Menu Plan Week of October 6

October 4 2013

We had a big blizzard on Friday. The picture above was the view out our front door on Friday morning.  We did have a lot of snow but no damage. We lost a chick this morning. It hadn’t developed enough feathers yet (it was about 8 weeks old) and couldn’t handle the cold. The big chickens seem okay even though most are without feathers due to their annual molt. The new baby goats fared well as did the big goats.

Trees down in the park


In town there was many downed trees. The picture above is of a park that we often go to.  The trees still had their leaves and the snow was heavy, not a good combination. There were also several thousand people without power in Wyoming.

Weather permitting, we’ll be going up to our new property this weekend. I checked a couple of extended forecasts and both look clear so we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to go up. We want to put a floor in our shack (it has a dirt floor currently) to make it a little more comfortable for the colder weather. We’ll leave Friday night after Joe gets off work which will put us there quite late (past midnight) but gives us a full day on Saturday to get things done. Joe will assemble the floor here (in squares) and then put it together like a puzzle in the shack. Last month when we went up to the property we were able to get a door on the shack.  We’ll really be living it up at our little shack with a floor added! Even so, it won’t be weather tight and we will likely not be able to go up during the coldest parts of winter. We have only this weekend planned and the first weekend of November (for hunting). After that we’ll be playing it by ear until spring.

shack with door

I’m crock-potting a roast for tonight. Tomorrow I’ll make a big crock-pot full of pinto beans to turn into three meals (see info on cooking and favorite pinto bean meals here. I’ll also cook a couple of chicken carcasses this week. The meat that I pick off the bones will be used for Thursday’s supper and the broth will be used for Saturday’s soup. I’ll make a couple of pizzas on Friday to have ready for a quick supper before we leave. The leftovers will go along for lunch on Saturday.

Menu Plan

Sunday- Crock pot roast, roasted root vegetables (all from our garden)

Monday- Pinto beans, rice, sauteed greens (from the winter garden)

Tuesday- Stuffed Burritos

Wednesday- Navajo Tacos

Thursday- Curry Lo Mein Style Dinner (made from chicken)

Friday- Homemade pizza

Saturday- Barley Soup (made ahead to reheat at the property)


What’s on your menu this week?

Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at


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      Hi Diana!
      It was a lot of snow! I heard we were even on the Weather Channel. It is nice and warm today so much of the snow is melting. Now we have a lot of mud. The lo mein is one of our favorites. I especially like it for those “busy days” since is goes together so quickly.

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