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My Planned Monthly Menu

I wrote, a couple of days ago, that I took the month of April off menu planning and, basically, any cooking. I am back on track and created a menu plan on my iPad app, called ‘MealBoard’, starting on May 6 through the 31st. I don’t cook 7 days a week though! I believe in having weekends off! Since I don’t plan meals on the weekend we eat whatever is easy, like peanut butter sandwiches or pancakes, and that’s only if I feel like making it. Sometimes we have leftovers to eat. I do plan Monday through Friday meals though and want to share what this month looks like for us. I only plan dinners, but maybe one day I will plan breakfast and lunch too.

If a recipe sounds good and I haven’t posted it on my blog, let me know and I will share it.

Here’s our month of May menu:

May 06 -◦ Monday
Crock Pot Cheesy Ravioli Casserole (Dinner)
Ramon Noodle Salad (Dinner)
Breadsticks (Dinner)
Strawberry Freeze (Dinner)

May 07 -◦ Tuesday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 08 -◦ Wednesday
Crock Pot Chicken Dinner (Dinner)
Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes (Dinner)
Cucumbers (Dinner)

May 09 -◦ Thursday
Tacos (Dinner)
Nachos & Cheese (Dinner)

May 10 -◦ Friday
White Beans And Penne Pasta (Dinner)
Blueberry Muffins (Dinner)
Corn (Dinner)

May 11 -◦ Saturday

May 12 -◦ Sunday

May 13 -◦ Monday
Chili (Dinner)
Corn Bread (Dinner)
Oriental Cole Slaw (Dinner)

May 14 -◦ Tuesday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 15 -◦ Wednesday
Chicken Supreme (Dinner)
Honey Roasted Potatoes (Dinner)
Frozen Garlic Green Beans (Dinner)

May 16 -◦ Thursday
Easy Crock Lasagna (Dinner)
Tossed Salad (Dinner)
Garlic Bread (Dinner)

May 17 -◦ Friday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 18 -◦ Saturday

May 19 -◦ Sunday

May 20 -◦ Monday
Potato Soup (Dinner)
Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw (Dinner)
Apple Cinnamon Bread (Dinner)

May 21 -◦ Tuesday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 22 -◦ Wednesday
Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breast (Dinner)
Sweet Potato Fries (Dinner)
Carrots (Dinner)

May 23 -◦ Thursday
Beef Fajitas (Dinner)
Nachos & Cheese (Dinner)
Strawberries (Dinner)

May 24 -◦ Friday
Spaghetti (Dinner)
Tossed Salad (Dinner)
Italian Bread (Dinner)

May 25 -◦ Saturday

May 26 -◦ Sunday

May 27 -◦ Monday
Sweet And Sour Chicken (Dinner)
Crock Pot Fried Rice (Dinner)

May 28 -◦ Tuesday
Roast (Dinner)
Cheesy Potatoes (Dinner)
Broccoli (Dinner)

May 29 -◦ Wednesday
Beef Potpie (Dinner)
Tossed Salad (Dinner)

May 30 -◦ Thursday
Nachos & Cheese (Dinner)
Tacos (Dinner)

May 31 -◦ Friday
Hamburgers (Dinner)
Baked Beans (Dinner)
Homemade French Fries (Dinner)

Thanks for reading!

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Blueberry Cake

Blueberry Cake

I found a leftover pint of blueberries in my basement refrigerator and decided a blueberry buckle or cake sounded good.  I hopped on to Pinterest, typed in blueberry cake and the first recipe I saw was very easy.  One specific ingredient the recipe called for drew me in……..fresh lemon zest!  My love affair with lemons convinced me this was the cake to make!  The recipe also called for the use of a spring-form pan, which I specifically bought a few months back to make cheesecake in.  I haven’t used it since then, so this clinched the fact that I needed to make this cake just to get more use out of my pan!  Of course, I used my Bosch to mix the cake in.  It only took a few minutes to make and tasted delicious.

Here’s the recipe:

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Ingredients

1/2t salt
4 oz (1 stick) butter

1C sugar
1/4t vanilla
1t lemon zest
2 large eggs

2C blueberries, rinsed and drained

1t lemon juice
1t flour
powdered sugar for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F or 175C. Lightly grease and flour the 9″ spring pan or pie pan.
  2. Combine 1C flour with baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium high speed for 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and lemon zest. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture, beating until smooth. Pour the batter into the pan.
  4. Combine the berries with the 1t flour and the lemon juice in a bowl. Spoon the berries over the batter.
  5. Bake for 45-60minutes or until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove form the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully slide a thin knife around the edges of the cake to release it form the pan. Transfer the cake to a platter.
  7. Dust the cake with powdered sugar before serving.

I have three sizes of spring-form pans and thought the 9″ was too big.  The batter didn’t even fill half of the pan.

Blueberry Cake

But, it did rise and somewhat filled the pan.

Blueberry Cake

Maybe next time I will try it in my smaller pan, but I don’t think it really mattered.  Fresh, out of the oven, served with whipped cream equals one cake eaten in about 15 minutes!

 

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Bosch Compact Kitchen Machine Review

This small stand mixer is a delight to own!

This small stand mixer is a delight to own!

