Weekly Meal Plan February 2-6

This week was pretty exciting in Grade 3. Our class was chosen for the Entrepreneurial Adventures program from The Learning Partnership.

Over the next few months our class will chose a charity, come up with a business plan, and execute that plan to raise money for said charity.

The great part of this is that it is completely student driven. I am not able to make any decisions without the kids…I can GUIDE them, and goodness knows I will, but the choices our class makes will need to come from the kids themselves.

This week we brainstormed charities that we knew about and would be willing to support with our business. Next we came up with some research questions to help us make our decisions and then I sent the kids home to find out all they could.

It was amazing to hear the things that they were interested in supporting as well as the questions they had for the charities.

“I want to know if they are going to use our money wisely” one kid said.

“I want to know if they are going to use the money for what they said they would” another one piped up.

But quite possibly the best moment was when I handed out their brand new business notebooks (insert excited gasps and quiet squeals of joy).

The kids were OVER THE MOON about those notebooks. Everyone wrote in their best, neatest printing as they copied down the charities and research questions…meaning that it took 6 times longer for the kids to actually get the work done. I guess I should be happy that they are buying in and invested in what we are doing.

I’ll keep you posted on what charity we choose and our business as we continue on. I’m sure there are going to be some big, great ideas!

We are into February this week, which is crazy because there are not many teaching days in February…so it really means that we are very, very close to March. The year is just flying by.

Here is what we have planned for our week:

Pineapple MeatballsCauliflower Chicken AlfredoWhite Bean Turkey ChiliFrozen PizzaFreezer Surprise

Grocery List:

  • bread crumbs
  • milk
  • eggs
  • garlic
  • ground ginger
  • ground beef
  • canned pineapple
  • brown sugar
  • soy sauce
  • vinegar
  • cornstarch
  • rice
  • cauliflower
  • chicken broth
  • chicken
  • pasta
  • Parmesan cheese
  • onion
  • jalapeno peppers
  • poblano peppers
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • ground turkey
  • white kidney beans or chickpeas
  • chopped green chilies
  • lime juice
  • cilantro


This is a favorite slow cooker meal. I haven’t made it in a while, and with the weather changing I want something hearty and comforting.

Pineapple Meatballs


I have leftover cauliflower Alfredo sauce in the freezer that I want to use up. I’ll add some chicken and maybe bake it with a little cheese on top.

Cauliflower Chicken Alfredo Sauce


I’m excited to try another version of chili!

30-Minute White Bean Turkey Chili


Maybe Andrew will make his special frozen pizza since I won’t be around for supper.



Every time I go for groceries and run a load of whatever-it-is that I bought down to the freezer I realize how much stuff I buy and forget about. Not any more! Each week I am going to try to make something from the freezer in order to rid it of things that have been in there for too long!


The Top Posts of (the last half) of 2013

I started this blog in July on the prompting of my husband, Andrew. For the last year or so, I had been making a meal plan and sending it to a friend who lives in Manitoba. He thought I should share these plans, recipes and anything else I do with the world.

(Notice how there are not any fitness posts…sigh, I just don’t know what to write about there…I do workout, but I feel like I don’t do anything life changing. Maybe I’ll think up some challenges that I can post on there in the New Year that we can all try together…)

But what is funny about it all is that Andrew thought it would die out after the summer was over. He thought I would have fun posting all the things I do in the summer but that once Worktime Melissa returned, there would be no room for that kind of fun.

Well boy was he wrong! I have really enjoyed blogging my meal plans and all the recipes I have tried. Now, I have to admit, I was unable to keep up my summer pace of 5 new posts a week. But as I got into a routine, 2 new posts a week was manageable.

Now as I have been trolling Pinterest the last few days, I have seen a lot of bloggers who have done a “best of list” for their loyal followers and I thought it would be really fun to do the same.

Thank you to all who faithfully read and use my blog. It is really fun to hear from you and to know that there are people literally around the world who are checking out Summertime Melissa. (Seriously…around the world! Italy, Germany, Brazil, Australia…hello to all of you! Thanks for finding me!)

Here are the top 10 posts for Summertime Melissa from the last 6 months!


1. Mongolian Beef and Rice

Thank you Katie Stemp-Burns! I believe this is the most popular post on my blog because you pinned this to one of your Pinterest boards.  It is also incredibly delicious…so maybe that is why it is so popular. If you have not tried this, please trust me, this is a winner!


2. Italian Wonderpot

After I posted this, I found a lot of views from Italy started pouring in. This meal is such a neat idea…throw everything in one pot, even the pasta, and let it simmer away until is has a risotto sort of consistency (and subsequently makes a total mess of the bottom of your pot). I found a variation of this recipe for chicken chow mein and I am looking forward to giving it a try in the New Year.


3. What’s in a Name?

This was my very first post, and I can’t believe after 86 posts, that this is still one of the most popular. I remember agonizing over this post. Writing, rewriting, reading, making Andrew read and reread it, and finally pushing that publish button that would start me on something I never thought I would enjoy as much as I have.


4. Frozen Pizza: The Unsung Hero of Suppertime

This post makes me laugh every time I read it. Andrew has such a witty way of writing, but the best part of this whole post is that he really does feel this strongly about pizza.

Jawbone Up

5. I Wear my Motivation on my Wrist

This was another one of my early posts. I still love my Jawbone Up and use it all the time. I have encouraged many of you to get one and be part of my team as well. And, I am happy to say that Andrew joined my Up team a few weeks ago after lots of hemming and hawing over whether he would use it or not. He loves it by the way…even if he only takes a measly 2000 steps a day (as compared to my 12, 000!)


6. Weekly Meal Plan August 12-16

I think this post is so popular because I pinned it on my recipe board on Pinterest. Also, this week of meals was especially delicious. Borscht, Mongolian beef and rice, salmon and beet salad and mulligatawny…Yum!


7. Cauliflower Chicken Alfredo

This recipe is one of those things that really seems too good to be true. I am a sucker for trying recipes that are supposed to replace bad-for-you things with good things…but they never really end up tasting as good. Well this one does! Made entirely of cauliflower, with a little cheese and garlic in there for good measure, you get a sauce that reminds me very much of Alfredo sauce. I STILL have some left in the freezer (I feel like I say I am going to use it but never get around to it) and now I really would like to pull it out and use it.

8. People Pay to Do This?

I don’t do a lot of posts that are not food or recipe related, but it is fun to see that the ones of have done have been read by quite a few people. I am going to try to do a few more of these in the new year…hopefully some funny stuff from my school days. As I have said before, the things we teachers say are not things you would hear in any other profession…


9. Maybe the Best Job on Earth

I really do love my job….and just so you know, the little boy who sat next to me in the movie still comes upstairs every day after school and gives me a hug and asks how my day was.


10. Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

This recipe was definitely one of my favorites from the last 6 months, so I am glad that you have enjoyed it too! Nothing could be easier than throwing chicken into a crockpot with a little marinade and coming home to something delicious!

Well, there you have it. A quick recap of the most read posts from Summertime Melissa. I look forward to sharing more with you in the New Year. Thanks again for making my little project so special!