Menu Plan Monday: May 4, 2015

Menu

May 2nd  -  May 17th, 2015

Saturday, 2nd – (grocery day)  – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Corn

Sunday, 3rd – Wings, Parmesan Potato Wedges, Dip – Apple-Rhubarb Dump Cake (Rhubarb Cookbook pg 23)

Monday, 4th -  (soccer practice) – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Wavy Chips and Dill Pickle Spears (Emeals A – 581)

Tuesday, 5th – (Game – Hudson Wi) –  Biscuit and Gravy & Scrambled Eggs  

Wednesday, 6th – (Working Late & FPU)  LEFTOVERS or Soup

Thursday, 7th – ( Game –Home) – Weeknight Sausage & Zucchini Skillet Lasagna

Friday, 8th – (Soccer Tournament) – Old Fashioned Coney Hot Dog Sauce (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 36) and Chips

Saturday, 9th -(Soccer Tournament) – Chicken Fajitas and Spanish Rice  

Sunday – 10th -(Soccer Tournament) Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Salad

 

Monday, 11th – (Game – Home) – Roast and Vegetables

Tuesday, 12th –  Ground Pork Taco Salad

Wednesday, 13th – (FPU) – LEFTOVERS

Soup and Pesto Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Friday, 15th – Chipotle Turkey Club Sandwiches (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 24) 

Saturday, 16th – (Tommy to Washington, DC) – Quick Chicken Caesar Salad  (Rotisserie Chicken)

Sunday, 17th – Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, Garbanzo Bean Salad and Corn on the Cob – Apple Rhubarb Crunch (Rhubarb  Cookbook pg 23)

 

Breakfast Options

*Cheesy Eggs with Toast
*Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins & Yogurt
*Waffles with Cream Cheese and Peanut Butter
Cheese Wrap and Fruit
*Oatmeal with Raisins
*Peanut Butter Toast and Berries
Cool Summertime Oatmeal (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 11)

Snack Options

*Fat Free Vanilla Pudding
*Hummus and Cucumber and Carrots
Boiled Egg
Hard Salami
*Celery with Peanut Butter or Cream Cheese
Cheese and Crackers

Lunch Options

*Egg Salad Pita, Grapes and Pudding
*Tilapia with Wild Rice or Vegetables
Squash Spaghetti with Ground Turkey and Sauce
Peanut Butter Sandwich – Celery with Cream Cheese and Grapes
*Greek Burger (Emeals A – 584) Apple & Pecan Salad
*Turkey Swiss Pita with Spinach
Turkey Sausage Zucchini Boats (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 12)
Arugula & Brown Rice Salad (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 24)
*Mini Caprese Pizza

Future Meals:

Apricot Pork Chops, Over Roasted Potatoes, Country Green Beans (465)
King Burgers (Simple & Delicious – June/July 2015 pg. 25) / Fries
Bacon and Pea Macaroni & CheeseEasy Chicken Parmesan

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to choose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: April 13th, 2015

Menu

April 10th  -  April 28th, 2015

Friday, 10th – Meatball Subs, Simple Pasta Salad

Saturday, 11th – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Peas

Sunday, 12th – Garlicky Pork Chops, Cheddar Twice -Baked Potatoes (Bet Loves pg 499), Corn
Dessert:  Banana Pudding Dessert (Best Loved pg 428)

 

Monday, 13th – Sausage and Rice Casserole – Green Beans (Emeals A – 581)

Tuesday, 14th – (soccer) – Chicken Sandwiches, Fries

Wednesday, 15th – (FPU) – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Wavy Chips and Dill Pickle Spears (Emeals A – 581)

Thursday,  16th – Easy Garlic Tortellini

Friday, 17th – Pepperoni Pizza Rolls, Veggies

Saturday, 18th – Waffles, Bacon  and Fruit

Sunday, 19th – BBQ Aisan Chicken,  Asian Noodles, Green Beans , Chocolate Zuchinni Cake

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Teriyaki-Chicken/

 

