The Monday Menu: October 19, 2009

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Life has been rather hectic lately. I feel like I’m being pulled in 12 different directions, and unfortunately, none of them are the ones I’m interested in being pulled towards. I’m working towards planning a more toned-down week that focuses on things I am interested in: cooking, baking, keeping my house organized, participating in family activities, editing photos and working a bit less. We’ll see how well I do at achieving an appropriate work-life balance. If such a thing exists.

To start the week off, I’ll be heading to a string of doctor’s appointments early tomorrow morning. Hopefully everything checks out, both routine and non, and then I’ll have to decide to give the kids the flu vaccines or not. To flu or not to flu? To swine or not to swine? I still have 9 hours to make a decision.

Monday – Orecchiette pasta with chicken, caramelized onions and blue cheese, spring mix salads, bloomin’ bread

Tuesday – Pit beef on hard rolls with horseradish, grilled avocado pesto tomato salad

Wednesday – Smoked BBQ ribs, perfect mashed potatoes, baked acorn squash and maybe some jalapeño cornbread to make Ole happy

Thursday – Bacon-wrapped salmon, wilted spinach salad

Friday – Caprese grilled pizzas and maple vinaigrette salads

Recipes to look for here at Food for My Family this week: My take on candy corn, brick chicken with scallion and lime butter and apples! I have apples, and I’ll be baking with them…finally.

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  1. Hi!

    Wow, what an incredible menu! It sounds like a restaurant menu!

    Good luck with the decision on the vaccinations. I have decided to do neither for myself or my kids but I do worry about that decision.

    Love your photo- it is gorgeous!

    Take care and have a good week!


  2. I’ve got more salmon in the freezer from DH fishing trips to use up — I think I’ll try it wrapped with bacon. Sounds Yummy!
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday: 10/19 – 10/25 =-.

  3. That salmon recipe looks great! I’ll have to remember that.
    .-= Lora´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday: Oct 19th~24th =-.

  4. That sounds wonderful. Your family will be eating quite well this week!

  5. sounds like a yummy week!

  6. Here’s looking to having a less stressful week!
    Mmm, I love Baked Acorn Squash. Our teen loves to cut it!
    You have a tasty week of recipes planned.
    Please feel free to stop by my blog. Our family is looking for ways to reduce our grocery bill since my husband and I are unemployed.
    You have a wonderful week!

  7. NUM! Thanks for all of the links and ideas! LOVE the menu! Napa Style is one of my all time faves!
    .-= Jilly´s last blog ..Meal Plan Monday! =-.

  8. That pizza looks great! I’m very impressed with your pictures and menu!
    .-= Greta @ Mom Living Healthy´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday =-.

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