Meal Plan Monday for July 2-8

Hi ya! I’m back from my latest vacation and somewhat caught up with my work. Only one more trip scheduled for this year and that won’t be until October when I visit my bestie in Washington DC.

This last trip was so fun and relaxing. I went with 2 of my friends to visit another friend in NJ. We had several more friends meet up with us there and had so much fun hanging out. I learned to make Perogies, which I will make at home within the next few weeks.

We made a lot of jewelry from metal clays (copper and bronze) and visited bead stores, ate out a lot and sat up and watched 2 movies that I thought I wouldn’t like but really enjoyed. They were “Hall Pass” and “Albert Nobbs”.  I thought Hall Pass would be a guy flick but was pleasantly surprised that it appealed to me too. I laughed so hard I cried. It does have some nudity in it and adult situations. Albert Nobbs also has adult situations and just a little nudity and does have a sad ending. But Glenn Close does an awesome job in it and the movie really makes you think about how we are sometimes forced into playing roles in our lives that aren’t really us.

I have to show you this picture. My friend in NJ, is really into bird watching and has actually trained some Chickadees to land in her hand and eat sunflower seeds. One of them in particular, she named Timmy and he was brave enough to eat from my hand too even though he didn’t know me. Here’s a picture of Timmy eating from my hand:

Timmy the Chicadee

I enjoyed watching the birds so much that I promptly ordered my own bird feeder off of Amazon when I got home.

Okay, enough about my vacation, below is my weekly dinner menu. You will notice that a lot of days I have zucchini and squash on there. This is due to my sweet next door neighbor who has been sharing the bounty of her garden with me. One day last week, when it was just me at home at dinner time, I actually fried up a mess of yellow squash and zucchini with some onions and ate that alone for dinner. Yum!

Speaking of zucchini and squash, anyone have some good recipes for them? I only know how to make them the way my dad always did and that’s sliced with chopped onions and fried or grilled. I love them that way but would love some more ideas on how to fix them.

Spinach Manicotti
Thyme and Garlic Chicken
Fried Yellow Squash and Zucchini with Onions
Boiled Kielbasa with
Cabbage, Potatoes, and Carrots
Fast Food Friday
Grilled Steak
Grilled Squash
BBQ Chicken
Grilled Zucchini

Here’s my recipe for Thyme-Garlic Chicken:

1 pkg boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 cloves minced garlic
2 t dried thyme
1 t salt
1/2 c orange juice
2 T balsamic vinegar

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook until done depending on slow cooker. Mine takes about 8 hours on low or 5 hours on high. Serve over rice.

Have a great week!

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