Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of January 1, 2018

Can you believe it is already 2018?  Neither can I.

For Christmas,  I got myself a meal planner.  As I mentioned in my review of 2017, I am going to begin a weight loss challenge/ fitness challenge at work starting on Friday.  I want to get a jump start on the challenge so I got myself a Skinnytaste Meal Planner.  Actually Mom and the Wee One got it me for Christmas.

It is neat because it has a spot for the meal plan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and then an actually tracker of what you have eaten with a spot for calories or Weight Watchers points.  The planner also has a spot for a grocery list.

There is also a spot for an exercise tracker which is great.

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I’m hoping this meal planner will help me with my goals.

Every year, we have sauerkraut and pork for dinner on New Year’s Day  so that is on the menu for Monday.

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If you look at the planner, you can see what I have planned to cook for the week.

A couple of the dinners are from the freezer.  I made freezer kits for my slow cooker a few weeks ago so I’m going to utilize those for a couple times during the week.

Two of the dinners will be made in my instant pot while four of the meals will be made in my slow cooker.  I love using those two appliances to help me make sure dinner is on the table in a reasonable time.

After I planned the meal, I went to the Kroger Clicklist to order my groceries for the week.  With the cold weather we are currently having, it is easier to order the food.  Associates will then bring the food out to your car.  Convenient during these cold winter months.

So without any further ado, here is my menu for the week.

Monday

Pork and sauerkraut, roasted potatoes, honey glazed carrots

Tuesday

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with black beans and rice

Wednesday

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Thursday

Taco Soup w/ Cornbread

Friday

Mexican Pinto Beans w/ Cornbread

Saturday

Leftovers

Sunday

Garlic Mint Pork – Sides to be determined

 

Breakfasts – Hard boiled eggs, fruit, baked oatmeal, omelet muffins

Lunch – Artichoke and shrimp quinoa bowl, Cobb Salad, Yogurt, Applesauce, Salmon Cakes

Happy eating,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – December 2017

My family has been upset because I have not been cooking many dinners lately.  All of our meals have been on a whim or we have gone out to eat.

Since I had the long Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to make freezer crock pot kits so dinners will be easier for us. Continue reading “Mom, What’s For Dinner? – December 2017”

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 27, 2017 – Plus The Wee One’s Menu

I’m traveling to Pittsburgh next weekend to celebrate what would have been Tanya’s 40th birthday.

The Wee One loves to cook so he decided he wants to cook for his dad and brother while I’m gone.  So we sat down and planned dinners for while I’m away.  They need to be easy because he is a novice cook.

Here is what he’s planned for next weekend:

  • French Toast and bacon
  • Taco Salad for the Sunday night dinner – I already have the meat cooked.  He just needs to add the taco sauce.
  • Grilled cheese or cheese quesidillas

We are going to Save A Lot to get what he needs for those 3 days.

Last week I stated that I was going to put up these next two weeks’ worth of meals.  However I changed my mind.  I’ll share this week’s menu and then schedule next week’s menu.  It will go live next Monday.

My mom and I did a HUGE grocery shopping trip on Saturday.  Sam’s Club, Aldi, and Krogers.  I also went to Fresh Thyme on Friday night.  We are stocked up for the next two weeks except for the few items we need for the Wee One’s menu.  I’m also stopping at Aldi on Friday night to get a few items for my road trip.

Onto my menu plan for the next week:

Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan, Rice

Tangy Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Roast (Sunday night dinner), Roasted PotatoesRoasted Potatoes, Brown Sugar Carrots

Hash with left over roast

Sloppy Joes, Celery or Carrots, Chips

Meatloaf Muffins, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie

 

Pork chops, hamburger, and roast was on sale this weekend so I utilized those three proteins in our meal plan.  Hubby enjoyed the Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan recipe from a few weeks ago so I decided we were going to have that on our menu.

My lunch plan for this week:

  • Chicken Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Carrots and Cucumber with Hummus
  • Blue Tortilla Chips and Salsa
  • Fruit

My breakfast plan for this week:

  • Green Smoothie or Granola with Yogurt
  • Fruit – Grapes, Blueberries, or Mandarin Oranges
  • Nut Mix (Snack)

Happy Eating,
Traci

 

 

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 20, 2017

It’s that time of week again.  It’s time for the menu for the week.

Last week after I made the menu, we had some difficulties with the dinners.  The meat I got from the grocery store expired much too quickly.  I had to get new meat in the middle of the week.

I decided to change up how I did dinners this week.  I made freezer packs.  Each night, I’ll get the next days’s meal out of the freezer to allow it to defrost.  The majority of our meals this week are going to be cooked in the slow cooker.  One is going to be cooked on the indoor grill.

