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Monday

  • buckwheat porridge with blueberries; raw milk
  • turkey hot dogs; lacto-fermented pickles; leftovers?
  • burgers; fried potatoes; green beans from garden

Tuesday

  • leftover porridge and milk
  • eggs; Ford bacon; oranges; toast (GAPS bread for me)
  • slow-cooked chicken with carrots and rice; sugar snap peas from garden in garlic & butter sauce

Wednesday

Thursday

  • leftover BEC muffins; milk
  • leftover curry
  •  ? at Mom & Dad’s? or maybe meatloaf

Friday

Saturday & Sunday

  • ? just me

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Camping!

My posts have been irregular lately, and considering virtually all of them deal with menu planning you might have suspected that we stopped eating.  I can assure you, that is not the case. :)  I’ve just been too busy to post!

We planned a spur-of-the-moment trip to CO (ok, maybe not REALLY spur-of-the-moment but for a planner who requires a minimum of 3 weeks to work out every detail of a vacation, taking 24 hours to throw a plan together for a trip 10 days off feels very spur-of-the-moment!) and I’m working on camp food this weekend.  Since we will be camping longer than we ever have before I’d like to have virtually all the food prepped for a simple re-heat or quick grill.  It doesn’t feel like a vacation when you are tied to a campfire and washing dishes!  So this morning I made:

1 batch Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Muffins for 3 breakfasts – will stash in freezer and reheat in small toaster oven when we have electricity

2 batches Pumpkin Pie Bars for 3 breakfasts – made in muffin papers (24 muffins) and will freeze.  I had to fudge a little because I didn’t have quite enough of some ingredients but I did pretty much stick with the recipe – so this contains arrowroot powder and maple syrup.  So far we’ve had no problems with those ingredients!  This was my first time to try this recipe and I tasted a tiny bit that escaped a muffin paper…yum.  I think these will be great!

1 batch Grain Free Graham Crackers for s’mores – I can’t remember if I’ve made this recipe before but I did it as written except used maple syrup instead of honey (I’m almost out of honey!).  I should have used less than 3/4 cup coconut flour, I think – the dough was too crumbly to hold together well while I rolled it out.  The crackers are fairly crisp and not terribly sweet.  Maybe a little extra maple syrup would have done the trick!

1 batch Homemade Cheez-Its – I was going to make them as written for a treat for my kids but decided I’d like to eat them too.  So I made as directed except I used 1/2 cup arrowroot powder and 1 Tblsp coconut flour to substitute for the wheat flour and I used a sploosh of cold milk rather than the cold water.  Then I rolled the dough in a log shape, wrapped in waxed paper, and stuck in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  When ready to bake, I sliced off 1/8″ thick rounds with a santoku knife and placed the rounds on baking paper before sliding onto my hot baking stone in the oven.  I put the first batch a little too closely together and had to pull them apart after baking but the others turned out well.  These were cakier than real Cheez-Its (except the ones that were too brown) and didn’t really taste like Cheez-Its, probably because there was not wheat…however they were pretty good and I think will be a good snack.  One batch made enough to fill a 1-quart ziploc bag.

One note: I baked everything at about 325 degrees F.  I’ve found that turning my oven down a bit helps keep me from burning things when I’m multi-tasking.  Those few extra minutes are a life-saver!

I’ve got a concert this afternoon and will stop by the grocery store for a few things.  Then I’ll make chili to freeze and prep the “corn”bread to go with it.

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Monday

  • apple crisp; milk
  • leftover chicken soup
  • beef rump roast; carrots; potatoes; salad from garden

Tuesday

  • banana splits with yogurt and pecans sprinkled on top; milk
  • leftover roast

Wednesday

  • leftover apple crisp; milk
  • sandwiches; carrots; lacto-fermented pickles

Thursday

Friday

  • picnic – hiking

Saturday

Sunday

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Monday

  • leftover pumpkin muffins; raw milk
  • leftovers – chili?
  • slow-cooked chicken gizzards, rice, cabbage and carrots

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • chocolate soufflés; milk
  • burgers; fried potatoes; green beans
  • sandwiches; apples; lacto-fermented pickles

Thursday

  • banana splits with yogurt
  • beef stew; muffins

Friday

  • leftover beef stew
  • steak or liver; sweet potatoes; broccoli

Saturday & Sunday

  • leftover  stuff – just me

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Monday

  • 3-seed porridge with applesauce; milk
  • leftover stir-fry
  • beef steak; baked sweet potatoes; frozen green beans

Tuesday

  • leftover porridge and milk
  • butternut, turnip, and onion hash with leftover beef steak; red sauerkraut

Wednesday

  • leftover porridge
  • slow-cooked turkey with carrots, rice, and broccoli
  • sandwiches; raw carrots; lacto-fermented pickles

Thursday

  • apple crisp; milk
  • leftover turkey
  •  burgers; salad from garden; lacto-fermented pickles; fried potatoes

Friday

Saturday

  • muffins and milk
  • ?
  • chili & “corn”bread

Sunday

  • leftover quiche and muffins; milk
  • leftover chili
  • ?

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Monday

  • pumpkin custard; raw milk
  • leftover white bean & spinach salad; raw carrots; lacto-fermented pickles
  • chicken stew; blueberry muffins

Tuesday

  • quiche; tangerines
  • leftover chicken stew
  • slow-cooked chicken; rice; carrots

Wednesday

  • blueberry cobbler; milk
  • burgers; fried potatoes; green beans
  • sandwiches; apples; lacto-fermented pickles

Thursday

  • leftover blueberry cobbler; milk
  • leftover quiche
  • ?

Friday

  • leftover apple crisp; milk
  • butternut-turnip hash with leftover chicken
  • steak or liver; broccoli; white rice cooked in chicken stock

Saturday & Sunday

  • leftover  stuff – just me

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Monday

  • apple crisp; milk
  • baked eggs and bacon; spinach salad; banana cake
  • slow-cooked short ribs; mashed potatoes; green beans from freezer

Tuesday

  • leftover apple crisp; milk
  • leftover ribs etc
  • slow-cooked chicken with carrots, cabbage, rice

Wednesday

  • bacon, egg & cheese muffins from freezer; honeyed milk; tangerines
  • out for lunch – test day
  • sandwiches; apples; lacto-fermented pickles

Thursday

  • blueberry cobbler; milk
  • leftover chicken
  •  beef stew; muffins

Friday

  • leftover cobbler; milk
  • leftover stew
  • ?

Saturday

Sunday

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