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Weekly Menu / Freezer Cooking Plan ~ 4/29

weekly menu april 29

Last week, my husband and I flew out to Irvine, California where we attended meetings with a builder peer group we are part of through our involvement with the National Association of Home Builders. I was beyond thrilled that our meetings were held at Thermador’s Test Kitchen. Thermador is one of our group’s sponsors and like to teach us about their amazing appliances, which is why our group was there. But I loved it for a completely different level as we got to interact with real chefs and participate with them in the kitchen!! What a thrill for me! We ate like kings and I didn’t have to cook a thing. I’m going to share a lot from our meetings later in the week!

But now, I’m sharing my Weekly Menu / Freezer Cooking Plan. I’m headed out again on Thursday {by myself}, for my first ever blogging conference. It’ll be the first time in 9 years that I have gone anywhere alone. I’m very excited, but it is complicating my meal plan, a bit. When I head out with the kids, I pretty much leave my husband to fend for himself – meal wise. But he’s keeping the kids this time, so I have to get a better plan. 🙂

I’m hoping to leave behind one meal my hubs can throw in the crockpot, something in the freezer that he can pop in the oven, and noodles and spaghetti sauce. Hopefully, if I can make it easy on him, he will let me leave again in the future!

Breakfasts ~

Lunches ~

  • Bean burritos {extra beans for the freezer}
  • Sandwiches
  • Left overs
  • Egg salad

Dinners ~

Do you travel? How do you make your absence easier on your family?

Linking up: MPM



  1. A blogging conference! How exciting! I hope you have a fabulous time! You deserve some time out. Enjoy every moment! My tips would be: - Do not expect much. There will be lots of dirty dishes and laundry when you come home. Also be prepared that some of your wonderful meals might be untouched as McDonald's bag litter the kitchen island. - Meals (especially breakfasts) are more likely to be eaten if they are grab and go or able to be prepared by the young people in your home. I make and freeze egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches and homemade frozen waffles that can be put in the toaster. My kids could operate a waffle iron long before they could do the stove. Pinterest has a ton of things that can be made in a waffle iron - canned cinnamon buns, hash browns, etc... Not exactly healthy but the kiddies won't be hungry. - Have lots of fresh fruit in the house. - Have some art supplies and preplanned activities on hand so they are not watching tv the entire time. When we walked the half-marathon I left an art project and a field trip for each day. The kids made cards for the birthdays coming up that month, welcome home signs for me and suncatchers. All the supplies were in a bag that Steve brought out as a surprise when he needed five minutes to return a phone call or a sanity break. Each project required no help from an adult. Also, the family went to the zoo, a museum, and on a walking tour. Steve knew each destination but got to pick where they went for the day based on the weather. For each destination I printed out directions, a list of things Steve needed to know about each place - ticket prices, hours of operation, etc, made a packed lunch or ideas on where to stop for lunch were printed out for each trip and a bag with snacks and water. I found the more thought and prep I put into it, the more likely there were to do the activity. - A new movie or video may save your husband's sanity. Then go! Have fun! Do not feel guilty! You are an amazing mom who dedicates your entire life to four of the most fabulous kiddos on the planet, you deserve time on your own!! No one is going to die or burn down the house and everything else you can fix when you get home.

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