menu plan monday, Menu planning

Menu Plan Monday – Week of November 30, 2015

I’m back at work after a week off.  So it’s back to the daily grind.

On Saturday, I asked the boys what they wanted to have for dinner.  The Imaginative One asked for brown sugar ham and the Wee One asked for chicken noodle soup.  Actually he asked for chicken nugget soup.  At least that was the joke on Saturday.  The Wee One loves chicken noodle soup.

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lesser known recipes, Uncategorized

Lesser Known Recipes – 2010

I started my blog in 2010 and then stopped it for a year and half in 2014 until September 2015.  I’m going through all the recipes I’ve posted in the last 5.5 years.  According to the stats, these are the lesser known recipes on my blog.  Some of them need pictures which I hope to get on the blog soon.

Onto the list:

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breakfast, Cinnamon, Oatmeal, Pecans, Recipes

Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

Snickerdoodle oatmeal
Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

 

Stars of the recipe:

  • ½ c. quick cooking oats
  • ⅓ c. milk of your choice
  • ⅔ c. water
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

 

Steps:

  1. In a large microwavable bowl, combine oats, milk, water, and salt.
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Top with butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon.  
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Top with sugar and chopped pecans or walnuts if desired.
  6. Enjoy!

For a printable version of the recipe, click here.

Happy Eating,
Traci

DIY, Drinks, easy, Recipes

Honey Vanilla Creamer

I made this for my coffee and then shared it with Hubby.  Hubby loves the flavor combination.

honey Vanilla Creamer #3Honey Vanilla Creamer

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (14 oz.) can of condensed milk
  • 1 3/4 c. heavy cream or milk
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or some other type of jar.
  2. Shake the ingredients until combined.  (I shake it up each time I use the cream.)
  3. Use about 1 Tbsp. or more in your coffee.
  4. Enjoy!

Happy Eating,

Traci

christmas making and baking

The Boys’ Top 5 Favorite Christmas Treats

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, we will start our annual Christmas making and baking.  The boys look forward to this annual tradition.

Hopefully, this tradition becomes a favorite childhood memory.  I know they look forward to the treats and have been begging for “test runs” of some of their favorite treats.

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countdown to Thanksgiving, menu plan monday

Menu Planning Monday – Week of November 23

Menu Plan Monday

Hello!  Happy Thanksgiving week!

Last week, I didn’t make a menu so our eating was kind of crazy.  Actually it was crazy part of the week.  This week I’m going to have a plan since it’s Thanksgiving week.  I need to simplify my life this week.

My Menu

Monday – Leftovers from Saturday’s and Sunday’s meals – either chili or cheeseburger pie – If you don’t want either of those, then you can make yourself a sandwich.

Tuesday and Wednesday – One day we are going to have pumpkin chili and the other day we are going to have pulled pork sandwiches from the freezer.  We have new bbq sauce from Jungle Jim’s that Hubby wants to try.

Thursday – Thanksgiving Dinner (Link with menu and printables)

Friday – Leftovers

Prep for this week:

Monday – peel and cut potatoes, soak potatoes in water, peel and cut up carrots, hard boil the eggs in the oven, pull out the Cool-Whip from freezer

Tuesday – peel eggs & put in red beet/vinegar mixture, drain potatoes and cook in the slow cooker, make mashed potatoes, make the pumpkin pie sheet cake, make the makes it own crust apple pie, & white salad

Wednesday – Make Honey Glazed Carrots, Macaroni and Cheese, and Stuffing, Cut up veggies for veggie tray, Make Mini Monkey Bread for breakfast and Young’s Dairy Pumpkin Muffins, pull out rolls, cranberry relish, and pumpkin butter out of the freezer

Thursday – Make green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole, Bake the rolls, Whip the whipping cream, put together the relish and veggie tray, ENJOY the dinner

Have a great Thanksgiving!
Traci

 

Dips, easy, Family Recipe, Ingredients, pudding, Recipes, whipping cream

Pudding Fruit Dip

About 15 years ago, my mother-in-law and father-in-law were on the Adkins’ diet.  They created a dip/ dessert that we used to eat with cut strawberries.  Their recipe contained sugar free pudding.  Usually the pudding was either cheesecake flavored or white chocolate flavored.

When I was a new teacher, I would make this recipe with regular pudding to take to carry ins.  One of the retired teachers loved this dip.  She would request it every time there was a carry in.

I posted this recipe back in 2010 when this blog was still new.  I didn’t have any pictures to go along with the recipe.  This would be a good side dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  You can serve it with a tray of fruit.  That way people can pick and chose their favorites.

