Menu Planning Monday

Back to reality and now to enjoy a few more weeks of summer break. Our freezers are now officially full.  My goal over the next few weeks is to transform raw ingredients into easy to complete meals for the fall and winter. On Thursday, I will make 2 Taco casseroles with one placed in the freezer ( I have pulled out taco meat and frozen tomatoes to make these).  We are focusing on making 12 bags of pizza dough. On Saturday, I plan to make a cheeseburger pizza for lunch. I will mix up 2 batches and freeze the second in place of the 2 pack of raw hamburger meat we pulled out!

We are currently on week 8 of no stove.  I have an delivery date of this Wednesday so lets hope it starts to get back to normal around here!

Breakfast– Saturday-Old Bridge Restaurant    Sunday- Biscuit King  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets.  We have lots of options that don’t require the oven!

Lunch-  Saturday–Cook out Sunday- Spaghetti  Matt took a beef and cheddar for Monday and will have hamburgers two days. I want the kids to focus on eating the rest of quick school foods or sandwiches this week as left-overs are not available.

Dinner-  Saturday- Arby’s   Sunday- fried shrimp and watermelon Monday- hamburgers  and French fries   Tuesday- Pepper steak in the crock pot .   Wednesday- Grilled Chicken and  pasta salad .   Thursday- Taco Pasta    Friday-Broiled fish?

Recipe Challenge #59

We are in a sort of weird place this week.  After eating at Disney for a week, I did not have a plan for meals this week and really am just trying to keep thing real and finish up things.  Yesterday, Monday 28th was not a good day and hitting the deer added to my lack of time.  I really did not know what was for dinner and had not even pulled anything out of the freezer.  My mom decided to hang out from the time she picked up Lily until dinner and was scrolling Facebook when she found this recipe and shared with me .  Cowboy Casserole aka Tator Tot casserole. In fact she did not share the site just the recipe.  Since I definitely did not want chicken for dinner. I rummaged through the freezer and found our last pack of raw hamburger meat.  This is a definite maybe as Kendall and Zach and Granny all liked and the rest of us were like ok.  I am also going to try one more recipe this year in order to make it an even 60.

The official count is
Repeating 30
Maybe 10
No 19

Recipe Challenge #58

forkful, Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole

Disclaimer this is not how ours turned out. But after seeing this picture do you have any doubt why I wanted to try this recipe. It had such potential and promise. Chicken, tator tots and bacon what possibly could go wrong?

Crock pot Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

The problem it was too dry.  We did add some ranch on top of it and that worked out well. This will go in the No category.

The official count is
Repeating 30
Maybe 9
No 19

Recipe Challenge #57

Hummm No I am not going to set a new goal just keep trying things as I can and see where I end up.

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe - Family Fresh Meals

I actually saw this recipe on Facebook but tracked it down to the original site and here it is.

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

I did forget that Matt does not like mushrooms and it really surprised me that the cream of mushroom soup was the first thing he tasted.  So it goes without saying that he did not like this meal. Kendall on the other hand LOVED it.  Lily and Zach and I all agree it was not bad actually pretty good.  Kendall suggested we put it on the list of things to eat when Dad is not home. So that is the final maybe verdict.

The official count is
Repeating 30
Maybe 9
No 18

Recipe Challenge #56

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This is a recipe that a friend posted on Facebook. She said it was awesome so we decided to try it this week for our Soup Sunday. It was a hit. We only had one problem. There were no left-overs. Amanda and Braxton joined us but even still absolutely no left-overs.  So when I make it again, I am going to double all the ingredients except the rotel. Warm goodness in a bowl!


Put 2 chicken breasts in crock pot
🌶Add 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
🌶1 can corn, undrained
🌶1 10-oz. can Rotel tomatoes w/green Chilis, undrained
🌶1 package ranch dressing mix
🌶1 tsp. cumin
🌶1 Tbsp. chili powder
🌶1 tsp. onion powder
🌶1/2 cup water

Mix it up

🌶On top add 1 8-oz package light cream cheese

Cook on low for 6-8 hours then stir and shred chicken! ( I cooked on high for 4 hours and it was perfect!)

The official count is
Repeating 30
Maybe 8
No 18
Guess we can continue with the trying of recipes until they start becoming alot of No repeats!

Recipe Challenge #55

I am actually back to have fun with this recipe challenge now that it is complete.  Last weekend I found a couple of new recipes that I plan to try.  This one turned out to be a hit.  This was found on Facebook.  When I googled it, I found several different sites to give credit to so instead here is the recipe. Lily actually put it all together and we are eating left-overs because it was so good.

