6.14.2011

What's For Dinner?

My goodness that cow-webs are thick in here. *shudder*

I wish I had a good excuse for not posting. But, I don't. And, truthfully I don't even have the energy to make one up.

But, on the bright side, the garden is planted. My herbs are wilting to smithereens in the containers I bought them in because I still haven't had time to get them planted. And, we are eating a huge variety of in season vegetables thanks to the Community Support Agriculture (CSA) group we recently joined. Have you heard of CSAs? If not, then you really should look into it. It has to be the MOST AFFORDABLE way to purchase your vegetables. Oh, and our first pick up on our fruit CSA is is this Saturday. I'm excited to see what we will be given. There really is something to be said for eating in season fruits and vegetables. (and no, I'm getting all hippie granola headed on you........)

So, without further adu...Here's what we are dining on this week (or in the case of Sunday and yesterday, what we have already eaten)


This Week's Menu:

Sunday
Meatloaf
Fresh Snap Beans
Smashed Taters & Gravy
Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting
(carrots were from our CSA)

Monday
Ranch & Herbed Oven Baked Boneless Pork Chops
Brocolli Rice
Saucy Noodles
Peas

Tuesday
Baked Ham
Smashed Taters
(from our CSA)
Veggie of the cooks choice

Wednesday
Pasta w/ Turkey Sausage & Brocoli Rabe
French Bread

Thursday
Fend for Yourself
(Maddy has soccer, I have a cardio class)

Friday
Salad
(made w/ CSA greens/lettuce)
Rotisserie Chicken
French Bread

Saturday
Sirloin Steaks
Chard and Rice
Veggie by choice of the Cook

Sunday
Tacos
or
Spaghetti & Meatballs
(it will depend on the weather)

4.20.2011

Bakery Blueberry Muffins

Sometimes...Just sometimes, someone else comes up with something so damn good, all I can do is make it, take a picture of it (albeit a crappy picture) , and slap it up on this here blog. Make these muffins. They taste EXACTLY like what you would find right out of your favorite bakery. Let's just say they didn't even last 3 days in my house. Hence the reason the only photo I have of them is the one that I took of them right out of the oven.

As always, you can thank me after you make them.

4.19.2011

Menu Plan Monday: April 18th - April 24th


This Week's Menu:

Monday
Ravioli's w/ Red Sauce
Herb Focaccia

Tuesday
Sliders with Cheese
Oven Baked French Fries

Wednesday
Grilled Sirloin
Brown Rice Pilaf or Mashed Taters
Vegetable of Choice via the cook

Thursday
UN-stuffed Peppers

Friday
Fish Sticks
Oven French Fries

Saturday
Lasagna

Sunday
Easter Dinner at my Parent's House

4.12.2011

Menu Plan Monday: April 10th - April 17th


This Week's Menu:

Sunday
Pulled Pork BBQ
Parmesan Risotto
Little Rolls

Monday
Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
Stuffing & Gravy
Mixed Vegetables

Tuesday
Grilled Sirloin
Brown Rice Pilaf or Mashed Taters
Vegetable of Choice via the cook

Wednesday
Crock Pot Roast w/ root veggies
Rolls

Thursday
Oven Baked Crispy Chicken
Scallop Taters
Vegetable of Choice via the cook

Friday
Fish Sticks
Oven French Fries

Saturday
Scuteri's Pizza

Sunday
Roast Pork
Homemade Mac & Cheese
Madaline's Choice of Vegetable

3.21.2011

Menu Plan Monday: March 20th - March 27th

This Week's Menu:

Sunday
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Cheesy Garlic Bread

Monday
Breakfast for Dinner
Waffles & Sausage

Tuesday
Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry
Brown Rice

Wednesday
UN-Stuffed Peppers

Thursday
Cheddar Burgers
Bacon & Ranch Roasted Potatoes

Friday
Fish Sticks
Oven Baked French Fries

Saturday
Pizza

Sunday
Creamy Chicken & Veggie Casserole w/ Puff Pastry Topping

Enjoy!

part of :

2.21.2011

Menu Plan Monday: February 21th - February 27th

Not much fan-fare this week. Busy...Busy...Busy.

