2017 Week 43 – Week of 23 October

Chores at sunrise

I love doing morning chores this time of year. You get the peace of pre-dawn, plus a chance to see the world wake up at sunrise. This week provided a couple of stunning sunrises with crescent moons. I wish I could carry my good camera during chores, but the cell phone shot will have to do.

It’s been downright difficult getting back into the flow of menu planning this fall!  As a result, I’ve been eating too many dining hall meals, and my immune system hasn’t been appreciative.

However, this week represents a transition.  Term 1, which included teaching a new “solid” class, with new curriculum, has come to an end.  Term 2 will begin this Wednesday, with different challenges.  My class schedule is a little lighter, and the farmers’ market season has come to a close.  However, it’s time for the rifle team to get cranking, which means coaching every night.  And, for a couple of weeks, overlapping Lancer Band preparations for Veterans’ Day.  While winter sports seasons do tend to go on forever, I’m excited for this year’s rifle team.  We have a couple of very strong leaders returning, and a push towards national rankings for Junior Olympics from a couple of students (plus the success of our first Junior Olympian to compete at nationals last season for motivation).

All of this highlights both the difficulty and importance of getting back on the ball with menu planning.  So, let’s get this week’s menu going!


MonPumpkin BreadLeftover PizzaRoast Chicken

Multigrain Batard

Baked Potato

Green Beans
Fall Weekend Leave – lots of farm errands
TuesApplesRoast Chicken SandwichesChicken Tortellini Soup w/ Spinach

Fall Weekend Leave – hopefully greenhouse work, firewood cutting.

Make Applesauce Spice Cake

Finish Grades
WedApplesauce Spice Cake

Chicken Tortellini Soup w/ SpinachChicken Tortellini Soup w/ Spinach

Grades Due

Term 2 starts

special schedule

Lancer Band
ThurApplesauce Spice Cake


Baked Potato w/ fixin’s
Dining hallComments Due

Late Lessons

X late duty
FriApplesauce Spice Cake

Dining HallSpaghetti w/ Meat SaucePaper for HIST551 Due
SatBagels w/ pesto schmearWhite Bean Chicken Chile w/ Butternut Squash

Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Rifle Range Setup

Snow in forecast
Start Sourdough for Philly Cheesesteaks
SunBagels w/ pesto schmearWhite Bean Chicken Chile w/ Butternut SquashPhilly Cheesesteak Sandwiches on Sourdough Baguettes

Rifle Team Open House – practice for season begins tomorrow.

Make Zucchini Bread

New from the farm: The garden is finishing a bit early this year, as we work on infrastructure things.  Brussels sprouts are coming in, and should appreciate cold weather late this week (we haven’t had a frost yet!).  Baby turnips, radishes, a few tomatoes and pepper are hanging in, and we’ll need to pull the basil before late week coldness kills it anyway.

Groceries: Kroger –  $67.27 (I stocked up on some things that were on great sales)