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Summer Menus: June Week Four

All this week’s photos are from JeffreyW’s library

This week, at the bottom of the menus is a list of substitutions and ideas, save that for future weeks.

As we finish up June, there are more grilling recipes and a couple of quick and simple meals for those busy days when being in the kitchen needs to be kept to the minimum.

Here are June’s menus and recipes: June Week Four Menu (click for printable PDF)

Monday features Chicken Carbonara.  Along with a Sautéed Mushroom Salad

Thursday, Toasted Tuna Sandwiches are paired with a tasty chilled Wild Rice Salad, that can be prepared ahead of time for an easy dinner.

And Friday’s Kid Friendly recipes include Quesadillas and a sweet summer salad.

Click here for the shopping lists: June Week Four Shopping List. Remember they are color coordinated to the menus, so easy to eliminate any ingredients when you skip a recipe. (You skipped a recipe?!? 🙂 )

What’s on your menu this week? Let me know in the comments if you have a question about any of the meals.

Enjoy!



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Happy Summer Solstice

Had the first fire in the fire pit tonight.

Happy first day of summer!



 

Summer Menus: June Week Three

We’re partying there tonight. Bixby turned three.

Here are the menus for week three: June Menu Week Three

Highlights: Grilled Salmon with Orange Glaze (Thursday) Greek Grilled Potatoes (Monday) and a yummy Chocolate Orange-Cream ice cream treat (Friday).

Here are the shopping lists – remember they are color coordinated so you can easily eliminate any recipe ingredients you aren’t going to use.  June Week Three Shopping List

If you have any questions on any of the recipes, hit the comments and I’ll do my best to answer. What’s on your plate this weekend?

Have a great weekend!



 

Guess Who Is Three Today

This guy!

He’s one month old in this photo. We hadn’t even met yet. That was this day:

It was love at first sight.  Not much has changed over the years:

He just keeps getting bigger:

He is not full grown in the photo above – he towers over me now. Really need to update that photo.

Being Bixby is exhausting:

Party on big guy!  For all his adventures, including Bailey fun, click here.



I <3 LA: Holy Bat Signal, Batman

RIP Adam West, great memorial:



 

Mission Accomplished: Fire Pit Ready for Summer

The task:

  1. Take an awkward space between two stone paths and make it into something pretty. It had been an overgrown mish-mosh of plants growing onto the patio.
  2. Use all the edging brick I had taken up when I removed two of the flower beds in front.
  3. Try and use up some of the pea gravel that is destined to be removed this summer
  4. Use up as many of the landscaping rocks that litter my backyard as possible. And by litter, I mean they are EVERYWHERE. Cannot dig a hole or walk across the yard without running into one…or five.
  5. Create a pretty fire pit.

The Result:

I need a nap.



Weekly Menu: June Week Two

Wednesday is Tomato-Pasta Salad

Sorry for the delay, as you can see here I had a big project yesterday. Continuing with our summer menu project, here are this week’s menus, recipes and shopping lists. Lots of garden fresh ingredients and grilling as summer kicks into gear.

JeffreyW has a great blueberry harvest. Perfect for Wednesday’s Blueberry-Lemon Parfait

For  the PDF of week two menus and recipes, click here: June Week Two Menus

Shopping lists are here: June Week Two Shopping List

Don’t forget the staples, here.

Monday is Cranberry Grilled Chicken and Minted Cucumbers

That’s it for this week’s menus. You can find last week’s menu, recipes and shopping list here.

What’s on your menu this week?



 

Bixby and Bailey Aren’t Much Help

This arrived yesterday and it took some time to put it together. Bixby and Bailey were not much help and had to be banished at a certain point.

Anyway, that’s why I didn’t get this week’s menu up last night. I will do it tonight…and maybe pictures of the finished product. 🙂



 

Great Dane Gardening: Strawberry Patch

Look what I get for lunch today:

I went out to check to see if they needed water and my one strawberry from yesterday turned into an entire bowl today. Woot!!

I guess I owe Bixby an apology. Clearly every strawberry patch needs a Great Dane to tend to it – dig in it, sleep in it, snuffle around in it. Bixby:1 Me:0



 

Fun With Spray Paint

I inherited the two large metal chairs with the house. When it came time to spruce everything up, I decided to go full mid-century and go with the ice cream palette. I think they turned out rather nice. Though the green one could have used a bit more sanding. Next year.