Monday, October 16, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 10/16/17

Person Wearing Brown Timberland Work Boots

We rocked our menu plan last week!  I included my grown up boy in the decision making for meals, albeit a little arm twisting went in to the occasion.  Helping me to plan seemed to make him way more invested in dinner than usual.  I am blessed that he likes to cook so getting a little help in the kitchen isn't all that difficult thankfully.  Guess what I did for this week too?  Yep, he helped with the planning.  Fingers crossed he will continue to be a willing participant in the kitchen for cooking duty.

Asparagus was pricey this week so I used some shelled edamame in its place.
Sourdough Toast

Turkey Bacon
Scrambled Eggs with Feta and Peppers

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes


Stove Top Mac and Cheese
Green Salad 


I didn't write a To Do list for each day but nothing requires more than a simple throw in the frig defrost.  Have a great week :)

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 10/9/17

So....the non plan menu plan worked out pretty well, but writing a real plan is where it's at.  I'm even going to write myself a "to do" each day to make things runs smoother which will include sides prep so vegetables and salad will become our routine again.  The weather here hasn't cooled off much but all the posts I've seen around the web have me craving fall type food.  Rain is in the forecast for the first half of the week so I can use the oven, turn the thermostat down, and pretend.

Have a great week!

Green Orange and Yellow Pumpkins

Roast Pork Carnitas-Making Cuban sandwiches
To Do:  Shred cheese, chop tomatoes, lettuce, char corn, make guacamole, brown turkey, and beef, cook rice.


DIY Chipotle Bowls-Using leftover pork
To Do:  Put chicken in frig for defrost.

Jasmine Rice
Steamed Broccoli
To Do:  Make up crock pot, mix up bread.

Pumpkin Chipotle Sauce with Bucatini
Caesar Salad
To Do:  Start soup.

Leftover Toasted Bread

Leftovers, Out to Eat, or Takeout

I'd love to make a dessert for us to enjoy this week but I'm keeping my expectations reasonable since it has been a long time since I have planned in this much detail.  Haagen Daaz is on sale this week at my store and the mini bars are just the right size to satisfy our sweet tooth.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Non Menu Plan Review

My no plan meal plan week turned out okay...I cooked for the first three days, went to a conference on Thursday, and we ate out last night.  I also utilized the new delivery service that Publix is offering for necessities like milk and eggs.  Wow, how convenient!  The service fee will probably save me quite a bit considering the impulse buys I tend to make when I am physically in the store.  I think I'll write down a few ideas for this upcoming week keep me on track in the store and after work.

Parmesan Tilapia, Roasted Asparagus, and Potato Salad.  That white blob in the middle is homemade tartar sauce which thrills my soul.

Roasted Chicken Breast with Mushroom Ravioli

Deep Dish Pizza

Three days out of five....yep, not so bad considering my frig was on the bare side and I didn't plan our meals. I used all of the vegetables that were languishing in the crisper drawer which pleased my frugal loving self.  A somewhat successful week if I do say so myself, even with the liberal addition of parmesan cheese.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 10/2/17

A collection of seasonal pumpkins and a ribbon in Scotland

This week I have consciously decided to not make a meal plan.  You're probably thinking, uh, that's a recipe for disaster.  Occasionally, I have to learn the hard way that writing down my menu options is truly the best way to get dinner on the table after work.  Yeh, I already know I'm headed towards failure...but you see I'm a little hard headed and I'm trying the "no plan" thing again no matter what anybody says.  Classic two year old behavior, for sure.
Anyway, I'm sure I'll be back next week with reports of a massive intake of all things cheese and declarations of never doing this particular idiot move again..well at least until next time 😊

Monday, September 25, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 9/25/17

Last week we ate dishes that were comforting to us.  You know, the cheesy not so good for you kind that always sound yummy.  That indulgence felt like just what we needed after weathering Hurricane Irma.  Eating that way also helped to use items from our freezer before freezer burn had a chance to set in.

Have a great week!


**The Best Cast Iron Pizza--Karissa ain't lying about this and seriously, I didn't even follow the directions.  Since we live in the "sweat to death" state, aka Florida, I didn't feel like the dough needed to rise the 12-18 least not this time.  My house thermostat sits at a solid 79 degrees during the day so this dough had plenty of opportunity {about 6 hours} to rise and be really happy in its warm "under the plastic" environment.   Patting the dough in to the cast iron pan was simple enough and the dinner plates we use daily fit perfectly as a cover.  The picture below is prior to going in the oven, but notice there isn't any visible dough around the edges.  It is hard to tell, even in the picture above, but the crust just develops on  its own while in the oven {mine goes to 550 degrees F} and becomes so crispy and delicious.  Next time I will let the dough develop more and add more sauce and toppings.  I only used seasoned hamburger and mozzarella but the pizza possibilities are endless.  What I really need is another skillet so that I can make two at a time!

