Meal Plan for October 1-7

Hope y’all had a great week and are enjoying the beautiful Fall weather. I spent most of last week visiting my long time friend who is temporarily living in the Washington DC are. Since that’s only about 5 hours away from me, I had to take the opportunity to visit her while she’s there.

I had a great time. We did some touristy things like visit the Smithsonian Institute, eat at the Hard Rock Cafe and visit Madame Tussauds wax museum.

I loved that museum, seeing how all the presidents actually looked. And the stars too!

One funny thing at the end of the museum, there’s a wax figure of some star (can’t remember who it was at the moment) and then there was this girl by the doorway trying to take a picture of the the figure. I politely stood there for several minutes waiting for this girl to get her shot. After all it would have been rude to walk in front of her blocking the picture. I felt like an idiot when I realized the girl taking the picture was actually a wax figure too! I wonder how many people have been fooled by that?

We also relaxed and did some shopping, a little crafting, and I read a great kindle book on Donna’s recommendation. If you are looking for some light, funny mystery books, check out Death by Chocolate by Sally Berneathy. There’s also a sequel which I already read called Murder, Lies and Chocolate .

Both books are funny, interesting and left me wanting more in this series. And also hungry for chocolate. One cool thing is the author actually has some of the recipes for chocolate yummies in the back of the book. I made one of the recipes today for a Brownie Nut Pie and it was easy to make and really good!

Here’s a picture of the Capitol building I took in the middle of an intersection:

Capitol bldg










And here’s a picture of my friend Donna whispering something in Abe’s ear:

Donna and Abe Lincoln









Oh, one more thing that was noteworthy this week. My son actually got to meet President Obama and shake his hand. He was so excited. I’m actually not a big Obama fan but I was still happy he got a chance to do this once in a lifetime thing. He even ended up showing up on the national news. Hey, in a way I got to meet Obama too. Well, I got to stand by his wax statue anyway.

Here’s a picture of my son Ryan at the rally.

Ryan at Obama rally







Okay, now on to this week’s dinner meal plan:


Freezer Meat Loaf
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Chicken Paprika
Spinach Manicotti
Fast Food Friday
Grilled Steak
Baked Potatoes
Mushrooms and Onions
Fried Potatoes and Onions

Here’s my recipe for Freezer Meat Loaf:

Freezer Meat Loaf Recipe

3 pounds ground beef
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs or oatmeal
3 cups milk
1 green or red pepper, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup minced onion
2 eggs
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp ground pepper

Combine all ingredients. Divide into two foil loaf pans (9″x5″x3″). Wrap, label and freeze.
Remove from freezer and unwrap 2 1/2 hours before cooking. Preheat oven to 350F, cooking for 2-1/2 hours. Shorten cooking time by removing from freezer in the morning, checking for doneness after one hour of cooking.

Have a great week!

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6 thoughts on “Meal Plan for October 1-7

  1. I live not too far from DC! I have for most of my life, but unfortunately don’t get down there too often. I’ve seen almost everything there is to see there, though, lol! But I haven’t personally met a president, so that’s cool your son got to meet him.

  2. Wow Ryan got to meet a President what an honor even tho his Mom is not a fan of the President (I am with Cathy). Just imagine years from now he will be able to tell his children that he actually met President Obama and hopefully the schools will be teaching the kids about who President Obama was.

    I have never been to Washington except through books and tv.

    Thanks Cathy for all that you do.

  3. Thanks Rose. If you ever get a chance to go to DC, do go. It was exciting and interesting and a place I liked visiting but wouldn’t want to live there.

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