The Menu Board 09.08.14


A couple times a year, I become a cartographer.  My husband coined the label, based on a phrase I use frequently when he asks me what I’m doing.  “I’m mapping out some things,” is what I say.  By this I mean I’m busy making plans, getting dates on the calendar, or putting detailed task lists in writing.  So now, when he sees me busy making plans, he asks me how the cartography is going.  Clever man, that one.

This past August, while mapping out plans for our fall, I marked off space in our family calendar to allow time for us to intentionally invite some new people to join us around our table for dinner on a Saturday night.  This week we have our first set-aside Saturday dinner date, and half the fun for me is picking the menu.

I’m excited to take my time in the kitchen, prepping ingredients, setting the table, enjoying the process of creating space for others to enter and feel at home.  There’s nothing like it for me.  And it is because of careful cartography, the mapping out months ago, that the process will be enjoyable, creative, and life-giving.

Cheers to cartography, and have a lovely week!

Monday : : : Spaghetti Pie, Garlic bread, Salad

Tuesday : : : Roast Beef Sandwiches, Fruit, Sweet Potato Chips

Wednesday : : : Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots, Apple Cranberry Cake

Thursday : : : Grilled Flank Steak Salad

Friday : : : pizza night!

Saturday : : :Spiced Pork Loin with Apple Pear Chutney, Green Bean Bundles, Butternut Squash Risotto, Fall Salad with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese, Apple Crisp with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Sunday Supper : : : Scrambled Eggs, Cinnamon Raisin Bagels, Maple Bacon

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One Response to The Menu Board 09.08.14

  1. Wendy says:

    so I’m thinking the menu board is my new favorite feature! I always need ideas on what to make for dinner, and I love your cooking. win-win! we missed you last week on babysitter dinner night. I know you had more than enough to do, but I missed you all the same ;-)

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