Next week, I’ll have the menu for the next two weeks.  I’m going to be going away during Labor Day weekend.

Instead of assigning days to the meals I’m just going to list the meals:

Baby Back Ribs with Corn on the Cob and Roasted Potatoes

BBQ Shredded Chicken (Sloppy Chicken), Potato Chips, Veggies

Chicken Taco Soup

Orange Ginger Shredded Beef, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken, Quinoa, Peas

 

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Lunch for this week:  Greek salad, Olive Hummus and Gluten Free Rosemary Crackers, Applesauce with Cinnamon, Hard Salami

20170821065419_IMG_0847.jpgBreakfast/ Snack for this week:  Yogurt with granola, oranges, Mixed Nuts

 

In other news, did you see the eclipse?  I only got to see it for a couple minutes.  When I got to see it a second time, it was so cloudy so I was fortunate to actually get to see it.  I’m in Dayton, Ohio which will be in the path of totality in 2024.

 

For more menus, please visit I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

Happy eating,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 13, 2017

Monday starts school for the students so this week is going to be interesting.

Sunday

Eat out at Steak and Shake

 

Monday

Beef and Cabbage Soup, Homemade Gluten Free Bread

Tuesday

Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan, Rice

 

Wednesday

Meatloaf Muffins, Mashed Potatoes, Rice

 

Thursday

Apricot Chicken, Rice, Veggies

 

Friday

I’m going out to eat with one of my friends from the Disney College Program.

Leftovers

 

Saturday

You are on your own.

 

Bento Box for this week:

Mexican Theme – Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing (box 1), Black Bean and Corn Salad (box 2), Kiwi Fruit (box 3), and Tortilla Chips (side) with Salsa (box 3)

For more menu inspirations, please visit Menu Plan Monday.

Happy eating,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner – August 6, 2017

This is my first week back at school so it’s going to be CRAZY.

The Imaginative One and I have a dental appointment on Monday morning.  The Wee One has a doctor’s appointment also on Monday morning.  (Hubby is taking him.)

I have a chiro appointment on Tuesday.

Then work on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Friday evening is our Open House so I will be coming home late.

I decided to shop my freezer for my meals this week.  All of these meals are going to be made in the slow cooker.  We are going to utilize leftovers for the majority of the week.

Sunday

Church picnic

Monday

Italian chicken over pasta for Hubby and the boys
I’ll eat my Italian chicken over zoodles.

Tuesday

White Chicken Chili with gluten free cornbread

 

Wednesday

Chicken and Peppers over rice

 

Thursday

leftovers

 

Friday

leftovers for Hubby and the boys
I’ll have a frozen dinner since I have to stay at work.

Saturday

To be determined

Happy eating,
Traci

 

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – July 30, 2017

This week is kinda weird. Actually it’s kind of busy.

This week I have

  • professional development 3 mornings and 1 afternoon
  • to take my son to the fair so he can work 4 times
  • Vacation Bible School Tues. – Fri.
  • Kung Fu Tues, Thurs
  • Going out to work Tues.

I did a little bit of prep yesterday and video taped it. Please be kind because it’s the first time I attempted to video tape my prep. My bird decided it was a good time to talk in the living room so you’ll hear him throughout the videos.

The Hummus video is 11 minutes long and was cut off at the end. I never finished meal prepping because after the video, a jar of mayo hit my right pinkie and broke the bone. I’ve been trying to take it easy. (Ha! Ha!)

The lettuce filled up a gallon sized storage bag.

On to my menu. I will be feeding the whole family only on Monday. The Wee One will be fed at church the rest of the week and the Imaginative One will be fed there on Wednesday and Friday.

Sunday

Pizza with the church at a local Italian restaurant – The church provided the pizza. We bought me a gluten free pizza and the Imaginative One ravioli because he does not eat pizza.

Monday

Sloppy Joes, fried potatoes, celery

Tuesday

Tilipia with the lemon garlic marinade, quinoa, veggie

Left over Sloppy Joes for the Imaginative One

Wednesday

Steak, baked potatoes, Sauteed Zucchini

Thursday

Turkey Italian Sausage, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, Zoodles for me, Pasta for the Imaginative One and Hubby

Friday

Orange Chicken, Rice

Saturday

Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings, Homemade French Fries, Veggies

Happy eating,
Traci

For other menus, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

Menu Plan Monday – Week of July 23, 2017

I’m BACK!

After two weeks of small trips, I’m finally back to planning meals for the whole week.  Last week, I took the Imaginative One on a road trip to Hershey, PA.  He just turned 14 so I thought it would be good for us to go on a mother-son trip.

