menu plan tuesday ~ february 28, 2017

I haven’t posted a weekly menu plan for a long time. Today, I’m thinking about what to make for the next few days or so. I am thinking about items that can be made ahead and then frozen or that can keep in the fridge for a few meals. Crock pot meals are good because they can be started early in the day and then forgotten till it’s time for supper. Once I am knee-deep in a craft project (which happens almost every day), I hate to stop and come down to spend an hour preparing a meal. Because the long staircase is a painful proposition for my arthritic knees (thank you, genetic material), I only go up and come down once a day. Once down, I stay down.

I’ve discussed menu options with Middle and Youngest Daughters, planned a menu and made a shopping list. Middle Daughter plans to make a grocery run later this afternoon.

Baked Shells and Broccoli ~ Due to popular demand, I’m leaving out the broccoli and adding chicken, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes.
Garlic Bread

Homemade Buns

Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce
Garlic Bread

spaghetti sauce

Fridge Food

Alton Brown’s Pot Roast
Mashed Potatoes
Fresh Green Beans

Might even throw in some apple crisp for dessert.

apple crisp

Now I’m off to take care of the do-ahead bits and pieces. Cook chicken, make rolls and buns, make spaghetti sauce, prepare tonight’s casserole, etc. Tomorrow, I’ll probably be back up in the craft room. For today, Youngest Daughter brought down a project I can work on while I’m between tasks in the kitchen. I made thirteen Putz bases in the past few days and started the painting process yesterday afternoon. I can finish that at the kitchen table today.

Making Putz bases.



  1. Donna
    Posted March 1, 2017 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Hi Rhonda
    I have been a follower of your blog for many many years,I love pictures of your gardens, I am so happy you have started posting your meal plans,which include at times recipes which I like trying.
    I have question, you seem so organized being able to spend hours each day
    Working on the Putz houses,and other crafts, in your Christmas Notebook setup instructions (which I do every year)you state you follow “Flyladys” system, do you follow her system year round or just during the holidays?
    And do you find it harder now with your arthritic knees?
    I am having health issues and was curious how you handle housework.

  2. Posted March 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Donna, how nice to hear from you! I have to confess that I am not able to do much that takes standing for very long. Everything is harder with my poor knees and other issues I have with my legs. I have to depend on my family to help with housework, so we don’t follow FlyLady currently. That means that a lot of stuff doesn’t get done until we have company coming, and I have to learn to live with that. But they are pretty good at doing what has to be done. At Christmas time, I get a tremendous amount of help from my family, my sister, and dear friends. They pitch in to help me have the Christmas I love. I couldn’t do it without them. Working on Putz houses and crafts is something I can do while sitting, which is why I get to spend so much time on them! And all the proceeds from my Etsy shop support a mission that helps children and their families who live in one of the largest slums in Africa. So I feel like I’m doing something productive while I craft. It’s very frustrating to be physically limited in what I can do and enjoy. But I am still able to walk, even though I’m limited in how far I can go, so am grateful for that. I hope all is well with you and yours! 🙂 ~~Rhonda

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