Monday, March 2, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 3/2/14

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March, seriously?  I still have to gather my tax information and finish cleaning and selling all of my junk stuff.  Luckily my youngest has taken on the responsibility for taking pictures and posting everything in a local on line yard sale.  He just takes a picture of a bunch of the items for sale and then sends more specific pics if someone is interested.  Easy peasy, huh?  My Dad has a local business so we do all of our merchandise/money exchanges there for safety's sake.  Certainly easier than taking a whole day to sit in my garage for a "real" yard sale.  The menu last week was a bust with the exception of the Slow Cooked Peanut Butter Pork.  I really liked this recipe and the fresh ginger makes a big difference in taste.  I would recommend only cooking the pork for 4 hours though, or at least in my crock.

Tennis continues and my boy is kicking booty on the court.  Only one loss this season, and since this is his senior year I'm going to every one regardless of the fact that I'm eating out much more than I prefer during the week.

Since I've established the fact that I'm not finding the time for real meals this menu plan is idea based and will be super simple.

Things I might make:

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Bourbon-Glazed Salmon Recipe
Bourbon Salmon
{Not for me...I don't like this but my sons do}

Turkey Sausage and Potatoes

No new recipes or extended cooking times for me this week.  I know I will be eating out at least once {meeting a new girlfriend} and the boys have an event they will attend.  Oh yeah, and a soccer I might not even cook three times this week.  I gotta quit this....bathing suit weather will be here in the blink of an eye :)

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 2/23/15

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This week will be a busy one for me as I'm picking up some time working my hospital job.  It will be nice to look up at the clock and know that the hands have actually moved forward.  I really shouldn't complain however because my current research job could take off at a moment's notice and leave my head spinning and have me working long days well in to evenings.  Regardless, what I'm doing this week requires precision planning and no laziness on my weekend.  As a matter of fact I'm shopping on Thursday night, relaxing on Friday, and getting busy with chores on Saturday.  Even though I know I'll be tired at the end of the day...I'm a little excited to do something different this week.

I'm figuring I can do most of my meal prep on Saturday since I have plans for some fun on Sunday. My poor worked to the bone hands....they will be chopping, washing, and cleaning on Saturday but I won't have any kids to distract me {both working} so I'll turn on some music, sing to myself, and just get busy!

Easy, Oven-Baked Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas. A quick, no-fuss method for making this healthy Mexican food favorite with make-ahead convenience. From The Yummy Life.
Warmed Tortillas and the Fixin's
I really want to make this but I'm lazy and not sure if anyone else appreciates my hard work, so the above seemed like a simple more healthy less work version of Mexican fare.
{If anyone is home to eat}
To Do:  Pack my lunch, make crock, write instructions for kids to do crockpot.

Slow cooked pork in a spicy peanut butter sauce
To Do:  Make extra rice for rice pudding, pack lunch.

Jalapeño Popper Pizza - All the flavors of a jalapeño popper is so much better in cheesy pizza form!
{Previously made and frozen}
Green Salad
Rice Pudding
To Do:  Nothing, off tomorrow, cook rice pudding for a warm treat.


Macaroni and Cheese
To Do:  Pack lunch.

To Do:  Put hamburger in the frig.

Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy Recipe
Mashed Potatoes
Green Veggie

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Finally Spaghetti ;o)

I have a boy who doesn't like red sauce so look what I did to his spaghetti.  I added enough cheese and little enough sauce that he actually complimented me on how good it was.  
Did you notice under all of the parmigiana that there is a sprinkling of colby-jack?

Since I'm not the biggest fan of gloppy red sauces either, I get it, I really do.
But I do love me some sawce from the crock pot.  I also really love not cooking when I get home from work.  I'm surely anticipating that I've convinced him of the "light handed red sauce application" so that this meal can be eaten at least every other month.  Maybe?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Odds and Ends

This meal hit the spot yesterday....and I've found an easy, easy way to make multiple delicious grilled cheese and I don't have to babysit the frying pan.  425 F for 5 minutes on one side, flip, then 3 minutes on the other side worked perfectly in my oven.  Although the salad was a little on the healthy side for us, lol.

Yes, we got Papa Murphy's  for Valentine's Day.  My son and I both didn't feel great and again our love for fast food {when we are sick}with white flour beginnings shone through.
Verdict:  I liked the Angus Steak and Garlic Pan Pizza better than the Chicken Garlic Thin Crust that I would normally fall head over heels in love with.  I guess because the pan crust comes out so crunchy! {my requirement for good pizza}
However, the dessert pizzas are GREAT.  My boy got the S'mores version pictured above because he knows my love of chocolate but I do have to say that the Cinnamon Roll dessert pizza that he got for himself is beyond over the top good.  Try that one first. {I'm going to get one for my freezer just to have as an emergency sweet stash}

And these are a couple of pictures of the back of my hair before I had it colored and I'm posting these because I like my hair cut this time and I want to remember what it looked like.  I can say with certainty that my hair isn't this light anymore......

That's all I've got..
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 2/16/15

Today, I'm winging it for my weekly meal plan.  We've all had a stomach bug so anything that normally is appetizing....well, it's not.
And yes I admit it, our preferred comfort foods are anything that is bland and processed.  Cheese pizza or toast and white bread with peanut butter seems to soothe our souls.  Since I know this, my plan for early this week will reflect more comfort foods and unfortunately less healthy items. We'll just have to achieve balance through portion sizes.
I hope your week is "bug" free.

Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe
{Really this is probably all we will eat}
Roasted Veggies
{using up a few that are about to go bad}
To Do:  Go to bed before 11pm

Oven-Baked Chicken
Brown Rice with Scallions
Sauteed Okra
To Do:  Still taking it easy and tomorrow is an off day for me with only a couple doctor I'm not doing anything tonight except putting the hamburger in the frig to defrost.

Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy Recipe
Mashed Potatoes
To Do:  Depending on how I'm feeling make potato saladoatmeal chocolate chip bars, set up the crockpot if doing spaghetti tomorrow, take out the chicken if not.

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Green Salad
Garlic Bread 
Moroccan Chicken |
Pita or Naan Bread
Tzatziki Sauce


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Korean Beef Review

This dish was delicious, deserving of a medal.  I know my picture isn't very appetizing but follow the link and you will see a gorgeous one .  The finished product seemed a little dry which made me think that I would need to add additional soy sauce but I was wrong.  The brown sugar, soy, and ginger combine to make a coating not really a sauce.  Different than anything that I've made before but really tasty.  The only change I made was to add a little fresh grated ginger as opposed to the dried, and a little dried garlic as opposed to the fresh.  

I've now made three recipes out of four in my Shootin' for the stars series.
I'm patting myself on the back and bowing to my imaginary fans.
{Yes, in all caps with an exclamation point and a big grin}

Ta Da!

Yes, yes I did......I made two things off of my list and tonight I'm making another so....Ha!  I can do it and I'm not being too much of a loser this week.

Horrible pictures but proof that I did indeed make the Banana Bread Brownies that I wanted so badly.
I thought that they were well...decadent....and the bread part had a lovely flavor, but the icing was so sweet I slipped in to a diabetic coma the moment I finished chewing.  Let's just say that I would top these with a lemon infused cream cheese icing, if any at all.  I think the best part though was the length of time to cook the "brownie" part was only 20 minutes so from now on we will have banana bread in a brownie pan.

I also made the Spicy Sausage Pasta meal.  That one is a tried and true recipe that we love, and doesn't require even reading the recipe.
No pictures though, so maybe I do resemble a loser just a wee bit.