Monday, March 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 3/17/14

Breaking out the spring Menu Plan Monday banner! Too bad we are stuck in endless cold and freezing weather! Thankfully today's snow is supposed to stay south of us... we are going to get the freezing temps though YAY. (not)

This is a strange week for us... we are getting into our busy time so the menus for the next month or so will be a bit different!

Monday: we are not Irish, but I have not met a holiday meal I haven't liked ;) Actually, I don't like corned beef or cabbage lol Jeff is also working all day, but i still want to make something St. Patrick's Dayish... So it will be Shamrock Shaped Pizzas
Tuesday: not sure... I think I might head to a cookbook for this one.

 Wednesday: Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Thursday:  leftovers

Friday: We are going into the city to see Aladdin :D And eating dinner at Schnippers

Saturday and Sunday: Saturday we are seeing Divergent (YAYAYAYAYAY!) and taking the in laws out to lunch.  Sunday, who knows!!!

Dessert of the Week: I am attempting cookie decorating for E's birthday cookie cake, so I baked cut out cookies to decorate today. Wish me luck!!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 3/10/14

Monday: leftover pork chops
Tuesday: salsa chicken over potatoes (using leftover salsa chicken from last week)

 Wednesday: something from the freezer

Thursday:  quiche

Friday: GOING TO SEE THE VERONICA MARS MOVIE!!!! So we will either order pizza before we go or eat on our way there, since the theater is aways away.

Saturday and Sunday: who knows!!! I try not to cook on weekends.

Dessert of the Week: I made cookies yesterday!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 3/3/14

 Well, last week was a bust! I had a horrible bad cold, and I am still feeling it today! I had to cancel my Disney party, too. :( Cooking did not happen! But after 2 weeks off, I need to get back into gear and into a schedule again.

Monday: hot dogs... still not up to cooking!

Tuesday: Banana Bread Pancakes (for Shrove Tuesday)

 Wednesday: Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops w/Au Gratin potatoes

Thursday: Salsa Chicken

Friday: leftovers

Saturday and Sunday: who knows!!! I try not to cook on weekends.

Dessert of the Week: I need to start practicing decorating cookies for the kiddo's birthday! Any tips appreciated ;)

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 2/24/14

And we are back from vacation!!! It was such a great time, and the perfect thing to escape winter :D I will post pictures soon. This is the week after vacation panic, when supplies are low, and I am too tired to find recipes! Gotta get to the grocery store, but here is a temporary plan.

Monday: Getting our taxes done today (we canceled 2 weeks ago due to snow!!) - so it is the traditional Bobby's Burger Palace dinner

Tuesday: Pasta, maybe a baked ravioli dish

 Wednesday: apps for dessert

Thursday: something from the freezer!

Friday: Pizza night!

Saturday and Sunday:  My #disneyside party is Saturday so I need to figure out what to make lol!

Dessert of the Week: need to make my daring bakers dessert!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 2/10/14

Not really feeling the menu plan this week. So much to do this weekend before we go on vacation. Plus a few restaurant trips planned... I guess it is gain 10 pounds before vacation week LOL We rarely go out to eat, so this week will be a real treat!

Monday: Friendly's with the in laws - church fundraiser

Tuesday: something from the freezer with Cracker Barrel Copycat Carrots

 Wednesday: Possibly Cheesecake Factory (gotta spend those gift cards!!)

Thursday: Getting taxes done, so it is our traditional dinner at Bobby's Burger Palace!

Friday: pizza and Deep Dish Brownie Sundaes for Two

Saturday and Sunday:  vacation!!!

Dessert of the Week: WW cupcakes (cake mix and pumpkin)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cheerios Celebrates Their First Ever Big Game Commercial Spot!

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So, how was that Super Bowl? lol Sad, I know. I am not a huge football fan, but it was still a bummer to see such a blow out. I watch the big game for the commercials. One of my most favorite commercials was the Cheerios one - starring the adorable girl from their other commercial. It was such a sweet moment between a dad and his daughter. And it was also the very first big game commercial! you can watch it at  in case you missed it.

 Cheerios is also partnering with a non-profit organization called The Family Dinner Project to bring you The Family Breakfast Project, which provides tips, recipes and activities to help families connect over breakfast. For a limited time, you can download a buy one get one free coupon. The coupon is valid only until February 15th, and limited to only one million prints, so be sure to download it here right away.

