This Week For Dinner – Week of November 15th

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Hi guys. I feel like such a failure. That list I made last week? Didn’t happen. Not a bit of it. Unfortunately, my bronchitis took a turn for the worse and I had to get some codeine to open up my bronchial tubes. Luckily, three nights of that (and no coughing!) worked like a charm and I’m all better. Unfortunately, those three days made for a mom who didn’t want t cook. The hubby cooked Monday. Tuesday I picked up pizza. And Wednesday…honestly, I don’t remember. Wow. Glad my head finally cleared! After trying to cook several of these meals for weeks, I am throwing them into the backup meal plan and creating a whole new one. Maybe a fresh start will get me excited to be in the kitchen again.

Today – I don’t usually cook on Saturdays, but, we’ll be home and I feel like making it happen. Maybe this is a good sign? Plus, Amanda from Fig and Thistle posted her meal plan for the week and made mention of something called Cider Roasted Chicken. My mouth salivated. Then I remembered finding The Food Lab’s recipe for Ultra-Gooey Stovetop Mac and Cheese and a meal plan was begun.

Sunday – Most likely leftovers! I’m saving the chicken for Tuesday, but I expect we’ll have mac and cheese left over. I may cook that kielbasa from last week to go with it. I don’t want it to go bad.

Monday – Next week promises to be absolutely crazy at work. And most Monday’s I’m too tired to cook anyway. So I plan to make these French Bread Pizzas for the fam and a regular gluten free pizza for myself. Yay easy!

Tuesday –  We’re looking at cold temperatures and another weekend of rain, so I thought a A Proper Pot of Chicken Stew sounded perfect. Yum, yum, give me some.

Wednesday – I figure by Wednesday, my busy week will be starting to catch up on me. We have 38,000 packets to print for the Alumni department at my university and we have to get it done fast. I’m really hoping I’m not late getting home all week! I plan to have a simple Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Crustless Quiche Wednesday. Perhaps with a salad on the side? Does that even make sense?

Thursday – Tacos with my family. Yay. (I hate home cooked taco meat because everyone in my family uses taco seasoning packets instead of making their own. It makes me irrationally angry. It’s so easy and much healthier to make! *end rant*)

Friday – Just me! Break time!

Let’s hope making this list will help me stay organized, focuses, and get it done quickly! How do you plan for the week?

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This Week For Dinner – Week of November 8

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You guys. I am the worst. I only cooked one night last week. I feel terrible about it too. I swear to do better this week, starting today! (I’m going to make the lasagna soup today. This is actually great because it’s cold and raining.) So, here’s the plan.

Sunday – This is usually a free for all night. I’m still trying to perfect a gluten free macaroni and cheese recipe, so I may tinker with that.

Monday – That Sausage, Cabbage, and Potato Tray I was supposed to make laaast week.

Tuesday – These Easy Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Glaze since I still have the pork chops in the freezer. I think I’ll pick up some Brussels Sprouts to roast on the side. With some rice, most likely.

Wednesday – Going to try those Salmon Patties again. I hate that the ones we made for my daughter’s birthday (she just had to “help”) turned out so horrible. Going to try that again and stick to the recipe this time! Will have collards on the side with my latest attempt at mac & cheese.

Thursday – Eat with my family!

Friday – Just me again! Maybe try to make a gluten free biscuit? I’m missing biscuits.

Saturday – Do this all over again!

Let’s hope making this list will help me stay organized, focuses, and get it done quickly! How do you plan for the week?

I’m linking up to Weekend Cooking this week. Visit for more on all things food!

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This Week For Dinner – Week of November 1st

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Hello! And Happy Halloween! Let’s keep it safe and smart out there, you hear me?

So, last week’s work in making a meal plan…helped. Unfortunately, I’ve been brought low by bronchitis, AGAIN, so I didn’t do as much cooking as I would have LIKED. But I did manage to cook 2 out of 4 days. This feels like a win. So, here we go again.

