lots of stuff . . .

We had a big day yesterday!  We did the Portland Bridge Pedal with three of our kids and then a friend came over for cocktails last night.  I did manage to plan our meals for the week and order our groceries yesterday, but I did not post anything. As I mentioned last week that summer is almost over, see my post at http://kysakelleher.com/2013/08/06/summer-is-over/ I have decided to slow down and ease up on cooking.  Instead I am going to choose from some very simple recipes, cook double batches and use up every pasta, canned good and frozen meal in our kitchen.  I will have more time when school starts in September to cook.  So for now I am going to enjoy the rest of summer, the birthdays in our family, have a few more MCH's and decrease my time in the kitchen.  P.S.  DO NOT THINK I DON'T LOVE COOKING!!  I do!  But . . . I have to pick and choose what I have time to do, and I would rather play right now than cook.

So this weeks meal plan is simple:

MONDAY: taquitos (homemade) with lots of veggies and mandarin oranges

TUESDAY: pulled pork (I made it weeks ago and froze the leftovers) and asparagus

WEDNESDAY (date night):  frozen pizza and fruit

THURSDAY: spagetti (I made the sauce weeks ago and froze the leftovers), bread (I buy the City Sour from Costco and freeze it) and bagged salad

FRIDAY:  going out to dinner for my daughters 3rd birthday!  Here we come Lucca!

SATURDAY: Quorn nuggets (frozen and made from mushrooms), roasted garbanzo beans and bagged salad.

SUNDAY: going out to dinner for our usual Sunday night family dinner on the town.

As the title of this post mentions 'lots of stuff,' I have a few more topics to cover here.  As you know I am a new blogger.  I am noticing I get followers and comments when I post about cooking and I don't get much traction when I post about organizing.  Sooooo I am going to continue to post about organizing because that is my passion, but I am also going to explore adding another blog to my website just about cooking.  So stay tuned to see what happens in the future.

One last tidbit I would like to mention is how to keep a family's schedule, scheduled.  On Sundays I highly recommend taking a peak at your calendar for the upcoming week.  Make sure it all flows.  As you are looking at monday, tuesday, etc, ask yourself the following questions.

1.  Do you have a sitter where you need one?

2.  Have you RSVP'd to the party you are attending?

3.  Do you have the paperwork filled out for your doctor appointment?

4.  Have you meal planned?

5.  Do you have carpools organized?

6.  Have you set up childcare for your kids at the gym?

7.  Do you have gifts for parties you are attending?

8.  When are you grocery shopping or have your groceries delivered?

It's a short list, but it makes the week go by much smoother if you have an idea of what is going on in your household.  Have a great week everyone!