Weekly Meal Plan January 11-15

We had a great Christmas break…and I hope you did too! But all those late nights and long sleep-ins did not serve me well this week when the alarm went off at 5:30am. It was a week of progressively harder mornings and earlier bed times. (for those of you who know me well, you must be wondering how it is even possible that I go to bed EARLIER…)

The kids feel it too. The first few days at school, everyone just walks around with a sort of sleep-stunned look on their faces, and work happen a whole lot slower. By the end of the week we were back in the swing of things, but it took us a few days. I had one little girl say to me on Friday, “Mrs. Skinner, I just wanted to stay home today, but my dad said no. I’m just soooooo tired!”

When kids are tired like that, all logic and reason goes out the window. They forget everything we have taught them, there are lots of tears and some strange looks….and you get some funny answers.

My friend was reading with a student and they were working to sound out the word CHORE. It went a little something like this:

Teacher-“Ok, let’s chunk the sounds that we see.”

Student- “ch-ore, ch-ore, ch-ore…Chuck Norris?”

Teacher- “Nope…not Chuck Norris, but good try. It’s chore, ch-ore.”

…what can you even say?..

Here is what we are eating this week:

Kung Pao ChickpeasTuna MeltsHoney Garlic Chicken ThighsLazy Stuffed PeppersFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Kung pao sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Honey
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Rice
  • Ground beef
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Diced tomatoes (small can)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Chicken or beef bouillon
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • 3 cans tuna
  • Mayo
  • Lemon juice
  • Green onion
  • Chicken thighs
  • Garlic
  • Ketchup
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sesame seed
  • Stir fry veggies


I’ve taken stock of my pantry and I am working hard to rid it of all the things that I keep buying that I already have lots of…chickpeas is one of them! And since we love this dish so much, it was not a hard sell.



We have a new waffle iron that doubles as a pocket sandwich maker…and I love a good melty, cheesy sandwich! These remind me of hanging out with my friend Heather…we used to make sandwiches like this at her house all the time!

Courtesy of thekitchenwitchblog.com


A new crockpot recipe to try! Since we are always well stocked in honey, thanks to my sister and brother-in-law, this meal was a perfect choice! If you are every in need of honey, check out Clover Grove Honey.

Crock Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken | www.diethood.com | Easy crock pot recipe for chicken thighs cooked in an incredibly delicious honey-garlic sauce.
Courtesy of diethood.com


I asked Andrew what he would like to have for supper this week and his first response was “Lazy stuffed peppers“. Easy. And this recipe makes a lot, so we can eat it well into the weekend!

Lazy Stuffed Peppers

Weekly Meal Plan January 26-30

Grade 3 Social Studies revolves around studying 4 countries: Peru, India, Ukraine and Tunisia. I try really hard to find cross curricular connections when I teach, and in the past I have brought someone in to make Peruvian masks with my class.

I didn’t book anyone this year, but I thought how hard can it be?

I ordered a whack-load of modelling clay, came up with some step by step instructions, found some pictures of Peruvian masks and jumped right in!

Peruvian Masks

The outcome was funny for sure, but not too bad I must say. Yes, they are not “traditional” and they do make me giggle, but I think the kids got the point. Plus they had a lot of fun!

Peruvian Masks

My students identified lots of characteristics of Peruvian masks and did their best to re-create it themselves. But of course, there is always one in the group who does not listen and for some reason wants to do something really, really weird.

I had a little girl ask me if she could make a cyclops mask.

“Did you see any cyclops in the Peruvian masks I showed you?” I asked.

“No” she responded.

“Then no, no you may not make a cyclops mask” I said matter-of-factly.

Where did that even come from?

Peruvian Masks

Here is what I have planned for us this week:

Apple Cider Pulled Chicken SandwichesAsian Salmon in FoilLazy Stuffed PeppersBaked Potato SoupFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Salad stuff
  • Salmon
  • Stir fry veggies
  • honey
  • garlic
  • soy sauce
  • rice vinegar
  • sesame oil
  • ginger
  • sriracha
  • onions
  • sesame seeds
  • apple
  • onions
  • chicken breasts
  • paprika
  • dry mustard
  • hard cider or apple cider
  • cheese
  • bread
  • bacon
  • cauliflower
  • green onions
  • 2 potatoes
  • chicken broth
  • milk
  • sour cream
  • ground beef
  • 3 bell peppers
  • dice tomatoes
  • tomato sauce
  • beef broth
  • beef bouillon
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • rice


Andrew and I have been trying to hit the gym 3 days a week as our New Years resolution. We are both feeling great and enjoying the new activity together. The only problem we face (which is not really a problem) is that the gym is really busy after supper on Monday. So this week, I am going to throw some chicken in the slow cooker and we are going to eat AFTER our gym visit.

Slow-Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Chicken Sandwiches - super easy & flavorful | cupcakesandkalechips.com | #slowcooker #crockpot



I feel like I haven’t made fish in a while, and I know that it is important that we eat it at least once a week. When I saw this recipe I knew this would be a great way to add salmon back in…I think it is going to be delicious.

Asian Salmon in Foil - The best and easiest way to make salmon in foil - and you won't believe how much flavor is packed right in!


This really is one of our favorites. It makes a ton, and tastes amazing!

Lazy Stuffed Peppers


Another favorite! This is a recipe that tastes rich, flavorful and full of calories, but isn’t. What a great combination.

Baked Potato Soup