Be sure to visit to join the Family Breakfast Project!

This information was provided to me from myblogspark

Monday, February 3, 2014

Menu Plan monday - Week of 2/3/14

Ugh, there needs to be a MPM banner with piles and piles of snow! It is snowing now, is supposed to snow Wednesday and they are talking about a LOT of snow this weekend! Ahhhhh!

Monday: leftover easy pull apart pizza bread

Tuesday: Since school was cancelled Monday, Jeff has extra rehearsal tonight so dinner will be whatever you can find!

 Wednesday: tacos

Thursday: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Friday:  leftovers

Saturday and Sunday: The musical is Friday and Saturday (weather permitting!) so this weekend will be leftover type stuff.

Dessert of the Week: either WW cupcakes (cake mix and pumpkin) or banana bites

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Tree Cake - Baumkuchen (January Daring Bakers Challenge)

The January 2014 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Francijn of "Koken in de Brouwerij". She challenged us all to bake layered cakes in the tradition of Baumkuchen (tree cake) and Schichttorte (layered cake).

Tree Cake - Baumkuchen

Well this challenge did not work too well for me! For some reason my batter was really thick, and in using a 10 inch springform, the pan was just too big.  So my layers were too thin, and the sides almost burned and the bottom was pretty hard yet the inside wasn't fully done.

Tree Cake - Baumkuchen
You can't really see the layers - but I did get in 9 of the 10! Then the chocolate glaze was wayyyyy to thick. I tried to thin it out, but it was still incredibly thick. You can see how thick it is in the above pic.

Tree Cake - Baumkuchen
See how dark the edges are? Oh well. It still tasted REALLY good - moist with a slight almond flavor. And as a bonus - I made my own marzipan! Maybe that had something to do with the thickness of the batter, not sure, but I was still pretty proud of myself!

homemade marzipan! Woo!
I won't include my recipe here, but if you want it, lmk, and I will post it!

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 1/27/14

Last week's meal plan went off without a hitch! The stuffed shells were soooo delicious! 

Monday: leftover pizza

Tuesday: Mama's Spaghetti Casserole

 Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

Friday:  leftovers

Saturday: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken (or dinner out with the in laws)

Sunday: Super Bowl!!! We are going to have some snacky appetizers and easy pull apart pizza bread at halftime

Dessert of the Week: for the Super Bowl... birthday cake dip with nilla wafers and pizza crumb. YUM!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Shortbread Sugar Cookies

Shortbread Sugar Cookies - so festive!

Last week we got a pretty big snowstorm - 11 inches! My wonderful husband went out to shovel, all by himself. Yes, I am lucky that most of the time I can stay warm and comfy inside while he is out in the cold doing the physical labor! He said the snow was at least pretty light and fluffy, but was also surprised and grateful when our neighbor with a snow blower came over to help clear the driveway. So I knew I had to give him some homemade goodies as a thank you. I already had some fudge, but wanted to round it out with some cookies. These cookies hit the spot - decadent and crumbly, with fun sprinkles. They are also very easy to make, though it takes a long time to bake and cool.

Shortbread sugar cookies right out of the oven and so good!

Shortbread Sugar Cookies
based on the recipe by Chelsa Bea

1 cup sugar plus 1/8 cup
4 sticks of butter (1 lb.)
2 ½ cups flour
½ cup cornstarch
Pinch of salt
ginger or zest of lemon or orange
sanding sugar (in place of the 1/8 cup sugar)
(whatever else sounds yummy!)

Preheat oven to 250°.

Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment.
Cream together 1-cup sugar and all butter. Once creamed,, slowly add the flour, then the cornstarch, then salt. If desired, mix in ginger, lemon or orange zest.
Pat it into baking pan.
Bake for 1 ½ hours at 250°.
Remove shortbread from the oven, but leave the oven on.
Cut into smaller pieces, cutting down the middle then cutting across into sections. Sprinkle cookies lightly with remaining sugar (or sanding sugar), until they are evenly coated.
Turn the oven off. Place pan back in oven for 1 hour.
Remove from oven and allow shortbread to cool, in pan, for at least 20 minutes. The cookies will be very fragile when they first come out of the oven and will easily fall apart if handled. Store in an airtight container or freeze.