Sunday – Probably leftovers. Saturday is a Halloween/birthday party for my husband and I’m holding out hope that someone will actually get me a gluten free pizza this time instead of me bringing my own supper. Again. There is always hope people. Always hope.

Monday – Planning to try this Sausage, Potato, and Cabbage Tray bake. I’m hoping it’s easy.

Tuesday – It’s my husband’s actual birthday and he requested tacos. So boring ole tacos it is. At least I KNOW that’s easy.

WednesdayLasagna soup! It’s time! I have that feeling in my bones! I’ll be using gluten free lasagna noodles.

Thursday – Eating with my family.

Friday – Me. All alone. AWESOME. I think I’ll have macaroni and cheese.

Saturday – Do this all over again!

Let’s hope making this list will help me stay organized, focuses, and get it done quickly! How do you plan for the week?

I’m linking up to Weekend Cooking this week. Visit for more on all things food!

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This Week For Dinner – Week of October 25th

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Y’all. I am in a food funk. I don’t want to cook. Sometimes I don’t want to eat. Okay, I lie. I want to eat, I just don’t know what. I hate food funks. They may be worse that reading funks. I AM SO SERIOUS. So, the following is what I will ATTEMPT to cook this week.

Sunday – Yeah, sooooo, I don’t really cook on Sundays.

Monday – So, kid number one wanted salmon patties for her birthday and we completely messed them up (I let her “help” me) so I’m going to try again and this time WE WILL FOLLOW THE RECIPE. Her deviation, I swear. We will also have Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes because I love starch. And probably also collards.

TuesdaySlow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup! I don’t normally like B&C soup, but this is damn delicious. I blame the chicken broth. And the cheese.

Wednesday – We were supposed to have this Taco Casserole last week, but, food lethargy got me. They had tacos from Taco Bell (I know, I know) and I had cereal. So lame.

Thursday – So, we usually eat with my aunt and uncle on this day, but they are going to New Orleans Monday and I don’t know if they will be back. I didn’t PLAN to cook on this day, it was a reflex, so I don’t know what we will eat. By Thursday we will be well and truly broke because we both get paid Friday, so it may be grilled cheese (we always have plenty of cheese) (but only if we have bread) or popcorn for supper. I love my job but getting paid once a month kind of sucks.

Friday – It’s just me!

Saturday – Do this all over again!

Let’s hope making this list will help me stay organized, focuses, and actually get food on the table! What are you food plans for the week? Do you ever get the food slumps?

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This Week For Dinner – Week of October 4th

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I did such a great job planning my meals for next week that I couldn’t wait to share.

TodayHearty Hamburger Soup is in the Crock Pot! So necessary for this blustery, rainy, cold day.

Sunday – Most likely leftover soup! You should see how much soup is in that pot.

Monday –  I saw this recipe for Slow Cooked Tri Tips with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes and immediately put it on my list for next week. IT LOOKS SO GOOD. Will probably just serve with some green beans or asparagus.

Tuesday – It’s my daughter’s TWELFTH BIRTHDAY and she requested salmon patties. I’ve made this recipe before and apparently it was a great success!  She also wants fresh corn and collard greens. Twelve y’all. Twelve.

WednesdayLime Glazed Pork Chops! Egads they look delicious. Will serve with some jasmine rice and a salad.

Thursday – Eat with my aunt and uncle!

Friday – Just me! Who knows what kind of food I’ll get into.

Saturday – Do this all over again!

Let’s hope making this list will help me stay organized, focuses, and get it done quickly! Do you have any food plans this week?

I’m linking up to Weekend Cooking this week. Visit for more on all things food!

