Sunday, April 28, 2019

What's for Dinner: April 28 - May 4

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

It's Raining | Photo by Gabriele Diwald via Unsplash.com


I haven't written a long blog post in a while, so I hope you indulge me a bit...

Ever since we moved into our new house, I've been making a series of lists. Lists of things I want to change, areas I need to organize, and things I need to buy to make all that happen. I have a specific order of operations in mind so I can make logical transitions from one project to the next.

One of those projects was weeding out the items in my closet that no longer fit. As I went through each category of clothes, I made a note of the items I wanted to replace or upgrade. And then I hit a roadblock.

The next phase of the closet project had to do with finding a way to organize our towels, sheets, and extra blankets. Once I decided I was going to move Caroline's bigger-than-necessary dresser into our closet... I then had to research new dressers for her. I pictured finding one that we could tuck into one side of her closet to give her more room to play in her bedroom.

(This would set me up for future phases of her bedroom project.)

Since my parents had the kids this weekend, Stephen and I decided to drive down to IKEA to see what they had in stock. Five hours (and zero arguments!) later, we had a new dresser for her and a new storage bin for her growing collection of stuffed animals. We also picked up a new chair and shelving unit for the living room to take better control over the space.

My grand master plan worked. The need for better storage in our closet set into motion a handful of other projects on my list... and because I was strategic about my plan, I was able to tackle those projects without too much stress.

It was an exhausting weekend, but we're so happy with the results. Plus, the new arrangement has inspired me to identify more things I want to change... more areas I need to organize... and more things I need to buy. So fun!

Concentrating on the house took a lot of our energy this weekend, so I took my time cooking dinner tonight. (It helped that the kids ate a late lunch and, as a result, napped a little longer than usual.) Thank goodness I planned a family favorite for tonight. Turning to a go-to meal meant prep went quickly. And I opted to double the recipe so we'd have plenty for lunches for Stephen and the kids... and for Leftover Night on Thursday.

At any rate, here's more information about what's on deck at our house this week!


A Week of Dinners: April 28 - May 4


SundayItalian Sausage and White Bean Stew

MondayInstant Pot Minestrone Soup and Toasted Baguette Slices

TuesdaySimple Chicken Cacciatore over Egg Noodles

Wednesday: Stephen's Choice

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Pizza Night

Saturday: Fluffy Pancakes and Sausage Patties with Maple Syrup and Fruit


Need help menu planning?



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One year ago: Our Monthly Dinner Plan (March)
Two years ago: Menu Plan: April 23 - April 29 {and Setting Boundaries}
Three years ago: How To: Make and Freeze Homemade Baby Food {Pea Purée}
Four years ago: Wish List: Pottery Barn Picks
Five years ago: On the Side: The Power of Choice -- This is one of my favorite posts of all-time.
Six years ago: Menu Plan: April 28 - May 4
Seven years ago: Bolete Restaurant and Inn - Bethlehem, PA
Eight years ago: On the Side
Nine years ago: Banana Walnut Bread
Ten years ago: Fiery Pomegranate Sauce

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