Sunday, May 8, 2011

What's Cookin' This Week (May 9 - 15, 2011)?

Hi!  Happy special day to you all you moms out there!  I also say happy "Mother's Day" to all the men and women and children who play a nurturing role in the lives of kids or someone they love.  Many people are like mothers to us but they haven't given birth.  Even though I'm not much into commercial holidays, I do appreciate a day honored for the hardest job I've ever had - becoming and continuing to be a mother to my precious daughter Vivian. 

As I've just returned to the workfore this past week, I realize how precious my time at home has been with my three year old.  I'm so glad I had that year and a half to spend getting to know her, shape her and just play with her.  I know I'll still get to do these things as she grows up but we may not ever have a year like the one that just past.  I'm so grateful for it.  I love being her mom even during the really difficult times.  It has given me such a gift and so much to laugh, cry and love about! 

In honor of all moms out there, I'm taking it EASY this week.  Actually it works out good because my husband will be out of town, traveling and working long hours.  So for much of this coming week, it will just be my girl and me.  Therefore, we will be eating from the freezer, having a breakfast for dinner and eating out a few times too.   Here is my meal plan for the coming days --

Monday, May 9
- Macaroni and Olive Salad

Tuesday, May 10 - Eat Out at a Kids-Eat-Free Friendly Restaurant

Wednesday, May 11
- Make a Breakfast for Dinner -- Scrambled Eggs and Pancakes

Thursday, May 12 - Eat from freezer: Veggie-stuffed meatloaf, side of corn

Friday, May 13 - Takeout: Sushi

Saturday, May 14 - Open Faced Sweet and Spicy Meatball Sandwiches, serve with spinach and parmesan cakes

Sunday, May 15 - Sausage and Penne Pasta with side salad and homemade bread, from my cookbook


For one dessert, I'll make these -

Black bean brownies with mint frosting - boy do these look good!  I've seen recipes with black beans hidden in them for cakes and other desserts.  I'm finally going to try it out for myself!!

Have a great week everyone!  I have two pasta recipes I'll be sharing along with a cookie recipe that is better than my grandmother's one I grew up with!  So, check out those yummy dishes here later in the week!   And again, Happy Mother's Day!


  1. I think the best thing on your menu is Sushi :) I LOVE Sushi! I've made my it before, think I may have to try it again soon!

  2. Glad you had a great week back at "work". I do think motherhood is the hardest job I've ever had too. Sounds like you have an easy week planned for your meals. Do you think you'll continue to make freezer meals since you're not at home as much?