Weekly Meal Plan September 21-25

Sometime within the first few weeks of school we have our “Meet the Teacher” night. It’s a time for parents to come into the classroom, see where their child spends the majority of the day and meet the people who they are partnering with for the success of their child.

What’s funny about Meet the Teacher night, is that there really is not much to talk about with new parents. You have a great time connecting with the parents of the kids you taught in previous years, but with new parents, the conversation usually goes something a little like this:

“Hi, we are_________’s parents”

“Hi, nice to meet you. I am Mrs. Skinner. Thanks for coming tonight.”

“So, how’s she (or he) doing?” is always the next question.

I used to stumble over this question a bit when I first started teaching, thinking that I had to share some groundbreaking information about their child the progress they were making,  but no longer.

“Well, we are only 7 school days in.” I usually start with “So we are busy setting routines and reviewing. So far so good.”

I like to have a little work on the desks so parents can get a sense of what we do in our classroom every day and usually I like to have some art up for the kids to share.

My friend Angie found this great project this year and shared it with me and I thought it was perfect for Meet the Teacher night!

Student Self Portraits

We started with a lesson on drawing faces and proportions and then the kids got creative!

Student Self Portraits

It is so fun to watch them work on this stuff and see how they view themselves.

Student Self Portraits

And let me tell you, they were so excited for their parents to see our room! The excitement at the end of the day once they were up was almost overwhelming.

I had a great turnout and met some incredible parents. Like I have said before, it is going to be a great year!

Here is what we are eating next week:

BorschtReuben CupcakesWonton SoupTacosFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Bacon
  • Beets
  • Beef broth x 2
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Dill
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Corned beef
  • Sauerkraut
  • Laughing cow cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Ground pork
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced ginger
  • Green onion
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Stir fry veggies
  • Chicken broth x 2
  • Ground beef
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Taco shells
  • Taco seasoning


One of my friend’s at work brought me a whole bag of beets from her garden. Since our garden didn’t produce ANYTHING this year, it was nice to have some produce given to me. Borscht seems like a good way to use them up!



I was on a meat cupcake roll last week and it is continuing this week. Partly too, I am trying to use up stuff in my fridge and there is a half eaten jar of sauerkraut taunting me…

Reuben Wonton Cupcakes


With all those left over wonton wrappers I am going to make wonton soup! It takes a little bit of work, but it is totally worth it.

Wonton Soup


Something simple as the week winds down. Tacos are easy and yummy. You could even use this oven method if you want to try something different.

Oven Tacos


Black Bean Soup

Day 2 of 23 students…it’s pretty awesome. I mean we always work at light speed so things feel crazy but it doesn’t feel quite SO crazy…

Less kids in a room allows for a little more fun too. So today we got to do something I haven’t really been able to do this year, but that brings me great joy.

Dance to the Door.

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I begin the music and the kids start moving in their seats. They know their row will not be chosen if they aren’t “feeling the groove”.

Row by row they get to shine and show their moves as they make their way to the door.

And oh man, do they have moves!


Just thinking about it makes me smile.

It was nice to come home tonight to dinner already bubbling away. And don’t worry, I already told Andrew to prepare himself…vegetarian (strike one) and beans (strike two). But just think of how happy we are going to be after all that fiber! He doesn’t feel the same way about fiber as I do…

This was super simple to put together and I think it is going to have a chili-esque flavor to it.


Last night I started by grating 2 carrots, chopping up a red pepper and a handful of spinach.


I threw the veggies in the slow cooker with the garlic, beans, diced tomatoes, refried beans, paprika, hot sauce and water.

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Today I plugged in my slow cooker, turned it on low and let this cook away for 8 hours.

Right before I was ready to serve it, I used my immersion blender and gave it a quick whiz up.


I served this with some cilantro, cheese, salsa and sour cream on top.


The verdict- Oooh…this was delicious! It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve made something for supper that I have enjoyed this much. This is a totally winner! And it seems even better because I know it is so healthy. It really did have a chili like flavor, which I love too. Even Andrew liked this, so it must have been good because we all know how he feels about vegetarian dishes…