Monday, July 6, 2020

Menu Plan Monday 7/6

Dinner with Friends
Pasta (Penne for my son) with zucchini and garlic bread
Tacos Rice or Chicken Wraps with Tater Tots
Homemade Pizza (Pepperoni and Garlic Chicken)
House Autry Chicken with Mac and Cheese
Grilled Chicken with rice and corn on the cob
Chicken Fries or Chicken Wraps with homemade fries

Summer is in full swing with us at the pool every day with social distancing and scheduled times so meals have been a little all over the place.  I might have to switch to a weekly list and pick the items based on whether we are at the pool during the day or at night.

We had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday per the plan and then Thursday we decided to skip pizza to have Friday's meal so that we could get take out pizza for the first time since early March. We changed Saturday to have friends over for a cookout so we made Hot Dogs, Brats, Mac and Cheese, Rice, Corn Bread, Beer Bread, and Broccoli. Sunday was leftover night because we had so much in the fridge.  Now we are starting over for another week and hoping for the best with the current menu plan but we might change out for a breakfast for dinner or fried rice if we need to with the nights that we can't make work.

How is your summer meal plan going?

Monday, June 29, 2020

Menu Plan Monday 6/29

Pasta (Penne for my son) with zucchini and garlic bread
Grilled Chicken with rice and corn on the cob
Salsa Sloppy Joes with mac and cheese and corn on the cob
Homemade Pizza (Pepperoni and Garlic Chicken)
Mini Tacos and Taquitos with corn bread and corn
Fried Rice with edamame and chicken potstickers (Hash Browns, Eggs and Bacon for my son)
Chicken Fries or Chicken Wraps with homemade fries

I don't know where the month went but I kept putting off going to the store longer and longer because I just didn't realize how late in the month it already was.  The great news is that we had tons of food in the house and we didn't really need to rush out because there was plenty to get us through the next week.  I went last week and got what I think that we need for the month.  Here is hoping that we have lots to last us but I think that I will be going to the store when I run out of milk and ice cream (if my homemade plan doesn't work out well).  I think that I might be getting the hang of this once (or twice a month) shopping.

Last week went with everything according to plan except Friday because I switched to leftovers with corn on the cob because I was feeling horrible with a migraine that I couldn't get rid of so my husband cooked dinner.  Saturday was Meatball Subs with leftover pasta instead of tater tots because we finished the bag that was in the freezer.

I need to finish up the meal plan for July with only a few more spaces to fill in to finish but finishing it is always the hardest!!  Hope that you guys are doing well and adjusting to your new normal.

Friday, June 26, 2020

On Lavender Lane Book Review

I was excited to start this book right after the other books in the series.  I am really enjoying having the library open to get reserve books. On Lavender Lane: A Shelter Bay Novel by JoAnn Ross was the third book in the series.  I started this book as soon as putting down the last one in the series but it was the last book in the pile so I had to go right on and reserve the next bunch in the series right away!!  I can't believe how quickly these books are going but boy am I happy to have pick up at the library available again.  Now I am sharing an account with my son so I don't have to wait for two pick ups and we are one book away from my 50 limit so I know that I have to return some books soon so that I can get some new ones.

Former Navy SEAL Lucas Chaffee is settling back into civilian life, refurbishing a farmhouse for an old friend who plans to turn it into a culinary school. Celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand has been publicly humiliated by a philandering husband. So Madeline jumps at the chance to return to Shelter Bay to recover and help her grandmother turn the family farm into a new business.  Little does she know that the man who broke her heart years ago is already on the job-or that he's going to cook up a recipe of passion, patience, and perseverance to win her over.

I thought that this was a fun book and I was excited to continue with the series.  Lucas is back to Shelter Bay to bury his father and try to start the business that they were supposed to start together.  Lucas is living in their vacation home and staying connected to friends that are in town.  At the same time, Maddy's life is falling apart.  She is trying to do too many things with her career and is miserable trying to keep all the balls in the air.  Maddy goes away on a trip and finds out that her husband is cheating on her.  Her life falls apart and she decides that the only place that she can put it back together is Shelter Bay.  She is there in time to help her grandmother turn their family farm into a restaurant and she has to work with Lucas, the boy who broke her heart.  You have to find out what happens between these two and how they work through everything going on in their lives.  Although this was a horrible summary that I found on Amazon, you should still pick up the book because it is much better then the brief description online.  I reserved the rest of the series and I can't wait for the rest of the books to come in from the library but the great news is that my pile is huge right now of all the books that I need to read and return.  I have plenty to keep me busy!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

On Summer Book Review

I moved straight from the first book on to the second book in the series and I had trouble putting it down.  One Summer: A Shelter Bay Novel by JoAnn Ross was the second book in the Shelter Bay series.  I was excited to see which town residents I got to meet in this book.

When former U.S. Marine photojournalist Gabriel St. James arrives in Shelter Bay to help out a fellow Marine, the last thing he expects is to meet a woman like Charity. A veterinarian with a past that would have defeated a less resilient woman, Charity still possesses a heart as generous as her name. She's known men like Gabe before-but with a shared attraction impossible to deny, Charity and Gabe agree to a simple affair with no expectations. But as summer unfolds, and Gabe finds reasons to extend his stay in Shelter Bay, he and Charity realize that there's nothing simple about falling in love, and nothing easy about the choices of the heart.