During the four days we were gone, we traveled 70 miles on the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania, paid tribute to the heroes of Flight 93, rode the rides in Hershey Park, laughed like crazy on the trolley ride through Hershey, visited Gettysburg, and traveled the 112 miles on I-68 in Maryland/ West Virginia.  We also drove many miles and made so many memories.

Okay now onto the menu for this week.

I’ve got all day classes on Monday and Tuesday so the dinners need to be simple on those two days.

Sunday

Pork Roast, Roasted Baby Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Rolls

Strawberries and Blueberries with homemade whipped cream for dessert

 

Monday

Cubed Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Gravy

 

Tuesday

Sausage, Mac and Cheese, Veggies

 

Wednesday

“Oven Fried” Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Veggies

 

Thursday

Pork Ribs with lemon garlic marinade, Rice, Veggies

 

Friday

Left Overs

 

Saturday

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches or Sloppy Joes, Fries or Chips, Veggies

 

For more menus, visit Menu Plan Monday. 

Happy eating,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of July 3, 2017

I have a menu!  I have a menu!  Yeah!

We’ve been gone on vacation. My sister-in-law made sure we had dinners each day we were at the beach house so I haven’t menu planned in a few weeks.

Today I went to the store to restock.  While I was there, I made a menu.  I know that’s kind of backwards.  Actually I had an idea for a few meals.  Once I got there I nailed down the actual menu for the week.

Sunday – BBQ chicken, potato salad or French fries, corn

Monday  – Sloppy Joes, Hash browns, carrots and celery

Tuesday – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Carrots and Celery, Potato Chips, Potato Salad

Wednesday – Brown Sugar Ham, Rice, Peas

Thursday – Breaded Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Veggies

Friday – Pork Chops, Mac and Cheese, Veggies

Saturday  – Weekend Fun – Leftovers for Dinner

Here’s a printable menu.

Happy Eating,
Traci

P.S.  There will be no menu next week.  The boys will be at camp so it will be only Hubby and I for dinner.

P.P.S.  This menu is linked to I’m An Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

Menu Plan Monday – Week of March 13, 2017 (Gluten Free)

sunday

Hubby and the Wee One ate at my mother-in-law’s.  I ate gluten free nuggets and fries.  The Imaginative One is sick with a double ear infection so he didn’t eat anything.

 

monday

Salmon, Rice, and Corn

 

tuesday

Marinated Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes

 

wednesday

Pineapple Steak Bites, Rice, Veggie

 

thursday

Taco Chicken Legs, Baked Potatoes, Veggie

 

friday

Leftovers

 

For more menus, please visit Menu Plan Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

 

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Menu Plan Monday – Week of March 6, 2017 (Gluten Free)

sunday

Pot Roast, Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Strawberries, and Whipped Cream

 

monday

Beef Hash

 

tuesday

Lemon Garlic Chicken

 

wednesday

Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice, Veggies

 

thursday

Spaghetti with meatballs

Spaghetti squash with pesto and Parmesan cheese for me

 

friday

Boys have activities that involve them eating out so Hubby and I are on our own.

 

For more menus, please visit Menu Plan Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

 

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Menu Plan Monday – Week of February 27, 2017 (Gluten Free)

sunday

“Fried” Chicken with gluten free baking flour, roasted asparagus, cauliflower mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, cooked carrots, salad, gluten free biscuits

 

monday

Tacos

 

tuesday

Sausage, Gluten free mac and cheese, Green beans made in the slow cooker

 

wednesday

Breakfast for dinner – Ash Wednesday

 

thursday

??? – To Be Determined

 

friday

You are on your own.

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday – Week of February 20, 2017

sunday

Out to dinner for a belated Valentine’s Day Dinner

 

monday

Pork Chops – Some sort of side dish

tuesday

We are eating at the Imaginative One’s Court of Honor

I’m making Bramble Beans.

 

wednesday

Crustless Pizza in the Slow Cooker

 

thursday

BBQ Ribs,

 

friday

Applesauce Chicken, Rice, Veggies

 

saturday

Eating at the Wee One’s Blue and Gold Ceremony

 

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Menu Plan Monday – Week of January 16, 2017

This week I’m actually on top of my game with our menu.  Yeah!

