Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – September 23


We’re still focusing on freezer meals in the Weekly Meal Plans.  I’ve got a sneak peek at this week’s plans at the bottom of this post.



Last weekend, we celebrated my birthday a little bit early.  We went to the apple orchard on Saturday.  The weather was gorgeous!  Just the right amount of cool to hint at fall, but not enough to feel really cold.  And the sun was shining bright.  We bought a lot of apples, apple cider, apple cider donuts and decided to eat lunch there too.

Our original plan was to go out for lunch on Sunday for my birthday, but we’d spent so much on Saturday I decided to cook instead.  I made a classic pot roast with potatoes and carrots.  I really thought I had already shared the recipe with you, but I can’t find it on my site, so I guess I never posted it.  And I didn’t take any photos on Sunday either.  But soon, I’ll make it again and post it.  It is so good!

Jim made my favorite cake – Mom’s Layer Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting from the Cake Mix Dr. Cookbook.



He did refrain from adding 46 candles to the cake!

Monday night I created the recipe for Popcorn Chicken Parmesan.  It was a hit!  Such an easy way to have a fantastic meal and it only took 15 minutes to make.

Tuesday was my actual birthday.  Isaac had a soccer game, so we ate sandwiches on the sidelines.

Wednesday night I made tostadas.  I was in a hurry, but I was trying to create a new recipe.  My creative juices weren’t flowing well though and we ended up with taco meat on tostada shells.  Super simple and quick.

Wednesday was also the day that my Stitch Fix box came.  This was the first box that I kept everything.

Stitch Fix 8


I loved everything they sent this time, but my favorite by far is the jeans.  I still can’t believe they actually fit.  Jean shopping is normally a huge hassle for me.  I have to try on 10-20 pairs before I find one that fits.  They all have a huge gap in the back of the waist.  I hate shopping for any type of pants, because it just takes so long.

But I pulled these from Stitch Fix from the box and they fit perfectly!  I wore them the rest of the day and my kids kept telling me that they really liked them.  That never happens!  It was fun to hear them complement me.  I never would have chosen the color either.  It’s darker than it looks in the picture.  And I had a surprising number of tops that coordinate with the burgundy color.

I’ve already scheduled my next fix and requested more jeans.  You can find out more about how Stitch Fix works here (that’s my affiliate link).  I love using the service, because I really hate to shop.  Stitch Fix is like shopping without actually going shopping.

Thursday night, I felt like a hypocrite.  There were only 2 people going to be home for dinner, with 1 more coming in late.  We’d had a long day of classes and practices.  So I decided we would grab fast food.  I’m not sure why this should make me feel like a hypocrite, since I’ve never claimed that we don’t eat out.  But since I do run a blog called Eat at Home, I always feel funny when I give in to my lazies and hit the drive through.

It’s Friday afternoon as I write this.  We’ve got another soccer game tonight.  I’m debating whether I should make something to eat on the sidelines or make something to have once we get home.  It will be late though and I don’t know that I want to wait that long for dinner.

#DinnerDilemma Twitter Party and Slow Cooker Giveaway

hamilton beach 6 quart slow cooker


This Twitter party had to be postponed last week, so we’re going to be having it this Monday 3pm Est.

I love this slow cooker!  Actually, I’ve never used it, I just wanted one for a long time.  I’ll be giving away 2 of them, along with an assortment of Libby’s products to two participants in the #DinnerDilemma Twitter party.

I’d love for you to join us on Monday 9/23 at 3pm EST.  We’re going to be talking about all kinds of things to help get dinner on the table each night, from recipes, to bulk cooking, to side dishes and more.

Be sure to follow @LibbysTable and me, @TiffanyAKing on Twitter.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  And September is our focus on stocking the freezer, including the week where you cook 7+ Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in just 1 hour!

Slow Cooker Plan

3. Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer aka Refried Beans without the Refry (served in toritalls with cheese as bean & cheese burritos)

Traditional Plan

  1. Chicken Pot Pie
  2. Beef tacos (using beef [prepared like this
  3. Ham Caribbean 
  4. Honey Pork Chops 
  5. Chicken Gyros 
  6. Scrambled eggs with muenster cheese and ham 
  7. Frozen Marble Mocha Loaf

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  1. Sara Noeske says:

    I am making the Parm chicken bites tomorrow– can’t wait!! I also have been searching all my emails/bloggers for the one that did stitch fix– finally found you!! I would love to do this I am a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal but with work I can’t wear jeans and my solid “casual shirts” are starting to get really old.. but we are on a TIGHT budget right now… so are the pieces really that expensive.. I am a target/kohls clearance shopper! so spending $50 on a pair of pants or a shirt just makes me want to break out in hives! Just curious on your thoughts and personal experience! thanks much! Now that my search is over I can go to bed! Haaha!

    • Sara, the Stitch Fix pieces are more expensive than Target/Kohls. You can set the prices you want to low, but it’s still more money. I usually live in Target or Walmart t-shirts and this is definitely more. For jeans though, I thought it was comparable to what I usually buy. However, because I have trouble finding things that fit, I tend to buy a bit more expensive in pants. Hope that helps!

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