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Perfect Corn Casserole

1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
1 can cream corn
1 can whole kernel corn drained
2 eggs
1 stick butter melted
1 Cup Sour cream
Mix all together in casserole adding the sour cream last.
Bake in 350 oven for 45 minutes.
The official count is
Repeating 29
Maybe 8
No 18

Recipe Challenge #54

Kendall has decided that she likes baking and wants to do more of it. Last week, she made cupcakes from a  box and brownies from an older recipe.  I found this recipe for Paula Deen Pumpkin Bars on another blog and decided we needed to try!

This is definitely a recipe that takes some time and effort. I did help a little with lifting and pouring and smoothing but not enough to take any of the credit. These pumpkin bars turned out perfect. I actually preferred just frosted and a slight bit warm but everyone else said they preferred the total cool set for a day version.

The official count is
Repeating 28
Maybe 8
No 18

5 Things Friday

  1. My COVID test came back negative. This has been so stressful.  One thing that has really bothered me is the fact that we have mandated mask yet when completing contact tracing and talking about exposure, Mask DONT matter. Yeap the question is “Who have you been in closer than 6 feet contact with, with or without a mask?”
  2. Lily made another new recipe today #53 Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese. We had to make several changes to it because we could not find the specific cheese she used but it was good!  Even Matt who does not like mac and cheese cleaned his plate.
  3. The weather has continued to be fall like which means a HUGE saving on our electric bill. If we can last a month without heat or air, it will reduce our electric bill by $100!  That is the current goal.
  4. I have focused this month on sticking to a budget and moving all excess money to our Disney Ticket fund. We need approximately  $600 to finish purchasing tickets.  My goal is to use all found money for this. Which means that if I forget to budget something like say the Amazon Prime membership. I either have to take money out of it or find it in other places.  Currently I am also trying to cover our second windshield of the year. As of today, we have $200 or 1/3 of what we need for ticket in the fund.  Which means if I can do the same we will be able to purchase these without using my Guam money! Even better both of these expenses have been covered. We are eating out less and purchasing less groceries. The fact that I am not driving to work for two weeks is also helping lower expenses.
  5. The square foot garden is hanging on. This week I have harvested green peppers, a orange pepper, pimentos and tomatoes.  I  can tell we are close to the end of the season as the tomatoes are small but still every little bit helps. I am also noticing that my sweet potato plants are starting to die out. My plan is to wait at least another week before digging them up!

Recipe Challenge COMPLETE #52

WOO HOO  I did it!  I have tried 52 new recipes this year!   Today I decided to go ahead and try the last recipe that I have pulled out. Greek Yogurt Bagels!  I did not expect much and was just really trying to use up some Greek Yogurt from the refrigerator. I was almost certain this would not be a repeat because Matt is a bagel snob!   It was just too simple no para boiling, no lengthy process too simple.  I made the first batch before dinner with the intention of maybe having one for breakfast.   But wait, EVERYONE loved these, in fact the only real suggestion was that we add salt to the top of the next batch!!!  After Lily ate the only remaining one for her dinner, I decided to go ahead and make a double batch, this way we could all have one for breakfast in the morning!  I am so excited because these are super easy and really good!   I would even consider making these once or more a week if needed!   Not only is the Recipe challenge complete in September but  I have about at least 20 new foods to add to the rotation!

The official count is
Repeating 27
Maybe 8
No 17

Recipe Challenge #51

I am excited about two things today. First the weather has turned much cooler and less humid. I really like the summer and temperatures in the 80s but when school starts back and the pool water starts to cool down, I am ready for cooler temps! Today, it feels like fall!   I found today’s recipe as part of a Disney group I belong to and have had it printed to try for several years!   The other reason I am so excited is EVERYONE loved the Kiebasa Potato Soup!.  I even heard a “This is the  bomb”  We did decide that some fresh homemade bread would definitely make this soup better!  The kids also said it would be a good snow day soup!    Here is a simple but delicious recipe, let me know if you try it!

-3 or 4 pounds of small red potatoes
– 1 Kielbasa sausage
-2 cans of cheddar cheese soup
-2 cans of cream of potato soup
– 1 cup of milk
– 1 cup of sour cream
-1 cup of cheddar cheese shredded
-1/2 cup of bacon bits

I used my casserole crock pot for this but I am sure a regular crock pot would work.

Chop potatoes and sausage into bite size chucks and mix together in crock pot. Combine soups, milk and sour cream in a large mixing cup and pour over the potatoes and sausage. Top with cheddar cheese and bacon bits. Cook on low for 6 hours until the potatoes are soft.

Serve with warm bread.


The official count is
Repeating 26
Maybe 8
No 17

ONLY 1 more recipe to go! I actually have pulled out several to try over the next couple of weeks !  One goal achieved this year!