Pudding Fruit Dip

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 small box of pudding mix (I highly suggest white chocolate flavor or cheesecake flavor)

Steps:

  1. Pour the whipping cream into a mixing bowl.
  2. Open the box of pudding and pour it over the whipping cream.
  3. Using a hand mixer, whip the pudding and whipping cream until it is stiff.  (I usually start at the lowest setting and gradually move toward the highest setting.)
  4. Serve.
countdown to Thanksgiving, Menu planning

Thanksgiving Menu with Printables

Countdown to Thanksgiving

It’s a week until Thanksgiving so I thought I would share my menu for next week.  I’m including the grocery list and a printable of the menu with links to all of the recipes on my two cooking blogs.

The grocery list is divided into different areas of the grocery store.  It also has a key to all the recipes so you can cross out the ingredients you don’t need if you are not going to cook those recipes.

You could also visit my Countdown to Thanksgiving for other recipes if you would like something different then what I put on my menu.  🙂

665566_10200175426371816_185399719_oFor starters, I’m going to have a veggie tray and a relish tray.  I’m going to have carrots, celery, cucumber, and sweet peppers on the veggie tray.  I’m going to make or buy some ranch dip and hummus for the veggie tray.  I’ll probably put out some peanut butter for the boys.  They love celery with peanut butter.  I got black and green olives, bread and butter and dill pickles for the relish tray.  Simple but delicious.  🙂
I’m going to make the veggie tray on Wednesday so it’s ready.  The relish tray won’t take long so it will be done right before people come on Thursday.

My mother-in-law is making the turkey.  I’ve provided a great recipe for a turkey breast recipe.  It also includes an easy gravy dish.

Onto the yummy part of the meal:
On Wednesday, I’m going to cook the stuffing, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes.  They are going to be put into baking dishes to be warmed up on Thanksgiving.
On Thursday while I’m serving Thanksgiving lunch to the veterans, I’m going to have the green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, and honey glazed carrots cooking away.
I’ve already cooked up the cranberry relish and froze it so it’s one less dish to worry about.

I included two breads with the menu.  One is a sweet bread baked as muffins.  We love Young’s Dairy pumpkin bread around here.  I’ve decided it would better served as muffins for Thanksgiving.  You certainly bake it ahead of time and then freeze it.  Take them out of the freezer on Wednesday to thaw out.
The other bread is my pull apart dinner rolls.  You need a bread machine for these rolls.  If you don’t have a bread machine, fill free to change up the bread with already bought rolls.  Anything to make your life easier.  I’ve already made the dough and then flash froze the rolls.  I’ll pull those out of the freezer on Wednesday and then let it rise and then bake them before leaving to serve the veterans.

I have 3 desserts and homemade whipped cream on the menu.  You could make these desserts on Tuesday and then store them in the fridge until Thursday.  Grandma’s White Salad is better when it sits for a while.  The other two recipes are for the Makes it’s Own Crust Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake.  I would make the whipped cream on Thursday morning though.  It doesn’t take long to make – five to ten minutes.

I hope you enjoy my Thanksgiving Day dinner menu and it’s a blessing for you.

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Happy Eating,
Traci

green beans, side dish, slow cooker, Thanksgiving

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole – Countdown to Thanksgiving

Countdown to Thanksgiving

Green bean casserole is a frequent dish on many peoples’ Thanksgiving table.  I’ve changed it up by using frozen green beans instead of canned green beans.  So it has more of a fresh taste to it.

I’m going to cook it up in my casserole crock pot on Thanksgiving Day.  Right before dinner, I’m going to place the crock in the oven to brown up the French onions.

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 1.5 (10.75 oz) cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c. of milk
  • 1 (6 oz.) can of French fried onions, divided in half
  •  2 (12 oz.) bags of frozen green beans
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the soup, milk, salt, pepper, and onion powder.
  2. Add the green beans and half of the French fried onions.  Stir to combine.
  3. Place in the crock sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Cook on high for 2 and 1/2 hours.
  5. Add the other half of the French fried onions.
  6. Place crock without lid in the oven preheated to the 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve!

Happy eating,
Traci

side dish, slow cooker, Thanksgiving

Slow Cooker Stuffing – Countdown to Thanksgiving

Countdown to Thanksgiving

Hubby and the Wee One love stuffing.  So when I made this stuffing, they thought it was delicious.  In fact, they took seconds when I served this side dish.

This is also any easy side dish.  It only takes about five minutes to prepare.  Then I allowed the slow cooker do the cooking.

My plan is to make the stuffing on Wednesday.  Then I will put it in a dish to be warmed up on Thanksgiving.

Slow Cooker Stuffing #1

Slow Cooker Stuffing

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 2 boxes Stove Top stuffing (I bought turkey flavored.)
  • 3 c. chicken broth
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can of cream of mushroom soup

Steps:

  1. Spray the crock with cooking spray.
  2. Place all the ingredients in the crock.
  3. Stir together until combined.
  4. Cook on low for 2 to 4 hours.

Happy Eating,
Traci