I'm still working on perfecting my granola bar recipe. Hopefully the next batch turns out just the way I want them to. And, if I can get them to last longer than 1/2 a day after they have cooled, then maybe, just maybe, I can get some photos up. Because, they are a million times better than store bought granola bars and super simple to make. Well worth the effort. Oh...and I owe you a tale of 6 Bananas. I do know this. Maybe if I had just a few more hours in my day. I bet we all wish that at some point, right?


This Week's Menu:

Monday
Tacos
(Madaline asked for these last week & I told her we'd have them this week)

Tuesday
Homemade Mac & Cheese with Ham

Wednesday
Spaghetti & Meatballs
{freezer meal}

Thursday
Pancakes & Sausage

Friday
Pizza

Saturday
No clue - Suggestions?

Sunday
Roast Chicken & Stuffing
Smashed Taters & Gravy
Green Beans & Fresh Biscuits
{we didn't have this last Sunday so I'm hoping I can make it happen this Sunday}

Enjoy!

2.15.2011

Sandwiches for Supper

At least once a week we have something just a simple as a sandwich for supper. Or, Dinner. Madaline waffles back and forth between calling it Dinner and Supper. You can even call it the evening meal if you'd like to get really fancy about it.
Some weeks they are made with leftovers - as in last night we had grilled ham and cheddar sandwiches since I'd made a ham for dinner on Sunday. Another favorite is chicken salad. Most of the time if I'm going to roast a chicken, I roast two at once. Once for dinner and one for a pot of soup and some sandwiches later in the week. It takes no more time or effort to roast two than it does one - as my roasting pan easily accommodates two beautifully plump birds at a time. NOM NOM

Oh...and grilled cheese. Hands down my favorite sandwich on the planet. I love grilled cheese sandwiches so much that I could eat one every day for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it. The possibilities are endless - all the different kinds of breads and cheeses. *drool* My husband and my daughter really are traditionalists when it comes to their grilled cheeses. Just bread and either American or Cheddar cheese. On the weeks that our weekly sandwich is just grilled cheese, I usually splurge for some special bread out of the bakery. And, so, to make it special, the last few times I've made them with a thick sliced farm style bread - the crusts get all crispy while the middle is toasted and soft. So yummy.
Having something as filling and as satisfying as a sandwich for dinner is an easy way to stretch your dinner budget. It pairs well with some a steamed veggie or any in season raw fruit or veg served on the side. You could even have a picnic in your living room. How can you go wrong by bring a little bit of summer into winter complete with a big blanket, a killer sandwich and maybe some macaroni salad and chips? The possibilities are endless. And, it really doesn't get any easier on a busy week night than a sandwich for supper.

I'm always looking for new ideas - So, tell me....what are your favorite sandwiches?

2.14.2011

Menu Plan Monday: February 13th - February 20th


*waves* H-E-L-L-O! *WAVES*

Yes. I'm still here. But, it seems that sometimes life take over. And, in the grand scheme of things, blogging tends to take a back seat when life starts to take over.

One of the main reason for that is that there have been a LOT of changes in the Mayehm household. The Hubs got a new job. *squee* And, with that, he is instantly working 50-60 hours a week. This means bag lunch for me every day AND bag lunch for him as well. Not to mention any snacks/treats. As, I just can not see the sense in spending a ridiculous amount of money on cookies or brownies, from eh store, that are filled with preservatives and other ingredients that I can't spell, let alone pronounce. Especially when I know I am more than capable of making something that tastes 100x better, at home, in my own kitchen. Needless to say, my weekends are packed to the brim with making treats & snacks to last the week. As well as cooking at least one main meal that can be stretched and re-made into to tasty leftovers. *whew*

