Menu Plan Sunday: January 26 – February 1

Hard to believe January is almost over. Someone here has a birthday coming up too. That will be in next weeks menu though. Time flies when you’re having fun. And with all the fun we’re having it is even more fun having this menu to keep us sane. So I hope you’ll join me and link up your own weekly menu as well. Grab my button and link up at the bottom.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For January 26 – February 1, 2014

Sunday: Chicken sandwiches with garden salad.
Monday: Baked ziti.
Tuesday: Chili dogs with french fries and carrot sticks.
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner.
Thursday: Chicken picatta with carrots and egg noodles.
Friday: Date night, kids will fend for themselves.
Saturday: Pasta and bacon.

Now it’s your turn. What’s cooking in your kitchen this week.

Menu Plan Sunday: January 19 – January 25

Starting out the week like usual, with our menu for the week. Join in to avoid that 5 p.m. what’s for dinner and share your own menu. Grab my button and link up at the bottom.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For January 19 – January 25, 2014

Sunday: Chicken quesadillas with carrots.
Monday: Ranch chicken with broccoli and egg noodles.
Tuesday: Homemade macaroni and cheese with ham.
Wednesday: Tacos.
Thursday: Chicken and rice casserole.
Friday: Homemade pizza.
Saturday: Paninis with carrots.

Now it’s your turn. What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?

Menu Plan Sunday: January 12 – January 18

Starting the week over again. Maybe this week all of my kids will go to school all week long. I’m kind of having a hard time with this weeks menu. I honestly just want to put TBD on each day. But that doesn’t help at all. The 5:00 what’s for dinner has inched into my weekly planning. Sigh, maybe you’re all doing better though. Share your menus with me below and grab my button.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For January 12 – January 18, 2014

Sunday: BLTs with french fries and carrots.
Monday: Ziti with meatballs and sausage.
Tuesday: Oven fried chicken, rice pilaff, and corn.
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner.
Thursday: Quesadillas with carrot sticks.
Friday: Pizza.
Saturday: Leftovers.

Well, I did it and I have no idea how. I thought I would be staring at this menu all week completely blank. Now it’s your turn, what’s for dinner at your house this week?

Menu Plan Sunday: January 5 – January 11, 2014

Well, we got an extended vacation last week due to bad weather and I’m thinking I’m going to have one school kid home tomorrow and possibly Tuesday this week, sick. But we still have to eat so here’s my menu for the week.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For January 5 – January 11, 2014

Sunday: Ravioli.
Monday: Chicken and rice casserole.
Tuesday: Chicken sandwiches and salad.
Wednesday: Tacos.
Thursday: Chicken parmigiana.
Friday: Fend for yourself.
Saturday: Chicken tenders, carrots, and mashed potatoes.

Now it’s your turn; what’s cooking in your kitchen this week?

Menu Plan Sunday: December 29 – January 4, 2014

First I have to apologize for my absence. I was struck with illness which made me very behind on my cookie baking before Christmas, finally got that completed only to get another illness, and then bam it’s Christmas. I had a wonderful Christmas though. We went to see Frozen which was an amazing movie. And I have to say I’m completely hooked on that soundtrack. It has been a really long time since I have heard a movie soundtrack that I really loved. All I could think throughout the movie was I love each and every song on here.

Now as the new year is coming upon us I need to get back into things and what better way than with a menu. I had far too many what’s for dinner nights last week with way too many lets just order out. So this is a perfect way to start out the new year right. So I hope you join me and grab my button below and link up your own menu at the bottom of this post.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For December 29 – January 4, 2014

Sunday: Pork chops, green beans, mashed potatoes, and applesauce.
Monday: Ranch chicken with broccoli and egg noodles.
Tuesday: Chili dogs and fries.
Wednesday: Chicken picatta with egg noodles and carrots.
Thursday: Homemade macaroni and cheese with ham.
Friday: Homemade pizza.
Saturday: Leftovers.

Now it’s your turn. What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?

Menu Plan Sunday: December 15 – December 21 Christmas Cookie Edition

So this week starts my crazy marathon baking. I have to have most of it done by Thursday morning. The kids need to bring cookies to school that day. I don’t anticipate having it all done though. I most certainly am going to try as I’ll probably have to do some filler cookies right up until Christmas Eve when my husband will need cookies for work. This weeks dinners are really all about being easy and using as little of the oven as I possibly can to leave room for cookies. Because it’s also going to be all about multi-tasking this week.

I am including my epic list of cookies in this post. Feel free to comment or message me if you’re interested in any recipes. I’m not promising I’ll share the recipes with you as some are family recipes, but I will share what I can with you.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For December 15 – December 21

Sunday: Chicken tenders with carrots and fries.
Monday: Chicken and rice casserole.
Tuesday: Chicken Alfredo.
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner.
Thursday: Pork chops green beans, applesauce, and egg noodles.
Friday: Special last day of school before Christmas break dinner.
Saturday: Pizza.

Monica’s Cookie List For 2013

And here is the infamous list of cookies, candies, and bars that I am making this year.

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  2. Snickerdoodles.
  3. Mounds.
  4. Magic Cookie Bars.
  5. Cheesecake Squares.
  6. Lemon Bars.
  7. Chocolate Duo.
  8. Fudgey Chocolate Cookie Bars.
  9. Viennese Kiss Cookies.
  10. Chocolate Swirls.
  11. Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints.
  12. Peanut Butter Caramel Candy Bites.
  13. Double Delicious Cookie Bars.
  14. Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Cookies.
  15. M&Ms Super Chocolate cookies.
  16. Nut Rolls.
  17. Russian Tea Cakes.
  18. Double Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies.
  19. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars.
  20. Soft and Chewy Cookie Bites.
  21. Fudge
  22. White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Squares.

