Menu Madness: June 27-July 3, 2010

Another week of menus. You’ll find real quick that I’m not so great at coming up with a lot of different, creative menus. 😉 Usually my menus consist of the usual favorites with one or two new ones thrown in. 🙂 Without further ado:

Breakfasts:

Sunday: Waffles with blueberries, sausage
Monday: Apple and cinnamon oatmeal
Tuesday: Boiled eggs, toast, grapefruit juice
Wednesday: Cereal with banana
Thursday: Granola bars, orange juice
Friday: Raspberry smoothies, bagel
Saturday: Homemade pop tarts, fruit

Lunches:

Sunday: N/A*
Monday: Fruit and cheese platter with crackers
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Tuna salad sandwiches, carrot sticks
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Peanut Butter play dough with raisins, celery sticks, and m&ms
Saturday: N/A*

Suppers:

Sunday: Eggplant Parmesan, salad, Italian bread, chocolate pudding pie (celebrating Father’s day since DH worked last weekend.)
Monday: Beef tacos (lettuce, tomato, and avocado included), ice pops
Tuesday: Asian-style chicken (made with fresh veggies and brown rice instead)
Wednesday: Peas and macaroni, homemade fruit cocktail (with drained maraschino cherries added)
Thursday: Pork Tenderloin with roasted potatoes and roasted veggies, jello
Friday: English muffin pizzas, popcorn (Family game night!)
Saturday: Eating out. 🙂

*As I’ve said before, we don’t eat lunch on the weekends because we usually have late breakfasts on those days.

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

Peanut Butter Playdough

One of the activity books I have been using with Andrew is 365 Ways to a Smarter Preschooler. It has a lot of great activities and most of the stuff you need for the activities are things you already have around the house or can get cheaply. One of his favorite activities from the book is the peanut butter play dough.

Andrew loves peanut butter and would eat it three times a day if I let him, which makes this activity right up his alley! The best part is that the dough is edible, so he gets to eat and play with his food at the same time! I will make a batch of this a few times a month for his lunch, put him at the table and he’ll stay there eating/playing for an hour (or more, if he could!). Here’s the super-simple recipe:

Peanut butter Playdough

Ingredients:

1/2 cup peanut butter; 1/2 cup powdered milk; 1/2 teaspoon honey (Can you tell that I use a lot of no-name brand foods! LOL!)

ingredients

Measure ingredients into a bowl and using clean, dry hands, kneed them into a dough-like consistency. if the dough is too sticky, add more powdered milk.  (I usually have Andrew measure out the ingredients & knead the dough himself.) Once the dough is malleable, the child can play to his/her heart’s content. 🙂

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Of course, don’t forget to provide measuring cups, spoons, cookie cutters and/or a rolling pin for extra fun. I also provide other edibles to round out the meal such as raisins, carrot and/or celery sticks, M&Ms (occasionally), fruit or whatever else I have at hand.

***For easier clean up, I have him play on a large cutting board. That way, all I have to do is bring the board to the sink to clean up.  🙂 Enjoy!

(This recipe is linked to the Offering Hospitality Recipe Swap and Recipe Roundtable.)

Other recipes you might like:

Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes

Peas and Macaroni

Corn Pone