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Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Week 18

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weeklymenusI hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

I know you’ll be busy as we get close to Christmas.  Hopefully, this menu and grocery list will save you time, so you can concentrate on gift buying, decorating and celebrating.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftover turkey, there are a couple of recipes this week to help use it up.  Just substitute the cooked chicken for turkey in the soup and tetrazini recipes.

Each menu gives 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

Here’s the list for this week:

To print, click here: [download id=”18″]

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at

Bread Eggs

bread egg cooking

Tired of cooking?

Grab a couple slices of bread and a few eggs.  Heat the skillet.  Add butter.  Pull the middles out of the bread and put it all in the hot skillet.  Crack the eggs into the holes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Easy Bake Oven Snowball Cookies

easy bake oven snow ball cookies ingr

We pulled the Easy Bake Oven out last night to make some cookies.  It was a Christmas gift for my daughter last year.  I’m happy to say that it’s gotten a fair amount of use.  We keep it in a room near the kitchen and I store the little pans and tools in the kitchen.  I also bought a cookbook called Baking with Mommy Cookbook.  It’s got easy recipes that taste good.  I refuse to buy the expensive mixes.

Sometimes, we bake a small portion of whatever we’re having for dinner in the EBO.  We’ve done Nachos, baked spaghetti, cheese tortillas, pizza…  It’s a fun way to spend time together. [Read more…]

Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy in the Slow Cooker

steak with vegetable gravy done

I found this recipe stuck in my tattered recipe binder, jotted on a calendar page from 1998.  I used to make it quite a bit, but somehow forgot about it.  I’m glad that I found it again, because it’s really easy and good. [Read more…]

Baked Potatoes with Onions

This is an easy way to dress up a baked potato.  Only Jim and I like our potatoes with onions, so I make plain ones for the kids.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Chipotle Apple Pecan Cake

chipotle apple pecan cake done

My aunt brought this cake to a family reunion in October and it was fantastic.  I couldn’t really taste any heat in her cake, just very spicy.  I made the cake for a dessert at a chili cook off.  It was really good after the chili and again, I didn’t notice the heat.  But then my lips were already burning from the chili.  I did taste some heat the next day when I had a piece of the left over cake.  It’s an interesting combination and very good.

The recipe is adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.  My aunt ripped it out of a magazine in a doctor’s office a few years ago.  I’ve always wondered who is ripping recipes out  of magazines in public places.  I’ll protect the identity of my aunt though.  And because I have 12 aunts, it would be tough for you to figure out which one is responsible. [Read more…]

Welcome to my Kitchen

Yesterday, Regina left this comment for me:

I love your site and enjoy receiving emails with new dishes that you have made. I am trying to get more home cooked meals in our house and your website is helpful with ideas on what to make and what ingredients are needed. In the mashed potatoes you mentioned you use a stand mixer; I am in the process of getting one and would love to hear what model you have and if this helps with your homemade meals. I was looking at a Sunbeam Heritage mixer (alot cheaper than the Kitchen Aid) but I have read a lot of bad reviews on this. Anyhow, would love to hear what helps you in the kitchen to make all your homemade meals. What tools and appliances are essential for you completion of wonderful meals? Thanks for your great recipes and I am looking forward to trying lots of the already posted recipes.

I’m going to answer Regina’s question in this post.  You’ll also get a good look at my cooking philosophy in action.  I don’t believe that you need the latest and greatest to put wonderful meals on the table for your family.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like new shiny appliances and cooking tools, but they aren’t always in the budget.

Come with me on a tour of my kitchen.  I’m betting it looks a lot like yours. (In fact, yours may be nicer 🙂 ) [Read more…]

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic.  They’re very easy to make.  These are a basic, nothing fancy version.  It’s really more of a method than a recipe. [Read more…]

Chicken-Fried Chops in the Slow Cooker

country fried pork chops done

These pork chops are so flavorful and tender.  The gravy is great on mashed potatoes (I’ll share that recipe tomorrow).  This is a crockpot recipe, but there’s a bit more work involved in prepping the meat for slow cooking.  Normally, I don’t like recipes that call for browning the meat before cooking, but in this case the result is worth it.  You want to get that golden crispness on the chops.  The little bits of crispies that get left in the pan are cooked into the gravy, making it especially yummy. [Read more…]

Apple Pecan Sticky Rolls

apple pecan sticky rolls done close

Oh, how I wish I could pull this out of the computer screen.  I made them last night, ate two and I’ve been craving more ever since.  I’d had a bag of frozen roll dough tucked in my freezer for a while now, waiting for the perfect inspiration.  It was worth the wait.

I found a recipe for Apple Pull Apart Rolls and tweaked it. I swapped out brown sugar for white, increased the sweet gooey stuff, added pecans and spiced it up a bit.  Oh my!  These are fit for Christmas morning.  But they’re easy enough for a plain old Tuesday night. [Read more…]

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