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My daughter got a new cookbook for Christmas and we’re finally getting a chance to make some recipes.  I probably won’t do this often because it’s a little more costly than our usual fare…but we were all ready for a little change.

Breakfast:

  • Cereal x2
  • Bagels
  • Corned Beef Hash & Eggs
  • Waffles

Lunch:

  • Spaghetti w/ garlic bread
  • PB & J w/ fruit x2
  • Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
  • Chicken Noodle Soup w/ crackers

Supper: Anyone Can Cook: Step-by-Step Recipes Just for You (Better Homes & Gardens Cooking)

  • Shrimp Scampi w/ Angel Hair Pasta & Garlic Bread
  • Roasted Chicken w/ Rosemary & Garlic Herb Potatoes
  • Italian Style Pork Chops /w fettuccine
  • Braised Beef w/ Red Wine Sauce & Polenta
  • Pizza Night (not from cookbook)

What’s on your menu??

Guess I’m a little late for Menu Planning Monday, but here is what I have planned for this week:

Breakfasts

  • Cereal
  • Banana Muffins
  • Omelets & Toast
  • Applesauce Muffins
  • Bagels

Lunch

  • Soup & Biscuits (x2)
  • Black Bean & Cheese Quesidillas & applesauce
  • Open-Faced Meatloaf Sandwich, fruit & carrot sticks
  • leftovers

Supper

  • Pan Fried Chicken w/ Mac & Cheese, Green Beans
  • Beef Roast w/ potatoes & carrots
  • Roast Chicken, Rice & Buttered Corn w/ HM Bread
  • BBQ Meatloaf, Twice Baked Potatoes & carrots
  • Chicken Divan w/ salad & biscuits

That takes me to Saturday after breakfast. I’ll need to make a quick trip to the store of meat , dairy, fruit and veggies… then I’m ready to finish cleaning out the pantry!

What’s on your plate this week?

In order to save some grocery money to do a OAMC day, I’ve decided to clean out the panty/freezer/fridge. I made a quick trip to the store last night for milk, veggies, fruit and a few pieces of meat.

Here is what I have to work with:

  • 20 lb turkey
  • 5 lb whole chicken
  • 3 lbs bs chicken
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 lb beef roast
  • frozen veggies
  • applesauce
  • rice
  • whole wheat tortillas
  • dry red beans
  • canned tomatoes
  • canned veggies
  • potatoes
  • frozen hash browns
  • eggs
  • shredded cheese
  • baking goods to make some yummy treats
  • lots of odds and ends too!

Hopefully by the end of the day, I’ll have some kind of menu worked up! I think this is going to be fun…want to join me?

Ok…here we go! If you are just joining us, HERE is the link to find out what we’re doing. I thought I would give a little Good Morning to anyone joining us for the day. I’m sitting here finishing my coffee and then it’s off to start cooking. My mom will be here in an hour and I hope to have most of the prep work done by then. Because life happens, I didn’t get everything I wanted to accomplish done yesterday AND because I sometimes forget to write things down…I’ll be cooking by myself for awhile this afternoon. I’m very thankful that my mom is coming down to help and that she is willing to take my oldest to an orthodontist appt that I forgot about! I may even see if she’ll take my son too, because he LOVES going and playing there (it doesn’t hurt that they have a kiddie movie room with little kid recliners, a plasma TV and snacks)!

Anyway…slow start to my morning and I’ve had to switch some things up a bit as far as recipes go. I’ll be posting bits and pieces and hopefully some pictures, throughout the day. Don’t forget to leave a link to your OAM cooking day!

Money Saving Mom is also hosting a cooking day…check it out!

I’ve updated this recipe in order to incorporate the sugar. Thanks to Loren for the comment and suggestion! I made this tonight and it was by far the best crust I’ve ever made.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teas. sugar
  • 2 1/4 teas. yeast
  • 1 teas. garlic salt
  • 3 cups flour

Directions (adapted for Kitchen Aid mixer)

  • Mix water , sugar & yeast in mixer bowl and stir to dissolve yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom.
  • Add salt & flour
  • Using dough hook – mix on speed 2 for about 6 minutes. Dough will be slightly sticky when finished.
  • Turn out into greased bowl; turn over; cover and let rise for 30 mintues
  • Gently punch down and move to pizza sheet
  • Using hands gently press from center to edge around the pan.
  • Top with your favorite pizza toppings & bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting.

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This week is a week of leftover and using up what is in the freezer and pantry.  Here are some ideas I have for this week…of course, when I’m “winging it” I never know what we will have until it’s on the table.

Breakfasts:

  • Waffles
  • Eggs & Potatoes
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Grits
  • Toast & Yogurt (I’m going to try this recipe this week!)