Since I have been trying to make more and more home made meals and using my hand held mixer more, it decided to quit on me in the middle of Christmas cookies!  Ok, so it was cheap one that I bought when my husband and I got married, 17 years earlier….was it made that well…OR did I not use it that much???  Luckily, I bought another cheap one earlier that month, though I’m not sure why I did.  Was it women’s intuition that my old one would quit in the middle of making Christmas cookies?  I’m not sure, but, I WAS glad I had a spare!  I took that opportune moment to ‘complain’ to my husband…..ok, really I meant ‘hint’ to my husband that I had been eying the stand mixers for awhile.  They are rather expensive and bulky though, so I only hinted a few times, maybe a couple were strong hints…:)  He decided to do a little research on them behind my back and asked a good friend of mine, who is an excellent guide on cooking and kitchen tools.  She told him the best brand was Bosch, so he started researching that brand.  His only concern was that we have very little extra counter space and where would I put it?  He found the compact mixer online and read positive review after positive review about this product and decided to go for it.  When I opened it I thought it was rather small and felt like it was cheaply made.  That was a review my husband had read from another buyer.  The reviewer had said the same thing, but, after he used it was amazed at the quality of it!   So I thought I would give it a try.  I did like the smallness of it.  It’s not too small that I can’t make anything in it, but small enough not to intrude the counter.   I can easily make a batch of cookies or 2 batches of bread in it!  I have been using it at least once a week since Christmas and have not been disappointed!  I just shove every ingredient in the bowl and let it do it’s work!

4 quart mixing bowl

It has a lid with a hole to pour in liquid ingredients while not splattering all over the place.

I LOVE having this lid, especially with a small opening to pour liquids into it!

I LOVE having this lid, especially with a small opening to pour liquids into it!

It has three attachments, a stirring whisk, beating whisk and a hook for dough.

These are the three attachments that come with the mixer.

These are the three attachments that come with the mixer.

This is a 400-watt power unit with a four quart mixing bowl, the anti-splash cover, four speeds, and a 5-6 pound dough capacity.  It fits perfectly on my counter and is kind of cute!

I really do love my new toy and was really surprised my husband did quite a bit of research to buy just the perfect one for me!  See, it only took a little bit of hinting around!!  🙂

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Oriental Cole Slaw

Oriental Cole Slaw

I can’t believe a week has gone by!  We have been busy with, can you guess?  Yes, ballet!  One of my children better go professional after all I have and am spending!  We have had  some fun meals and I wanted to share this salad I made last night with dinner.  It was easy and very good!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
1 package broccoli cole slaw mix
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 bunch broccoli, chopped
1 cup almonds
2 packages beef Ramen noodles
1 small green onions, chopped
Dressing:
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 packages Ramen noodle seasoning mix, dryDirections:
Mix together and pour dressing mixture over salad.Better served after marinated for at least 24 hours, but it still tasted very good after only a few hours!Enjoy!

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Apple Ring Fritters

Wow!  What a couple of weeks it has been!  We are done with both Nutcrackers!  It is bitter-sweet.  Both shows were spectacular!  All the girls were amazing and beautiful dancers!  I feel like it has been a whirlwind, a fun one, but a whirlwind, none the less!  We now have our weekends back and I’m not sure what to do!!  I’m sure they will fill up quickly!   🙂  I haven’t been posting for a couple of days so I thought I would share a recipe I found that IApple Fritters would like to give a try.  If you try it let me know how you liked it.

Here it is:

1 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp sugar

3/4 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

4 apples, peeled and cored

Directions:

1)  Sift the dry ingredients.

2)  Add the egg and milk and stir well.

3)  Peel and core the apples and slice into rings about 1/4 inch thick

4)  Dip the rings in the batter and drop into a skillet containing about 1/2 inch of hot, melted shortening.

5)  fry until golden brown on both sides

6)  Drain on a paper towel

7)  Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl to sprinkle over the fritters

Makes about 16-20

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Silly Putty-Home Made

I know this has nothing to do with Christmas, but I am on a roll for home-made kid’s projects.  This is the recipe for home-made silly putty:

1/8 cup of 1 part liquid clothes starch

1/4 cup of Elmer’s glue

couple drops of food coloring

Mix together.  If it is very sticky or runny, add more starch.

Enjoy!

 

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Sweet Potato Casserole

When I think of my family’s Thanksgiving food traditions, I automatically think of three staple foods: Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and Ambrosia Salad. Those are the three foods I always make at Thanksgiving, no matter where we have our meal! I do make the green bean casserole many times throughout the year, in fact, we are having it today because it’s my daughter’s 14th birthday and she requested it. Now, the sweet potatoes and ambrosia I only make for Thanksgiving. I’m not sure why.   Maybe so we don’t get used to them and have it to look forward to on only one day per year.

I still have to shop for my ingredients. I’m crazy for not having gone to the grocery store yet! I’m sure the store won’t be too crazy, right??

I pulled my recipes out and plan to share them today. I will share on three separate posts starting with Sweet Potato Casserole on this post.

Ingredients:

2 big cans of sweet potatoes

1/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup margarine

1 cup coconut

1 tsp salt

Directions:  Mix altogether and put in casserole dish.  Cover with the topping.

Topping Ingredients:

1 cup chopped nuts

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup oats

1/2 cup butter

Mix together and place on top of casserole.

Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.

Enjoy!  I love this recipe!

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