Since this week we will be scrubbing our kitchens from top to bottom in honor of National Cleaning Week, I have kept my menu plan easy.
I have mostly crockpot type meals so we dont need to make big messes in the room we are trying to deep clean.
Week Thirteen Menu Plan:
The complete menu plan for the thirteenth week of the year is our kitchen cleaning tasks for National Cleaning Week.
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Monday- Cowboy Breakfast Sandwiches at It is a Keeper
Tuesday- Oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins.
Wednesday- French Toast Sausage Roll Ups (Leftover & Frozen from week 12)
Thursday - Egg & Cheese Hash Brown Waffles Waffles at Yellow Bliss Road
Friday - Easy Breakfast Energy Balls at Kids Activities with a side of whatever fruit you have on hand.
Saturday - Yogurt with granola and berries (use up any remaining berries or use frozen)
Sunday - Breakfast Quiche with ham, mushrooms and asparagus (use up any cheese you have left).
Monday- Copy Cat Lunchable at with ham, cheese, apple slices and crackers
Tuesday- Deli meat (turkey, ham, or chicken) & cheese sandwiches, shredded lettuce and cherry tomatoes, applesauce cups.
Wednesday- Pepperoni, Mozzarella (use up slices, shredded or sticks you have on hand) Crackers, Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, (use any vegetables you have on hand (bell peppers, cucumbers, carrot sticks) and pudding cups.
Thursday - Egg salad sandwiches, Raisins, Mandarin Oranges
Friday -Nacho chips with salsa and sour cream. Leftover Chicken Fajitas from last night, sliced bell peppers and cherry tomatoes.
Saturday - Turkey & Cheese Crescent Rolls at Mess for Less
Sunday - Minnies Skinny Spaghetti Pie Recipe at 3 Boys and a Dog
Monday- Apple & Porkchops in a Crockpot serve with hot buttered noodles, or a garden salad.
Tuesday- Linguine with Sausage and Peppers at It is a Keeper
Wednesday- Minnies Mini Meatloaf at 3 Boys and a Dog, with side of buttered corn (use frozen corn for quick and easy) and some yummy mashed potatoes.
Thursday - Skillet Chicken Fajitas at Recipe Runner with a garden salad, Cook enough fajitas to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
Friday - Spaghetti with meat sauce using your favorite pasta and jarred sauce with browned ground beef or turkey a Sauteed Green Beans.
Saturday - Sesame Lime Pork Tenderloin at the Bewitchin Kitchen with Cauliflower rice (you can find this in the frozen section) and steamed veggies (use whatever you have left on-hand)
Sunday - Slow Cooker Apple Ham at Life Over Cs with sauteed asparagus, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls.
Our Kitchen Cleaning Tasks:
Obviously, National Cleaning Week isnt about the normal day-to-day cleaning. It is about all the other things that get put off! Some of the tasks might require some help. Do NOT do more than you can handle! Dont be afraid to ask someone for help.
Here are your tasks to handle this week:
Pull out the cloth! Start with pulling down curtains, pulling up rugs, and yanking down the dishtowels. Throw everything in the washer (if it can be done).
Clean out the fridge! Take everything off one shelf at a time and wipe down the shelf, walls, etc. Be sure to start at the top so the dirty water drips to the bottom instead of over your cleaned spots!
Clean off the fridge! Again, start at the top. If you keep pretties on the top, soap them up and get them spotless. Take down all the papers and other items stuck to the front and sides. Does it really need to be there? How long has it been there? Lets start fresh! Be sure to wipe it all down. Now is a good time to change your filter, too if you have one inside your refrigerator. Dont forget the vent area at the bottom.
Clean behind the fridge! How long has it been since you moved your refrigerator? Move it, sweep behind it, wipe down the walls, wipe down (and dust) the back of the fridge (especially the coils), put it back.
Do the stove! Repeat all of the above steps with your stove and oven. A little vinegar cuts the grease that seems to accumulate in the kitchen. Be sure to pull it out, too (if possible).
Flip a load! Flip the aforementioned load of laundry over from the washer to the dryer, then take a short break with a glass of water.
Do the microwave! The easiest way to get the inside of your microwave clean is to put a microwave safe bowl of water in it and turn it on for about a minute. The steam from the water will loosen any cooked on food making it wipe right off.
Clean the pretties! Gather all of your decorative items and clean them really well - dont forget the vinegar to cut the grease. This includes the globes over your lights.
Clean the a/c vents! Get a stool and go to town scrubbing those vents in the ceiling. You want them to sparkle!
Clean the fan! After dusting your fan blades, you might need to take a vinegar and water soaked rag and really wipe down the fan.
Dust everything else! After you have finished the above tasks, wipe down the counters and other flat surfaces (shelves, furniture, window sills, door frames, etc)
Sweep it up! Sweep the floor really well. You could even run a vacuum over it to be sure everything gets GONE.
Hand and knees time! Get you some scrubbers and an old tooth brush and start attacking that floor. Be sure to get on and around the baseboards really well.
Re-hang the cloth! Hang your curtains, replace your dish towels, and put your rugs back down.
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My Favorite Easy to Follow Meal Plan Resources:
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What do you do to be sure you are using a great variety of your recipes? Do you create a specific Easy to Follow Meal Plan? Do you have a system of trying something new each week? I would love to hear your menu planning details!