Menu Plan Monday

I have to tell you that last week I hardly cooked at all! Do you ever have one of those weeks when you are not motivated to cook at all? That was me last week! I am embarrassed to tell you we had frozen pizza one night, take out fried chicken another and Amee cooked for me one night too! This week, I need to get with the program! My mother-in-law will be here starting Wednesday so it will not be a typical week for us. Monday: Ham Tetrazzini (recipe calls for chicken, but we will try ham/ … [Read more...]

Baked Chicken Fingers Recipe

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Boneless chicken has been on sale for the last couple of weeks. This is a great recipe to use and make ahead a time and freeze.  Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Kids love chicken fingers.  What’s not to love?  Moist white-meat chicken encased in a crunchy, crispy crust and dipped in your favorite sauce.  But, honestly, I can’t afford the fat and calories that go along with these little strips from heaven.  So, oven-frying the chicken is … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

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Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Stew beef is on sale at the local grocery store this week.  You can make a number of things with this cut of beef including, vegetable beef soup, beef burgundy, beef stroganoff, beef pot pie, and beef hash, just to name a few.  But, my favorite is Beef Stew.  It’s an easy, slow cooker meal and can be doubled to feed a crowd.  Slow cooker meals are really great this time of year because we want comfort food … [Read more...]

CrockPot Ribs Recipe

I have to say this week I am so busy I  do not have time to make anything new. I know sad ha? I thought I would share a quick dinner idea that I used last night since we had Karate at 4:30-5:30 and then basketball 6:00-7:00. I mean sometimes you just have to do what you can. 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce 1/4 cup of water 1 crockpot as many ribs as your family can eat or will fit in your crockpot Place 1/4 cup of water in the crock pot add ribs $4.18  and pour on the sauce $1.00. Place … [Read more...]

Grocery Items to Stockpile for Easy Meals

  Ideas That Spark: Kitchen Flair Stock the Perfect Pantry From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Susan Korones Gifford In these long winter weeks, you’re most likely avoiding your usual round of grocery store, gourmet shop and health food market. That’s why it’s essential to stock some staples in your pantry, freezer and fridge that’ll let you pull together a full, belly-warming meal -- without setting a booted foot into the wintry mix. You probably keep such basics as eggs, pasta and … [Read more...]

Menu Plan for the Week & Roasted Whole Chicken

Have you ever baked a whole chicken? It is really easy and it may provide enough meat for several meals for a small family. I usually cook my whole chicken in the crock-pot. Today I tried roasting it in the oven with fabulous results! Here is what I did: Ingredients Whole Chicken Lemon or Lime- quartered Carrots- cut into chunks Onion Butter Seasonings- (I use Susie Q'sfor almost everything I cook! I stock-up when I visit my family in California) Heat oven to 450°. Clean out the inside … [Read more...]

Crispy Roasted Chicken Recipe

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Chicken has been on sale at most stores so this is a perfect time to try this recipe! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! This week, I had lunch out with my friends.  We ate at a local restaurant that serves the moistest, most tender, classic Southern fried chicken.  I really wish I could fry chicken like my grandmother did.  She would soak the chicken in buttermilk and then coat it with a magical seasoned flour that I can’t seem to … [Read more...]

Restaurant Deals: IHOP, Auntie Anne's and More

CiCi's Pizza: Celebrates 25th Anniversary With $3.99 Buffet (Exp. 02/28) Carl's Jr: $1.00 off Any Size Grilled Cheese Bacon Burgers Combo via Facebook IHOP National Pancake Day: February 23rd you can get a FREE short stack of pancakes at IHOP. This offer runs from 7am to 10pm. Free Auntie Anne's Pretzel on February 20th Free Fresco Taco at Taco Bell with coupon Thanks Smart Couponing! … [Read more...]

Poodle Pancakes by Rachel Ray: That's what's for Dinner

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! I just couldn't resist this cute recipe. Why? Well we have been snowed in on more than one occasion. I thought we could have a dog day. I have two kids under six and they love to play. I am putting this recipe … [Read more...]

Menu Plan & Pantry Challenge Follow Up

Since the completion of the Pantry Challenge, I have meant to tell you all a few things. Life has been busy! A full two weeks later, I am ready to give you all my thoughts! The Pantry Challenge went so much better than I ever thought. Menu planning was my saving grace. For the last two weeks I have not written up a menu plan and I have missed it! Having a plan in place makes dinner decisions so much easier. It also pushes me to try new recipes and be creative. The other thing I realized … [Read more...]