My inlaws are arriving this afternoon and will be leaving Monday morning.  This means I need menu plans!  By my count, with one dinner out for husband’s birthday, I need 2 dinners (pick 2 from fri/sat/sun), 2 lunches (sat/sun), and three breakfasts (sat/sun/mon) planned.  And probably one dessert – my MIL is bringing a carrot cake with her.

For dessert, I’ll be making these apple dumplings.  They do not masquerade as health food.  They look a little strange.  But oh dear lord are they amazing.


  • Cereal, Yogurt with fruit and granola
  • Banana Bread
  • Leftover apple dumplings


  • Muffuletta (made with 1lb Italian bread loaf – serves at least 5)
  • Spinach salad
  • Sides: Corn and Black Bean salsa w/ Tortilla Chips; Cauliflower salad


  • Flank Steak (woot!  sale!) and roasted potatoes
  • Mustard Dill Salmon and wild rice
  • Sides:  Roasted Asparagus with Balsalmic Vinegar; Fresh steamed green beans.

Normally things like fish and steak would be… uhh… budget busters.  But I live right near the incoming fish/shrimp boats offload point, so I can get seafood for amazingly cheap!

If anyone wants recipes for any of these, let me know!  Many of them are Anna’s Mama or Anna’s Nana’s recipes 🙂

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