Weekly Meal Plan September 28-October 2

As you know, I love my job. I get to spend my days teaching and watching students learn and grow. It is fun…and so funny.

We spent a lot of time using Chromebooks this week finishing some provincial testing and I am always amazed at how un-tech-savvy kids really are. It seems weird because they are constantly using IPads, IPods and playing all kinds of video games…but when it comes down to using anything with a keyboard, kids struggle.

I keep reminding them that the computer cannot guess what you want it to do. If you type your password in wrong, it doesn’t know that you made a mistake. And kids type in their passwords wrong A LOT.

As we were working one little boy put his hand up and I came over to see what the problem was.

“Mrs. Skinner, it won’t let me log on” he said

I looked at his user name and he had put in his first name.

“That is not the username I gave you, look at your cue card with all your information on it.” I said, trying not to completely lose my mind. When you are troubleshooting for 26 little people it can sometime push you over the edge.

“But Mrs. Skinner, you said ‘Use your name”….I did.” he said, a bit confused.

“No, buddy, not USE your name….username….they are different.” I said slowly, pointing to his paper.

Sometimes I feel like people aren’t listening to me…

Thankfully I have the weekends to regain my sanity.

Saturday is my day to get stuff done. Laundry, cleaning, groceries….you name it, I have done it. But this morning, to add to the chaos, I had this to take care of.


My friend Kathy offered me some rhubarb from her garden. She brought me a bag last week and I have been waiting till Saturday to dig in and use it up.

I ended up making three different recipes of rhubarb goodies. I started with rhubarb ginger muffins, moved on to rhubarb bars and finished off the morning making rhubarb oatmeal cookies.


Each recipe resulted in a great dessert! I used it all up, now we just have to share it with friends and family so we don’t eat it all ourselves!

Here is what we are eating this week:

Butter ChickenTacosTuna Cakes with Tomato SalsaSpaghetti Squash Chow MeinPizza

Grocery List:

  • Butter Chicken cooking sauce
  • Chicken thighs
  • Coconut milk
  • Rice
  • Naan bread
  • Stir fry veggies
  • Taco seasonings
  • Taco shells
  • Ground beef
  • Taco toppings
  • 3 cans tuna
  • Onion
  • Green onion
  • Parsley
  • Lime juice
  • Garlic
  • Bread crumbs
  • Dijon mustard
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Egg
  • Olive oil
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Soy sauce
  • Ginger
  • Celery
  • Coleslaw mix


I love Indian food. We just had some a few weeks ago at a staff meeting and now all I can think about is having it again! I bought some pre-made sauce to make it easy on me. Going to try making coconut rice in my rice cooker since there really is no better accompaniment!


We didn’t get to our tacos last week, so they join us again on this week’s plan.


I’ve had this recipe on my pinterest board for a while. I think it will be great served with salad or rice on the side.


I was given a spaghetti squash last week, so I was looking for recipes to use it up. My friend Kerri said this one was a winner!

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

Weekly Meal Plan June 22-26

It’s here! The last week of school! Summertime Melissa will be returning soon much to Andrew’s delight. (Work Melissa, on the other hand, takes a little offense to this. She is just as fun as Summertime Melissa…kind of…in different ways of course…)

It’s hard to believe another school year is over. I have been reflecting on how far my class has come, how much we have grown as a little family in room 4 and how I will really miss them. (even though I don’t always feel that way in the moment)

On Friday we had our last spelling test of the year (I told you, I’m kind of mean…we have a math test on Monday too) and as I was marking them, I came across this.


In Mrs. Skinner’s Grade 3 class we don’t write in pen…we can’t erase pen and we are most certainly going to make mistakes (because we are learning) so we don’t want to write with something that is so permanent. Now why this little girl decided to only write one word in pen I don’t know, but it sure made me smile when I read her little apology note. And what was better….her reaction to my note when I handed back the papers.

“Mrs. Skinner, you wrote ‘No problem!’ next to my note!”

Here is what I have planned for the last week of school!

TacosPulled Pork SandwichesGreek Chicken PitasChick’n nuggets and friesWho cares? I made it!

Grocery List:

  • Pork tenderloin
  • 1 can of beer
  • Bread
  • Coleslaw
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ground beef
  • Taco kit
  • Taco veggies (lettuce, red pepper x 2, green onion)
  • Salsa
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chicken thighs
  • Lemon pepper
  • Oregano
  • Allspice
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Frozen fries
  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • eggs
  • flour
  • bread crumbs
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • poultry seasoning


We love tacos! I would always make my own seasoning and buy everything separate, but you can’t go wrong when (almost) everything you need comes in one neat little box.

Taco Kit


I have a pork tenderloin in the freezer, and I know I said that I would try that pork Wellington again, but I lied…it was too much work. Pulled pork sandwiches, on the other hand, are not. I’ll have to find another way to use up that puff pastry.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches


I’m always on the hunt for a good slow cooker recipe. You can serve this in pitas, but I think (since we are trying to eat gluten free) we are going to eat this as a salad instead.



I am especially excited about this recipe. They look so incredible and they are completely vegetarian….plus it gives me a chance to make fries!



I don’t care what we eat tonight…I made it and that will be all that matters.