MPM: Week of 3/15/2010

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Last week’s winners:  Buffalo Chicken Chili:  hands down, the best chili I’ve had in almost forever.  Also, the chicken noodles and mashies; everyone really liked this one and it was very simple.  (Boil chicken, then cook noodles in it; thicken and serve over mashed potatoes.  Carb heaven!)

Here’s this week:

Monday:  Left Overs.

Tuesday:  Hamburger Helper type meal.

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday:  Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes.

Friday:   Kids’ night:  Breakfast for dinner:  Eggs, muffins or pancakes, fruit.

Saturday:  Baked chicken with rice or noodle side dish and random veggies.

Sunday:  Pork roast, baked potatoes, random veggies.

**This will be the last menu plan I post for “a while” (not sure how long that will be.)  We have had some difficulties in our family (immediate and extended) and I feel I need to take a break from the menu link up.  Obviously, we’ll still be eating; I’ll still be making my menu plan.  But I intend to plan very simple meals and see no point in linking up for mac & cheese, PB&J, and oatmeal.  :)  I am extremely grateful for the Org Junkie’s ideas and I’m sure that someday I’ll get back into cooking for real.**

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

MPM: Week of 3/8/2010

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Last week’s menu proved to be pretty tasty.  Favorites were definitely the layered meatball bake and the Beerocks.  Also, I modified the Terrific Franks to use the spoon bread recipe and almost everybody liked them better.  (except for me, I didn’t care for the soft texture too much.)

Here’s this week:

Monday:  Impossibly Easy Taco Pie.

Tuesday:  Roast moose and baked potatoes.

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday:  Halibut Olympia and rice (except I’ll be using some ling cod that was shared with us.)

Friday:   Kids’ night:  Breakfast for dinner:  Cheryl’s Eggs (recipe below), cranberry walnut breakfast cookies (except without the walnuts as I am the only one who likes them) (and, honestly? I’ll substitute plain sugar for the fructose and canola oil for the pumpkin seed oil.  Gotta use what I have!), fruit.

Saturday:  Buffalo Chicken Chili.

Sunday: Chicken, noodles, and mashies (if I can remember to get the recipe from Aunt Mel.)

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

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Cheryl’s Eggs (from a former co-worker of mine)

1 dozen eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 can diced chiles
2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, or your favorite)

Mix all above; pour into greased 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 for about 35 to 45 minutes or until cooked through.

MPM: Week of 3/1/2010

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Monday:  Beerocks.

Tuesday:  Chicken and rice.

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday: Layered meatball bake.

Friday:   Kids’ night:  Pizza pockets.  And breadsticks.

Saturday:  Left Overs.

Sunday:  Terrific Franks, even though the kids didn’t like it much when I made it last.  I  will modify it slightly (I plan to use a 1# package of hot dogs, usually 8 dogs, cut into thirds; and double their cornbread recipe.  That will make 24 little corn doggies.)

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

MPM: Week of 2/22/2010

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Monday:  Hamburger Helper-type skillet meal and spice cake pinto bean cake.  (Was to be last night’s dinner, but we didn’t get to it.)

Tuesday:  Tuna noodle casserole, random veggies.

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday: Meatloaf, rice side dish, veggies.

Friday:   Kids’ night:  a rare eating out opportunity, methinks.

Saturday:  Left Overs.

Sunday:  Baked chicken, baked potatoes, random veggies.

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

MPM: Week of 2/15/2010

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Highlight from last week: Of course it was the turkey.  The recipe says to brine the bird, stuff the cavity with apples and onions and herbs, and then roast it (30 minutes at 500 degrees, then 350 degrees for the rest of the cooking time.  And you cook it until it reaches a certain temperature.)

Well, I didn’t have the time to do the brine so I just baked at 500 degrees then 300 degrees.  And I don’t have one of his fancy schmancy probe thermometers with an alarm to tell you when the meat gets to a certain temperature, so it did overcook a little.  But it was still pretty moist and tasty.

But the highlight was when Calf #2 came into the kitchen and saw the bird on the stovetop after I’d pulled it out of the oven when it was done cooking.  He laughed and laughed.  He thought it was hugely funny that there were, as he said, “apples in the butt of the turkey.”  :)

Monday:  Turkey sandwiches, veggies.

Tuesday:  Chicken tortilla casserole (except with turkey, of course.)

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday: Left overs.

Friday:   Kids’ night:  Breakfast: pancakes or muffins, eggs, fruit.

Saturday:  Tamale pie.  I wanted to make it last week, but we were out of cornmeal.  Oops.  We’ll give it another shot.

Sunday: Hamburger Helper-type skillet meal and spice cake pinto bean cake.