 

Monday, 20th – (Grandpa’s Birthday)  Beef Stroganoff, Noodles and Peas

Tuesday, 21st – (Soccer) – Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes & Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Crispy Bacon and Mixed Fruit Bowl (Emeals A – 581)

Wednesday, 22nd – (FPU) – Flaky Chicken Pot Pie  (Mom’s Best Recipes pg 141)

Thursday, 23rd – Mac and Cheese and Brats

Friday, 24th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Tater Tot Hotdish

Saturday, 25th -  (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Pot Pies

Sunday,26th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Grilled Pork Chops

Monday, 27th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Make Your Own Sandwiches

Tuesday, 28th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Pizza

 

FUTURE MEALS
Parmesan Pork Chops with Spinach Salad and Oven Roasted Potatoes (Taste of Home – April/May 2015 pg 31)
Inside Out Ravioli (Mom’s Best pg 149)
Beefy Mexican Casserole, Seasoned Black Beans and Ranch-Avocados Salad (Emeals A – 580)
Chicken Noodle Casserole with your favorite vegetable
Elegant Stuffed Cornish Hens (Best 496)Bacon Squash Saute, Orange N Red Onion Salad and Banana Cream Pie
Mom’s Roast Beef (Best Recipes 464), Over Roasted Potatoes, Country Green Beans (465)

 

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to choose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Our FPU Story: That was then……..This is now…….

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Our Financial Peace Journey started in the fall of 2010.  Hubby and I were in church and the pastor announced a new class called Financial Peace University starting.  Hubby asked me if I wanted to attend.  I was sort of non-committal as usual and said “I don’t care”.   Little did I know what God had planned for us and our family!

We had debt, but then everyone does, right??  That is normal, isn’t it??   We were able to meet our minimum payments each month, we paid private school tuition for our youngest son.  We had a house and two cars, none of which were paid for, but we had them!  We went on vacations and worried about how to pay for them later.  Living the American dream……

Arguments we had usually touched-on money issues and honestly we otherwise didn’t really talk much about money or our family finances.   We, like many people were supplementing our income with credit cards.   We did little to no planning for the future and I am not so sure we would be saving anything for retirement.  Actually, I know we would not have.  We were living in the moment and retirement was years away…about 25!

I paid the bills and handled the household finances alone.  It was very stressful for me and I didn’t feel comfortable saying no to my new hubby.   We were a newly blended family in 2000 and we didn’t plan a lot on how we’d handle money together before we were married.  We were definitely living like everyone else, and going into debt.

We started FPU and are thankful every day for God leading us there.  He knew what we needed, more than we did.  We sort-of had our head in the sand regarding our debt.  If you had asked me how much we had in debt back then, I would have had no idea.  FPU pulled our heads out of the sand to face the debt we had accumulated.

I have never shared this publicly before, except in the safety of the FPU panel, as it is embarrassing, we had $109,000 in credit card and student loan debt.    Putting a real number on our debt, really opened our eyes!  I am sharing this now as we want everyone to know that financial peace is possible.  We are sharing our story in hopes that other families will join our family in the journey to beat debt and discover the financial peace we all yearn for.

 

God will generously provide all you need – 2 Cor. 9:8

 

This is now………

Our marriage is stronger than ever due to FPU and learning to work together as a team.   We frequently discuss our finances and make decisions together.  I can hardly recall the last time we argued over money, it is that rare.  We sit down together every week for a budget meeting and pay our bills together.  We try to identify and share a weekly victory to keep us (me) motivated. We plan, (MAJORLY), for our future and retirement.   A big part of this journey is staying motivated.  It takes some sacrifice to become debt free.

Honestly, we feel we live like no one else, but we have not found it uncomfortable.   We both agree we still have a very pleasurable life with a brighter future.  At times one of us may feel discouraged (usually Jen) but the other person is always there to remind them of our goals.   We have goals and dreams.  We discuss those and the steps to achieve them.  The most amazing thing is these dreams are achievable.

