In an attempt to make my life a little easier, I'm planning all of our dinners for July at once.
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Let me kick off by saying this -- you guys are the best. I can't even begin to tell you how loved and supported you've made me feel ever since I made my big announcement. It sounds as if you're excited as I am to see how this next chapter is going to inspire the blog.
And, as of yesterday, I'm one step closer to the official beginning of that adventure. We've registered Caroline for daycare and I've set the start date at my new job.
But... If there were ever an appropriate time for me to use the phrase "all the feels," then this is it. Having me go back to work is the right thing for our family right now, and I'm thrilled about this opportunity. But part of me can't help feel sad knowing that my time at home with Caroline is coming to an end.
It's going to take a while for us to get used to our new normal. And while we're adjusting, this month's menu plan is either going to save us or it's going to go largely ignored.
Only time will tell.
MENU PLAN FOR JULYWeek 1: July 1 - July 2
Friday: Pizza with Spinach and Caramelized Onions
Week 2: July 3 - July 9
Week 3: July 10 - July 16
Sunday: Take-Out (because who wants to cook the day after getting back from vacation?!?)
Monday: Seared Scallops with Rice Pilaf and Wilted Spinach
Tuesday: Tex-Mex Salad with Stu's Super Citrus Vinaigrette (from The Quick Six Fix)
Wednesday: Caprese Salad with Avocado and Toasted Baguette Slices
Thursday: Tagliatelle with Mushy Peas, Pork Sausages, and Ricotta (from The Quick Six Fix)
Friday: Pizza with Broccoli and Caramelized Onions
Saturday: Potluck Pool Party & BBQ / Leftovers
Week 4: July 17 - July 23
Sunday: Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls (from Foxes Love Lemons)
Monday: Creamy Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp and Peas
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Spaghetti with Basic Baked Meatballs and Marinara Sauce
Friday: Classic Margherita Pizza
Week 5: July 24 - July 30
Sunday: Stuart's "Paella" (from The Quick Six Fix)
Monday: Cheese Quesadillas with Black Bean Avocado Salad (from Lose Weight by Eating)
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Spicy Chicken Milanese with Tomato Salad and Parmesan
Friday: Pizza with Roasted Eggplant, Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Fresh Mozzarella (from The Pioneer Woman)
Saturday: Take-Out / Leftovers
Week 6: July 31
Sunday: Mexican Stuffed Peppers (from Claire's Corner Copia Cookbook)
Thinking of starting a menu planning routine? Check out my previous menu plans, as well as these helpful meal planning tips.
Do you plan your meals? What's on your Menu Plan for this week/month? I'm always looking for dinner inspiration, so let me know in the comments!
One year ago: Spicy Chicken Milanese with Tomato Salad and Parmesan
Two years ago: Menu Plan: June 30 - July 5
Three years ago: Menu Plan: June 30 - July 6
Four years ago: On the Side: Scenes from the Commute
Five years ago: SUSHISAMBA strip at The Palazzo
Six years ago: More Than I Bargained for at Blue Fin
Seven years ago: Grill More Than Just Your Meats
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