And, so with that....in the coming days I should have a killer granola bar recipe for you, a go to soup we eat on a regular basis around here, a yummy tale involving six bananas, simple week night sandwich ideas. And, without further ado, this weeks menu:

This Week's Menu:

Sunday
Oven Baked Ham
Smashed Taters
Rolls

Monday
Grilled Ham & Cheddar Paninnis
Chips
Grapes

Tuesday
Cheeseburgers
Crispy Oven French Fries
Maddy's Choice of Veg

Wednesday
Rustic Italian Tortelinni Soup

Thursday
Chessy Ham & Hashbrown Bake
Dunky Eggs cooked to order
Toasts

Friday
Pizza

Saturday
Chinese Takeout

Sunday
Roast Chicken & Stuffing
Smashed Taters & Gravy
Green Beans & Fresh Biscuits

Enjoy!

1.18.2011

Menu Plan Monday: January 17th - January 23rd

Last week went pretty much according to plan, with the exception of the weekend. We ended up having Chinese take-out with my parents & my sister on Saturday night. Which was amazing! It's probably been at least 6 months since we had Chinese take-out. Then on Sunday, instead of adding ham to the Mac & Cheese, I roasted a nice marinated pork loin that I found tucked away in the freezer. It made the house smell so divine.

I'm late posting this week's menu, because, as of this morning, I was still trying to map out the week. I'm trying to menu plan with a grocery budget of less than $50 per week and that gets a bit dicey when it seems that there are no reasonably priced protein items. And, please don't tell me that we could eat beans for protein. I don't like beans and therefore, that is NOT an option.

Have a great week everyone!

This Week's Menu:

Monday
Shake & Baked Chicken
Smashed Taters
Broccoli, Carrots & Cauliflower w/ cheese

Tuesday
Breakfast for Dinner

Wednesday
Leftovers/Cereal Night
*I have a meeting & Madaline will be eating dinner w/ my parents*

Thursday
Grilled Cheese
Oven Baked French Fries

Friday
Pizza

Saturday
Tomato Swiss & Tortellini Soup

Sunday
Lasagna
Garlic Bread

Enjoy!

1.07.2011

Menu Plan Monday: January 10th - January 16th

Last week, I actually spent a fair amount of time in my kitchen. Not too much, but enough. Madaline was sick most of the week and I was thankful that I'd taken the time to roast two chickens last Sunday as opposed to one. I'd forgotten how easy, simple and satisfying a chicken salad sandwich on toast can be.

And, so, while last week was the week of the chicken at The Townsend Bakery, this week might as well be the week of the cow and pig. I've got a good mixture of meals planned and I'm really looking forward to trying Rachel's Twice Baked Sausage Potatoes on Wednesday.

Have a great week everyone!

This Week's Menu:

Monday
Spaghetti w/ meat-sauce
Italian Bread

Tuesday
Tacos

Wednesday
Twice Baked Sausage Stuffed Potatoes
Green Beans

Thursday
Roast Beef & Cheddar Panini
Chips

Friday
Pizza

Saturday
Turkey Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sunday
Macaroni & Cheese w/ Ham
Peas

Enjoy!

Wow WOW WHOOPIE!

