Weekly Menu ~ Tuesday, October 5, 2010

We had an awesome weekend, how about you?  On Friday, Allen turned double digits and had his 10th birthday.  I look at him and wonder where the time went!  It’s a tradition in our family that the birthday boy (or girl), gets to choose their birthday dinner.  Allen decided we’d all make our own pizzas!  What fun…everyone got a chance to put their own toppings on a pita and we baked them in the oven.  It was a big hit.  He chose strawberry cheesecake for his cake (he takes after his mama!)

Sunday, we went to the apple orchard.  We found a place with a hay jump, corn maze and play area that had free entry.  The kids had a blast playing and running around and then we went and picked some Empires for eating and Courtlands for baking.  We got a ton of pictures, here’s my favourite, Charlotte in the Pumpkin Patch:

 I baked an apple crisp for dessert on Sunday, and now have to start perusing the net for some more tasty apple dishes.  If anyone has anything to share, please leave the recipe.

You’ll see there on our side bar that we have listed our current consumer debt load.  Last year at this time, it was around $49,000…we’ve cleared $20,000!  According to my calculations, we should be debt free by January 2013, that’s 27 months from now.  This is taking into account current salaries and current payments.  It doesn’t take into account tax returns and other sources of income, so it could feasibly be shorter than that.   I can’t wait to see it keep going down, down, down!

Here’s our weekly menu:

Sunday ~ Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Garlic bread, apple crisp

Monday ~ Mushroom hamburger gravy over rice with peas

Tuesday ~ Oktoberfest Sausage Soup and homemade bread

Wednesday ~ baked chicken, potatoes, veggies

Thursday ~ Veggie casserole

Friday ~ Meatloaf, Rice, Veggies

Saturday ~  ???  Haven’t  decided yet

Sunday ~ Thanksgiving dinner…turkey with all the trimmings


6 responses to “Weekly Menu ~ Tuesday, October 5, 2010

  1. livinglargereader

    I need to get back on making menus. My grocery budget is out of whack.

  2. livinglargereader

    Mmm. Cheesecake. Smart boy indeed. 🙂
    Happy belated birthday to him.

    ps- charlotte looks adorable.
    pps- maybe it’s me… but it feels like you guys are celebrating a birthday every week! 😀
    ppps – Happy Thanksgiving!

    -Asian Pear

  3. livinglargereader

    That last one was written by me btw.

  4. livinglargereader

    Let’s call this “québécois apple turnover”. 😉

    1 pkg puff pastry (unless you can make that from scratch…if you can kudos to you! ;-))
    1 cup maple syrup MMMMM 😉 the darker the better IMO but to each their own…
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp cloves
    1/8 tsp nutmeg
    1 tsp vanilla
    enough apples to fit your pie dish (peeled or not, as you prefer; I prefer my apples unpeeled)
    1 tbsp cornstarch

    blend cornstarch with cold syrup, add in spices. Put apples in a deep dish pie dish. Cover with maple syrup/spice mixture, evenly. Cover with puff pastry, venting a little for steam. Bake at 350 until golden brown and bubbling (and it should look cooked ;-)).

    Take out and let cool down. When it is cold enough, the cornstarch should make the apple syrup mix rather solid/gelled. 🙂 Run a knife around the puff pastry to make sure nothing is stuck around the edge of the pie dish and turn completely upside down onto a plate…apples on top and pie crust underneath. 🙂 Voilà upside down pie. 😛

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