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This Week For Dinner – Week of 9/27

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Whoa, you guys. Last week was freaking crazy. Monday night I had to work late to finish up a huge project at work. I just grabbed something when I got home. Daughter had her first band concert Tuesday, which brought back so many lovely memories (proud band geek here!) so we went out that night. A local chain just finally introduced gluten free pizza and y’all. It was amazing. I haven’t had a decent pizza in such a long time. So good. The rest of the week went by in a crazy rush. I don’t even know what we ate, which may be because by Thursday I was sick and didn’t want anything anyway! Yay bronchitis! I’m hoping by tomorrow my appetite will pick back up and I can get a few things out of my freezer. It’s freezer week! Yay!

Sunday – I have a small chicken thawing and hope to make some sort of chicken soup or dumplings with it. Just have to find a recipe for gluten free dumplings I trust. Maybe this one? The last (and only time) I tried to make gluten free dumplings resulted in a gloopy mess. I loved my grandmother’s recipe, so my standards are high.

Monday – What is it about Monday’s? I never feel like cooking. I have some kielbasa and potatoes left over from another day, so I’m doing to try this Cheesy Brat Casserole. Casseroles are easy, right?

Tuesday – I’m leaning toward this Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup. Hurray for crock pots! Plus, it gets those chicken breasts out of the freezer.

Wednesday – I have some fish in the freezer. I love to eat fish out, at restaurants, made by people who know how to cook fish. It’s never quite the same when I make it at home. I still keep trying though! I thought I’d do this method this time. It looks delish. I’ve been wanting some Brussels sprouts, so I think we’ll have some of those, roasted, with the fish and perhaps some rice.

Thursday – I’m hoping we can eat out this night. We usually eat with my aunt and uncle, but they are at the beach. I’d love to go back and get another pizza!

Friday – It’s just me! At home! No kids! No hubby! I may eat a pint of ice cream.

Saturday – Do this all over again!

Let’s hope making this list will help me stay organized, focuses, and get it done quickly! How do you plan for the week?

I’m linking up to Weekend Cooking this week. Visit for more on all things food!

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This Week For Dinner – Week of 08.30.15

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Saturday – Loaded Potato Soup – My own recipe.

Sunday – We’ll eat lunch with Aaron’s family. I plan to make the following for school lunches this week: Cheesy Corn Dog Muffins and pigs in the blanket. I also hope to get packets of fruit and veggies together so all I have to do is grab them and throw them in lunch bags.

MondayLunches – Me: Leftover spaghetti. Kids: The boy gets a cheesy corn dog muffin with mandarin oranges and pretzels. The girl gets pigs in the blanket with cheese sticks, grapes, and cucumbers with carrot sticks.

DinnerSlow cooker Korean Beef with rice and roasted zucchini, mushrooms, and onions.

TuesdayLunches – Me:  Leftover Korean Beef with Rice because yum. Kids: Regular quesadilla for the girl and a pizza quesadilla for the boy. Also berries and tortilla chips with guacamole for the girl and grapes, cucumber slices, and chips for His Pickiness.

DinnerSlow cooker chicken and gravy with mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts.

WednesdayLunches – Me: Leftover chicken and gravy with rice, I expect. Kids: Pigs in the blanket with cheese sticks, apple slices, and crackers (Triscuits for the girl and Cheez-Its for the boy). I’ll probably throw in a cookie or two for good measure.

Dinner: We didn’t get to have the sauerkraut and weenies last week due to life happening, so I moved it to this night. I still plan to have potatoes latkes with it.

ThursdayLunches – Me: I figure I’ll be wanting some Chipotle by this day, so I’ll have a veggie burrito bowl for lunch. Kids: I figured I’d either give them pigs in the blanket again or corn dog muffins again with some fruit and crackers. And also veggies.

Dinner: With my family.

FridayLunches – Me: Probably out again. Kids: Ham sandwiches, cheese sticks, carrot and cucumber slices (with ranch for the boy), and crackers.

Dinner: Kids will be with MIL and I’ll be fending for myself. Probably some GF pasta in cheese sauce for ease.

