Hockey peeps, I’m going to be honest: I haven’t had time for the post-season fallout I usually experience. The House of Hockey jumped straight from hockey season into home improvement projects. We have two rental houses that we’re gearing up to sell which means that every weekend since hockey ended, we have been working on the rentals. Or talking about working on the rentals. Or recovering from working on the rentals.
You get the point. It doesn’t leave much breathing space for other things but with any luck at all, the work will be done in the next month or two and we can coast into cottage season.
Except you and I both know that isn’t going to happen. HockeyMom doesn’t coast. I’ll find another project to tackle if there’s time between rental rehab and cottage season.
I tried, last week, just to fly by the seat of my pants in terms of meal planning because I really didn’t have the brain capacity to thing about anything other than the list of work that had to be done between now and the For Sale signs going up. I might have freaked out about it quite a lot, in actual fact. Thankfully, I have friends that talk me off the ledge and chip in to help keep me off said ledge. I feel better starting this week. And I remembered the brain power that is needed to fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to meals is more than the brain power needed to sit down for 15 minutes and meal plan.
Better to just plan things out. I was up at the crack of dawn this morning for the first time in a long time so I took the fifteen minutes I needed and planned out dinners for the week this morning. I also took a little time yesterday afternoon to make up breakfasts and lunches for me so I can grab and go. The boys have a routine on school nights that I have found really helpful when it comes to their lunches. We have them pack their snacks (anything that doesn’t have to be refrigerated anyway) before they go to bed. Which leaves me with sandwiches and the stuff that needs to be cold in the morning. It’s not a lot of time on their part and saves me significant time hunting down lunch boxes and packing everything.
With breakfast and lunch taken care of, here’s what’s on the menu for dinners this week:
Monday- Grilled cheese and cucumber slices. Easter Sunday was busy and chaotic, so we went with simple and straightforward for Monday night’s meal.
Tuesday- Sausage and cheese penne from Loblaws. The boys love it, and I don’t have to think too hard about dinner before sending them off to Cubs.
Wednesday- As always, Fend For Yourself night. Depending on how the night rolls out, it will be Easter dinner leftovers that need to be consumed. There’s enough to feed everyone and we can free up some storage containers and fridge space. There was an incident with one of the refrigerator shelves so I’m down some storage space in the fridge on top of everything else going on. So best course of action is to get those leftovers out sooner rather than later.
Thursday- Ribs, rice and salad
Friday- Hamburgers, chips and raw veggies
Saturday- Boy #3’s End of season hockey party potluck dinner. Woot.
Sunday- Meatloaf. A friend gave me this recipe for meatloaf that I’ve been meaning to make. So this is on the list again in hopes of me actually making it. We’ll have salad and mashed potatoes to go with the meatloaf deliciousness.
There you have it, Meal Plan Monday on a Tuesday. In other news, the plan for the week is to get my butt back on the treadmill. It’s been over a month since I last hit the ‘mill. Between the March Break gastro bug, the playoff season after that and some family related panic, my running shoes haven’t seen any action. And it’s time to get back into it. Check in on me over on my Instagram to see if I actually drag myself through a workout this week.
And if you feel like it, share with the team: What’s on your menu for the week?