Post-Vacay Cooking Plan!




Last week found me lazing around the Massachusetts shore with my extended in-law family.


My sisters-in-law and their families, plus my mother-in-law, all traveled out from Indiana and we convened at a beach house my husband’s cousin was renting. While we were there, all sorts of other Massachusetts relatives came and went, none of whom we’d seen since our wedding, and that was just a whole lot of fun.


(Random tidbit: I have a special place in my heart for my husband’s Massachusetts relatives. Way, back when he and I were dating, I attended my now-sister-in-law’s wedding. Over and over and OVER again, the Indiana relatives would ask him– right in front of me– “What, you couldn’t find a nice Midwestern girl???” It was maddening! And also pretty hurtful. But the Mass relatives? Why, they thought is was just peachy that their Indiana boy had fallen for a New England girl. ;) I haven’t forgotten them for that.)


Anyway, we had a really amazing time and the reality is… I didn’t cook a thing while we were there. I ate super well, but I wasn’t doing the food prep.


Alas, we are back home and back to reality and, if I’m honest? I’m kind of happy to be back in the kitchen. I missed having my hands in the cooking!


Of course, as is always the case when we return from weeklong trip, the fridge is nearly bare upon our return, so a quick ALDI run was required. With that in place, here’s what’s been hittin’ the table this week:



menu plan




B–Cereal, Cantaloupe, Milk (for the kiddos, before 7:30AM Mass)

Brunch– Omelets, Clementines

Mid-afternoon Snack– Cookies and milk

D– Fettucine Alfredo with California Veggies


B–Cereal, Mixed Fruit, Milk

D–Crunchy Beef Tacos with all the fixings


B–Cinnamon toast, yogurt, fruit, milk

D–Fusilli with Meat Sauce & Ricotta, Green Beans


B–Oatmeal, Grapes, Milk

D–Shepherd’s Pie


B–Baked Oatmeal, Clementines, Milk

D–Homemade Chicken & Rice Soup


B–Eggs, Apples w/ PB, Milk

D–Cheesy Beans & Rice (<– This is our usual Wednesday fare, but my husband and I are planning to go out this night, so it’ll be an easy, and popular, meal for the kidlets.)


B–Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit

D–Pizza (<– usually a Friday thing, but, again, date nights merit some shifting!)

And that’ll do it!

I’d love to know…

What’s your favorite thing you’re cooking this week?

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1 comment to Post-Vacay Cooking Plan!

  • JC

    Your story about the relatives made me laugh. The second time I met my now MIL we were talking about my job/ career which I loved. Suddenly she stared me down and said, “I think children benefit more from a mother being at home than a working mother.” She went on to make some observations about day care. My then boyfriend was shifting in his seat obviously very uncomfortable. Two years later after we had been married for several months I talked to her about it. I had gotten to know her and I knew that she hadn’t meant to come off sounding condensing and judgmental that day. After almost eight years we laugh together about it now. (Oh- and I work from home with our one year old. :). The best arrangement …. Most days ).

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