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

MPM: Week of 2/08/2010

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Did we enjoy our Superbowl Sunday?  To speak for myself, Yes I did!  Had a little time to crochet a bit on my current projects.  Along with the traditional fare and other munchies we enjoyed a new tasty treat.  And with a few new friends to boot.  Yum and fun!  Oh, except that I had a head ache.  But it was mostly fun and that’s what counts right?

(And I don’t know why I put chicken on the menu for Sunday evening dinner.  We don’t eat a real dinner after Superbowl treats.)

Here’s what’s on deck for our table this week:

Monday:  Corned beef (a special treat–it was on $ale!!) and potatoes and veggies.

Tuesday:  Corned beef hash (dice up the leftover potatoes and corned beef and fry up nice and brown.)

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday:  Moose roast (not sure how I’ll prepare this yet) with a rice or noodle side dish and random veggies.

Friday:   Kids’ night:  Breakfast: pancakes or muffins, eggs, fruit.

Saturday:  Tamale pie (recipe below.)  Except that I will dice Thursday’s leftover moose roast and use it, instead.

Sunday:   Baked turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans.

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

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Tamale Pie (adapted from a recipe clipped from a newspaper a looooooong time ago!)

1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound hamburger
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1-15 ounce can tomato sauce
1 can corn, drained
1 cup chopped ripe olives
1-4 ounce can chopped chilis (if you like it mild) or jalapenos (if you like it with kick)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
Dash pepper
1.5 cups grated cheese

Cornmeal topper:
1 cup yellow corn meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups cold water
1 Tablespoon butter

Brown meat with onion, green pepper, and garlic.  Drain fat.  Add carrots, tomato sauce, corn, olives, sugar, salt, chili powder, and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes until thick. Add cheese and stir till melted. Pour into a glass baking dish. (The recipe says to use a 10″ x 6″ pan, I think I doubled the recipe and used a 13″ x 9″ pan before?)

To make cornmeal topper: Stir cornmeal, salt, and cumin into cold water. Cook and stir until thick. Add butter. Spread over top of meat mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.

When I make this recipe, I like to increase it and make two 13″ x 9″ pies. One gets eaten that night and one is frozen. To reheat a frozen tamale pie, bake at 375 degrees for 1.5 to 2 hours or until heated through.

MPM: Week of 2/1/2010

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It is a simple and boring week this time.  Sorry, no links or recipes today!

Monday:  Left o’vers

Tuesday:  Turkey sandwiches, tater tots, random veggies.

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday:   Out and about.

Friday:   Kids’ night:  The Bull requested tacos.

Saturday:  Sloppy Joe’s (or, as my FIL used to say, “Untidy Josephs”) with veggies.

Sunday:   Baked chicken, rice or potato side dish, random veggies.

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

MPM: January 25

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Another week, a few more recipes!

Monday:  Roasted turkey breast, rice or potato side dish, random veggies.

Tuesday:  Left o’vers (which is quite different than, and not nearly as tasty as, hors d’oeuvres.)

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday:   Tacos with friends.

Friday:   Kids’ night:  Breakfast for dinner:  Tea biscuits and eggs and fruit.

Saturday:  Pink Pasta with leftover turkey and veggies.

Sunday:   Mexican skillet.

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

And be sure to check out my blogaversary party for a chance to win a little box of purples!

MPM: January 18

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A theoretical question for you. . . If someone were to buy a carton of whipping cream say, in September, and then “lose” it in the fridge for a few months, do ya think it would turn into sour cream???  Theoretically, of course.

(I’m not sure I want to open it!)

Anyway, last week’s volcanoes were a big hit!!  We’ll definitely have that one again.  And here’s what is on tap for this week:

Monday:  Spinach and mashed potato casserole (adapted from this recipe) with hamburgers. (Carried over from last week.)

Tuesday:  Baked chicken (some to eat tonight, and some to reserve for later in the week; I’ll also boil the bones to make broth for Sunday’s soup.)  We’ll have a rice or pasta side dish and veggies with it.

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday:  Chicken tetrazzini and random veggies.

Friday:   Kids’ night:  Breakfast for dinner:  Tea biscuits and eggs and fruit.

Saturday:  Out and about.

Sunday:  Corn chowder and biscuits.

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

MPM: January 11

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Monday: Chicken and Mexican rice.

Tuesday: Northern Beans, and maybe with spoon bread.  We’ll see how the day goes.

Wednesday: Dinner @ church.

Thursday: Borscht.

Friday: Kids’ night: Volcanoes and tea biscuits.

Saturday: Beet greens.

Sunday: Spinach and mashed potato casserole (adapted from this recipe) with hamburgers.

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

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