Menu Plan: Summer is the Smell of Apple Mint Tea

The taste of mint will always conjure memories of the summer of 2014.

My favorite Indian place has a mint chutney that I can’t get enough of right now. I want to bathe in that sauce.

And the kids have fallen in love with a recipe I’ve adapted from Giada’s apple and mint punch.

We call it apple mint tea. And they love it.

I like that it’s good for them. And we have an abundance of readily available mint in our garden.

So we make it. All the dang time.

Here’s the plan for the week:


A picnic in the park:

  • Apple mint tea (recipe to come)
  • Watermelon and cantaloupe kebabs (made Friday night and frozen)
  • Mini ham and Swiss sandwiches
  • Mama’s pasta (recipe to come)
  • The Farm Chick’s strawberry picnic pies (made Friday night)

A grownup snack (after picnicking and swimming with the kids):

  • Cheese, sausage and grapes platter
  • Mojitos


  • Chocolate chip waffles (recipe to come), leftover fruit
  • Bruschetta bar
  • Pumpkin smoothie pops (recipe to come)



  • Granola (recipe to come)
  • Guacamole (recipe to come)
  • Taco Tuesday – Crunchy tacos with refried beans and pico




  • Granola (recipe to come)
  • Leftover ribs and beans and rice
  • Homemade pizza (recipe to come)

Grocery List:

Liquor store:

  • White rum


  • Lemons
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Limes
  • Arugula
  • Cilantro
  • Avocados
  • Jalapeno
  • Salad greens


  • Small sandwich rolls
  • Sliced ham
  • Sliced Swiss cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cheese and Sausage for platter
  • French bread cut into ½ inch slices
  • Soft cheese for bruschetta bar
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Sliced mozzarella
  • Sliced pepperoni
  • Sliced Canadian bacon


  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla almond milk


  • Apple juice
  • Green tea bags
  • Sparkling water
  • Rotini pasta
  • Graham crackers
  • Sugar
  • Club soda
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Nutmeg
  • 2 Liter Bottle Dr. Pepper (hide it from the boys until I make the ribs)
  • Pizza sauce

What I have on hand (either in the garden, pantry, fridge or freezer, so it won’t be included in the grocery list above):

  • Mint
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut oil
  • Honey
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Maple Syrup
  • Garlic
  • Frozen Corn
  • Onions
  • Basil
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Old fashioned oats
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Frozen chicken and roasted veg (recipe to come)
  • Chicken breasts
  • Corn starch
  • Canola oil
  • Ketchup
  • White vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic salt
  • Basmati rice
  • Cod filets
  • Couscous
  • Mangos
  • Cocoa powder
  • Canned full-fat coconut milk
  • Bananas
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground turkey
  • Taco seasoning (recipe to come)
  • Taco shells
  • Dry pinto beans
  • Peas
  • English muffins
  • Ribs
  • Homemade Chicken nuggets
  • Steak
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Cayenne
  • Dry Kindey Beans
  • Bacon
  • Bell Pepper
  • Bay Leaves
  • Brown Rice
  • Red bell pepper

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