My sweet sister, Mary, and her new husband, Weston, visited us this past weekend. My brother-in-law had a seminar in town so they both traveled from Anchorage, where they live and stayed with us. On Sunday night, instead of my son cooking his weekly meal, the newly-weds took our family out to dinner at the Screen Door restaurant. It was a fantastic meal and a very nice way for house guests (them) to say thank you to their hosts (us) by treating us to a meal at a restaurant.
If you’re a regular reader of our weekly meal plans, you’ve probably noticed our family hasn’t been out to dinner in a long time. It’s actually been over a year that we’ve gone out to dinner at a restaurant. It was a real treat, especially when it came time to clean up the kitchen and no one in our family had to do it.
Weekly Meal Plan
This meal plan is from Monday, September 3, 2012 to Sunday, September 9, 2012.
Monday: (Labor day) Dinner at our friend’s house – we brought a green salad to share
Tuesday: clambake (leftovers from dinner group at our house)
Wednesday: pinto beans, brown rice and fresh salsa (with tomatoes from the garden)
Thursday: whole wheat pasta with zucchini, mushrooms, and onions
Friday: oven roasted chicken breasts, quinoa, and green beans (from the garden)
Saturday: family dinner at my sister’s house – we brought a green salad to share
egg strata with vegetables from the garden
My son was totally off the hook with his meal on Sunday since we ate dinner out. I’ll probably have him mop the kitchen floor for me this week or some other “mean mom” thing. My daughter got invited to a football game with friends on Friday night so she didn’t make dinner like she had signed up to do. The compromise was that she made lunch on Saturday and the green salad for Saturday night’s family party at my other sister’s house.
I’m sorry my mom and my older brother and his family couldn’t be here for this big family gathering. My mom is visiting my brother and his family in Switzerland and we missed them all dearly.
I hope you had a wonderful Labor day weekend! What’s for dinner at your house this week?
Go Gingham related links
How to sew a mop cover – and how to use one thanks to my teenage daughter
BBQ and grilling tips – from my brothers – only 2 of them are pictured above
My sister’s wedding bouquet and the tie worn by the groom – she knitted both of them!
More meal plan ideas and how to get started meal planning
Why I love leftovers – confessions of a leftover food lover!
Image credits: all of these photos were taken with my sister’s fancy camera – mostly with the self-timer. I was hoping she’d leave her camera behind (she usually forgets something when she stays with us) but she didn’t. Drats!