Monday, May 2, 2011

Menu Plan Monday, May 2nd

I have to say I am loving life since I have so many wonderful dinner options waiting for me in the freezer each day! The photo above shows all of the items I had prepped in the freezer when I finished my most recent Freezer Cooking Day. I've been slowly working through the older items as well as trying the new recipes my friend and I put together from Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family. I'm a visual person, so I find it helpful to look at this photo to remind myself what our options are from week to week.

I even put together a last minute menu for a Book Club meeting yesterday!

The Plan for this week:

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Book Club Menu Plan

A few of my friends and I got together last night to discuss The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain, a fascinating depiction of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage from the perspective of his first wife. (We all liked the book.)

I was in charge of snacks, and I was pleased to discover (at the last minute) that I had enough resources in the house to put together the entire meal with very little effort.

The Menu:
Deviled Eggs-The kids dyed these hard-boiled eggs for Easter and decorated them to look like monsters. Some of the whites were a little colorful, but the eggs were tasty. I just mixed the yolks with some mayonnaise and sweet relish, and used my mini scoop to fill the egg halves back up.

Cheese Bites-I pulled out my last 2 dozen cheese bites from the freezer and baked them up. Amazing how butter, cheese, flour, and a little cayenne pepper can be so tasty!

Veggies and hummus-I stopped by the store for a cucumber and a red bell pepper, sliced them up, and served them with carrots and hummus I had on hand.

Grapes-washed and served in my beautiful glass hobnail bowl from my late mother-in-law.

Lemon Lavender Butter Cookies-again the freezer came to the rescue with these delicious, scented cookies!