angels / Christmas card shadow box

Here’s the menu for the week. I’m working on producing stock for my Etsy shop. Several crock pot recipes make meals easy to prepare and help to free up my time.

Fridge Food

Garden Salad

Heat Free Chili in the crock pot.
Crackers and Peanut Butter

Pan Seared Tilapia
Steamed New Potatoes
Green Beans

Smoked Pork Shank with Beans in the crock pot.

I’m hosting a quilt-in-a-day on Saturday. Some of the church ladies are coming to participate. They are bringing salads for lunch. I’m providing the rest.
Cheese and Crackers
Fruit Tray
Coffee, Tea, Lemonade

Alton Brown’s Pot Roast in the crock pot.
Mashed Potatoes

You can find more menus and ideas at Menu Plan Monday.



  1. Sandra L.
    Posted October 6, 2016 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Your butterflies are gorgeous and your “helper” is so attentive. Beautiful cat. My grandson arrived at my house last summer with a large glass jar complete with 3 caterpillars and informed me I was the keeper of end of school year project. He was nervous that his dog, 4 cats with kittens, 3 brothers and a sister would disturb them. Of course this meant this he would be spending more time staying with me than usual. He was so happy when the emerged but sad we hate to set them free. Out on the balcony the jar, him and me went, sat down and waited for them to make their escape. It was such a wonderful project and he had to keep a journal and pictures for his week back to school.

  2. Posted October 10, 2016 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Sandra, I enjoyed hearing your story about your grandson’s caterpillars. It is a wonderful project for children. We have raised butterflies quite a few times and it is always fascinating! ~~Rhonda

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