Meal Plan for the week of: January 24 – 30

MONDAY
Breakfast
365 Brand Waffles with whipped cream cheese and blueberries
Scrambled Eggs

Snack
Banana

Lunch
Cranberry, Turkey, and Cheese quesadillas
Carrots and peppers
Blueberries

Snack
Cereal bar and Carrots

Dinner
Chicken Garlic Pizza – Growing Healthy Families – page 86
Zucchini Fries

TUESDAY
Breakfast
Peanut Butter Oatmeal – 1 cup oatmeal – 1 1/2 Cup water – 2 T peanut butter – pinch of salt

Snack
@ School

Lunch
Macaroni and Cheese with black beans and cauliflower
Frui
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Snack
Fig Newman’s
Carrots and peppers with hummus
Bunny Crackers

Dinner
Holistic Huevos Rancheros – Growing Healthy Families – page 80 (vegetarian meal)

WEDNESDAY
Breakfast
Smoothies and English muffin with fruit

Snack
@ School

Lunch
???

Snack
Cereal bar and Carrots

Dinner
Stuffed Shells – Paula Deen’s My First Cookbook page 70 (vegetarian meal)
Salad

THURSDAY
Breakfast
Cereal
Scrambled Eggs

Snack
Fruit
Crackers

Lunch
Macaroni and Cheese with black beans and cauliflower
Strawberries

Snack
Popcorn with white chocolate and cranberries

Dinner
Pineapple Teriyaki Beef – The Sonoma Diet Cookbook page 89
soba noodles and steamed carrots

FRIDAY
Breakfast
365 Brand Waffles with whipped cream cheese and blueberries
Scrambled Eggs

Snack
@Playgroup

Lunch
Peanut Butter and Jelly quesadillas
Vegetables with hummus
Fruit

Snack
Cereal bar and Carrots

The Weekend of Painting!!!
Kids out of the house
Momma and Dada painting ALL WEEKEND LONG!!!!!
So we will be eating leftovers and take out!

Dinner

SATURDAY
Breakfast
Snack
Lunch
Snack
Dinner

SUNDAY
Breakfast
Snack
Lunch
Snack
Dinner

Next week you will see reviews of this week and of course, the week’s menu plan. Thanks for reading and your comments!

Honey 3-13-10

Over All Impression: upscale casual, the staff was very friendly and accommodating, they had a high chair for turtle boy that I think was from IKEA, it was clean.

This is what we got:
– Appetizer: honey fries: Sweet, Yukon, and Idaho with chili lime honey – the momma, the dadda and the gram thought they were delicious. Some of them were crispy however others were not and while not the typical fry consistency the momma liked them. The chili lime honey sauce was wonderful, the momma would like to have that recipe and is sure she will be playing around in the kitchen to try to replicate it, it was spicy and sweet but not too overpowering. The Doodle Bug liked the fries but did not like the sauce; she called it yucky and hot.

- the dadda: braised beef short ribs served over mashed Yukon potatoes, seasonal vegetable, and Amaretti cherry fortified braising jus reduction. The dadda could taste a sweet flavor but not define it as cherry. The ribs were very good and fell off the bone; the meat was easy to cut with a fork which was good since turtle boy was sitting in his lap. The dadda does not like Swiss chard, which was the seasonal vegetable however he does not like any green that is cooked including spinach. On the other hand, the momma liked the cooked Swiss chard, it was much better than when she tried to make it for dinner last summer.

- the momma: ravioli of black truffle, wild mushroom, and Fromager D’Affinois in a pool of Lustau dry sherry laced beef broth. The food was very good slightly sweet and garlicky flavors. The Fromager D’Affinois was very creamy and soft it complimented the sherry laced beef broth. The ravioli of black truffle, wild mushroom, some were a little crispy, cooked al dente, which is hard to replicate in our kitchen when trying to get everything else done and dinner cooked quickly.

- Doodle Bug: As the waiter was telling us about the daily specials, specifically the house made pizza, the Doodle Bug started laughing and said to him, “you are silly!” He wanted to know why he was silly, she explained to him that a house can’t make a pizza and he was silly for telling us that it could. He laughed at her observation and was very attentive to her. She shared our dinners; she really enjoyed the bread and the fries with ketchup but not the sauce. She liked the hamburger, but not the cheese on it or the bacon. After the main course, our waiter came to the table and the Doodle Bug said to him, “So, what is the dessert selection?” he laughed and explained to her that he was about to tell her the dessert selection she then informed him that she liked chocolate desserts.
She said her favorite part of dinner was the dessert, what else would you expect from the momma’s daughter though? We think the next time, one of us will try the herb roasted Amish chicken breast and she will enjoy that more.

- the gram: grilled 8oz. burger with Widmer eight year cheddar, bacon, guacamole, tomato, and red onion on a toasted onion bun with honey fries she enjoyed her meal and was very impressed with her gourmet burger. We agreed it had the distinct flavor of being cooked over an open flame or charcoal grill. She thought the Widmer cheese was good but had a very different texture than what she expected from cheddar cheese.

Turtle Boy: puffs from home, although, had we ordered the crispy tofu, we think he would have enjoyed the root vegetable purée.

Dessert: Triple Chocolate Brownie with Berries, Caramel, whipped cream, and ice cream it was very chocolaty and not too dense. The caramel was very buttery and smooth. The chocolate ice cream was creamy and thick. The whipped cream is sweet, dense and so pretty.