We have an emergency fund to help us avoid using a credit card.   We only use one credit card for things that MUST be paid-off each week.  We are accumulating ZERO new credit card debt.

We are very hopeful and excited about our future.   As of this month, we are down to only one vehicle loan and one student loan.  Our snowball is starting to gain some serious momentum!  After 4 years on the FPU program, we have paid-off $89,000 in debt,  and the debt is decreasing MUCH faster now.  We should be debt free by April 2016.  As we pay this off, our retirement planning will also skyrocket! (Instead of paying interest to creditors, we are investing that same money into retirement!)

We hope our story inspires you and helps you to realize it is possible and worth all the sacrifice and hard work. (It is really not that hard!)   Join us in living like no one else………

 

Blessings,

Paul and Jen

 

Other Articles in our FPU Series:
Financial Peace University
Change Takes a Leap of Faith
Budgeting…Time to Make a Plan
FPU: Inside Our Weekly Budget Meeting
FPU: Sink Your Debt with a Sinking Fund
Groceries: Cut the Dance and Start to Wiggle!

Menu Plan Monday: April 13th, 2015

Menu

April 10th  -  April 28th, 2015

Friday, 10th – Meatball Subs, Simple Pasta Salad

Saturday, 11th – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Peas

Sunday, 12th – Garlicky Pork Chops, Cheddar Twice -Baked Potatoes (Bet Loves pg 499), Corn
Dessert:  Banana Pudding Dessert (Best Loved pg 428)

 

Monday, 13th – Sausage and Rice Casserole – Green Beans (Emeals A – 581)

Tuesday, 14th – (soccer) – Chicken Sandwiches, Fries

Wednesday, 15th – (FPU) – Flaky Chicken Pot Pie  (Mom’s Best Recipes pg 141)

Thursday,  16th – Easy Garlic Tortellini

Friday, 17th – Pepperoni Pizza Rolls, Veggies

Saturday, 18th – Thai Grilled Chicken, Asian Noodles, Green Beans

Sunday, 19th – Mom’s Roast Beef (Best Recipes 464), Over Roasted Potatoes, Country Green Beans (465) Chocolate Zuchinni Cake

 

Monday, 20th – (Grandpa’s Birthday)  Beef Stroganoff, Noodles and Peas

Tuesday, 21st – (Soccer) – Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes & Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Crispy Bacon and Mixed Fruit Bowl (Emeals A – 581)

Wednesday, 22nd – (FPU) – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Wavy Chips and Dill Pickle Spears (Emeals A – 581)

Thursday, 23rd – Mac and Cheese and Brats

Friday, 24th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Tater Tot Hotdish

Saturday, 25th -  (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Pot Pies

Sunday,26th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Grilled Pork Chops

Monday, 27th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Make Your Own Sandwiches

Tuesday, 28th – (MACMH – Jen Out of Town) – Pizza

FUTURE MEALS
Parmesan Pork Chops with Spinach Salad and Oven Roasted Potatoes (Taste of Home – April/May 2015 pg 31)
Inside Out Ravioli (Mom’s Best pg 149)
Beefy Mexican Casserole, Seasoned Black Beans and Ranch-Avocados Salad (Emeals A – 580)
Chicken Noodle Casserole with your favorite vegetable
Elegant Stuffed Cornish Hens (Best 496)Bacon Squash Saute, Orange N Red Onion Salad and Banana Cream Pie

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to choose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Review: We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

 

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Title: We Are Not Ourselves

Author: Matthew Thomas

Narrator: Mare Winningham

Unabridged Length: 20 h, 51 m

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio, 2014

Genres: Adult Fiction, Literary

Source: Audiobook Jukebox‘s reviewer program

 

About the Book: (from Goodreads.com)

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed.

When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.
Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.

Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away.

Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.