I was excited to meet the new military hero with Gabriel St. James who was a photographer who came to town to photograph the wedding of a close friend.  He was leading a solitary life and taking pictures across the country after earning many awards from his military pictures.  Charity is the local veterinarian and she is immediately attracted to this quiet photographer.  Charity takes the time to talk to him at the wedding and she learns very little before leaving for an animal emergency.  Although Gabe shows up the next day with an injured dog that he saved when he was leaving town because his owner threw it out of the car and then it got dragged along under the car.  There is a lot that goes on this book including running a camp for foster kids, adopting animals and more.  I know that you have to pick it up for yourself to find out what happens. I hope that you check out this book and the rest of the Shelter Bay series.  I think that you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Homecoming Book Review

I was excited to start my next library find from a series that I started from one of my quarantine books.  The Homecoming: A Shelter Bay Novel by JoAnn Ross is the first book in the Shelter Bay series.  I was excited to get to see more of this small town that I met in another book later in the series....luckily I think that this series goes in most any order without too many problems.

Former Navy SEAL Sax Douchett returns to his home town and is hailed as a local hero. But starting over is difficult when he unearths a long- buried secret that reunites him with a past he's never forgotten. She's Sheriff Kara Conway, a girl who's always held a special place in his heart. But as he cautiously reconnects with Kara and bonds with her young son, another long-held secret in Shelter Bar threatens their second chance at a life together...

I was excited to get to the beginning of the series and see where this book series started. Sax was a local hero because he was a former Navy Seal who saved a lot of people but he was coming home feeling bad about all the people he lost.  He is starting over in the small town where he grew up.  He reunites with someone that he never forgot but she was his friend's girlfriend, Kara.  Now Kara has come back to raise her son in the small town where she grew up after loosing her husband.  She wants to lead a quiet life and likes the routine that she has gotten into but then things change.  There is a foot found on the beach, someone else is shot and there is a break in attempt.  Kara realizes that there is more to life then safety and decides to live for today and make her best life.  You have to pick up the book and find out what happens.  I promise you will be as surprised as I was at the turns that this book takes!!  I hope that you check out this book and the rest of the great Shelter Bay series.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Bluestone & Vine Book Review

I read the other book in this series and I was looking for the next one at the library.  I reserved Bluestone & Vine (Blue Hollow Falls) by Donna Kauffman at the library.  I was super happy when the library opened because I got a bunch of books on reserve.

Pippa MacMillan is a legend on the Irish folk music scene. But when her voice requires a time-out, she’s left wondering how—and where—to find happiness in the silence . . .

Seeking answers, Pippa leaves Ireland in favor of a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Turns out lovely Blue Hollow Falls is the perfect place to heal—and solitary Seth Brogan is the surprisingly perfect host. After all, Seth is beginning again too: turning his renovated stone barn and beautiful hillside into a vineyard is the start of a whole new life for the former Special Forces soldier. Only Mother Nature keeps thwarting both their plans, leaving Pippa snowbound with unsettling thoughts about how life can take unexpected turns . . .

To Pippa’s surprise, she might actually fall for small-town living. She might even fall for Seth, whose quiet strength is a balm for her world-weary soul. But when the music starts once more, will she follow her fortune back to Ireland, or surrender to the call of her heart?

I got to read this book right after getting the whole pile of books from the library.   I was excited to get to start back on this series and it wasn't a disappointment.  Pippa is in the small town because she changed houses with Seth's sister but instead of going to her house, she went to the small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains where Seth lives.  Pippa is trying to get rest from fame and recovery from a life changing surgery while she enjoys some time in the small town.  She realizes that it is a lot like her hometown and she enjoys getting to know all of the people in the town.  Most of all she likes getting to know Seth.  Seth runs the local winery and is starting out his business to try to expand to do wedding and other events.  He has been very busy in business and not interested in starting any relationship.  Both Pippa and Seth feel a pull towards each other that they fight for a long time because they know that there is no future.  You have to pick up the book to find out what happens with these two who are trying so hard to stay apart.  I hope that you check this out for yourself.  I hope you start at the beginning of the series and enjoy it like I have!!  I can't wait for the library to get the next one in!

Monday, June 22, 2020

Menu Plan Monday 6/22

Spaghetti and Penne with garlic bread
Grilled Chicken with rice and Corn on the Cob
Chicken with Potatoes
Homemade Pizza (Pepperoni and Buffalo Chicken)
Chicken tacos or Enchiladas with corn bread
Meatball Subs with tater tots
Chicken Fries or Chicken Wraps with homemade fries

Last week was a quick change to Cheese Ravioli on request with sausage sauce for my husband and fried zucchini while my son had Penne with garlic butter.  Tuesday was Grilled Chicken with rice. Wednesday was Tacos and corn bread.  We changed from the Trader Joe's Tacos that I was planning on because I went a little crazy and bought a family pack of ground beef at Wegman's for $30 so we have ground beef back at least through July.  Thursday was our first trip to the pool where our family had to reserve a lane to social distance from others and we were really glad to come home to pizza dough ready for pizza so we had Pepperoni Pizza, Taco Pizza, Cheese Pizza, White Chicken Pizza, White Pizza, and Pepperoni Knuckles.  We had so much that we had friends over to enjoy it with us and we still had leftovers!  Friday was House Autry Fried Chicken with mac and cheese.  Saturday was Fried Rice, Pot Stickers and Edamame. Sunday was my son's favorite dinner with Chicken fries and homemade fries for him and Chicken Wraps for us. 

Another week that we got most of the meals on the table as planned with the last minute change in the tacos.  Looking forward to doing it again this week and planning towards July.  I have to make my plan for grocery shopping and go out this week to get the things that we need for the upcoming month.  I think that we have lots but we are running out of cheese and milk so I know that store needs to happen soon.  I should have my list together in the next few days so here is hoping that I stay somewhere close to our monthly budget.