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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What's For Dinner?

That's not going to be a question anymore around here.

Typically, I'm scrambling between 3 and 4, trying to decide what we should have, if I thawed any meat yet and what we have going on for the evening. Not anymore.

I'm (along with a few like-minded friends) planning monthly menus for our household. And to be honest, though I initially was a tad bit skeptical, now that I did January I'm getting excited and thinking why didn't I do this years ago?

Tuesday evening was the first night of my 'planned monthly menu' and I thought it went really well and I was actually alot more relaxed about cooking and dinner simply because I had it all planned out already.

Sesame Ginger Pork Chops. And despite T's initial "eww" he ate them. Ok so maybe he doused it in ketchup, he still ate it.
Yes we had seating for six, since we had a special guest for dinner, my dad, of course.
Though we do a family sit down dinner just about every night, there is something about sitting in the dining room that makes it different and more deliberate family time. It also helps me to not use the dining room table as my catch-all.
We decided that we'll be sharing our monthly menus over at a new blog site. Please stop over to see not only my menu but other (more healthy, creative and delicious) menus too.

You'll notice right away that my menus are pretty basic and don't have any recipe links. (Well I suppose that is an understatement compared to my foodie friend Melissa. If only I could have captured my husbands look when he saw the other monthly menus. He's a tad bit jealous of their cooking.) But I'm hoping that over time, I too, get out of my very-small food comfort zone and try preparing new things, beyond the basics, and maybe enjoy it too. I've always been wary of not only new foods and recipes, but new kitchens, restaurants and whoever might be preparing my food. And again my husband might say this is an understatement, but I'm not going to elaborate or argue right now.

I'm just going to go with it and see how my kitchen skills change because for now at least I know I can prepare a killer apple pie.
And we all know that a dinner's not a dinner without dessert.


Blogger The Lindahl News said...

Amen to the "It's not dinner without dessert part."

Good luck with your healthy eating/cooking plan!

January 16, 2008 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Jill Davis Doughtie said...

What a great idea!

January 16, 2008 at 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Dadio's said...

Supper was excellent....Especially the company. And the pie.You are becoming a pie expert.Thanks for the invite.
Love to all

January 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

You crack me up. I may have an adventurous time in the kitchen, but I also don't have three children to keep track of! Here's to the mommy with the mostess, and to your yummy endeavors!

January 16, 2008 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger ann-marie said...

wow, that pie looks good. if i weren't aiming to lose 10-15 lbs (and if i knew how to bake a pie) i'd do the same!

January 16, 2008 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Laundry & Children said...

I am not so ambitious to do a whole month, but I do plan out two weeks at a time usually when I am putting togther my grocery list. You are so right that it makes life so much easier. Especially since when I pick my daughter up at school, the first words out of her mouth are not, Hi Mom, but rather "What's for dinner?" :)

January 17, 2008 at 8:04 AM  

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