Free Weekly Menu + Grocery List – Year 3 Week 43 – Stock the Freezer (and my birthday wish request)

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Monday is my birthday!

And I have a birthday wish to ask you.

I need some votes.  Well, my recipe needs some votes.

My Pork Carnitas in the Slow Cooker recipe is in Mr. Food’s Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal contest.  Voting opens on Monday and I would love it if you would pop over and give me your vote.

Some of you may be reading this on Sunday night, but votes in the contest won’t start counting until Monday so you’ll need to wait until then if you want it to count.  You can vote once per browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer etc.).  If you’re like me and use different browsers at different times, feel free to vote in all of the them.  Of course, you are probably more normal than me and don’t use lots of different browsers, sometimes at the same time.

The voting will be open until September 28.

Here’s a link to the main voting page, if you’d like to see the other fantastic recipes in the running to be Mr. Food’s Ultimate Weeknight Meal.

You can vote for my recipe here.  Thanks so much!


Now for this week’s menu.  If you double a few of these recipes, you can easily have extra dinners stashed away in your freezer for later.

Double the baked spaghetti.  Bake one casserole and freeze the other unbaked for later.

Double the Spicy Chicken Pizza and freeze half the filling for later.

Double the Spicy Chicken Soup (which doesn’t taste a thing like the Spicy Chicken Pizza).  Put half in the slow cooker and half in the freezer.  When you’re ready to use the frozen soup, just thaw enough to get it out of the container and put it in the slow cooker to heat all day.  Come home to a hearty dinner with no work on your part.

Here’s what is on the menu this week:

Crunchy Chicken Taco Salad

Baked Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad

South of the Border Skillet, Cucumber and Tomato Salad, chips and salsa

Croque Monsieur Sandwiches, Shaker Tomato Soup

Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza, salad

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Soup, Cheddar Muffins

Apple Crisp in the Slow Cooker

To print, click here:  menu year 3 week 43




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  1. I love that Pork Carnitas recipe. I just voted for you!

  2. Happy Birthday!! Good Luck on the contest!! I voted! Your recipe was by far the best looking recipe!! I can’t wait to try it!!

  3. I’ve made this awesome recipe for pork carnitas! I voted for you too! Keep up the good work Tiffany.

  4. OH – AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO! Hope all your dreams come true.

  5. I heard from a little birdie that today was your birthday. Have a great day… well what’s left of it. I think after you get to a certain age you can celebrate all week.

  6. Kathy Huffman says:

    A very Happy Birthday to you Tiffany! I have a September birthday too, it is the best month for birthdays in my opinion!~ I am not normal either I guess cause I use all three of those browsers too, each one works best for something I do so I use them all. I just used them all to vote for you 3 times!! Good luck! I checked out all the recipes & altho some did look good, yours is by far the best of the bunch. I would have voted for yours even if I didn’t follow you 🙂

  7. Kathy Huffman says:

    Oh just wondering, can we vote every day or is once (or 3 times:) it?

  8. Dianne Muscatello says:

    Happy Birthday Tiffany!!
    Best Wishes for your entry “Pork Carnitas”
    I agree with Kathy .I would have voted for yours even if I were not a faithful follower.
    Thank you for all that you do.

  9. I just voted! Good luck!

  10. As far as your request for inormation on wine. Always remember use wine in cooking only that you drink by itself. No cheap wine, no boxed or jug. Since you don’t drink wine have someone taste it for you.Only if you would drink a glass of, then u should the rest for cooking

  11. I will definitely print off the carnitas recipe. Can you tell me more about freezing meals, such as the baked spaghetti, to avoid freezer burn? THanks!

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