Making the list last week helped SO MUCH!! How do you plan for the week?

I’m linking up to Weekend Cooking this week. Visit for more on all things food!

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This Week For Dinner – Week 1

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I cannot believe it, but school starts next week. I really can’t believe that my daughter is starting middle school. Middle. School. How did we get here?

With school starting, and all the new things middle school brings, plus having a newly minted second grader, I’m expecting time to become a premium around here. Considering school lunches around here look completely gross, I have to buckle down and pack lunches too.

Which means I need to super plan. And, since I love to share and get opinions, I’m going to post my meal plans here every Saturday. Luck you!

Sunday – Breakfast for supper most likely, since I’ll be busy getting SO MANY SCHOOL SUPPLIES ready to go, making sure obstinate children take their baths, and get to bed at a decent hour.

Monday – I have the day off, because there was no way in happy hour I was going to miss the first day of 6th grade. Since I have the day off, I plan to make spaghetti for supper. My spaghetti is my own recipe, so I have no link to it. For lunch, the kids will have ham subs, sliced cucumbers, strawberries, and a cookie. For snack, I’m packing them each an apple because they are finally in at the farmer’s market and they are soooo delicious.

Tuesday – I’m altering one of my favorite recipes for supper on Tuesday. I love Mississippi Roast, but it’s amazing when adapted for Beef Stew. Oh mama. I follow the Mississippi Roast recipe but add sliced onions, red potatoes, and big chunks of carrot. I plan to serve it over rice and have roasted asparagus on the side. For lunch, I will have left over spaghetti, while the kids will have a salad with cucumber, carrot, olives, cheese, and diced ham. On the side they will have crackers and a cookie. Snack will be blueberries and strawberries.

Wednesday – For supper, we’ll have a family favorite. The kids love sauerkraut and weenies and we haven’t had it in awhile. I was thinking of having latkes on the side. My grandmother used to make something similar all the time and, stupid me, didn’t get her recipe before she died. So I found a recipe and will wing it. She didn’t put chives on them, but it sounds so delicious I’m going to do it anyway. Opinion sought: to make it gluten free should I use gf flour or gf panko? It calls for matzo meal and I don’t really know what the consistency of that is. Lunch for me will, hopefully, be leftover Mississippi Beef Stew! The kids will have ham subs again, with grapes (grape tomatoes for the girl), and crackers. Snack will be  black olives and cheese sticks.

Thursday – For supper, we’ll eat at my aunt’s house. For lunch, since I loooove Chipotle so much, I’m going to wing it and try to recreate a veggie burrito bowl (with my own spin on it). I’ll use brown rice, black beans, roasted corn, lettuce, cheese, guacamole, cilantro, tomato, and grilled onions. I’ll make this for my daughter as well, but my son will have leftover hot dogs from the sauerkraut, mandarin oranges, pretzels, and cheese sticks. For snack, they’ll get cheese crackers.

Friday – I typically eat out on Friday with everyone from work. The kids will get ham kebabs (sliced ham, cheese, and bread on a stick), carrots, celery, and ranch for dipping, and a cookie. For snack I’ll probably send sliced cucumbers and grape tomatoes for the girl and a yogurt for the boy.

Saturday – Do this all over again!

Let’s hope making this list will help me stay organized, focuses, and get it done quickly! How do you plan for the week?

I’m linking up to Weekend Cooking this week. Visit for more on all things food!

weekendcookingWeekend Cooking hosted by BethFishReads every weekend.  It is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog’s home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Weekend Cooking – When Cooking Slumps Hit

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I am in a bonafide cooking slump. I don’t want to cook. At all. Anything. At times like this, I subsist on sandwiches and waffles with peanut butter on them.

It’s sad. And scary. It’s Spring for goodness sakes! The asparagus is growing! The Brussels Sprouts are at the Farmer’s Market! What the heck is wrong with me?

