Monday, October 5, 2015

Weekly Menu and Weekend Fun (October 5)

We had a longer than usual weekend as the kid had a minimum day on Thursday and an independent study day at Friday. I had to juggle my work around a bit, but it was great to have some extra time together!

Thursday was also the beginning of the kid's birth month, so the kid and I decided to go to Benihana for lunch to celebrate. Benihana is always such a fun experience. The kid got the California rolls, and I got the hibachi scallops.  
We also made sure to get enough steps every day and went hiking as well as on several beautiful evening walks.
On Saturday we went to the Mountain View Oktoberfest. Andy writes about the craft beer scene in the South Bay and enjoys checking out beer events. It was a chance to wear my traditional “Oktoberfest blouse.” I did cheat and wore it with jeans and funky shoes, but it’s always fun to dress a bit for the occasion. While it was fun to check out the Oktoberfest, it was a bit too crowded and noisy for me. I must be getting old…


But we went back to the Mountain View Oktoberfest for just a little bit on Sunday after our hike as Andy reminded me that it was also the beginning of his birth month, and that’s how he’d like to celebrate… It was a lot less crowded, and I enjoyed it a lot more.  


I didn’t get as much meal prep/precooking done as usual, but we did go grocery shopping. I also made veggie packs (we eat a lot more veggies throughout the week and they don’t go bad if they are all prepped and easy to grab) as well as some spiced applesauce in the slow cooker (I cooked a big bag of peeled & thinly sliced apples with 3/4 cup of water, a little cinnamon sugar, juice of 1/2 lemon & a bit of pumpkin pie spice on high for 3.5 hours). The spiced applesauce filled our kitchen with the most amazing smell. I look forward to having it in oatmeal with some yogurt.

Here is what’s on the menu for this week:

Meal 1: Scallops & roasted veggies - I was inspired by the hibachi scallops at Benihana. I know mine won’t be quite as good though...
Meal 2: Chili - It’s not quite “chili" weather yet around here, but I’m in the mood!
Meal 3: Butternut squash soup & a salad.
Meal 4: Spaghetti squash & mushroom casserole.

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What’s on your menu this week? 

Be well,


  1. love the idea of a month of birth celebration! :) I"m sure Sofia will love it too.
    Highlight of the weekend: get enough rest while Tony takes Sofia out to play. :)

    1. We got the idea for a "birth month celebration" from "Mallory" books. The kid loves to read them right now, and in one of the books Mallory decides to celebrate her birth month. Things don't go as planned, but we have incorporated some of the ideas into our October (especially since we have two birthdays this month).

      Glad you got enough rest!

  2. Sounds like a lovely weekend! It's always good to get out and enjoy things together as a family :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. It was. And, yes, family time is special! :-)

  3. What a fun weekend! I didn't know Andy was a writer, how cool.

    1. His day job is a college counselor, but he started writing about craft beer about three or four years ago. He actually cut back a lot this year as it was getting to much...

  4. I love Benihanas, its been so long since I've been to one...Looks like lots of fun and you have a beautiful family :)

    1. Thanks, Nora! And, yes, Benihana is so much fun! :-)