I took a break from my own grocery planning today, and had fun chatting with a dear friend about their groceries; she has a back injury, and we'll (DD-15.5, DS-12.75, and I) be helping with her shopping, plus doing at least one bulk cooking session at her house to get some easy breakfast things and dinner portions in the freezer. She has a turkey and a ham in her freezer, so we'll convert those to MEALS that will take up a lot less space, but be more easily used. It was a blast to plan with her!
Supper tonight was a pleaser, all around: "chicken on the bone" (just oven-fried, nothing fancy), green salad, raw carrot coins (sliced thin, on a bias angle, and my kids eat 'em like potato chips), apples for dessert. I do believe I have managed to make a Thousand Island dressing I really like. Now, if I could master a Bleu cheese dressing for the other half of the family... working on that.
I was impressed by the streamlined nature of my friend's condiment section in the fridge, and think I probably ought to weed our jars a bit... it's kind of scary in the door of the fridge right now.
I did get my produce basket ordered; pick-up is Saturday morning. The contents will influence next week's menu. To round out the week, we'll do:
* Meatloaf, oven-roasted potatoes, salad, raw fruit, raw veg
* Oven roasted chicken (lemon-dill this time, I think) with rice, spinach salad, raw veg, possibly a peach pie
* Friday is a Robert Burn's supper, so I need to make meat pies Friday morning)
* Saturday? Possibly just a wild mish-mash of stuff from the produce basket!
* Sunday, crock-pot or oven-roasted pork, gravy from the broth, or possibly making it into shredded pork for sandwiches.
We'll be making a few big batches of cookies tomorrow (soft ginger-molasses, and chocolate chip); the choc chip dough will be rolled into logs, frozen a bit, and sliced, then fully frozen, as a birthday present for a little fellow who adores TRON (disc cookies!), in anticipation of his birthday party Thursday.