For a while now, I have been posting my montly menus on Facebook. Well, I decided to create a blog so that more people will have the opportunity to check in and hopefully be inspired. As for the name of the blog, Sherri's Sanity, that is what montly menu planning is for me; my sanity. With 3 young kids, I do NOT have the patience for the clock to turn 5 and have no plan for dinner, it just adds to the craziness to the "witching hours" (those insane hours at the end of the day where we, moms, try to jam-pack 4 hours worth of stuff into 2) I HATE the hours of 5pm-8pm. BUT I have found that in my (almost) year of planning monthly menus, I have been so much less of a headcase during that time. When mom is happier, hubby and kids are happier. AND their tummies will be filled with yummy homemade food; even better!!Now, this blog will definitely take time to put together. Once again, I am a mother of 3 small kids and although I wish I could just sit down and crack it all out, that just isnt going to happen. So, check back often and I will try and keep things rolling. :) Another thing that fills my bucket, so to speak, is crafting! So I'm sure that will come along on the blog shortly too. Happy planning!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Barley and asparagus

If you're like me, you're always looking for easy and delicious and DIFFERENT side dishes. Here's one of my fav's

1 1/2 C quick barley
3 C chicken or vegetable broth
2 Tbs dry onions
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 C chopped carrots
1 C asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces

Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 min (until tender)

Steam asparagus and carrots until crisp tender (you may want to start w the carrots and add the asparagus a few min later)

Combine the veggies w/ the barley and sprinkle w/ a little parmesan (optional).

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