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Matt Thomas About Author: Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His New York Times-bestselling novel WE ARE NOT OURSELVES has been shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Narrator:   Mary Megan “Mare” Winningham is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is an Academy Award, Tony Award and eight-time Emmy Award nominee, winning Emmys in 1980 and 1998. Winningham began her acting career in the late 1970s on television.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review:   We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas is the story of Eileen and Ed a married couple and parents of Connell.  Eileen and  Ed seem like a typical couple, with their ups and down and hopes for a better future.   As Eileen begins to look at homes in a new neighborhood in pursuit of the American Dream, the family is tested.  Though I questioned Eileen’s feelings for Ed initially, once their relationship was tested, Eileen  was there for Ed.  Her life changes as it become evident that Ed’s condition will progress  and not improve.   Ed’s condition certainly tested their love for each other as well as his relationship with his son, Connell.   The family is forces to learn what really matters most in life.  I was  touched by Eileen’s choices regarding Ed’s care and to maintain his dignity as long as possible. 

 

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas in Audio Version is 18 CD’s long.  In all honesty, the plot is doled out very slowly, which I struggled with.   Had this not been a review book, I am not sure I would have finished We Are Not Ourselves.    I was not initially invested in Eileen and Ed’s relationship, which makes it hard to continue a initially slow read.    In retrospect,  I am glad I finished the book as I really enjoyed the last half of the book.  

 

My Rating: 3/5 – Having experienced the loss of a loved one to the same condition, many of the emotions in We Are Not Ourselves resonated with me.  The decline of the person is a slow process that you try to tell yourself is not really happening.  I think Matthew Thomas portrayed the feelings of loss, grief, guilty and love very well in the later half of the book.  We Are Not Ourselves gives readers a good look into the life of a caregiver and how life can change in a moment. 

My Rating Scale: 1 – didn’t like it; 2 – it was ok; 3 – liked it; 4 – really liked it; 5 – it was amazing

 

We Are Not Ourselves was also reviewed on the following blogs:  Books and Movies, That’s What She Read, Booking MamaPopcorn Reads, and Lit Lovers.

 

Happy Reading!

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**Disclosure – We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas was received from Simon and Schuster in exchange for a fair review.

Menu Plan Monday: March 30th

Menu

March 30th -  April 12, 2015

Friday, 27th – Fish Sandwiches and Fries

Saturday, 28th – (Gala) – Pizza

Sunday, 29th – Beef Enchiladas and Spanish Rice
Dessert:  Mexican Rice Pudding

Monday, 30th – (Off) – Parmesan Pork Chops Oven Roasted Potatoes with Stir Fried Broccoli and Carrots (Emeals A –577 – 55 minutes)

Tuesday, 31st – (Off) – Open Faced Cheese Tuna Melts, Fruit and Chips (Emeals578)

Wednesday, 1st – (Off) – Pancakes / Bacon / Eggs

Thursday, 2nd – Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Friday, 3rd – Meatless Spaghetti – Garlic Bread

Saturday, 4th – Korean Beef with rice and broccoli or string beans

Sunday, 5th – (Easter) Baked Spiral Ham, Garlic –Butter Green Beans (Best Loved 463), Roasted Herb Potatoes
Dessert: Mom’s Apple Pie (Recipe in Emails)

 

Monday, 6th (Working Late) – Tater Tot Hotdish

Tuesday, 7th – Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich, Hashbrowns and fruit salad or orange juice

Wednesday, 8th – (FPU Preview Night) – Spring Greek Pasta Salad (Taste of Home April/May 2015 – pg 52), Sandwich for a Crowd (Best Loved – pg. 653)

Thursday, 9th – Chicken Noodle Casserole with your favorite vegetable

Friday, 10th – Meatball Subs, Simple Pasta Salad (Emeals579)

Saturday, 11th – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Peas

Sunday, 12th – Garlicky Pork Chops, Cheddar Twice -Baked Potatoes (Bet Loves pg 499), Corn
Dessert:  Banana Pudding Dessert (Best Loved pg 428)

 