And that’s what I’ll be cooking in my kitchen this week.  Remember, if you want any of these recipes leave me a comment.  I’ll let you know if I can share it or not.

What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?

Menu Plan Sunday: December 8 – December 14, 2013

Another crazy week where I’m going to attempt to plan out something for it. Right now I think my menu is about the only thing keeping everything together for the next few weeks.

I haven’t made my cookie list yet. I’ll be working on that this week because I’ll have to start baking next week. So tune in next week for Menu Plan Sunday to see my epic cookie list. For now grab my button and link up your own menu at the bottom.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For December 8 – December 14

Sunday: Fried chicken, broccoli and cauliflower, and mashed potatoes.
Monday: Homemade macaroni and cheese with ham.
Tuesday: Chicken tenders and garden salad
Wednesday: Chicken Caesar salad.
Thursday: Tacos.
Friday: Eating out.
Saturday: Fend for yourself.

Now it’s your turn. What’s cooking in your kitchen?

Menu Plan Sunday: December 1 – December 7

It’s December. I can’t believe 2013 is almost over. We are all busy getting ready for the holidays. Shopping and spending lots of money so having a dinner plan will not only be a time saver, but a money saver as well. So if you haven’t started creating a weekly menu, then now is the perfect time to start. You can grab my button below and link up your menu on the bottom.

Also, as you may know this time of year I go a little overboard with the holiday baking. I tend to make 20 different kinds of cookies, candies, and bars this time of year. So keep watching Menu Plan Sunday as I create my baking list over the next few weeks and perhaps share a few of my famous cookie recipes. But for now it’s just my weekly menu. So check out what’s cooking in my kitchen, then share what’s cooking in yours.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For December 1 – December 7

Sunday: Hot Italian sub with carrots.
Monday: Ziti and sausage with garden salad and garlic bread.
Tuesday: Ranch chicken with broccoli and egg noodles.
Wednesday: Chicken quesadilla with carrot sticks.
Thursday: Pork chops, green beans, and egg noodles.
Friday: Homemade pizza.
Saturday: Turkey, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

Now it’s your turn. What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?

Menu Plan Sunday: November 24 – November 30 Thanksgiving Edition

The week of Thanksgiving is upon us. So I am going to give you some turkey pointers in this post. Both my husband and I are working on Thanksgiving, but we still get to enjoy the meal together. This is an important week to have a plan though for what we’re eating the rest of the week. So lets get down to it. Grab my button and link up your own menu at the bottom of this post. I love seeing what’s cooking in your kitchen.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For November 24 – November 30

Sunday: Chicken sandwiches with french fries and carrots.
Monday: Meatloaf with egg noodles and green beans.
Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner.
Wednesday: Subway (our traditional night before Thanksgiving dinner, mom has lots of prep to do).
Thursday: Thanksgiving: Turkey with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, sausage stuffing, gravy, and biscuits. For dessert apple pie and pumpkin pie.
Friday: Turkey stew.
Saturday: Leftovers.

Turkey Tips

I have been doing the turkey for several years now and I have a slightly untraditional tip for getting the moistest bird ever. Here’s how I make my turkey. I cover it in butter. Rub an entire stick on the bird even reaching up underneath the skin. Then I place it in my 500 degree preheated oven. Yes, you read that right, 500 degrees. It’s only going to get a blast of heat for half an hour, then you can turn it back down to a much more respectable 350 degrees. What this does is browns it nicely while also sealing in those juices. Try it, I promise you’ll love it, but whatever you do do not forget it’s only half an hour. Set a timer so you don’t forget to turn it back down.

Now my other tip is don’t cook the stuffing in the bird. It won’t cook as evenly. If you want the season from the stuffing, then just sprinkle some of your stuffing’s seasoning inside the cavity of the turkey. But cook the stuffing in a bowl next to the turkey for the last hour the turkey is in the oven.

Get out of the habit of basting that bird too. Every time you open the oven you lose a good amount of your heat, so just put it in there and let it cook. It won’t dry out so long as you follow the cooking instructions. Make sure you have given your turkey enough time to thaw if you got a frozen turkey too. Think one day in the fridge for every two pounds of turkey you have. So if you don’t already have your turkey defrosting, then you’ll want to get on that. If it’s still frozen the night before, then place it in a tub of cold water to help it defrost. This will only work if the turkey is mostly defrosted though. Don’t try it with a completely frozen bird. If you haven’t bought your turkey yet I strongly suggest finding a fresh one.

Those are my turkey tips. What are yours? What’s cooking in your kitchen this week of Thanksgiving?

Menu Plan Sunday: November 17 – November 23

Time to start your week out right by planning your meals for the week. There’s nothing worse than the 5 p.m. “What’s for dinner?” question and not having an answer. If you make a menu then you’ve always got the answer to that question. So grab my button and link up your own menu at the bottom of this post.

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Monica’s Menu Plan For November 17 – November 23

Sunday: Oven fried chicken with rice pilaff and corn.
Monday: Meatloaf with perogies and mixed vegetables.
Tuesday: Chicken Alfredo.
Wednesday: Pork chops with green beans, egg noodles, and applesauce.
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner.
Friday: Chicken stew.
Saturday: Leftovers.

That’s what’s cooking in my kitchen this week. What’s cooking in your kitchen?