"Old World" Pasta with Artichoke Hearts--Always delicious.

**Slaw Dogs with Top Split Rolls--Why didn't I ever buy the top split kind??? So much easier.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 9/18/17

This week things are finally back to normal for my family after losing power for six solid, long, hot, humid days. Yesterday was spent cleaning out refrigerators, doing laundry, emptying and scrubbing coolers and much more.  You get the general idea, I'm sure.  Even though storm clean up requires a lot of effort, I am over the top thankful that there wasn't any damage to our home.  Others in my area are not as lucky and will be feeling the effects of Irma much longer than we did.  Only ten miles from my home, some people are not expected to have power for another seven days as the damage to the infrastructure was so severe. Please pray for less humidity for those who are melting from the insipid heat.

The refrigerators, freezers, and pantry received some much needed attention in the aftermath of Irma. We cleaned all of them thoroughly and threw out a lot of items that were either questionable due to the temperature fluctuations that you have when using a generator or were just old.  Last night was the first one I cooked in exactly eight days, to say we enjoyed the meal is an understatement.  Ty said he wanted some "carby goodness", and even requested what we call "old world pasta" {named after a restaurant dish we had when he was a little boy} for dinner.  Pssst, I'll tell you a secret....there is not an ounce of meat in this dish.  Such an unusual request for this carnivore son of mine.  The rest of our week's menu will be simple and easy.

Remember, please send some cool, well relatively, breezy thoughts our way.

**Artichoke and Garlic Old World Pasta

**Rotisserie Chicken, Creamy Milk Rice, Green Salad
Didn't make the milk rice since I didn't get home until after 6.  This salad was delicious even though it was a package.

**Salsa Guava Pot Roast Tacos, Roasted Corn, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Sour Cream
Forgot to take a photo of this meal.  We liked it a lot but actually ended up eating the meat with the gravy over rice with a dollop of sour cream on top.

**One Pot Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Casserole, Okra

**BLT Dogs   **SlawDogs

**Cast Iron Pizza


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 9/11/17--very late

Hurricane Irma pounded away at our fair state for several days this past weekend,  and to be honest, she's a grade A, number 1, pain in my rear.

No offense Mother Nature, and I do say that with the utmost respect. {I'm covering all the good juju bases}

Having no power since Sunday does not lend itself to planning meals, however, I have become quite the skilled grill master of things that aren't typically cooked there.  Jerk Chicken Bacon Grilled Cheese, anyone??  We have been running only the refrigerator and phone chargers with a small generator due to the gas shortage in our area {which seems to be resolving} so all of the food in the freezer has remained safe.  Because I'm not certain about the consistency of temperatures in my refrigerator, I am going to clean house in there and throw away any sort of questionable item.  It's time anyway and most of the condiments that will be thrown away I already have replacements for in my pantry.  Two birds with one stone and all that jazz.  Keep your fingers crossed that my power comes back on, OK?   I need to eat good, simple, clean stuff.  I'm no snob for a fast food fix occasionally but this is ridiculous.  I am so dying for a salad!!

My highlight recipe from last week couldn't be more simple to prepare.  Bucatini All'Amitriciana is absolutely delicious although I substituted quite a bit, using up a load of fresh tomatoes I had on hand.  No canned products whatsoever.  I used turkey bacon instead of the guanciale that I would never have on hand in my home.  Pasta water coated the bucatini with the tomato sauce beautifully.  Next week I'm making Basic Garlic Butter Tomato Sauce cause I wanna.  I need more tomato pasta in my life especially since the tomatoes happen to be very tasty this year.

Thai Beef with Basil didn't make my heart swell or bring a tear to my eye but I ate it all and Ty ate the rest so there weren't any leftovers.  I probably won't make this dish again.

Oven Baked Parmesan Tilapia is one of my favorite quick and easy meal.  Honestly, it's the homemade tartar sauce that I love. I've never posted my recipe..but I will, cross my heart, 'cause you will love it too.

Since the power went off, Lay's Sour Cream and Onion Chips are life.

Zippin' Zingin' Pear is a brand, spankin' new favorite.

Next week is brand new, yes I'm annoyed, and I feel inconvenienced, and I'm hot...well mostly hot. I'm hoping to start out this next week with power, cable, and all other modern conveniences but......there is significant devastation throughout our state and what right do I have to complain when my home is safe and standing.  When the power comes back on, I will be thankful for all that I have.