Future Meals:
Chicken & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese (Taste of Home/S&D – April/May 2015 -39)
Crispy Honey Pork Tenderloin
Thai Grilled Chicken
Garlic Herb Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Corn on Cob, and Fruit
Easy Sesame Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables
Roasted Green Beans
Balsamic Pork Chops – Carrots and Roasted Asparagus (Emeals 482)
Creamy Angel Hair with Spinach and Sausage
Chicken Pesto Linguine/Garlic Bread/Zucchini (EmealsA- 577- 35 minutes)
Quiche with Hashbrown Crust
Easy Beef Macaroni and Cheese

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: March 16, 2015

Menu

March 14th -  March 29th, 2015

Saturday, 14th – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Corn

Sunday, 15th – Corned Beef/ Paul’s Gravy and Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots
Dessert:  Chocolate Mint Poke Cake

Monday, 16th – Pancakes / Bacon / Eggs

Tuesday, 17th – (FPU) – Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Wednesday, 18th – Chicken Pesto Linguine/Garlic Bread/Zucchini (EmealsA- 577- 35 minutes)

Thursday, 19th – Patty Melts, Chips

Friday, 20th – Mom’s Mac N Cheese (Double)

Saturday, 21st – Parmesan-Crusted Cod, Pesto Rice , Veggie

Sunday, 22nd – Cordon Bleu Pork Chops/ Baked Potato and Corn on Cob – (taste of Home Grill It – pg 179)
Dessert:   German Chocolate Cheese Cake

 

Monday, 23rd – Parmesan Pork Chops Oven Roasted Potatoes with Stir Fried Broccoli and Carrots (Emeals A –577 – 55 minutes)

Tuesday, 24th -  (FPU) – Last Class Catered Meal at Class

Wednesday, 25th – Almond Chicken/Salad (EmealsA 577 –40 minutes)

Thursday, 26th – Easy Beef Macaroni and Cheese

Friday, 27th – Fish Sandwiches and Fries

Saturday, 28th- Garlic-Baked Chicken Breasts/ Rosemary Quinoa-Brown Rice and Veggie  (EmealsA – 576  – 50 minutes)

Sunday, 29th – Beef Enchiladas and Spanish Rice
Dessert:  Mexican Rice Pudding

Future Meals:
Chicken & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese (Taste of Home/S&D – April/May 2015 -39)
Crispy Honey Pork Tenderloin
Thai Grilled Chicken
Garlic Herb Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Corn on Cob, and Fruit
Easy Sesame Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables
Roasted Green Beans
Balsamic Pork Chops – Carrots and Roasted Asparagus (Emeals 482)
Creamy Angel Hair with Spinach and Sausage

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Menu Plan Monday: March 2nd, 2015

Menu

February 28th -  March 14th, 2015

Saturday, 28th – Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffing and Corn

Sunday, 1st – Country Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Monday, 2nd  – Chicken & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese (Taste of Home/S&D – April/May 2015 -39)

Tuesday, 3rd- Tacos or Tacos Salad (FPU)

Wednesday, 4th  – Spaghetti and Meatballs  (Jen Not Home)

Thursday, 5th  – Patty Melts, Chips

Friday, 6th – Crab Salad

Saturday, 7th – Turkey Potato Tetrazzini

Sunday, 8th – Sweet and Sour Pork Chops, Baked Parmesan Zucchini

 

Monday, 9th – Chunky Turkey Vegetable Soup(crockpot) (Fix and Forget it – 5 Ingredients – pg19)

Tuesday, 10th – French Dip Sandwiches  (FPU)

Wednesday, 11th – Weekend Chicken Cordon Bleu (Taste of Home/S&D – April/May 2015)

Thursday, 12th – Spinach & Feta Burgers (Taste of Home/S&D – April/May 2015- pg 33)

Friday, 13th – French Bread Pizza

Saturday, 14th – Pancakes / Bacon / Eggs

Sunday, 15th – Parmesan-Crusted Cod, Pesto Rice , Veggie

Future Meals:
Mom’s Mac N Cheese (Double)
Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole
Spare Rib Sandwiches, Tater Tots, Coleslaw
Zucchini Parmesan Crisps
Herbed Egg Noodles,
Grilled Pesto Ham and Provolone Sandwiches (Taste of Home/S&D – April/May 2015
Herbed Egg Noodles,

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!

