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


Weekly Meal Plan September 8-12

Well I made it through the first week. Teacher friends, I hope that your first week went well too.

Routines are being set, expectations are being adjusted and somewhere in there we are having a little fun too.

I’m starting to understand the kids in my class and I know already there are going to be some very funny moments.

After last recess on Friday, one of my little boys approached me with a small notebook.

“Look at the picture I drew Mrs. Skinner”


“Wow” I responded

“Yeah, it’s a cat fish…” he said

Naturally I had to take a picture of it and share it with you…

I planned for a lot of meals last week, but did not get to all of them. We had so many leftovers to eat that I was happily able to move a few meals to this week and cut down on my grocery bill.

Here’s what I have planned:

BorschtChicken Quinoa CasseroleSausage spaghetti squashHawaiian Hula ChickenFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • beef broth (4-8 cups depending how much soup you want to make)
  • beets
  • zucchini
  • potato
  • carrots
  • dill
  • ham steak
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1 can of white kidney beans
  • quinoa
  • tomato sauce
  • onions
  • garlic
  • red (2) and green peppers
  •  honey
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • spaghetti squash
  • pasta sauce
  • chicken sausages or ham sausage
  • spinach
  • rice
  • pineapple juice
  • ginger
  • crunchy Asian noodles
  • green onions
  • brown sugar
  • sriracha
  • soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • rice vinegar


With garden season coming to an end, there is lots of vegetables to use up. Borscht really is one of my favorite things and I think I have perfected my recipe.

  1. Instead of bacon, I bought a small ham steak and cubed that up. I let it cook a bit in the bottom of the pot with a diced onion before adding everything else in.
  2. I only cubed up my veggies…I used to shred them all, but this time I cut everything about the same size and cooked the beets, potato and carrots first. I threw in the zucchini about half way through the cooking process



I didn’t get a chance to make this recipe last week (which I think was a bit of a disappointment for Andrew) so it’s on the menu this week. I am sure there will be lots of leftovers.

Baked Chicken and Quinoa Chili


More garden bounty to use! The original recipe calls for chicken sausage,  but I couldn’t find any at our grocery store so I decided to use an ham sausage instead. Hope it tastes ok…


With my affinity for Chinese food, I am surprised it has taken me so long to try this recipe. I think it is going to be delicious.

Hawaiian Hula Chicken - Creme de la Crumb