What’s for dinner? No worries! Here’s a meal plan for April

This blog has a seasonal menu for the entire month of April. Lots of Spring dinners, plus Passover options. SO great for a family meal plan!

We had a marvelous weekend at SkyTop Lodge, where we celebrated my grandmother's 90th birthday. It shocks me to say "90" because she looks and moves 70 -- possibly younger. With family spread so far across from areas of Virginia to Detroit, it's a special opportunity  to get almost everyone together in one spot -- and so wonderful to reunite and bond. I realized a new hobby while we were there. I participated in a ropes course (with several ziplines), 30-40 feet above the ground. And I will … [Read more...]

April Meal Plan: Spring recipes for your family menu

This blog has a seasonal menu for the entire month of April. Lots of Spring dinners, plus Passover options. SO great for a family meal plan!

Can I just tell you how happy I am that I am cooking on the grill again? This weekend's dinner times were so much more relaxed because of it. No one even complained that we had to wait until 8:30 to eat on Saturday night (because of baseball games). Dinner was perfect because it was grilled. Yay!! Use the plan below, shuffling as necessary to make a menu that works best for your family’s busy spring schedule. You’ll find a mix of grilling dinners, make-ahead dinners and dinners using … [Read more...]

Make them with your kids: Yogurt-Dipped Mango Pops

mango pops- a fun, easy afterschool snack. Make them with your preschooler and surprise the big kids after school. Perfect for a birthday party!

My family is full of fruitaholics. My daughter? She'll order a fruit salad instead of Belgian Waffles or Pancakes. And she'll eat all of my fruit and all of your fruit. But, in 5 years, she'd never had mangoes because I've never had mangoes. I mean, sure. I've had mango salsa and mango Ritas, but I'd never had a plain mango.Probably because I had no idea how to open and serve one. When I was asked to try a family-friendly recipe with mangoes (for the purpose of this sponsored post), I was … [Read more...]

April menu plan for your family

This blog has a seasonal menu for the entire month of April. Lots of Spring dinners, plus Passover options. SO great for a family meal plan!

It's unbelievable that we're moving into April this week. Already I feel the pressures and busyness of the spring season, a season where we cram so much in, both in and out of school. From baseball to swim team to school field trips... and then the holidays this month! And, of course, trying to find time to enjoy relaxing at parks with picnics and park playdates! All that is going on makes having a menu plan for your family so helpful. In fact, if you've never started a meal plan, and you're … [Read more...]

March Menu Plan: healthy, easy cooking for family dinners

march meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. A monthly menu of healthy dinners for the family. Lots of Spring dinner recipe ideas.

Since the first day of Spring, despite the snow, Middle has been begging me to make hamburgers on the grill. So, what can I say? That's an easy one. This week, I'm subbing in the favorite outdoor dinner, so neighbors will find me with my winter coat, hat, and gloves, cooking at the grill. And, let's be honest, I love cooking on the grill. So while it may be a bit cold, I'm not really complaining. Note a few updates this week. Due to Little's allergies, we can no longer have Sesame, so I … [Read more...]

March Meal Plan: 4 weeks of family dinners, planned

march meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. A monthly menu of healthy dinners for the family. Lots of Spring dinner recipe ideas.

I've fallen behind, off my wagon, even. I can list a million excuses, or I can list one and the one is the only one that really matters: I just haven't followed my routine lately. I'm getting things done, but not in the order I'm used to, and not with the priorities that have so been embedded into my routine. In some ways, this is good: I'm focusing on other things that need to get done, rather than sticking with a routine that just works. And I know it's healthy for my brain to jump things … [Read more...]

One month of dinner recipes, planned for your family: March Menu Plan

march meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. A monthly menu of healthy dinners for the family. Lots of Spring dinner recipe ideas.

Well. That was fun. You know. That week of vacation that we weren't supposed to have, up here in the Mid-Atlantic? It is so nice to be back on a schedule today, checking things off my list and moving on with my day! And, how lovely that I'm prepared with a menu plan for the week, starting with delicious Rachael Ray recipe soup. If you’re new to meal planning, then check out my how to meal plan post which will give you the basic instructions on how to organize your week and get started. Of … [Read more...]

March Meal Plan

march meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. A monthly menu of healthy dinners for the family. Lots of Spring dinner recipe ideas.

Yep, March is starting out about right. A snow/rain/sleet storm across the northern south and Mid-Atlantic and we can hear March rooaaaaarrrrrr. Alas, as we await the lamb's calm purr (what? It sounds better than "baa") it helps to have at least one huge thing to worry about: a family meal plan. This menu will help your family eat a strong variety of meals all month, and help you feel prepared and organized. Meal plan right, and you'll never have to stress out your dinner plans as 4:30 rolls … [Read more...]

What’s for dinner? Here’s a month of menus

February meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. The variety of chicken, beef, fish, pork and vegetable dinners creates a perfect menu plan for your family

February Meal Plan Week 1 Monday: Slow-Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup Tuesday: Rachael Ray Mega Turkey Nacho Dinner Wednesday: Cheesy Veggie & Black Bean Tortilla Casserole Thursday: leftovers Weekend: Pizza, Zucchini Lasagna & Salad Week 2 Monday: Salmon with Yogurt Dill Sauce and side of spinach Tuesday: SPOT (Sausage, Potato, Onion, Tomato... and cheese) (I can't believe it's been so long since I made this!) Wednesday: Chicken Vegetable Pot Pie Thursday: leftovers Weekend: … [Read more...]

Family Meal Plan: February

February meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. The variety of chicken, beef, fish, pork and vegetable dinners creates a perfect menu plan for your family

February Meal Plan Week 1 Monday: Slow-Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup Tuesday: Rachael Ray Mega Turkey Nacho Dinner Wednesday: Cheesy Veggie & Black Bean Tortilla Casserole Thursday: leftovers Weekend: Pizza, Zucchini Lasagna & Salad Week 2 Monday: Salmon with Yogurt Dill Sauce and side of spinach Tuesday: SPOT (Sausage, Potato, Onion, Tomato... and cheese) (I can't believe it's been so long since I made this!) Wednesday: Chicken Vegetable Pot Pie Thursday: leftovers Weekend: … [Read more...]