Classic Lasagna

After making many different Lasagna Recipe  – this is our favorite.  It has a great texture. When the pieces are cut, the stay together and are sturdy. Best of all, it is easy to make!

Classic Lasagna
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 jars pasta sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 16 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 16 oz. shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
Instructions
  1. Cook Lasagna Noodles as package directs. Cook and drain ground beef. Return to pan and add pasta sauce and heat. Combine eggs, ricotta, 8 oz. mozzarella, Parmesan and garlic salt. In 13 x 9, spread 1 cup meat sauce. Begin layers with 3 noodles, ½ cheese/egg mixture & 2 cups meat sauce. Repeat layers. End with last 3 noodles and remaining sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F, 35 minutes. Remove foil; add 8 oz. cheese. Return 5=7 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Serve with Caesar Salad

Happy Cooking!!

 

Menu Plan Monday: 2/16/15

Menu

February 14th -  February 29th, 2015

Saturday,14th  – Beef Enchiladas & Spanish Rice

Apple cinnamon steel cut oats! Double recipe for weekend leftovers.

2 cups steel cut oats
1 cup half and half
8 cups water…
2 chopped apples
Cinnamon to taste

Crockpot on low for 8-9 hours

Sunday, 15th – Beef Stroganoff, Noodles and Peas
Double this recipe for our family….

1 lb ground beef
8 oz sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
(1 t salt, 1 t onion powder)
(¼ c water, 1 t beef bouillon cube)

1 pkg egg noodles 1 pkg frozen peas

In large skillet, brown the ground beef; drain.  Add sour cream, soup, salt, onion powder and water to skillet. Heat to a low boil; add bouillon.  Stir to dissolve; reduce heat to simmer.

Boil noodles while preparing meat mixture. Serve stroganoff over cooked noodles. Serve with steamed peas

Monday, 16th – Onion Topped Herbed Pork RoastCreamy Pesto Rice, Carrots

Tuesday, 17th – (FPU) Chicken Salad Sandwiches/ Croissants- Fresh Fruit 

Wednesday, 18th – Turkey Potato Tetrazzini

Thursday, 19th –Egg and Cheese Muffin Sandwiches, Hash Brown Patties, Fresh Fruit

Friday, 20th -  Parmesan-Crusted Cod, Pesto Rice , Veggie

Saturday, 21st – Baked Teriyaki Chicken, Accordion Potatoes, and Salad

Sunday, 22nd – Loaded Baked Potato Soup

 

Monday, 23rd – Sweet and Sour Pork Chops, Baked Parmesan Zucchini

Tuesday, 24th – (FPU)  Sloppy  Joes (crockpot) and Fries(shoestring)

Wednesday, 25th – Jiffy Ground Pork Skillet and Salad

Thursday, 26th -  Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole  

Friday, 27th – Fish Sandwiches – Zucchini Parmesan Crisps  (prep meatloaf)
Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Panko*
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 zucchinis, thinly sliced to 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

Instructions

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine Panko and Parmesan; set aside.
  • Working in batches, dredge zucchini rounds in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
  • Add zucchini rounds to the skillet, 5 or 6 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 1 minute on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve immediately.

Saturday, 28th – Country Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Sunday, 29th -  Spare Rib Sandwiches, Tater Tots, Coleslaw

Future Meals :
Lemon and Olive Oil Baked Cod
Baked Salmon with Honey Dijon & Garlic
Banana Streusel Muffins
Patty Melts
Almond Crusted Pork Chops with Cider Sauce(Simple and Delicious – Feb/Mar 2015 – pg 36)  Stuffing and Corn
Pork Chop Potato Casserole
pecan Crusted Fish
Herbed Egg Noodles,

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday.  Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is a great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!!

Happy Cooking!!