On Saturday, I cooked up raw hamburger in my slow cooker so that I could have already cooked hamburger meat for the week.

sunday

Lasagna in the slow cooker, Garlic bread, Salad, and Cherry Apple Crisp

monday

Veggie Beef Soup in the slow cooker, French Bread

tuesday

Taco Casserole in the slow cooker

wednesday

Sausage – Maple Bourbon for the adults and Smoked for the boys, Roasted new potatoes, veggies

thursday

Left overs

friday

KFC for the children, Out to dinner for Hubby and I

saturday

Out to dinner for all members of the family

For other menu plans, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

 
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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Month of December 2016

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Week of December 1 (2 meals)

  • Breakfast for dinner (bacon, eggs, hash browns)
  • Chicken Nuggets

Week of December 5

  • Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole (Slow Cooker)
  • Fiesta Pork Chops, Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes
  • Bubble Up Pizza in the slow cooker
  • Sausage, Mac and Cheese, Veggie
  • Crock pot Chicken
  • Spinach Tortellini Soup, Crusty Bread

Week of December 12

  • Sausage 15 Bean Soup
  • Mississippi Beef Roast Sandwiches (Freezer and Slow Cooker)
  • Meatloaf Muffins from the freezer, Baked potatoes, Veggies
  • Slow Cooker Taco Casserole, Salad
  • Hash
  • Sunday Dinner

Week of December 19 (Christmas week)

  • Hamburger Soup
  • Honey BBQ Chicken Wings, French Fries, veggies
  • Italian Chicken over spaghetti, veggies
  • Swiss Steak, mashed potatoes
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Christmas Dinner

Week of December 26

  • Crock O Brats, Mashed potatoes
  • Maple praline chicken
  • Bubble Up Pizza in the slow cooker
  • Bacon Corn Chowder
  • Sandwich Night
  • New Year’s Day Dinner – Pork and Sauerkraut

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Lemon Bar (Day 24)

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Welcome to Day 24 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Today we are going to continue with the photos from the Donut Trail.

After Kelly’s Donuts, we went to downtown Hamilton.  We found the mural dedicated to Robert McCloskey.

View from the side mirror

 

 

Here are other photos of downtown Hamilton.  Some of the architecture is interesting so I quickly snapped photos as we drove by the buildings.

 

Next up was Martin’s Donuts in Trenton.

It was a cute pink building.

I don’t know why he was insistent that he stand in front of the sign.

Across the street from the donut shop

Trying the Banana Pudding donut

Our last stop was Milton’s Donuts in Middletown.  It was the closest donut shop to our house.

The boys wanted Buckeyes instead of donuts, so we allowed them to get the Buckeyes.

We had a lot of fun doing the donut trail.

What a wonderful way to enjoy a beautiful fall Saturday.

Click here for our menu for the week.

Click here for the Lemon Bar recipe.

Mom, What’s For Dinner (10/16) and Beef and Noodles (Day 17)

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Welcome to Day 17 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Nineteen years ago, I went on my last first date.  I was in my second year at Wright State and had met him the previous month in our teaching art class.  Our teacher had a sick family member so she cancelled classes three times.  We ended up in my dorm room just talking about this and that.

Fast forward to October 14, 1997, Hubby asked me out on a date.  We planned for our first date for that Friday.

After my observation at a local elementary school, we met up in downtown Dayton and ate at Spaghetti Warehouse.

Then we went over to his parents’ house before he dropped me off at my dorm room.

A year and a half later, we walked down the aisle.

Please click here for our menu for the week.

Please click here for the recipe for beef and noodles.

Dear Tanya (10/3/16) – Menu Plan Monday – Slow Cooker Granola – Day 3

Page 1 is the latest Dear Tanya letter.

Page 2 is our menu for this week.

Page 3 is the recipe for Slow Cooker Granola.

On the days I have a recipe that I’ve tried previously, I’m going to share a story or another letter to my sister.

Dearest Tanya,

I don’t know if you know how much I do miss you.  There is one song that I listen to that has lyrics that reminds me of you.  I listen to the song and then just cry.

The lyrics that remind me of you are:

“I need a family to drive me crazy.”

“We’ll have tiny boxes for memories.
Open them up and we’ll set them free.”

“But I’ll keep your secrets, if you keep mine.”

“You are the memory that won’t ever lapse
When twenty five years have suddenly passed.”

“Take my picture and the you laugh
Cause I hate the way I look in photographs.”

“Keep the memories, but don’t live in the past.”

“You are the sun in the desolate sky.”

I just discovered the song right before you died and it speaks so much to me and how I feel about you.  I know how much you hated me taking photographs of you.  Those photos are now precious in my eyes.  I see laughter and joy in your face in many of them  I wish you knew how blessed of a life you had Tanya.

Right before you died, we got a Quaker Parrot.  His name is Password.  Todd named him so that is why he has that name.  Anyway, he was hatched on Will’s birthday.  This week he decided to start talking.  Instead of screeching, he’ll start to say beak bump.  So funny!

Give everyone a hug for me.

I love you!

Love your annoying sister,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of September 25

It’s been almost a month since my sister died.  Right before her death, I had started a menu plan for the month of September but had not completed it.

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