Lunch

  • PB & J, Carrots & apples
  • Spaghetti & toast
  • Chicken Salad Tortillas
  • Grilled Cheese & Soup
  • Leftovers
  • Pizza Rolls

Supper

  • Baked Ham, Rice Pilaf, Carrots
  • Beef Patties w/ gravy, Mashed Potatoes & Corn Casserole
  • Chicken & Dumplings w/ salad (using leftover chicken)
  • Ham, String Bean & Potato Soup, Biscuits
  • Chili & Cornbread
  • Leftovers
  • Pizza, Salad & Bread Sticks

Don’t forget to check out more great menu ideas at Orgjunkie.com

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I absolutely LOVE the idea of Once a Month cooking. Spending one day cooking meals for entire month might seem like a lot…but think of the time saved after you’re done! Less cleanup means more family time, no more “what’s for dinner” rush or “what’s for dinner, mom’s sick” confusion…plus, you can often save money if you buy in bulk and plan well in advance.

As appealing as the concept is,  I admit I don’t have the time to figure out all the details. When I discovered Once a Month Mom, I was so excited! Finally, all the work was done for me.  The menu, the shopping list, the Instructions…everything I need! The menus are put up a month in advance along with a podcast explaining it all. The great thing is, the menus are designed to use things that will be on sale during your “shopping” month.

I got right to work. I have the recipes, instructions and shopping list all printed and in a binder. I just take the binder with me to the store, so I can check the list to see if I can find some good deals on what I need. And my mom is planning on coming down for the day to help me. I may even find somewhere for my 5 year old to play for the day so there are no distractions.

Mark your calendars and plan on cooking with me! December 2nd…I’ll be starting around 8:30am. I plan on posting my progress throughout the day so tune in. If you want to join me, here are some links that might be helpful:

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I’m hoping to keep my grocery spending down this week. There is an annual Community Yard Sale coming in a few weeks, and I’m saving every extra penny. This is my favorite sale because there are usually 200 or more sales Friday and Saturday…and my sweet husband has offered to run a sale here!! Can you tell I’m excited?

Here’s what I have planned this week:

Breakfasts

  • Bagels
  • Eggs & Toast
  • Cereal
  • Yogurt
  • Pancakes

Lunches

  • PB&J Sandwiches
  • Leftovers
  • Pizza
  • Salad
  • Spaghetti

Suppers

  • BBQ Chicken, Mac&Cheese and Broccoli
  • Pot Roast with Veggies
  • BLTs, Corn on the Cob and biscuits
  • Lasagna, Garlic Bread & Salad
  • Black Beans & Rice
  • Taco Night
  • Stromboli, Salad & breadsticks

What’s on your menu? Don’t forget to check out OrgJunkie.com for more menu ideas this week!

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I haven’t really stuck with a menu over the last few weeks and I’ve noticed a definite change! For one, I’m much more uptight when I don’t have a plan for meal AND the biggest “ouch” is that I tend to spend more at the grocery store! Both of which I know~and try to help others understand! Guess I need to start practicing what I’m preaching 🙂 Okay~ Back to Menu Planning!!!

Breakfasts: choosing from

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Toast
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • English Muffins
  • Fruit

Lunch:

  • Monday – Ramen Noodles & Fruit ( I know~super unhealthy, but they’re cheap and my kids love them!)
  • Tuesday – PB & J Sandwich & yogurt
  • Wednesday – leftovers
  • Thursday – Pizza Roll-ups & raw veggies
  • Friday – Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup w/crackers
  • Saturday – Hot Dogs & Macaroni and Cheese
  • Sunday – Mother’s Day!

Supper:

  • Monday – Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Buttered Corn w/ biscuits & Salad
  • Tuesday – Baked Ham, Parsley Potatoes & Green Beans
  • Wednesday – Spaghetti w/ Leftover Meatloaf (cut up) in Sauce, Garlic Bread & Salad
  • Thursday – Ham & Bean Soup, Biscuits & Salad
  • Friday – Pizza, Salad & Bread Sticks
  • Saturday – leftovers
  • Sunday – Mothers Day!

A pretty easy week! Have a blessed week and don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie.com for more recipes!

This was served for brunch at a Ladies Overnighter this past weekend. It is delicious…I just had to come home and make it for my family!

french-toast*not my toast! I forgot to take a picture before we all devoured it this morning…I’ll try to remember next time and replace the picture with my own.

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 thick slices of bread
  • 6 eggs; beaten
  • 3/4 cup OJ
  • 1/2 cup half & half cream (I used kefir)
  • 2 Tbls. sugar
  • 1 teasp. vanilla
  • 1/4 teasp. cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1/4 c. melted butter

Directions

  • Combine eggs, juice, cream, sugar, vanilaa & spices in a large bowl.
  • Dip bread into mixture and let soak for about 15 seconds
  • Place on greased cookie sheet (with sides). Cover & refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning; remove wrapping and drizzle butter over the slices.
  • Bake in a 325 oven for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Serve with Maple Syrup or Powdered Sugar.

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