My husband informed me that yesterday was the official first day of FALL!! Yay, I'm so excited. I love fall probably more than anything, although spring is a close second. Fall just brings feelings of comfort and peace. There is so much beauty to behold as we watch the world change color right before our eyes. I love drives and hikes up the canyon in the fall and the cool mornings, even early morning walks while there's still peace and quite on the streets.
Another great love of mine in the fall is fall cooking and baking...think pumpkin, squash, soup, warm and hearty. I can't wait to get into all that. The first weekend in October we also spend the better part of two days listening to a church wide broadcast (see here for more info). During that weekend I always make huge batches of cinnamon rolls and I like to try a new kind every year. One year I made these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls, another year I made some Pumpkin and Pepita Cinnamon Rolls and, of course I've made loads of my regular cinnamon and Orange Rolls. This year, I'm not sure which direction I'll go in but I'm sure it'll be delicious.
So, for this week's menu, I'm going to try and do a zero budget, meaning I'm going to try my hardest to use what we have without having to buy anything extra. With that money I would have spent on groceries, instead I'm going to stock up on some ground beef and chicken that's on sale at Sprouts. We may be scraping the bottom of the barrel on fresh stuff by the end of the week, but I think we can make it!
Dinner Menu Week 39 (2013)
Thai Eggplant Stir-fry
Thai Coconut Rice
Steamed Green Beans
Beet Gnocchi with Lemon Pesto
Black Bean Soup
Southwest Cabbage Slaw
Sweet and Spicy Shredded Pork over Polenta
Tomato-Basil Pasta (One Pot Wonder!)