Like I mentioned on Monday, the week between Christmas & New Years, we celebrated my Grandmother's 85th Birthday. It typical style, there were trays, upon trays, upon trays of cookies. It's tradition. We do it at every overly large family function we have - graduation parties, milestone anniversaries, weddings. In fact, I think I still have some of my Aunts "No one makes them the way she does OR as Good as she Does" no-bake cookies in my fridge. NOM NOM!
And, on the cookies trays were these little round chocolate sandwich mounds of goodness. I eyed them with my skeptical eye. You see, it take a LOT to make me excited about a cookie. I bake a LOT, but, I tend to eat very little of what I make. Just how I am. But, these babies? They. BLEW. ME. AWAY. So much so, that I ate not one, not tow, but THREE of them. Perhaps this is why my face looks so puffy and pudgy this week. And, then over the course of the week as the leftover had made their way back to my parent's house? I continued to shove them in my mouth. I think I even snarled at someone when I discovered they were all gone.
Then? Someone told me that they were not scratch made - but made from a cake mix. Yikers! It doesn't get any easy than that. But, you see, I didn't want to wait for that specific recipe that had made the ones I just spent an entire weeks feeding on. Oh no. I goggled the idea of making whoppie pies out of a cake mix. I looked at several different recipes and then, thought. Ok. I can do this. And, I did. It also helped, that I ended up home at 1:30 in the afternoon the other day, because the child was sick. This meant I had a few extra hours of time to kill. Also, I took the easy road this time on the frosting. Madaline's requested cupcakes last Sunday and I had about 3/4 of a container of vanilla frosting in the fridge that needed to be used up.It's sinful to let frosting go to waste - even if it is out of a tub. So, cookies made from a cake mix and sandwiched together with tub o' frosting? Just fantastically delicious! I even think these would be best if they came along side a very tall, icy cold glass of full fat milk. But, I don't drink milk, so someone else if going to have to try that and let me know how it goes. And, beware, they might even make you go WOW WOW Whoppie! when your done eating.
Whoopie Pies
1 boxed cake mix (I prefer the kind that have the puddin' in the mix and I had a box of Chocolate Fudge in the cupboard)
3 Large Eggs
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Oil

Preheat oven to 400. In a bowl beat together all the ingredients until well combined. Drop by the 2 tablespoonfuls onto your cookie sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes, until puffed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from pan to cool completely on a wire rack.

When cookies are completely cool place 1/2 of pies, flat side up, on a cooling rack. Mound 1.5 - 2 Tablespoons of your favorite frosting in the center of each. Spread to the edges of cookies in a nice even layer. Top with remaining pies, rounded side up, and press gently to make sandwich. Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to devour.

Enjoy!

1.03.2011

Menu Plan Monday: January 2nd - January 9th

*waves* HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What a CWAZY last few weeks it has been. In case you hadn't guessed already, I always take the week off from blogging between Christmas & New Years. I'm on vacation that week and really try my hardest to focus on my family. Madaline had an exceptional Christmas which ushered in an amazing week full of good good food and family. Our family celebrated my Grandmother's 85th birthday - which meant that family members from both near and far gathered as only we know how. Lots of food plus cookies, cookies and more cookies, copious pots of coffee, HUGE dinners and lots of laughter. It was an amazing week. Sadly, I have no photos to document the week. I was so busy enjoying myself, that I never took it out. That to me is the sign of a rockin' good time.

One of the best perks of the last week? I didn't cook. Not once. And, so, I had to brush the dust off my pots & pans as I spent most of the afternoon yesterday in the kitchen making a Sunday dinner of epic proportions. I decided, since it was the least expensive meat option at the grocery store this week, to roast not only 1, but 2 chickens. It took no more effort or time, as they were both in the oven at the same time. Plus, to the dismay of my husband, that means that two additional meals this week will be made with chicken.

And, to make the holiday's last one more day, I invited my parents & my sister over for dinner. Madaline decided we should use the "good" plates out of the hutch and I did take a few moments to marvel at the faces of my family around my dining room table. Happiness, just happiness in its purest form.

And, with that....here's

This Week's Menu:

Sunday
Roast Chicken with gravy
Cornbread Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Biscuits

Monday
Cheddar BBQ Burgers
Crispy Crowns
Peas

Tuesday
RE-DO Recipe
Crock Pot Chicken Soup

Wednesday
Tacos

Thursday
RE-DO Recipe
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Bake

Friday
Pizza

Saturday
Baked Potato Soup

Sunday
Meatloaf w/ gravy
Roasted New Potatoes
Corn

Enjoy!