Monday, April 18, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 16th April 2011 - 22nd April 2011

LOL I find it funny that I am motivated to menu plan this week considering we are going away on Friday to Sydney for the Easter weekend. But I really wanted to get back into some normality and somehow menu planning does make me feel there is an air of normal around the house.

Noel and I are home alone at the moment as the kids are away with school holidays... so the quietness is somewhat strange and our eating habits have been also out of whack.

So on the House of Murray Menu Planner this week is:

Saturday ~ Pesto Prawn and Spinach Pizza
Sunday ~ Chilli and Thyme Kangaroo Fillets
Monday ~ Baked Potatoes with the Lot (coleslaw, bacon, cheese and sour cream)
Tue ~ Pork with Cider Cream Sauce
Wed ~ Chicken Mushroom and Corn Parcels
Thu ~ Chilli Beef with Water Chestnuts Stir Fry
Fri ~ Travelling to Sydney

Anzac Biscuits

As you have probably gathered by now, I LIVE for menu planning! By menu planning it ensures that we have a weeks worth of meals organised which is especially useful Monday through Friday when there is not much of the day left after finishing work, picking up the kids from school and having to deal with the tasks of homework, clothes washing, showers, etc., and to do without the hassle of worrying WHAT we are cooking for dinner each night. Honestly if I left deciding what’s for dinner until I go home we wouldn’t eat until midnight!!

I know that our week starts on a Saturday but that’s just for the ease of fitting in with my grocery shopping which is normally done on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon. As usual more great menu ideas can be found at Menu Plan Monday over at I’m An Organising Junkie, don’t be shy pop over and have a look at other’s menu plans. You never know you may just find something different to have for dinner.

Some recipes for things we cook can be found over at our cooking blog, A Dash Of Flavour, normally posted after they have been cooked or just click on the links for each meal when they appear.

Charlie Lee Ahrens

*** Charlie Lee Ahrens ***

Born Wednesday 13th April 2011 9.47am

3.74kgs ~ 49cm long

Congratulations to Clare and Grahame - she is absolutely gorgeous!!

It's been a while.....

To be honest it has been so long and so much has happened I really don't know where to start.... so I will start from now.

The kids are in Queensland with my mam - having a ball I might add. It is school holidays here in Melbourne so with both of us working the only option we had left was to send them up to her, which I know she was so excited about! I could tell in her voice and still can even though they have been there for a week. Mam keeps saying to me "Don't worry about the kids they are fine" and I keep replying "I am not worried about the kids I am worried about you!!" LOL my kids are not feral so she knows I am only joking! I just worry that they will misbehave or argue and she could end up having another heart scare etc.

Last week I spent the week on the road with traveling to the South West of Victoria to conduct some training. What a long drive - 4 and a half hours to drive home from Warrnambool on Friday and I was buggered. I enjoy my job and travelling but sometimes it is hard especially being away from my family (or in this case just Noel this time around). I am meant to be travelling this week but it looks like I have to change my priorities to fit in some other things that have now become urgent. I love the fact that I see so much scenery and visit towns that I had never heard of some of which are becoming regular stop overs. I am starting to get know where the good hotels/motels are along with the restaurants... LOL the perks of the job!!

This windmill is near Hanson Heywood Quarry.

Something SPECIAL has happened though... we had a new arrival in our family on Wednesday. Clare and Grahame welcomed into the world Charlie Lee Ahrens!! YAY another girl in the family! We cannot wait to get to Sydney (over Easter) to meet her and to see Clare and Grahame!

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