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What’s Cookin’ This Week


This month has been all about teeth. So far we’ve had 9 dental appointments and another 6 this week! Oh my stars! I am thankful for great insurance.

I had the worst report – four cavities. I just about died. I only have four fillings at the moment, so I’ve just doubled the amount of metal in my mouth. Since I don’t have a big history of dental work, I’m a total wimp. And I’m not looking forward to this week’s filling. Last time I had that done, I couldn’t eat for three days due to jaw problems.

But while his mama is a wimp, the oldest FishBoy is a trooper. He has had an orthodontic appliance for 2 1/2 years. He’s my gourmet, so his orthodontia has limited his ability to eat all the foods he enjoys. After the initial shock in 2006, he has done amazingly well and rarely complained when others got to enjoy something he couldn’t.

Last week his appliance was removed, and he got a little reprieve. We treated him to homemade caramel corn on two occasions in celebration. However, this week we enter the world of braces – for him – and of retainers – for FishBoy8. Couple that with my filling and FishPapa’s new crown, and our meals this week may be lame interesting. Can you say liquid diet?

But, since my birthday is also this week, I planned our hardest dental work for after the big celebration. Here’s what’s on our menu for the week:

Bean tostadas
Shredded beef tacos
Tri-tip, cheesy potatoes, salad, and carrot cake
Smoothies
Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
Pizza
Grilled Chicken, Rice Pilaf, and Grilled Veggies

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  1. I’ve got to have two fillings next week! Luckily they are replacements for broken fillings.

  2. Melissa says:

    I’m all too familiar with the dentist’s chair! Hope all of your appointments go smoothly.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Hope the kiddos tolerate the braces and retainers. I had braces for 3.5 years in my teens and also had to have jaw surgery, so i can sympathize.

    And happy birthday. You didn’t mention which day it was. Mine is this week too…on the 30th. And I’ll be turning 30….

  4. Michelle H. says:

    Hope your fillings go well and you’re back on solid food in no time.

    Don’t know if this will help you or not, but when I had a filling done last summer I took a blanket and my ipod. I always get the gas so there’s no pain, but I hate the sound of the drill in my head! With the music on and my eyes closed, snug and warm in my blankie, it was the best dentist appointment ever.

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What’s Cookin’ This Week

If you read my little story the other day, you know that I cheated a little on my Eat-From-the-Pantry Challenge.

Just for the record, I did NOT go over budget. On the contrary, midway through the month, I challenged myself not to do major shopping, but to allow myself milk and produce while we used up what we had. That little chips and bread splurge was my little cheat.

But oh – so worth it.

(I think it’s important to remember that our budget is to serve us, not the other way around. But that’s a post for another day.)

Here’s our updated menu plan for April as we work through what we have. FishPapa is fully on board and asked if we could bare the cupboards. We shall see….

Enchiladas, rice, and beans
Tacos
PB Chicken
Chicken Smothered in Onions, mashed potatoes
Boules de Picolat, boiled potatoes, veg
Pizza and Salad
Sausage and Pepper Calzones and Salad
Bean Tostadas
Grilled Chicken and Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Salad
Oven Baked Ribs, Potatoes, Salad
Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Foccaccia
Chimichangas
Beans and Rice
Pasta with Red Sauce, Veg, and Rolls
Carnitas Soft Tacos, Beans and Rice
Meatloaf and Rice or Potatoes, Veg, and Baguette
Taco Salad
Paella, Salad, and Baguette
Lemon Noodles, Grilled Chicken, Salad, and Bread
Hamburgers, Fries
Shredded Beef Tacos
Chili Dogs, French Fries, Salad

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  1. Sounds delicious! I did have to click on “Boules de Picolat” to see what it is!

  2. Hoosier Homemade says:

    Looks great! The Calzones are a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Liz

  3. Sonshine says:

    Looks yummy!

    Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your week! 🙂

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  1. bassackwards mom says:

    I’m glad you posted this! I’m thinking of doing the same, but I am not sure I can go for 30 days. Maybe 2 weeks. HA. I’m a WFH/SAHM with 2 boys and a seriously strange schedule…. planning in advance on meals has always helped but I tend to stray.

    I’m gonna follow up on your success!! Hope all goes well… maybe you’ve recruited me. 😉

  2. Hopefulone says:

    Hi there FishMamma
    I always love your menus. Hope things start to level out for ya. Not to give ya one more thing to do but I’ve just tagged you 🙂 Please play along at my blog All Things Frugal
    Here’s the official rules:

    1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
    2. Share seven facts about yourself.
    3. Tag seven people, listing the links to their blogs.
    4. Let the seven people know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

  3. JessieLeigh says:

    Your menu ideas look great! Out of curiosity… do you make your own pot stickers or buy them pre-made? My dad makes them from scratch, but I’ve yet to attempt that endeavor…

    YUM to brie-tomato pasta! When I got back from France, I went through serious brie withdrawal. And pain-au-chocolat withdrawal. And crepe withdrawal. 😉

  4. BMom – glad I can inspire you!

    Hopeful One, thank you. Life is full right now. I am not sure I will get to the tag, but thank you for choosing me!

    JessieLeigh – I buy them in a big bag at Costco. In a former life (pre-children) I might have tried to make them from scratch. But, right now that falls under the category “glutton for punishment.” You and I are definitely going to have to eat together sometime. I KNOW it would be a fun time!

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  1. Org Junkie says:

    I hope you have a great and relaxing week!!

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