Menu Plan Monday: February 27-March 4, 2012

February 27, 2012

Comments on last week’s menu: The Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches were a big hit with everyone.  I think I might have preferred them as a wrap, though… so I might try that the next time.

Monday — Bible study for Dan & Trev; Girl scouts for Sophia & me.  We’ll be eating on the run.

TuesdayWhite Cheddar Chicken Pasta, served with broccoli

Wednesday — Date night for Dan & me while the kids are at church.

ThursdaySausage & Pepperoni Baked Spaghetti, served with Caesar salad.

Friday — Sophia and I have a cookie booth from 6:00 to 9:00 tonight.  Dinner will be something most likely picked up along the way and eaten in the car.  (I hate living like this!  Thank goodness cookie season is almost over!)

SaturdayOld fashioned chicken & dumplings.  Yum!

Sunday — leftovers or snacking.



Menu Plan Monday: February 20-26, 2012

February 20, 2012

Comments on last week’s menu: The Jagerschnitzel with Bacon Mushroom Gravy truly was a labor of love.  It’s one of those meals that has to be baby-sat.  You’re on your feet in front of the stove the entire time… there are very few moments where you find something else to do while it cooks.  Also, the recipe begins with preheat oven to 350 degrees… yet you never use the oven.   That was the only new recipe I tried last week.  Not eager to revisit that one.

Monday — Bible study for the boys;  Girl Scouts for the girls.  Dinner on the run. Happy Monday.

Tuesday — I have a Girl Scout leader meeting.  I’ll set up the crock pot with Easy, Flavorful Pot Roast, served with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies.

Wednesday — fast food for the kids before church; Dan and I will either eat out or use up some leftovers.

ThursdayMonte Cristo sandwiches.

Friday — We are doing a GS Cookie booth 6-9 pm.  Dinner will be fast food.  Ugh.

SaturdayChicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches, unless our visiting friends want to go out.

Sunday — leftovers or snacking.


Menu Plan Monday: February 13-19, 2012

February 13, 2012

Comments on last week’s menu:  The Baked Chicken and Pineapple Casserole was awesome.  Spicy, sweet, salty and crunchy… it satisfied just about every type of craving.  I’ll post the recipe later.  I did not make the Jagerschnitzel last week due to time constraints and general chaos in the home (read: Girl Scout cookies), so I am going to make that as a special Valentine’s Day meal for my beloved instead.

Monday — Girl Scouts for the girls, Bible study for the boys.  An evening of dinner on the run.

TuesdayJagerschnitzel with Bacon Mushroom Gravy, served with potato dumplings and mixed veggies.

Wednesday — A long overdue date night!  Yay!

ThursdayChicken Fajita Tacos served with a southwestern style salad

Friday — I’m going to a crop.  Dan and the kids will do movie night at home.

Saturday — setting up the crock pot with BBQ Pork for Sandwiches.  Serving with fries

Sunday — leftovers or snacking.


Recipe Share: Sausage and Pepperoni Baked Spaghetti

February 6, 2012

from Paula Deen Magazine’s “Comfort Food” issue

(This recipe serves 8-10 people.)


1 (19.76 oz) package mild Italian sausage, casings removed

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

1/2 cup mini pepperoni slices

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 (16 oz) package spaghetti, cooked and kept warm

1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce

1 (16 oz) jar alfredo sauce

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano, drained

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 baking dish.

In a large skillet, combine sausage, onion, pepperoni, and garlic.  Cook over medium-high heat until sausage is browned and crumbly and onion is tender.  Drain.

In a large bowl, toss together sausage mixture, cooked spaghetti, marinara sauce, alfredo sauce, diced tomatoes, and Cheddar cheese.  Pour into prepared baking dish.  Top with mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and browned.


Recipe Share: So Good Corn Chip Pie

February 6, 2012

from Paula Deen Magazine’s “Comfort Food” issue


2 lbs ground chuck

1 large sweet onion, finely chopped

2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce

1 (15 oz) can chili beans

2 Tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground chipotle chile pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

corn chips (aka Fritos)

toppings:  shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream



In a medium Dutch over, combine ground chuck and onion; cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is browned and crumbly.  Drain well; return to pan.

Add tomato sauce, beans, chili powder, garlic powder, , chile pepper, salt, and black pepper.  Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Spoon chili mixture over chips.  Serve with desired toppings.


Menu Plan Monday: February 6-12, 2012

February 6, 2012

Comments on last week’s menu: The Sausage & Pepperoni Baked Spaghetti was a huge hit with everyone.  Highly recommend it, but halve it if you have an average family of four and don’t want leftovers for a week or more.  I posted the recipe here.  As for the rest of my week, I really underestimated how stressful (and messy) getting replacement windows installed was going to be.  After two full days of hearing hammers banging and my neurotic dog barking, I couldn’t have cared less about cooking dinner.  So last week we went out a few times instead of sticking with the menu plan.  We’ll carry those items over to this week.

Monday — Girl Scouts for us girls, and the boys are serving dinner at the homeless shelter.

Tuesday — Trying a new recipe:  Baked Chicken and Pineapple Casserole.  No link for it, unfortunately, but I will post recipe if it turns out well.

WednesdayJagerschnitzel with Bacon Mushroom Gravy, served with potato dumplings and mixed veggies.

Thursday — spaghetti, Caesar salad, garlic bread

Friday — make your own pizzas, carried over from last week.

Saturday — I’ll be out selling Girl Scout cookies from noon until 4:00 pm.  Pretty safe bet that I will not be interested in cooking a big meal, so I’m planning on Grands Ham & Cheese melts.  With soup, if I’m feeling inspired.  LOL

Sunday — leftovers or snacking.


Menu Plan Monday: January 30 – February 5, 2012

January 29, 2012

Comments on last week’s menu:  The So-Good Corn Chip Pie was really tasty, and everyone — even both kids  — liked it!  I will have to post the recipe.  Recipe has been posted here.  Also, the Hurry Up Chicken Pot Pie was a big hit, although we’d had that before.

Monday — Girl Scout meeting; Sophia and I will grabe a bite on our way to the meeting.

Tuesday — carried over from last week, we will have Bacon Cheeseburger Meat Loaf, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies

WednesdaySausage and Pepperoni Baked Spaghetti (also from Paula Deen’s Comfort Food magazine), served with Caesar salad and garlic bread.

ThursdayJagerschnitzel with Bacon Mushroom Gravy, served with potato dumplings and mixed veggies.

Friday — make your own pizzas, carried over from last week.

SaturdayPriest chicken with rice and broccoli.

Sunday — leftovers or snacking.