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Menu Planning…again…

9 Mar

No matter how much I try, the only way I can stay on track with cooking every night like I need to is to Menu Plan.  I got away from it for a few months, but have realized that overall my life is much easier when I have a plan for my meals, in fact, I am now trying to do more planning with our morning and lunch meals!  I don’t keep these meals set in stone, but I do make sure that I have the ingredients for the entire week of meals.  One of the things that I have struggled with is Button Boy’s allergy to eggs.  I have discovered some egg-free pastas, cake mixes, brownie mixes and cookie mixes…but, I am also finding that I am enjoying cooking more.  Making things from scratch…I’m not at the level as my brother’s wife–yet!  I have been going to more and more cooking blogs, and wanting to stay at home more so I can cook!  Of course, my new addiction to Pampered Chef hasn’t helped! — thanks, Noelle!!!

Well, onto our Menu Plan for this week:

Saturday — Spiral Sliced Honey Ham (a deal at Sam’s!  7.88 lbs for a little over $13.00) and my homemade Macaroni ‘N Cheese (thanks to Martha Stewart’s website!)

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

Sunday — lunch with the Oue’s at Satsuki  YUMMMMMM!!!!  dinner — leftover ham & mac ‘n cheese

Monday — easy dinner, coming home from Callaway Gardens field trip with Girly Girl’s 2nd grade class —

Tuesday — Dad out with the kiddos, probably to Cici’s Pizza…I do not like Cici’s!

Wednesday — dinner at church, fried porkchops!  YUMM-O!

Thursday — cooking out Turkey Filets with rice

Friday — our favorite Chicken Bruscetta

Our lunches this week will be sandwiches with Black Forest Ham or Chicken Salad and either Bugles or Doritoes.  Breakfast is real fun!  Most mornings will be biscuits with cheese or (mostly for Button Boy) syrup! — it is Alabama, after all!

Just to go ahead and prepare my two faithful readers, I will not be posting my Menu Plans every week, but when I have something new and exciting to share…like the price of my spiral sliced ham from Sam’s…or my wonderful homemade Macaroni ‘N Cheese…or my Chicken Bruscetta repost…again!

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Cold Weather, Warm Soup

15 Jan

It is very unusual for the weather to do what it is doing and about to do here in Montgomery, AL.  Let’s see, the week before and after Christmas we were hitting around the 70 degree mark.  This past Sunday, I believe our high was the mid-sixties!  Tomorrow, the HIGH….THE HIGH I TELL YOU….is going to be 40 degrees.  Yes, fellow Bloggityville, USA-ers…that is 4-0.  Do you know how cold that is to someone from Alabama?  It is like -40 to someone in Alaska…except for the fact that in Alaska they EXPECT VERY COLD WEATHER!  Here in Alabama, you are lucky to find fleece coats before November….and to try and find a coat now?!  When you were really expecting to get through the rest of the winter without needing one….or long-jons.  Try finding some of them somewhere….hey, try finding them anytime and them not being hunting camo!

Anywho…

Since the weather is going to be quite frigid, I have declared this week, SOUP WEEK in our household.  Sounds pretty good, eh?  (Like the Canadian-ese thrown in for effect?!)

I made my first attempt at homemade Potato Soup…homemade ala “Semi-Homemade”with Sandra Lee.  The recipe didn’t actually come from her, it came from my (excuse my Kindergarten-ese) BFF ‘Lainey!!  <giggle, giggle, snort, snort>  I thought I would share the recipe, mainly because my entire family thoroughly enjoyed it!  I did change a few of the ingredients, and made way too big of a pot of it, but other than that, it was great!

EmmyJMommy’s “Semi-Homemade” Potato Soup

1 small diced onion

1 TBSP butter

3 cups heavy cream

3 cups whole milk

2 cans potato soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 bag frozen hashbrowns

1 lb cooked bacon

1 lb shredded cheese

Saute onions in butter until onions are clear, I did not caramelize them for the soup.  Once the onions are done, add cream and milk.  Add the 3 cans of soup and frozen hasbrowns.  Let it come to a slight boil.  BE CAREFUL — IF IT SITS TOO LONG, THE HASHBROWNS WILL SETTLE TO THE BOTTOM AND BURN (not that I know this from experience….actually, I do)  When ready to serve, crumble bacon on top with cheese.  You could also add a dollop (?) of sour cream to taste!

Yummy!
Yummy!
Note:  this is not an actual picture of my soup...
remember, I burned the potatoes a little!