Halloween was seriously a blast. Click over and see our Family Harry Potter Costumes if you missed them. October is always busy for our family. Before it starts picking up again I’m glad I can plan out what our family will be eating this month. In case this is your first post in our monthly menu plans let me tell you why I love this method. Planning meals at month (I like to write them on my large paper calendar) really helps my family eat a variety of dinners.
Instead of getting in a rut of what to make I plan out 30 different ideas to switch it up. This also helps me plan ahead and use leftovers for another meal. My husband loves that it saves us money. And I love not waiting till 4 to realize we don’t have all the ingredients. When I meal plan and then use my Menu Board. It visually helps me remember what to buy and make for dinner. Nothing like realizing at 3:30 that I should have started the crock pot hours ago.
And I believe family dinner time is sacred. This is a time for my family to not only eat a nutritional meal, but to talk an share about our day. We usually ask everyone to share their favorite thing that day. This also helps my kids learn how to wait their turn when conversations are happening and to ask and engage with others instead of talking about our selves. I LOVE it when my daughter will ask me about my day. This simple thing of eating and talking together (we don’t have screens on our out) is really a profound thing. By small and simple things great things come to pass.
And we are serving more beef this month because my husband ordered some Grass Fed Beef from Ruby Mountain. It’s seriously delicious. Check them out!
***And because we are still eating out of the car on Thursdays due to choir you can click here for more dinner menus to help fill in the blank.
- Pizza (I know we were suppose to have Pizza yesterday but we opted for $3 Chipotle Boo-ritios)
- Slow Cooker Mac ‘n Cheese
- Bean Tostadas with Crock Pot refried beans
- Ground Beef Tacos and with Mexican Rice & leftover beans
- Roast Beef Sandwiches with Au Jus (seriously easy)
- Chicken Parmeasean
- Enchilada Soup
- Baked Chicken Quesadillas
- Healthy Beef and Broccoli
- Tortilla Soup
- Italian Pork Chops
- Lasagna Rolls
- Pot Roast
- Potato Soup
- Veggie Black Bean Enchildas
- Lentil Soup
- Taquitos with homemade guacamole
- Turkey Sandwiches
- Broccoli Soup
- Turkey Pot Pie
- Ham & Pineapple Kabobs
- Meaty Pasta with French Bread
- Baked Potatoes
Now for Thanksgiving Dinner we always make My Hubby’s Mashed Potatoes, Zesty Green Beans, basic stuffing, Lion House Rolls, Twiced Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes, jelled cranberries and of course turkey. For the best pie crust ever head over to my girl Caroline. She has so many pie options, you’ll see why she’s named the Queen of Pie.
Family Night Lessons
Monday night is another treasured tradition in our home. It’s our family night where we gather as a family and spend time together. My husband and I love teaching our kids about our faith and other practical things. The lessons can be 5 minutes or 15. But we always sing a song and have a treat. The treat part is really important.
November 13th-Family History on Family Search
November 20th– Acting Out the Old Testament: Baby Moses
November 27th– LDS Conf talk: The Needs before Us by Bonnie L. Oscarson
Also during the month of November to help me remember the blessings we’ve been given I will we having a weekly blog post called Thankful Thursdays. So we sure to check back for more Thankful posts!