About a month and a half ago, we decided to do a “small” kitchen update by simply replacing the countertop on our island. Fast forward five weeks and I still have no countertop or cooktop, not to mention the project growing both in scope and budget. It seems our 30-year old Jenn-Air needed to go so the new countertop would be cut to the modern measurements. However, they no longer make ranges that match up with our current duct-work. Of course it took bringing in a new one and meeting with two installers to figure this out. Add in two new base cabinets, exchanging the new range for a cooktop, reconfiguring the island, and replacing the old wall oven and that brings you up to date. Yikes!
How many nights did we give up and just go out? One! Having meals planned and groceries in for the month really saved me. You would be amazed what you can cook with a crockpot and a pancake griddle. So whatever your emergency is this week, don’t get bogged down in the details. Do jot down a plan for the week to make more time to focus on what is most important at the table, your family.
Monday – Cinco de Mayo means Chicken Burritos and Farmer’s Market Salsa
Farmer’s Market Salsa
Farmer’s Market Salsa
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ c. frozen or fresh corn kernels
1 small sweet onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 t. minced garlic
Juice of 1 lime
½ c. prepared salsa
Tuesday – Kids in the Kitchen, our little beauty is cooking a new recipe she found in a cookbook at Mamma’s house, Spinach Cheese Pasta and Italian Salad.
Wednesday – On Wednesday nights, our church offers a catered meal and a reasonable price. This allows our family table to include members of our church family as well. Since this is a night our family is out of the house, I would offer a simple one-dish meal if this meal was not offered.
Thursday – Cowboy Lasagna and Garden Salad
Friday – Old Bay Boiled Shrimp, Baked Potatoes, Mandarin Orange Salad
Saturday – Pizza Night! Enjoy your favorite pizza joint or have everyone assemble their own for a fun family pizza night at home!
Sunday – Mother’s Day – Let Dad takeover with grilled burgers, potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw after breakfast in bed. A girl can dream, right?
Until next week, enjoy!
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