Monday, October 5, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

What I learned last week is that if I don't write the menu on the white board, I don't make the things I've planned. So I'm getting back into my routines, no more "living freely", enough things just don't get down.

homeschool outing -pb&h for daddy

bacon and eggs after dance class

grocery day

hot beef sandwiches

roast beef sandwich for daddy -serving a luncheon to the Senior's group in Micksburg

Bev's chicken and dumplings, with chicken thighs


pork ribs from my new cookbook -Heirloom Cooking update: they were yummy


leftover chicken and dumplings


leftover ribs

Thanksgiving -fend for yourself lunch :)

turkey, dressing, gravy, potato casserole, corn, bread, broccoli salad, jello salad, pickled beets and/or fruit relish, pumpkin pie, some other dessert and various squares -there should be only 10 of us this year, Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan can't come, they are moving this weekend.

As usual, head over to I'm an Organizing Junkie for more great ideas.


Anonymous said...

I just did a little research to find out the differences and history behind Canadian Tday and American Tday;

the above website gave a reasonable explanation, correct any info that you think might be false.

Your having your big supper on Sunday, instead of Monday though? And what time is that - if we leave now we could make it in time!!!!

Paula said...

Sure, come on up, I'll bring chairs from the MIL :) We have our big suppers on Sundays because it's Colin's day "off", i.e., only 5 hours in the barn. We try to sit down around 5:30, but some family members aren't always punctual.

I checked out the website, that's basically the story I've heard too. I liked that it mentioned us being further north. I've always thought it was funny how you guys would celebrate a harvest holiday while we were under snow (usually).

What I like is that they mentioned that we had a "thanksgiving" first, it's not all Pilgrims :) When we were in Ferryland, Newfoundland we went to an archeological site ( The guide said that the Pilgrims actually stopped there and got water from the settlers on their way to Plymouth. I found that so interesting since history tends to have people think the Pilgrims were first.

Anonymous said...

Well that's the way they teach it in gov. schools here. It's important to some Americans lay claims to being first about many things. It might have benefitted the folks of the Mayflower to have inquired about the land the US from those who had already settled, it may have helped with that first years death rate.

I was curious about who's actually further north, I think we are! we are on about latitude 47 and I think you are about on the 45th; it's the fact that we are nearer to the ocean and a big sound that keeps our weather mild.

Paula said...

Actually, that's how it's taught in school up here too. It wasn't until we went to Nfld that we found out the truth. I don't think it would have helped the death rate much, the Ferryland folks fished much more than the pilgrims ever did. The colony lasted a long time because they had "flush" toilets. The outhouses were all connected to the bay, so when the tide came in they got cleaned out. Really did wonders for keeping down disease. Our tour guide (who grew up there) said they had flush toilets in the 1600 and not again until the 1960's!

I googled it. Cobden is 45°37'45 latitude. We're about even, but you've got that moderating ocean. We've usually had at least one snow by the time you guys have Tday.

Diann said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Paula! My daughter is married to a Canadian, he's from Keene, Ontario (lived on Rice Lake). He now lives in the states, since marrying my daughter, and my daughter prepares a Canadian Thanksgiving meal for her husband every year. She is having hers on Sunday, too, but we will be in Mytrle Beach on vacation, so will miss the meal this year. :( Guess we'll have to wait till Nov. for our American holiday.

Paula said...

Diann, your SIL is from Keene??? That's amazing. I love to go to their pioneer village. We drive by Keene on the way home to Bowmanville. It really is a small world!

Diann said...

Sure is! I haven't been to Keene since 1980 and I don't remember that pioneer village being there then. We used to go up to fish every summer at Rice Lake. My daughter and her family go up a couple times a year to fish, hunt (SIL) and for Christmas. My SIL's dad is the fire chief there in Keene. They live across the street from the cottages where we used to stay in the summer.

Paula said...

Diann, if you come back up to Keene you'll only be 2 1/2 hours from our house. That's considered close in Renfrew County :)