Some weeks I feel like I rock star when it comes to menu planning, other weeks I wonder how I manage to keep my family alive. This week was definitely shaping up to one of those where I was wondering how I was going to keep my family alive, until I looked in the freezer and realized how much food I had stuck back. Thank goodness for over buying!
Friday I popped up to Door County again with my parents for the Lavender Festival at Fragrant Isle. During the car ride I start getting texts from Mike about food. Namely, our lack of it. At least any food that he was interested in eating. In addition, our grill ran out of gas so there wasn’t a convenient way to cook the food that we did have. He’s been working a lot of hours and asked if I could go grocery shopping on my way home so that he would have food for Saturday.
Here’s the problem. 1) I had done no menu planning at all. 2) We grocery shopping about 30 miles away from home and we would be driving by the grocery store on our way home meaning my parents would have to wait while I grocery shopped. 3) The lack of menu planning meant that I had no idea what to buy, other than the few items that Mike wanted.
Grocery shopping on the way home was definitely appealing because it meant I wouldn’t need to leave the house on Saturday but it also meant that I would totally have to wing this week’s menu plan. Long story short, I ran into the grocery store after my parents dropped me off, doing my shopping like an episode of Super Market Sweep. I’m sure I was definitely a sight but I got it done and was back in the car within 30 minutes.
Of course, when I got home I then needed to decide how to turn my hodge podge of food into a cohesive menu. Fortunately, our freezer is well stocked and I was able to pull the menu plan together with mostly food I already had although I do still have to make one more run out to pick up a few things. So, although I may not be a rock star this week I feel like I make a fairly decent back-up singer!
While at the lavender festival at Fragrant Isle, we sat in the processing barn to watch a demonstration on how they make lavender. Let me just say that it smelled so wonderful I didn’t want to leave! We had some lavender ice cream, I brought home some lavender tea and I bought the yummiest smelling drawer liners (affiliate link) for my clothes and sheets. Even though it was a long drive, it was a nice day and I’m glad we ran up there.