What do you do when a cooking slump hits? I search magazines, Tastespotting, Pinterest, my favorite foodie blogs, and cookbooks, for something, ANYTHING, that appeals to me. And I try to find simple things to fix. No barbecue chicken pizzas on a gluten free crust. No highfalutin’ crustless quiches. Just simple, easy, normal fare.

So, here’s my meal plan this week.

Sunday: It’s just me and the hubby, so something simple. Maybe just some pasta or soup. I think I have some gluten free noodles….
Monday: Breakfast! Scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, and cheese grits.
Tuesday: Sauerkraut and kielbasa with potato pancakes
Wednesday: GF Macaroni and cheese, roasted broccoli, and wedge salads
Thursday: Eat with my family
Friday: Just me! And I’ll be neck-deep in readathon-ing, so actually, probably just a sandwich.
Saturday: Mississippi Roast in the crockpot cause I’ll be reading and cheering and co-hosting all day long.

What are you planning on cooking this week? What are your go-to simple meals? What do you do when you have a cooking slump?

weekendcookingWeekend Cooking hosted by BethFishReads every weekend.  It is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog’s home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Meal Plan Sunday

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And, so, another hectic week is behind me! Another one lies ahead! How did I do last week? Well, I was so sick on Monday, I didn’t even eat, let alone cook that fish. I still felt bad Tuesday, so Leigh’s Everything but the Kitchen Sink Pork Tenderloin came in REALLY handy. And deliciously. Everyone else had it on buns, while I had it on rice. Well, what I ate of it. Was sooooo queasy from being sick and having a migraine. Wednesday became a fend-for-yourself-night because yours truly was still dealing with the tail end of that migraine. Damn gluten, it’s so sneaky! It hides everywhere!

I sincerely hope this week goes better.

Sunday – I don’t normally cook on Sunday’s, but I am crazy craving some Spaghetti. This is how I make spaghetti, for the most part.

Diced Tomatoes, usually a big can or two smaller ones
About a pound of ground beef
Garlic, I eye ball it. Probably 3 cloves?
Olive Oil
Mushrooms
Onion
Oregano (from the garden, yo!)
Chili Powder, just a pinch
Tomato Sauce (usually from the garden, that I canned. 1 can)
Pinch of salt, some pepper

And lots of cooking, if I can swing it. Ideally, I like to let it cook all day in the crock pot. The measurements are imprecise, because I usually let my nose and tongue tell me what’s needed. Noodles for the fan, for me either gluten free noodles or zoodles, depending on my mood. Zoodles (shredded zucchini “noodles” natch) are freaking awesome, but sometimes my heart wants something nostalgic. Will probably have salad on the side.

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Photo Credit: How Sweet It Is

Monday – I can’t wait to try this. I found this hanging out on Pinterest, looking gorgeous and tasty. How Sweet It Is’s cheesy chicken and rice bake. Seriously. Looks SO YUM. Will probably have some sliced avocado on the side.

Tuesday Sloppy Joes. I hate them. HATE. THEM. But everyone else loves them, so I’m caving to pressure. I will most likely have rice and veggies with a couple chicken tenders. I found some gluten free ones made by Tyson I want to try! Or, quite possibly, leftover spaghetti. Depends on if I get this craving out of my system.

WednesdayPancakes!!! And BACON!!! I have tried every gf pancake mix on the market and Bisquick’s is definitely my favorite. That and lots of syrup!!! And butter!!! Can you tell I’m excited?

Thursday! – No cooking!

Friday! -No cooking!!

Saturday – Well duh, it’s Readathon day! You would not believe how close I came to missing the Readathon (it got downright scary. I thought Andi was going to have a panic attack) but I managed to get out of prior commitments! The only thing is it’s the Fall Festival at my kids school, so I MAY be out for a couple of hours. And my daughter has a DANCE to go to. Yay. Anyway, game plan on the food situation for Saturday coming up later this week. Readathon Food gets a special post.