Atmosphere: Upscale but casual – you can wear jeans here! The dining room echoes a bit and Doodle Bug thought that was cool. In any case if you are eating there and it is empty even a very quite voice can seem very loud in this restaurant. The Doodle Bug does not have a quiet voice.

Bathrooms: there is one bathroom on the 1st floor and then there are bathrooms downstairs. There was no place to change Turtle Boy however did not get the feeling they had lots of families with small children coming in to eat. While we were there, we were the only family with small children.

Menu: Upscale, with some local ingredients, most notably Rouster’s Apples in Milford. There is not a specific children’s menu however we think there are a lot of choices that are child friendly. The entrees are large enough they could be shared between a child and adult especially if you get an appetizer, salad, or dessert to round out your meal.

Service: Our waiter was fantastic and even “enhanced” our dessert with chocolate ice cream.

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Works – March 05, 2010

Over All Impression: It is very good!

This is what we got:
the dadda and the momma: We split Loaded Cheese Fries and Pesto Pizza. The Loaded Cheese Fries were made with a cheese sauce and was tasty, but not what I was expecting, and I really don’t like cheese sauce on fries. There was plenty of bacon and it was perfectly cooked, some tomatoes and green onions would have been a nice addition. The dadda liked the cheese sauce but he likes cheese sauce typically he thought the fries were great. I think next time we will try the toasted ravioli. We also got the Pesto Pizza, oh wow! The pizza is cooked in a brick oven, the crust was slightly crunchy, the sausage, mushrooms and tomato was a delicious combination. It was very filling, I only ate one piece but everything about it was fantastic.
We did not get dessert.
Doodle Bug was at Gram’s.

Atmosphere: Works used house a fire station and the building is over 100 years old. There is some fire station memorabilia around the building and each table is different.

Bathrooms: The bathroom was great especially the changing table, however the room was very very cold. There was also a chair that could be used for nursing if needed, but I am not a fan of nursing in the bathroom. I don’t know about the men’s room, the dadda didn’t go and Turtle Boy did not need to be changed again.

Menu: Pizzas, Pasta, and Salads

Service: It was not bad, the waitress kept our drinks full.

Notes: Turtle Boy flirted with the other patrons and kept them laughing. He caught the attention of an entire table and was smiling at them. Then, he hid his face in the dadda’s arm which made them laugh even more.

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Melt – March 5, 2010

A friend and I went to Melt to celebrate my upcoming birthday! The dadda, Doodle Bug and Turtle Boy stayed home for the evening.

Over All Impression: Very good and will go back many many times

This is what I got:
the momma: I got the Veggie Cheese Steak it was impressively good it tasted like it was made with meat – delicious! It was also my first time eating seitan, which is what gives the steak flavors. I also got the Mixed Greens with the balsamic dressing.
The friend: I didn’t ask what she got, I think she enjoyed it though.

Atmosphere: fun especially in the front dining area, the word magnets and overall atmosphere would occupy the kids while waiting for the meal.

Bathrooms: I didn’t go so I don’t know about them.

Menu: A great variety of items. It is vegetarian and organic so it makes me very happy. Unfortunately they don’t serve the Jeni’s Ice Cream by the bowl, it would have been a perfect ending to our meal.

Service: Very quick and friendly

Notes: There are a few steps to get in and out so maneuvering a stroller in and out would be a bit challenging plus it might be a little tight inside. I would probably use the Baby Bjorn for Turtle Boy so we should be okay on the walk from the parking lot across from Melt.

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Review of Choo Choo’s

Over All Impression: It’s okay.

This is what we got:

the momma: Grilled Bacon and Cheese with Tomato Sandwich with chips and a pickle. It was okay the chips were ridged and I don’t remember the pickle at all. At this point I am not even sure if there was one on the plate.

the dadda: Fried Fish, Fries and Cole Slaw, it was good overall.

Doodle Bug: Chicken Fingers and Fries

Atmosphere: The train running around the dining room was fun for the kids to watch.

Bathrooms: No area to change Turtle Boy in the restrooms so the momma changed him on the sink and the dadda changed him on the floor. Yep he had a double!

Menu: Basic, traditional, diner items. The dessert items looked tempting but we passed.

Would we go back: maybe but there are several other places in Madeira I would like to try before heading back to Choo Choo’s.

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Banana Bean Café – February 13, 2010

Over All Impression: We really like it and will definitely go back!

This is what we got:
the momma: fried chicken and waffles it was very very good my only complaint was that the chicken was boneless so due to the frying it was a bit dried out and chewy.
the dadda: Lobster Hash and his first reactions was, “this looks scrumptious” and after eating it he thought it was fantastic!
Doodle Bug: she was at the mamaw and poca’s house for the evening.

Atmosphere: very modern comfortable feel the oddest part is the TV turned to a web cam in a bar in Florida. Lots of people were there but it did not seem overly packed.

Bathrooms: The dadda took Turtle Boy to the bathroom there was not a changing table but the sink area was big enough that he could change him. The dadda thought the bathroom was clean.

Menu: Huge! Mostly brunch type items with what they call a Florida/Caribbean twist. I guess it was I don’t know since I have never been to the Caribbean.

Service: The service was great even though the waitress was new. She kept our drink glasses filled and answered questions about the various items on the menu. There were several groups there that included children and the wait staff seemed to be very accommodating to them.

Notes: We ordered things we would not normally eat. Our food was delicious. The momma tried the dadda’s Lobster Hash and thought it was very spicy but very good. We did not get dessert because we went to Jeni’s Ice Cream for dessert. Overall though, it was a great meal and experience. We can’t wait to go back and take Doddle Bug with us since she loves pancakes.

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