Seasons of Joy

Looking for a way to bring peace and joy to your day? Seasons of Joy is my 10-week seasonal guidebook to add rhythm and fun to your daily routine. Each guidebook has ten weeks' worth of circle times, stories, arts, crafts, and handwork, painting, playtime activities and more!
Seasons of Joy seeks to empower families to create peaceful rhythms and routines and joyful celebrations that follow the circle of the year. The blog also chronicles our adventures in living simply, loving exuberantly, and Waldorf inspired homeschooling.


Menu Plan Monday (and a peek at how we do it)

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OK, moving on.

Here’s our menu for the week. I have a shiny new laptop with a shiny new word program, so I got to make it all fancy. Hopefully this will work!

I also have a blank version of the menu here.

What really makes our menu planning quick and easy though is this– my master plan. I feel like I should insert an evil laugh after typing that. My Master Plan– bwah ha ha!

Menu Plan Monday (with a side order of feasts and festivals, plans and projects!)

We’re several weeks into our switch to whole foods and we’re doing OK. Today I had a crazy need for chocolate so I used the last of my giftcard the hubby got me for the local natural foods store to pick up some yummy organic peanut butter cups. This way of cooking takes a lot more time and energy and intentionality. We’re getting there…

We’re taking a 100 Days of Real Food mini-pledge this week and having at least two different fruits and/or veggies at every meal. You might not see this reflected in the meal plan, but we plan on just throwing in what we can when we can.

Menu Plan Monday… I mean Tuesday… Better make that Wednesday

You know, typically if I had arrived at Wednesday night and still not posted this, I’d just skip it for the week. But as we’re attempting to transition to real/whole foods, it feels important for me to document our progress in this space. So… away we go!

Menu Plan Monday

Monday, October 10
Breakfast: Eggs, fruit, toast
Lunch: Tuna noodles and peas
Dinner: Easy lasagna (double and freeze), butter bread, and salad
Snacks: Fruit; pumpkin spice cookies

Tuesday, October 11
Breakfast: Oatmeal with brown sugar
Lunch: Owl sandwiches and veggies with dip
Dinner: BBQ sandwiches, crudites
Snacks: Cheese and crackers; apple cupcakes

Wednesday, October 12
Breakfast: Bagels and pumpkin cream cheese
Lunch: Veggie soup (double and freeze)
Dinner: Chicken spare ribs, rice, stir fry veggies
Snacks: Veggies and dip; autumn energy bars

Thursday, October 13
Breakfast: Peanut butter and banana oatmeal
Lunch: Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers
Dinner: Lentil tacos and salad
Snacks: Bread with pumpkin spread; popcorn

Meal Plan Monday

Sigh… a day late, but here it is!

Breakfast: First day of school pancakes!
Snack: Strawberries
Lunch: Clams on the half-shell, green beans
Snack: Kid pick
Dinner: Spaghetti with garden veggie sauce, salad

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Snack: Cheese and crackers
Lunch: Sandwiches, veggies and dip, fruit
Snack: Kids make brownies
Dinner: Chicken and dumplings, mostly coked in the crockpot during the day

Breakfast: Banana bread and cream cheese
Snack:  Veggies and dip
Lunch: Broccoli pasta toss
Snack: No-bake cookies
Dinner: Ham and beans, potatoes, corn bread

Menu Plan Monday

St. Anthony of Padua

Breakfast: Eggs, toast, fruit, yogurt
Lunch: Turkey and swiss sandwiches, carrots, coleslaw, orange
Dinner: Past e fagioli, caprese salad, pears
Snacks: Gelatin, cottage cheese, fruit

Flag Day

Breakfast: Grits, berries, biscuits, juice, milk
Lunch: Tuna and swiss sandwiches, salad, fruit
Dinner: Pork chops, sweet potato, peas, salad
Snacks: Cheese and crackers, apple in peanut butter


Breakfast:  Blueberry muffins, cheese, cantaloupe, juice, milk
Lunch: Baked potato topped with cheesy broccoli, salad, milk, fruit
Dinner:  Stir fry with rice, egg roll, fruit
Snacks:  Trail mix, bowl of cereal

Meal plan Monday

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, toast, pineapple, juice, milk
Lunch: Chicken salad on a roll, coleslaw, milk, strawberry gelatin, plum
Dinner: Burgers, corn, salad, asparagus, ice cream
Snacks: Bananas, yogurt

Breakfast: Oatmeal, banana, toast, grapefruit, milk
Lunch: Sandwich, oven fries, coleslaw, banana
Dinner: Roast chicken breast, baked potato, honey glazed carrots, salad
Snacks: Cottage cheese, pears, yogurt

Breakfast: English muffin, peanut butter, yogurt, orange, milk
Lunch: Soup, crackers, cheese, yogurt, apples
Dinner: Pork, scalloped potatoes, green beans, carrot-raisin salad, walnuts, milk
Snacks: Cheese, fruit

Meal Plan Monday!

BREAKFAST: Cereal, fruit, juice, toast, yogurt
LUNCH: Grilled chicken sandwich, salad, fruit, milk
DINNER: Tacos with lots of veggies
SNACKS: Almonds, yogurt

BREAKFAST: Oatmeal, fruit, juice, yogurt
LUNCH: Ham and swiss sandwich, carrot “chips”, apple
DINNER: Fish, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli, salad, bread
SNACKS: Nuts, cantaloupe, yogurt

BREAKFAST: French toast topped with fruit, smoothie
LUNCH: Tuna melt, oven fries, coleslaw, peas and carrots, milk, fruit
DINNER: Pollo alla Griglia, mixed greens, roasted potatoes, steamed spinach
SNACKS: Berries, baby carrots in dip, almonds

Meal Plan Monday

Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, hasn’t it? But I miss the accountability it gives me, and so here we are.

Breakfast: Hard-boiled eggs with toast soldiers; yogurt
Lunch: Tortilla pizzas
Dinner: Rigatoni and meatballs; salad
Snacks and Desert: Fruit, snickerdoodle cookies
Meal Prep: Make extra hard-boiled eggs at breakfast, thaw stew beef, double cookie recipe and freeze, make tomato sauce

Breakfast: Apple oatmeal
Lunch: Peanut butter crackers, hard-boiled eggs, fruit and veggies
Dinner: Millet stew with beef; homemade bread or rolls
Snacks and Desert:Cheese, apple kuchen
Meal Prep: Bread or rolls for dinner; make coffee cake for breakfast; banana bread; kuchen; thaw ground beef

Pantry Challenge: Chopped Edition, Day 4

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Remember today’s basket?

Well, today we had the hummus with some crackers at snack. Lunch was mac and cheese and the fish cakes. For dinner, I made some oven-baked chicken with the Bisquick. The kids were mad because they thought they were getting pancakes. Whoops.

So, for tomorrow:

Michael (cupboards): sunflower seeds
Katie Grace (pantry): tropical fruit cocktail– why did I even buy this???
Nicholas (freezer): turkey meatballs
Daniel (fridge/freezer): frozen blueberries

Hmmmm… I already have a few ideas. I wonder if the fruit salad and blueberries would make a smoothie?