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!