Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Menu Plan Monday...Late Again and Moving This Week

My Menu plan won't be much this week, since we are moving Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun. I also had a mystery shop for dinner on Mon. Some of the meals might be boring, but hey, we are moving and we won't go hungry. Friday will be our busiest moving day, since it's not supposed to rain. check out for great menus and organizing ideas.

Mon. - leftover cheeseburger pie, fruit
Tues. - turkey sandwiches, fruit
Wed. - leftover fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes (all leftovers from Tues.)
Thurs. - chicken salad sandwiches (cooked chicken in Crock Pot already), grapes or bananas, veggie sticks
Fri. - turkey sandwiches, veggies and dip
Sat. - chicken salad sandwiches, fruit, veggies
Sun. - turkey pot pie (from freezer meal I made)

Mon. - mystery shop dinner out
Tues. - HG Asian Pork Chops (from previous menu that didn't get made) for DH while kids had McD's and I ate fried chicken at MOPS.
Wed. - Sausage, Pepperoni, and Veggie Pizza (going to use premade crust and make my own. making an extra for the freezer)
Thurs. - turkey tetrazzini (from freezer) I can just pop it into the oven when it is almost time to eat dinner and add some yeast rolls to it.
Fri.- hamburger dip (cooked ground beef, cream of mushroom, Velveeta, salsa) served w/ tortilla chips - going to have a crockpot of this at both houses, so we can eat when we are hungry no matter where we are
Sat. - Subway
Sun. - meatloaf (from freezer), mashed potatoes, peas

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sunday Roast Chicken

Sorry I forgot to post this recipe. The Grandmother's Sunday Roast Mix is very versatile. You can make an onion dip, use it on pot roast, chicken, pork chops, in many different dishes. It is one of our top sellers and comes in an individual mix or as a pantry staple w/ a container, scoop, label and a larger mix. Most mixes are equal to at least 6 mixes. I would have to check on this one, but I think it may be more than that. I am offering a special to get this pantry staple for $20 + shipping if you order by the end of the month. Orders have to go through me instead of my website to get the discounted price.

You can look at my website for many different uses for this mix as well.

Here is the Sunday Roast Chicken Recipe:

6 chicken breasts

1 can cream of mushroom soup (or cream of chicken)

4 scoops (4 T) of Grandmother's Sunday Roast Mix

Put all ingredients in a freezer bag, seal, label, smoosh to get seasoning mixed throughout. Freeze. Thaw just enough to dump into crockpot. **Please do not put that bag into the microwave or you will get cancer-causing agents in your food.** Thaw a bit in the fridge.

Just dump it in, turn crock pot on low. Cook 6 hours. It is a forgivable recipe and can cook longer if you work away from home all day. It is great served w/ green beans and Mom's Smashed Potatoes. If you prefer to bake or grill it out, ask me how to do that, because you can do it any of the three ways. So, if you want to try HG, please email me (or call) I now get email on my new phone, so I can get in touch w/ you quickly.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Little Lincoln

We started going to the library for a preschool craft on Wednesdays. This is the first project Laurana got to make. The library provided a kit for free. The beard is just a fun foam beard that we glued black pom poms to. The hat is three pieces of fun foam. There is elastic to hold the hat and beard on her. The library bought a premade kit, but it would be pretty simple to make one yourself if you can find foam large enough for the tall hat. She loves it and wants to wear it almost nonstop. I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Menu Plan Monday...A Little Late

Please check out for many other great menus and organizing tips.

I know I am late, but I am actually sticking to my plan this week. I am relying heavily on Homemade Gourmet and on my trusty crock pot (CP by each that used the Crock Pot) to pull me through while we pack and move. We aren't doing all the moving this week, but we are making several trips. {We have a trailer we can pull behind our Chevy Tracker. It is amazing what we can haul in that. In one load, we got two adult-sized bikes, 3 lawn mowers, a weed eater, a park bench, and a rototiller on it.}
So, anyways, back to my menu. We save leftovers for lunch the following day, if we have any. I also try to do COST cooking - that is Cook Once, Serve Twice. I will do more COST in the future. That is where you make extra of something and change it up to make a new meal a couple days later. It saves a lot of time and effort in the kitchen and leftovers are not just the same old meal again.

Monday: Homemade Gourmet Garlic Basil Italian Sausage and Peppers, (CP) green beans, cheddar broccoli rice, applesauce

Tuesday: Homemade Gourmet Skillet Fried Rice (used ground turkey), carrots, chocolate chip cookies for dessert

Wednesday: German Pork Chops (CP), applesauce, Apple Cheddar Walnut Bread, peas

Thursday: Homemade Gourmet Sunday Roast Chicken (CP) (should be on HG website, but I will put it below), green beans, Easy & Elegant Twice Baked Potatoes

Friday: Homemade Gourmet Cheeseburger Mushroom Pie (using HG Taco Soup Mix seasoned ground beef that I cooked and froze), baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, peaches

Saturday: Asian Pork Tenderloin (CP), rice, mixed vegetables

Sunday: Lunch - Turkey Tetrazzini (CP) (from freezer, using leftovers from a turkey baked), dinner rolls, green beans

Dinner - Garlic Lemon Tilapia, carrots, oven baked fries

* For Breakfast: We will probably have bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits on Sat. morning. The remaining days will have a simple breakfast of some of the following: oatmeal, banana, yogurt, cereal, milk, fruit smoothie, or juice.

*Lunches: leftovers, lunchmeat or PB&J sanwiches w/ fruit and milk.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fruits of My Labor

I have been a bit busy the last few days enjoying the fruits of my labor (and my husband's), since we got our tax refund. He works, but I labored these two beautiful children that are great tax deductions. I bought a new camera, cell phone, clothes, and took the kids to Build-A-Bear for their first time. It felt so good to buy things I needed ( and wanted) and the kids had so much fun at the bear store. Laurana got a dog w/ a Cinderella dress that perfectly matches her Halloween costume. Pics soon to follow w/ them dressed alike. Liam got a cowboy dog. His hat is being shipped from an online purchase, since the store was out of them. I also got a ballet costume for her dog for a later gift. I love my new phone and camera! I am so excited to get some new things.
My son was sick and w/ us shopping so much, I didn't cook as much as planned last week, so I had to carry over most of my menu. I will have a great menu posted on Mon., though, so stayed tuned. He is all better, but the doctor wasn't sure if he had pneumonia, so we even had to get a chest x-ray done last week.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

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This is my menu for Feb. 1 - Feb. 7
Mon. - Homemade Gourmet Homemade In a Hurry Chicken Fajitas (done in a micro-steamer
Tues. - Homemade Gourmet Garlic Basil Chicken on Spaghetti, HG Three Cheese Garlic Biscuits
Wed. - Meatball Subs (make extra meatballs to freeze for later), veggie,
Thurs. - Chicken and Veggie Stew in Crockpot (using leftover veggies and chicken that I froze)
Fri. - Chili
Sat. - Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, dinner rolls
* I bought two turkeys during Thanksgiving and Christmas time that were .79/lb. I
couldn't pass up that price for meat.
Sun. - Turkey & Stuffing Casserole (using leftover turkey) *recipe from 30 Day Gourmet