Weekly Meal Plan 9/15 - 9/21

Happy Monday!

This weekend was a lot of fun!  On Friday, we hung around the house, picked some apples and grilled.  We kept things pretty low key because we had a busy weekend ahead of us. 

On Saturday morning we were up bright and early to head to Quarry Quest.

Quarry Quest allows kids and adults to explore a real quarry and try out the machinery. Volunteers work the different machiens and the kids get to sit with them, beep horns, and move the large equipment. They also get to pick rocks, try out fire trucks, make their own cement, climb sand piles, dig for fossils and take a ride in a dump truck.  We were so excited! 
Here are a few shots from our day:

(Kellen in the digger!)

We finished the day with a trip to the grocery store and dinner with Grandma at A'Bravo

On Sunday, I was up bright and early making a few things for the game and a few things for the home. I started a big batch of spicy beef chili so it could simmer until game time at 3:25 pm.  I also created a recipe for an upcoming tailgate challenge. To finish, I roasted a few big heads of garlic and made a kettle of bone broth. If you haven't made bone broth before it is really wonderful as the days get cooler and cold season approaches. It is rich in minerals, good for the gut and helps boost the immune system. I make mine with organic pastured chicken bones, but you could use bones from any healthy animal.  I like to use onions, carrots, celery, fresh thyme, fresh parsley, apple cider vinegar and lots of garlic.  The key is to cook it slow and low to draw out all the nutrients from the bones. Normally, I freeze some and keep some in the fridge for drinking daily.  I found that freezing in ice cube trays is best for quick thawing and use. 

We headed to my parents for the game with my friend Emily's daughter (they went to the game for their anniversary).  We were so excited to celebrate a Packer win! At first I thought that we might be in trouble, but the Pack rallied and took the W. 

This week life is a bit calmer, but her have a fun weekend planned! Friday is our nephew Drew's birthday party and on Saturday we are headed for Lake Geneva for the night to visit some of Ron's college friends! Sunday will of course be more football fun. This week I am am cooking up a storm in preparation for a tailgating challenge with an awesome prize package- stay tuned! 

Here is what is on tap:

Monday: Grilled Brats, Baked Beans, Cottage Cheese and Corn
Tuesday:  Beer Cheese Brat Soup and Salads
Wednesday: Ultimate Bacon Burgers and Green Beans
Thursday: Green Curry and Pineapple Grilled Chicken and Leftovers
Friday: Out for Pizza for our Nephew's Birthday
Saturday: Lake Geneva
Sunday: Go Pack Go! I am making Grilled Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wings

Extras: Brat Bites